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Kristine Ziwica discuses the move to make childcare free. As Laura Tingle highlights, nothing will be the same again. However, as Lisa Bryant points on:

Every playground in the country has been closed to stop the virus spreading. So why is it OK for hundreds of children to play together at a childcare centre?

Services should be open for essential workers and vulnerable families. But others should consider keeping their children at home where possible.

I’m also sad because not all our education and care services will be protected, not all educators’ and teachers’ jobs will be safe.

This is why I would rather try and continue keeping my child at home. However, I am happier that the government has stepped in to cover the cost, rather than be charged for absence days.

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A great video that demonstrates the power of cleaning your hands to stop the spread of the coronavirus
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Great message Rick.

It is not lost on us how lucky we are as teachers during this point in time. We have our jobs. We are needed and required. Yes, it is a challenging time for educators, students and families. Yet, we know there are those worse off than us right now. And we are thinking of them.

Stay safe and hear from you both soon.

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Craig Spencer provides an insight into a day in the life dealing with the coronavirus.
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Well said Joel. I think that now is the time for care and kindness, not more fear and self-doubt. Reminds me of
Pernille Ripp’s call to be ‘good enough
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Just adding to your conversations about drawing Riss. You might be interested in Austin Kleon’s recent post discussing drawing with kids.

I know lots of parents are stuck at home with kiddos right now, so I thought I’d put together a big list of my favorite resources for drawing with kids.

Along with Mo Willems’ videos, he provides a number of resources and recommendations. It is a reminder that technology is more than just a computer.

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I was left thinking of a recent tweet from Emma Alberici where she spoke about children being cared for by the community in Italy. Maybe students will take ‘teacher for a day’ and just let themselves in and teach themselves while the teachers deemed at risk work from home?
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Austin Kleon shares some thoughts to learning from home. This includes a link to a number of resources on Tumblr, as well as a post from Melissa Wiley. Importantly, Kleon warns about the dangers of trying to replicate school.
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I’m neither shocked by developments in DET (Victoria) or by Milligan’s dumbfounded reaction, but both are unfortunate. 1/

Since the late 1980s, and particularly through the Kennett years, management of schools has devolved and decentralised. This has been consistent with community expectations. There is no central standard issue toilet paper or hand sanitiser. Schools have funds to manage this. 2/
The current model of school management (broadly described as neoliberal) has many issues. Nevertheless ABC journalism has supported this model through programs such as “Revolution School” and the 4 corners “Digi Kids”, which I described as a puff piece and I stand by this. 3/
There is consistent evidence that this model of system management has failed (IBAC Dunham and Ord, PISA NAPLAN results etc). I have seen no journalist engage with these bigger issues. It’s mainly superficial reporting of facts with emotive interpretation. /4

Marten Koomen highlights the issues with supplies in state school and how this relates to the current challenges around funding.
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Nicholas A. Christakis discusses the difference between diagnosing whether you have COVID-19 as opposed to if you have built up immunity against it. He explains the serological tests required and how even at this point in the pandemic, such tests can be important:

Serological tests are important even in acute phase of COVID19 because tests for virus itself could be falsely negative (for many clinical & technical reasons, eg poor technique swabbing throat). Detecting antibodies to the virus offers us another way to spot the little devil [source]

This is an important part of understanding herd immunity. Although it makes me wonder about the implications of testing the whole nation and what other information this would give up? Is this the end of privacy?

Not only is this a great thread in itself, but it also has so many additional links to various reports and research.

via Clive Thompson

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Thank you Laura for the response. Personally, I wonder that ‘sharenting’ along with ‘screentime’ can be a distraction? Kate Eichhorn offers some interesting insights on the matter in regards to the end of forgetting. Kristen Turner and Ian O’Byrne also discuss this on the Technopanic Podcast.
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I am really interested in your questions Lucas, “Do you get enough reply posts to make the setup worthwhile?” I think it is important to be mindful about expectation. Webmentions are useful for capturing interactions from Twitter and other sites that support them. However, as Khurt Williams highlights, they still have limitations. Personally speaking, for sites that do not have webmentions, I usually cut and paste from my own site. First and foremost, I do this for me. Having said all that, I still think that webmentions is the most interoperable form of commenting on the web. They have revolutionised my web experience.