30 April 2009

Swine Flu and You...

Actually, I read Wednesday afternoon it's now "the virus formerly known as swine flu" and we should call it by it's proper name "2009 H1N1 flu." Regardless of what we're going to call it, teachers and students alike are nervous about what will happen in the next few weeks and months. I've noticed that government agencies and teachers alike are gathering resources to teach students about the swine flu and generally prevent illnesses.

Larry Ferlazzo has already collected dozens of resources for the classroom with a particular eye to those links that meet the needs of ELL students. Be sure to check out the multi-lingual posters made by his students. General resources and some student-created posters can be found here and here.

The Guardian has a great interactive timeline for the event (listed by day) as does the Washington Post. You have to check out the "Center of the Cell" simulation where you are the public health official making decisions in the face of an epidemic.

The CDC will send updates on swine flu to your RSS reader. You can even follow the CDC on Twitter at twitter.com/cdcemergency. Yes, I am following them.

Of course the World Health Organization has excellent information about swine flu.

Finally if you're looking for some graphic commentary on the situation, check out Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoonist's Index Swine Flu page.