Monkseaton High School, Tyne and Wear are one of the many schools across the UK to have been badly hit by the weather. For them it was worse than just another snow day. Their building suffered, resulting in the three of its 100 roof panels becoming distorted - allowing water to come through and damage many of the school’s computers (You can see the report about this on the North Tyneside Council website)
Of course the school has been closed whilst repairs are being made. Thousands of the schools and colleges in the country have had to also close, disrupting learning. Through innovative thinking, Monkseaton has been able to use their new IT systems to continue personalise learning, keeping students and parents informed, and continue teaching by sending out school work via e-mail and their web site
As a result, the number of students accessing the school website has increased dramatically in the last couple of days. It’s a great demonstration of how IT can support learning to continue outside of the classroom in any situation.
Hopefully the bad weather won’t last for too much longer although if it does, Monkseaton can continue to work around the problem and teach outside of the classroom on the next snow day.