I am currently finishing up my PIDP 3240 course. For one of our assignment, we were to share teaching tools and web media. I started a discussion on the website Slideshare. SlideShare is similar to YouTube but with slides instead of videos. People can create slide presentations on their topic then post to the site. There is thousands of topics to choose from and some amazing slides uploaded. SlideShare can be a great media addition to your classroom presentation.

My one piece of advice, when using someone else’s information, is to always make sure it’s correct information.  One SlideShare I found had incorrect information on dental instruments! It had a picture of a ball burnisher (which I am sure makes no sense to anyone not in the dental field) under the heading carving instrument! Anyone in the dental field can tell you a ball burnisher is a finishing instrument.

I have used SlideShare in the past as an extra studying tool or home resource for my students. I am only a substitute instructor in theory and so my PowerPoints presentation are prepared for me. I have found that sometimes our PowerPoint presentation in the classroom are designed around us talking and filling in the blanks. They might not be the best resource for a student that is struggling. I have found some excellent SlideShare presentations on dental topics.  Some of these slides use visual aids that can help target your students that may have a variety of different learning styles. I feel this is a website that any instructor or student should check out.


The extra link below is for any CDA instructors out there? This is a SlideShare I used recently on dental instruments. It has 99 slides and lots of details but I mainly liked the middle portion which broke down hand instruments with pictures, explanations of design and uses.


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Hybrid Course


Whether in person or online the emotional power of our subject and its human connection is an important part of what we teach. This means that face-to-face instruction will always have a deep value and that even in an online classroom the art of teaching will still be at a premium”(Bowen, 2012, p. 239).

You might be able to find endless course subjects online but will you find a teacher that knows you as more than just a name? There are some things that are not available in an online course. Creating personal relationships with teachers or students is one of them. What about building bonds with your peers? Online courses offer multiple opportunities to do group projects and collaborations but with so many courses online it can be a revolving door of new peers.

This is where the hybrid course fits in. It combines the increasing demands for online learning with the benefits of face-to-face instructional time.


Being an instructor is a social experience to me.  I enjoy getting to know all my students. I want to find out about their learning styles and what teaching techniques work for them. Lecturing is not an ideal way to connect to your students.  Lecturing is a way to deliver subject matter and a poor way at best. “… the assumption that traditional classrooms are stimulating and congenial learning environments brimming over with interpersonal empathy and intellectual energy, while online classrooms are lonely and isolated, needs hard scrutiny” (Brookfield, 2015, p.170). I feel that hybrid courses are the answer we are looking for. A hybrid course offers you the option to deliver your subject matter online with voiceover PowerPoints or videos, this helps to free up classroom time to focus on group discussions, assignments, and creating personal bonds with your students. I have been instructing part time for three years, I am always learning, always changing and exploring new things. I know that information and technology is always changing too. As an instructor, my job is to deliver the most up to date content, in the most engaging and motivating ways. This means staying current, doing research, understanding my students, and probably most important being flexible to changing with the times.


Times are changing and so are our students. They need to have a reason to come to class, especially if it is something they can do at home.  With a hybrid course, you can get the best of both worlds. In the Article, How to Successfully Teach a Blended Classroom, by Taunya Tremblay, she explains, “While you remain an expert and important source of instruction for your students, you may find your role shift to more of a learning facilitator.” Isn’t that the goal of a learner centred instructor? Be a facilitator, a mentor.  My goal is to use classroom time to answer questions and help students work through their assignments, to facilitate their learning.


My program is designed with theory and clinical courses. We do our best to use online resources like Moodle, to share articles, PowerPoints and have group discussions. We have also started to post our clinic demonstrations online as a resource for students to use at home. If classes are missed or students are struggling, they have access to these videos whenever they want.

With more new, young, and enthusiastic instructors joining our faculty the goals to change to a hybrid course are in the future.   This is the first year we have used Moodle for more than just student’s grades.  I know that these are just the first steps in changing to a hybrid course, it is not an easy process. It takes lots of planning and organizing and I don’t think it’s something you can do overnight. We have a long ways to go, but from what I have read in Teach Naked by Bowen, it is a slow, time-consuming process, but the benefits to our students are worth the work.



Bowen, J.A. (2012). Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom    Will Improve Student Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Tremblay, T. (2016, February 2nd). How to Successfully Teach a Blended Classroom. Retrieved from

Brookfield, S. D. (2015). The Skillful Teacher. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.




