How to handle a class when the internet is down?

Having no backup plan for when ICT fails is a recipe for disaster in the classroom. Using ICT and new technologies can be a fantastic learning resource. However, if your lesson revolves around ICT and the school internet is down, what can you do?

In this PRAC-E Snapshot, a senior teacher discusses on the fly solutions to failing ICT, and how you can roll with the punches as a teacher. Enjoy the video and podcast below!


  • Use a physical activity. Moves the chairs and tables away and get them working.
  • Use their energy for 15-20 minutes. Going into hardcore written work from the beginning will be a struggle.
  • Burn their energy out, then finish the lesson with some written work. This could be open-ended questions, with 2-3 sentence answers.