Year end at voicEd Radio

This morning, at 9:15, there will be a very special broadcast of This Week in Ontario Edublogs on voicEd Radio. It’s not quite Wednesday, but it is the end of the year. For Stephen Hurley and me, it was a year of getting together on Wednesday mornings to talk about a selection of blog posts from Ontario Edubloggers. Except for a few weeks this summer when Stephen went off the grid, we were pretty faithful in meeting that time commitment.

If you read my blog post last Friday, I had put together a list of all of the blog posts that made my This Week in Ontario Edublogs blog post on Friday mornings. Of those, five were talked about on the radio show. Two were held back for the post. The original list featured the Friday posts; the list you’ll find below are those that were discussed on Wednesday morning.

It wasn’t something that I had kept track of; it was just when Stephen and I thought to do a special end of year show that I went to work and created the document. It was actually pretty easy. I share a Google Document with Stephen and it was just a matter of going through the document and grabbing the information. A typical entry looks like this:

During the summer, we invite guests to come on the show with us. It’s just a matter of sharing this document with them so they know the posts, where it’s located, and some of my thoughts. We had a great group join us this year.

  • July 3 – Peter Cameron
  • July 10 – The BeastEDU – Andrea Kerr, Kelly MacKay
  • August 14 – Terry Greene
  • August 21 – Lynn Thomas
  • August 27 – Beth Lyons
  • November 6 – Ramona Meharg (at the Bring IT, Together Conference)

It’s so nice to be able to reach out and have these folks join us. Of course, they’re all bloggers themselves.

At one point in the show, Stephen and I made reference to ourselves as the old guys in the balcony from The Muppets. It was Diana Maliszewski that either knew or did the research to let us know that they actually had names – Statler and Waldorf.

If people only knew!

The best part of the show happens in the 15 minutes before the show actually goes live. We do our sound check and get caught up on the week’s events.

I’m constantly amazed that we’re able to make it work. Things are so low-tech on my end. Just a computer, an external monitor, a Samsung set of earbuds, and an internet connection. All the magic happens on Stephen’s end where he sets up things and then we go live. All of the shows are posted on the voicEd site.

So, we’ve been busy putting things together for this year end show. I hate to use the term “best of 2019” because all of the blog posts that we chat about weekly are excellent and insightful. Without the regular amazing content, there would be a lot of dead air.

And, thanks to a suggestions from Sheila Stewart, there will be a blooper section although I’ll point out that it’s not really fair. We do the show live but most listeners hear it later via podcast. By that point in time, Stephen has had the opportunity to edit out any fluffs on his part. Mine remain!

And, here’s the complete list of amazing bloggers and their blog titles that we had a chance to chat about on the show. Sometimes, we even stayed on topic.

I hope that you can join us this morning at 9:15.

