Social media can play an important role during a flu epidemic by providing information on symptoms, treatment, avoidance and status of community infection. Educators are also turning to social media and social networking tools as a method of delivering course materials and lectures at times when students are absent from class during flu epidemics.
With an absentee rate as high as thirty to forty percent expected in some K-12 and post-secondary schools, professional educators are seriously considering using video conferencing (Skype, DimDim), chat (Google, MS Live), podcasts (iTunes), social networks (Facebook) to make course content available to students who are unable to attend class.
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