My Week Ending 2020-07-05

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.

  • For all the concerns that people have about their privacy, we now stand on the cusp of an app that “tracks and traces” people with the virus. How did people survive other pandemics?
  • Finally – an Ontario school district reveals its back to school plan. Here’s what the OCDSB is thinking.
  • The Rolling Stones is but one group that is concerned about Trump using their music for the election campaign.
  • There are a million ways that the community of Leamington could have responded to the outbreak among migrant farm workers. They took the high road.
  • This is definitely good news from Nova Scotia about the COVID-19 outbreak. I had a chat this week with a lady who is looking forward to heading out there to visit their cottage. It’s a two day drive apparently.
  • This really was news to me. I thought that the government had stopped the issue of blue license plates. I may get a new one in August and was fearing going blue.
  • Having a clipboard with multiple things clipped may well be a good feature for Chrome. My concern is years of going without; can I retrain myself?
  • Definitely, we’re looking at the US and what’s happening there in politics and virus outbreak.
  • Any solution for back to school that is less than full-time will put a burden on parents and child-care people.
  • Kindergarten aged students could read their way through this list.
  • That tracking anybody with an app ends up as a lawsuit should be no surprise to anyone. This time, it’s Tim Hortons.
  • This is a heart-warming video of a bear cut who ended up with a jar on his head and good people helping it escape. Bookmark it!
  • I’ll be honest. I had forgotten all about the “I am Canadian” guy. It was interesting to see his thoughts about the ad if it was created today.
  • Many people want the border between Canada and the United States re-opened. Hopefully, it won’t for a while and when it does open, it’s going to be messy.
  • The discussion about face masks has been interesting to follow. In the beginning, there was no need – leave them to the medical profession. Now, it’s the law in some places like Toronto and Essex County.
  • So, Microsoft adds a learning app to its Teams product. Too late or just in time for September?
  • Interestingly there are a whole collection of people that don’t know how to change the default search engine in their browser! Hint – they’re Apple users.
  • Projects for the incredibly geeky people to do in their house while locked down. Or start a blog.
  • As with all things from Seth Godin, it’s a short post that will make you think. This time for people that didn’t get the gold medal but were close.

Blog Posts on
doug … off the record

My daily contributions to this blog are linked below. If you’re looking for a week in review for doug–off the record, you came to the right place.

#FollowFriday – July 3, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Racism, Routines, Storage Wars, Music, & Memory.

This week’s show –

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261,
  • Larissa Aradj – @MrsGeekChic,
  • John Hodgkinson – @Mr_H_Teacher,
  • Judy Richards – @redknine

Technology Troubleshooting

An update from last week’s concerns – I didn’t run out of internet for the month of June. That’s a good thing.

I thought that it was about time to brand This Week in Ontario Edublogs on Twitter so I went through and tried to create @TWIOE. Only after I had got through the process did I find out that someone had already taken it. They’re not using it; but they have it.

Twitter offered me @TWIOE2 instead because someone had also grabbed @TWIOE1. I was surprised; many people have asked me what the random letters mean when I used them as a hashtag.


Well, it seemed like a good idea.

Video of the Week

It was an amazing Saturday in Essex County for the June 27th Miracle. Here’s a bit of what happened from the Mayor of Kingsville which has more than this as problems..

Photo of the Week

I attended the ConnectEDU conference last week and earned these badges.

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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