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Middle School Matters

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MSM 415: We lost Shawn. He’s somewhere in the world, but where? Could be the BBC, or not. Your GeoGuess is as good as anyones!

Jan 12, 2019 66:55

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MSM 415: We lost Shawn. He’s somewhere in the world, but where? Could be the BBC, or not. Your GeoGuess is as good as anyones! Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Caleb Paul Advisory: Everyday Leadership https://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership?language=en The Importance of Showing Up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1jLkxMvUrw&feature=push-fr&attr_tag=7OtdeK2TmrtSy1kk%3A6 New Words for 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSvL2fRmlPM https://public.oed.com/updates/new-words-list-december-2018/ Lake Superior State University’s Banished Words: https://www.lssu.edu/banished-words-list/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Climate Change http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2019/1/3_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Climate_Change.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: How Better Teaching Can Help Kids Who Can't Read https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/52796/how-better-teaching-can-help-kids-who-cant-read Resources: British Broadcasting Service School Resources: BBC Drama https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04xxp0g BBC The History Hour https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p016tmg1 BBC Economics With Subtitles https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bf9lbb BBC Sounds - Short sound bites from longer shows that are good for hooking students at the beginning of a discussion. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds History Hit (Dan Snow) https://www.historyhit.com/ PAVE Validate and fix PDF’s for ADA compliance. (*Note that this is sometimes overwhelmed) http://pave-pdf.org/index.en.html Teleprompt.me https://teleprompt.me/ Ashes in the Snow, the Movie Web Spotlight: Geo Guessr https://geoguessr.com/world/play Which Country is being dialed? http://nowiknow.com/quizzes/what-country-is-being-dialed

MSM 414: It’s The Last Show . . . Of The Year . . .

Dec 29, 2018 68:47

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MSM 414: It’s The Last Show . . . Of The Year . . . Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Bottle Flipping -- Part III http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/12/27_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Bottle_Flipping_Part_3.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Limiting “Teacher Talk,” Increasing Student Work! https://achievethecore.org/aligned/limiting-teacher-talk-increasing-student-work/ Resources: Stockio https://www.stockio.com/#annotations:yi0hpgX_EemM79tSx4Ajyg Alice Keeler’s Bookmarks of Resources https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wosH5j1vHjDOKeQj8cOXtJC-ipVxneL9bGQqUMF3-8A/edit#gid=1182497528 Public Domain https://bit.ly/Reading-NewYearCelebrations?fbclid=IwAR1SmmkZPpcB777Jx9Gw2DhMg5secOfjgvbGkjOiJDHDwdKCf0taIPboV2k Web Spotlight: Gifts from Larry Ferlazzo http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2018/12/23/my-three-holiday-gifts-to-you-5/ 5 Reasons Teaching Middle School Is the Worst (And 5 Reasons It’s the Absolute Best) https://www.weareteachers.com/5-reasons-teaching-middle-school-is-the-worst-and-5-reasons-its-the-absolute-best/ How Much of the Internet is Fake? http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/12/how-much-of-the-internet-is-fake.html Random Thoughts . . . Free vs Free vs Paid https://troypatterson.me/2018/12/27/free-vs-free-vs-paid/

MMSM 413: Flipping Digital Breakouts!

Dec 22, 2018 62:28

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MSM 413: Flipping Digital Breakouts! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Bottle Flipping Part 2 http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/12/13_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Bottle_Flipping_Part_2.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Digital Breakouts https://infinitelyteaching.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/create-a-digital-breakout/ The Electronic Village Online http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/127658303/Call_for_Participation_2019#Sessions2019 Good Learners https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/7-characteristics-define-good-learners#annotations:fRGOHACGEemM45ur6CsGrw Resources: Pexels https://www.pexels.com/ Canvas by Google https://canvas.apps.chrome/ Google opens virtual version of fire-ravaged Brazil museum https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/13/google-national-museum-of-brazil-virtual-tour-street-view/ Web Spotlight: I pay my kids to get dressed, do homework and more. It’s the best decision I ever made. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2018/12/10/i-pay-my-kids-get-dressed-do-homework-more-its-best-decision-i-ever-made/?utm_term=.aa323a882b4e#annotations:qQcbhv9BEei79usDk272MQ How Many Years Do We Lose To The Air We Breathe? https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/health-science/lost-years/?utm_term=.295042b85669#annotations:1nqv5P8_Eeig0Q-9fUkz6A The Raspberry Pi Beginner’s Guide is out now (and it’s huge!) https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-beginners-guide/#annotations:mQkn8P4REeiBiUv2tI4hUg

MSM 412: Very Transform your class, Very Read this, or that, or the other thing. It’d be a Very, Very, Very good thing.

Dec 8, 2018 62:00

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MSM 412: Very Transform your class, Very Read this, or that, or the other thing. It’d be a Very, Very, Very good thing. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: Dave Bydlowski Advisory: Heartburn Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Bottle Flipping, Part 1 http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/12/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Bottle_Flipping_Part_1.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Transforming the First Ten Minutes of Class https://medium.com/@heinemann/transforming-the-first-ten-minutes-of-class-ab1f19a18cf9 The Essentials of Visual Learning and Teaching https://www.middleweb.com/39198/the-essentials-of-visual-learning-and-teaching/#annotations:4mGFFvWQEeiG3O_lat2SQA Resources: 5 Printable Game Boards to Turn Curriculum Review into Fun https://www.weareteachers.com/printable-game-boards/#annotations:Swu90vmKEeiHRqtcnQSBnA Panosian by Chris Anderson Convert PDF’s No ads. No registration. https://easypdf.com/ Web Spotlight: Christmas Tree Ornament CalculatorWelcome to the Christmas tree calculator, where you will find how to decorate your Christmas tree in the best way. Take a look at the perfect Christmas tree formula prepared by math professors and improved by physicists. Plan in advance how many lights and decorations you'll need! https://www.omnicalculator.com/other/christmas-tree Beyond the midterms: Helping students overcome the impact of No Child Left Behind https://www.brookings.edu/blog/education-plus-development/2018/11/21/beyond-the-midterms-helping-students-overcome-the-impact-of-no-child-left-behind/#annotations:Z8m3rPWFEeiSSpuAB8SARA Random Thoughts . . . Happy Birthday to Troy Patterson and Carol Josel.

MSM 411: Getting the Information on More Than Adequate Yearly Progress!

Dec 1, 2018 65:44

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MSM 411: Getting the Information on More Than Adequate Yearly Progress! Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Betty Jo Moore http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/11/28_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Betty_Jo_Moore.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Persuasive Maps https://persuasivemaps.library.cornell.edu/ RACE http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2018/11/01/guest-post-how-to-scaffold-the-race-writing-strategy-for-newcomer-english-learners/#annotations:g7XHPPAQEei6Mysog2AWqQ Resources: History Hub https://historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/index “The PBL Playbook” and How PBL can Help You Innovate Inside the Box https://connectedprincipals.com/archives/18515 Where Everybody Knows Your Name - Edutopia https://www.edutopia.org/article/power-being-seen 569 Free Art Books https://www.metmuseum.org/art/metpublications/titles-with-full-text-online?searchtype=F Web Spotlight: The Students Suing for a Constitutional Right to Education https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/11/lawsuit-constitutional-right-education/576901/ Teaching Responsibility or Compliance? https://connectedprincipals.com/archives/18755 Random Thoughts . . . How to make Lithuanian Cepelinai (Zeppelin) Dumplings https://www.thespruceeats.com/make-lithuanian-cepelinai-zeppelin-dumplings-4011445 Moodle Comic Instructions https://mastermoodle.com Personal Web Site https://troypatterson.me

MSM 410: So, I’m the grownup? We’re in trouble.

