Cover Your Tracks Online / Collective Creativity / Fooling AI

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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Cover Your Tracks
How to Cover Your Tracks Every Time You Go Online – Online tracking can often feel downright invasive. From using VPNs to clearing browser histories, we’ve got your back. @davidnield @WIRED

Collective Creativity
How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity – In filmmaking and many other kinds of complex product development, creativity involves a large number of people from different disciplines working effectively together to solve a great many inherently unforeseeable problems. @HarvardBiz @PIXARKEENCOIN

Fooling AI
The easiest way to fool artificial intelligence – Plaster dollar signs on a picture of anything, from a poodle to a chainsaw to a horse chestnut, and, with a charmingly artless naivety, CLIP mostly returns the answer “piggy bank”. @newscientist @bexxmodd @IainLJBrown

AI & EMotions

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

AI is increasingly being used to identify emotions – here’s what’s at stake. Imagine you are in a job interview. As you answer the recruiter’s questions, an artificial intelligence (AI) system scans your face, scoring you for nervousness, empathy, and dependability. @anthroptimist @bun81 @ConversationUK @TrippBraden @marcusborba



What Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ can teach us about reentering the world after a year of isolation – Homer can help guide us as we return back to our normal worlds after a year of minimizing social contact. He can also, offer guidance on how people can heal. @ConversationUS @sentantiq


Gifted programs provide little to no academic boost, new study says. Gifted education is often a flashpoint in school desegregation debates; in large cities, these programs often operate as an essentially separate school system, dominated by white and Asian children. @jillbarshay @hechingerreport @NYCOptOut @HalleyTCF

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Learn from Succss@BruceVH @lawrence_wray

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Guess the Country from a Map #3 – Hard! Hard is no exaggeration. The countries in Africa and the Stans were difficult for me. Good luck. @itsNNAU


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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