A Hallowe’en Playlist


Welcome to Hallowe’en…

I dug through my memory to come up with a song for the lead-in to today’s This Week in Ontario Edublogs and this playlist came to mind.

For your listening enjoyment, here are some scary songs to get you through the day.


What’s your favourite Hallowe’en song?

What would you add to this playlist?

OTR Links 10/31/2018

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Maps, oh my!

I drove home from Leamington the other day and, as I put things on the counter including my phone, I noticed that the home screen game me the temperature from Marshfield, Ontario.

I mentally retraced my path and I had no idea where Marshfield was.  I thought that I knew of every place in Essex County.  So, I said to myself

Well, Google will know

As it turns out, Google didn’t.  Marshfield, ON gave me a reference to some place in Massachusetts.  Marshfield, Ontario struck out on the Marshfield part but it was able to find Ontario.

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That wasn’t terribly helpful.

I tried DuckDuckGo – it had never heard of it.  I tried Bing and got a hit!  And, a link to a map showing me where it was.

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Or, from a Vector perspective.

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OK, now it makes sense.  I had driven by it on County Road 18 or as longtimers call it, The Pike.

But, more interesting than now knowing where Marshfield was was the map that showed where it was.  The link was https://satellites.pro/

The best part comes from the pull down menu titled “Switch Map”.

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This is a definite keeper for me.  For those times when you might want a second opinion or just another look/representation of an area.

Note that Map of the World is a menu too.

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Oh my!


OTR Links 10/30/2018

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What’s new?

Actually, a number of new ways to start new documents if you’re a user of Google online services.

Until this feature came along, you probably did the same thing that I did.  Visit your Google drive (drive.google.com) and then click the new button.


You then start whatever type of document that you want and away you go.

Or, if you’re particular about where you want your document to end up – I’m bad at this – navigate to the folder where you want it to be and then create your new document or right-click and pick the type of document to create.

Google has a quicker method now.  By registering a number of top-level domains, you can quickly create a document from the URL in your browser.


  • doc.new, Docs.new, Document.new


  • sheet.new, sheets.new, spreadsheet.new


  • site.new, sites.new, website.new


  • slide.new, slides.new, deck.new, Presentation.new


  • form.new, forms.new

Knowing them all isn’t really necessary.  Just pick one.  If you create a number of documents in your Google Drive, you might want to bookmark that so that it’s even quicker to create that new document.

The document that you created will be saved at the top level of the Google Drive associated with the account that you are logged in to.  If you have multiple drives, you can make sure that you’re in the right one by clicking on the icon in the top right of the screen.  When you’re done, just remember that it’s saved at the top level.  If you organize your drive with folder and sub folders, you’ll have to use whatever strategy you have for making sure that it ends up in the right spot.

If you need a strategy to find things, check this out.

One of the immediate advantages I see in education is to actually embed the instruction as a link in a document that you share with students if the goal is to have them create a document in their own workspace.


As the functionality of this gets appreciated by people, look for all kinds of tips for using it to streamline procedures.

OTR Links 10/29/2018

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My Week Ending October 28, 2018

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


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

  • As a kid, I loved the graphics, the facts, and the trivia that’s found in Ripley’s Believe or Not cartoons.  I’m glad that I found it available digitally.
  • It was the 14th birthday for Ubuntu.  I started with version 4.04 I got on CD-ROM at a poster session at the NECC in San Diego in 2006.
  • Picture in Picture in a browser.  It was bound to happen.
  • Richard Byrne writes a nice post about storyboards and recommends some that you might want to try.
  • Here’s how to install Linux applications on your Chromebook.
  • These facts are priceless.  I know that people often don’t get to the end of Top 50 lists, but you just might with this one.
  • I’ve never tried the Pop! OS but it sounds interesting.  I wonder why more computer manufacturers don’t offer a product line with Linux and develop their own OS.  Consumers would be the winner, not having to pay the Microsoft Windows tax.
  • Everyone suspects that losing a teacher mid-year is not a good thing but now there’s research.
  • This news shocked the Ontario education market.  Of course, there will be a plan to avoid mass cheating and it will be marked consistently from university to university.  The best part is that some education professors will learn the challenge of teaching mathematics.
  • I wonder if doctors actually wanted this.  Now that it’s available will experiencing it be compulsory?
  • This is a great concept.  I wonder if it will catch on with other libraries?
  • Chromebook tips for teachers.  With the growth of the use of these devices, it will be good to take a look at.  Of course, nothing replaces quality professional learning events.
  • The more you learn, the better you are.  This is a new indigenous map.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

Blog Post on ecoo.org

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

My on demand radio page can be found here.  The latest edition features blog posts from:

Technology Trouble Shooting 

I’ve been a long time fan of advertisement blocking software.  I’m sorry to those who do include advertising on their site.

It’s not that I want to rob you of clicks; it’s just that advertisements have become more intrusive and creepier following you around the web.  And, they require bandwidth.

The breaking point for me was a couple of offenders that wanted to be more attractive than the website that I was actually visiting.  So, I use the built-in ad blocking in Opera and uBlock Origin in other browsers now by default.

There are some websites that just absolutely won’t work without displaying advertising.  My approach now is to either not visit them at all or to open a Private Window and not use an ad blocker there.  I originally tried white listing sites but that got to be too much work.

Video of the Week

Enjoy the fall!  Why don’t we all do this?

My Favourite Photo of the Week

The beautiful reds are on display at the Kings’s Navy Yard in Amherstburg.


Thanks for reading.