My Week Ending 2021-06-27

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.


  • I didn’t buy a new computer on Prime Day. Did you? Here’s a post that suggests what you might want to get
  • If you’re looking for a summer drive, think Kingsville. Here are a few reasons why and I’ll tell you there’s more


  • I hadn’t thought about Mr. Dressup for a long time but this brought back memories. Kids today wouldn’t get it
  • A very good observation about what it’s going to take to make schools safe this fall and it’s not about vaccines


  • Imagine having a classroom again – what are some things about classroom culture that you might want to create
  • I get sick hearing all the information about the Delta variant but there are good reasons to be cautious


  • Brave, the security web browser, has released a Beta of a search engine to compete with you know who
  • For the most part, Pfiser and Moderna are interchangeable. But, media steps in and people have preferences


  • From Windows 1 to now, I’ve worked with all of the versions and so enjoyed this memory through the various icons used
  • Here’s a maker project using Lego and lenses from cheap smartphones


  • This is good and important information if you’re going to buy a Chromebook – they have expiry dates
  • If you have a child entering school in September, these are some of the things that you might want to work on this summer


  • One of the builders in the computer science community is Alan Turing – this is a pretty complete description of his contributions
  • We had a huge rush in the tick population earlier this spring – here’s why – and why I admire myself in the reader after every dog walk

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 25, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about privilege, leadership, glitching, reading lists, and reflection on a year of teaching.

Featured bloggers:

  • David Garlick – @garlickd13
  • Rolland Chidiac – @rchids
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Rabia Khokhar – @Rabia_Khokhar1
  • Kelly McLaughlin

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

There was a lot of excitement about the details about Windows 11. Then, there was a lot of concern.

It appears to be free and an upgrade to Windows 10 with a big caveat. It uses TPM which is something I’d never heard of before and is something that older computers don’t have.

There’s an app to check for that. It’s available here.

I appear to be able to run Windows 11. I wonder if there are any other gotchas on the horizon.

Video of the Week

This seems to be the learning topic of the week thanks to Microsoft.

Photo of the Week

Heavy rains can be rough on wheat.

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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