Friday, February 27, 2015

Blizzard Busting with Chromebooks

This week, we here in central North Carolina were told to brace for a blizzard.  The hot cocoa was simmering, the sleds pulled out, and the schools were closed as we got ready for the storm.

Since all our 6th-12th graders have Chromebooks that they take home with them, I thought it might be fun to put some optional, engaging activities together for our students while they were out of school (and make no mistake, when it snows in North Carolina we miss a LOT of school).  I reached out to our DIF team for help with ideas and got started.

Here is what I came up with:  MCS SNOWMAGEDDON 2015.  This site includes 3 fun, cross age-level ideas that I was ready to add to, depending on the number of missed school days.  I was nerdily excited to see all the fun stuff the kids would come up with and how far they would take it!

So......the plan was to push this site out to all student Chromebooks via the Google Admin Console, once the snow started falling.  But, alas, the snow did not fall!

See, those of us that have lived in central NC for any amount of time know we routinely fall on the "freezing line" during these storms- the line of 32 degrees, where just north of it gets hammered with snow/ice and just south gets nothing but a cold rain.  For this storm in particular our weather forecasters were confidently predicting anywhere between 0-12 inches of snow (this is how our winter weather forecast rolls in Moore County).  Well, I'm sure you can guess the rest of the story...

So, I was never able to push the site out.  But, on the bright side, we have it for next winter already in the chute, ready to go- oh, and we still get to have spring break!

Happy Chromeing, all- stay warm.  =)
-Steve J

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