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Logging on to fewer snow days

October 25, 2010 - Rob Weaver
An experiment in online learning in Darke County should be of interest to students — and teachers and administrators — throughout Ohio. Students in Mississinawa Valley Schools this year might spend would-be snow days this year taking lessons via home computers. The rural district in western Ohio plans to try to substitute the online learning for snow days. This year, it should be noted, school districts in Ohio are allowed just three calamity days before having to schedule make-up days. Previously, districts were allotted five such days. It will be interesting to see how students react to spending a snowy day at a computer, taking online classes. How will the district know which students cooperated? I suspect there will be a test later. And will teachers have to craft online lessons at the last minute, or will some form of online education have to be prepared before that happens? My guess is the only people rejoicing in snow days in the Mississinawa Valley district will be the bus drivers.


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