Hybrid Learning without Internet

There will be times during hybrid learning that internet is an issue.  Either it’s too slow, or non-existent, there are problems at school or at home, or any number of things.  Here’s a collection of some ideas and resources you may find helpful.

Asynchronous Plans

Providing students with reinforcement activities, reading, writing, or other low- or no-tech hands on activities can be a great way to continue the learning without the internet. Unfortunately, the time when you need these plans is usually RIGHT NOW, so this can be a too little, too late. But for the next time, try some of this:

  • Packets – Usually a student’s worst nightmare, at least it is something curriculum related and doable without technology. You can make reinforcement packets to review curriculum from previous terms or years, short stories to read and respond to, or short writing assignments.
  • Break in Case of Emergency – Put together an emergency guided plan on curriculum that you may only need to tangentially cover, so it can be used flexibly throughout the year.
  • Role Reversal – Have a variety of topics available for students to choose from to create their own lesson on it.

Self-Guided Field Trip

Students that do have internet access while others may not can take advantage of some online virtual field trips. If internet is not available at home, you can provide students with directions to do some exploration or reflection in their own backyard. Maybe give them a writing prompt, a backyard science experiment, or a study on scale and perspective in their home.

Online Work & Reinforcement

If any internet disruptions are restricted to the school network, or isolated in pockets, you can have the students who DO have internet access do online activities. Consider ST Math, Khan Academy, NewsELA, CommonLit, and other tools you may have access to.

There’s no easy solution to this as every internet disruption potentially has a different cause and affects a varying amount of users. Quickly thinking on your toes in addition to having some asynchronous plans in place can take a lot of stress out of the situation.

Do you have any ideas of what you would do in situations where some, many, or all of your students would be without internet? Comment below!

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