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Friday, October 21, 2016

Are snow days a thing of the past? | Shelbynews

"Spending snow days outside building snowmen and sledding down steep hills will only be a memory for Shelbyville Central Schools students." summarizes Ross Flint /The Shelbyville News.

Shelbyville teachers and administrators have been working toward developing eLearning, which allows students to get school work done from home on days that school days are canceled, possible. 

Assistant Superintendent Mary Harper said the school corporation has been working on making this possible after completing the Indiana Department of Education application. The corporation completed a survey to make sure families had internet access at home and found that 78 percent do.

That, combined with the corporation’s plan of providing lab days on Wednesdays and Saturdays to complete assignments, led them to decide to go for it.

Students will be able to participate in virtual discussions with their classmates, work remotely in small groups or with another student, watch a video and work on class projects.

Many teachers use Google Classroom and other Google sites, which can be utilized with eLearning.

Harper said it’s an opportunity to prevent the disruption of a student’s education because of bad weather.

Students will make up lost hours during a window of time following a missed school day. During that time, schools will be in their regular schedule and students are expected to complete their assignment through the eLearning Module. That allows students who might not have Internet access at home or have special needs accommodations to use the open labs.

Elementary school students will have access to the eLearning Module starting at 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday, and at 2:30 p.m. at the middle and high schools. It will close at midnight the following Monday.

Source: Shelbynews

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