Nov 24, 2018 58:41

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MSM 410: So, I’m the grownup? We’re in trouble. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Teen ate lunch alone for years, then the student council stepped in https://www.cbsnews.com/news/teen-ate-lunch-alone-for-years-then-the-student-council-stepped-in/ 6th Grader Leaves Detailed Note For Man After His Car Gets Hit https://twentytwowords.com/6th-grader-leaves-detailed-note-man-car-gets-hit/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Forces and Motion http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/11/22_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Forces_and_Motion.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: iReporter https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-8760dd58-84f9-4c98-ade2-590562670096 INTRIGUING STRATEGY IN ASSESSING MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS – GIVING CREDIT FOR EXPLAINING WHICH OPTIONS ARE WRONG http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2018/11/17/intriguing-strategy-in-assessing-multiple-choice-tests-giving-credit-for-explaining-which-options-are-wrong/#annotations:HvKMJOp9Eeigk_9N3R05Pw Always feel rushed in class? How to let go of the GOOD to make time for the GREAT https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/time-management-in-classroom-teaching/ The Secret to Student Success? Teach Them How to Learn. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-10-31-the-secret-to-student-success-teach-them-how-to-learn Resources: The One Thing Teachers Want That No One is Talking About http://ideasandthoughts.org/2018/11/17/the-one-thing-teachers-want-that-no-one-is-talking-about/ 4 Skills and Traits Great Schools Teach That Will Always be Essential https://connectedprincipals.com/archives/18494 Web Spotlight: Teachers Are the #3 Influencer https://www.tes.com/news/teachers-are-third-biggest-influence-peoples-lives?fbclid=IwAR0WhPjgJ53rXv6V4-PRp3FNIx4buCIMkzr7jKN3R_f65cFT7U308aR9bX4 The Seven Most Powerful Words In Education http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/11/what-can-i-do-to-help-you-these-words.html

MSM 409: Oyez, Oyez, Oyez, The AI Knows Things About You . . .

Nov 17, 2018 66:06

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MSM 409: Oyez, Oyez, Oyez, The AI Knows Things About You . . . Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Thirteen Virtues http://www.thirteenvirtues.com/ Daily Planner https://www.flickr.com/photos/nickbilton/3779169741/ How to Deal with Haters https://youarenotsosmart.com/2011/10/05/the-benjamin-franklin-effect/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) I See Change http://iseechange.org http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/11/15_Middle_School_Science_Minute__I_See_Change.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Teaching ELLs with Short Animated Videos https://www.middleweb.com/39038/teaching-ells-with-short-animated-videos/ INTRIGUING STRATEGY IN ASSESSING MULTIPLE CHOICE TESTS – GIVING CREDIT FOR EXPLAINING WHICH OPTIONS ARE WRONG http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2018/11/17/intriguing-strategy-in-assessing-multiple-choice-tests-giving-credit-for-explaining-which-options-are-wrong/ Resources: Oyez, Oyez, Oyez https://www.oyez.org/ Bonus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bct6RRAe0_s What Learners Really Need http://esheninger.blogspot.com/2018/11/what-learners-really-need.html Web Spotlight: PBIS Is An Incentive System, Venezuela Has An Incentive System . . . https://www.businessinsider.com/venezuela-id-card-tracks-citizens-like-china-2018-11 Teachers at Staff Meetings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebq9ucIWlQg AI Explainer https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/10/26/opinion/halloween-spooky-costumes-machine-learning-generator.html Random Thoughts . . . Ian McGirr of London - I Know Things About You I know your favorite Pizza from Papa Johns. I know you gamble at Red Casino, and they miss you. Kala Jean from kalajean@icloud.com says, “Hi. This is Kala.” She sounds nice. Moodle Word Wall Personal Web Site

MSM 408: READI for Reading? Should You Log It?

Nov 10, 2018 61:29

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MSM 408: READI for Reading? Should You Log It? Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: District Email: Anthony Loccricio - IT Coach Extraordinaire! Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Mary Colson http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/11/6_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Mary_Colson.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Let’s Talk About Reading Logs Again https://pernillesripp.com/2018/11/03/lets-talk-about-reading-logs-again/#annotations:snjb2uFwEei4zjvXGqJAxQ Public Math https://www.public-math.org/news/ Resources: Library of Congress Project https://crowd.loc.gov/ Build a body http://www.spongelab.com/game_pages/bab.cfm MyBib It’s back. https://www.mybib.com/ World War I Centennial Resources Centennial Commission: https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/commemorate/event-map-system/ace-smartphone-app.html https://vimeo.com/188363930 https://armistice-day.bbcrewind.co.uk/#/

MSM 407:  Synth-etic Boo!  What Does That Sound Like?

Nov 3, 2018 49:32

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MSM 407:  Synth-etic Boo!  What Does That Sound Like? Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Adolescent Brain http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/10/24_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Adolescent_Brain.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Resources: The Sound of Text https://soundoftext.com/ 13 Alternatives to Google Image Search https://docs.google.com/document/d/1z8ySPgLOE0UNH01HMQ___-BF6cRxfytc-4_MrSTWA1o/edit Your Fallacy Is https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/shop

MSM 406: Secret - Sneaky Sugar Free! (And Gluten Free Too!)

Oct 27, 2018 65:37

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MSM 406: Secret - Sneaky Sugar Free! (And Gluten Free Too!) Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Sneaky Sugar https://www.sneakysugar.org/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Culturally Responsive Classroom http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/10/15_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Culturally_Responsive_Classroom.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Build and Evaluate Comprehension with Creative Performance Tasks https://creativeeducator.tech4learning.com/2018/articles/build-and-evaluate-comprehension-with-creative-performance-tasks FRAYER MODEL COLLABORATIVE SLIDE DECK https://meredithakers.com/2018/10/14/frayer-model-collaborative-slide-deck/ Resources: E-books for Comic Creation https://www.makebeliefscomix.com/e-books-apps/ The “secret menu” for Google Slides, Docs, Drawings and more http://ditchthattextbook.com/2018/10/24/the-secret-menu-for-google-slides-docs-drawings-and-more/ Jenny Everywhere https://opensource.com/article/18/10/jenny-everywhere#annotations:QVMQ6NVEEeim1yfyx-RMmQ Time Traveler for Words https://www.merriam-webster.com/time-traveler/2013 UKEd Magazine – Issue 51 https://ukedchat.com/2018/09/28/uked-magazine-issue-51/9/ National Screening Room https://www.loc.gov/collections/national-screening-room/ PicLits https://www.piclits.com/compose_dragdrop.aspx Web Spotlight: The National Stock Market Game https://www.nationalsms.com/ EduPaths - Professional Development Website https://www.edupaths.org/

MSM 405: Forum or Against ‘Em?

Oct 13, 2018 67:37

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MSM 405: Forum or Against ‘Em? Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Floating Silver Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD1Eqa5qstA Oddly Satisfying Videos https://www.andreaswannerstedt.se/projects Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Clouds http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/10/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Clouds.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: The Collected Writings (So Far) of Rick Wormeli Shawn’s Forum Experience 4 teaching mistakes that drained my energy (and the solutions that changed everything) https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/mistakes-drained-energy/ MCSEL Language Strategy Overviews http://courses.maine.edc.org/files/MCSEL_LanguageStrategyOverviews.pdf#page10 Resources: National History Day Main site: https://www.nhd.org/ World War I Centennial Focus: https://www.nhd.org/who-they-were Channel One is Dead, Now What? PBS NewsHour Extra: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/ CNN 10: https://www.cnn.com/cnn10 BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: https://www.cbc.ca/news World Magazine - Teen: https://teen.wng.org/ This Florida Teacher's Favorite Textbooks Were Taken From Her Classroom. Her Principal Did It. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/10/05/this-florida-teachers-favorite-textbooks-were-taken.html Web Spotlight: The Hate U Give https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-hate-u-give Singapore Drops Student School Exam Rankings https://citinewsroom.com/2018/10/02/singapore-abolishes-school-exam-rankings-says-learning-is-not-competition/ Random Thoughts . . . World Magazine’s 25 History Good Reads https://world.wng.org/2018/09/25_good_history_reads#.W7XMfmh46FA.facebook Common Core Who is in charge to the Common Core Standards? https://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/10/how-teachers-avoid-common-core.html Personal Web Site Creating Workflows with Open Source Software

MSM 404: Error - MyBib Not Found

Oct 6, 2018 50:30

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MSM 404: Error - MyBib Not Found Jokes You Can Use:   Advisory: Middle School Science Minute   by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Earth: The Ultimate Recycler http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/9/30_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Earth-The_Ultimate_Recycler.html From the Twitterverse:   #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yA4YiIWMOE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9k9wQAp0SrWYZVORZnPIlg/featured Random.org https://www.random.org/ Mybib Random Thoughts . . .  

