My Week Ending 2020-07-19

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.

  • There will come a day when we get faster internet access here. We do have a smart television and my plan is to use it that way. But, others are still using dongles.
  • This was an interesting and important read for me. Of course, Canadians are proud of our history with the Underground Railroad, but how about racism here?
  • Alfred Thompson documents his experience from Day 1 of the CSTA Conference which went 100% online this year.
  • It’s probably a good thing to consider. With all laptops getting slimmer, adding a lens cover can thwart the ability to fully close.
  • When the Toronto Star complains about things in Ontario education, it’s worthwhile noting. Here they’re talking leadership.
  • I guess it’s only natural. If you’re in an Atlantic province and see an out-of-province license plate, you might want to keep your distance. I found a Michigan plate on the side of the road the other day. How did that get here? Border’s closed, isn’t it?
  • I have this feeling that, some day, I’m going to wake up and Dr. Fauci has been fired. He seems to have few friends in the White House these days.
  • That Apple, and now many Windows PC switching to ARM should be a wakeup call for Intel.
  • I doubt that this list of 15 things covers it all but it covers enough of teacher concerns that the Ministry needs to be paying attention to teacher concerns about reopening school buildings in September.
  • And yet, our Premier is “confident” that students will be returning to school buildings.
  • That should generate some outrage. Open school buildings but dropping French?
  • I always do the activities listed in article like this just to see if there’s a function in Google Home that will change my life. Also on my phone. I feel at a loss though since they seldom get adopted as a new way to do business.
  • Sometimes, I feel badly when I’m sharing stories that take shots at things in the US since I have so many good educator friends there. But this is an action that should absolutely disgust everyone.
  • If and when we get that promised high speed fibre internet, I’ll be checking out the Peacock offerings.
  • This is an article about how museums are functioning in these days of pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests.
  • Good for this young lady exciting others to learn to code. I hope it’s more than the spirograph approach that we see adults get excited about.
  • I love Slack. And Google’s noticing. Actually probably they’re noticing other people but making Gmail more like Slack is a great idea.
  • I wonder if this French version of Black Lives Matter is visible from the Trump Tower?
  • Actually, many people in the US have shared their opinion about the infamous Rose Garden ramble. I just happened to catch this article from Stephen Colbert.

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 17, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio with guest Melanie White, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Racism in Yearbooks, Virtual Learning and Looking Ahead to A New Way of Doing Education, what students are taking Mathematics, and a look at learning commons not from a teacher-librarian perspective.

Listen here:

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
  • Jason Lay – @jlay02
  • Franziska Beeler – @franziskabeeler
  • Alice Aspinall – @aliceaspinall
  • Laura Beal – @BealsyLaura

Technology Troubleshooting

It’s Sunday morning and a chance to watch Formula 1 racing, one of my pleasures. It’s raining in Hungary with a wet track. It’s the stuff that separates Formula 1 from many of the other types of races in North America.

They will race.

So, the question becomes one of “which tyre do we use?”

It makes for an even more exciting race to see the team decisions; most went with intermediate tyres but one went with full rain tyres.

Then, it dries up and they switch to slicks. But, there’s rain on the way.

Running in and out of the pits raises the excitement level.

Fortunately, it’s not something that we have to deal with in our own cars. All season and four season tires handle it all.

Unless, of course, you go whole hog and put on snow tires for the winter.

Video of the Week

I flipped to a new radio station yesterday and this was the first song I heard. I hadn’t heard it for a long time.

Photo of the Week

It was a hot day and so guess who got a bath alfresco. Not a happy dog. Even less happy when told he had to stay outside and dry off.

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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