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 know that many people are using Google Docs to be able to create and share resources amongst themselves and their students. This is a PDF cheat sheet to help you become a “Power User“.
- I think that schools, districts, and teachers themselves should be asking if they know enough about the computers and tools that they’re using these days to run education. Many districts have dropped consultants who provided professional learning and subject associations aren’t always picking up the slack.
- Kudos to the mayor of Washington DC for recognizing what’s going on and not stopping this painting of a street outside the White House. The message needs to be heard (and seen).
- If you’re using Zoom, you probably have already gone to space for your background. If you’re using Teams, you’re in luck. Nobody really wants to see the things behind you when you’re in an online meeting.
- DuckDuckGo is going to have to tread carefully, I suspect. Many have bought into their concepts because of the privacy that it offers than other search engines have not.
- I like the fact that online conferencing software is evolving. Here’s a summary about the “new” Google Meet. Will people actually use the features though?
- Browser wars! I love it. Count me in.
- This is a spectacular, well-done video showing Canada from coast to coast in a couple of minutes. I see something new each time I play it.
- If they have the room, this Tim Horton‘s initiative will be nice to see come to fruition. I tired of having my coffee handed to me on a stick.
- Not that anyone is planning on any holidays to foreign countries these days but a ranking of COVID-19 virus and safety from country to country speaks volumes about concern for citizens.
- Every school system that is considering opening needs to read every story about other jurisdictions that they can to beg, borrow, or steal the best ideas. Who knew that we’d be dropping “best practices” workshops for concerns about just staying safe?
- The results from the investigation into the Peel District School Board are very unsettling. You just know that heads will roll; let’s hope that it’s the right ones.
- I don’t have the kind of money lying around to buy AirPods but maybe for an alternative. Or, just get used to the cord.
- This is an interesting concept that I’ve used for YouTube videos often. Speed things up; you don’t miss much and get through it quicker. Now a browser extension for Netflix to do the same thing.
- Rules for daycares and their reopening. Will parents be confident enough to drop their kids off? Will they have a choice?
- I haven’t received my notifications of an update to Windows 10 yet. I did get something for the Macintosh. It was another 3GB download and I don’t notice any difference. But, I’m supposedly safer and more bug free.
- I can’t imagine a Toronto without a Dundas Street. Imagine the costs for all the signs that would need to be replaced. Above and below ground level.
- Many things are being raised in people’s consciousness because of the COVID-19 virus. Are they raised high enough that education will do something about it?
- This is a nice selection of children’s books about race. Every school library should have them available.
- I need to do this. Years of dog walking has resulted in a perpetually sore left shoulder. Maybe sleeping on my back will solve the problem. It would be nice to try; I just can’t get myself trained to do it though.
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 June 7, 2020
- Monday – My media literacy
- Tuesday – So now it starts to end
- Wednesday – A developer browser
- Thursday – New music
- Friday – This Week in Ontario Edublogs
- Saturday – Trends
- Sunday – Whatever happened to … Silly Putty?
#FollowFriday – June 12, 2020
This week on voicEd Radio, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about climbing mountains, racism, education in the fall, good will, and wonder.
All of the podcasts are archived here.
Blog posts this week came from:
- Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
- Will Gourley – @WillGourley
- Deborah Weston – @dr_weston_PhD
- Tim King – @tk1ng
- Lynn Thomas – @THOMLYNN101
I’m a real fan of the Opera browser and the latest feature of having Instagram in the sidebar is awesome. Below, you’ll see a picture that I took at Holiday Beach, saved to Instagram, and I wanted to include it in this post.
Now, obviously, I had the original but I wanted to see if the built-in screen capture utility could snag part of the Instagram picture.
The browser likes one or the other feature but not both at the same time.
Video of the Week
Stephen Hurley’s topic for Saturday’s night was inspiration – and this song came to mind immediately. Imagine having all that talent together in one place. I can’t just play this video once.
Photo of the Week
It was a wonderfully cool Saturday afternoon so Laurelanne, Jaimie and I went for a walk at Holiday Beach. The park isn’t open for regular visitors but you could park out front and walk in. Lake Erie’s water has been so high that break walls are so important. At the beach, there clearly was a man made wall but felled trees were there to prevent erosion as well. Which will last longer?
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