The Best of Pandemic Schooling / Formative Data Use / Free Game Creator

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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Best of the Pandemic
How to Preserve the Good Parts of Pandemic Schooling – For some families, time away from the grind of the daily commute and the academic pressures and social minefields of school has been beneficial. @LauraKClary @MendelsonTamar @educationweek

Formative Data
Celebrating Student Growth With Formative Data – A look at how one district is working to meet individual student needs and accelerate learning by using ongoing formative data to measure growth. @brholland @LearningAccel @edutopia

Educoplay: a Free educational games creator. This looks like it’sl worth a try. They also have a Spanish version. @EDUCAPLAY_en @EDUCAPLAY


Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Five Industries that are being Reshaped by Data Analytics – If the company aims to stay competitive and lean, they need to leverage data to help move the business forward, and using tools of data analytics is the easiest way to do that. @analyticsinme @Khulood_Almani:


Avoid these five phrases that make you sound passive-aggressive—here’s how successful people communicate. It’s important to know what passive-aggressive behavior is. This will help. @ericadhawa @CNBCMakeIt

Pop Culture


How using pop culture references in class can spark student engagement – Project Tomorrow’s CEO notes the ‘poptential’ of clips that are relevant to young generations. @ChrisBurtedu @DA_magazine

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Impossible to fail@lawrence_wray

School's Open

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Cartoons on Returning to School–2021 – Reopening schools during and after the Covid-19 pandemic offered cartoonists enough material to run their inkwells dry. @LarryCuban @CubanLarry


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast


Noise: A Flaw In Human Judgement by Daniel Kahneman, Oliver Sibony, & Cass Sunstein

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

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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