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

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 

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.


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