NY Goes for “Opt-In” Testing / Remote Food Servers / Vaccinating Teens

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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NYC D of E
This Year State Tests Will Be “Opt-In” in New York State. Tests also must be taken on-site. Who in their right mind would do this? @leoniehaimson @NYC_Educates

Ai food servers
Serve Food in Far-Away Restaurants—Right From Your Couch. A growing number of robots are operated remotely, often by workers thousands of miles away. Could it be a job of the future? @willknight

Vaccinating Teens
Teens Are Starting to Get Vaccinated. That’s a Big Deal for Schools. High school juniors and seniors are starting to be vaccinated against COVID-19—a watershed moment in the pandemic for schools. @madeline_will @educationweek @mikelubelfeld

AI & Nirvana

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence Creates New Nirvana Song ‘Drowned in the Sun.’ Scroll to the bottom to listen to it. @Loudwire @LoudwireNights @bexxmodd

Verse by Verse


Verse by Verse is an experimental AI from Google research. I composed the poem above in a few minutes using this tool. This should work for upper elementary on up. @GoogleAI @rmbyrne

PBL in Math


Using Project-Based Learning in Math Classes – Many of today’s math classes are right out of the 19th century. This has to change. What’s happening in your school? @bobsonwong
@Larryferlazzo @EducationWeek

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Life is short@BillMoore20

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Have Your Mind Blown By Tim Allen’s Ridiculously Eclectic Car Collection. This is like going to a car show without leaving the house. Share with car lovers you know. @ofctimallen


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

Where Good Ideas Come From

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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