DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Five snow days since Tuesday, February 1 have not affected students at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas. They have not missed any class assignments.
Bishop Dunne students are required to have laptop computers and those who can’t afford them receive financial assistance. Teachers have distributed assignments online, which the students retrieve through the school’s website. Rather than use text books, students use e-readers, which they access on their computers.
Their campus is closed, just like other North Texas schools. But school work continues every week day. “This is the wave of the future” says John Rosa, the father of 12-year-old Alvin, a sixth grade student. “They don’t have any school days to make up at Bishop Dunne” he says.
The Principal of Bishop Dunne, Patrick O’Sullivan, says a student’s success in the classroom depends on an effective teacher. And his students have not been in the classroom or with their teachers, but they have communicated with their teachers through chat lines, Skype and by telephone if necessary.
“The most important thing for us is that the learning process continues and it’s not interrupted” says O’Sullivan.
Alvin Rosa says he likes having the freedom to take breaks and not be confined to a desk, but he says he misses socializing with friends at school. “It’s really fun because when I’m at my house I can move around and take breaks but my work might take longer” says Alvin Rosa. “But I still get it all done” says Rosa.
O’Sullivan has been Principal at Bishop Dunne for 15 years and says he’s amazed at the speed of technology and it’s potential uses for class work. “It makes me excited and nervous” he says. “I have a four-year-old, a three-year-old and a six-month-old and I can only imagine what education is going to be like when they get to that point.”