Self-Driving Cars in Snow / PBL Unit Design / Readable English

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.

Ice and Snow
Snow and Ice Pose a Vexing Obstacle for Self-Driving Cars. Most testing of autonomous vehicles until now has been in sunny, dry climates. That will have to change before the technology will be useful everywhere. If there is a lot of snow and ice may be your self-driving car shouldn’t be driving either. @willknight @WIRED

Master the Art & Science of PBL Unit Design. This is a high-quality course that people from all over the world have used to bring PBL to their classrooms. @ThePBLN

Readable English
Introducing Readable English – This appears to be a very innovative way to help k-8 students learn how to read while keeping spelling in tack. @Readablenglish @Vimeo

New Smart Phone Lens

Social/Mobile Media Education

A New Lens Technology Is Primed to Jump-Start Phone Cameras. The optics in your smartphone have been pretty much the same for more than a decade. That’s about to change. @JulianChokkattu @WIRED @quantumcascade @metalenz4


How Do mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Work? This one-minute animation is a good place to start if you or your kids are trying to figure this out. @VaccinateNY


Spoons Across America’s Classes at Home – Spoons At Home: Three new healthier eating programs for you and your children. @SpoonsAAmerica

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

The Best Road@tim_fargo

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

10 Epic Rock Star ‘Muppets’ Moments – Ten real rock starts do the Muppet Show. Got to love this. @Loudwire @TheMuppets


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

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

The Hype Machine

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)

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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