Suspend High-Stakes Student Testing / Busy vs Productive / Suez Canal Steering Game

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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Suspend High-Stakes Student Testing (from FairTest and assessment reform allies) – If you think federally mandated testing is bad for our students, please sign this petition. @TheActionNet

Busy vs Productive
The Differences Between Busy and Productive People? Are you a busy donkey or a productive unicorn? The short videos at the bottom give lots of good advice. @LARRYKIM @Inc @TheJoeWoo

Steer Suez Canal
See How Well You Can Steer Through The Suez Canal In This Game. Navigating the Suez Canal is a high-stress, complicated feat that requires master piloting skills. Try your hand at it. @CNN_PAHO

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Beyond the Invite: What Is Clubhouse and Why Should Educators Care? The interesting thing about the app is that you have to be invited into Clubhouse by someone who is already using it. @PeterMDeWitt @EducationWeek

New Theory


A Sexy New Theory of Consciousness Gets All Up in Your Feelings. The Hidden Spring by Mark Solms doesn’t just talk about anatomy and electrochemistry. It also puts forth an entirely new theory of consciousness, sexed-up with input from the original sexpert himself, Sigmund Freud. @jkehe @Mark_Solms @WIRED

Zoom vs Voice


Zoom is actually less effective than a phone call for these types of meetings. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University studied the effectiveness of collaboration and group efforts on video and audio calls and found that videoconferencing hampered group collaboration and problem-solving. @ArianneCohen @FastCompany @CarnegieMellon

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Astronaut quote@maetheastronaut @WomenWhoCode

Trump vs Biden

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Do You Think You Can Tell How A Neighborhood Voted Just By Looking Around? This is a fun game. I got 75%. @emilymbadger @jshkatz @KevinQ @iamrumz


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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