Back-up Plan

Technology Implementation Plan: Online Development Guide

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Back-up Plan

     Unfortunately, it is necessary for teachers to have a back-up plan in case the technology fails.  For situations involving the use of the Internet, teachers should make sure they know if an alternative site is available and they should have this information written down in a convenient location.  Teachers can also make print-outs of specific images or data ahead of time to have on hand, or they can save these images and web pages to the hard drive of their computer. Alternatively, teachers can devise a plan for switching to an optional or non-technological part of the project, such as watching an educational video or journal writing, if a technical problem arises.


A high school physics class uses the Navigational Vectors project to track airplanes flying in U.S. skies. Using trigonometry they determine the plane's air speed and predict its time of arrival at its destination. Prior to undertaking the project, the teacher has devised a back-up plan. She has identified back-up sites that can be used to access the real time data in case those sites are down during class time. Additionally, she copies relevant images to the hard drive of the computer so that the images can be viewed later in class if the Internet connection fails. The image may be a few hours out of date but will be sufficient for the purposes of the project.  

Consider these questions as you review your project.

  • What activities in the project you have selected will require a back-up plan in case the technology fails?

  • Are there alternative web sites that can be used if the primary sites are down?

  • Do you have a back-up class activity that you can use if the technology is not working?


Use these resources to help you develop a back-up plan.

Online Resources

  • When All Else Fails: The Back-up Plan - Provides some good reasons for having a back-up plan but some of the ideas are specific to one particular university

  • Backup Plans by Bill Bateman - Good article about using Web Whacker to create a back up plan.  Keep in mind that Web Whacker cannot save some types of Internet content such as forms, interactive components, or real time data.

  • Techniques for Saving Internet Information - List of techniques for saving information and data gathered from the Internet so that it can then be used on other non-Internet computers.

Stevens Developed Content

Potential Back-up Lesson Plans

Presentation Hardware and Software Sites
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