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Technology Allows Any Day Off to Become a School Day

Technology Allows Any Day Off to Become a School Day

With technology, snow days may become a thing of the past.

With the access to the Internet, teachers and students can stay in touch at all times. The availability of lesson materials increasingly means the end of those carefree, assignment-free days at home, according to an article on USAToday.com. "In schools around the region, teachers are starting to dole out work on snow days and make assignments due outside of traditional school hours."

"During one snow day this month, Mahopac High physics teacher Kevin Finnerty e-mailed his class and told them to watch three Khan Academy videos and complete a series of problems," the article said. "Other teachers in the school have assigned articles to read and summarize, problems to complete and poems to interpret. Even art teachers got in on the act."

According to the article, Katherine Bensburg, her ceramics teacher "asked the students to find photos of fish with interesting silhouettes while they waited to get back to their classrooms and get their hands on clay."

The article said that "Bensburg and her classmate Daniel Winogradoff said they don't mind snow-day assignments, especially after so many days off this winter."

"It's easy to fall behind when you miss so many days," she said in the article.

According to the article, "Winogradoff, 18, said he began getting snow-day assignments a few years ago. Now teachers are moving away from e-mail and using Twitter and other platforms, he said."

"I think it's a lot quicker," Winogradoff said in the article. "Sometimes kids don't get the e-mails."

"Mahopac High Principal Adam Pease said some have tweeted that they regret giving the school their e-mail address," the article said. "One girl tweeted on Feb. 25, after a three-day power outage: '*me going into the first day back at school* what email assignments? i didnt get anything?? i dont even have an email??? whats a mahopac????'"

"They're adjusting to this idea that they can't totally escape from instruction any more," Pease said in the article.

According to the article, "technology has been pushing its way into classrooms for a long time. Smartboards, laptops and — more recently — tablets and smartphones have promised more dynamic learning and access to a seemingly limitless world of information."

"Increasingly popular apps like Google Classroom allow teachers and students to share work, give quick feedback and experiment with learning techniques," the article said.

Read the full story and comment below.

Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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