North Texas school skypes with stranded teachers and students in NYC

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by Colleen Coyle

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Posted on October 30, 2012 at 1:43 PM

DALLAS - There was a lot of laughter and smiles Tuesday at Bishop Lynch High School. For the second day in a row students have been able to skype with their teachers and fellow classmates who were stranded in NYC due to Hurricane Sandy. Not only are they able to continue with classes, but one student even got to say hello to her dad - one of the two teachers stuck in the Big Apple.

Students may have thought they would be able to kick back for a few days, but that's not the case. Skype technology has allowed everyone at Bishop Lynch High School to continue with lesson plans and classes even though 2 of their history teachers, Mr. Post and Coach Dunn, are over 1500 miles away.

The 2 teachers and 13 students stranded in NYC consider themselves very lucky. Due to their location on the 40th floor of their hotel, they didn't see the worst of Hurricane Sandy. However, a couple times they did get a little anxious.

"Right before it veered off to the left, the eye of the storm that was supposed to hit us - it had gotten so wickedly looking that I mean I got a little bit scared then because it looked like Armageddon or something," stranded History teacher David Post said.

It is amazing what technology can do these days. Dean of Students Chris Rebuck said it was the first time the high school had used skype on a large scale such as in a class. The school is buzzing with ways to incorporate social media and technology on a regular basis. The mock trial team hopes to catch a plane home Wednesday. Not only will the team celebrate finally making it home, but they believe they will place in the top 5 for their mock trail competition - another reason to celebrate!

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