My Week Ending 2020-11-08

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.


  • Some great suggestions about implementing a culturally responsive attitude within your school.
  • This is one of the best explanations about how the COVID virus is spread in a room – comparing a room, a bar, and a classroom.


  • The good thing is that people are really flocking to get the flu shot this year. The bad news? At least one pharmacy had run out
  • Even being blue blood royalty doesn’t prevent you from catching the virus. Prince William had it


  • An inside look at Microsoft‘s security room trying to keep the bad guys out
  • Yes, schools are boring. How about moving it online? Does that make it more exciting? A challenge


  • A lot of the time, I read about scams and am just thankful that it didn’t happen to me. This time, I am the recipient of this attempted phishing scam. I haven’t fallen for it as of yet
  • The latest list of programming languages that you should learn. Hint – Scratch isn’t on it


  • This is a listing of the sessions that the Nebraska Ed Tech Conference has made available to the world – for free
  • I get frustrated with the low prices that my American friends pay for cell phone service. No wonder everyone in the family could have a phone. Not in my world


  • Here are the details about the new ranking system for COVID in Ontario. Sadly, they did include “green”; I hope that people don’t interpret that as “GO”
  • From my old high school, concerns about the concept of a quadmester on student learning


  • Paybacks are a bitch
  • These activities are labelled for home school use but they would fit nicely into any face to face, remote, hybrid setting. Check them out

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 – October 30, 2020

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted ravens, quadmesters, an educational resource, Girls who Game, and a new winter drink.

The show is available here:

Joel McLean – @jprofnb
Tim King – @tk1ng
Lynn Thomas – @THOMLYNN101
Rolland Chidiac – @rchids
Sheila Stewart – @SheilaSpeaking

Intro Song:

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

Technology Troubleshooting

It’s really warm this weekend and I love it. But, just a week ago, it got very cold.

How cold was it?

It was so cold that I wore my toque.

Why is that technology troubleshooting?

Well, it’s music that gets me through the three-a-days with the dog. I went through my regular routine – putting in my Jabra earbuds and then put my toque on.

Unfortunately, that means that the elastic band goes over both ears. Why is that a problem? In doing so, it pressed the two buttons on the earbuds which is the signal that they should look to connect to a new Bluetooth device.

You’d think I’d learn but I did it about four times with the cold weather. Did I clue in? No, not yet, it just got warmer so I didn’t wear the toque.

I have a lot to learn this winter.

Video of the Week

A big moment in our time

Photo of the Week

Photo proof I have no fear.

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 …

… trunk keys?

I ran into an old key the other day. It was a General Motors key and it had a rounded head on it. It took a while but I think I finally placed it – it was the trunk key to a Chevrolet Impala that I once owned.

Photo by Nicolae Valera on Unsplash

It had a partner key which was kind of squared off and was used for the ignition and the doors. We’ve come a long way, baby.

This was back in the time when having a keyring for your keys was crucial. You might have a number of them on the ring for house, two for the car, two more if you owned two cars …

But that was a long time ago. My current vehicle, a Ford Fusion, has a black electronic key where there’s a button to lock the car, one to unlock, a button to open the trunk, and an emergency key. No remote starter here. There’s a little button and the key swings out to open the car door (if needed) or to start the car. If all that fails, there is a combination lock on the driver’s door.

This is just another reminder of how far we’ve come from the good ol’ days.

For a Sunday, your thoughts?

  • are you old enough to have owned a car with two keys?
  • maybe you still do – any classic car owners here?
  • there’s an even newer way to get into your car than using a key. Does your car have it?
  • there’s a more modern way to get into the trunk, or the current fancy deal, the liftgate on a minivan – do you have it?
  • I can remember the big fear of losing your keys and so had a hideout key which was in a metal box that stuck to the underside of the vehicle. I had one and, other than checking it periodically to make sure that it was still there, never used it

For a Sunday, what are your key memories?

Please share them in the comments below

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OTR Links 11/08/2020

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