My Week Ending 2021-07-11

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.


  • Despite the efforts, there still is a huge difference in the number of boys compared to the number of girls interested in STEM
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs are the biggest losers in hockey history


  • If you have a Google TV, you might find this complete list of streaming services helpful – I did
  • Chrysler was back to work this week only to be shut down next week because of a shortage of technology


  • It’s kind of hard to believe that this school hadn’t had a graduation class for eight years
  • One of the dumbest educational ideas for a long time – just video teachers and play it back. Remember this next election


  • A collection of great writing tools for writers (and bloggers). I use a couple of them
  • I have placed this water park on my list of places that I want to visit this summer. Even the picture is incredible


  • It should come as no surprise that there is a shortage of educators wishing to teach summer school. I’d be surprised if there wasn’t
  • Is this the first of many schools that will remove the name of our first Prime Minister from it?


  • Suggestions for using the Whiteboard in Microsoft Teams – seems to me that it’s a good list for any whiteboard software you might have access to
  • You’d have to be pretty naïve to think that there weren’t all kinds of cameras at this US/Canada crossing point


  • Some day, perhaps, we’ll be able to go to a big tech company and see what our web profile is. I had to smile at this article about ways to throw them for a loop. I kind of think that I was doing this already
  • Remember, as a kid, you were always warned that you had to be home if it started lightning? This is why

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 – July 9, 2021

voicEd Radio

On this week’s show, Stephen Hurley and I chatted about Gmail, Mental Mathematics, Support, and Reflection.

Featured bloggers:

  • EduGals – @EduGals
  • Alice Aspinall – @aliceaspinall
  • Paul Gauchi – @PCMalteseFalcon
  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts

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

One small step for me, another you may not care about.

Doing the voicEd update, I’ve always wandered back and forth from this editor to a copy of my blog to the voicEd website.

It turns out I can cut voicEd out of the picture. I just need to grab it from my TWIOE post. Why am I just realizing this now?

Video of the Week

In case you’re still wondering…

Photo of the Week

The garden out front.

Thanks for reading.

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Whatever happened to …

… box horses?

With the Olympics upcoming, we’re starting to see some examples of events that will be televised, unfortunately to empty venues. One that is interesting and only available for amazing athletes is the pommel horse.

But there’s another “horse” that draws rather painful memories from high school and that’s the box horse.

I tried to find a copyright free image and failed. It was kind of interesting; maybe they don’t even make them anymore. But, I did find some for sale here.

Now, the box horse itself was pretty tame looking but it never went along like a pommel horse. It came with this springboard which you ran to, jumped on, launched yourself, and then landed on, near, over the box horse and you did some sort of movement on it. I mostly remember landing on it and feeling the pain. Fortunately, there was padding on top.

Gymnastics was my least favourite physical education activity and definitely doing the things we were supposed to try on the box horse ranked among the lowest of the low of the things that we did.

How about you? I’d be most interested in your thoughts.

  • do you have any memories, positive or negative, about box horses?
  • what were your feelings about gymnastics in physical education class?
  • one of the important things was to prevent injuries while trying this? How was that done?
  • do they still use box horses at your school?
  • why did we never do pommel horse in school instead? After all, it’s the Olympic event, not activities on the other horse

Please share your thoughts below.

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OTR Links 07/11/2021

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