As the days roll on in March, parts of North America are continuing to thaw from one of the worst snowstorms on record. For a while there, people were reporting delayed and cancel flights, multiple-car pileups, and caved in roofs on a daily basis. With all the commotion and frenzy, a small vocational school in southeast Ohio never lost sight of what was important. Dampening snow days for children with a well-executed plan for take-home assignments.
During the storms, students of Washington County Career Center got assigned 'blizzard bags' containing assignments with enough material to cover 160-minutes program-specific class time and an additional 80 minutes of academic courses.
Blizzard bags are assigned to students of the Ohio Department of Education after the department has declared that schools and students are experiencing five days worth of calamity. The bags aren’t literal, rather, blizzard bags are online assignments posted by teachers and delivered by schools. Many of the teachers at Washington Country Career Center are choosing OneNote as the software to help them provide these blizzard bags to students.
As we reported earlier this month, OneNote is increasingly becoming the ubiquitous school aid some teachers and students are incorporating into their lesson plans. The OneNote class Notebook allows teachers to build interactive lessons they can then easily share with students, inside and outside of campus. OneNote’s cloud-centric integration means assignments are readily available for both students and teachers when changes or notes are applied.
These OneNote features are very compelling to educators and engaged students, but I have a feeling not everyone met them with welcoming arms during snow days.