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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