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Why Do We Still Have Snow Days?

A few weeks ago I had a lovely lunch with Mitch Garvis, a Microsoft Valuable Partner (MVP). For some excellent tech insight, you should check out his blog and follow him on Twitter @mgarvis.  He asked me what I would like to see technology do in the future…my answer: “end snow days”.  The look on his face told me he didn’t see the connection between technology and snow days.

I live in a small city in the snow belt.  Classes are not canceled that often, but the school buses are.  My daughter takes a school bus and there have been several days when she hasn’t attended school because the buses have been cancelled.  If my husband and I can re-arrange our schedules, one of us will drop her off and pick her up; but otherwise she stays home and chats online with her classmates who are also at home.   If she is chatting with her friends online and her teacher is at school (which has Internet connectivity), why can’t the students, both at home and in class, and the teacher have an online  lesson?

Not only could we use this model for snow days, but we could free our elementary children from the education “box” they are stuck in.  Skype In the Classroom is free, and already connects teachers and projects together.   Could this model be expanded to include experts on different subject matter? This would make learning a more interesting and interactive experience.  To keep our kids exposed to current technologies not only makes learning fun, but it also ensures they can use technology to their advantage; whether it’s in school using a Smart board or outside of school teaching a grandparent how to communicate over the Internet. Our education system needs to change and adapt to meet the needs of our younger students. Education should encourage our children develop a passion and desire to learn about a variety of topics, not just curriculum in the box.

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