Monday, October 12, 2015

Remote Learning “eDays” Help Schools Manage Extreme Weather.

In a column for USA Today (10/10) Thomas M. Kostigen reports that school systems are increasingly turning to remote learning “eDays” to make up for time otherwise lost to extreme weather such as blizzards, heat waves and floods. The article discussed the weather challenges faced by school districts across the country as well as the costs and benefits of eDays, including criticism from some parents who feel that eDays place an “undue burden on them to stay home with their children those days, potentially missing work.”
        The AP (10/12) reports that there is an increase in using “online learning technologies intended to keep youngsters engaged even if inclement winter weather maroons them at home” in Indiana. More districts are holding “‘eLearning’ days this fall to familiarize students and staff with the technology-dependent learning format before winter arrives.”

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