Music Boosts the Brain / Robots & Healthcare / Critical Thinking App

Free Resources for Busy Parents and Educators Who Don’t Have as Much Time to Read and Surf as I Do

The Twitter names next to each link belong to the authors, publications, and the people who bring them to my attention.

Music & the Brain
Six Ways Music Gives Your Brain a Big Boost – Music is one of the few activities where people around the globe respond in a common way. @dlhampton

Robots & Healthcare
The Impact of Robotics in the Healthcare Industry – Robotics being used in healthcare can be defined as the application and use of robotic technology to diagnose, treat, correct, restore, or modify a body function, body part, or disease. @Exxactcorp @Nicochan33 @ipfconline1

Critical THinking App
Critical Thinking – Is there an app for that? I recently asked my students to reflect on our first unit of study and present their reflections to me. They needed to identify and explain what they learned using the Foundation for Critical Thinking’s “Elements of Thought.” @EducatorsTech @TCEA @juliehstern @4thethinkers

Facebook Glasses

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Facebook’s New Camera Glasses Are Dangerously Easy to Use. The company has partnered with Ray-Ban to make a pair of video-capturing Wayfarers. They’re everything you hoped for and feared in smart glasses. @LaurenGoode @WIRED


These Are The Startups Applying AI To Tackle Climate Change. Climate change is the most pressing threat that the human species faces today. Artificial intelligence is the most powerful tool that humanity has at its disposal in the twenty-first century. Can we deploy the second to combat the first? @_RobToews @RadicalVCFund @Forbes @Ronald_vanLoon


20 Suggestions About Teaching in a Class Where All Students Have Laptops – Many teachers will now be teaching for the first time in the physical classroom with students who have laptops every day. @Larryferlazzo @educationweek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Gift of Friends@themerry_monk @Susanjmccann

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Blacksmith Debunks The Dumbest Conspiracy Theory About 9/11 In Less Than Two Minutes. This is also a good science lesson. @jhattara @Digg


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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