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My Week Ending 2020-05-31

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.

  • I found this interesting as many professional organizations will be looking to move their conferences online. Can you do it for free?
  • I got them all! This is a little quiz to see if you can name the country by identifying a landmark.
  • I always felt that my greatest inspiration for learning a new programming language was having to teach it. It can be a struggle; can students learn it quicker than me?
  • There are indeed students who are thriving learning online. What about them? Can we make assumptions from the past couple of months as we move forward?
  • Great news for Android and Chrome OS users. You can now use Krita on your device.
  • Here’s a walk along memory lane to look at Windows 1. Were you a learner? I know that I was.
  • I really don’t understand why resuming parliament is such a big deal. Schools have continued using technology. You don’t have to physically be there. If our politicians are concerned about access, privacy, tools, ability to connect, they’d sink in a classroom with young children. Maybe they’ll realize that we have a problem throughout the country.
  • You know that your processor is moving into the big time when Linus Torvalds embraces it. Success for AMD.
  • Personally, I find dark mode so easy on my eyes and increases the amount of time that I’m comfortable working on a computer. So, the darker the better for me.
  • Canadian manufacturers are stepping up with their own hand sanitizers. Here are nine of them.
  • Darwin had a theory. He’d have a whale of a time commenting on how these people are wearing facemasks.
  • Are you old enough to remember Wile E. Coyote? Why did he have a name but the Roadrunner didn’t? Want to see a coyote and roadrunner in real life?
  • Stories like this appease long time keyboard users like me who are really comfortable without having to move my hands to use a mouse just to do something simple like opening a new tab.
  • It’s interesting to read how 5G will make things so much better. If there’s one thing that should be taken away from COVID times is that we need universal access. We’re nowhere near that for everyone yet.
  • Virtual field trips should be using this opportunity to step up. The value of these can only accelerate as a way to bring all students on a trip not that renting that big yellow bus isn’t an option.
  • They never mention issues like this on the Heavy Rescue 401 show. Whoever gets there first, gets the job, I guess.
  • As things start to open up, people will need to evaluate what destination will be safe and which are riskier. There’s a nice range here.
  • So, we’re going to have a virtual Canada Day around here. What’s happening in your world?
  • There are lessons for the world to be had here. South Korea started up their schools and then had to shut them down.

Blog Posts on
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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 – May 29, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio, guest host Aviva Dunsiger, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about mindfulness, return to math, fathers, poetry, and self-regulation lessons.

This week’s show –

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Safina Hirji – @SafinaHirji
  • Mark Chubb – @MarkChubb3
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Will Gourley – @WillGourley
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca

Technology Troubleshooting

I had a frustrating time with my ear buds this week. Only the one on the left was working well. I went through a long process of trouble shooting and was going to cover it here.

It turned out that it was pretty long so I turned it into a full blown blog post.

It was the first time I’d used the expression “wax sucker” in a post.

Video of the Week

Maybe a project for our own bird feeder for next winter?

Photo of the Week

A reminder to stop and smell the irises. Or iris. Conflicting data on what the plural of iris is.

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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