As children, it was a day we all enjoyed – the snow day. Sleeping late, playing in the snow and no school work. Sure, you make it up in the summer, but it was still the equivalent of a second Christmas morning.
However, given how technology has evolved, snow days could soon become a thing of the past. With several "polar vortices" impacting weather so far this year, school day cancelations have been common. But some school districts have started implementing "cyber days" instead of giving students a full day off.
One such school was profiled by Ohio Valley news outlet The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register. Bishop Donahue High School already operates a "One-to-One" system where every student is provided with an iPad at the start of the school year. Textbooks are digital, some assignments are run through mobile applications and communication happens through email.
Now, this process is being expanded and online learning happens during snow days. Teachers email students in the morning with assignments and instructions and remain online to answer questions through email or messaging. Students then have until the end of the day to complete them.
According to Principal Tom Wise, this is a way to keep students engaged and continue lessons instead of taking the full day off.
Several other schools are running similar programs, but it can be a challenge, similar to the ones faced by any enterprise that relies on technology to facilitate remote work. Many of these companies turn toward VARs and MSPs for assistance. VAR Staffing helps solution providers identify and recruit the impactful talent needed to make education possible, even though the snow.