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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 Conference
FREE Teacher Success Summit – Register and get more free stuff. This event is on October 21-24, 2021. @TeachonomyEdu @cpoole27 @ecammtweet @Achieve3000

Apple Show
New Apple Products – Watch the rollout of the new iPad, Apple Watches and iPhone 13s. This video features a lot of beautiful scenes along with details on new products you may want. @Apple @tim_cook

Feel Good Books
Best Feel-Good Middle-Grade Books – If you don’t have these books in your middle school library perhaps you should. Share with librarians you know. @readingMG @Mrs_Bookdragon

iPhone 13

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

The iPhone 13 Wants to Shoot Your Next Feature Film. Apple’s latest phones get minor but noteworthy upgrades, mostly in their video capture capabilities. I’m in. @JulianChokkattu @WIRED

New Laptop


Ten Strong Signs that you Need a Laptop Upgrade – PC owners have my sympathy. As a Mac owner since 1984 all I can suggest is to get at least 16 gigabyte of RAM. @ashokkp @CIOL_NEWS @dhinakaranrajan @anilchop @tgeorgeCMR @battle4delhi



Are Electives Really Student Choice? As education is beginning to shift more and more and schools are beginning to understand that students must be engaged in their learning not just because they HAVE to pass a class or a test but because the point of school is to hopefully instill a love of learning, we need to really examine the way we program students during the day. @mssackstein

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Small Things@lawrence_wray

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas playing “Grand Etang / Hull’s Reel” live on BBC Radio Scotland – He is from Scotland and she is from the US trained at Juilliard. This is pretty cool. @alasdairfraser @NatalieHaas83


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

Weapons of Mass Instruction

Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto

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

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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