My Week Ending December 23, 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.)

  • I coached a lot of football. Tackling has the basics about wrapping the opposing player up for the tackle. I never taught this technique though.
  • I guess I’m smart.
  • This is required reading for every administrator and teacher surrounding student privacy. I can see a Student’s Bill of Privacy coming where students and their parents can opt out of any system that doesn’t respect privacy. But, how do you really know? There are lots of opinions about this. I think that if anyone could write an application that gives the definitive answer by monitoring all activity, they’d be rich immediately.
  • This is a good message because there are plenty of advocates of computation thinking being the answer to learning mathematics. So much research, so little definitive answers.
  • I’m in. I like dark mode themes and research seems to indicate that it improves battery life. Why wouldn’t we want it?
  • It seems that my quest to actually find a buck-a-beer is becoming increasingly impossible.
  • This is so true. I tire of reading about people being Experts or Leaders in this and that only to find that they really aren’t. We live in a world where people want to appear to live larger than they are in real life. I’ve lost a great deal of respect for people who are high into self-promotion at every turn. Will students follow? Yes. They’ve been modelled to do this.
  • Do you remember the advertisement “Is it live or is it Memorex?” That was long before AI which appears to be catching up.
  • I knew about many of these Chromebook techniques but not all of them so the learning was good. Yet, I can’t help but think that it might be like a lot of those smackdown sessions you see. Great stuff at the time but value comes from actually remembering and using it.
  • Maybe an article to share over the Christmas family table when people talk about how easy it is to be a teacher? Will this discussion ever end?
  • Tessa is here!
  • I thought that the reason why you’d buy a Chromebook was so that you wouldn’t have to run Windows.
  • I suspect there will be a lot of Google Home devices unwrapped in the week ahead. Here are some tips.

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Opening song …

Technology Trouble Shooting 

Maybe not technology as we know it, but Lisa Cranston found the answer to “Whatever happened to Pixy Stix” and was good enough to share it.

Now, I’m interested in knowing just what goes into them.

I know it’s not necessarily a technology problem but it would be interesting to know.

@dougpete – you were asking “whatever happened to Pixy Stix?” @LisaCorbett0261 was right. They’re at @DollaramaCad @devonshiremall. They’re not penny #candy any more! @alfredtwo @avivaloca— Lisa Cranston, Ed.D. (@lisacran) December 22, 2018

Video of the Week

My Favourite Photo of the Week

And, around here, this is what’s going to have to pass as a White Christmas. How about your neck of the woods?

Thanks for reading.


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