Weather is personal …

… until it’s not.

The stories of the devastation in the Ottawa area keep rolling in.  With friends and family in the area, we’re making contact – after the fact.

Many of us in the province were under wind warnings during that time period.  I was sitting outside much of the afternoon watching the wind just beat away at the maple and poplar trees in the back yard and was just so impressed that the leaves remained attached.

At one point, I took a look at a digital representation of the wind on my laptop using an application that I’d reviewed before on this blog.  The name has actually changed just slightly.  At the time of the post, it was called WindyTV.  Now, it’s just called Windy.  The original name resolves to the new one.

So, it is personal.  At the time, I wasn’t particularly curious about anything other than what was affecting me at the time.  I actually had the application open in a tab as I had been curious about the hurricane in the Carolinas.  For me, it was just a matter of scrolling around to get to Essex County.

Like many people, I found out about the news from Eastern Ontario later.

I’m writing this on Sunday morning and so did zoom out to check out the province.

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It was a reminder that it’s a big world out there and weather can have huge differences based on location.  For this Sunday, things look pretty clear here but not so looking north.

My original post about WindyTV can be found here

It remains a wonderful and very helpful resource to have.


@voicEd #twioe Playlist – Weeks 6-10

This is a continuation of a series that I started last Saturday.  I’m reviewing This Week in Ontario Edublogs posts from this blog and the corresponding show from voicEd Radio.  I hope that you enjoy a look back and taking a look at the thinking that great Ontario bloggers had at the time.

This week – shows 6-10.

Week 6

voicEd Radio Show:

twioe Blog Post:

Featured posts by:  Colleen Rose, Lisa Cranston, David Carruthers, Western Education Library, Rola Tibshirani, Diana Maliszewski, Jennifer CasaTodd

Week 7

voicEd Radio Show:

twioe Blog Post:

Featured Posts by:  Doug Peterson, Matthew Oldridge, Laura Wheeler, Sue Bruyns, Zelia Capitao-Tavares, Larissa Aradj, Paul McGuire

Week 8

voicEd Radio Show:

twioe Blog Post:

Featured Posts by: Aviva Dunsiger, Lisa Noble, Mark Chubb, Andrew Forgrave, David Carruthers, Alanna King, Paul McGuire

Week 9

voicEd Radio Show:

twioe Blog Post:

Featured Posts by:  Matthew Oldridge, Stepan Pruchnicky, Jonathan So (two posts), Sue Dunlop, Eva Thompson, Jennifer Casa-Todd

Week 10

voicEd Radio Show:

twioe Blog Post:

Featured Posts by:  Paul McGuire, Aviva Dunsiger, Peter Cameron, Rusul Alrubail, Diana Maliszewski, Debbie Donsky, Tim King

@voicEd #twioe Playlist – Weeks 1-5

This has been something that’s been bouncing around in my mind for some time now.  Recently, Stephen Hurley and I celebrated over one year of “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” on voicEd Radio.

This partnership started with a Twitter message where Stephen pitched the idea to me.  It sounded interesting so we agreed to do the show once and see how it went.  Internet access around here isn’t the best in the evenings and so we agreed to do our show in the morning.  It takes guts to do an educational show in the morning when educators are actually working.  Well, if worst came to worst, nobody would hear it and, if it worked well, it could be played back on demand.

Stephen asked me to choose a music piece to start the show and I did.  The first show started with Bruce Springsteen’s “Growin’ Up” which I consider my most favourite tune of all time.  When we decided to do a Week 2, he wanted a different song.  That led to the habit of having a new song every week.  I get to choose and eventually used a song that had some sort of connection, and I’ll admit some are very loose, to one of the blog posts.  We did start very Springsteen-ish!  But it does change.

So, when I decided to create a Playlist, I was going to put together a listing of all the songs we’d used in the introduction.  Then, I started to think about the definition of Playlist.  Traditionally, we think of music but what about other things.  I hope that this gains some favour with you, dear reader.  I’m expanding the notion of the Playlist to include “Posts from the Past” which would be the “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” post to correspond with the show and a link to the show itself.  For those blog posts that are featured during that issue, I hope that it’s a chance for people to revisit some of the great writing they’ve done.  For others, hopefully, it’s an opportunity to catch up.

Here goes.

