My Week Ending 2020-09-13

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.


  • You can’t help but be jealous of these theftable license plates from the Northwest Territories. All we have in Ontario are blue ones that don’t show up in the dark.
  • May people will be looking for new computers this fall but which is best? Chromebook or Windows?


  • It’s an interesting choice of browser for Android users. The Samsung Internet browser is quite impressive. Should you switch away from the others?
  • This beaded map created by Indigenous artists caught the fancy of many people.


  • This is common wisdom among educators and parents. The Ontario government had months to make things right before the return to school but waited seemingly until August.
  • Like it or love it – you have to admit that Google Classroom is well supported by the teaching community. Free resources here.


  • I actually worried about the demise of Flash by browsers since many of the live streams that I watch seemed to use it. But, that seems to have gone away.
  • This is huge news for computing in education. China to stop using Scratch. I’m sure that they will develop a similar application within the country. Their challenge will be to make it so good that others will abandon Scratch in favour of the new one.


  • I think this will be a huge deal if it is allowed to spread to all Android phones. Scammers seem to be on the rise so anything to help verify callers will be welcomed here.
  • COVID is on the rise in Ontario so further opening plans are on hold for a month. In other news, it’s full steam ahead in schools.


  • This really was sad news. The Avengers was one of my favourite shows growing up and who couldn’t love the role that Diana Rigg played.
  • I always kind of hate it when a program that I love and advocate is put up against another and doesn’t excel at every feature.


  • It’s big news when the LMS that’s used throughout the province goes does in the first week of school.
  • This is a great list for teachers to pass along to teachers to describe their feelings about teaching online.

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 – September 11, 2020

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about reflection, online learning, podcasting, Y, and personality testing.

The show is available here:

Amy Bowker – @amyebowker
Jonathan So – @MrSoClassroom
Laura Wheeler – @wheeler_laura
Lynn Thomas – @THOMLYNN101
Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts

Intro Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here. The show is broadcast LIVE every Wednesday morning at 9:15 on voicEd Radio.

Technology Troubleshooting


It’s not a nice term but it does provide good advice – Read the Manual.

I actually did that this past week with my new ear buds. There are controls on either ear piece but they didn’t make sense to me. It turns out that you can reprogram them. This is significant to a dog walker who already is down to one hand because of the leash.

It really was a game changer!

Video of the Week

This song was trending among educators this week. It’s been covered so many times but not better than the original Bill Withers.

Photo of the Week

I had a chance to walk the dock at Leamington and took a picture of the two Pelee Islander ferries. The original and then the update! The original looks like it would fit nicely into the new one!

I’ve taken the original Pelee Islander to visit Pelee Island Public School and the Jiimaan which is now docked in Kingsville.

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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Whatever happened to …

… recess?

For many school districts, it’s one week in the bag.

An important part of any school day is recess. It’s a chance for students to get outside and burn off a little energy and a chance for teachers to recharge a bit. This year, it’s going to be different.

Photo by Laura Rivera on Unsplash

Of course, at secondary schools, recess isn’t really a thing. There is an opportunity to change classes with every period change which enables social meeting among friends.

In elementary schools, unless it’s raining, all the students in the school and those teachers who are tagged to supervise head out the doors in a mad rush.

This year, to date, it’s all different.

Secondary schools have adopted modified schedules everywhere that minimize contacts among students. At least, of course, during the school day. I happened to be in Windsor yesterday and there was a mob of students out walking through a shopping centre.

Elementary schools have adopted changes as well. The importance of recess hasn’t been ignored – it’s just different. You hear of different strategies – staggering recess, assigning areas of the playground for different groups of students, no playground equipment or sharing of gaming equipment, etc.

Ironically, those who are home schooling are free to go outside and play with whatever might be available in their yards!

My memories of elementary school recess certainly have no place in today’s reality. The only rule that we had was that we had to stay on the school property. After that, we played games, wrestled, ran, slid down the hill in the school, and so much more. The only temporary rule would come after a huge rain where we were cautioned that we had to stay on the blacktop. I don’t think I’d ever heard the term tarmac back then.

There are no leading questions here this week – just a request to describe what recess or breaks look like in your educational reality. You may have a great implementation of recess that may be inspirational for others.

Please share in the comments below.

OTR Links 09/13/2020

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.