Finding My Phone

Boy, did I get in trouble.

My wife and I were on the road and staying in a hotel in Stratford.  As you may know, I’m a real early riser and reader.  So, I’m reading this article “How to use Google to find your lost Android phone“.

I’m here and my phone is over there on the dresser.  Could Google find it?  I wonder.

I head to Google and type “find my phone”.

This is a nice feature.  I don’t want anyone but me finding my phone!

I log in and Google starts looking and finds it.

How about that?  Within 12 metres!  That’s pretty impressive.

It makes sense.  In order for the phone to work, it needs to be connected to the phone network and the network needs to know where it is.  I was so impressed with how close it got.

Then, I made a mistake.

See that little icon that says “Ring” in the bottom left corner?  I should have paid attention to the warning that the service rings the phone at loudest volume for 5 seconds.  I thought that, since I turn the speaker off at night, it might just flash or something.

Yeah.  You can see how this story ends.

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Is It Really That Important?

The other day, I had to drive into the city to meet some friends for a coffee.

I was stopped at a red light on a four lane road.  (Walker Road, if you know the city).

I looked to my right to see the cross traffic and noticed that there was a young lady in the car next to me and she was looking down.  Odd, then it occurred to me – she’s not napping, she’s texting.  I suppose that she wasn’t causing danger at the moment but, in the back of my mind, I seem to recall reading of a person who got a ticket for distracted driving while doing the same thing at another red light.  The argument was that the driver wasn’t in motion but that didn’t pan out.

In fact, the Ministry of Transportation has an entire page devoted to distracted driving.

Distracted Driving

The page examines the topic in great detail.

Anyway, the light turned green and both of us went through the intersection at roughly the same speed.  The difference?  I was watching the road; out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that she was still looking down.  I backed off; I didn’t want to get caught in case she drifted into my lane.

I was about to but the driver behind her beat me to it and laid on the horn.  Her neck snapped up and I think she must have felt a twinge of guilt as she hit the gas and flew away from us.

I know that we’re not perfect but to do something like this that has been proven unsafe over and over just blows my mind.

It just serves as a reminder to keep your eyes open and be aware of everything around you.

OTR Links 04/19/2015

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Music in a Lifetime

Earlier this week, I had interviewed Anita Brooks Kirkland.  It was a great interview and she shared so much about her thoughts of today’s Learning Commons.  Through our interactions in the past, I knew of her interests in music and in birding.  I thought that I would ask her about music in one of the questions.

What I didn’t know, and it came out in the interview, was that her orchestra has assembled a pretty comprehensive music education resource.  It’s titled “Music In A Lifetime“.

When you visit, there’s so much to take in so plan on allocating some time.

In particular, check out the section “For Teachers”.

There is a rich collection of resources created and shared by the Wellington Winds along with links to other similar resources and to music resources from the web.  A focus on inquiry lets you know that the resources here are recent and tie nicely into the Ministry of Education’s direction and probably your school district.

Don’t forget to check out their YouTube Channel while you’re there.

Thank you so much, Anita, for sharing this resource.

I wonder what I would have discovered had I asked her about birds?

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This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Learning and Sharing never seems to stop with Ontario Educators.  In case you missed them, here are some of the posts that caught my attention this past week.

Useful Twitter Resources for Educators

It’s hard to think that there are people who still haven’t seen the value of being connected to other educators via Twitter.  Sometimes, it just takes a good starting point.  The Cube for Teachers blog puts together a pretty comprehensive list for the beginner or those who wish to extend their abilities.

There’s also a selection of educator accounts offered as samples at the bottom of the post.

This post is a great share in your school conference and just might inspire more of your colleagues to join Cube for Teachers for the resources and the networking.

Google Chrome Tips and Tricks

Once you’ve sipped from the extensions/addon functionality well supporting your favourite browser, you’ll never stop.  A great browser goes over the top when you extend its abilities with the right tool.  Nicole Beuckelare shares some of her favourites in this post.

She also attended the Ontario Google Summit and shares her observations from that event here.  I like her analogy of a “gatherer”.  I feel like a hoarder at times…

My EdTech Team GAFE Summit Ah Ha Moment!

The neat thing that happens when you get a bunch of motivated to learn people together in one space is the massive learning and sharing.  It can be humbling when you think that you’ve “got it” only to realize that there’s so much to learn.  describes it like this…

I think the race analogy is so appropriate.  I have the same feeling and also the suspicion that the people holding the ribbon are running away from me way faster than I’m running towards them.  Never stop learning.

Microsoft EDU Summit 2015

The Google Summit wasn’t the only summit in the province last weekend.  Andre Quaglia had the only post that I could find about the Microsoft event.  Andre presented at the summit and shares his resources through this post.

The two hashtags from the weekend of learning were:  #ongafesummit and #msftedusummit.

They should have had a Hangout or Lync smackdown to close their events.

My Marvelous Mentee

Diana Maliszewski was involved in an AQ course on mentoring.  It sounds interesting and I’m going to do some more digging to find out just what the course entails.  At the very end, though, she posted some thoughts about one of the professionals that she worked with.

I like the list of attributes identified and attributed to Salma.  These are qualities that everyone should be proud to have and I hope that she wasn’t embarrassed.  She should be proud that Diana identified them.  This is the good stuff.

Could you say this about yourself?  If not, what could you do to put yourself into that position?

Amazing Things Do Happen

The best part of professional learning happens when the right people are in the right place at the right time.  Amy Bowker writes a post of just this happening at an edCamp.

Her takeaway was a renewed interest in the Google Educational certification program.  It sounds like obtaining this certification is important to her, so I wish her luck.


I had the awesome opportunity to conduct an interview with Anita Brook Kirkland this past week.  These are some of my most enjoyable posts and Anita was certainly delightful and shared so many things.  Read it here.  All of the interview that I’ve done are gathered together in the Interviews link above in case you want to dig into the archives for one.  Ditto for the “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” posts.  Such wisdom is contained in those posts.

There’s always something happening on the blogs of Ontario Educators and great thinking/sharing.  Why not jump in, read, and add your thoughts to these wonderful blogs?