Cooties™ is a simulation program that students use collaboratively to examine the spread of disease. The teacher can determine the incubation time, individual immunity levels, and how many Cooties characters, called coodles, will start with the infection. Students meet and possibly "infect" each other by beaming between their Palm OS devices. The Cooties program tracks which coodles students have met and will tell students if their coodle is sick. After students have finished meeting each other, they collaboratively determine the initial carrier of the disease and trace the transmission path among coodles.
virus transfer simulation, HIV/AIDS, exponential growth, epidemiology
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Cooties is now available as part of GoKnow's Handheld Learning Environment. More information on this suite of handheld computing tools, as well as other handheld computing resources, product tutorials, and product support, are available at GoKnow, Inc.
Hi-CE is creating handheld resources for other operating systems, including Windows CE (Pocket PC). For information on these tools, or information on the creation or application of our Palm OS computing tools, visit our Handheld Computing Website.