Happiness Mapped / Positive News Stories / Slow Down Summer

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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Happiness Mapped
Global Happiness Levels in 2021 Mapped – What can you and your students conclude from looking at this map? @mvollmer1 @FrRonconi #Happiness @VisualCap

Top 5 POSITIVE News Stories, JUNE 2021 | News Stories That Give Us Hope – If you are tired of the “if it bleeds it leads” news channels, give this a try. @ernest6words

Slow down summer
Eight Tips To Slow Down Summer – You may not slow it down, but you will have more fun and learn more. @TeacherAndAdmin @Jonharper70bd @KFelicello @ERobbPrincipal @Jonharper70bd @IgniteYourSHINE @basil_marin @DisruptEdToday @casas_jimmy

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Using A.I. to Find Bias in A.I – The problem of bias in artificial intelligence is facing increasing scrutiny from regulators and is a growing business for start-ups and tech stalwarts. @lizjosullivan @nytimes @joemckendrick @itsArthurAI @StopSpyingNY @BanKillerRobots


This Sniper “Super Bullet” Adjusts Its Path After It Has Been Fired. The Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance system, or EXACTO, will allow snipers to hit their moving targets with great accuracy. @DarkFootageEnt

Tech PD


How to Fix 7 Fatal Flaws in Tech Professional Development – Professional development to help educators use technology for teaching and learning has been critical for decades, but also riddled with pitfalls. @AlysonRKlein @EducationWeek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Plan A@RonAndSandyLee

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Olympic Champion Simone Biles Debunks Every Misconception People Have About Gymnastics. Olympics fans like myself should enjoy this. Her personality is infectious. @Simone_Biles


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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