My Week Ending June 24, 2018

Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week.

Readings (You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Here are a selected few from the past week.)

  • This post will absolutely make you think about the ill effects of smartphone.  No, it’s not yet another post about the effects on kids.  It’s the effect that over consumed parent use has on kids.  It makes so much sense.  It’s probably worth a good share with the parents in your community who complains about kids and their screens.  Et tu, Brute?
  • There will be a lot of new teachers graduating from Faculties of Education this spring.  Here’s some advice for success.  Actually, it’s good advice for anyone in the profession.
  • Somewhere along the line, I’d like to replace my Windows/Linux laptop.  The Microsoft Surface is one product I’m considering.  Now, there’s rumours that it’s getting even better?
  • And if I do, it never hurts to keep your eye open for great themes.  Here’s some nice looking ones already for 2018.  I hate leaving any computing device “stock” as in “out of the box”.
  • I really enjoyed this post about what questions students should be able to answer when they graduate from secondary school.  I wonder how many of these I could have answered when I was graduating.
  • It’s kind of difficult to turn on TSN and see anything except soccer, er, football these days.  Cliqz, the browser, provides some facts so that you can impress the family and maybe win a bet at a bar.
  • By the time that you read this, the French Grand Prix will be over.  But, this is still a nice history of the seven tracks that have hosted it in the past.
  • Share this story with your favourite librarian.  It’s a tribute to great Canadian libraries.
  • This is cool and will have you reaffirmed in the power of youth.  It’s the winner of a Google Doodle contest and she is in Grade one.
  • Any newspaper article is bound to be one-sided but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read it.  Here’s one paper’s take on what a conservative government means for education in Ontario.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

Blog Post on

  • Plan Now for #BIT18 in November (I know I shared this last week but I’ll do it again here.  Please share it with your social network and those within your district, particularly those with PD money.  I’d like to meet as many people as possible this fall.  I also get to chair the ECOO Annual General Meeting.  After a year of doing the Board of Directors online, it will be nice to see real faces of people that the organization serves.)

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Technology Trouble Shooting

Success!  Yes, the experiment that I tried last week worked.

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I did it again and it sure shortens the work of writing the post in this particular format.  I wonder how long before I get bored and want to change things again?

Stupid camera

I don’t know.  Is it because my MacBook Pro is getting older?  That’s about the only thing I can think of.

For the CSTA Conference Planning meetings, we use video conferencing software Zoom.  For video conferencing with ECOO, we use Google Meet.  When I join or start either software meeting software, it’s a crapshoot as to whether or not the camera on my computer will work.  Like most people, I don’t turn the computer off; I just close the lid and make it go to sleep.

The only way that I can guarantee that the camera is going to work is by rebooting the computer.  Does anyone have a solution?

Video of the Week

If case you haven’t seen this video that has been making the rounds lately, here it is.  I hope that I look that good, sing that well, and play instruments as well as Sir Paul when I’m his age.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

Last week, Lisa Corbett wanted to know how we were going to protect Mother Duck who has nested by our mailbox.  She’s still there…


So, we went to a local animal rescue place looking for advice.  We took it.


Now, if those cars buzzing by at 80 km/h or more or any fox that wanders by take the time to stop and read the sign, we’re all set.  Note my daughter’s asterisk to really draw their attention to the sign…

Thanks for reading.


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2 thoughts on “My Week Ending June 24, 2018

  1. Doug, your duck story makes me think of our bird one from this past week. Some kids found a baby bird that couldn’t fly yet. She lay down under the picnic table, and they carefully build a nest around her, without touching her. Kids used paper to write signs alerting the junior students that she was under their picnic table. She was gone by the next day. I hope that her mother saved her.

    I just had to share this little connection here!

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  2. I hope that the mother saved her too. It’s interesting to see how vulnerable babies in nature can be. I think it’s a brave bird that would have built a nest near a school.


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