Animating Kids Recipe / The Decline in Violence / Juggling & Your Brain

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

The Twitter names next to each link belong to the authors, publications, and the people who bring them to my attention.

The Abdominal Snowman Recipe PDF From Animating Kids – If you and your kids want to do some stop motion animation this site can make it happen. @AnimatingKids

The Surprising Decline in Violence – Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species’ existence. @sapinker @TEDTalks

Here’s What Learning to Juggle Does to Your Brain. First of all, you have to stop thinking and kind of become a robot. I taught myself to juggle and found it to be good for my brain. @tomvanderbilt @WEIRD

Social/Mobile Media Education

Three Good Resources for Teaching With Primary Sources – If you’re looking for a good video explanation of the differences between primary and secondary sources, the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota History Center offers this good and concise explanation for students. @WDLorg @rmbyrne

Musical Exporers


Musical Explorers World Map – This is very cool. Let your kids play with this if they like music. @carnegiehall @rmbyrne

Denmark Energy


Denmark will build a wind-generating artificial island in the North Sea. When finished, it’s expected to generate 10GW of power. @danielwcooper @engadget @Damien_CABADI @Nicochan33

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Bird quote@LifeWithJohn

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Cellist Plays The Most Frenzied Song From ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ With Eight Cellos. You can watch her hands in each box to figure out which cello is playing which part. Go, Samara Ginsberg. @samaracello


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

Cup of Joe
Listine to Dr. Doug on the “Cup of Joe” podcast. I recorded it last week. On it I talk about the many good things I have seen in schools doing hybrid teaching. @PodcastCupOfJoe @DrDougGreen @BrainAwakes

The Hype Machine

The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Out Economy, and Our Health and How We Must Adapt by Sinan Aral @SINANARAL

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

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

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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