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21st Century Learning #110: H1N1 and School Communication

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21st Century Learning #110
September 29, 2009 --
H1N1 Preparedness

After a recenty NYSAIS Professional Development seminar, NYCIST held a meeting discussing H1N1 preparedness.

Alex and arvind discuss what schools are doing to be prepared for closures and high absense rates. 

Resources to find information include Flu.gov, ISTE.

We also discussed the importance of connnectedness of the community.  The importance of creating an online space for students and faculty to continue to keep the community intact.  We asked if Facebook could be that space?

Plus some edtech news from our schools... 
Photo from CDC.Gov

Chat Transcript

2009-09-29 14:07:18 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: Hello -- Mcole.
2009-09-29 14:07:37 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: We're just waiting.
2009-09-29 14:07:54 [Message] arvind -> -EdTechTalk: we're going to get started in about 5 more minutes
2009-09-29 14:08:53 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: arvind's in a fire alarm.
2009-09-29 14:08:58 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: Where are you from?
2009-09-29 14:09:01 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: What do you do?
2009-09-29 14:09:50 [Message] mcole0503@mac.com -> -EdTechTalk: thanks. I'm Director of Academic Technology for an Independent School.
2009-09-29 14:10:27 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: Where? 
2009-09-29 14:10:35 [Message] mcole0503@mac.com -> -EdTechTalk: Memphi, Tn
2009-09-29 14:10:39 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: Great.
2009-09-29 14:10:41 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: Welcome!
2009-09-29 14:10:49 [Message] mcole0503@mac.com -> -EdTechTalk: Thank you!
2009-09-29 14:11:02 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: Was down at MBA for a SACS review a few years ago.
2009-09-29 14:11:09 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: Good time.
2009-09-29 14:11:28 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: Should be going in a few.
2009-09-29 14:16:20 [Message] arvind -> -EdTechTalk: sorry, just getting back! Fire drill a success
2009-09-29 14:22:09 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: Hi-sorry I'm late! I was in the CoSN webinar on H1N1 :-)
2009-09-29 14:22:19 [Message] arvind -> -EdTechTalk: awesome, tell us about it!
2009-09-29 14:22:46 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: they had some great advice from both urban and rural districts
2009-09-29 14:23:48 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: one district required all employees to get direct pay to bank account in the event of long term issues such as Katrina--may not be important for H1N1
2009-09-29 14:24:31 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: they really stressed having a plan in place in advance of the crisis
2009-09-29 14:25:06 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: they said initially there was a lot of pushback from employees but it was mandated and is in place now
2009-09-29 14:25:56 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: they said it was important to use these sites for the most current resources: http://flu.gov
2009-09-29 14:27:16 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: http://www.crlt.umich.edu/flu/tips.php
2009-09-29 14:27:19 [Message] arvind -> -EdTechTalk: NAIS has a resource on H1N1 from April: http://www.nais.org/resources/article.cfm?ItemNumber=151758
2009-09-29 14:32:55 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: rats! I was posting all of my info in the wrong window!
2009-09-29 14:33:58 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: can't copy/paste it here! Ugh!
2009-09-29 14:34:32 [Message] arvind -> -EdTechTalk: if you're on a Mac, you can drag and drop into the textbox - annoying, but it works
2009-09-29 14:34:32 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: http://www.cpsb.org/ some great examples here
2009-09-29 14:35:36 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/emergencyplan/pandemic/index.html
2009-09-29 14:35:52 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: I know the drag/drop but I had it in a skype window
2009-09-29 14:36:17 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: the widget on the flu.gov site is great for putting on your website
2009-09-29 14:37:15 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: one district required their teachers to have 10 days of lesson plans submitted in advance
2009-09-29 14:37:45 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: they also said it was important to consider staff implications during illness--school closures may be needed because you don't have enough teachers to cover classes
2009-09-29 14:38:15 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: some posted assignments daily on Blackboard and Moodle and even provided loaner laptops with wireless acccess to students who didn't have it
2009-09-29 14:38:32 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: they really emphasized the point about personal connections
2009-09-29 14:38:51 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: they felt that immunications/cvaccinations could be recommended but not required
2009-09-29 14:39:07 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: thanks guys!
2009-09-29 14:39:17 [Message] arvind -> -EdTechTalk: thanks for being here everyone!
2009-09-29 14:39:41 [Message] PeggyG -> -EdTechTalk: glad you're back!!
2009-09-29 14:39:51 [Message] arvind -> -EdTechTalk: us too!
2009-09-29 14:40:29 [Message] alex.ragone -> -EdTechTalk: thanks, everyone.

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