Hello, My name is Joshua Kuligowski. My presentation today will focus on The H1N1 Virus and it impact on education.
Many topics will be covered in this presentation, such as looking at the origins of H1N1, how schools have adapted to changes. Other topics include how students are educated while increases in H1N1 have effected classrooms. If students miss class, modern technology has made it easier to stay in touch with the teacher and course work.
Flu refers to a illness caused by a number of different influenza viruses, H1N1 is one of the many types of influenzas out there. H1N1 is a new type of Flu, that is like the seasonal Flu, but also quite different. Some symptoms of H1N1 are high Fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, Chills, Fatigue, and possibly vomiting or diarrhea. It is most commonly passed from person to person by coughing or sneezing. A few cases of death have been linked to the H1N1 virus.
Why is this Flu called H1N1 or Swine Flu? The answer is swine flu when it first appeared very close to influenza virus found in pigs, which are also called swine. H1N1 is the more scientific name given to this particular strain of flu.
Why is H1N1 so important for schools? H1N1 is contracted easier by the age group of 6 months to 24 years old. This is the age group of kids in school. School kids as the primary target for H1N1, and schools are the place where many kids come together, passing friendship and germs. If many students become sick at once, more students they could infect and more students out sick and not learning. Schools need to inform there students about the flu, how its spread and how to prevent it spreading.
Some background information on the flu is that the regular flu has been around for a while, but our bodies have built up strong, natural defenses to the flu. When you were younger you might remember getting flu shot, which contains dead flu virus. These shots help our bodies remember how to fight the virus later. With H1N1, it is relatively newer and our bodies have a harder time fighting the flu of and the number of H1N1 vaccines are limited.
There are 55 million students in 130,000 public and private schools across the United States. 7 million staff see to the education and well being of these students. With many individuals in one small location, it is easy for H1N1 to be spread. On October 24, 2009 President Obama declared H1N1 as a pandemic. This allowed many regulations for medical facilities to be waviered, as to better treat and diagnose the H1N1 virus. This shows the importance of H1N1.
On this map, it shows laboratory confirmed cases of H1N1 in the United States. The virus is spread all around the country and this map shows how hard it is to contain H1N1. There are also many other cases world wide.
Many schools were not prepared for H1N1, so many had to close down.
H1N1 effects schools in many ways. Larger schools with many students would have a harder time because the illness can spread easier. Students in school can be excluded if they are sick, because other students might think they have H1N1 and are unaware of how its transmitted. Also students without access to homework, assignments or readings, will easily fall behind and will have a hard time catching up.
How will technology help tackle the problem of H1N1. School districts have made great strides to make sure students and parents have a way to contact teachers. Almost ever teacher now have a email that they check regularly. Some teachers also might have a office phone number, or a way to leave a message via phone. Some teachers have also created Video lectures, and have posted them on TV or online. Online classes, and wiki pages have even helped students keep in contact with other students.
This is the time to act. This is the perfect time for current technology to really prove its worth, and pave the way for newer, better technology. Before H1N1, many schools had the technology, but refrained from using it. With many students missing class, many teachers will be forced to use this new technology so they can keep the lessons moving forward and not fall behind. Some students might even find out that they better learn online, then in class.
These are the sources I used in this presentation. I hope you have learned of how H1N1 effects schools, and how it can change the way teachers will have to teach.
H1N1 and its effect on Schools<br />This presentation will focus on how H1N1 has grown and how schools have made changes to continue education of students. <br />Take a look at the increase of using technology to keep students updated on assignments, if they do miss class due to illness. <br />
Introduction to H1N1<br />“Flu refers to illnesses caused by a number of different influenza viruses.” (flu.gov)<br />There is the Seasonal Flu which is more common, but there is a new strain of Flu, called H1N1 (Swine Flu).<br />The symptoms of H1N1 flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, and possibly vomiting It is passed from person to person by coughing or sneezing.<br />Few cases of death have been linked to H1N1.<br />
Reason its called H1N1 and Swine Flu<br />This virus was originally referred to as “swine flu” because laboratory testing showed that many of the genes in this new virus were very similar to influenza viruses that normally occur in pigs (swine) in North America. (www.cdc.gov)<br />H1N1 is the designation given to this new strand of influenza. <br />
Importance for schools<br />One of the groups more easier to obtain H1N1 is the age group between the ages of 6 months through 24 years of age. (school age group)<br />With many students getting sick at once, keeping them informed on their subjects is important.<br />Schools also have to inform the students about the flu, so they will not come to school and spread it to other students. <br />
Background Information<br />The regular strain of flu has been around for a long time, but a strong immune system and vaccines have prevented many deaths caused by the flu.<br />There is little immunity and short supply of vaccines for the newer H1N1 flu. <br />
“About 55 million students and 7 million staff attend the more than 130,000 public and private schools in the United States each day.” (flu.gov)<br />On October 24, 2009, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, which allows medical facilities to have a easier time treating patients with the flu. (flu.gov)<br />
Cases around the United States<br />This map shows confirmed cases around the United States. Its not located in one place, and can spread really quickly. <br />
What is being done<br />Many schools have implemented online tools such as Blackboard to keep students informed of school work<br />Schools have informed students on the causes and preventive measure to prevent the spread such as <br />Washing hands/using alcohol sanitizers<br />Staying home if your sick<br />Covering nose and mouth when coughing<br />Author: eflon<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/eflon/3245612640/<br />
H1N1 in schools<br /><ul><li>Schools have had to close because many students either were out sick or the administrators did not want other students to become ill. </li></ul>Author: 19melissa68 <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/19melissa68/3488129461/<br />
H1N1’s effect<br />For larger schools, it harder to slow the spread of illness, among the larger population.<br />Sick students might get excluded from groups because of fear of H1N1.<br />Students with out access to homework and assignments will fall behind in class.<br />
Technology to rescue<br />Many tools are being put in place in school districts such as making sure students can email their teachers, video lectures posted on district’s TV channel and even let students take laptops home. (Education Week) <br />Other ways to keep in touch are phone conferencing, online classes, and even wiki pages. <br />
Time to act <br />Although we have had the technology for students and teachers to stay in touch, it has not been widely used.<br />The H1N1 virus might be the catalysis for change that might make online collaboration and sharing mandatory and more user friendly.<br />Students that have missed school due to illness, might learn to learn better online, then in class. <br />
Bibliography<br />"Confirmed H1N1 cases by US county." Flu Tracker. Web. 28 Oct 2009. <http://flutracker.rhizalabs.com/flu/by_US_county.html>. (map)<br />"Prevention and treatment." flu.gov. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services , Web. 29 Oct 2009. <http://www.flu.gov/index.html>.<br />"Novel H1N1 Flu: Background on the Situation." CDC. 31 Jul, 2009. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Web. 29 Oct 2009. <http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/background.htm>.<br />Davis , Michelle R., and Katie Ash. "Swine-Flu Plans Put E-Learning in the Spotlight." Education Week 29. 03 (2009): 1,18-19. Web. 29 Oct 2009. <http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2009/09/09/03continuity_ep.html?tkn=QU[FtJgvcHW5qK3fL+AoGOfJh5dh7Vjuc9b0>.<br />