Now that winter is finally coming to an end, we can reflect a bit on the frustrations of “Snow Days” for schools. Snow days can disrupt the rhythm of a school year. The usual response to “snow days” is to write them off as lost time. Or, if too many snow days occur, to add extra days onto the end of the year. (Students, of course, love the days off during the winter, but do not enjoy an extended school year).
Chromebooks can provide a solution to this dilemma. Since Chromebooks are designed for Google Apps, teachers have the option to interact with their students from anywhere. Real time apps such as Docs, as well as visual tools like Hangouts allow students and teachers to accomplish school related tasks even when the roads are covered with snow and ice.
Another scenario is that the weather is questionable, but school is not cancelled. However, a student or two cannot make it to school due to their particular weather situation. Using Chromebooks and Google Apps provides a way for students to be present in the classroom, with the other students, despite being stuck at home.
One particular school understands this. The Eighth grade class at St. Rose, in Ontario, Canada, are part of a pilot project, giving each student a Chromebook loaded with learning applications. Teacher Laurie Clement says with this technology snow days don’t happen. “Typically, when you have these snow days, it almost feels like a wasted day,”says Clement. But with Chromebooks and Google Apps, “By 6:05 a.m. the email went out, the entire day’s work was on our e-learning calendar.”
So even though only half the class was able to make it through the snow and into the classroom, the other half took an English lesson from the comfort of their homes. To communicate with her students, Clement uses Google Hangout – a virtual conference call. With this, Clement can conduct lectures, take questions, and even take attendance.
Students may not appreciate having to be “in school,” while at home, but Chromebooks and Google Apps are truly revolutionizing how teachers teach and students learn.
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