Local School District Tests E-Learning, Substitute For Snow Days (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

February 10, 2014 Updated Mar 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM EDT

WABASH, Ind. (21Alive) -- For some students in Indiana, snow days no longer mean sleeping in or playing video games.

That's because students at the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County get to take home an iPad or MacBook Air to participate in something called e-learning.

Students kindergarten through 2nd get the iPad, while 3rd graders through seniors each get a MacBook Air.

"We've really been pushers of technology. We want our students to be able to compete globally," said Superintendent Sandra Weaver.

The Apple products do more than just help students learn in the classroom. They're also taking away the tacked on end-of-the-year school days that so many other districts face because of recent weather.

Last Tuesday, superintendents throughout the Midwest knew about the next round of heavy snow headed our way.

So ahead of time, officials with Wabash MSD were able to declare Wednesday a stay-at-home, e-learning day. Students completed all of their coursework, without ever having to step outside into the snow and cold.

Weaver says the online curriculum is still rigorous, "Students actually tell me it's more work. They say it's harder and they have more assignments."

Officials say this is great for snow days, but nothing beats being in the classroom with the teacher there to help motivate students and answer questions.

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