Turn snow days into e-learning day? Good idea once everyone has broadband and a computer!

I’m a little slow about posting this suggested bill  – (SF 1241 & HF 1421) to turn snow days into e-learning days. The St Cloud Times gave a nice description…

Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation that could spell the end for snow days.

A House committee Thursday will discuss a bill that could replace up to five snow days each year with “e-learning days.” Students would get on a laptop or tablet at home and follow along with online lessons on school days that would otherwise have been canceled.

Like a snow day, parents would be alerted to the at-home learning day at least two hours before the start of school and teachers would be available throughout the day to answer students’ questions.

Minnesota lawmakers are considering legislation that could spell the end for snow days.

A House committee Thursday will discuss a bill that could replace up to five snow days each year with “e-learning days.” Students would get on a laptop or tablet at home and follow along with online lessons on school days that would otherwise have been canceled.

Like a snow day, parents would be alerted to the at-home learning day at least two hours before the start of school and teachers would be available throughout the day to answer students’ questions.

Looks like the bill has been referred to another committee (Education Innovation Policy in the House and E-12 Policy in the Senate). I know Red Wing has been successful with this push. It would help keep kids on track and minimize the nightmare of planning for snow days. I have three kids in three schools and each handles differently snow days and making up for or using snow days at the end of the year. It’s a little bit of a parental nightmare – worse for the schools I imagine. But I don’t think this conversation (never mind conversion) can happen until every student in the state has access to adequate broadband and a computer or device to use it.

Although cards on the table – I grew up in Minnesota. I remember the pure joy of waking up to snow, listening to WCCO and cheering when my school was called off. And even when it was/is my kids school that’s called off, there’s still a little residual joy in the house.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

2 thoughts on “Turn snow days into e-learning day? Good idea once everyone has broadband and a computer!

  1. Ann: Some of the six districts that make up the Goodhue County Education District require that teachers do online professional development on snow days, using Whitewater Learning courses. As you might recall, their original subscriptions to Whitewater were paid for in part by a grant from the Blandin Foundation. Might make a good column for you. The contact with the Goodhue coalition of six districts is Cheri Johnson, executive director. My wife, Ann Zweber Werner is the founder of Whitewater. Larry Werner

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