1. Nirit Glazer
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/nirit-glazer-88147b44
  3. CEO
  5. SVN, Inc, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University
  1. Yariv Glazer
  2. CTO
  4. SVN, Inc

Gulliver Innovative Learning

NSF Awards: 1533741

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Informal / multi-age

The goal of PlayFlu by Gulliver Innovative Learning is to EDUCATE kids and parents about the BENEFITS of vaccinations in order to INCREASE vaccination rates in our community.

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    Victor van den Bergh

    May 16, 2016 | 08:33 p.m.

    Dear Nirit, Yariv, and your teams,

    This looks like a very fun and engaging way to get students thinking about the spread of infectious disease and the benefits of vaccinations. What plans do you have for developing a curriculum to support teachers using your device and software in order to tie the activity back to the larger concepts being taught? For example, will the model showing dots as they move about the classroom spreading the flu be shared and discussed with students? Thank you for your excellent video!

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    Nirit Glazer

    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2016 | 12:49 a.m.

    Thanks for your question. Yes, the activity is embedded in a 5-steps lesson plan, including pre and post discussions. The students also repeat the activity at different vaccination rates and discuss the impact of the vaccination and its importance.

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    Karen Purcell

    May 17, 2016 | 11:11 a.m.

    Hi Nirit, Yariv, and teams,
    Excellent video. This seems like an exciting way to get students engaged and learning!
    Can you expand a bit more on how exposure to this tool/activity will broaden and improve participation in sciences? Do you plan to add specific learning to translate the exercise into potential science participation, particularly for underserved students? Finally, do you have plans to reach/involve parents?

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    Nirit Glazer

    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2016 | 01:07 p.m.

    Thanks for your comment.
    The activity is targeted to hands-on museum and science centers to both kids (school field trips) and their families (family visits to the museum).
    In addition to improving health literacy, the activity is designed to trigger student interest in science and thereby broadening their participation in science.
    The system is in trials in two locations in Michigan, both locations serve a high percentage of at-risk and undeserved populations.

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    Karen Purcell

    May 19, 2016 | 12:19 p.m.

    Thanks for your reply Nirit.

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    Nancy Gilby

    May 17, 2016 | 12:11 p.m.

    Hi Nirit, Yariv and your team,
    Wow! Nicely done. What a wonderful, active way for children to engage with educational materials. I am definitely placing my vote for you!


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    Nirit Glazer

    Lead Presenter
    May 17, 2016 | 12:58 p.m.


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    Jacqueline Miller

    Senior Research Scientist
    May 18, 2016 | 02:14 p.m.

    This is such an important topic in light of the increasing numbers of unvaccinated children and the reemergence of diseases such as measles. Modeling the spread of flu is very powerful and something children can relate to. Children can also serve to bring these ideas and experiences home to their parents and discuss the importance of vaccinations. Do you provide any materials to help children talk with their parents? Have you had any feedback about how children who are not vaccinated react and how teachers handle this?

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    Nirit Glazer

    Lead Presenter
    May 18, 2016 | 02:57 p.m.

    Thanks so much for your comments and questions.
    We plan to provide the kids brochures to take home to help children talk with their parents. Right now we only simulate the spread of the flu diseases, but the discussion expands to other diseases such as measles.
    Future versions of the activity will include also a comparison of different diseases.
    We do not have yet feedback about how children who are not vaccinated react and how teachers handle this. This is a good advice. Thank you very much again for the thoughtful comments.

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    Joseph Wilson

    May 19, 2016 | 07:50 p.m.

    #teamNirit – excited that you are tackling the issue of vaccination education! How do you envision this would be used by a school — would an individual teacher purchase this? school? school district? Thanks!

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    Nirit Glazer

    Lead Presenter
    May 19, 2016 | 09:33 p.m.

    Hi Joseph,
    Great questions!
    An intensive “customer discovery” interviews process revealed that the best fit for this kind of activities is hands-on museum and science center. The museums will run the activities to their visitors (e.g., school field trips, families visits, etc.) and in local schools as part of of the outreach activities. The instructors will be the museum personnel.
    Besides the many educational outcomes, informal venues are usually more cost effective compared to schools because one system at the informal learning centers can be made available to multiple groups, whereas, in a school each classroom would require the system separately.
    About schools, the interviews validated that there is “no one formula fits all”. While in some school district the decision makers are at the district level (curriculum directors, IT directors, etc.), in other the schools decisions are under the responsibility of the school principal, and in other school the decisions are made by the teachers. It also depends on the source of the budget and many other factors.

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