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My Week Ending 2021-07-25

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 can remember when there was basically one or two whiteboards you could use in class. They’re powerful when projected – here are ideas about using Google Meet Whiteboard
  • To boldly go where Google can’t – deep search engines


  • Here are some suggestions for making video calling a better process – hint, it’s not by turning off your camera
  • It wasn’t one but five, count ’em five, tornados that hit Ontario


  • Art By The River returns to Amherstburg this August – it’s one of the only big annual events around here that seems to be going
  • I wish that more people would edit their video before sharing – here are some software that let you do it for free


  • I hadn’t thought about Mad Magazine for years. My mom wouldn’t let it in our house so thanks to the kindness of friends … here’s a short history
  • Probably ends up being personal preference but there’s so much on the web and we’re so connected – is a Chromebook appropriate for kindergarten?


  • On my “to-do” list – Google Lens comes to the Chrome browser
  • I know that, in smaller classrooms, ditching the desk is something that people do. I moved mine to the wall and it was basically storage


  • I was surprised to read about this Firefox decision but then realized that I hadn’t used FTP for years
  • Is Kitchener on the chopping block to get a new name? Explore its history


  • I think this is an incredibly worthwhile project – the micro:bit people are looking for translators to make it more useful in education
  • If you are on mailing list, there probably is a tracking pixel embedded for statistics purpose.

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#FollowFriday – July 23, 2021

voicEd Radio

Guest Brad Hughes joined the voicEd Radio show this week. We chatted about a wide variety of topics mostly focused on leadership.

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

Technology Troubleshooting

I did some heavy duty bush chopping in the front and back yards today. It was right after a walk with Jaimie and I had my Jabra ear buds in and was listening to some tunes.

All of sudden, the volume in the right ear cut got very quiet. I tried everything I could think of button-wise, pulling them out and putting them back in. No success.

Later, in the house, I continued plunking away with no success. In the process, it was interesting to see how they work. Obviously, since they’re speakers, air is important. A toothpick poking at what appeared to be where the air entered the bud and I was back in business.

I’m guessing I had sweated or dirted up that little hole.

Video of the Week

My old high school’s commencement

Photo of the Week

Jaimie and I ran into this sign in Kingsville yesterday and were confused.

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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