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Continuous instruction during the winter months sometimes feels like climbing up a steep, snow covered hill while dodging oncoming sleds. We keep treading the snow covered incline, but slide back every few steps.

With record-breaking snowfall, many school districts around the nation are exploring options for a non-traditional school day during the winter months; whereby students receive instruction while off for inclement weather. Although this idea is meant to keep from extending the school year as well as provide more instructional continuity, the founding concept reaches far beyond simply making up a snow day. This Blended Learning model has the transformative power to change traditional teaching and learning. Through this transformation, learning becomes more student centered, more innovative, and without the laws of time and space.

Many teachers adopting a Snow Day Plan, or a Blended Learning Model, are enhancing their teaching and learning by creating high-quality content that offers a personalized student experience. Leveraging applications that foster creativity and collaboration often provide an engaging platform to host this dynamic content.

There is a myriad of ways you can innovate your instruction to provide access to dynamic content, but, if you don’t know where to start or are looking to reinvigorate your instruction, try one of these three video applications:


Beginner: ScreenChomp

Easy iPad Screencasting

Intermediate: EduCanon

Make Video Interactive

Advanced: Touchcast

Add Web Links to Your Video

  • Quick instructional videos
  • Record whiteboard interactions with audio
  • Students explain their understanding
  • Add annotations to images and audio
  • Tutoring binder with QR codes to instructional videos
  • Engagement with accountability
  • Enrich your video with multiple question types throughout the video
  • Promote self-paced learning with pause and rewind
  • Prevent students from skipping parts of the video
  • Students or teachers create interactive video
  • Fosters creativity
  • Link the web in a video
  • Built-in teleprompter
  • Perfect for
    flipping instruction
  • Picture in picture video
  • Screencast capability



About The Author

Tiffaney Lavoie currently serves as the Director of Instructional Media and Design at Edvergent Learning. An educator with a business background, she has served over 60 school districts in Kentucky as an instructional technology consultant where she developed and delivered professional learning opportunities and partnered with school and district technology rollouts. A former middle school teacher, Tiffaney has a passion for effective technology integration and recognizes the importance of accessible digital tools to support teaching and learning. She has presented on a state, regional, and national level, and values immersive digital learning environments that better equip students to compete in a global society.