Saturday, November 27, 2021

Turkey, Docs, and Teams - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where a little dusting of snow and a temperature of 23F makes it feel like winter has arrived. I hope that all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving this week had an enjoyable and restful holiday. 

All of the leaves have finally fallen off the trees in my yard and I've cleaned them all up. But there's not enough snow to play in it, yet. In short, it's probably not a great day for bike rides like last weekend. So I have a hunch that today will be a day of indoor craft projects with my daughters. I hope that you also have something fun planned for your day. 

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Three Updated Google Docs Features
2. Five Helpful PowerPoint Features You Might Be Overlooking
3. Hands-on Activities for Learning About Macy's Thanksgiving Parade
4. How to Blur Faces in Videos With Screencastify
5. Scribble Maps - Draw on Google Maps and More Without an Account
6. Ten Updated Microsoft Teams Features for Teachers to Note
7. A Tip for Finding and Reading Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

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What's Snoring? - Another Question from my Daughters

For nearly twenty years I've gone to an ice fishing camp every winter with the same group of guys (except for last winter). Some of them are rather loud snorers. In fact, the loud snorers have their own bunk room in the lodge. I was talking about this the other day when my daughter asked, "what's snoring?" My best explanation for my four-year-old was "it's a noise that some people make when they're sleeping." A better explanation is found in a TED-Ed lesson titled Why Do Some People Snore So Loudly? 

Why Do Some People Snore So Loudly? explains what sleep apnea is, what causes it, why it causes snoring, and some ways to treat sleep apnea. Watch the full video lesson here and find the accompanying discussion questions here

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