FORT WORTH, TX—Believe it or not, Fort Worth ISD is encouraging kids to watch TV during their time off, but it's not the kind of programming you may expect. Teachers are jumping in front of the camera to help students.
When Molly Murador signed up to teach, she never thought she'd be talking to a camera to reach her students. But that's exactly what teachers in Fort Worth are doing. They're using "Ed TV" to keep on track while schools stay closed from swine flu.
"I'm sure that some kids are not excited, but on the other hand I think we're trying to do activities that will excite the kids, that will bring them in," said Murador, who teaches science.
"We just wanted to keep the learning going. Hopefully they're tuning in and participating. I know there's a science lesson going on right here over my shoulder," said Andrew McKenzie, a 5th grade math teacher:
Every 20 minutes there's a new lesson plan, a chance for a new teacher to make their television debut.
"Once they get in there and do that, they're all high fiving and big smiles all around when they're finished," said Scott JuVette, of Fort Worth ISD.
"This is kind of TV 101. I mean it's trial by fire," he said.
The school district is also broadcasting on radio to get information out to parents.