If I had to teach history again, I would focus on the following:
- An evidence-based instructional strategy with a heuristic to scaffold students as they learn it
- A digital tool that supported a wide variety instructional strategies
- A way to encourage reflection that led to deeper applications of strategy and digital tool.
I switched my mobile browsing to Firefox Focus with StartPage as my search engine of choice on mobile and desktop (although I use LibreWolf browser with uBlock Origin, Startpage Privacy Protection add-on and Ad Nauseum on Desktop). And, run all that with a Private Internet Access, my favorite VPN.
Are those choices going to guarantee total privacy? Probably not. It’s still worth doing because it just isn’t anyone’s business.
I didn’t really like how Feedly organised the various categories and always found it tedious to backup my OPML to share with others. The answer is to subscribe to an OPML Feed stored in the links of a WordPress site, rather than upload a static file.
To that end, I’ve migrated my critical, medical, purchasing and bill paying emails away from Google Mail to a service I pay for. The next big move is Google Photos. I have countless images stored there, and I blame it all on phone app backups. Every political meme, cartoon, etc. that was on my phone is stored online. I wish there was an easy way to nuke all of those, but Google’s Archive feature captures essential images as often as it does the other’s. Still, it does a nice job.