MSM 403: The Panic On Their Faces

Sep 29, 2018 49:50

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MSM 403: The Panic On Their Faces Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Illuminating Food Webs: A Maker Jigsaw http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/9/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Illuminating_Food_Webs.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Going Digital is About More than just Devices http://blog.web20classroom.org/2018/09/going-digital-is-about-more-than-just.html Resources: Toontastic https://toontastic.withgoogle.com On line equation editor https://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php Picular https://picular.co Web Spotlight: Print Custom Sticky Notes with Google Slides https://learninginhand.com/blog/print-custom-sticky-notes-with-google-slides Are Audiobooks as Good For You as Reading? http://time.com/5388681/audiobooks-reading-books/ Random Thoughts . . . Moodle Moot US https://moodlemoot.org/mootus/ For the record: The Moodle Audio works on a Chromebook Tab 10 tablet. In case you were wondering. :-)

MSM 402: Parents, Puzzles, and Pods (VoicePods that is)

Sep 15, 2018 64:05

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MSM 402: Parents, Puzzles, and Pods (VoicePods that is) Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Puzzles https://twentytwowords.com/iq-top-brain-twisting-puzzles/ 12 Characters that didn’t make the cut http://mentalfloss.com/article/31904/12-letters-didnt-make-alphabet Harvard followed 800 people over the course of multiple decades and found 6 things that make people live longer, happier lives https://www.businessinsider.com/things-that-make-people-live-longer-happier-lives-2018-8 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Parent-Teacher Relationships http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/9/5_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Parent-Teacher_Relationships.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources: VoicePod https://www.voicepods.com/ BookMark It https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/bookmark-it/adhfhfpebeloakommdgicanmhfbeifnb/related New Teacher Resources for a New School Year from the Library of Congress https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2018/09/new-teacher-resources-for-a-new-school-year-from-the-library-of-congress/ Web Spotlight: Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences (2018) https://www.commonsensemedia.org/research/social-media-social-life-2018 https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/research/2018_cs_socialmediasociallife_fullreport-final-release_2_lowres.pdf Lawnmower Parents Are the New Helicopter Parents & We Are Not Here for It https://www.weareteachers.com/lawnmower-parents/

MSM 401: We’re Going to Start with a Dot, Add a Spark, and Cook Moodles.

Sep 1, 2018 66:03

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MSM 401: We’re Going to Start with a Dot, Add a Spark, and Cook Moodles. Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) eCYBERMISSION http://www.ecybermission.com http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/8/30_Middle_School_Science_Minute__eCYBERMISSION.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources: 650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/learning/lesson-plans/650-prompts-for-narrative-and-personal-writing.html Information is Beautiful: The Movies Based on a True Story https://informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/based-on-a-true-true-story/ Information is Beautiful https://informationisbeautiful.net/ Digital Storytelling - Jason Ohler Resources http://www.jasonohler.com/storytelling/assessmentWIX.cfm Web Spotlight: Why Kids Want Things https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/08/kids-materialism/568987/ Random Thoughts . . .

MSM 400: Citing 400 shows. Because Ponies are delicious.

Aug 25, 2018 67:27

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MSM 400: Citing 400 shows. Because Ponies are delicious. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Happy Children Do Chores https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/18/opinion/sunday/children-chores-parenting.html#annotations:7e8bzKWWEeiiI__YyRAB8g Red Solo Cup Challenge http://michellekrzmarzick.blogspot.com/2014/06/red-solo-cup-challenge_18.html#annotations:MI7YNKL8Eeid8T_p9xo2Jw Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Reinventing STEM http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/8/22_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Rinventing_STEM.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Emailing Your Teacher http://nextvista.org/v/6993/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgMvrcgYeGY Random Groups http://mrorr-isageek.com/random-grouping-cards-for-math-class/ Resources: Classroom 2.0 LIVE Webinar Series Website: http://www.classroom20.com/ Classroom 2.0 Live Show: http://live.classroom20.com/ New England League of Middle Schools - Jeff Rodman, Ex. Dir. RapidWeaver 8 Released! (And 3 patches) https://www.realmacsoftware.com/rapidweaver/ (by way of example: www.mrmcgirr.com) MyBib https://www.mybib.com/ Web Spotlight: Calling Bull https://callingbull.org/ Random Thoughts . . .

MSM 399: My Sister’s Favorite Color is PINK!

Aug 18, 2018 68:11

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MSM 399: My Sister’s Favorite Color is PINK! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Boost your EI https://hbr.org/2018/08/boost-your-emotional-intelligence-with-these-3-questions The 5-Hour Rule Used by Bill Gates, Jack Ma and Elon Musk https://www.entrepreneur.com/amphtml/317602 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) You Are A Scientist http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/8/16_Middle_School_Science_Minute__You_Are_A_Scientist.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Co-DAP We talked about CODAP but failed to mention that it was used in the Ant Picnic (Middle School Science Minute). Highlighting Mistakes - A Grading Strategy https://www.teachingchannel.org/video/math-test-grading-tips Ten Non-Standard Ideas About Going Back to School https://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teacher_in_a_strange_land/2016/08/ten_non-standard_ideas_about_going_back_to_school.html/index.html Resources: Are You Monitoring Your Relationships with Your Students? http://blog.williamferriter.com/2018/08/18/are-you-monitoring-your-relationships-with-your-students/

MSM 398: Social Media and Tubers

Aug 11, 2018 60:44

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MSM 398: Social Media and Tubers Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/8/9_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Ant_Picnic.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Response: Ways To Improve State-Standardized Tests http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2018/08/response_ways_to_improve_state-standardized_tests.html Meet the YouTube Stars Turning Viewers Into Readers https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/31/books/booktubers-youtube.html#annotations:oR3rSpqBEeiYrMOzTfLSfA How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most Effective? John Hattie Has An Idea Resources: 20 Books Featuring Diverse Characters to Inspire Connection and Empathy https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/45121/20-books-featuring-diverse-characters-to-inspire-connection-and-empathy#annotations:TNDTMIrsEeiFrsPUlIdJ1A CODAP http://codap.concord.org/ Web Spotlight: A Reminder To Tell Your Story - Jennie Magiera, ISTE 2017 Keynote https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgIAh4_1EvE The Single Story vs. the Untold Story Google Maps - Globe Mode http://google.com/maps Compare with a traditional map of the World (https://geology.com/world/world-map.shtml ) - Have students compare Greenland and Africa. The Oldest Building in Every State The United States is a comparatively young country, but one with a rich and diverse history. From the ancient villages of New Mexico’s Pueblo people and the early Spanish settlers in Florida, to the Russian traders of Alaska and 19th-century missionaries in Utah, each of the 50 states has its own story to tell. https://www.netcredit.com/blog/oldest-building-in-every-us-state/ Random Thoughts . . .

MSM 397:  No Plan Survives First Contact With a Microphone . . .

Aug 4, 2018 68:02

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MSM 397:  No Plan Survives First Contact With a Microphone . . . Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) iNaturalist http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/6/17_Middle_School_Science_Minute__iNaturalist.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Let It Go https://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/932/Let-It-Go.aspx Teaching: five things I wish I’d known fifteen years ago Resources: UnHangout Unhangout is an open source platform for running large-scale, participant-driven events online. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYxmd3BmOW0 Describing Words http://describingwords.io/ Web Spotlight: Ashes in the Snow (Beyond Shades of Grey) A holocaust book by Ruta Sepetys popular with teens is coming out as a movie. https://youtu.be/8N2xsZ0PTqg Random Thoughts . . . Click the Play button below to listen to the show!

