How to tell if a website is down

Is your internet playing up, or is it a problem with the website?  Here is how to find out quickly

Every now and then I try and access a website and get an error message or a ‘webpage is unavailable’ message. This happened the other day. I wanted to look at the Hapara website but it was down.  My internet had been patchy during the day, so rather than trying to figure out if my internet was out I simply went to As it turns out Hapara was down.


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How it works

Down for everyone or just me pings the website from several servers in different locations to see if the website responds.  If the website loads you will get a message letting you know that it is just you. Once you know where the issue lies, you can start to problem solve the issue.

Workbench and Google Sheets part 2

The coding space in Workbench has a Blockly workspace that resembles Scratch, so it is readily familiar with students and teachers and it works super well on Chromebooks as well as other laptops. This blog is the second in a series of five and you will learn how you can add devices that can interact with the code.


3 Reasons Why I Love Boomerang For Gmail

**UPDATED VERSION OF THIS POST available in our three part series on  scheduling an email in Gmail, snoozing an email and pausing your Gmail inbox.** One of the most frequent questions I am asked by people who are transitioning from Outlook to Gmail is “How do you schedule an email in


How to make your writing invisible

How cool is it to be able to make your writing invisible? What an air of mystery you can create when you’re able to ‘hide’ your messages or provide an opportunity for your student to ‘discover’ hidden text. This blog will share some fun ways you can do this with your students.


LearnBytes episode #6 – Michelle Bowditch: Do these 4 things when facing uncertainty or frustration

Samantha is joined by Michelle Bowditch, the founder of Door 20A and a Tech Lover, Educator Connecter & Advocate for Executive Assistants.

In her race against the clock, Michelle shares the 4 things you can do when facing uncertainty or frustration – even with little things like tech problems! We also hear some great podcast recommendations & a handy tip for planning your podcast listening.


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