Emotional Science for All / Cyber Attacks on Schools / Dead Battery Problem

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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Emotional Science
Why It’s Imperative We All Learn To Be ‘Emotion Scientists’ – Our lives are saturated with emotions – sadness, disappointment, anxiety, irritation, enthusiasm, and even tranquility. @marcbrackett @MindShiftKQED @pcroskey3 @ReadByExample

School Security
Cyber Attacks on Schools in 2020 Were Record-Breaking. Parents, students and teachers have had to navigate a minefield of cyber threats over the past year. Cybercriminals found new avenues for data breaches and phishing scams, as well as ransomware and malware attacks targeting school districts. @pettet50 @NcsVentures

Dead Batteries
Electric cars: What will happen to all the dead batteries? EV batteries are larger and heavier than those in regular cars and are made up of several hundred individual lithium-ion cells, all of which need dismantling. They contain hazardous material and have an inconvenient tendency to explode if disassembled incorrectly. @EmmaWoollacott @BBCNews

New iOS

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

The New iOS Update Lets You Stop Ads From Tracking You—So Do It. Facebook and other advertisers fought the move, but App Tracking Transparency is finally here. @lilyhnewman @WIRED

Dragon Fly


Bio-in­spired ro­bot­ics: Learn­ing from drag­on­flies – Now, for the first time, scientists at Kiel University (CAU) have completely decrypted the biomechanical functional principle of what is known as the labial mask of dragonfly larvae. @sci_SB @mvollmer1 @ipfconline1 @kieluni @techxplore_com

Teacher Burnout


Summer School Is More Important Than Ever. But Teachers Are ‘Fried’ and Need a Break. Districts are bolstering their summer learning offerings, and the federal government has given more than a billion dollars to help. But there’s one big problem: Teachers are burned out and exhausted from a year of pandemic teaching. @madeline_will @educationweek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Better Leader@Leadershipfreak

Full Moon

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

April’s ‘pink’ super-moon across the world – in pictures – On 4/26/2021 a lot of people got cool pictures of the full moon. Even I got one. @CharlieRiedel1 @FlorionGoga @NadeemAkhtarSo1 @sam7tarling


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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