Hello there, My name is Edward Stiger and I’m here to talk about how the H1n1 Virus is affecting education.
Before I can talk about how it is affecting education, I need to explain what the H1N1 is. H1N1 is a new influenza that’s making people really sick. It spreads the same way as the flu but luckily there is a vaccine. This is by far the most important step against the infection.
The CDC website is a great source of information about the H1N1 Virus. The majority of people in the U.S have recovered without medical treatment. The CDC compiles data from the 46 states that have been declared as having a “pandemic” of the H1N1. This disease is very contagious, make sure to wash your hands and face!
From August 30th through October 10th 4,958 H1N1 hospitalizations have been reported. People from 5-18 have been the most common to be put in the hospital, followed by people from 25-49 and sadly, 0-4 years old.
H1N1 IS a DEADLY disease. In 2009 292 deaths have been reported from H1N1. The most common age groups that have died from H1N1 are 25-64, clearing a total of 64%.
Pay attention to these symptoms! If you have at least three of these immediately go to your doctor. If your 65 or over and you contract the disease, you are in serious danger, please go straight to the hospital.
Now that I’ve talked about the H1N1 virus and its dangers, lets see how it affects school, teacher, and education itself. School closings have reached an all time high. Students are missing out every day they miss class and teachers are getting nervous about standardized tests. There jobs depend on how well there students do on those tests. Same goes for the school board and administrators. On “count days” schools receive around 8 thousand dollars per each student that is attending school that day. If half of the school has H1N1 they are losing lots of money.
The H1N1 virus had an upside for educators. This is the perfect time to utilize new technologies such as pod casting, You Tube, and wikis. By bringing the work to the community and outside of the class room we would be able to still teach the students while they are sick at home. Parents would be more then willing to help educators with this.
As a future educator I believe that be utilizing the Web 2.0 technologies we can effectively teach our students outside of the class room. Please remember to wash your hands and stay healthy. This is Edward Stiger and this was a presentation on the H1N1 virus.
H1N1 Virus and How It Is Affecting Schools
H1N1 Virus and How It is Affecting Education<br />By:<br />Edward Stiger<br />
Introduction to H1N1<br />This is a new influenza virus causing illness in people.<br />Spreads the same way as the regular flu.<br />There is a vaccine<br />Most important step against the infection is the vaccination.<br />Author :Guerry Hyperlink: Flickr<br />
Center For Disease Control<br />Human infections with H1N1 are ongoing in the United States. Most people who have become ill with this new virus have recovered without requiring medical treatment.<br />“CDC routinely works with states to collect, compile and analyze information about influenza, and has done the same for the new H1N1 virus since the beginning of the outbreak. This information is presented in a weekly report, called FluView.”<br />H1N1 is very contagious and does pass from human to human.<br />H1N1 is spread like the common flu.<br />Wash your hands and do not touch your face!<br />Author: CDC<br />Hyperlink :CDC<br />
H1N1 Hospitalizations By Age Group In 2009<br />From August 30, 2009 through October 10, 2009, states reported 4,958 H1N1 hospitalizations to CDC. <br />Author: CDC<br />Hyperlink :CDC<br />
H1N1 Deaths By Age Group In 2009<br />From August 30, 2009 through October 10, 2009, states reported 292 laboratory-confirmed 2009 H1N1 deaths to<br />Author: CDC<br />Hyperlink :CDC<br />
Symptoms of H1n1 Virus<br />The symptoms of H1N1 flu virus in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea.<br />This is a severe disease for people over 65 and young children. <br />People over 65 are the least likely to get the disease but if they get it, it causes serious complications.<br />In 2009 H1N1 was officially declared as a pandemic.<br />
How H1N1 is Affecting Schools.<br />Thousands of schools are being closed weekly because of this virus.<br />Students are missing out on valuable information that they could be learning because of being sick.<br />Parents have to stay home and medical bill have become an all time high.<br />Author: CDC<br />Hyperlink :CDC<br />
Can schools find away around H1N1?<br />Before the flu season began, the MDE prepared a Q&A about how to combat these problems<br />http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/emergencyplan/pandemic/guidance/continuity-qa.pdf<br />Take home course packets and online study guides are great examples for combating this disease. <br /> Utilizing web 2.0 technology this flu season is the best way to keep consistently teaching your students.<br />
Districts, Schools, and Communities working together.<br />“Districts, schools, and teachers should be prepared to create and distribute take-home curricular packets with up to 12 weeks of material, if necessary, for students who are sent home because of H1n1. This will be one of the simplest solutions, but it requires districts, schools, and teachers to plan ahead and think about the resources necessary to create and distribute those course packets.” - MDE<br />Author: CDC<br />Hyperlink :CDC<br />
Conclusion<br />The H1N1 is a pandemic that needs to be countered by educators and districts.<br />By using online techniques with take home packets and the communities help. <br />Teachers will be able to continue with their jobs even when their students are sick.<br />Remember to wash your hands and keep your germs to yourself!<br />
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