Are You Backable? / Ed-Tech Changes PD / “Cursing Cheerleader” Case

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Pinkcast 4.09. This is how to get others to take a chance on you. Suneel Gupta’s book is Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You. @suneel @DanielPink

Ed Tech & PD
Five ways ed-tech will transform PD post-COVID – PD will be a major priority for stimulus in many districts as teachers continue to build their online and hybrid teaching skills. @DA_magazine

Cursing Cheerleader
The Supreme Court’s “cursing cheerleader” case could reshape students’ First Amendment rights. A case about a high school student acting like a high school student raises difficult First Amendment questions. This could foster a good class debate. @imillhiser @voxdotcom

New Zoom Feature

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Introducing Immersive View, A Fun New Way to Meet – Available for Windows and MacOS desktop clients, Immersive View is enabled by default for all Free and single Pro accounts using Zoom 5.6.3 or higher and can be enabled via the web portal for all other account types. @Zoom @rmbyrne

Making Vaccine


How Pfizer Makes Its Covid-19 Vaccine – The is highly illustrated and very detailed. High School and college biology students should study this. @EmmaCottNYT @elliotdebruyn @13pt @nytimes


The Power of Co-Construction in the High School English Classroom Jaime Marcakis is a traditional turned gradeless teacher with a passion for finding ways to be a better and more effective educator. She is currently a 9th grade English teacher at Downingtown East High School in Exton, PA. @MrsMarcakis @mssackstein

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Differences quote


Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Jeff Coffey – “This Time Around” I like this tune and the video includes places in Florida where I have been. @JeffCoffeyMusic


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

Unwind Anxiety

Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind by Judson Brewer

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson

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

Grasp: The Science of Transforming How We Learn by Sanjay Sarma with Luke Yoquinto

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)

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

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