My Week Ending 2021-06-06

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 fact that Acer, big in the Chromebook market, would even think of designing something like this should be a reminder that Chromebooks have made it
  • With Google taking images of things around the world, it should come as no secret that you can’t hide these things. In fact, why not create one to advertise?


  • The Dionne Quintuplets are 87 and there are two of them still living
  • Password managers have really increased their visibility as of late. This article compares two of them


  • If you’re using Microsoft Teams, this reading application may be of interest to you
  • The Edmonton Football team has a new name


  • Obviously, it’s too late but updating the Ontario curriculum to deal with the topic of Residential Schools needs to be done
  • Good news for students in Essex County who are eligible to be vaccinated. 1/3 of them are


  • I think we all know that Incognito and Private browsing mode aren’t so private. But, here’s another article in case you’re still wondering
  • Our educational system needs to answer the question about when to start teaching about residential schools. This article suggests kindergarten


  • Chrome promises more than ever to protect us from viruses
  • An interesting opinion piece about how the government selects priorities – hit students are not at the top


  • Just in time for Father’s Day, some material for those fathers that like to riddle others
  • A building at the University of Windsor gets a new name, ditching Macdonald hall

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 – June 4, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about a twist in higher education, brain breaks, teaching online, blossoming students, and driving with music.

Featured bloggers:

  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Aviva Dunsiger – @avivaloca
  • Charles Pascal – @CEPascal
  • Melanie White – @WhiteRoomRadio
  • Sue Bruyns – @sbruyns

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

All of the podcasts are archived here. The show is broadcast LIVE almost every Wednesday morning at 8:45 on voicEd Radio.

Technology Troubleshooting

It almost happened this week with this post. I live in fear of it.

As you probably know, all the blog posts here are scheduled. This post, in particular, is so long that I start writing it in the morning and plug away at it throughout the day. I save the work in progress at the appointed publishing time – 17:00.

I’ve always lived in fear that I might start a post and not be able to finish it. I’d started this one this morning and my wife just expressed an interest to go to the beach now that they’re open. I figure I have 15 minutes to type quickly and finish this off.

Wish me luck.

Video of the Week

There’s just an amazing amount of learning that’s happening these days.

Photo of the Week

It was kind of a turtle week around here. First a bunch were sunning themselves at the Leamington Marina.

Then, we almost walked by this handsome fella at Sadler’s Pond in Essex.

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 …

the Blue Memo?

I’ll start off by admitting that the specifics are unique to me but I’ll bet that, if you’ve been in education long enough, you’ve had something equivalent and I want to hear about it.

In my school, there was something that was stuffed into our personal mailboxes every Friday afternoon. It was the “Blue Memo”. It was the only thing that was allowed to be printed on blue paper and it was a summary of the week ahead for staff members. With a staff of 75, it was important to our principal that we all knew what was going to happen and we all knew it at the same time.

It beats the heck out of using Post-it notes. Schools can be busy places.

Photo by Paolo Chiabrando on Unsplash

The memo was often printed two-sided with the top part being day by day, Monday through Friday, of the events that affected all staff. You know, things like homerooms being held, shortened periods, assemblies, sporting events, staff meetings, fire drills, etc. The rest of the memo was a look ahead and often more details of the week’s events. The rule of the land was that if it wasn’t on the Blue Memo, it wasn’t going to happen. Consequently, we had to have things approved and on the head secretaries desk by Friday morning.

These copies were tacked onto bulletin boards or placed in planners/binders so that there was no excuse for not knowing what was going on. Some staff kept score of the number of colleagues who were out of the school sometimes needing coverage. A copy of the memo was also kept at the PA system so that the topics could be repeated every morning.

Eventually, I moved off to a new position and we used a shared electronic calendar among all of us to know where everyone was. Unlike the Blue Memo where the head secretary was to receive all approved changes to a normal day, we collaborated on this calendar.

I guess I had the best/worst of both worlds.

For a Sunday, what are your thoughts and memories?

  • did you have a time where a single paper document was used to communicate school events to all staff at the same time?
  • do you use a shared electronic calendar with staff to do the same thing, saving paper? Which one?
  • is one method more effective than the other?
  • I would keep mine in my attendance binder and discarded the current memo when a new one came along. Do/did you keep these things or did you live week by week?
  • are there other techniques by which you could manage the vibrant community that is your school?
  • do you ever have resentment that a single activity could change the entire schedule for a school?
  • is there a need for an organizer like this during COVID times?

Please take a moment to share your thoughts in the comments below.

This is a regular Sunday feature around here. You can check out all the past topics here. Can you believe that there are over 260 topics that we’ve talked about? If you have an idea for a future topic, please reach out to me or post to the Padlet created just for this purpose.

OTR Links 06/06/2021

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