My Week Ending September 16, 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.)

  • It comes as no surprise that Vivaldi might appeal to Linux users.  After all, you can tweak darn near everything with it.  I have it installed on both my Macintosh and my Linux boxes.
  • For teachers who want to create a class newsletter.  Follow the instructions here and your class will definitely stand out.  There should never be a shortage of content.
  • There was no shortage of stories about Premier Ford’s plan to invoke the notwithstanding clause.  Here’s one of them.  I’ll be honest here; I had to do some research to find out just what the clause means.  The radio and television news makes it sound so simple.
  • I remember when a friend showed me how he could unlock his Windows computer using facial recognition.  By the time it actually worked, I could have typed a password at least a dozen times.  Now, the concept comes to Chromebooks?
  • Again, a two-parter learning experience for me.  I did correctly guess who was the distributor of the credit card.  The one that got me was Canada having six major banks.  I only knew of five which was the answer given to me by Wikipedia when I looked.
  • Maybe Microsoft is upset that you can’t install Edge on a Chromebook?  Now, there’s a warning when you try to install Chrome on Windows.  (Firefox too)
  • Speaking of Microsoft, they’re moving into downtown Toronto.  Maybe a CTRL-ALT-DEL will fix things on the QEW.
  • These comics describe klutsy Doug so well.
  • If you’re looking for a green screen project, try to outdo this simulation of flooding as a result of Hurricane Florence.
  • And here’s how the Weather Channel did it.
  • Communication is important to parents.  Here’s the story of one school district (not surprising which one) which reached out to parents to explain what’s happening with Health and Physical Education.  Shouldn’t all school districts be doing this?
  • This is absolutely fabulous and should be inspiration for any class that’s taking pictures.  It’s all in the timing and the composition.
  • Or try this concept out.

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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?

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

This annoying WordPress thing has shown up recently.

I was prepared to point my finger at the latest Google Chrome update but I’m writing this in Firefox and the situation exists here.

Regular readers will know that I like to include links to things that I reference in my posts.  Just look at all the links already added above.

I’ll continue to do that but there’s a little thing that’s happening that’s bothersome.  When I insert the link and click on OK, WordPress shoots to the top of the post instead of staying where the link just went in.

It means remembering where I left off and scrolling back to continue on.  Maybe it’s my lack of attention span but I find that I’ve lost my train of thought more than once.  Perhaps I should write first and link later.

Then, I’ll end up forgetting the link.

Video of the Week

Proof that Hurricane Florence is big news, world-wide.

But it’s not the only severe storm in town.

My Favourite Photo of the Week

Not technically a moor but would be a good setting for a novel with the fog and all that.


Thanks for reading.


Published by dougpete

The content of this blog is created by me at the keyboard or as a result of an aggregator of my daily reading under the title OTR Links. On Fridays, look for my signature post "This Week in Ontario Edublogs" where I try to share some great writing from Ontario Educators. The other regular post appears Sunday mornings as I try to start a conversation about things that have gone missing from our daily lives.