My Week Ending 2020-12-13

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.


  • It’s amazing how various teachers are doing things to engage with their students. This Detroit teacher does it with, well check it out
  • I enjoy reading articles about “hidden” features in browsers to learn new things and also to affirm that I was paying attention


  • Being able to print from Google Chrome is probably bigger in education than anywhere else. Here’s how to do it when Cloud Print goes away
  • These people are brave to stand up to Doug Ford’s rules about conservation changes by leaving


  • I can’t imagine paying this much for headphones but they are from Apple which has that special tax
  • Will the Ontario government have what it takes to replace outdated textbooks? Is it time for a big change in thought?


  • Stephen Downes shares what he thinks are lessons that are learned or should be learned from the pandemic
  • Teachers sometimes do get fired. Here are some crazy reasons…


  • I haven’t used the word gamechanger for a while but this feature just might do it
  • So, here’s what they’re predicting for Ontario winters this year. Only a meteorologist or data scientist will be able to compare; the rest of us will just be shovelling snow


  • Since we’re all stuck at home for the most part, why not study this list of grammar mistakes and become more literate?
  • This is YouTube’s attempt to stop fake news but is it too late?


  • I’m not a real fan of hotels at the best of times but here’s a look inside a hotel in Toronto for those quarantined
  • Schools in Essex County and Windsor will be closed starting on Monday

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 – December 11, 2020

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Courage, COVID Copying and The Transformative Power of Having the Teacher’s Copy.

The show is available here:

  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp
  • Will Gourley – @WillGourley
  • Jennifer Allore – @jen_allore
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Dave Cormier – @davecormier

Intro Song:

Closing 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

This was a good #FollowFriday week!

When I create the Wakelet linked to above, I shudder when the Twitter messages are brought in. If I made any typos, they don’t appear in blue as links to Twitter accounts; just black as in text and nothing meaningful.

There was a time when my creation of those things were done by software but Twitter changed its API a while back and that stopped that. They’re now typed manually.

As we know, when you start to type a Twitter name, often Twitter will recognize the characters and make suggestions. That speeds the process. But, I allocate one hour of my time creating those messages and usually twice Twitter stops suggesting.

I’m guessing that one user is only allowed so much of their processing time.

I’m happy to report that there were no black misspelled names this week.

Video of the Week

‘Tis the season

Photo of the Week

It was a rare calm day on Lake Erie the other day. I caught the sun reflecting on a smooth surface. That doesn’t happen often.

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 …

… Christmas cards?

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

We do celebrate Christmas around here. But, certainly nowhere near the way that my parents did.

I guess, more correctly, like my mother did. It was the biggest event of the year and one of the rituals was Christmas cards.

It always started with bringing out the leftover unsent cards from the previous year. That determined how many more would have to be purchased. I remember thousands of them but probably a couple hundred is more accurate.

Then, it was to her address book. New names would be added during the year and, sadly, some would have to be removed. Then, we would set up an assembly line at the Christmas table. I’ll admit that I can be easily bought since there were always Christmas cookies in the centre to maintain our interest.

And we started.

On a good year, we would have sheets of return addresses on stickers until we ran out. But, the return address was added, then the mailing address, a stamp, and then the card. Each of the cards were carefully chosen depending upon who it was going to and Mom who had the best handwriting would personalize each and sign them from “Viola and the 3 Ds.”

It took a couple of evenings and then Dad would take the boxes to the post office and off they went. Of course, he would bring home the latest incoming which Mom would straight pin to the curtains at the front and right of our living room. At night, with the Christmas tree on, it made for an interesting sparkling show.

For a Sunday, your thoughts?

  • do you recall any family Christmas Card rituals?
  • how did you determine who made your naughty / nice list to receive or not receive a card?
  • do you have a preference? winter scene, religious, Santa Clausish?
  • do you still send out Christmas cards?
  • if you do, do you buy them at a boutique store, drug store, or dollar store?
  • do you ever include something special with the card like a lottery scratch ticket?
  • when you receive Christmas cards, how do you display them in your home?
  • do you receive cards at random like from a salesperson you might have bought a car or a home from the previous year, a neighbour, long lost relative, or just a friend for the first time? Is the feeling extra special when you get one?
  • have you moved away from the traditional cardboard stock to something more digital?

As always, it’s fun to read your thoughts. Please share them in the comments below or on social media?

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OTR Links 12/13/2020

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