My Week Ending 2020-02-16

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.

  • This may be the best article written by a non-teacher that you’ll read about the current strike situation in Ontario.
  • Collections of links to resources for people are very helpful as a launch pad. At least someone has taken the time to curate a small collection. In this case, it’s iPad apps for teacher-librarians.
  • It’s timely. We hear and read of conditions in other countries about how they’re handling the Coronavirus. We also need to look at home.
  • I wonder if Trump will be able to product an Oscar winning film after his term like Obama did.
  • It’s no coincidence that Apple production of AirPods is down since they outsource the work to China.
  • I’ve always liked Logitech products. In this case, there’s a price drop in their “Crayon” product.
  • Would it be too tacky to send this message home with students to parents and have them read it together?
  • From Alfred Thompson, his thoughts about providing qualified teachers to teach Computer Science. Are large classes the solution?
  • For a staff meeting Bingo game and a chance to laugh at yourself. There are lots of things that teachers say that the general public wouldn’t even dream of.
  • Bad news for school boards in Quebec. After Bill 40, they’re gone. Will this even work?
  • We know that Google Chrome uses a great deal of memory just to work. But, how many open tabs does it take to crash a $50,000 Macintosh? Seriously, who has a $50,000 Macintosh?
  • I’d be willing to bet that very few people even know much less use profiles in their browser. I don’t; I just open a private tab when I want something new.
  • This is an interesting turn. Microsoft has done some pretty amazing things with their new Edge. Could it beat Chrome as your browser of choice?
  • This is a good conversation to have. The concept of “screen time” limits is something that people just take as truth.
  • You just had to know that the federations would be in the audience when the Minister of Education is delivering a speech. Nothing was said about having a Q&A session though
  • I think we’re all more concerned about end to end encryption these days. If you’re not, you should be. Here’s a list of messaging apps to use. At least one was a surprise to me.

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My daily contributions to this blog. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.

#FollowFriday – February 14, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about: Arts, Activism and Legacy

This week’s show –

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Intro song

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Anne-Marie Kee – @AMKeeLCS
  • Zoe Branigan-Pipe – @zbpipe
  • Laurel Bottrell – @L_Bottrell
  • Patti Henderson – @GingerPatti

Technology Troubleshooting

I wrote about my biggest troubleshooting issue in yesterday’s blog post.

I looked anxiously for news of a fix and checked for an update this morning.

Still nothing.

The problem is that now that I know that it’s a problem, I have this overwhelming desire to actually use it.


One week later – moving along now.

Mysteriously, this has been fixed with no effort on my part.

I’m happy about this again.

Video of the Week

Interesting – do you believe?

Photo of the Week

I got a lot of positive feedback for being so lovingly sensitive. I had to come clean; I bought the flowers and my daughter Brittany did the rest. Then, she used the picture to promote Chicano’s Tacos and Tequila. Still the best place for a meal!

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


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