MSM 396: “Fixin’ to”

Jul 7, 2018 66:36

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MSM 396: “Fixin’ to” Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: How much screen time? https://www.nbcnews.com/better/amp/ncna877136?__twitter_impression=true Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Hidden Worlds http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/6/10_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Hidden_Worlds.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Dustbin http://www.classtools.net/education-games-php/dustbin Resources: Slang Map of the USA https://www.playnj.com/slang-map-usa/map.php The Science of Saving the Declaration of Independence https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a22025447/declaration-of-independence-science/#annotations:3rCy_oFYEeiaHu9qlJBXRQ The True Size https://thetruesize.com/#?borders=1~!MTY4NjI0MzE.MjM3NTY5MA*MzQzNTU0Mzk(MzEzNjY4OQ~!CONTIGUOUS_US*MTAwMjQwNzU.MjUwMjM1MTc(MTc1)MA~!IN*NTI2NDA1MQ.Nzg2MzQyMQ)MQ~!CN*OTkyMTY5Nw.NzMxNDcwNQ(MjI1)Mg Sero! By Sero Learning Assessments GPS The Series - Introductions and Lesson 1 “Working Well” McMoon: How the Earliest Images of the Moon Were so Much Better than we Realised Fifty years ago, 5 unmanned lunar orbiters circled the moon, taking extremely high resolution photos of the surface. They were trying to find the perfect landing site for the Apollo missions. They would be good enough to blow up to 40 x 54ft images that the astronauts would walk across looking for the great spot. After their use, the images were locked away from the public until after the bulk of the moon landings http://www.worldofindie.co.uk/?p=682#annotations:G6UJVHx2EeiAZdfHZKVozQ http://www.moonviews.com/ Frankenbook https://www.frankenbook.org/ Narcissistic adolescents may perform better at school https://ukedchat.com/2018/06/27/narcissistic-adolescents-school/#annotations:nTiqinvVEeioh6dm0vHPtw Web Spotlight: Ipevo Survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSduSI2GWNEDQi4_P8dan7bHiVEuBwitcfJNozQXvC36XIXizg/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link Random Thoughts . . .

MSM 395: ISTE, Irresistible, Jokes, and CSR (not CSI)

Jul 1, 2018 62:43

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MSM 395: ISTE, Irresistible, Jokes, and CSR (not CSI) Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Dollar Street https://www.gapminder.org/dollar-street/matrix 11 Secrets Of Irresistible People https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2015/08/31/11-secrets-of-irresistible-people/#3701b2313a0a Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Outstanding Engineering Trade Books for 2018 I was recently reading the February, 2018 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the article on the "Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2018. In this podcast, I feature Engineering Trade Books: 1. "Chasing Space, Young Readers' Edition" by Leland Melvin 2. "Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition" bu Ashlee Vance 3. "Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science" by Jeannine Atkins 4. "Mosquitoes Don't Bite Me" by Pendred E. Noyce 5. "Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World" by Laurie Lawlor http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/6/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Outstanding_Engineering_Trade_Books_2018.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” ISTE 2018 SketchNoting Google Tour Creator Leslie Fisher Oculus GO Gear VR compatible Merge Cube Cisco CSR Strategies: Grit https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/05/10/the-problem-with-teaching-grit-to-poor-kids-they-already-have-it-heres-what-they-really-need/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e082b1ab4ab8#annotations:AToOZnGpEeiyhidqm7MlZA Resources: The Global Problem Solvers (GPS the Series) https://www.gpstheseries.com/en-us/teachers/ Sero Assessment https://www.serolearn.com/ Flipgrid https://flipgrid.com/ https://blog.flipgrid.com/news/bettertogether https://educationblog.microsoft.com/2018/06/flipgrid-microsoft-education/ Wheel Decide http://wheeldecide.com Web Spotlight: Improving Teaching Effectiveness: Final Report https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2242.html#annotations:pRe8anVOEeikuRucRPTy3A

MSM 394: 8 Strategies (and coffee isn’t one of them)

Jun 16, 2018 62:43

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MSM 394: 8 Strategies (and coffee isn’t one of them) Jokes You Can Use:   Middle School Science Minute   by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) "Outstanding Earth Science Trade Books for 2018." (Part 3) http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/6/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Outstanding_Earth_Science_Tradebooks_2018.html From the Twitterverse:   #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 10 ways we made our school happier https://www.eschoolnews.com/2018/06/07/10-ways-we-made-our-school-happier/ After 1,155 Hours Together, a Teacher's End-of-Year Letter to Her Students https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2018/06/13/a-teachers-end-of-year-letter-to-her-students.html 8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions https://www.teachthought.com/critical-thinking/8-strategies-to-help-students-ask-great-questions/ It’s Okay NOT to Reassess http://allthingsassessment.info/2018/06/12/limiting-reassessment/ Noticing the Good Stuff: A Suggested Practice https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/noticing-good-stuff/ Resources: History Bombs https://www.historybombs.com/ One Question We Should Always Ask When Implementing Technology into Classrooms https://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/8303 50 Questions Every Student Should Be Able To Answer Before They Graduate High School 11 Powerful Characteristics of Adaptable Learners Web Spotlight: How Can Middle Schools Best Organize to Help Young Adolescents Thrive? https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/46648/how-can-middle-schools-best-organize-to-help-young-adolescents-thrive

MSM 393: Makin’ the Frog Happy. ASCD is going away (well part of it), Help Wounds Heal

Jun 9, 2018 61:21

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MSM 393: Makin’ the Frog Happy. ASCD is going away (well part of it), Help Wounds Heal Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: A Teen Scientist’s Invention to Help Wounds Heal https://www.ted.com/talks/anushka_naiknaware_a_teen_scientist_s_invention_to_help_wounds_heal#t-20483 Avatar Generator http://photos-share.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/6/4_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Outstanding_Life_Science_Tradebooks_2018.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Classroom Assessment Techniques: Quick Strategies to Check Student Learning in Class http://www.celt.iastate.edu/teaching/assessment-and-evaluation/classroom-assessment-techniques-quick-strategies-to-check-student-learning-in-class#annotations:CFwg6mbMEeixrgsMeTGjzA Using Math Menus: Some Nuts & Bolts http://www.marilynburnsmathblog.com/using-math-menus-some-nuts-bolts/ Resources: PERTS Mindset https://www.perts.net/orientation/hg#get-started Graspable Math https://graspablemath.com/ Web Spotlight: 20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/44067/20-strategies-for-motivating-reluctant-learners The Web Site Knows Not It’s Time. ASCD EDge Discontinuation

MSM 392: Middle School Directions, Story Telling and What happened this minute.

Jun 2, 2018 59:15

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MSM 392: Middle School Directions, Story Telling and What happened this minute. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: TED Talk: How Language Shapes Us http://bit.ly/2J6QI3H Laurel vs Yanny - Next https://vitals.lifehacker.com/listen-to-these-auditory-illusions-when-you-re-bored-wi-1826081147#annotations:Ec7zImULEeihfRc8kddzfQ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Outstanding Physical Science Trade Books 2018 http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/5/30_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Outstanding_Physical_Science_Tradebooks_2018.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Starbucks Curriculum https://starbuckschannel.com/thethirdplace/ Storytelling the Stillmotion Way: Part 1 https://vimeo.com/blog/post/storytelling-the-stillmotion-way-part-1 https://vimeo.com/blog/post/challenge-storytelling-the-stillmotion-way Resources: WootMath https://www.wootmath.com/practice/free-tier-for-teachers Quizster https://quizster.co/ What Happened When I Committed to Loving My Students Unconditionally https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2018/05/30/what-happens-when-i-love-my-students-unconditionally.html Web Spotlight: What Happens in an Internet Minute in 2018? http://www.visualcapitalist.com/internet-minute-2018/ Random Thoughts . . . Chrome App Lock down browser

MSM 391: What? It’s dead? Now I’ll have to start a Scavenger Hunt

May 26, 2018 64:00

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MSM 391: What? It’s dead? Now I’ll have to start a Scavenger Hunt . . . Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: How People Make Only a Jar of Trash a Year https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/zero-waste-families-plastic-culture/?beta=true Brainstorm vs Green needle https://mobile.twitter.com/sirvinnyd/status/996962183257968641/video/1 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Everyday Phenomena http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/5/24_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Everyday_Phenomena.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Desmos Pet House: A Linear {and Not-So-Linear} Project http://www.mathycathy.com/blog/2018/05/desmos-pet-house-a-linear-and-not-so-linear-project/ Resources: We Could Live without These Education Buzz words http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2018/05/19/we-could-live-without-these-education-buzz-words/ Summer Reading List What School Could Be by Ted Dintersmith YOU are NOT so SMART by David McRaney The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For by David McCullough The Genius Hour Guidebook by Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi http://geniushour.wikispaces.com/Resources+%26+Documents Engaging with the YouTube Generation by TouchCast The Rejection Collection by Matt Diffee Teaching Kids to Thrive by Dr. Debbie Silver Web Spotlight: The Web Goes Dark For . . . Can you think of more that should be on this list? Share them on this spreadsheet. We’d love to hear from you. CAPTURING TELEVISION HISTORY, ONE VOICE AT A TIME https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/#annotations:qnoNQF70Eei1nnuFOrZvRw

MSM 390: What the G are you talking about?  It’s CODAPendence.

