Ever-Smarter Robots / New Teacher Mistakes / Top Work From Home Jobs

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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Smarter Robots
Ford’s Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line. A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways. @willknight @wired @SymbioRobotics @Ford

New Teacher Mistakes
Nine Mistakes New Teachers Make – This is a great list. Be sure to share with all teachers and any teacher that are new hires. @CristieWatson @EducationWeek

Work from Home
The 20 best (and real) work-from-home jobs – Long before the Covid-19 pandemic forced businesses to vacate their offices, working from home was on the rise. Nearly a year since the first coronavirus lockdowns, telecommuting is here to stay for millions of workers. @EAWells77 @Bankrate @bexxmodd @CatherineAdenle

Happiness at Work

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

How to Create Your Own Happiness at Work – Not many people think of happiness in conjunction with their work—studies have found that only about 13 percent are happy at work. If you’re not among that minority, you need to learn what works for you and how to create your own happiness. @LollyDaskal



Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control. This is the inside story of how Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin struggled to touch down on the moon, while their guidance computer kept crashing. Again and again. This is a gripping read for tech-savvy readers. @stephenwitt @wired

Tech Skills


A Year of Tremendous Growth – How the Pandemic Forced Teachers to Master Technology. Nearly half of the teachers in a survey said their ability to use technology had “improved a lot” during the 2020-21 school year, and another 39 percent said it “improved a little.” Just 13 percent said it remained the same or had gotten worse. This stacks up with what I’ve seen. @AlysonRKlein @EducationWeek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Pass on your values


Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Jim Steinman A-Z – On Monday April 19th we sadly lost Jim Steinman at the age of 73. In this video, you get a look back in A-Z style the songs that he either wrote, produced, composed, or a combination of the above. @realjimsteinman @RealMeatLoaf @celinedion @BonnieTOfficial


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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