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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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Free-Range Kids
Disadvantaged school ditches the curriculum and gives kids free rein. One of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged high schools has dumped the Victorian curriculum in favor of a “personalized learning program” that ditches compulsory subjects and lets students study what they like from year 8 onwards. @adamlcarey @theage @bar_zie @ProfDanielMuijs

Working From Home
Four Work-From-Home Tech Tricks I Learned From Twitch Streamers – These are some great tips for anyone working at home. @cindella204 @wired

Should every B.A. include some AI? Colby College in Maine is among the first liberal arts colleges to create an artificial intelligence institute to teach students about AI and machine learning through the lenses of subjects like history, gender studies, and biology. @ColbyCollege @Marketplace @epuujee @IainLJBrown

Social/Mobile Media Education

Free Tools for Making Green Screen Videos – There are three short videos [4:00-7:00] that take you step by step. @rmbyrne

In-Demand Languages


These are the programming languages most in-demand with companies hiring. Survey of 15,000 developers and HR managers reveals JavaScript, Java, and Python as the most sought-after languages, while knowledge of React, Node.js and .NET Core are also in high demand. @owenrdhughes @techrepublic @bexxmodd @ipfconline1

Concluding Paragraph


Do NOT Repeat What You’ve Said, Leave The Reader Thinking in Your Conclusion. Writing an essay is truly an art form and the concluding paragraph needs to be as powerful as the introductory paragraph. @mssackstein

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Successful People@Suzie81Suzie

Starry Night

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Vincent van Gogh’s starry night is being turned into a 1,552-piece LEGO set. Vincent van Gogh’s starry night — one of the most famous paintings in the world — now has a LEGO set, allowing builders around the world to recreate the 1889 masterpiece. @designboom @EvanKirstel


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

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

The Hype Machine

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)

The Knowledge GAP: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System and How to Fix It by Natalie Wexler

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

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros with Katie Novak

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