May 19, 2018 60:53

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MSM 390: What the G are you talking about?  It’s CODAPendence. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Hole Punch Flipbooks http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/04/hole-punch-flipbooks-by-scott-blake/ Roman Mars is obsessed with flags https://www.ted.com/talks/roman_mars_why_city_flags_may_be_the_worst_designed_thing_you_ve_never_noticed Publish your class’ flag here: https://www.bestcustomflags.com/custom-flags/ The secrets of the ‘high-potential’ personality https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/-the-secrets-of-the-high-potential-perso/f-f17e6ba97b%2Fbbc.com Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) The Advantages of Biodegradable Products http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/5/11_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Biodegradable_Products.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Powerful Way to End the School Year https://www.edutopia.org/blog/powerful-way-to-end-school-year-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING ELLS https://www.aworldoflanguagelearners.com/2018/04/17/language-learning-strategies-for-teaching-ells/ The Letter G http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/mind/scientists-discover-most-people-cant-identify-right-form-of-the-letter-g-despite-seeing-it-all-the-time/news-story/7a0f476723f0bd984dd899f797a6e0c9 Resources: Tricider for Education https://www.tricider.com/create?q=education Polling and brainstorming for classrooms. Breakout Box Resources Breakout EDU Games: www.goo.gl/Pxo1ec www.goo.gl/j23BPn is a direct link to the resources site. Community Connections: Submit your game plans to the online resource collection. www.bit.ly2sghQEB Not sure if i copied the link right. Breakout EDU Resources: www.goo.gl/j23BPn CODAP http://codap.concord.org/ Web Spotlight: Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!) https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/51237/why-teens-should-understand-their-own-brains-and-why-their-teachers-should-too WE MADE PLASTIC. WE DEPEND ON IT. NOW WE’RE DROWNING IN IT. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/plastic-planet-waste-pollution-trash-crisis/?beta=true Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 389: The Penguin Defense

May 12, 2018 66:57

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MSM 389: The Penguin Defense Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Motivation Increased 35% By One Simple Goal-Setting Instruction, Study Finds https://www.spring.org.uk/2016/03/motivation-increased-35-simple-goal-setting.php ZenTangles https://zentangle.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Take a Stream Selfie http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/4/16_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Stream_Selfie.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Positive Reinforcement https://www.eschoolnews.com/2018/05/01/positive-reinforcement-leads-to-school-wide-change/ My Daughter’s Homework is Killing Me https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/10/my-daughters-homework-is-killing-me/309514/ Resources: The Problem with All Stars https://www.ted.com/talks/worklife_with_adam_grant_the_team_of_humble_stars Save the Planet Board Game http://www.appropedia.org/Save_the_planet_board_game Answer Garden https://answergarden.ch/ Sourcera https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/sourcera/bahhjiijkghmilcaakejnpgakhgdmhdd?utm_source=permalink Docs Teach https://www.docsteach.org/ Audacity Tutorials for Beginners https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6wGbZVVzENlzXKZJz3D1XmOZeL91GncR Trinket https://trinket.io/ Periodic Videos http://ed.ted.com/periodic-videos The Baseball Study by Recht and Leslie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP6qpSrr3cg&feature=youtu.be 18 Free Image Sites and Tools for Schools Web Spotlight: 25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently https://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/25-things-successful-teachers-do-differently/ Strategies List http://www.thinkingcollaborative.com/strategies/ Grasshopper https://grasshopper.codes/ Amazon Shareholder Letter https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1018724/000119312518121161/d456916dex991.htm

MSM 388: Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, Retrieve this for great success!

Apr 22, 2018 73:37

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MSM 388: Repetition, Repetition, Repetition, Retrieve this for great success! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Project-Based Learning http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/4/4_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Project_Based_Learning.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Retrieval Practice Challenge Grids for the classroom https://lovetoteach87.com/2018/01/12/retrieval-practice-challenge-grids-for-the-classroom/ Retrieval Practice https://www.retrievalpractice.org/ Anki https://apps.ankiweb.net/ Resources: Interaction Online: Creative activities for blended learning Great Books for Middle School Book Clubs https://pernillesripp.com/2018/04/19/great-books-for-middle-school-book-clubs/ NASA Wavelength: http://nasawavelength.org Open Heritage https://artsandculture.google.com/project/cyark Web Spotlight: http://view.ceros.com/cambridge/world-teacher-survey/p/1 Paid summer breaks and other common myths about teachers https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/15/us/teacher-pay-myth-misconception/index.html Why I cringe every time I hear the term Digital Literacy http://www.hollyclark.org/2018/04/16/why-i-cringe-every-time-i-hear-the-term-digital-literacy/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 387: Put On Your Chair Slippers and Ctrl-Tab Your Ears For The Show!

Mar 31, 2018 67:49

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MSM 387: Put On Your Chair Slippers and Ctrl-Tab Your Ears For The Show! Jokes You Can Use:   Advisory: Middle School Science Minute   by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Density of Pop http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/3/23_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Density_of_Pop.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Why dance is just as important as math in school https://ideas.ted.com/why-dance-is-just-as-important-as-math-in-school/ https://chairslippers.com/   Resources: NASA SCAN https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/scan/communications/outreach/students/txt_kidszone.html Google Go Phone 101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook: Updated Version http://ditchthattextbook.com/2018/03/28/free-updated-ebook-101-practical-ways-to-ditch-that-textbook-2-0/ Web Spotlight: Google Tips Random Thoughts . . .   Personal Web Site

MSM 386: Let’s have a rathole party!

Mar 25, 2018 64:21

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MSM 386: Let’s have a rathole party! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Cartoon Sounds https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=m1Xh_VU3jXA Commercials http://www.adweek.com/creativity/this-look-inside-spike-jonzes-apple-ad-is-as-fascinating-as-the-film-itself/ The March of Our Lives https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=jnFd35I0YrA Lyrics: https://genius.com/Ben-platt-and-lin-manuel-miranda-found-tonight-lyrics Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Learning Through Assessments I was recently reading the January, 2018 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the the Editor's Desk article, "Engaging Students in Learning Through Assessment," written by Patty McGinnis the Editor of Science Scope. In her article, she discusses how assessment is more than an indication of student progress, it can also be a powerful method for engaging students in active learning. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/3/13_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Learning_Through_Assessments.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources: Hypothes.is - Middle School Matters Group: https://hypothes.is/groups/KD6PYn6X/middle-school-matters SoundBible http://soundbible.com/ ScratchWork https://app.scratchwork.io/ Lessons for Movies http://www.lessonsonmovies.com/ Web Spotlight: Returning the Favor - Mike Rowe Follow host Mike Rowe as he travels the country in search of remarkable people making a difference in their communities. Returning the Favor . . . Recognized by the Got Your 6 Foundation for dispelling stereotypes of post-war veterans. Some clips are 6-10 minutes long making them a nice fit for the classroom and advisory. Could even put them in Moodle with an H5P editor for formative assessment and then a single threaded forum for discussion. The show is in its second season on Facebook Watch, so you may need to use some “creativity” in getting this to your classroom . . . Random Thoughts . . .

MSM 385: By the Numbers: 59-7-7-23-0-10-1/5

Mar 11, 2018 67:10

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MSM 385: By the Numbers: 59-7-7-23-0-10-1/5 Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: A Poem by Harry Baker:  “59” The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe - Podcast 7 Thinking Patterns That Will That Rob You of Mental Strength (And What You Can Do About Them) https://flipboard.com/@flipboard/-7-thinking-patterns-that-will-that-rob-/f-7fd7b103c2%2Finc.com Middle School Science Minute   by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Lifelong Kindergarten Part 7 This is the seventh in a seven part podcast series on the book, "Lifelong Kindergarten," written by Mitchel Resnick. This seventh podcast focuses in on chapter six in the book, "Creative Society."  In chapter six, Mitchel emphasizes: http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/3/5_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Lifelong_Kindergarten_Part_7.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources: “Google gives up on tablets.”  AppleInsider Free Rice Vocabulary Game http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1435 Photos For Class http://photosforclass.com/ Hypothesis https://web.hypothes.is/ Web Spotlight: Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/08/nearly-one-in-five-americans-now-listen-to-audiobooks/ Moodle vs Canvas https://estanny.com/post/canvas-instructure-financial-condition/#annotations:7xEvmCPKEei5x1d-joX-3g How to Find Public Domain Videos on Flickr https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTWYtCqdPkY Random Thoughts . . .  