As part of my PIDP 3240 course we have multiple forum based discussions where we share links to articles and online resources. One of the resource that caught my eye was the website Kahoot. For any of you unfamiliar with the site, you can create online quizzes, surveys and discussions. They have 11.2 million public kahoots you can use if you don’t have time or don’t want to create your own. I have had no problem finding quizzes that fit in multiple topics for my certified dental assisting program. I am pretty sure with 11.2 million there is something for almost every topic out there. The hardest part is going to be figuring out which one fits your needs best.

I was so excited to have an opportunity to introduce Kahoot to my students yesterday.  I had been trying to find the perfect class to incoperate an online game/quiz. In my class I was introducing the facial and cranial bones and  I was lucky enough to find a Kahoot that covered the exact same information I was teaching.

I used a Kahoot quiz as a review of what I had taught that class. I wanted to keep it short and pretty basic, nothing overwhelming for their first time.  I decided to play the team mode vs one on one, to make it less intimidating for any struggling students and more of an overall collaborative experience. I have to say Kahoot was a hit! My students loved it! They thought it was lots of fun and the perfect way to end our class for the weekend.To top it off the other instructor in my program could hear all the laughing and asked where she could find the link.

Kahoot was also helpful to me. From the student’s results, I learned that on one question 5 out of the 7 groups answered it wrong.  This feedback shows me what area of the subject matter my students were struggling with and now I have a starting point for my next class.

I would highly recommend this website to new and experienced instructors.

Have fun! Explorer! Learn!

What You Should Know Before You Post on YouTube

I use YouTube not only as a source of informational videos for my students but also for myself. Whether it is for my own online schooling or for research on a topic for my class. To date, I haven’t been big on posting to YouTube only a few small items, but I am sure as I grow as an instructor  so will my YouTube posts.

My biggest concern with posting on YouTube is the same as posting to any site online. Where does it go? Who can access it? And what rights do I have? I came across a Ted Talk with Margaret Gould Stewart, and she explains a bit about YouTube’s policies and how you can protect yourself by registering under their content ID.

I have never heard of Margaret Gould Stewart before this video but after I read her Bio it sounds like she has moved on to Facebook. I am curious to see if she is in charge of copyrights with Facebook? I might have to do some more researching.


“If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child, they will learn without any further resistance,” Sir Ken Robinson

Wouldn’t it be great if we could light a spark under every learner in our classroom? Whether it’s an adult or a child learner, see their sense of wonder and excitement. I know I am teaching adult learners, but I think that they still need that spark of curiosity to get them motivated and engaged.  I love that my course offers students a chance to be successful in multiple types of evaluations. I feel it’s important to keep our students stimulated and inspired, so we can achieve success.  I know that we will never stop testing our students. Written evaluations are not going away anytime soon. What I do like is the idea that we are changing. That we can take a classroom full of students and know that they are going to be diverse in their on learning. That they will excel in different levels of knowledge and skills. I don’t see change happening overnight, but I believe it coming.

 “Standardized tests have a place, but they should not be the dominate culture of education. They should be diagnostic, they should help”

                                            Sir Ken Robinson


Here is a great Ted Talks with Sir Ken Robinson. I find his talks very inspirational.



Chain Notes – A PowToon Presentation

I have created a digital project on the Classroom Assessment Technique, Chain Notes.  Its a great feedback instrument to get fast, honest student feedback on their engagement and learning.  I hope you enjoy and learn something new.

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IF I KNEW THEN: A Letter to Me on My First Day Teaching

I posted this video because these teachers are real, they are honest and they hold nothing back. They made me laugh, made me cry and made me nod my head in agreement. They don’t pretend that teaching is an easy job. They admit it’s hard but very rewarding.

Looking back to over 2 years ago, when I first started instructing, I wonder what advice future me would have given to help me prepare for my first day? I found it very hard coming into a program half way through the year. The students were unsure of me. They doubt my teaching skills, (no surprise since it was my first day EVER!!). It probably didn’t help I was only 4-5 years older than half of them. They had doubt, I had doubt, some days I still have doubt. Even though in two short years my confidence has grown, along with my teaching, it’s still hard work. Our program changes students every year. I feel I have to re-prove to each class that I have experience and that I am knowledgeable. I think this is why I feel this video needs to be reposted and also why I love the first chapter in Brookfield’s book. They both are straight from the heart, nothing hidden, nothing fake, just real comments to explain that teaching is an emotional roller coaster, with highs and lows, but so very much worth the work in the end!!

I wanted to include my favourite words of wisdom from the teacher’s in this video:

You will fail, you will make mistakes, except it with grace and humility.

Never stop learning.

Ask for and admit you need help.

Lives and futures depend on you!


Soulpancake. May 3, 2014. If I Knew Then: A Letter to Me on My First Day Teaching.

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