My Week Ending 2020-08-16

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.

  • Here’s a collection of great towns to visit in Ontario and Amherstburg is listed number one.
  • I hope that teachers can keep perspective and perhaps even manage a smile as preparations are going on for back to school.
  • Who would have thought that it was possible or even desirable to run Android applications on Windows 10?
  • Whether you’re teaching mathematics face to face or under other circumstances, you might like the concept of math centres.
  • I thought that things were cool with the US with the new NAFTA but Trump has gone ahead and put tariffs on aluminum above and beyond this. I’m glad that Canada’s response will be dollar for dollar.
  • Here’s a comparison study of the different types of face masks and picks the best of the bunch.
  • So, Toronto District School Board released their plans but then the conversation continues….
  • If you like Chromebooks, now you can really get a device that is incredible powerful. Maybe even overkill?
  • I wonder how many people would see the light if they realized all the gestures that they have available to them on their Chromebook.
  • That YouTube is so blocked world-wide should come as no surprise to anyone. It’s a popular place for content, including really crappy content.
  • Kudos to British Columbia for putting the brakes on school reopening – at least for a little time into September.
  • Switching away from Gmail is easier said than done but this is a good read even if you don’t want to switch.
  • If you need assistance drawing an opinion about Tucker Carlson, watch this clip.
  • Looking for a new and different browser for Android? Have you looked at Vivaldi? Newly updated.
  • I never thought that a foldable phone would even remotely interest me but the more I read about the Surface Duo
  • If case you hadn’t hear enough advice about whether or not to send kids back to school, here’s more advice from the experts.
  • He had me laughing about flushing the toilet 19 times but now he’s doing to change the standards for shower heads?
  • I wonder how long a closed border with the US will take until we forget that there’s this whole other country south / north of us?
  • From the Hamilton Spectator, a great editorial piece about the broken plan that Ontario has in place for school reopening.

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 – August 14, 2020

voicEd Radio

This week on voicEd Radio with guest Shelly Vohra, we chatted about return to school, shopping, global projects, Microsoft certification, and editing.

Listen here:

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here.

Blog posts this week came from:

  • Shelly Vohra – @raspberryberet3
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Lynn Thomas – @THOMLYNN101
  • Fair Chance Learning – @FCLEdu
  • TESLOntario – @TESTOntario

Technology Troubleshooting

This is a little different from my normal bit here but I just wanted to put it on the record.

Earlier this week, I had shared my thoughts about portable classrooms and suggested that the removal of skirting would do something to increase airflow.

It turns out that was just stage one of getting ready to move those portables to a new location.

All that’s left now are circular concrete pads that used to hold a portable.

Video of the Week

We’re keeping the border closed for now.

Photo of the Week

My lovely wife and I went out for a Mexican meal to celebrate my birthday.

Thanks for reading.

Please join me daily for something new and, hopefully, interesting for you. I honestly and truthfully appreciate your few moments reading my thoughts. Time willing, this summary appears every Sunday afternoon.

Be safe.


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