BloggerBlog post title
Alanna King – @banana29Leaping with no net: autism for teens in Ontario
How to coddle a volunteer
UX/UI Design with Canada Learning Code
Albert Fong – @albertfongTeachers tell stories
Amanda Potts – @AhpottsWhy he comes to class
He may be right; I may be crazy
He talks about me at home
When friendship lasts
For Mrs. Barkman
Amy Bowker – @amyebowkerGoal Setting in the Classroom
Andrea Haefele – @andreahaefeleDear Other Mom
Andrew Campbell – @acampbell99An Alternative To A School Cellphone Ban
Ann Marie Luce – @turnmeluceThe value of the Exit Interview
Morale Compass
Anna Bartosik – @ambartosikCitation practices, using databases, and literature reviews #MyResearch
Anne Shillolo – @anneshilloloOnline Pre-School
Anne-Marie Kee – @AMKeeLCSShould schools ban cell-phones?
What do trees have to do with well-being? (Trees Part Two)
Focus on Trees – Part One
Arianna Lambert – @MsALambertHour of Code Is Coming…
Association for Media Literacy – @A_M_LTaking Old Town Road to School
Aviva Dunsiger – @avivalocaMy Look At The Holidays: What Are Your Stories?
Back To The Map Of Canada: What Do You Do With That 2%?
Wondering About WHMIS: When Compliance Training Makes You Reflect On Assessment & Evaluation
What Makes A Partnership Work?
What Do You Do On A Perfect Day?
How Do We Use Our Powerful Words For Good?
Educating Grayson: How Do We Make Inclusion Work?
Beate Planche – @bmplancheMomentum and the positive side of constraints
Beth Lyons – @mrslyonslibrarySharing the LLC Space- An Advocate’s Infographic
Maker. Space. Inquiry. Place. What might be the connection?
What the Librarian Read Part 1
On Being a “Teacher-Librarian”
Preserving the Cup
Podcast PD?
Social Media- What is it good for?
Bonnie Stewart – @bonstewartExperience Required: Walking the Talk in Digital Teaching & Learning
The #UWinToolParade: Open Pedagogy as #OER
Brenda Sherry – @brendasherryExploring By The Seat of Your Pants
Cal Armstrong – @sig225The structure of the Interstitial App, or, Observations & Conversations – Part 2
Charles Pascal – @CEPascalMindless cuts to education puts our future at risk
Colleen Rose – @ColleenKRTake 10 Minutes
A Stitch in Time
David Carruthers – @dcarrutherseduGo Magic! Let’s do this! 🙂
Do You Have A Safety Net?
Reflections from the Tech Guy
David Petro – @davidpetro314Math Links for Week Ending Jan 25th, 2019
Deanna McLennan – @McLennan1977Autumn Math Walk
What does the equal sign really mean?
Deb Weston – @dr_weston_PhDClass Size and Composition Matters
Why students walked out today – April 4th, 2019
Debbie Donsky – @DebbieDonskyFrom Compliance to Commitment Takes Personal Accountability
A Career Marked by Change: Learning the Big Lessons in Some Small Places
“You aren’t what I was expecting…”
The Fear of Writing: Finding Your Voice When Writing within an Organization
Deborah McCallum – @BigideasineduLeadership & Goal Setting for Math Learning
Guided Reading for Math?
Virtual Reality in the Math Class: Moving from Abstract to Concrete
Guided Reading with Adolescent Readers
Derek Tangredi – @dtangredWorking with Children in Makerspaces
Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTLFirst Day Back
Reconnecting with my cultural roots
Making Kindergarten Media Projects with Meaning
The Gift of Staying Connected – Thanks Andrew and Diana
Further Reflections after Faith in the System Podcast
Reflections on NAMLE Part 1
Happy 40th Anniversary AML!
Diana Maliszewski and Neil Andersen – @MzMollyTLBaby It’s Cold Outside: The Saga of a Song
Fair Chance Learning – @FCLEduIndigenous Institute Blends Tradition & Tech to Preserve Anishinaabe Teachings
Using Technology to Drive Language Skills and Create Meaningful Learning Opportunities
Fleming College Learning Design and Support Team Blog – @FlemingLDSWeek 4, Winter 2019
Heather Swail – @hbswailTMB Withdrawal
Heather Theijsmeijer – @HTheijsmeijerFirst Week of Math: Resources to help make connections & build relationships
