We have had no internet or telephone services at school since last Wednesday due to a major fire at a major telephone exchange in Warrnambool. At least 60 000 customers across south-west Victoria have been left without home phones, mobile service and/or internet. At my home, I can use my mobile phone and luckily we still have internet, but no landline.
Many banks have been closed and businesses have not had EFTPOS working. People have been stuck with no cash to pay for things they need and no ability to pay by card. Businesses have started using the old swipe machines to allow people to use their cards. One major concern was that people for a time were unable to call emergency services. The fire has had a huge impact and it has helped us realise how much we rely on this one telecommunications provider.
It might take more than a week for full services to be restored.
At school we integrate web-based learning into all our lessons so, as the teacher, I have had to rethink the learning program while we wait for internet services to be restored. I have been able to download resources from the internet at home but for now we are doing lots more worksheet type activities and games!
How much do you use the internet in your daily school learning?
How would things be different if you had no telecommunications for a week?