Dr. Farhad Saba at San Diego State University discusses the growth of distance learning, and the challenges that come with it. Dr. Saba also addresses the question of stagnation, which according to his research, wasn’t present in a new distance learning structure. I think teachers will be interested to see how constructive distance learning is, and perhaps consider using it with school closings due to inclement weather.
In this 2010 video, C-SPAN looks into the impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans students. Schools still struggled for resources even 5 years after, says Shannon Jones of Tulane University. You’ll hear how students still struggle academically and emotionally. This is a must-watch for teachers, especially because it’s important to know resources and planning are what drive student success following tragic events like Hurricane Katrina.
TeachersFirst complied this snow day resource collection that has a variety of K-12 lesson plans and activities from afar. They teachers to link their class websites to this page as well. Students can access the materials and media linked to their lesson plan with updated Adobe Flash and Acrobat. I was very impressed to see quality of lessons for younger students, and how sophisticated other lessons were for high school students.
Curriculum Pathways on Twitter (@SASeducator) provides 1,500+ free interactive, standards-based resources, tools, and apps for K-12. Just recently, they took advantage of #SnowDay, and posted a bunch of great online tools and activities. The Geography materials are my favorite. I loved how often they post new things!
Marlington School District (Ohio) has a great plan for snow day curriculum. Each teacher in the district has his or her own website, outfitted with a lesson plan. Using Google Drive, most students can print off their worksheets. I think this is a great model of how to plan ahead for snow days, so teacher and students can stay on target when school resumes.
Joshua Goodman, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, says bad weather has little to no affect on student achievement. He cites that disruptions are just a part of life and it shouldn't completely derail an academic path or lesson. Goodman states that the only absences affecting students are their own, in which poor attendance makes them fall behind the rest of classmates. I was very interested to read about the socio-economic impact of snow days as well.
Victor Lana says that schools needs to think of new options when it comes to snow days, as well as in other types of inclement weather. Lana points out that redefining what "day in session" actually means can make a big difference. He also touches upon distance learning, as we are all connected by technology. I was interested to see whether the idea of remote days could actually work!