Making the Shift Toward Tracking Observations
Heidi Solway – @hsolwayRoll Out The Red Carpet
Helen DeWaard – @hj_dewaardThinking about Feedback
Ian McTavish – @ianmctClass size changes – my perspective. #ontedannouncement
Indygo Arscott – @decolonizeontOntario Students Hold Walkouts in Protest of Progressive Conservative Party’s Policy Proposals
Irene Stewart – @IrenequStewartIrene learns about teaching: Part 1a
Irene learns about teaching – Part 1b
Interviewing My Domain
Jamey Byers – @mrJameyByersBOOKMARKS ON TWITTER
Jay DuBois – @Jay__DuboisThe Grade 3 ‘Travelling Genius Bar’
Jen Giffen – @virtualGiffAnother Day another EdTech conference! #ECOOCamp 2019
Jennifer Aston – @mme_astonThis Blog is not Dead it’s…
Another One Bites the Dust?
Parlons Minecraft BIT2019
Building a Google Site and Relationships with Parents
A Tale That Endures
Jennifer Brown – @JennMacBrownReflection and Self-indulgence
Jennifer Casa-Todd – @jcasatoddThree lessons on Grit and Resilience
My device. My terms. 3 strategies for finding balance.
No Wifi: Pretend it’s 1993
What school and Curling have in common
Jessica O’Reilly – @Cambrian_JessSo Why SoTL?
Sidney Helped
Finding Middle Ground
Jessica Outram – @jessicaoutramMoccasin Flowers: A Work-in-Progress
Jim Cash – @cashjimWhy do you want kids to code?
Mathland Actually
Scratch 3.0 is Here!
Joe Archer – @ArcherJoeExploring Classroom Expectations while using WipeBook Chart Paper
Swimming with my fish! Do it ALL!!
Joel McLean – @jprofNBThe DNA of a leader
“I Don’t Have Time For That”
R.E.A.L. Leadership
Find A Vision
A Positive Climate For A Culture Of Growth
Jonathan So – @MrSoClassroomPerseverance, struggle and a little grit: How running a 53km race relates to Education
Judy Redknine, Toby Molouba – @redknine and @tmoloubaIt’s a Matter of Relationships
Karaline Vlahopoulos – @KaralineVla99 Needs and They’re All Student Related
Kelly McLaughlinSchool year start up
Kyleen Gray – @TCHevolutionThe problem(s) with mandatory e-learning…
Why (as a teacher and parent) I Value Standardized Testing
Arguments for Teacher Performance Pay in Ontario
Laura Bottrell – @L_BottrellRethinking End of Year Countdowns
Laura Elliott – @lauraelliottPhDStandardized bodies < Accepting & Celebrating Difference
My ‘Why?’ …
Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261This week we did…something
Update: Assessment
Slice is of Life: Who Needs Me?
Day 3: Relax
Summer Math:Counting and Subitizing
Lisa Cranston – @lisacranWe teach students not just content
Beyond Behaviour Charts
Lisa Floyd – @lisaannefloydText to Speech and Translation Blocks in Scratch 3.0
Lynn Thomas – @THOMLYNN101H is for Happy
F is for Frankenstein, Focus & Future Ready
D is for Debate
B is for Brainy, Bold & Beautiful
Q is for Questions and Not Getting Caught in the Quagmire
P is for Patience
O is for Outside the Box
L is for light
Mark Chubb – @MarkChubb3Strategies vs Models
One-Hole Punch Puzzle Templates
The More Strategies, the Better?
Martina Fasano – @RokStarTeacherWhy Caring Adults Matter: An Ode To My Alma Mater
Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorrisCell Phone Ban in Classrooms
Does Black History Month still hold meaning in 2019
5 School Ideas for Black History Month
I Think My Neighbors Think I’m Selling Dope
Matthew Oldridge – @matthewoldridgeUsing Play to Teach Math
Too Random, Or Not Random Enough: Student Misunderstandings About Probability In Coin Flipping
An Oscar-esque thank you speech type of blog post
Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadioNurturing Guilt
Merit Centre – @Self_RegA Self-Reg Look At “Preparing Kids”: Is It Time To Change The Conversation?
No Such Thing as a Bad Kid
Michelle Fenn – @toadmummyThe Gender Gap in Technology
Coding with Microbits
Mike Washburn – @misterwashburnWHEN LAST PLACE FEELS LIKE FIRST PLACE
Nancy DrewReckless Abandon!
Noa Daniel – @noasbobsPitch Day 2019
Elevate your Audience
My River, My Mountain- A Day of Learning with Jennifer Abrams
