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.
- I’m glad to see that Denmark and Greenland are loud and clear about Donald Trump’s musings about buying Greenland.
- Those administrators who would get rid of school libraries would be advised to rethink. This article will help.
- Short of designing a web browser specifically for education, your best bet is to take a browser, any browser, and add extensions. Here are ten.
- I find it so bizarre that this is even a story. Money to be the default web browser search default. Do people not realize that changing it is a click away? Or, just type the URL to your favourite in the address bar.
- The Samsung Galaxy Book compares nicely to the Microsoft Surface Pro. The winner? Us, who buy them.
- There is a guaranteed way to stay virus free. Just stay offline and use the default software that comes with your computer. But, where’s the fun in that?
- The best thing I ever did in high school was to buy this book about how to speed read. It’s been a great skill to have and even better now there’s so much information around. Now a font to optimize the process?
- From the OLG, everything you want to know about slot machines including a simulator to show you how things work. Fascinating.
- Every library needs to share this article with kids and parents for the upcoming school year.
- This will be controversial, just like Turnitin was. Google now has a cheating feature in its classroom offering. I still think that the best checker is to sit down and have a 1:1 conversation to see if the student knows the content and can demonstrate they know the content. Isn’t that the goal we really want?
- This suggests that the functionality in Google Search has shot itself in the foot and people don’t click through to see the results.
- For some reason, there’s a desire to make Cinnamon look like the Windows interface. I don’t get it; why not just install Windows if the menuing is a big deal.
- Linux Mint 19.2 is here and here’s how to get it. I just used the utilities to perform the update here and it worked nicely.
- I wonder if there will be a followup to this – like my secretary used to say “someone needs to be fired”.
Blog Posts on doug … off the record
My daily contributions to this blog.
- Sunday – My Week Ending August 11, 2019
- Monday – Indigenous languages
- Tuesday – Please keep it human
- Wednesday – There is good after all
- Thursday – Name that tune
- Friday – This Week in Ontario Edublogs
- Saturday – Saving things
- Sunday – Whatever happened to … summer?
#FollowFriday – August 16, 2019
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This week’s show – https://soundcloud.com/voiced-radio/this-week-in-ontario-edublogs-auust-14 with special guest host Terry Greene.
Blog posts this week came from:
Yesterday morning, I was awakened by a storm that went overhead. It was really loud and things really brightened up with each flash of lightning. I couldn’t get back to sleep so went down to the rec room.
On the way, I stopped and started a cup of coffee in the kitchen with our Keurig coffee maker. By the time I got to my chair, the power had flickered. This caused two problems.
- The coffee maker thought it was out
- The power protector has cut out the power to the wireless access point
So, I reset them both. A few seconds later, power out again. Reset. Power out. Reset.
This time the coffee was done and the internet stayed on. But, the coffee result was interesting. My cup is a big hand crafted WesternRCAC gift that is way bigger than a standard cup brewed by the coffee maker. However, the failed brewing ended up with a full cup as opposed to the half cup that I usually get.
I needed it at 3:30 in the morning.
Video of the Week
I saw the movie this week. This song was big when I was a kid but not the version by Bruce Springsteen.
It was only later that I knew who really wrote it.
Photo of the Week
This is genius. I could have saved thousands had I thought of this when my kids were younger.
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