My Week Ending 2020-12-27

Here’s a summary of some of the things I learned and published this week. It’s pretty slim since I’ve been taking a couple of weeks away from the keyboard. Fortunately, my daily automated OTR links post covered for me.


You can follow my daily readings as they happen here.  Below are a selected few, with commentary, from the past week.


  • In a year of bizarre things, fining parents because of their children’s technology problems somehow doesn’t seem out of line
  • Google can often be more than a handful so you might find these student safe websites handy. Some new titles in there for me


  • I feel a little down after reading this. So far, I’ve used a lot of technology during the pandemic but maybe not in such innovative ways
  • Jupiter and Saturn got together last week and Google was there with a Doodle


  • The best news around here was that Bell brought fibre right into my house and I was able to dump satellite television and a wireless plan of “up to 5 MB” service and save money in the process
  • A history lesson for Toronto Blue Jay fans. Actually, this Tigers fan also found it interesting so you might too


  • I actually knew this but haven’t actually put into use for Windows updates – I figure I’d let Microsoft handle it
  • Timewasters that drive teachers crazy


  • For education, here are a collection of art and clipart resources
  • So, Zoom is doing so well they’re considering offering email. Maybe I’ll be able to snag dougpete@zoom; I was asleep at the wheel for Gmail


  • Privacy took at hit in 2020 with the onset of COVID
  • This is a cool concept – it’s a “school in a box” that ensures that students will be able to do the activities at home


  • For my American friends you would like to move north of the border, there really is a culture shock. This was a fun read
  • I know that we hear “It’s not about the tools” all the time from those who would advise. Particularly with remote learning, it absolutely involves tools; you just have to use them to their fullest potential

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 18, 2020

(Actually last week’s collection of great Ontario Educators)

voicEd Radio

There was no show this week.

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

Technology Troubleshooting

As announced last week, I’m going to take a little break from blogging. The routine that I follow to write something every day is nice but there are times when I feel like I have a gun to my head.

I should be back in the new year. Or next Friday.

Video of the Week

Photo of the Week

Jaimie wishes everyone a Merry Christmas. Thanks, Brittany, for the annual traditional picture.

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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OTR Links 12/27/2020

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