Khan Academy can still be useful even with limited access to technology. In all cases, teamwork and peer tutoring can still be valuable to stretch your technology resources further. Below are a few ideas on how to make the most of the resources you have on-hand.

Available technology: Limited internet bandwidth

If you have limited internet bandwidth, there are a few options. First, using the skills practice takes up a small fraction of the bandwidth as compared to lessons that include video. So one option is to focus your students mainly on the practice sets. Some teachers have creatively had students in small groups as they use Khan Academy to minimize the number of devices that are online to use the limited bandwidth (some have gone so far as to create accounts  by team to track progress). Another option if you have severely limited bandwidth is to consider checking out KA Lite - the offline version of Khan Academy provided by a partner organization.

Available technology: A handful of computers in the classroom

It is a popular option to use Khan Academy to engage students at the far ends of the learning spectrum who might be bored or lost during a traditional lesson. During classtime, these students might use Khan Academy on your available computers. For student who are furthest behind, Khan Academy can be a great option to rebuild fundamentals, and provide you as the teacher a snapshot into their learning gaps so that there can be targeted intervention at another time. For students who are far ahead, it is a good way to allow them to continue racing ahead. Data reports allow you to see how your students are using that time.

Another way to leverage limited resources is to rotate students through the computers that are available, when the rest of the class might be working on other activities.  

Available technology: Limited access to a computer lab

While in the lab, allowing students the freedom to explore might be a good option if it's a very limited time. If you know there are specific lessons that could help students build foundational knowledge, assigning exercises or videos works as well.

Some teachers leverage the Energy Points report while students are in the lab as a game. Some keep up this graph the entire time to see what the average is during the lab time. One game called "Rocket Run" was created by a teacher in Los Altos School District who would divide the class in two. One half would work on the same exercise for one minute while the other half of the class would watch. Then they'd wait for the graph to clear and the sides would switch. Students really engaged and would get a little competitive too.

Increasing access

With classrooms strapped for resources, we know it's tough to provide the technology. Here are a few ideas teachers have shared with us on augmenting their technology.

Community programs

Local libraries and afterschool programs sometimes offer technology resources to students for free. These might be leveraged for students without access at home.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Some schools are in a position to implement a BYOD policy (bring your own device), where students can leverage their own phones, tablets and laptops to supplement technology resources provided by the school.

Donation programs

If your school is looking for donation programs, check out organizations like DonorsChoose, or more generally, grants, foundations and corporate donation programs, which are popular among teachers.


School fundraisers are still a good fallback for local community fundraising. Tal Sztainer even pooled funds from his friends and family to supply a few computers for his classroom. See how his implementation evolved in this video, and check out his advice on getting tech into a classroom.