By: Abigail DesVergnes
During this school year, teachers introduced many online resources that students apply to most of their school work, such as Google Documents, Class Jump, Weebly, and Google Classroom. With all these resources, it’s time for a change in the way communities make up school days.
A teacher could easily send a document to a class as an assignment and create a message board in order for students to communicate with their peers outside of their classroom environment.
Other applications are Skype, FaceTime and OoVoo. These could be used for class discussions on topics through video calling. Teachers are able to communicate with their students through these applications providing an alternate classroom learning setting.
In the article, “Schools use novel way of making up snow days,” by Kathleen Conti (Globe Staff – April 18, 2015), alternative ways of making up snow days were discussed, such as using out of school activities as structured learning and assigning students online work.
This article opened up my eyes as to how schools could make up snow days. I strongly disagree with how our school days are added to the end of the year. Out-of-school activities or structured learning is a great idea because usually when visiting an historic site or a museum, students retain more information than listening to a teacher lecture.
Likewise, students should be able to make up snow days by completing online work. Many people do online schooling, so with all of the applications introduced to students online, this should allow students to make up missing school days.
Superintendent Eric Conti of Burlington, Mass. said in the Globe article, “We’re firmly of the belief that we can have a more meaningful learning experience with kids with these learning assignments than we can have on June 23 when it’s 90 degrees outside.”
Keeping students late into June will not motivate them to learn; rather they will have to sit in a classroom with no air conditioning where they won’t be able to concentrate due to heat exhaustion.