My Week Ending January 13, 2019

This post would normally be scheduled for an appearance on Sunday afternoons at 5pm. However, this past weekend, I was in Phoenix for a planning meeting for the CSTA Conference this summer. (yes, summer in Phoenix)

It was a very busy and draining weekend. I’m guessing this inexperienced traveller was taxed by travelling and time zone changes. I did manage to get a couple of posts written while I was there but didn’t allow for the time zone change and so they didn’t appear at their appointed time. Thanks for folks for letting me know.

Anyway, this weekly summary has been good for me. It gives me a chance to refresh my online stuff for the past week and I enjoy that. I didn’t want to miss a week so here it is – a day and a half late but it’s done and done in the Eastern Time Zone.

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.)

  • There’s been a great deal written about the coming of 5G. It’s part of my ongoing learning. One thing I’ve learned from technology over the years is that ignoring the future because everything I have now works really isn’t an option. Developers develop for the latest and greatest standard.
  • This would probably never fly in Essex County since we don’t get that cold and, generally when it does get cold, it’s warm again by noon.
  • This article uses the word “dumb”. I think that’s being charitable. I don’t swear on this blog but I can think of better descriptions than just “dumb” that would push the English language a bit.
  • I’m a sucker for random facts.
  • I’m so glad to see that Goderich made this list. It’s always been a favourite destination for us and gets better every year.
  • This is a challenge worthy for all schools.
  • I had to grin when I read this. My ATM gives out $20 bills but I can see where the new $10 bill will cause a challenge. I was out for lunch recently with friends and got a chance to see the new one in real life.
  • I am an advocate for teacher-librarians and they and their administrators should all read this article. Not just another advocacy article.
  • Given the current state of information about Huawei, I wonder how this laptop will be received when it becomes a thing. It looks awesome. Are other builders up to the challenge of making their own?
  • If you’re a lover of cute little animals, this will make you an advocate.
  • I don’t know how Microsoft thinks they’ll compete. Windows 10 is actually pretty annoying with its updates. We had a person displaying their screen on a data projector over the weekend and it kept wanting to reboot. Canceling the request wasn’t an option; the best was to delay it for an hour. This is totally inappropriate for the classroom. If the rumours about Microsoft developing a Linux come true, there are lessons to be learned.
  • More on the same topic.
  • This is a lot of administration. I wonder how it plays out for Ontario schools?
  • I wonder if early adopters of drones would buy one today given all the new rules?

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Technology Trouble Shooting 

Time zones are a challenge; what can I say?

What was really interesting on the flight to Phoenix was playing with my smartwatch.

There were two fascinating things. First was watching it count heart beats. I’m nervous about flying which is really silly. It’s logical to be nervous about things that you can control but there’s no logic in being nervous about things that are out of your hands. But I was with a heart rate of 90. It dropped back to 70 when back on terra firma.

More academically was watching the Altimeter. This would have been a great mathematics inquiry plotting the altitude during ascent and then with descent.

Video of the Week

My Favourite Photo of the Week

I didn’t get a chance to take too many pictures while I was in Phoenix but will up my game in the summer. But, this was from a display in the Convention Centre.

I had to include a bit of Kristeen’s arm to include the cactus arm.

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