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'No Tech Thursday' encourages high schoolers to unplug

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Student reads a book instead of using cell phone during "No Tech Thursday" Student reads a book instead of using cell phone during "No Tech Thursday"

MARSHALL (WKOW) -- A Dane County High School unplugged from technology Thursday, and relied on the old-school way of learning.

Marshall High School turned off Wi-Fi and encouraged students to drop off their cell phones and other electronic devices in their homerooms.

The event was put on by the Marshall High School leadership class. The goal -- to show young people how dependent they and others have become on such easy access to technology.

Marshall students say it wasn't that bad.

"Maybe we should do it once a week or just change everything," said student organizer Colleen Virgil. "Let's put some cards out on tables, play trivia, communicate with your friends more -- I think people are enjoying it."

Students used dictionaries and textbooks to find information during class, and staff put card games out on cafeteria and library tables for students to play at lunch and between classes.

Organizers say a little more than half of the 350 students and staff at the school participated. Those who lasted the day unplugged each got a small prize, and were entered into a raffle for gift cards to local restaurants. 

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