Plan B for the HTH at the NJEA 2010 Convention

Boy was I surprised when I got an e-mail from Kevin Jarrett regarding one of my sessions at the High Tech Hall this coming Friday. He e-mailed me to let me know that one of the tools I was using, was about to shut down. This was bad news for me as I was going to be talking about for an entire hour. But, as we know, there is always another tool and it was an easy decision to go with Dropbox as a replacement.

How many times has this happened to you? Was there a website or a web app that you have used in the past that is gone now? What did you replace it with?

Miguel Guhlin asked the other day for tools to use in lieu of Wallwisher. Well, I had a whole list as I had intended to use Wallwisher a few times that week and each time I tried I got “There is a glitch in the matrix” as an error. Dan Rezac had also blogged about the same issue. We always need to have a plan B.

Please share your Plan B experiences on this Voicethread. Not only will it be interesting to see/hear how we have all have coped with our favorite sites going down, but I am going to be sharing this with the teachers that come to High Tech Hall this Friday at the 2010 NJEA Teachers Convention.  I think this will be a great example. Thanks in advance for your participation.


8 thoughts on “Plan B for the HTH at the NJEA 2010 Convention

  1. Dropbox is blocked at our school (as are many other useful websites).

    Tough to workaround that without an outside proxy or a smart phone.

    The real question for me is how do teachers deal with sites such as Dropbox being blocked in school? Do they find alternatives, address the issue head-on, or something else? Esp. in light of the new 21st century initiatives.

  2. I believe in our District the issue is bandwidth not access. If all of my animation kids are uploading large unrendered files, it does affect the traffic on the internet. I think infrastructure is as important as access.

  3. Hey Lisa,

    Another great post Lisa! This post has really made me come to a major realization. What would I do if some of the important sites I used suddenly shut down? This semester I have used dropbox and other tools quite a bit. Obviously this has never happened to me before, but it is really something I should start thinking about. People really do need a Plan B in emergency situations.

    Thank you for possibly saving my life from a possibly major technological situation.

  4. Hi, Lisa!
    I’ve been following your posts as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at The University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. I’ve found a ton of stuff that will be useful to me now and when I have a class of my own! Although I haven’t had the unfortunate situation arise where a tool isn’t available to use, I do agree that having a Plan B is always a must especially when you have a class full of children depending on you to have everything together! I look forward to your future posts. Thanks for sharing!

    Brandi Alexander

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