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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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Speechify
Turn any text into audio with Speechify’s AI-powered listening assistant. Speechify for Chrome makes it easy to listen to any text on the internet from Gmail, Google Docs, Wikipedia, Online Courses, PDFs, and nearly everywhere else you find yourself reading. @Speechify_audio

Divisive Topics
How Will Bans on ‘Divisive’ Classroom Topics Be Enforced? Here’s What 10 States Plan to Do. In Arizona, teachers who talk about racism and sexism in violation of a new state law can have their certification revoked by the state. Tennessee will take money away from the teacher’s school district. And, in New Hampshire, parents will be allowed to directly sue the school district. @Eeshapendharkar @educationweek

Journal
Why Teachers Should Keep A Journal – Write down a few sentences almost every night, taking note of the things that happened that day that you want to celebrate, things that you need to explore further, things that frustrated you, questions you have, stories you want to remember, and people you meet. @laffinteach @TeachWriteEDU ​@drkarenn

Fleets

Social Media/Artificial Intelligence

Twitter is shutting down Fleets, its expiring tweets feature. Say goodbye to Fleets, the row of fullscreen tweets at the top of the Twitter timeline that expire after 24 hours. The ephemeral tweet format is shutting down due to low usage after launching widely just eight months ago. @alexeheath @verge

Deep Learning

Learning

A New AI Study May Explain Why Deep Learning Works. MIT researchers’ new theory illuminates machine learning’s black box. @tweetycami @PsychToday @BlkHwk0ps @MFordFuture

Mastery Portfolio

Leadership/Parenting

Mastery Portfolio: Results with Standards-Based Grading for Your Community. Mastery Portfolio is a collection of web-based tools and professional development experiences designed to improve education practices. @MasteryForAll @mssackstein

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Impatience@FSonnenberg

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

Scotsman All-Carbon Fiber Scooter – It’s also 3D printed, costs $2,000, and ships in December of 2021. @sonnyvu @indiegogo @GeekyGadgets

Jooble

Recent Book Summaries & My Podcast

Weapons of Mass Instruction

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

Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World by Olga Khazan

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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