The World’s Top Supercomputers / Amazing Optical Illusion / The Story of Cider

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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Super Computers
The World’s Top Supercomputers – Would you have guessed which country the winner comes from. @KatBuchholz @StatistaCharts @TechNews25 @cloudpreacher @wef

Can you figure out this optical illusion that’s leaving everyone’s ‘brain hurting.’ This is one of the best I’ve seen and I bet your kids can make one if they are looking for a Thanksgiving activity. @nypost @TheSun

How Cider Came To Mean Something Completely Different In America And Europe IF you want to make some “hard cider” get your fermenters here. Consider this to be a good science experiment you can do at home. There is some history and geography here too. @adam_ragu @squarespace

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Mind-blowing iPhone trick lets you unlock hidden emoji feature for texts. If you have an iPhone give this a try. @SeanKeach @nypost @TheSun


Twelve Signs You Have Genius Level Intelligence – I think that these are things you and your kids can work on to become a genius according to this animation. @TopThinkSources

Ponk Cast


Pinkcast 4.15. This is how to overcome awkwardness and hand out some compliments. Have you ever wanted to compliment someone, then resisted because you feared it might seem a little creepy? That’s a big mistake, says Cornell University social psychologist Vanessa Bohns. This is great advice in only two minutes. @DanielPink @profbohns @ericaboothby

Inspirational/Funny Tweets


Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Your Brain on Crack Cocaine – This short animation is perfect for middle and high school health classes. @AsapSCIENCE


Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

Suite Talk
180 Moving Forward past the Pandemic with Dr. Doug Green – On October 4, 2021, I was Kim Mattina’s guest on her weekly show. Please join us for a discussion on what we can gain from our pandemic experiences as educators.

The Future of Smart

The Future of Smart: How Our Education System Needs to Change to Help All Young People Thrive by Ulcca Joshi Hansen

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
Listen 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

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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