Steel vs Spider Silk / Green Screen Zoom Videos / Best 2020 Teacher Tips

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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YouTuber Finds Out That Spider Silk Is Twice As Strong As Regular Grade Steel. The Action Lab pitted spider silk against 22-gauge steel and found out that the silk can take up to twice the amount of weight as steel. @theactionlabman

Use Zoom and Adobe Spark to Make Green Screen Videos. Watch RIchar Byrne’s video to see how you can create a green screen video with Zoom and Adobe Spark. @rmbyrne @Zoom_us @AdobeSpark

The Best Teacher Tips and Lesson Ideas of 2020 – The goal of this blog has always been to provide teachers with digital learning resources, tips, and tricks, and help teachers find ways to integrate technology meaningfully in the classroom. @ShakeUpLearning

Social/Mobile Media Education

Beyond Words: How We Communicated in 2020 – The most unique year in our collective lifetime influenced the way we wrote. After all, communication is an integral part of the human condition—a poignant mirror for our emotions and experiences, from the personal to the global. I’m a big Grammarly fan. This free/premium app can help spot mistakes that you might otherwise miss. @Grammarly


Coffee Expert Breaks Down Everything You Need To Know About Caffeine – Plants produce caffeine as a pesticide, but we generally love it. @jimseven


20 Things Most People Learn Too Late In Life – What nobody ever tells you when you are a wide-eyed child, are all the little things that come along with “growing up.” Kids of all ages should watch this short video. @TheArtOfImprove @Nicolascole77

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Do nice things@tinybuddha

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Someone Put Together An Epic Mashup Of Songs From The Last 50 Years. This is pretty cool. See how many you can name. @djearworm @LaughingSquid

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


Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World by Olga Khazan

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

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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