Cheery Friday e-mails

Every Friday I send a “Cheery Friday” email chock full of insights about learning and changing to a million registered learners from the massive open online course (“MOOC”) Learning How to Learn.  To receive these emails, just register for the course here (it’s free, and registration takes only a few seconds).  “See” you on Friday!

Hit Lit–Top Ten Books & Learning Tools of 2017 for Learning How to Learners!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week As LHTLers know, we love biographies!  This week, we reread Jack Weatherford’s monumental Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, which is one of our top two biographies of all time (our other top favorite biography is Robert Massie’s Peter the Great: His Life and W …

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Book of the Year: Why We Sleep

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Year Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams,  is one of the most important books we have ever read.  If you read one book to help you with your learning (and life) this year, we think it should be Why We Sleep. It seems that every question we’ve ever wondered about …

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The great Leonardo da Vinci

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Everyone’s been talking about Walter Isaacson’s latest biography, Leonardo da Vinci, so we had to join the crowd and see what all the hullabaloo was about. (We’ll admit, we’ve previously tackled da Vinci biographies that ended up putting us to sleep, so we were excited to se …

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Green screen wizardry

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Wondering about Green Screen? Here’s a picture Barb took last week at the great MOOC-making studio at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. It captures the magic of green (and red!) screen in one seamless image.  Notice how the talent in the photograph is standing against a plain green backg …

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Barb in Brazil!

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week: Great Ideas for Pursuing a Masters Degree Online! When some of the most prestigious business schools in the world began providing free versions of their courses online, Laurie Pickard (whose terrific ideas Barb featured in her latest book, Mindshift) saw an opportunity to ge …

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Red Notice

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month It can sometimes be important to step back and look at society’s impact on how we learn and grow.  Bill Browder’s magnificent best-seller Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice tells the story of the impact of highest level corrupti …

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The Ostrich and the Trend

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Extraordinary Book Deal BookBub is running a fantastic deal on the electronic version of A Mind for Numbers (the supplemental course book)  This is a one-time-only offer for $1.99 running only through November 4th.  If you’ve been planning to get an electronic copy of A Mind for Numbers, now …

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Random thoughts on history, feeling stuck, and creativity

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week This week, we’re into history and biography.  We’ve been reading (click here for more–including a picture of Barb with Santiago Ramony y Cajal’s death mask….) Finding Truth in History In keeping with this week’s historical motif, here’s a posting from the ever-thoughtful Far …

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Breaking News on Barb & Terry’s Next Project

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! The Times of London breaks the story of Barb & Terry’s next project Journalist Eleanor Busby of the Times Educational Supplement has presciently captured the learning surprise coming out from Barb, Terry, and their co-author Al McConville next August. If you are a parent, teacher, or scho …

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Thomas Frank’s videos on learning

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners! How to Do Homework Fast We’re fans of Thomas Frank’s videos—and not just because he occasionally mentions Barb’s book A Mind for Numbers.  Here’s a smart, fast-moving, video from Thomas that gives a lot of great tips on getting homework done smartly.  [Hat tip, LHTLer Kristófer.] How to Effic …

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