Why I judged at the HOSA International Leadership Conference, and you should too!

By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager

Have you ever considered volunteering to be a judge at the HOSA International Leadership Conference (ILC) for the student competitions? I signed up to judge this year and am so glad I did!

This year 14,000 people attended the conference, of which 10,000 were students. 7,400 of these students participated in one of the student competitions. Hundreds of volunteer judges are needed each year at the HOSA ILC. I received an email invitation to consider being a judge since Realityworks was signed up to be a vendor at the Expo. I thought it would be an interesting new way to engage with the students and learn more about what they do, so I decided to sign-up.

During the sign-up process, I was able to choose a preferred category for judging. A month before the conference I received an email with information to read about the judging process along with a video to watch to help prepare me for the experience.

On the day of the competition the judges in our category attended an orientation dinner and more information was shared on exactly what to expect. Each room had two judges, a timer and a facilitator. We were prepared to judge for a 4-hour stint with no scheduled breaks. Each student in our category chose their own topics and did a 6-minute presentation on a lesson they prepared on a health-related topic. The score was based on the presentation and on the written portfolio that students prepared.

Over the course of the night we learned about safe sex, personal hygiene, dental health, how to safely dispose of medication for older adults, the importance of safety goggles, skin cancer and much more. The target audience for these educational initiatives ranged from 3 to 90.  It was obvious from the presentations that many hours and months of planning and preparation went into the student projects. In short, the experience was very positive.

I’d like to encourage anyone who has considered volunteering for judging at the HOSA ILC to give it a try. These students represent the best and brightest future health care workers. It’s rewarding to see the efforts of their hard work and creativity.

Tradeshow Season is Here!

By Andrea Phan, Tradeshow Coordinator

What is tradeshow season? At Realityworks, our Account Managers and other team members attend nearly 100 tradeshows over the course of a year. Of those, nearly HALF occur during the summer tradeshow season, between June, July and the first week of August. In addition to our flagship Career and Technical Education Conferences, we’re excited to be talking with you at Agriculture Teachers Education Conferences featuring our new interactive animal models and Health Science Education Conferences introducing our new hands-on nursing skills training.

Our Account Managers are passionate about our products and enjoy seeing you interact with all of the great hands-on learning aids in the booths. Based out of Eau Claire, WI, many of our products that you see at tradeshows are shipped cross-country and put on many miles before they return home. We’ll be visiting 30 states in 8 weeks for almost 50 state-level tradeshows as well as several national conferences such as HOSA, AITC, INACSL and AAFCS.

We are also delighted to have presentations at select conferences highlighting our experiential products and providing you with useful tips and tricks to help you in the classroom. Watch your email for more information regarding conferences near you or for a complete list visit our website at http://www.realityworks.com/news-events/tradeshows.

We look forward to seeing you there!

6 Reasons to Meet Realityworks at the Association for Career & Technical Education’s CareerTech VISION Conference

Every year, the Realityworks team journeys to the largest annual gathering of Career & Technical Education (CTE) professionals in a single location: The Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE)’s CareerTech VISION Conference. We typically plan for this conference a good year in advance, and this year is no exception. Held in the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 30 – December 2, this year’s conference will be attended by thousands of technology education professionals, educators and industry representatives. From product exhibits and presentations to interactive demonstrations and more, there are countless reasons to meet Realityworks at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 Conference at Booth #529. Here are our top 6!

  1. Preview interactive products and simulators for nursing skills training, including injection training, elderly nursing care and catheterization
  2. Explore the new RealCareer™ Geriatric Sensory Impairment Kit, a set of wearable simulators that mimic hearing impairment, arthritis and hand tremors
  3. See the new Birth Process Kit, which includes six large, lifelike models that depict each stage of the birthing process
  4. Get a SNEAK PEEK at our one-of-a-kind animal science and plant science models, including detailed animal and stomach models and a plant science kit (available in 2017)
  5. Try virtual reality welding with the guideWELD® VR welding simulator
  6. Conduct live welding with the guideWELD® LIVE real welding guidance system

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Additional ways you can interact with Realityworks at VISION 2016 include:

  • Attend the “Baby Basics and Best Practices” pre-conference workshop we are co-hosting with the National Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences on November 30
  • Join us at the NATFACS Awards Reception, ACTEBabywhere
    we’ll be raffling off a new
    RealCare Baby 3 infant simulator
  • Attend the “Create Student Engagement Through Experiential Learning Tools” pre-conference workshop we are is co-hosting with the National Association of Agriculture Educators on November 30, where we’ll be raffling off one of our NEW animal science models
  • Attend the Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) Luncheon we are co-hosting with HOSA on December 1, where we’ll be raffling off a RealCare™ Geriatric Simulator and sharing more details on our new experiential learning tools for health sciences
  • Share your selfie for a chance to win! tweet a selfie with your favorite Realityworks product in our booth and tag us @Realityworksinc and the show #VISION16 for your chance to win a Realityworks mug!

You can still register for ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016 Conference online by clicking here. We hope to see you there!