MSM 384: Middle School Under The FoldScope

Mar 4, 2018 57:40

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MSM 384: Middle School Under The FoldScope Jokes You Can Use:   Advisory: Middle School Science Minute   by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Lifelong Kindergarten: Part 6 http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/3/1_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Lifelong_Kindergarten_Part_6.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”   Strategies: Resources: FoldScopes https://www.foldscope.com/ National Teacher Institute - Civil War Trust https://www.civilwar.org/events/national-teacher-institute   Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference in Jackson, Michigan - March 12, 2018   http://mamseevents.org/ 5 Google Drawing Features http://ditchthattextbook.com/2018/02/26/5-google-drawings-features-you-probably-dont-know-about/ Web Spotlight: https://ukedchat.com/2018/02/23/children-words-faces-different/ Random Thoughts . . .   Personal Web Site

MSM 383: Totally Accurate Podcast! Unpronounceable. Imagination. Differentiation

Feb 25, 2018 66:48

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MSM 383: Totally Accurate Podcast! Unpronounceable. Imagination. Differentiation Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Part 5 -- Peers This is the fifth in a seven part podcast series on the book, "Lifelong Kindergarten," written by Mitchel Resnick. This fifth podcast focuses in on chapter four in the book, "Peers." In chapter three, Mitchel emphasizes: Beyond Rodin Learning Communities Openness Culture of Caring Teaching Tensions and Trade-Offs: Expertise http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/2/13_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Lifelong_Kindergarten_Part_5.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: An unexpectedly positive result from arts-focused field trips https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/2018/02/16/an-unexpectedly-positive-result-from-arts-focused-field-trips-in-school/ Free Math App http://freemathapp.org/ Resources: Simple Articulation Strategy: 5 Ins and 5 Outs http://catlintucker.com/2018/02/simple-articulation-strategy-5-ins-and-5-outs/ ScienceLinks http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/ QRCode Creator - Bulk https://qrexplore.com/generate/ StoryMap JS https://storymap.knightlab.com/ Anchor https://anchor.fm/ Web Spotlight: Is Gates America's Dumbest Smart Guy? http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/02/is-gates-americas-dumbest-smart-guy.html Totally Accurate History https://www.lightworkers.com/original-series/totally-accurate-history/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site Click the Play button below to listen to the show!

MSM 382: “I Wonder” Questions - i.e.  “I Wonder What The Show Is About?”

Feb 18, 2018 62:23

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MSM 382: “I Wonder” Questions - i.e.  “I Wonder What The Show Is About?” Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Lifelong Kindergarten - Part 4 -- Passion This is the fourth in a seven part podcast series on the book, "Lifelong Kindergarten," written by Mitchel Resnick. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/2/4_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Lifelong_Kindergarten_Part_4.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 5 WAYS TO STOP BULLYING IN EVERY SCHOOL http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e255/ Resources: Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children by Yong Zhao Personalized Learning Vs Personalization of Learning https://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/8056 Web Spotlight: John Spencer Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site Click the Play button below to listen to the show!

MSM 381: Avoiding the Binary, But Not the Struggles.

Feb 11, 2018 61:39

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MSM 381: Avoiding the Binary, But Not the Struggles. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Writing https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/failsafe-writing-strategy Youtube Essays https://www.commonsense.org/education/blog/why-and-how-to-use-youtube-video-essays-in-your-classroom Resources: Cue Prompter http://www.cueprompter.com/ MentiMeter https://www.mentimeter.com/ The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/the-strange-brands-in-your-instagram-feed/550136/ Web Spotlight: Security Planner https://securityplanner.org/#/ Avoid Binary Thinking. Go To The Grey. http://chriswejr.com/2018/01/28/avoid-binary-thinking-go-to-the-grey/ Personalized Learning Vs Personalization of Learning https://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/8056 Random Thoughts . . .

MSM 380:Chock full of Advisory Goodness!

Jan 28, 2018 69:30

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MSM 380:Chock full of Advisory Goodness! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Lifelong Kindergarten - Part 2 http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/1/14_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Lifelong_Kindergarten_Part_2.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Read Alouds http://www.ascd.org/publications/newsletters/education-update/jan18/vol60/num01/Why-Every-Class-Needs-Read-Alouds.aspx Silent Day https://www.teamolson.us/home/why-silent-day Resources: Countable https://www.countable.us/ Google Safety Center https://www.google.com/safetycenter/ Econ Low Down https://www.econlowdown.org/ Poor No More Web Spotlight: 2017 Education Research Highlights https://www.edutopia.org/article/2017-education-research-highlights Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site Click the Play button below to listen to the show!

MSM 379: Did I say that Right?

Jan 14, 2018 66:47

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MSM 379: Did I say that Right? Jokes You Can Use:   Middle School Science Minute   by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Lifelong Kindergarten Part 1 This is the first in a seven part podcast series on the book, "Lifelong Kindergarten," written by Mitchel Resnick.   Dave http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2018/1/11_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Lifelong_Kindergarten_Part_1.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”   Strategies: Principal Bucket List https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WJ6On5rb-Nis2170iHhKVun6vI28NQt8/view Metacognition: How Thinking About Thinking Can Help Kids https://childmind.org/article/how-metacognition-can-help-kids/amp/ Sketchnoting 101, for those with little artistic talent http://ditchthattextbook.com/2015/02/17/sketchnoting-101-for-those-with-little-artistic-talent/ Deeper Learning Performance Assessment Resource http://www.bie.org/blog/deeper_learning_performance_assessment_resource Resources: American Literature https://americanliterature.com/home   Open Culture: 900 Free Audio books http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks   Optimism Stronger than Fear https://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk/blog/optimism-stronger-fear Getting respect for teachers in schools – well, it’s complicated http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/16658 Making Student Feedback Work https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/17/11/making-student-feedback-work Random Thoughts . . .   Personal Web Site

MSM 378:The Show About . . . But I Digress . . .

Jan 7, 2018 69:00

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MSM 378:The Show About . . . But I Digress . . . Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Riddles: https://riddles.fyi/ Logic Puzzles http://boredomtherapy.com/logic-puzzles/ No time for leftovers: The astonishing scale of food waste in the UK and around the world http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/02/no-time-leftovers-astonishing-scale-food-waste-uk-around-world/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Did You Feel It? http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/12/21_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Did_You_Feel_It.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies https://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/28-student-centered-instructional-strategies/ ONE WORD COLLABORATIVE SLIDES ACTIVITY FOR STUDENTS https://meredithakers.com/2018/01/02/one-word-collaborative-slides-activity-for-students/ Exercising at own pace boosts a child’s ability to learn https://ukedchat.com/2017/12/19/exercising-ability-learn/ Resources: Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the ‘Learning Revolution’ https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-02-23-kids-don-t-fail-schools-fail-kids-sir-ken-robinson-on-the-learning-revolution Maybe There IS Some Value in Graphic Novels? http://blog.williamferriter.com/2017/12/16/maybe-there-is-some-value-in-graphic-novels/ Manga: https://www.goodreads.com/genres/manga K-Pop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzJvBgsFjvQ Web Spotlight: When Will We Get Serious about Teacher Stress? http://ideasandthoughts.org/2017/12/06/when-will-we-get-serious-about-teacher-stress/ NASA will take images of its quiet supersonic jet's shockwaves https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/19/nasa-shockwave-images-quiet-supersonic-jet/ To The Students I Failed https://byrslf.co/to-the-students-i-failed-e745b6b81401 Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 377: Oh, wait, show? Please be patient, your body language says you need some templates, activities and more!

Dec 17, 2017 62:53

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MSM 377: Oh, wait, show? Please be patient, your body language says you need some templates, activities and more!

MSM 376:Poe in the Snow? We have video...

