My Week Ending 2019-10-20

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.

  • Helicoptering and bulldozing in education! Is it good for anyone?
  • Crazy, but I guess the reality is that we live in a changing society and security agents have to act on any threat with appropriate action.
  • I’m not a fan of articles that claim that they know something that I don’t know. Usually, I find that I know many of the things and yet, there still is one or two new to me.
  • Using video in the classroom is a popular activity. But, even this can get boring after a while. Here are some ideas to spruce the concept up.
  • For a while now, there are claims that school starts too early. California is doing something about it.
  • When you read this article about how women are treated, you’ll want to check your calendar and make sure that it’s 2019.
  • This has got to be a propaganda post for bargaining for larger classrooms.
  • It’s fascinating to watch when companies are getting bought up and who is doing the buying. This time, it’s Sophos.
  • Since Google Search comes as the default for so many browsers, many people just use it, not realizing that there are alternatives.
  • I’ll be cheering on the Expos, er, Nationals in the World Series. My Tigers are toast.
  • You’ve got to like it when tech companies do something to pay it back. This time, it’s Microsoft and the Girl Scouts.
  • I’d argue that Barbara Gordon should rank higher than third in this list of 50 Fictional Librarians.
  • Reality or negotiating ploy? ETFO says the government is stalling.
  • This is such a powerful statement and potential action. We worry about students all the time – what about the teachers?

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – October 18, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

This week’s show.

Intro song:

Blog posts this week came from:

  • @WillGourley
  • @ambartosik
  • @ArcherJoe
  • @banana29
  • @mr_robcannone

Technology Troubleshooting

A week later and my Chromebook is still crashing periodically upon putting it to sleep. There appears to be no rhyme or reason. I finally did get the reporting feature to let me send in a report.

So now, the upgrade and fix is in Google’s hands. I don’t wish ill to any other computer user but I hope I’m not the only one.

I’d like to get the fix ASAP rather than waiting for notification. So, I did what I’ve done so many times before. I went to the Timbit menu and chose “About”. Normally, there is a “Check for updates” button on that page. It’s gone!

I had to poke around and there’s another “About” item, this time by going to the other Settings menu. It was comforting to find the update. It was not so comforting to find that there wasn’t one ready to download.

I wonder if one of those Settings navigation areas will eventually go away. Hopefully, it will become clearer the next time there’s an update.

Video of the Week


Photo of the Week

OK, so this is a video but one that will make you hungry.

Thanks for reading. Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting.


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Whatever happened to …

… school bells?

I don’t know. This may end up being a poll of some sorts.

I had a conversation with a friend of mine the other day over coffee and the topic somehow turned to school bells.

He was quite shocked when I let him know that I taught in a school that didn’t use school bells! Yes, it had a bell and a rather sophisticated unit to synchronize all the clocks in the school and program the bells. But, we never used them. I’m told that it was the philosophy of our principal.

  1. Bells don’t dismiss classes; teachers dismiss classes
  2. Students need the discipline to know that they need to be in class on time
  3. Universities and colleges didn’t have bells so we need to prepare kids for that environment

Now, I taught in a secondary school so there was no playing in the playground outside before school. Students just trudged into the building from their buses!

In fact, it wasn’t until the first fire drill that I actually heard the bell and it scared the heck out of me. I’d never heard it ring before.

Later, as a consultant visiting the school, I noticed that the new principal had a different philosophy and there were bells all over the place. Before and at the end of classes and the five minute warning that you had to get into class.

In my elementary school, we did have bells. In fact, our classroom had a door in the front that led into the principal’s office. I guess it was designed for the teaching principal. Ours taught us Mathematics. As a result, the door was always open in case he had a visitor. It was a nice distraction at times.

There was a button on the wall that, when pressed, would ring the bell. It was a real treat when it was your turn to go and press it. We had this secret pact among us to see if we could actually let everyone out for lunch early!

Let’s check in for a Sunday.

  • Did you go to a school where bells signalled the start and stop of everything?
  • Do you have bells in your current school and use them?
  • Do you remember a bell or a buzzer?
  • Or maybe it’s a bit of a song that plays to give a kinder, gentler approach to being on time?
  • Can you remember you or your students being “done early” and have to sit there waiting for the bell to ring?
  • What is the procedure when the bell rings during a test? Is it automatically over?

I’d enjoy people checking in with your realities. Please do so in the comments.

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OTR Links 10/20/2019

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.