Patt Olivieri – @pattolivieriDear Jordan…
Paul Gauchi – @PCMalteseFalconFriday Two Cents: Positive Thoughts For The New Year
Friday Two Cents: Honour Our Past To Understand Our Present
Paul McGuire – @mcguirpWhen your plan is no longer the plan
Tour de Mont Blanc – Day Eight for Climb for Kids
When it comes to mental health in Canada, the gap is still too wide
“What Do You Say When Our Social Institutions Are Under Attack?”
Trolls Creep Into the Education Debate in Ontario
Self-Regulation and Evangelism in Education
Class Sizes Really Matter
Has inclusive education gone too far? – The Globe and Mail debate
Naming and Shaming
Walking in a New Way – the Ottawa Indigenous Walk
Peter Beens – @pbeensSnippets #1
Students’ Favourite Affinity Designer Tutorials
Peter Cameron – @cherandpeteGO! Explore!
Find your inner explorer
A Day (or three) in the Life of this Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
For Water: Learn. Adopt. Protect. Walk.
Our Kids’ Spelling is Atrocious
Peter Skillen – @peterskillenDear Ontario Educators,
Ramona Meharg – @ramonameharg#ECOOCamp Owen Sound
50th Episode – I Wish I Knew EDU learning
Snow Day Chaos – the Lament is over!
Fill Your Own Cup With Gratitude
Rebecca Chambers – @MrsRChambersAnother Year and The Unlearning Continues
Dreams do come true if you persevere, my vision of an experiential passion based classroom have come true.
Rob Cannone – @mr_robcannoneIf not now, then when?
Designing the Learning Environment : Why students, pedagogy and critical reflection should come first
On cultivating curiosity in the classroom
Rola Tibshirani – @rolatHow To Self Engineer A Learning Community?
When Students Shine!
Rolland Chidiac – @rchidsEsports with Primary Students – Part 1: Jumping In
Esports in Primary – Part 2: Next Steps
Ruthie Sloan – @RoosloanSecret Truths of Empathy While Learning to Advocate
Context is Key
Sean Monteith – @KPDSB_SchoolsA New Year, Perspective From Experience
It’s “Time”
Sheila Stewart – @sheilaspeakingMinding the Children
Chocolate by Trial and Error
Good Tree Stories
Shelly Vohra – @raspberryberet3Inquiry, Social Justice, & the SDGs
Digital Breakouts Using Google Forms
ETFO Innovate 2019
Shyama Sunder – @ssunderaswaraFinal Thoughts
STAO Blog – @staoapsoExperiment of The Week – Homemade Projector by Steve Spangler
Stepan Pruchnicky – @stepanpruchReader’s Theatre = Experiential Learning
Canada’s New Food Guide
Sue Bruyns – @sbruynsHere’s to Paving New Ground
Adjust the Tuning
Proofreader or Instructional Leader?
Sue Dunlop – @Dunlop_SueWhy Summer is a Perfect Time for Reflection
Are You Caught in the Whirlwind?
Just Stop Using “You Guys”
T.J. Hoogsteen – @marexdad21st Century Skills: What Students Need Now or Just More of the Same Bad Ideas?
TDSB Professional Library – @ProfLibraryTDSBNew books: take an eReading March break!
Terry Greene – @greeneterrySo Long and Thanks For All of This
The Open Learner Patchbook Went To The PressEd Conference
Hatching a PLN
Reset, Reboot, RemOOC
Thanks Milan – Lessons Learned at #OEGlobal19
Feeling the Ground by Getting Some Air
What’s With All The Sharing?
The Beast – @thebeasteduA Guy Walks into a Bar
I Am Right Here
Keys to a Rocket Ship
Recess is as Real Life as it Gets
The Merit Centre – @self_regWords Matter. But Sometimes the Interbrain Matters More.
Tim King – @mechsympStretched Thin
Tim King – @tk1ngPrivilege Masquerading as Superiority
Class Caps are a Low Resolution Solution to a High Resolution Problem
Cyber Dissonance: The Struggle for Access, Privacy & Control in our Networked World
2019-20: Persistence and Possibility
Tina Zita – @tina_zitaA Journey with Sketchnotes
Will Gourley – @WillGourleyShoulders of giants
Undercover Boss
Be Strong in the Face of Poor Government
Back in the day was better (because now is often unbearable)
The best present is one you can give year round
Zelia Tavares‏ – @zeliamctSkype-A-Thon 2019
EdTechTeam Ontario Summit 2019
Hack the Classroom 2018

