Digital Portfolios / Dealing with Toxic Friends / Train Speed by Country

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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Digital Portfolios
Expressing Learning Journeys Through Digital Portfolios – The idea behind digital portfolios is to provide a space where students can build a narrative of their work. @Rdene915 @tvanderark @Getting_Smart

Toxic friends: Ten common signs and what you can do about it – Do you have friendships that bring you more stress than joy? You’re not alone. The sad reality is that we are all at least partly surrounded by toxic friendships. @hackspiritorg @artofwb @mindfulive

Train Speed
How The World’s Fastest Trains Compare To Each Other, Animated – FleetLogging, a firm that helps manage fleets in the United States, crunched the numbers and calculated how fast the average US passenger train is compared with the fastest trains in the world. @jamescrugnale @digg @weatherchannel

IT Trends

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

IT trends that will lead digital transformation in 2021 – Technology has a reputation for moving quickly in the world of business, but nothing could have prepared us for the twists and turns of 2020. @TechNative @NLouzado @Hyve


Here’s How Pixar Made The Movements Of Their Computerized Characters Look So Realistic. The fingers playing the piano in “Soul” look so lifelike. Here’s how Pixar perfected these details in their movies. @IanReelDeal @thisisinsider



Working With the Likes of Lego, Disney, and Lucasfilm to Engage Students in STEM – Rick Hess is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the director of the think tank’s Education Policy Studies. @rickhess99 @EducationWeek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Zuck quote@MrHouseHack

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Street Busker Hits The High Note On Lady Gaga’s ‘Shallow’ And Thrills The Crowd. Irish singer Allie Sherlock electrifies the crowd with her performance of “Shallow.” Get more of her music here. @alliesherlock


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

Where Good Ideas Come From

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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