Playing an Instrument & Your Brain / Hiding From Drones / K-12 Ed Tech Predictions 2021

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.

How playing an instrument benefits your brain – Anita Collins – This should convince every parent to engage there kids in music. @Ad_Anderson @Grace_OT @TED_ED

How to hide from a drone – the subtle art of ‘ghosting’ in the age of surveillance – One way that’s within reach of nearly everyone is learning how to simply disappear from view. @achoifitz @ConversationUS @Nicochan33 @ipfconline1

30 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021 – School News asked edtech executives, stakeholders, and experts to share some of their thoughts and predictions about where they think edtech is headed in 2021. @ESN_LAURA @eschoolnews

Social/Mobile Media Education

How do AI models compare to rules-based decisioning? AI can seem like a mysterious “black box somewhere out there!” Let’s take a look inside to explore how AI models compare to rules-based systems and see how AI is changing fintech. @brighterion @Nicochan33 @ipfconline1


Your Brain on Music – Neuroscientist and musician Alan Harvey takes us on an interactive journey showing live on stage what music does to our brain waves, and explains how music is more than just entertainment. You’ve never seen music like this before @TED_ED


Four Laws of Learning and How to Follow Them – Teaching is a complex, multifaceted, dynamic profession. New ideas, new tools, and new strategies are coming at you all the time. @cultofpedagogy @AllAboutTHEPACT

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Greateful quote@GermanyKent @gcouros

Cameras per city

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

The Most Monitored Cities On Earth, Visualized – Can you or your students guess where they are? @jamescrugnale

My Podcast & Recent Book Summaries

No Bullies
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

Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein

IEP & Section 504 Team Meetings…and the Law by Miriam Kurtzig Freedman

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves (the book can be found here)

The Knowledge GAP: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System and How to Fix It by Natalie Wexler

Upstream: How to Solve Problems Before They Happen by Dan Heath

Innovate Inside the Box: Empowering Learners Through UDL and the Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros with Katie Novak

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