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My Week Ending 2021-11-28

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.


  • I’m a sucker for any post that offers tips on using technology more effectively – this time for the Chromebook. I felt kind of glad that I was using most of these already
  • If you follow education at all, you know of the struggles that both students and teachers are having with 2.5 hour classes


  • A state in Germany is switching to Linux and open source – we’ve seen this before and then there was a switchback. Geeky people can absolutely do it. How about others?
  • Good news coming to those in British Columbia about a dike that was repairs to stop the flooding


  • Latest Windows 11 update has emojis; I wish that they’d spend time fixing things that are broken instead – see troubleshooting below 😢
  • Sadly, another report of a local school that has been closed as a result of COVID-19 – update, this morning the closing has been extended


  • If you love maps, you’ll love this alternative look at things as told by other maps
  • An interesting post – in a world where you can find a million reasons to not use the Microsoft Edge browser, here are a number of reasons why you should


  • Interesting negative opinion about some of the decisions that “Big Tech” has made that trickle down to education
  • There were a number of post on HuffPost about alternate ways people celebrate the American Thanksgiving. I loved this one


  • A great post summarizing the original purpose of programming which was not all about getting a job
  • This might be a good read if you’re thinking about a Chromebook for a Christmas gift. There are some things to be aware of


  • Hopefully, this bill will make it easier for those who are seeking healthcare and keep picketers out of the way
  • 8 000 children aged 5-11 vaccinated – a good start and now the province is off and running

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#FollowFriday – November 26, 2021

voicEd Radio

This Week in Ontario Edublogs is a show/podcast that features great writing from Ontario Edubloggers.

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  • Laura Elliott – @lauraelliottPhD
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This week’s show:

Opening Song:

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

Technology Troubleshooting

For the most part, Windows 11 has been a good decision for me. Most everything works and I’m forcing myself to use the Edge browser and it’s not bad.

I’ve got one of those little gotchas though. As I write this, I have a concert playing in another windows and I’m humming along. So, the video and audio are great as far as I’m concerned.

Windows, on the other hand, disagrees.

I can fix it easily enough. FN+UP notches the audio up something that’s undetectable by me and makes the X go away.

But I shouldn’t have to do that and find a workaround.

I’m not the only one reporting this problem. It’s probably not a big deal in the big scheme of things but for people like me who obsess about getting things right can’t unsee it when it happens!

Video of the Week

Not a good news week in the COVID-19 virus front.

Photo of the Week

Another from the lights at the King’s Navy Yard in town. I walked by it last night with Jaimie and it was too cold to take off my mitts but it showed up in my Facebook memories. How strange is that?

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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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3 responses to “My Week Ending 2021-11-28”

  1. The maps were really cool.


  2. […] Sunday – My Week Ending November 28, 2021 […]


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