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.
- Since you’re isolated at home, it’s time to learn some new things. Here are some Python projects to get you started.
- I was so impressed with how quickly Canada’s parliament got together to pass a relief bill and used common sense in doing so. Unlike south of the border where every representative had to be there, only a small group proportionate to the number of seats held was needed.
- This was something that Premier Ford said that he would do if elected. It’s so sad that it took people being self-isolated to make it happen.
- This was the first bit of information that it isn’t going to be education as usual in Ontario come April 6. I still haven’t seen the final date announced though.
- This is a good news story if you like Mac and Cheese and who doesn’t. What puts them over the top though are sliced up pieces of hot dog in them.
- Some people might find this a bit geeky but it’s good information to know if you own a Chromebook or are thinking of getting one.
- I’d read rumblings about problems in Peel but had no idea to what extent they reached. This is a depressing story to read.
- This is a good resource from Google and many people will be able to use it to help themselves right away. But school districts that have dropped their computer consultants will have a lot of people tap tapping on their iPads wondering why it’s not working.
- This is such an important message. “Just teach online” they say. Hah! Think of all those who will be left behind.
- We’ve read about the drop in pollution in China and Italy with a country reacting to the virus and stopping spewing stuff into the air. How about Canada? This can only be a good thing for the environment.
- I’ve been kind of careful about recommending online resources because they’re not all equally as good. Plus, there are privacy concerns that need to be thought through. But, this offering from Time seems impressive.
- You never really know your community’s priorities until you see what is declared as an Essential Workplace. In Ontario, we now know. It’s kind of difficult to argue with these. It has left my town virtually a ghost town now.
- This was such a stark difference between the pictures of traffic in India that show a country on the move.
- Details were leaked about the negotiated collective agreement with the Catholic teachers (OECTA)
- This is a question that so many people have asked. Why are liquor stores considered an essential service in Ontario?
- This story about Trump wanting to put US troops near the Canadian border sparked one of the more interesting and funny hashtags I’ve seen in a long time. #NoCanadian
- I hate reading stories like this because I touch surfaces like these all the time but it’s a good reminder for all times, not just for this time.
- On the lighter side of education, some interesting moments from Online Classes this week. Imagine how it expands to every student in the province.
Blog Posts on
doug … off the record
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.
- Sunday – My Week Ending March 22, 2020
- Monday – A Kenny Rogers playlist
- Tuesday – Is it time?
- Wednesday – A couple of visualizations
- Thursday – Curriculum forum members step up
- Friday – This Week in Ontario Edublogs
- Saturday – Not all learning is academic
- Sunday – Whatever happened to … mouse pads?
#FollowFriday – March 27, 2020
This week on voicEd Radio, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Teacher Illness, Digital Divides, Mending Neighbourhoods, and 2 Degrees of Separation with special guest Will Gourley.
All of the podcasts are archived here.
Blog posts this week came from:
- Michelle Fenn – @Toadmummy
- Tim King – @tk1ng
- Martina Finnegan – @TESLOntario
- Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
- The Beast – @thebeastedu
No Chromebook stories this week. It’s not that my Chromebook is better; I rolled it back to the Stable channel and the problem persists.
This week, I got a panic DM from a high school and neighbourhood friend that her iPad wasn’t working. In true Apple fashion, there were no error messages, just a picture of an Apple connector pointing to iTunes. To me, the fix was a no-brainer.
But, the story doesn’t end there.
She had never connected her iPad to a computer and hence, iTunes before. As I tried to help her, I gave all the advice without asking that question.
So, I convinced her to download iTunes onto her desktop computer but then there was another challenge – she didn’t know how to connect the iPad to the computer. She didn’t know what cable to use.
Eventually, we got to the point where I explained that the cable was there but just plugged into her charger. Pull it out and make the connection. All was good from that point on. iPad with the latest OS and a search for a few of the apps that she was missing at the Apple Store.
Why can’t Apple come up with decent error messages and instruction for how to fix things? I’m certainly no expert in the Apple world but a lot of anxiety would have been headed off in this case.
Video of the Week
Right now, the world needs a little more of this. Ignore the studying part.
Photo of the Week
It was a bit of a nice afternoon earlier this week so Jaimie took his self-isolation to the patio.
If you look closely, you’ll see he’s sticking his tongue out at this virus.
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