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Lin's Teaching Tip

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is in our students’ interest to develop knowledge about infectious diseases outbreaks, especially how an epidemic outbreak emerges, how healthcare capacity may influence the number of deaths during an outbreak, and how strategies such as isolation, quarantine, social distance, vaccination may mitigate an outbreak. I have developed six computer models for 6-12 students to explore these questions and received positive comments from my student teachers and some in-service science teachers. Here I am excited to share them with more science teachers. Please find the model information and teaching tips in the Google slides “Using Computer Models to Explore Infectious Disease Outbreaks.” Teachers can include the models or their links in Google Classrooms or Canvas. Students can run the models on a Chromebook, a Tablet, a Smartphone, or a regular computer/laptop. Please feel free to contact me at for any questions or relevant information. More computer models on my website

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  Rico Tyler is a transitional retiree and master teacher at Western Ky University. He is a 1994 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching and the 2018 National UTeach Outstanding Master Teacher. He has been an astronomy instructor for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program since 1984 and is currently the co-director of the National STEM Scholar program.

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Jamaal Stiles currently teaches STEM courses at Bloomfield Middle School (Nelson County). He has previously taught science and math courses in the Marion County Public School system. Mr. Stiles' research interests lie in the areas of biomedical science, ecology, environmental science, and technology. He is a Google Level 1 and 2 Certified and Nearpod Certified Educator. He currently serves on the KSTA Board of Directors as the Secretary/Treasurer.

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