Dec 10, 2017 71:51

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MSM 376:Poe in the Snow? We have video... Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Turnip Prize http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-42244179 Auschwitz inmate's notes from hell finally revealed http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42144186 QuickDraw https://quickdraw.withgoogle.com/ https://quickdraw.withgoogle.com/data Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) STEM Club http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/12/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute__STEM_Club.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Finished? https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bymh8CE2f40qbDgtMDl4OVFod0E?usp=sharing https://ukedchat.com/2017/01/05/finished-try-one-of-these-by-misstait_85-ukedresources/ Study finds reading information aloud to yourself improves memory https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-12/uow-sfr113017.php 11 Comic Creation Web Tools and Apps http://teacherrebootcamp.com/2017/12/05/comiccreatorsappstools/ Resources: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/brain-scans-reveal-why-rewards-and-punishments-dont-seem-to-work-on-teenagers/ Tutorials https://www.tutorialspoint.com/ Camtasia Alternatives https://elearningindustry.com/top-10-free-camtasia-studio-alternatives https://techcoaches.dearbornschools.org/2017/11/30/hanging-technology-on-the-wall/ Dispelling educational myths https://npjscilearncommunity.nature.com/users/19748-professor-john-hattie/posts/20734-dispelling-educational-myths Google Arts & Culture https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/ Applied Digital Skills https://applieddigitalskills.withgoogle.com/en/apps Google Made with Code https://www.madewithcode.com/ Web Spotlight: The Nested Splat! Series http://www.stevewyborney.com/?p=1112 Unsolved http://mathpickle.com/unsolved-k-12/ Istorijos Detektyvai - History Detectives So, here’s an idea from left field. Show a clip from Istorijos Detektyvai as an example of how other cultures view social studies/history. You can get whole shows from LRT’s webpage, everything from cooking to soap operas. It’s an interesting cultural swim exploring the food shows and what Lithuanians find fun to eat, to designing a living space shows, and what they find newsworthy in their programming. If you find the subtitles button, let me know. Seriously. Let me know. http://www.lrt.lt/mediateka/irasas/1013680454 Click the Play button below to listen to the show!

MSM 375: “It’s Just The Next Button Up . . .”

Dec 3, 2017 74:27

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MSM 375: “It’s Just The Next Button Up . . .” Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Ron King Advisory: ARIZONA GRANDMA'S ACCIDENTAL THANKSGIVING INVITEE WELCOMED BACK FOR SECONDS http://www.king5.com/mobile/article/news/nation-now/arizona-grandmas-accidental-thanksgiving-invitee-welcomed-back-for-seconds/465-5953b79b-c1e2-4e65-ac6c-eb1a0f903a9f?scroll=0 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Conservation Actions http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/11/30_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Conservation_Actions.html https://therouge.org/rouge-education-project/ From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 7 Ways to Calm Young Brain Trama https://www.edutopia.org/article/7-ways-calm-young-brain-trauma-lori-desautels I’ve Got Research. Yes, I Do. I’ve Got Research. How About You? https://bookwhisperer.com/2015/02/08/ive-got-research-yes-i-do-ive-got-research-how-about-you/amp/ The Power of Being Seen https://www.edutopia.org/article/power-being-seen What Teachers Must Consider When Moving to Flexible Seating http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/11/27/what-teachers-must-consider-when-moving-to-flexible-seating/ Resources: Teenage brains can’t tell what’s important and what isn’t https://www.newscientist.com/article/2154884-teenage-brains-cant-tell-whats-important-and-what-isnt/ Gourmet Learning - They’re Shutting Down The Kitchen . . . Music Resources https://opensource.com/article/17/11/online-music-research-archives Web Spotlight: Who Is Distracted by a Girl Wearing Skintight Leggings? https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sax-sex/201711/who-is-distracted-girl-wearing-skintight-leggings Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/business/laptops-not-during-lecture-or-meeting.html Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 374:Acquire No Taxes.

Nov 19, 2017 69:27

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MSM 374:Acquire No Taxes. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Going to School https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2017/11/syrias-students-going-to-school-in-a-war-zone/545474/ Parking in a Handicap Spot http://twentytwowords.com/this-student-battling-cancer-was-shamed-for-parking-in-handicapped-spot-and-her-response-is-incredible/ The ByStander Effect https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy6eUTLzcU4 ARTIST REMOVES ONE LETTER FROM MOVIE TITLES AND DRAWS THE RESULTS http://www.awesomeinventions.com/movie-titles-with-one-letter-removed/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Update for Dave on Gediminas’ Castle: https://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2017/06/27/gediminas-castle-hill/ Learning Cycles http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/11/14_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Learning_Cycles.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Computer Programming https://csfirst.withgoogle.com/materials Resources: Project Gutenberg CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES: http://www.lkpa.vdu.lt/category/conferences/ BouncyBalls https://bouncyballs.org/ PBS Learning https://dptv.pbslearningmedia.org/ Class Hook https://www.classhook.com/ Web Spotlight: Second Life The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/12/second-life-leslie-jamison/544149/ Random Thoughts . . . Moodle Minute For my Economics class, I run an Acquire Tournament to help them learn financial literacy. Last Thursday I add some reality to the rules. I introduced . . . TAXES. Here’s what they think about taxes: Personal Web Site

MSM 373: Is there a Rubric for this?

Nov 12, 2017 64:10

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MSM 373: Is there a Rubric for this? Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Riddle: Seth and Emily Peterson, had twin sons Samuel and Ronan. Samuel was born first, but Ronan is older. Women Make Us Better http://www.boeing.com/careers/organizations/women-make-us-better/#/video Product Fails http://mentalfloss.com/photos/500564/15-products-totally-flopped-new-museum-failure Brands https://www.signs.com/branded-in-memory/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) eMammal Project I was recently reading the November, 2017 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the the Citizen Science article, "Where the Wildlife Are: See Wildlife and Do Science with eMammal," written by Jill Nugent. The article describes the free online citizen science platform that actively engages students in the study of mammals. For more information, please visit: http://emammal.si.edu http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/11/8_Middle_School_Science_Minute__eMammal_Project.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Graphic Organizers https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/graphic-organizer/ Math Clotheslines http://www.estimation180.com/clothesline.html Resources: Medal of Honor Foundation http://themedalofhonor.com/ Seven Tips for Getting More Out of Google Slides http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2017/11/tips-for-getting-more-out-of-google.html#.WgcVRRNSxdA Google Slide Themes http://www.slidescarnival.com/ Rubrics: Quick Rubric https://www.quickrubric.com/ General Rubric Generator http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/rubrics/general/ RubriStar http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php Buck Institute for Education http://www.bie.org/objects/cat/rubrics Moodle https://docs.moodle.org/33/en/Rubrics CBM https://docs.moodle.org/33/en/Using_certainty-based_marking Web Spotlight: STEMIE http://www.stemie.org/ Random Thoughts . . . November 11 (11/11) is Single’s Day! https://www.forbes.com/sites/deborahweinswig/2017/11/02/singles-day-2017-preview/#5527705140a5 Personal Web Site Click the Play button below to listen to the show!

MSM 372: A Little More than a Moodle Minute . . .

Nov 5, 2017 61:55

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MSM 372: A Little More than a Moodle Minute . . . Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Informal Learning http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/11/3_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Informal_Learning.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Goose Chase https://www.goosechase.com/ Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset' https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/09/23/carol-dweck-revisits-the-growth-mindset.html Resources: Sen. Knollenberg shocked by Michigan's teacher shortage. Let me explain what happened. http://michiganradio.org/post/sen-knollenberg-shocked-michigans-teacher-shortage-let-me-explain-what-happened Pixton https://www.pixton.com/ Big Huge Labs https://bighugelabs.com/ Web Spotlight: STEMIE This STEMIE Coalition-fueled National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship (NICEE) event is an annual celebration of K-12 inventors and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. This far-reaching forum is the marquee event of The STEMIE Coalition. The event provides a live, in-person opportunity for youth inventors and entrepreneurs in grades 3-12 to display their critical thinking skills through inventing, innovating, and entrepreneurial activities. http://www.stemie.org/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site Click the Play button below to listen to the show!

MSM 371: Eating the Gifted?, Bat that away with some strategies.

