Rethinking the Banjo / Bagpipes on Helium / Robot Colleagues

Free Resources for Busy Parents and Educators Who Don’t Have as Much Time to Read and Surf as I Do

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It’s Time to Rethink the Banjo (feat. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn). This tells the story of the banjo. Full confession: I am a banjo player. @belafleckbanjo @abigailwashburn @SoundFieldPBS @PBSDS @Rewire_dot_org @EL2theAy @lindadiazmusic

Playing a Bagpipe with Helium – This is a very fun science lesson. This gets pretty historical as it goes on. Try to get some to play with at your school. There is a King of Avalon ad that you can skip. @thekingofrandom

Can A Robot Be A Good Colleague: New Study On Smooth Human: Robot Interaction – Humans and humanoids can have a smooth interaction while working together, predicts the latest study by the Tampere University in Finland. @raibagikashyap @Analyticsindiam @HaroldSinnott @SpirosMargaris

Social/Mobile Media Education

10 hidden iPhone features we discovered after installing iOS 14.3 – Some of the best features on any device are the hidden features. @MrCippy @CNET

Toilet Testing


Watching What We Flush Could Help Keep a Pandemic Under Control. In private nearly everyone does produce a biological sample every day that is then voluntarily sent to a central location to be processed — when they flush the toilet. @ejalm @nytimes


Get the Wiggles Out With Sworkit Kids. Sworkit Kids is a free app that provides prompts for one to five-minute physical activities that kids can do in their classrooms or at home in relatively small spaces. @Sworkit @rmbyrne @EduTweetTech

Inspirational/Funny Tweets


Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Cartoons for a Pandemic Winter – For the Covid-19 winter holidays, Larry Cuban has gathered some cartoons that poke fun at what transpires in homes, schools, and Santa’s place. Enjoy! @LarryCuban

My Podcast & Recent Book Summaries

No Bullies
Back to School COVID Myths – It’s popular to say that hybrid learning is negatively impacting poor students who generally attend schools with lots of discipline issues. Is it possible that some poor kids who make a serious effort to learn aren’t the big winners? There may be stresses at home, but not many bullies. @DrDougGreen @mssackstein

This is my podcast on the Jabbedu Network. Please consider listening and buying my book Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science, It’s Way More Complex. Here’s a free executive summary. @jabbedu @DrDougGreen

The Biggest Bluff

The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova

Boys and SEX

Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein

IEP & Section 504 Team Meetings…and the Law by Miriam Kurtzig Freedman

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves (the book can be found here)

Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley – Making AI Serve Us All by Kevin Scott

The Knowledge GAP: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System and How to Fix It by Natalie Wexler

Upstream: How to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros with Katie Novak

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