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.

How to quickly find an email in Microsoft Outlook

It’s so easy to waste time digging through folders and scrolling through search results trying to find that email that you just know is hidden somewhere. In this blog post, I’ll explain how the Outlook search feature works and how you can use it to quickly find the email you are looking for.


It’s Not My Fault Pt 2

In the previous post I spoke of my reaction to the phrase, “It’s not my fault.” One of the contexts that I regularly hear the comment “it’s not my fault” is in the area of poverty.  Now before we get too far into this topic please understand three things: 1.


Hour of Code – Brilliant resource for you and your students!

Coding is a great way for your students to put computational thinking into action. The Hour of Code resources are an exceptional place to explore and be guided through some coding activities. Awesome for teachers who may be feeling uncertain and great for students to get stuck into some cool coding challenges as the tutorials are clear and easy to follow.


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