Week 1


voicEd Radio Show:

twioe Blog Post:

Featured posts by:  Jennifer Aston, Debbie Donsky, Enzo Ciardelli, Brandon Grasley, Kyle Pearce, Jennifer Casa-Todd, Bill Ferguson, Fleming College

Week 2


voicEd Radio Show:

twioe Blog Post:

Featured posts by:  Sue Dunlop, Rusul Alrubail, Zoe Branigan-Pipe, Heidi Solway, Peter Beens, Colleen Rose, Donna Fry

Week 3


voicEd Radio Show:

twioe Blog Post:

Featured posts by:  Aviva Dunsiger, Andrew Campbell, Cal Armstrong, Peter Cameron, Mark Chubb, Megan Valois, Annette Gilbert, Camille Rutherford

Week 4

voicEd Radio Show:  No voicEd show

twioe Blog Post:

Featured posts by:  Brandon Grasley, Deanna McLennan, Jessica Weber, Jonathon So, Eva Thompson, Kyle Pearce, Colleen Rose, David Carruthers

Week 5

voicEd Radio Show:

twioe Blog Post:

Featured posts by:  Rusul Alrubail, Cal Armstrong, Matthew Morris, Donna Fry, Melanie White, Sarah Sanders, Greg Pearson

March 14

It comes every year on this day.  March 14.  It’s better known as Pi Day.

I can remember first learning about Pi.  3.14 or 22/7 was good enough to solve the problems presented in class.  And, beyond that, why would you want to learn more?

Then, I had a real mathematics geek who got us more excited and encouraged us to learn more about Pi and to memorize more than just two digits of decimal places.  So, I went as far as 3.1415926.

The game changed with the calculator and this magic button.


And, of course, your favourite programming language has a value of pi built into it.  Have you ever wondered to how many digits of accuracy?

The worlds best URL is located at “

The website is called Pi to 1,000,000 places.  Visiting and actually finding the million digits are two different things but hey…

Or, cheat and visit this site.

And get a poster here.

Or, write your own program.

I’ve been keeping track of interesting things about Pi for a long time.  The current collection is here.  I supposed collecting links for this is irrational but it keeps me occupied and I enjoy solving the challenges and read that there are so many mathematicians fascinated by documenting their experiences.


It’s a shame that Pi Day appears during the March Break.  But, you could always celebrate when the students come back or, get ahead of the game, like Alice Aspinall did.

Update 2018 

Kyle Pearce spent some time at Walkerville Collegiate before the March Break to celebrate.

And, of course, I’ve tucked away even more stories about Pi in the Flipboard references to above.  Knowing me, I’ll probably continue to do so all day today.  You can’t have enough of this stuff.  22/7 indeed.

Tracking Santa

I don’t know about you but I still believe.

I never stopped.

I was worried a couple of years ago when we filled in the natural fireplace but somehow Santa still manages to get into the house to drop off gifts.  And he always seems to do a pretty good job.

Things are a bit different than my childhood.  I’ve stopped leaving cookies and milk for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph.  As a child, though, I remember looking at the kitchen table first thing on Christmas morning to see if he’d been there.

Growing up in a small town, I was always amazed that he could hit all the houses; nevermind the number of houses world wide.  It’s like magic.

But as long as you believe.

It’s an important thing to stay on top of.  When I grew up, we didn’t have the internet to help but today’s believer has so many options.

There’s no shortage of ways to track this guy and the most famous reindeer of all.

And, until the big moment arrives, most of the resources provide games to play and a bit of history of Santa.

Planning, revisited

I’ve got to give a shoutout to Lisa Noble who dragged out this post from my past.

The post comes from Labour Day, 2012 and was titled “Plan Now for a Year of Success“.  Looking back, wow, that was five years ago, it’s still worth a read and so I’m reblogging it today as a “Post from the Past”.

As I re-read it, I still believe firmly in the message.  If you’re serious about social and building connections, you might also want to add a couple of contemporary resources like Instagram or Facebook to the mix.  You can certainly apply the logic there.

Labour Day!

The last day before getting back at it. Flash forward 9 months and the school year will be just about over but you’ll be scrambling for content for the yearbook and/or end of the year assembly. A little planning now could make that so easy and social media is the answer.

All that is will take is a Twitter account and a blog. Done properly, all the pieces will just fall into place.

You can read the post in its entirety here.

As you head to work tomorrow, here’s an updated wish for the upcoming school year.

Earth, again

This popped up in my reading again.  I use it regularly so I thought that I’d bring it forward again via blog post.

The project is Earth and it’s a real time depiction of Earth’s winds and the hamburger menu brings up so much additional information.

The project has a Facebook page here.  In addition, there is a presence on the traditional social media networks – Twitter, Instagram, YouTube.

I find the imagery fascinating.  Take the globe for a spin and see where the wind activity currently is.  Antarctica is always interesting but I also see some serious looking activity in the south of the Gulf of Mexico.

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You can check out the original post here.