My Week Ending 2020-04-26

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.

  • The concept of a “Field Hospital” is popping up all over the place to take the load of treating patients in traditional hospitals. St. Clair College has one and is looking for student artwork to decorate it.
  • I thought this was interesting. At work, we sit behind a firewall to try and keep the bad guys away from our computers. That safety doesn’t exist at home but CIRA is offering a DNS service with three levels of security for Canadians. They claim it’s the first to offer a country wide service like this for free. If nothing else, reading it is a nice refresher course for how DNS works.
  • If you were sitting on the bench about using Zoom, you might want to investigate this new service which isn’t offered on other video conferencing services.
  • I’m sure that this discussion is happening in board offices all over the province. Or, at least via video conference. What will Ontario schools look like when they re-open?
  • I think this is good news for people in Kingston. Around here, the walking trails remain open and people just give each other lots of room when they come upon each other.
  • We’re seeing large venues being repurposed since they’re not used for their original purposes. Here, it’s the Scotiabank Arena.
  • Educational conferences are really taking a hit with the closings and the challenges to travel. OAME is moving its conference online. It’s wonderful to see names from my old district as presenters.
  • Digital Escape Rooms! The popular physical concept goes online. Here’s how to do it.
  • This is a serious question that will require a serious response and an alignment of procedures. Our local emergency service let us know that we were in for a windstorm.
  • If you know me, you know that I love working with different web browsers. Recently Vivaldi turned 3.0 and I gave it a shot. I really like how you can customize everything. I’m concerned thought that it really seems to ramp up the processor and the fans start really blowing on my laptop. It’s annoying when you’re doing a video chat. Right now, the Opera browser seems to be the only one that recognizes and downshifts.
  • Before you recommend that new “free” web service, have you checked out the privacy that it affords or doesn’t afford the students who are using it?
  • Accessing your webcam and microphone without your permission may be the most visible abuse online. This article features some advice.
  • This article includes a number of browser extensions for the Chrome browser to keep yourself safe while online.
  • This is surreal, I guess, as the best words to describe these drone images of cities that are basically vacant due to people staying at home.
  • This is why teachers have unions. We know that there’s a rush to get students back in the classroom but it’s important that it’s done safely. Here are some pre-conditions -all unions/federations should pay attention to these for the sake of their members.
  • Congratulations, OSSTF, on reaching a collective agreement with the Ministry of Education. Details to follow, I guess.
  • We know that it happens face to face occasionally. But, when it happens online while teaching, it becomes news.
  • There is so much to be learned here from Indigenous respect for their environment. It involves a grizzly bear.

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.

#FollowFriday – April 24, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about COVID-19, Copyright, and Things that will change because of Coronavirus.

This week’s show –

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Deb Weston – @DrDWestonPhD
  • Michelle Fenn – @Toadmummy
  • Kelly McLaughlin
  • Matthew Morris – @callmemrmorris

Technology Troubleshooting

With a blog post like this Sunday one and my Friday This Week in Ontario Edublogs, there are a number of sections to the post.

To separate one section from another, I’ve always used a divider between sections. In the beginning, I used to switch to HTML mode and use the Horizontal Rule <hr> to do the job. Then, WordPress made a separator available as a click. It was nice but it kind of always bugged me because it didn’t show up strongly with the dark theme that I’m currently using.

Recently, though, we’ve got more options…

One day, I just tried them all and was pleasantly surprised with how the Dots did a nice job. Understated, perhaps, but visible and it divides nicely. It’s now my separator of choice.

Of course, the nerd in me needed to know how it was done so it was back to look at the source.

Video of the Week

A Study at Home Playlist Collection

Photo of the Week

Amherstburg salutes Nova Scotia.

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.


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Whatever happened to …

… handshakes?

This will be a post that could have been written in the future but it’s applicable today and likely into the future. I actually shook hands this morning.

Your guess – is he looking me in the eye or is he eyeing the treat in my hand?

Except for him though, I can’t recall the last time I shook hands.

But, I learned young that was how you greeted someone. My dad, a banker, modelled it all the time. You don’t just say “Hi!”, you get up, go over and shake their hand. Skin to skin contact was important. At the same time, you need to make eye contact.

When I was in Scouts, one of the things I learned was that I was doing it wrong. I learned that good Scouts always shook with their left hand because it symbolically meant that you put down your shield as a sign of trust for who you’re shaking hands with. Of course, it assumed that everyone was right handed, with weapon in the right and shield in the left.

But, that was the only place you’d do that. If you offered your left hand to a person, they’d be awkward about accepting it unless they had been a scout as well.

I think we’re all recognizing that the handshake may be long gone once society returns to its new normal.

As I think about this, I think of some memorable handshakes in my life.

  • my previous doctor on my last visit to him. He never did but he shook my hand that day. Sadly, he has since passed away
  • my new doctor always shakes hands when she comes into the room. I suspect that will change going forward
  • at every graduation – elementary school, high school, two universities – I shook hands as I received my diplomas
  • related to this, after every hockey, football, or basketball game when the two teams line up and do the “good game, good game, good game” routine. To be truthful, it’s not really a handshake, it’s more of a slap or tap
  • at every wedding I ever attended in the receiving line. Nothing more tiring though than my own wedding where I shook hands with everyone
  • when I signed my contract at my school and got a tour of the school. I must have really had the Adrenalin flowing as it’s a standing joke between myself and the Automotive teacher that I “almost broke his hand” when introduced

For a Sunday, your thoughts…

  • when was the last time you shook hands?
  • did you belong to an organization where you shook with the left hand? Is it just Scouts?
  • do you have any memorable handshakes in your life?
  • will you continue to shake hands after all this is over?
  • if you won’t, what will you do instead?
  • if you won’t and someone extends a hand to you, how will you respond?

I’d be most interested in your thoughts on this. Please share them in the comments below.

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OTR Links 04/26/2020

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