OTR Links 12/31/2019

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

10 years ago

Wow, this blog is really old!

For yucks, and I didn’t know what to expect, I turned the clock back to see what I was talking about 10 years ago. I can’t remember for sure but I’d bet real money that it wasn’t raining with a forecasted high of 11 degrees.

On December 30, 2009

I had a post about Digital Footprints and, of course, my collection of OTR Links

Well, I figured, I must have said something about the new year on December 31. I was wrong.

Apparently, we were gearing up for a Blue moon.

While looking back, it was interesting to see what my personal state of blogging was like. I do like the fact that I was blogging regularly. There’s just something empowering about sitting down and hashing out a few words and thoughts.

Looking at the post brought back a bit of technology memories as well. 10 years ago, I recall that the WordPress editor wasn’t the powerful tool that it is today. I was using a web browser application called Scribefire for my editor. It appears to still be available for Chrome but I couldn’t fire a Firefox version. The new block editor currently suits my needs fine. Scribefire, I recall, was nice in the fact that its interface was similar to OpenOffice / Microsoft Word.

In addition, there was a whole collection of social media sharing links at the bottom of the post. I guess that it was important to me at the time that my thoughts were shared on a number of different platforms. I don’t do that anymore; in fact, mousing over the icons brought back memories of some other platforms.

How many of those can you identify by icon?

The nice thing, for consistency purposes, is that the current theme that I’m using is applied to that content. I know that I wasn’t using this one back then. Heck, I wasn’t even using it one year ago.

I suppose the bigger question will be – will this blog still be around 10 years from now? Will I be curious to look back as we head into 2030 to see what I was writing about? Will blogging even be a thing then?

Stay tuned.

OTR Links 12/30/2019

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

My Week Ending 2019-12-29

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 empathy goes out to this blogger. I once had to teach Mathematics to 30 students is a room that sat 24. Doable, I recall, but nowhere near 36 students.
  • I guess because you can go wherever you want in Canada and won’t be bothered or asked about the accent?
  • A great story about Canadian firefighters. I hope that they’re able to make a substantial difference and get things under control.
  • Cheap is good; free is better as they say. Here’s a big list of Free Resources crowd sourced on Rediit.
  • If things are looking promising in Denmark, you just know that Canada can’t be far behind.
  • Every now and again, I’ll take a look when in a story or elsewhere. There is a LOT of Windows 7 still in operation.
  • Because the legions of fanboys like new stuff and don’t mind forking money over to Apple.
  • This is actually pretty much truthful and could work. But, in education, we don’t like being in the open and like to have the opportunity to close the classroom doors. Open concept schools are putting up walls all over the place.
  • I don’t think I would pay to use someone else’s lessons. Knowing me, I’d find fault and would want to change them.
  • I have a friend who swears that he could hear the Northern Lights. Not calling him a liar but I think seeing them would be more impressive.
  • On the other hand, if Betelgeuse explodes, there could be a lot of noise. Can you hear it in the vacuum of space?
  • This is pretty much true. The only place here where you can buy them other than at Walmart are at the used media store. The cool thing is that they also sell record albums. Just saying…
  • It is pretty obvious to any that see me that my personality screams – dog walker – and not by the way I walk, but by my walking partner.
  • I’m a sucker for these articles and yet I keep wondering why if the authors says change them immediately they didn’t come that way from the manufacturer.
  • So, if you have an open source crystal ball, you can write articles about the future of Linux!
  • I’m bookmarking this site on the off chance that we get high speed internet soon. We have the pole in the front yard.

Blog Posts on doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog.

#FollowFriday – December 27, 2019

voicEd Radio

My on demand radio page can be found here.  

Since Christmas was on the Wednesday, there was no show this week. But, enjoy a rerun of Run Run Rudolph this time from Kelly Clarkson.

Intro song

Technology Troubleshooting

One of the things that I really like about technology is the option to change the language. There’s nothing better than Canadian English to make this guy feel right at home.

Then, there’s nothing worse than the technology just going ahead and doing whatever it wants.

One of my Christmas gifts looked promising but alas, it serves up American spelling despite my change in settings. Sadly, there’s no amount of troubleshooting to resolve this.

Video of the Week

I was fascinated by this. Lots of great learning about country borders.

Photo of the Week

It was so warm on Christmas day that my daughter and I took the dog for a walk at the beach and dock at Colchester. Look at all the ice; who would have guessed that it was 11 degrees there?

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


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