Let Children Play / Pandemic Shapes K-12 / TED_Ed for Cat Owners

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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Let Children Play
‘Let children play’: the educational message from across Europe – While approaches may differ, the importance of free time to play is increasingly being recognized. @jonhenley @philipoltermann @swajones @GiuffridaA @guardian @pasi_sahlberg @HargreavesBC

Pandemic Learning
How Pandemic Tech Use Is Shaping K-12 Education – During the past year, teachers have pushed their technology skills to the next level, improving their understanding of how to use learning management systems effectively; integrating digital curricula, online assessments, and interactive games into learning; and upgrading their skills for using modern communication tools such as Zoom. @AlysonRKlein @s_e_schwartz @educationweek

Wierd Cats
Why Do Cats Act So Wierd? If you own a cat you need to watch this TED-Ed animation. Also share with anyone interested in animation. @Ad_Anderson @tooningout @ParamountPlus @TED_Ed @LocalEmpireTV

Banks & AI

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

US banks are using AI to watch customers and employees. Banking execs are wary of backlash as they ramp up facial recognition use. @MikeBrassfield @ITPro @bexxmodd @crid


How do wind turbines work? How can we harness this incredible amount of energy, and is it possible to create a world powered entirely by the wind? Rebecca Barthelmie and Sara Pryor dig into the science of wind turbine technology. @gav_edwards @TED_ED @rmbyrne

Nurture Teachers


‘We Need To Be Nurtured, Too’: Many Teachers Say They’re Reaching A Breaking Point. @KavithaCardoza @NewsHour @HollyProcida

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Little Things@LifeWithJohn

Cat Care

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Cartoons About Life In COVID – Enjoy Larry Cuban’s latest collect of topical cartoons. @LarryCuban @CubanLarry


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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