My Week Ending 2019-07-28

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.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week.

  • If this post doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, I don’t know what will. It’s a wonderful story from Alanna King about teaching her child to ride a bicycle.
  • You knew this had to come but I’ll fight it as long as I can. We know that the traditional Chromebook comes with a slower processor and when you cast wirelessly now, there’s a noticeable lag between video and sound when playing music on the Chromebook. So, a world without a speaker jack?
  • Why would anyone be surprised that “Fake News” is now showing up in schools. This should generate new importance to digital literacies for all.
  • I am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get my hands on a foldable phone. Why? If it expands to a tablet as advertised, this could be very interesting.
  • It’s one thing to attack military locations but quite another to take on civilians. This is scary.
  • So, I guess it’s true. As long as there have been humans, there have been libraries.
  • How Canadian is this? Salmon have a problem; we provide a solution.
  • I’m trying out Edge on my Windows computer and it’s quite nice. I wonder how long before it becomes officially adopted by Microsoft and then Enterprises?
  • The luddites are back! Increasingly, we’re seeing the benefits of handwriting and it’s hard to challenge. What would be nice would be a story talking about balance.
  • The more you know, the more functionality you get. This time it’s about things you might now know about Google. I always pick up a few tips from these posts but don’t really use them all the time.
  • Teaching has indeed changed. Of course, those of us will recognize it over a career. Think further for a lifetime. But, a complete history?
  • Before you throw out that old computer, you might want to consider the tips in this article.
  • Cuts affect those with autism. More news on a theme.
  • I’m still not using voice with any conviction. It’s more of a cute thing for me. I prefer to type and not have my admittedly nasal voice mis-understood.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – July 19, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

There was no voicEd Radio show this week but there was a blogpost!

Blog posts this week came from:

  • @DebbieDonsky
  • @THOMLYNN101
  • @teslontario
  • @tk1ng
  • @sbruyns
  • @PCMalteseFalcon
  • @avivaloca

Technology Troubleshooting

I happened to me again. Issues with the new Block editor on WordPress. I’d switched back to “Classic” but finally gave in to all the begging to try the new editor.

Now, the problem is self-inflicted because of bad habits. I recognize that. It was for my Friday post “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” which is a long post and not one written in a single seating.

So, I did what I’ve always done. Close the lid to make my laptop go to sleep while I do something else. When I opened the lid to continue, I got the dreaded flashing Saving Update message. And, it just continued without success.

Fortunately, I had run into this problem before so I checked my writing to see how I’d solved it. However, this time, the solution wasn’t available. Gulp. I checked every menu item with no success.

As a last resort, I did a Select All figuring that I’d copy and paste my way out of it. This time, I noticed a new icon.

I clicked it thinking it would lock the blocks together and it did so I copied that. I opened a new post, pasted things into that new post and then unlocked it.


I need to remember to manually save a draft for the future.

Video of the Week

Photo of the Week

This spot reserved for a picture of a 1959 Chevrolet Pickup truck with a wooden bed. It was my very first vehicle worth something like $50 when we got it. (and no, I didn’t buy it new) It had a starter on the floor and three on the tree. Today is the big car show in town and so I’m on a mission to find someone who has or has restored this vehicle.


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