My Week Ending February 11, 2018


Readings (You can follow my daily readings as they happen here)

  1. Good teachers always have approaches that work the best and certainly something that applies in all subject areas is the success that comes from creating something.  If you believe this, then why do we just use applications for consumption rather than creation.  This is a pretty good list of ways to turn that around.  I’m not sure that I would label them all as “new” although I guess they could be new to some.
  2. I suspect that there are two camps when it comes to the Google Chrome browser – those who love it and those who hate it.  Then, there’s this Chromium thing.  This is a good post describing the relationship of the two.  It would have been a good exercise to go further and look at other browsers that are based on Chromium.  (Like Opera that I’m using right now)  Wait, just search for it.
  3. You’ve got to love a school organization that respects community instead of just closing up shop and busing students elsewhere.  If you can’t find a way to make a school with 400 students viable, it must go to your soul when the number becomes 89.
  4. I don’t think you want to read this if you want your child to know her times tables and to be able to recite Shakespeare from memory.  The students that we see today are on the cusp of something new.  We’re not that far from welcoming the class of 2030 to our schools.  Gulp. What will their needs be?
  5. I can’t read enough about Blockchain.  It’s such an abstract concept to me.  I like the feel of money.  Here’s another explanation.
  6. We need to celebrate great teaching and often it’s done with rewards.  This time it’s Rebecca Hainnu.  Stories like this are inspirational.
    Rebecca Hainnu “recognized in her own community, region, territory and beyond, as a phenomenal, outstanding educator”
  7. I often wonder if school districts using only commercial products creates an environment of illegal sharing of applications.  We talk about the expense of buying the hardware creating a digital divide but some software can be pretty pricey.  Should we look more to Open Education Resources?  I think so.  More variety, more opportunity to use appropriate resources, more opportunities for developers and creators…
  8. Nobody likes cooties.  Who doesn’t remember shunning people in class that had cooties?  Crime Prevention Ottawa has this colourful CootieCatcher poster among a lot of other resources to help students stay safe online.
  9. I know that you’re wondering what to get me for Valentine’s Day.  Here’s a list.  I’m not picky.  I’ll find a use for any/all of them.
  10. Not another Powerpoint!  If you get that response everytime that you assign a presentation, maybe it’s time for a change.  How about Sway instead?


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Technology Trouble Shooting

A little tape – I’ll probably get stopped every time I go through an airport check point but hey.  I needed a solution.  When I replaced the hard drive in my MacBook Pro, it went well.  Except that when I put the screws back into the bottom of the computer, there’s one that keeps falling out.  I don’t know if it’s different from the others or if it just got stripped somehow.  I think my solution is rather genius.  I just put a small piece of electrical tape over it.  Problem solved but it looked ugly.  So, I put little pieces over all the screws.  Now, it just looks rugged.

Weekly Challenge – I always thought time was time but it’s not on this computer.  I have it set to dual boot Windows and Linux Mint.  Mint boots just fine.  Windows, however, boots and the clock is five hours ahead.  I used to go in and reset it manually which was a pain.  Now, I go to the chain the time setting and toggle automatic time setting off and on and somehow it works.  I’ve read articles that indicate that Windows and Linux read the clock differently.  I just find that bizarre.


Video of the Week – It’s my blog so I can call this GIF a video – it’s me with my phone (and no tripod) capturing artist Cameron Steltman painting at the OTF Curriculum Forum.  It was truly ad hoc otherwise we would have cleared the background of glasses and breakfast dishes.  I used Stop Motion Studio to create it.



My Favourite Photo This Week


It’s Black History Month in Canada.  This was the display that greeted us at the Amherstburg Public Library.



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