My Week Ending 2020-06-28

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.

  • A day after school districts were given three options for opening here in Ontario, the Minister of Education says that he “directed” boards to begin the year with a mix of in-person and remote learning.
  • From the New York Public Library, here’s a collection of equity resources for educators.
  • It was a real surprise to see Windows supporting a subsystem for Linux but here we are.
  • Maybe all that it will take to kick EQAO to the curb is for the US to drop standardized tests. They’ve never had universal support.
  • Hamilton-Wentworth quits the school liaison program that it has had with the police department. What other boards will follow?
  • The June 27th Miracle for collecting dry goods throughout Essex County had volunteers picking up donations on front porches. Those of us who live outside a town had to drop them off ourselves. Here’s a map showing the locations at the time. Wow.
  • One of the challenges of using multiple browsers is making sure that my password manager is installed in each of them. It’s my way of doing things these days. Here’s a list of the best for 2020.
  • For those who like to download YouTube videos, here’s a collection of the best that are available for free.
  • Music legends in action photos – Grace Jones, Mick Jagger, Lady Gaga and more.
  • This doesn’t surprise me. Dell shipped my Mini 10 with Ubuntu on it years and years ago. Now, the top end XPS 13 will come with Ubuntu installed. It’s what I want for my birthday.
  • One of the last places where students can chat with friends with no limits in in the school cafeteria. That’s all going to change, going forward. What happens to food fights?
  • This is great news for Twitter users using Opera. Version 69 puts Twitter in the sidebar. I always have it open in a tab in my browser but I’ll be sure to check this out to see if it makes things more efficient.
  • Given Apple’s claim to protecting your privacy, I’m really surprised that it took this long to add this feature. I’d be more impressed if they actually put ad blocking and fingerprinting right in the browser.
  • There really was a sigh of relief as Essex County was allowed to move to Stage 2 of recovery. And yet, it’s not complete with Kingsville and Leamington not joining us.
  • I keep finding myself being impressed with the actions taken by our Premier. In this case, he’s slamming the US approach to reopening. The numbers from the sunshine states surely back his position.
  • I knew about these various punctuation marks but thought it was cute and useless because there’s no key to type to generate them. But that could change, I suppose if there was enough interest. I doubt it would ever happen though.
  • Zoom has this feature and it’s kind of fun to place with. One thing that came from all this home schooling is that people don’t always want to share their background with others. Now, Google Meet lets you get rid of it too.
  • This is a great article about dining out during a pandemic. I guess common sense is too much to expect in all cases. Still, it’s a good read and a reminder for some.
  • So, you might not get a chance to go overseas or to the United States for a holiday this summer. Don’t overlook these amazing things to see right here at home.

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#FollowFriday – June 26, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Being online, Post-it Notes, Virtual Visits, Courageous Leadership, and Courageous Cleanup.

This week’s show –

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Dave Cormier – @davecormier
  • Sue Bruyns – @sbruyns
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Sue Dunlop – @DunlopSue
  • Heather Swail – @hbswail

Technology Troubleshooting

Tuesday is going to be interesting. For years now, I’ve had internet access through our carrier and have never had an issue of going over the limit. Yes, we can’t afford or choose not to afford unlimited internet.

There will come a day.

Anyway, on Friday, I got a courtesy email from the company letting me know that we had reached 75% of our allotment. Once we hit 100%, we’ll be throttled way back until the first of July.

My problem is that I have to do my research and collect blog posts for discussion on the show. Will the connection last?

My problems are undoubtedly small compared to others. But, it’s what I do.

Video of the Week

It was an amazing Saturday in Essex County for the June 27th Miracle. Here’s a bit of what’s going on.

Photo of the Week

What a handsome dog. Now, the story behind the story. This dog can tell time. I’m lying on the couch and he notes that it’s time for an after supper stroll. So, he positions himself between me and the television. Folks, this dog is spoiled.

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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