My Week Ending 2020-10-11

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.


  • This was fascinating. I love music and was quite interested to find the source for these sound effects.
  • One month into the school year and 2 000 elementary school students in Toronto still don’t have a teacher.


  • A funny and enjoyable look at teaching via the genius humour of Schitt’s Creek.
  • I’ll admit; I hadn’t thought about this but certainly learned more about how mirrors work.


  • There’s a name change to a rest spot at Point Pelee National Park to honour the Caldwell First Nations.
  • A timely reminder to teachers and administrators that there is much going on in the background with respect to student privacy online with those apps you’re using.


  • This is a bit of wise advice about telling fact from fiction online.
  • Doug Ford turned off the US Presidential debate. Maybe all politicians have lessons to learn from that bad example.


  • This should not come as a surprise to anyone who looks at restaurants around secondary schools.
  • I’m not a fan of the term “New Math“; but that’s the message here. Math is Math; it’s the understanding of mathematics that is of importance and yet is missing when articles like this are written.


  • I would make the same comparison between Ford and Trump. Maybe our premier should learn from this.
  • Ford’s unbelievable response to the attempt on Governor Whitmer should be a wakeup call for every votes. Just because he does his job doesn’t mean that he’s doing a person a favour.


  • I’m curious to see what the inside of an opened Casino looks like. But, not curious enough to risk my health
  • As David Garlick responded, “the kids are alright”. I’m impressed that these boys take on a dress code by wearing skirts to school.

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#FollowFriday – October 9, 2020

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about back to school, masks, Jamboard, control, and apple streudel.

The show is available here:

  • Will Gourley – @WillGourley
  • Sheila Stewart – @SheilaSpeaking
  • EduGals – @EduGals
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Debbie Donsky – @DebbieDonsky

Intro Song:

Dedicated to the month of October

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

Technology Troubleshooting

I’m about to give up on this one.

I have an old Dell Mini netbooks that I used to dual boot two versions of Linux on. Granted, it’s over 10 years old but I hate to throw anything away if it still suits a purpose.

The purpose is really hindered right now. The computer won’t recognize the battery – proprietary Dell – and so won’t boot with the battery in place. It will boot and actually work without the battery in place but the design clearly was made with the battery working and balancing the machine.

So, I don’t really know. I’ve done a lot of searching and the best solution is to buy a new battery. It’s hard to justify for a machine of this age.

Video of the Week

A bit of a fascinating science lesson.

Photo of the Week

Part of the renovation around here meant getting rid of the green blinds so out onto the patio they went. But, Jaimie was a little hesitant to let them go.

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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The content of this blog is created by me at the keyboard or as a result of an aggregator of my daily reading under the title OTR Links. On Fridays, look for my signature post "This Week in Ontario Edublogs" where I try to share some great writing from Ontario Educators. The other regular post appears Sunday mornings as I try to start a conversation about things that have gone missing from our daily lives.

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