My Week Ending September 9, 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 is a good piece for student’s to read.  They use URLs all the time, but what do they really know about them and their construction.  It’s an important part of digital literacy and will help distinguish legitimate websites from others.  An update would be to take a look at how Google Chrome 69 modifies URLs.
  • Personally, I use Shutter but it’s nice to know that there are other options.
  • Indeed Chromebooks have come a long way from their introduction.  It still drives me nuts to read some of the misinformed articles using words like “cheap”, “plastic”, “won’t work without Internet”, etc.  It seems to me that if you take a look at a fairly decent PC and remove the Microsoft tax, you’ve got your $600 Chromebook.  Yes, Microsoft should be worried.
  • Another great read for the classroom.  Think you know what a search engine is?  It isn’t your mother’s search engine.
  • It’s an expensive deal to raise kids especially when you add up the extra costs for doing things outside the classroom.  Schools need to be aware of this and recognize that not all families can afford extra-curriculars.  And, if you’re aware of that, you need to be conscious of the add-ons that students have while at school.  Hotdog days, field trips, etc.
  • Making meets Geography.  Every class should do this.
  • This is a great resource for teaching Mental Health.  Share it widely.
  • Yet another terrific resource for the digitally literacy classroom from Mozilla. A whack of ideas about digital privacy.
  • This was bound to happen when you have a library that straddles two countries.  If they’ve caught one, how many others have already got away with it?
  • Because it always has.  Education doesn’t like change.
  • When Google isn’t enough.  This is a collection of fact-checking websites.  How many have you used?  How many are new to you?  Are there any surprises in the list?
  • This week, we got a newly redesigned Google Chrome.  What’s new with it?  More importantly, how long will it take the other major browsers to catch up?  Personally, I think modifying the URL is a bad idea.
  • Casey Kasem said “Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”  I wonder what his advice would have been if he’d had a computer and internet access?

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

My MacBook Pro trackpad started working again and then stopped being reliable.  The cursor is back to jumping all over the place.

It’s interesting to watch a possessed computer.  It’s almost as good as a screen saver.  This morning, from across the room, I restarted it and just watched.  It randomly created two Untitled Folders on the desktop on the right side of the screen and then the cursor jumped to the left side, opened the Dock which I keep hidden, and then randomly started launching applications.

When you have a computer that does stuff like that, obviously it’s not practical to be your go-to machine.  My biggest fear is that it will randomly start deleting files.  In the meantime, I continue to read and look for solutions.  The Apple website is pretty useless.  If I was wearing jewelry, I certainly don’t need a help page to tell me that I’m randomly tapping the screen.


Video of the Week

Like just about everyone at Mohawk, I would have bet on Lazarus N.  So impressive going to the lead at the half and then at the head of the stretch but then …

and that’s why they run the race.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

What a playground looks like after school is back in session.

Screenshot 2018-09-08 at 09.59.05

Thanks for reading.



Whatever happened to …

… The Flintstones?

I had the “opportunity” to watch cartoons yesterday.  I went searching to see what was on and didn’t recognize any of the offerings so just picked one.  I won’t name names but it sure wasn’t cartoons as I remembered them.

There was no continuous action; it was just computer generated fluff with very little flow and certainly not much of a plot.  I changed to another channel and this time it was some robotic-like thing and very violent for what I would assume was the intended audience.  (Certainly a great deal younger than me.)

Earlier this week, I had made reference to “exit, stage left” in a blog post while talking about dog walking.  It wasn’t technically correct since stage left would have had me walking directly in front of the oncoming car but it seemed appropriate enough.  At least Andy Forgrave thought so in a comment.

It stuck me, upon further thinking, that cartoons from long ago were a different breed than they are today.  Needless to say, with what I saw on television, I just grabbed my phone and played Words with Friends or something more entertaining.  But, I certainly do remember the classic cartoons of my day, The Flintstones coming to mind immediately.  Another thought was that, while my brother and I certainly enjoyed Wilma and Fred, so did my parents.  Watching was truly a family experience.

Not so for me yesterday.

So, for a Sunday morning, your thoughts?

  • Are you old enough to remember The Flintstones?
  • The series The Flintstones was reportedly based on a television comedy.  Do you remember which one?
  • Skill testing question alert.  Can you identify the cartoon character that said the following
    • That’s All I Can Stands, I Can’t Stands No More
    • What’s Up Doc?
    • Beep Beep
    • Th-Th-Th-That’s All Folks
    • Yabba Dabba Doo!
    • I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat
    • Sufferin Succotash
    • I’m smarter than the average Bear
    • Here I Come to Save the Day
    • Good Grief
    • Bamm, Bamm
  • Do any of today’s modern cartoons have any classic lines like the above?

Please share your comedic memories via comment below.

This is part of a regular Sunday series called “Whatever happened to …“.  All of the previous posts are at that link, including a link to the Padlet where you can add your own ideas for a future post.  Go for it!

Th-Th-Th-That’s All Folks

OTR Links 09/09/2018

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.