In the end, the login statistics revealed the overall success of their “Snow Day.” About 90% of students logged in over the course of Digital Learning Days at some time. Some students were even logging in the night before to get a jump on the next day’s activities.
Digital Learning Days showed to be an opportunity to build teacher capacity in transformational instruction while leveraging technology to engage student learning. A Digital Learning Day essentially forces students and teachers into a fully online environment from one that is web-enhanced, which can cause some uneasiness with students, teachers and parents. After the first day, teachers made adjustments and the comfort level increased for all.
Teachers are addressing issues of accessibility as well. They know which students may be struggling to access technology in their homes. For example, there may be numerous siblings all vying for computer time. Teachers can choose to give assignments that don’t require the student to be in front of a machine the whole day, but rather submit it later, when they have computer access.
Students are happy with digital learning days because they can maintain the continuity of their education regardless of the circumstance. And of course everyone loves the fact that they don’t need to add either minutes to each day, or extra days to the end of the school year.