My Week Ending March 4, 2018

Doug Peterson
Mar 4, 2018 · 6 min read
  1. The saddest part about the end of the Olympic games was the ending of the Snow Doodles from Google. Never fear, they’ve got them all in this collection so that you can enjoy.
  2. I’ve always had a Linux desktop since I ran into a poster session at an ISTE Conference in California. There was this poor guy who was there with his own computer and nobody mobbing about. I went over to see why and he was demonstrating a version of Ubuntu. I think it was 4.04. He had a stack of CDs that he was giving away for free with Ubuntu on them so I took one. Back then, free CDs were a big deal. I remember booting from the CD in my hotel room and was blown away with the functionality, speed, and the easy with which I could make my laptop dual boot. I’ve had one ever since, including this one I’m typing on at the moment. This is an interesting read with advice how Linux might expand. I think most people shy away because most articles demonstrate how to do things from the command line. Maybe I just don’t get it but I use a command line more in Windows than in Linux! Linux just works. Quickly.
  3. There are so many messages about the importance of coding these days. As in this article, the read 5th C is “Computational Thinking” and not “Coding”. Sure, thinking can lead to coding but it can do far more in terms of problem solving without ever writing a line of code or dragging a block to the workspace and drawing a square. It’s interesting to see how “coders” are filling this space instead of “thinkers”. Pushed, you’ll get an interesting answer. But, everyone needs to be a thinker and problem solver. Coding is but one way to demonstrate it.
  4. I haven’t used Microsoft Office for years. For me, the best part was always the Ministry of Education licensed Microsoft Publisher which was an amazing product. Since my goal has always been the transportation of documents, any documents I do create at in LibreOffice or in the cloud with Google documents or the Microsoft online suite. When Microsoft updates, you can’t ignore it. Remember .docx? The other products will catch up but the overwhelming question is just how much functionality does the average person need in a desktop office suite?
  5. Here’s everything for a new teacher in about twenty different categories! If I was a new teacher, I wouldn’t sit down and read it from beginning to end. There are enough other important things that need to be done. But, bookmarking it for later reference is a good idea.
  6. Attracting and keeping French Immersion teachers is a pretty big deal. It’s a case of demand outweighing supply in many courses. Would a moving allowance get you the numbers that are needed to offer a program? Nobody ever offered me a moving allowance. But then, my knowledge of French would put the language back about 100 years.
  7. I’m really interested in trying out Google’s Slack alternative. It doesn’t seem to be available to me yet. Perhaps it’s one of those things that rolls out in stages so I’ll just patiently wait.
  8. I never thought that I would get so much information about Harry Potter but this was the week for it. Very interesting stuff including the original J.R.Rowling sketch of Hogwarts.
  9. Just when you thought it was safe to go on the Internet. (hint: it’s never safe if you don’t do it properly) There are just so many thing; how is a parent supposed to stay on top of everything? Here are five more things to be on the lookout for.
    Doug Peterson

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    Educator, Presenter & always on the look for something new to learn. http://www.dougpeterson.ca I tweet about education, technology, Minnesota Vikings, Formula1

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