Quick way for Dentistry students to compare their practical work to a gold standard #uoltech #edtech

Quick way for Dentistry students to compare their practical work to a gold standard #uoltech #edtech

Another day, another #edtech project. This time the brief was this: using a special oral digital camera, Dentistry students should be able to document their progress while performing individual dental procedures and check this progress in real time against a gold standard provided by their lecturer. In other words, if they are meant to prepare the tooth for a crown, are they doing it right or are they filing/drilling too much/too little?

As the project is just starting, I have been asked to be a bit vague for the moment, so I’ll compensate by being a bit less vague of what ended up not being used but could be used by someone else perhaps.

The final solution which I suggested involves proprietary software which, despite a very thick user manual, I got my head around fairly quickly and I’d never seen anything like this before in my life. However, in the process of working out what would be the easiest and most effective for the lecturer and her students I learnt stuff about other applications, namely PowerPoint. This is why I decided to share my thought process with you – hope it helps someone out there at some stage.

1. First of all I thought of a process whereby the students would take photos using the special dental camera, and these images would be easily (almost automatically) sent to Picassa thanks to its user-friendly and quite powerful desktop client. One option to compare these images to the gold standard later on could be done via the brilliant LiveWeb PowerPoint plug in, with half a slide dedicated to the gold standard image and another half to embedding a live image feed.

OPTION DISCARDED (main reason: patient confidentiality and data protection issues because, in order to be able to show the latest image taken, that image should be in an online album open to all; locking it down would cut the RSS feed and thus prevent the image being displayed back on the students’ computers).

2. Another option: saving the images locally and displaying them in PowerPoint via the LiveImage add-in which, when in slideshow mode, would scan a designated image folder for the latest version of an image and display it alongside your gold standard.

OPTION DISCARDED (not enough functionality compared to the chosen option and a rather artificial environment for students – they’ll be spending their professional lives working with dental imaging software rather than PowerPoint – or at least one would hope so)

3. As soon as I can, I will talk about the chosen solution and will also get a couple of screenshots to paint a fuller picture. Until then, however, enjoy playing with those PPT add-ins and do support MVP Shyam Pillai if you end up using his work.