My Week Ending 2021-10-24

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 daily under the title OTR Links.


  • How to upgrade to Windows 11 if you can’t wait. I’m just going to wait; I’m very happy with Windows 10
  • I suspect that we’ve all seen things that aren’t quite there in Google Maps and I understand why. But, God’s guitar pick had me interested


  • This just floored. Apple releases a $19 polishing cloth – $25 Canadian. I bet you don’t order two
  • I totally understand the need for this. Years ago when I actually used an iPad, I bought an external keyboard that also served as a kickstand


  • Here’s the scoop – why Doug Ford stopped taking French lessons – or at least the excuse given for doing so
  • This was news to me – I didn’t know that Microsoft Teams had a wiki tool available


  • This is a good checklist of questions to ask yourself if you’re in the market for a new laptop
  • If you’re using the Brave browser, you may have experimented with their search engine; now it’s going to be the default


  • This is great news for delivery drivers – no more peeing at the side of the road
  • One of the most productive things that I ever did for myself is learn how to have more than one desktop on my computer – here’s how it’s done in Windows 10


  • Ontario isn’t the only place that messed up on license plates; check out what happened in Ohio
  • A Cardboard Challenge – something that should find its way into many classrooms


  • A cool use for a drone – checking out the light from the greenhouses in Essex County
  • Great parenting advice for parents and maybe as a result, they’ll start to enjoy Mathematics until school ruins it

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 – October 22, 2021

voicEd Radio

This is a mostly weekly radio conversion with Stephen Hurley on voicEd Radio where we talk about some recent writing from Ontario Education bloggers. It turns into a Friday blog post. Here are the people you need to be following.

Featured Bloggers:

  • Cameron Steltman – @MrSteltman
  • Jennifer Casa-Todd – @JCasaTodd
  • Charles Pascal – @cepascal
  • Anthony Perrotta – @aperrottatweets
  • Diana Maliszewski – @MzMollyTL
  • Dave Frazer – @teslontario
  • David Petro – @davidpetro314

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

This wasn’t a recent trouble to shoot but one that I had to work through as the curating tool that I had been using went to a paid subscription. Surely, there would be something free.

Wakelet came on the scene and I love it. This week, they offered an online course and a test to become Wakelet Certified. The course is available here.

Upon conclusion, I got this cool badge.

Video of the Week

Well, that solves that.

Photo of the Week

Sunset! Jaimie and I had just returned from our evening walk and I saw this fabulous ending of the day and grabbed it with my phone.

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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