When Ideas Have Sex / New Drone Laws / How Israel Won the Vaccine Race

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When Ideas Have Sex
When Ideas Have Sex – Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is. @mattwridley @TEDTalks

Drone
Google’s Wing warns new drone laws ‘may have unintended consequences’ for privacy. This past week, the US government made the single biggest, most impactful set of changes to drone law we’ve yet seen — ruling that almost every drone in US airspace will need to broadcast their locations, as well as the location of their pilots. @StarFire2258 @verge @Nicochan33 @Hana_ElSayyed

How Israel Became a World Leader in Vaccinating Against Covid-19 – Badly hit by the coronavirus, Israel has distributed the first of two vaccine doses to more than 10 percent of its population. This is way ahead for every other country. @IKershner @nytimes

Social/Mobile Media Education

Chatbot Apps Powered by Artificial Intelligence in Moblie Applications – We’re experiencing the transformation of well-known messengers like Telegram, Slack, Skype, and Facebook Messenger into chatbot platforms. Today, these resemble smart AI-powered assistants that can help us with many tasks, all within one application. @kudvenkat @AndyHorvitz @ipfconline1 @Usmsys

Learning

This Revolving Window Illusion Tricks Our Sense Of Perception. This YouTuber Attempted To Get Our Brains To Unsee It. This video is an excellent lesson in perception. Share with art teachers and students you know. @veritasium @NordVPN

Leadership/Parenting

How to Play Kahoot Games in Google Classroom – Even though this was written in 2010 I think that Kahoot is a good fit for hybrid learning. @GetKahoot @rmbyrne

Inspirational/Funny Tweets

Never Give Up@LifeWithJohn

Humor, Music, Cool Stuff

If English had CHINESE tones. Thanks to its tonal nature, Chinese is much more difficult to learn than English. This video plays off that posing the idea that what if English were tonal. @pizzadaughter

My Podcast & Recent Book Summaries

No Bullies
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

Jabbadu2
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

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

Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity by Peggy Orenstein

IEP & Section 504 Team Meetings…and the Law by Miriam Kurtzig Freedman

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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