Down but not out

It was a big radio day for Colin Jagoe. He was touring the province on CBC Radio talking about the challenges of teaching and parenting given the current reality for teachers and parents. He shared his public performance agenda with us on Facebook.

  • 6:10 Windsor
  • 6:50 Ontario Morning (serves Peterborough, Kingston, Muskoka)
  • 7:00 Kitchener
  • 7:40 Thunder Bay
  • 7:50 Sudbury

That’s a busy morning. I had thought that maybe he’d been interviewed once and it was just repeated but I was wrong. It was a fresh interview at each stop.

Yup. 5 different shows and call from different local hosts. 

I tuned in to the Windsor interview with Tony Doucette. I thought Colin did a good job and let him know it. As his provincial tour continued, others checked in with similar opinions. It sounds like he was a hit everywhere.

I missed all of the other shows because the dog and I were out pounding the pavement. But we were there in spirit.

Later in the morning, I went back to the CBC Windsor radio page looking to listen to Colin’s 10-15 minutes of fame again. Unfortunately, his interview wasn’t online.

But, I found something else!

The other big news yesterday other than Colin preparing for his speaking tour was a major outage of Cogeco internet service. Obviously when this happens it doesn’t discriminate who loses service.

In one case, a kindergarten teacher at St. Anthony’s school in Harrow lost her connection with her students. I couldn’t help but think that secondary school students would shout “Snow Day” and head out to meet friends. But, it was the second day of school for the kindergartners and they’re amongst the most engaged and excited students.

What to do?

Spoiler alert! It’s in the title of this segment and fleshed out in the descriptor.

At the time of this writing, the story is still up and alive on Tony’s page on the CBC Windsor site. Check it out at It might be the most inspirational 8 minutes and three seconds you could do for yourself today.

Did any reader fall into the same boat and lose internet access yesterday? How did you handle it?


Another phishing quiz

I don’t think that you can get enough of these things. You have to realize that while you may be getting smarter, those who would do nasty things are at least keeping pace.

Quizzes like this are a fun way to make sure that you’re on the top of your online game.

And, in the classroom, it shouldn’t be a matter of a “one and done” approach to online literacy and safety. It should be done regularly and constantly revisited to make sure that the lessons are learned and reinforced.

With that introduction, I turn you to a Phishing Quiz posted on the withgoogle site.

It doesn’t take too long to complete if you know what you’re looking for. There are eight examples to work your way through.

I like how the authors personalized it by asking for a name and email address which will appear in the questions so that it approximates what might happen in real life. The site claims this information never goes anywhere but I didn’t give out my real stuff just in case.

I am proud to say that I have been paying attention and got 8/8 on the quiz the first time through. I even did a screen capture to prove it. But, I decided to step back the ego just a bit and not include it in the post.

If you’re reading this on the Saturday morning that I post it, take five minutes and put yourself to the test.


You know, if you waited for perfection, few things, if anything, would ever come to fruition.

From a software perspective, we’d never have to learn words like “Alpha” or “Beta”.

Think what we would have computer-wise if we waited until they were perfect.


That’s right.  Nothing.

No Internet Explorer.  No Firefox.  No Google Earth.  No Microsoft Office.  No OpenOffice.

In fact, as I noodle over this, I can’t think of a single thing that is Version 1.0 and complete with no enhancements in sight.

No Wikipedia.  No Grolier Encyclopedia.  No Science Textbooks. 

Things are always changing and getting better.  They get more mature; have new features; more content accuracy; enhanced safety features…

When you talk to folks about the Internet, the flaws are quick to be identified.  Indeed, the Internet is no more perfect than Internet Explorer 1 or a Science Textbook or Encyclopedia that includes Pluto as a planet.

Jeff Jarvis from the United Kingdom’s “The Guardian” has a very interesting article in tomorrow’s paper.  In the article, Jeff takes on the acknowledged flaws of using the Internet in his article “Let’s junk the myths and celebrate what we’ve got”.  It’s a great article written from a practical, common sense point of view.

I highly recommend that you read the article and bookmark it.  I’ll bet it gives you ammunition somewhere along the line.

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Where there’s a will, there’s an internet way

The ima08 conference is on today. I can’t be there but would be very interested. It’s being streamed over the internet but streaming has its issues as in blocked or retraining or lost of signal…

However, Andy Carvin is in the audience.

Currently Jimmy Wales is addressing the audience and making some exciting comments about Wikipedia, its growth, the languages, the uptake in various countries.

I don’t have to be there. Andy is twittering all of the key points of the speech!

So, while I’m moving back and forth working on three different documents for the RCAC Meeting tomorrow and chomping on a Granny Smith apple, I have Twitterific following the tweets on my Mac and Twitbin on my PC. I’m not missing a thing unless Andy’s not tweeting the whole story.

Thank goodness my chair has wheels.

I now have stereo Twitter.

Hmmm. “Wikia has 4000 projects, 66 languages – not including Klingon.” Thanks, Andy.

Gotta stop blogging and get back to the documents. Where did my apple go?

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