My Week Ending 2020-09-27

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.


  • The internet can indeed by a creepy place. Fortunately, there are extensions that you can install that make it less so.
  • This is great news if you’ve ever been in a checkout line with someone with a smartphone price checking everything they plan to purchase.


  • It is interesting that high education institutions can make the decision to stay safe and online but public schools can’t.
  • It is really sad to hear of a school closed because of COVID. This is the first but there will be more.


  • This is a terrific example of how to use the medicine wheel in the classroom. Could others follow?
  • Seriously? The US President gives himself an A+ for his handling of COVID.


  • It’s the year 2020. Nothing should surprise us including Microsoft Edge coming to Linux.
  • I find it so bizarre that our top doctor has all these recommendations for staying safe; we’re following them but they don’t apply to schools.


  • It is so sad to read about the stress that teachers are under. In this case, it’s from Hamilton. All newspapers should get out and do this type of reporting.
  • Don’t raise the bridge; lower the river. Change the rules for home checking of students before they go to school.


  • What do you do when you’re running short on teachers? Hire from the age group that’s most at risk.
  • If you believe in horoscopes, you probably don’t want to see what the future brings. On the other hand, if you want a laugh.


  • It’s never too early to think about Christmas gifts for teachers. I could go for that scooter.
  • If you can’t find teachers, hire off the street. I can’t imagine this will go over well with the federations.

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 25, 2020

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about face masks, calling home, scheduling, occasional teachers, and resource creation.

The show is available here:

Tim King – @tk1ng
Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
Terry Whitmell – @TerryWhitmell
Paul Gauchi – @PCMalteseFalcon
Jennifer Casa-Todd – @jcasatodd

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

Sometimes, you just have to be vocal and you get results!

This week, I shared an article explaining why teachers who teach online are much better off with two monitors. That’s true but even bloggers writing a post like this can benefit as well.

My new laptop which is really a desktop for me has a 17 inch screen. Years ago, I did some custom work and they gave me a 15 inch monitor as a thank you. I’ve had to purchase an HDMI to SVGA converter to make the connection but it works well. I got into a discussion with Tim King about this and I made, in passing, the comment that my only challenge was having to move my mouse to the centre of the screen to go from one monitor to the other. It’s certainly not the end of the world but just an observation.

In response, Tim sent me a link to an application that resolves this! I’ve got to check it out; the current problem is that my computer desk area has been vacated due to some renovations. But, that should be over by next Friday and I look forward to checking out his suggestion.

Just another case why you need good connections and not be afraid to be vocal about challenges. I don’t care who you are; there’s always someone smarter than you out there with a solution.

Video of the Week

Here’s what $5B will buy you when you sell highly priced technology.

Photo of the Week

It’s the “Uncommon Festival” in Amherstburg this weekend. Most of the events have changed because of the COVID restraints. But, there are still some folks dressed up in Steampunk.

The new bookstore has this octopus coming out of the windows on its second store. I took this picture with my camera across the street after parking behind the post office.

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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