Just the good stuff

I think that this is a terrific utility that should find its way into any classroom toolbelt where teachers are using video from various sources.

The application is Vibby.

The best parallel I can think of is the yellow highlighter that so many of us have used to highlight text in books as we read.

Vibby lets you do the same thing with video. Here’s a quick overview.

So, you no longer have to have students sit through an entire video if there’s only a small part of it that is appropriate. Use the Vibby utility to create a “vib” and use that instead.

It’s certainly more high tech that giving a starting and ending time and using the scrubber bar.

Another use that comes to mind involves a bit of video literacy, having students review a video and identify or highlight parts of the video for a specific purpose.

I think we’ve all sat through a video where you’re just about screaming “Just get to the point”…now you can actually do it!

OTR Links 09/30/2019

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My Week Ending 2019-09-29

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.

  • My guess is mindset. Apple users take whatever Apple throws at them without question and back any decision whole heartedly. The rest of the browsing world is different.
  • This is such an important issue. People who smoke e-cigarettes or who know someone who does need to read and understand.
  • I’m fascinated with what talented programmers are able to make a computer do. Now, painting.
  • By the time that this is resolved, life will have moved on and the issue will be forgotten. With a three tiered system, it’s hard to know who the bad guys are. But, anyone who breaks a collective agreement is definitely the bad guy.
  • Richard Byrne updates his Practical Ed Tech Handbook. If you don’t have support at your school and/or you’re looking for great ideas, this document is for you.
  • This could be big for those who are concerned about online security and privacy of information. My guess is that most people don’t know or don’t care and won’t until it catches on and browsers other than Firefox come up with their own solution.
  • It’s kind of cool to see that gaming is big again. First Apple, and now Google has an offering.
  • Grammarly now has a “tone detector” to analyse your writing. I was inspired and added the extension to my browser. And, of course, blogged about it.
  • Some really interesting ideas about how to do a library makeover to allow for a Makerspace.
  • If I lived in the St. Catharine’s region, I would definitely attend this genealogy fair. But, my family came from further west.
  • I’m not a Costco user so I had no idea that receipts were checked on exit. I guess it’s good customer support but what does it say about their tellers?
  • I think that this action will come to hurt Scheer. There was so much media coverage about the climate marches. Of course, the deniers weren’t there.
  • 10 000 is such a big number. It’s interesting that there isn’t a huge outrage over this yet. Does the public just not care?
  • You don’t normally think of Microsoft and free as two words that would appear in the same sentence. But, kudos to the big corporation for making this learning available to everyone.

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#FollowFriday – September 27, 2019


voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

This week’s show:

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Blog posts this week came from:

  • @cherandpete
  • @jennmacbrown
  • @Bigideasinedu
  • @avivaloca
  • @pbeens

Technology Troubleshooting

Regular readers know that I’ve always been struggling with and trying to combat spam comments on this blog. I just took a look and there’s lots that have been caught and I don’t seem to have any leaking into the blog for public consumption.

I tried a number of things and ended up going with closing off comments after 1 week. It’s not preferable but seems to have forced crap like this into the arms of Akismet.

Who, in this day and age, would click on a bit.ly link if you didn’t know the source?

Video of the Week

I just like to indulge myself sometimes.

Photo of the Week

The Uncommon Festival is in town and so is this dragon.

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Whatever happened to …

… public water drinking fountains?

This topic was inspired by a walk in the park. Actually, the King’s Navy Yard with Jaimie and my wife on a Friday afternoon. Later that afternoon, the whole downtown will be shut down because of the Uncommon Festival so this would be our last park stroll until next week.

As we were walking along looking at the things that are being set up, we noticed a portable water bottle refill station. At the same time, we both looked at each other and realized that there was no public water fountain in the park. We started talking about the various parks in town and we couldn’t name one that had a fountain in it.

Photo by Quin Stevenson on Unsplash

Of course, that got us thinking of the good old days.

In our home town, there were a number of public drinking fountains. They were just there for anyone who needed a drink to bend over and press the button and voilà. There was one on one of the main streets, another over by the pool, and a bunch at the back of the public school. Water was just available when you need it.

We recognize that there are still drinking fountains but they’re typically inside buildings like schools so they’re not generally available for the public.

For a Sunday, are you thirsty?

  • If you’re out for a walk, can you think of a publicly available water fountain?
  • Of course, you could always walk into a convenience store and plop down $1.50 for a plastic bottle. (Personally, I try to avoid plastic containers and I just refuse to pay that much for water …)
  • Do you remember public water fountains from your youth? Where were they located?
  • I think we all are more appreciative of the need to stay hydrated these days and many people will fill up a bottle at home and take it with you. That works, but how many times are you caught “in demand” of a drink?
  • Are fountains just too expensive to maintain? The teachers among us know that they often get confused with garbage containers and places to stick your gum

I’d be most interested in your thoughts about this.

Please share them in the comments below.

OTR Links 09/29/2019

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