This page is for the collection of informative sources related to planning for dealing with the swine flu. It also contains several examples of tools that could be used to maintain instructional continuity while coping with large numbers of absent students and/or absent teachers.

Informative resources

edsocialmedia blog post by Page Lennig – Considering how to deal with high rates of absences while still trying to teach.

E-learning’s Potential Scruntized in Potential Flu Crisis – Education Week – Discussion of how distance learning tools could help during potential flu crisis.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Advice to Parents about H1N1 – Article that seems to be a balance report on Swine Flu with actionable advice for parents. One point that schools will need to drive home to parents is “the best place for a sick child is at home. And, with regard to school — after 24 fever-free hours without the aid of medications, he or she can go back.”

Elmo Offers Advice in PSA’s created by Federal Government – Use this link to see more of Elmo and visit flu.gov , the Federal website for swine flu information.

Know What to Do About the Flu – Federal resources for school planning fro k-12 institutions

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Information about H1N1 or Swine Flu

Tools for Coping with High Absenteeism Rates

Smartboard Record – ☀☀
Your smartboard software has the ability to record everything you write on the smartboard and your sweet, melodious voice, too. This would allow teachers to capture classroom activities while they teach. On a scale from 1 to 5 with 5 being the hardest to use this tool is a 2. Below is an example from Doug Burgess, PDS Teacher of the Year and Middle School Science Teacher.

Student Maintained Blogs for Notes – ☀☀☀
In Derrick Willard’s AP Environmental Science classes – APES510 and APES 810– students take turns taking notes for the entire class. Notes are posted on the class blog and categorized.
Teachers only need to request that a blog is created and the Tech Team will create the blog, add student users, and train students. One a scale from 1 to 5 this tool is a 3.

Skype -☀
Not only can Skype bring guest lecturers from far away places into your classroom, it can be used to bring recovering students stuck at home into your classroom. Maybe it isn’t the student but instead you are stuck at home recuperating. Skype is an easy to use, free tool that provides video conferencing. The video below is last year’s Kindergarten class of Angel Carroll participating in a skype and tell session with students at Ravenscroft School.

Wonderful World of Wikis ☀☀
Wikis are collaborative web spaces where students and faculty can work together to build resource pages, review tools, and more. Wikis are used from 4th grade to 12th grade and in almost all subject areas. You can share videos, pictures, links, files, and have discussions in a wiki. All users can add pages, edit pages, and modify content. Ponder This is Matt Scully’s 8th Grade English Wiki where students have built a table of examples of literary terms, a class playlist, and participate in discussion. Dr. Mike Turner’s physics classes are working together on their class wikis and Pam Long’s 4th grade class is another example of a wikis in action.

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