The winter of 2014 dumped a records amount of snow on the Midwest resulting in schools scrambling to make up days lost in the classroom. Given it’s pointless to plot against Mother Nature, school systems are working on developing creative solutions to eliminate scheduling hassles that result from unanticipated days out of the classroom. At the top of the list, the idea of “no snow days” has gained traction.
A recent article published by the Associated Press expands on how the principal of a high school in Minnesota is saying “good-bye” to snow days. Although cherished by students as a chance to play, snow days are a thing of the past for this school. The principal’s virtual learning strategy means students are spending time in a “virtual classroom” by utilizing school-issued laptops and iPads to log in and learn from home when inclement weather closes school.
Leveraging cloud technology to enhance and support learning, on a snow day or a sunny day, can help schools address the growing challenges of aligning technology with education goals while also meeting state education requirements. With virtualization, educators and students can continue their school day from the safety and comfort of home when necessary.
This trend of eliminating snow days and extending the school year due to weather conditions is occurring everywhere, even in schools and communities that are falling behind the curve toward technology-based learning. Iowa public schools give students without a computer at home or Internet access “blizzard bags” of homework in order to meet state mandates. In fact, more than half of Iowa’s 1,000 school districts have submitted creative plans to the state for hosting virtual makeup days.
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