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My Town: Forest Hills Schools using technology to combat snow days
My Town: Forest Hills Schools using technology to combat snow days

FOREST HILLS, Mich.—As many West Michigan schools are preparing to extend their academic calendar into June because of snow days, one district is combating a longer school year with the help of technology.

Anticipating snow days, language arts teacher Kris Schrotenboer recorded two weeks of lessons at the beginning of the semester with Michigan-made TechSmith Relay.  Shrotenboer even recorded some of her lessons on a smart phone at her kitchen table.   The 20-year veteran teacher then assigned students to watch videos on snow days, keeping her lesson plan on track.  Schrotenboer says her some of her students loved spending a little of their snow day on schoolwork, so they don’t have to cram later on.

Other classrooms are also using the technology to force students to work remotely as the flakes pile up outside, from sophomore English students to fourth grade music students. The technology also works well for students who are out sick, allowing them access to classroom lectures and lessons on their smartphone or tablet while stuck at home.

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