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Non-Technological Options

While technology may increase distance learning options for schools, there are many ways students can continue learning that do not require access to a computing device. 

Districts and schools, including those that have established a technology-based continuity of learning plan, may wish to utilize "non-technological" options for learning outside of the school building. An example would be providing photocopied packets that include both instructional materials and learning materials/resources for students to take home. 

Below are options for instruction and learning without the use of technology.

  • Textbooks, trade books and magazines
  • Photocopies of text, pictures, and other media
  • Printed transcripts of guided lessons
  • Photocopies of activity pages, graphic organizers, and skill-building sheets
  • Lists of hands-on activities students can engage in at home (Teachers should tailored to developmental level), such as
    • Conducting and documenting an experiment and analyzing results
    • Collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and visually representing data, and using data to make a prediction or create a model
    • Creating art
    • Moving (exercising, taking a walk, dancing, playing, practicing yoga)
    • Writing (academic, creative, technical)
    • Counting, measuring, telling time, determining area and volume, factoring, calculating, etc. utilizing real-world objects and scenarios
    • Noticing, sorting, classifying, comparing
    • Drawing a map (physical or other type of geography map; or concept map)
    • Performing a demonstration
    • Writing and/or performing a play, puppet show, or dramatic retelling
    • Learning about family, heritage and culture
    • Learning a new skill