My Week Ending 2021-09-12

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. They’re posted to the blog under the title OTR Links.


  • I keep reading these “best browser” posts even though I own them all. I tend to use Brave on my Windows computer and Opera on my Mac these days
  • I think it’s important to read this just to realize that not all students come to school in the same way or even with the same amount of sleep


  • My technique was to create a desktop folder and drag everything in there. It appeared to be so neat…
  • I’m all for the research that will end up giving us longer battery life in anything provided it doesn’t dump on the environment


  • A reminder that you need to tweak that web browser and don’t go with the default settings
  • It’s hard to believe that, in this day and age, that a holiday for reconciliation is controversial


  • I love Little Richard and learned a little more from reading this article
  • Great ideas for micro-credentialing for teacher-librarians


  • I’ve been using this on my Chromebook but didn’t realize that it actually had a name – Tote
  • If you like playing around with numbers, you’ll love this article


  • Minimum wage is going up in Ontario
  • Digital IDs. Hmmm. Do we trust this government to get it right?


  • Some alternatives to the Chrome Browser that work better for specific things
  • Book burning just isn’t a good idea

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 – September 10, 2021

voicEd Radio

It was back to just Stephen and me for the show this week. One less person to step over in the commentary!

Featured bloggers:

  • Amanda Potts – @Ahpotts
  • Elizabeth Lyons – @MrsLyonsLibrary
  • Debbie Donsky – @DebbieDonsky
  • Amy Bowker – @amyebowker
  • Lisa Corbett – @LisaCorbett0261
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Paul McGuire – @mcguirp

This week’s show:

Opening Song:

Closing Song:

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

Technology Troubleshooting

It wasn’t really a problem to solve but a feature to be played with.

Like most people, I have a lock on my phone but it does become an annoyance to have to unlock the phone every time I want to use it. Especially when I’m at home.

My Samsung phone has a setting called “Smart Lock”. It really is a smart idea. There are rules where I can tell it to not lock itself. So, I told it not to lock when I’m at home or in the car or when it’s connected to my watch.

It’s so much more convenient this way. Of course, if I lose it anywhere except at home, it locks itself should someone find it.

Video of the Week

From three years ago, a tour of my old high school cafeteria.

Photo of the Week

A picture of the flags while sitting on a bench at Leamington Marina. Nice breezy day.

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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