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?

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

Blog Post on

BRING IT, TOGETHER 2018 – The complete schedule is now live.  Have you registered?  It’s also a reminder of the “Bring IT, Together” concept.  Why not bring a group from your school?

voicEd Radio

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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.


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