3 Reasons to Meet Us in Vegas for RealCare® Baby Basics and Best Practices

Every year, the Realityworks team journeys to the largest annual gathering of Career & Technical Education (CTE) professionals in a single location: the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE)’s CareerTech VISION Conference. In fact, we start planning for this conference a good year in advance! For the first time, we are planning a pre-conference workshop on Wednesday, November 30 all about RealCare Baby. Designed for current and prospective users, this pre-conference session is an opportunity for you to learn from a subject matter expert in person! Why join us in Vegas on November 30?

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1. Get RealCare Baby program best practices. What are the best ways to engage students with RealCare Baby? How can you use this powerful tool to make an even bigger impact on your students? What are seasoned users doing to succeed? We’ll answer these questions and more!

2. Discover career exploration activities. Did you know that RealCare Baby can help your students prepare for careers in education and human services? Join us to get ideas and activities that will help you prepare your students for careers.

3. Get our NEW RealCare™ Preemie Baby. Have you heard? The RealCare™ Preemie Baby is our newest experiential learning tool. It’s modeled after a preterm infant born at 30 weeks and is designed to help students, caregivers and parents-to-be understand the unique challenges and often complicated medical problems that can be associated with preterm birth. By attending our pre-conference workshop, you’ll receive a complimentary Preemie Baby from Realityworks!

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What: RealCare® Baby Basics and Best Practices
When: Wednesday, November 30, from 1-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $150

Ready to register? Visit the conference website here.

3 Ways to Make the Most of your Next Education Conference

By Emily Kuhn, Realityworks Marketing Automation Specialist

Right now, Realityworks’ account managers are busy preparing for the 50 Career & Technical Education, Family and Consumer Sciences and Agriculture Education trade shows and conferences at which we are currently scheduled to exhibit our experiential learning tools throughout the summer. As exhibitors, our team looks forward to these conferences for a number of reasons. Not only do we value the opportunity to speak in person to educators and administrators, but we look forward to demonstrating our educational products, educating attendees, answering questions and more. Of course, preparation is key to a successful conference, whether you are an exhibitor or an attendee. Our account managers have their own routines and tips to ensure a successful exhibitor experience, and here are some tips for you! Gathered over the years from educators and trainers, these three tips can help you make the most out of your next education conference (we’ll probably see you there!).

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  1. Organize yourself before you arrive.

Be sure you not only arrive with specific goals in mind but have an understanding of the conference schedule and program. These resources are often posted online, so start by Googling and go from there. If a particular presentation topic or vendor sparks an interest, research and brainstorm the topic and write down any questions you have. Additionally, consider the issues you and your colleagues are currently facing, and the new programs, strategies and products you hope to explore. What are your professional development needs? Write down any questions or topics you hope to address in a notebook or folder that will be accessible at the conference.

  1. Organize yourself while you are there.

At a conference you will receive paper, paper and more paper from presenters and vendors alike. Notebooks with pockets can be used to not keep hand written notes but business cards, presentation summaries and other handouts. Use paper clips and binder clips to keep papers tidy and organized, and don’t be afraid to utilize any available coat-checking services so you can drop off handouts and items and come back for more. Are you faster on a tablet or laptop? Call ahead to confirm the availability of Wi-Fi and outlets, and remember to charge your device beforehand. Make brief notes as you go, and take time at night to review and reorganize.

  1. Socialize!

Trade shows and conferences are great opportunities to meet other educators and professionals in your field; networking is one of the biggest benefits of attendance. Get to know educators who teach similar subjects, and share teaching strategies, book recommendations, resources and contact names over a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine). Also, socialize with the vendors! While vendors are there to sell a product or service, most are also there to learn from you, learn from your program and share personal experiences.

Bottom line: Have a good time, ask a lot of questions and don’t forget to USE your new knowledge!

Want to know where our account managers will be next? Click here to see our trade show and conference schedule, and if you’re planning to attend, be sure to stop by our booth.  Trade shows and conferences are a great place to see our products in person, view live demonstrations, and learn about current promotions and more.

Check out Realityworks’ RealCareer® Welding Solutions at the 2014 FABTECH Expo in Atlanta!

by Samantha Forehand, Realityworks Marketing Communications Manager

Realityworks is pleased to be displaying its RealCareer® Welding Solutions at the 2014 FABTECH Expo in Atlanta on November 11-13. FABTECH brings together over 25,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibitors to view the latest industry products and developments, find the tools to improve productivity and discover new solutions in the areas of metal forming, fabricating and welding.

Our RealCareer Welding Solutions line will do just that: show the welding industry something NEW, improve the proficiency of learning welders and increase learned welding techniques. 

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Visit our FABTECH booth #C2541 to experience our full line of RealCareer Welding Solutions products.

NEW solutions on display.
Stop by booth #C2541 to get a hands-on look at our welding solutions:

guideWELD™ VR welding simulator
A virtual reality welding simulator that enables users to master basic welding skills and learn proper technique in a safe, virtual environment.

