At some schools, snow day is no day offline

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

When Michael Nicolau found out school had been canceled yet again because of the cold weather, he pulled out his iPad and got to work.

With a few clicks and an app that his biology class uses, the Prospect High School freshman was able to access and finish his digital assignment while his school remained closed by the subzero temperatures.

With the Chicago area hit with one of the snowiest and coldest winters on record, prompting multiple days of school closures — and with more bitter cold and snow in the forecast — many teachers and students improvised classes on the nonattendance days, uploading digital lessons and holding virtual classroom discussions. Particularly in schools where each student is issued a tablet or laptop, the technology allowed them to keep pace in the warmth of their own kitchen tables or bedrooms.

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