NEW guideWELD™ LIVE real welding guidance system
An in-helmet solution for live welding that provides immediate feedback on work angle, travel angle and speed while users are performing live, arc-on welds.
By visiting us during FABTECH, you can experience this guidance system in our live welding booth.

Educational Sessions (just updated).
Don’t miss Realityworks RealCareer Product Manager Jamey McIntosh at the following AWS Education Sessions on Thursday, November 13:

9:00 a.m. Using Games to Drive Engagement

11:00 a.m. Mind the Gap: Using Technology to Bridge the Skills Gap

2:00 p.m. A demonstration of RealCareer Welding Solutions

Visit the exhibits.
If you are in the Atlanta area and looking to just visit the 1,400 exhibitors, sign up for FREE here.

To learn more about FABTECH 2014, visit the expo’s website. We hope to see you there!

Newly Updated: Realtyworks’ Spring 2014 Trade Show Schedule

Spring is in the air, and so is excitement for our upcoming trade shows! Trade shows and conferences are a great place to see our products in person, view live demonstrations, ask questions and more. If you’re planning to attend any of the following trade shows and conferences, please feel free to stop by our booth. We love speaking with educators and professionals in person!

Alaska Career and Technical Student Organization Conference
Anchorage, AK
March 20-21

ATEA 51st National Conference on Technical Education
Crowne Plaza, St. Paul, MN
March 26-27

TECHSPO at the Minnesota SkillsUSA State Championship Conference
Bloomington, MN
March 30

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance 129th National Convention and Exposition
April 1-5
America’s Center, St. Louis, MO

Pennsylvania Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
April 4 & 5
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, Lancaster, PA

Oklahoma Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Convention
April 4
Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Indiana Family & Consumer Sciences Statewide Professional Development Conference
April 9-10
Marriot East Hotel, Indianapolis, IN

Region IV ACTE Annual Conference
April 10-11
Hampton Inn and Suites, Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

To view a complete list of our Spring 2014 trade shows, click here.

Updated: Look for Realityworks at these upcoming trade shows and conferences!

2014 TradeShow Schedule

Trade shows and conferences are a great way to see live demonstrations of Realityworks‘ programs and products, ask questions and discuss program benefits in person. If you’re going to be at any of the following events, stop by the our booth! (Of course, if you’re not attending but still want information, contact us at information@realityworks.com to set up an appointment.)

View an updated schedule of trade shows and conferences by clicking here.

With the New Year comes new opportunities to see Realityworks in your area!

Realityworks is gearing up for another season of conferences and trade shows, both of which are great opportunities for you to see live demonstrations of our experiential learning tools and discuss them in person with Realityworks team members.

2014 TradeShow Schedule

If you are going to be at any of the conferences listed below, stop by our booth for hands-on experience with our products and programs! Not going to the conference, but are in the area? Just email us at information@realityworks.com and set up an appointment!

2014 Technology in Education Conference
Kittredge Center, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
January 14

Texas Industrial Vocational Association (TIVA) Winter Conference
Omni Hotel-Austin, South Park. Austin, TX
January 15-17

2014 Wisconsin State Education Convention
Delta Center, Milwaukee, WI
January 23-24

Colorado Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Science Conference
Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Loveland, CO
January 24

South Dakota Technology Education Association (SDTEA) State Conference
Kings Inn, Pierre, SD
January 30-February 1

2014 Minnesota Family and Consumer Sciences Conference

Boulevard Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
January 31

UACTE Winter Conference for Career and Technical Education
Westlake High School, Saratoga Springs, UT
January 31-February 1

TCEC Winter
Renaissance Austin, Austin, TX
February 5

Texas Community College Teachers Association 67th Annual Convention
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, San Antonio, TX
February 6-7

Michigan Career Education Conference
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, MI
February 11-13

2014 Educating for Careers Conference
Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento, CA
March 2-4

Wisconsin Technology Education Association Conference and Trade Show
Chula Vista Resort and Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI
March 6

ATEA 51st National Conference on Technical Education
Crowne Plaza, St. Paul, MN
March 26-27

We hope to see you there! Check back often as new shows are added regularly!

Connecting at CareerTECH

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It may have been colder than normal in Las Vegas last week, but that did not stop our team from meeting, greeting and connecting with career and technical education professionals at CareerTECH VISION 2013. Our team returned from this ACTE- sponsored conference on Monday, and as we evaluate the success of this year’s conference and prepare for next year, we can’t help reflecting on all the trade shows we have attended in the past 12 months and the connections we have made.

For us, it’s all about connections – connecting educators with revolutionary teaching products, connecting administrators with proven curricula, and even connecting students with real-life learning opportunities so they can – you guessed it – make their own connections and walk away having learned valuable life lessons or gained career-changing skills. That’s what Realityworks is all about, after all. We are dedicated to creating educational simulators that not only provide users with real-life parenting, welding and business experiences, but with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in work and life. We know that hands-on learning opportunities go a long way to ensure that students connect with and remember those lessons in the future, and demonstrating how our welding and infant simulators accomplish that at conferences like this is an exciting part of what we do!