Oct 29, 2017 67:56

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MSM 371: Eating the Gifted?, Bat that away with some strategies. Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) BE A BAT DETECTIVE http://www.batdetective.org HTTP://K12SCIENCE.NET/PODCAST/PODCAST/ENTRIES/2017/10/19_MIDDLE_SCHOOL_SCIENCE_MINUTE__BE_A_BAT_DETECTIVE.HTML From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Metacognition training boosts gen chem exam scores https://ukedchat.com/2017/10/20/metacognition-training-exam-scores/ This Simple Note-Taking Method Will Help You Read More (and remember what you’ve read) https://journal.thriveglobal.com/this-simple-note-taking-method-will-help-you-read-more-and-remember-what-youve-read-c915f79f9ff2 5 Ridiculously Simple Strategies All Quick Learners Follow https://medium.com/personal-growth/5-ridiculously-simple-strategies-all-quick-learners-follow-e489a1d43416 6 Targets To Teach The Way The Brain Learns https://www.teachthought.com/learning/6-targets-teach-way-brain-learns/ Resources: A Night at the Garden https://anightatthegarden.com/ When Nazis rallied in Manhattan, one working-class Jewish man from Brooklyn took them on https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/10/17/when-american-nazis-rallied-in-manhattan-one-working-class-jewish-man-from-brooklyn-took-them-on/ Addressing the world https://what3words.com/ Classroom Screen https://classroomscreen.com/ Web Spotlight: JFK Assassination Records - 2017 Additional Documents Release https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/2017-release BBC World Service: The Food Chain Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site Click the Play button below to listen to the show!

MSM 370: Halloween, Disruptive Students and We Got Your Goat!

Oct 15, 2017 56:13

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MSM 370: Halloween, Disruptive Students and We Got Your Goat! Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) TACKLING THE COMPLEX ISSUE OF CLIMATE CHANGE HTTP://K12SCIENCE.NET/PODCAST/PODCAST/ENTRIES/2017/10/9_MIDDLE_SCHOOL_SCIENCE_MINUTE__TACKLING_THE_COMPLEX_ISSUE_OF_CLIMATE_CHANGE.HTML A question for Dave . . . http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04d42rc From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/15917 21 Phrases to Use in Dealing With Difficult Behaviors http://www.davidgeurin.com/2017/10/21-phrases-to-use-in-dealing-with.html Resources: History of Halloween http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-halloween TeachersFirst's Halloween Resources http://www.teachersfirst.com/holiday/halloween.cfm PBS Halloween Collection https://net.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/the-halloween-collection/ Web Spotlight: Science Magic Tricks https://www.thoughtco.com/top-science-magic-tricks-606073 E.S.C.A.P.E Junk News https://newseumed.org/activity/e-s-c-a-p-e-junk-news/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 369: Code Monkey, Retrieve this (Moodle can help)

Oct 8, 2017 62:46

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MSM 369: Code Monkey, Retrieve this (Moodle can help) Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Journey North http://learner.org/jnorth http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/9/25_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Journey_North.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Retrieval Practice: The Most Powerful Learning Strategy You’re Not Using https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/retrieval-practice/ 10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year Of Teaching https://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/10-things-i-wish-i-knew-my-first-year-of-teaching/ Resources: QR Code Monkey https://www.qrcode-monkey.com/ 37 Insanely Smart School Teacher Hacks https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/insanely-smart-school-teacher-hacks?utm_term=.gia375NM6#.bpJE47Nyx Reading Strategies That Work, According To Science https://www.weareteachers.com/science-backed-reading-strategies/ Web Spotlight: Michigan Historical Society Resource NBC Learn Video Resources. http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn/resources This is Your Brain on Art https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/lifestyle/your-brain-on-art/?utm_term=.6545ebdd77f4

MSM 368: Wait, Wait, Wait, Time for Classroom Management at 4 O’Clock

Sep 24, 2017 62:58

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MSM 368: Wait, Wait, Wait, Time for Classroom Management at 4 O’Clock Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) STEM Integration http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/9/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute__STEM_Integration.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: The Fisheye Syndrome: Is Every Student Really Participating? https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/fisheye/ I Banned Fun in my School… by @BST_Principal https://ukedchat.com/2017/09/08/banned-fun-school/ Resources: The Four O’Clock Faculty by Rich Czyz Science Lesson Plans https://www.calacademy.org/educators/lesson-plans Responding to Disruptive Students https://www.edutopia.org/article/responding-disruptive-students Web Spotlight: For Crown or Colony by PBS Cathy O’Neill https://www.ted.com/talks/cathy_o_neil_the_era_of_blind_faith_in_big_data_must_end How to Achieve Classroom Engagement With the 4 Minutes That Matter https://medium.com/future-focused-learning/how-to-achieve-classroom-engagement-with-the-4-minutes-that-matter-7dc73034207 The NTN Student Learning Outcomes and Rubrics https://newtechnetwork.org/resources/ntn-student-learning-outcomes-rubrics/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site Moodle Spelling Click the Play button below to listen to the show!

MSM 367:   “Corny” jokes, more Moodle, giving 100% or less.

Sep 10, 2017 66:05

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MSM 367:   “Corny” jokes, more Moodle, giving 100% or less. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Boxes http://www.templatemaker.nl/ Icebreakers http://teacherrebootcamp.com/2017/08/08/backtoschoolicebreakers/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Getting Their Names Right http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/8/22_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Getting_Their_Names_Right.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Owl Eyes https://www.owleyes.org Science Notebook Corner https://www.calacademy.org/educators/science-notebook-corner Resources: Wilson Center http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/collections The first thing teachers should do when school starts is talk about hatred in America. Here's help. https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/08/13/the-first-thing-teachers-should-do-when-school-starts-is-talk-about-hatred-in-america-heres-help/ 10 things every white teacher should know when talking about race https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/truth-for-teachers-podcast/10-things-every-white-teacher-know-talking-race/ Why Do We Murder the Beautiful Friendships of Boys? https://medium.com/@remakingmanhood/why-do-we-murder-the-beautiful-friendships-of-boys-3ad722942755 Web Spotlight: Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/02/technology/silicon-valley-teachers-tech.html Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 366: And the polar bears gnawed at their bones . . . .

Sep 10, 2017 62:35

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MSM 366: And the polar bears gnawed at their bones . . . . Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Heat Affects Density http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/8/3_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Heat_Affects_Density.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Videos as Visual Writing Prompts http://www.techsavvyed.net/archives/1947 Resources: http://edulastic.com EdX https://www.edx.org/ Learn Anything https://learn-anything.xyz/ Udemy https://www.udemy.com/ Factitious http://factitious.augamestudio.com/#/ StoryLine http://www.storylineonline.net/ Andrée Balloon Crash: A Photographic Journey through the Most Surreal Arctic Disaster http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-andree-balloon-crash-a-photographic-journey-through-to-most-surreal-of-arctic-disasters Web Spotlight: Letting Teens Sleep In Would Save The Country Roughly $9 Billion https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/09/01/letting-teens-sleep-in-would-save-the-country-roughly-9-billion-a-year/?tid=sm_fb&utm_term=.511358c006ef How “Words with Friends” Proved to Me that Edward Deci Is Right about Motivation https://dianeravitch.net/2017/08/28/how-words-with-friends-proved-to-me-that-edward-deci-is-right-about-motivation/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site Click the Play button below to listen to the show!

MSM 365: It could be dark, Don’t go to sleep on this one…

Jul 30, 2017 71:57

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MSM 365: It could be dark, Don’t go to sleep on this one… Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Globe at Night http://www.globeatnight.org http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/7/26_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Globe_at_Night.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Schools Are Missing What Matters About Learning https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/07/the-underrated-gift-of-curiosity/534573/ 12 back-to-school hacks with EXPO markers https://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/12-back-school-hacks-expo-markers/ Resources: A Turnaround Success Story http://www.educationalleadership-digital.com/educationalleadership/2017summerfree?pg=72#pg72 There Are No Digital Natives http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/07/27/20443/#.WXyUvNPytdA Web Spotlight: Listenwise Thinglink from ISTE’s HackED UnConference EduBloggerCon https://www.thinglink.com/edu iOS Updates Coming Clean up/out your apps on your Apple devices. You’d be surprised . . . Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 364:  Try These Wonderful Resources, But You Could Do That With Moodle . . .

Jul 23, 2017 61:40

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MSM 364:  Try These Wonderful Resources, But You Could Do That With Moodle . . . Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Innovative Teaching http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/7/13_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Innovative_Teaching.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Why I'm Starting This School Year with a Get-to-Know-You Curation Project...and You Should Too! http://www.funfreshideas.com/2017/07/why-im-starting-this-school-year-with.html?m=1 29 Practical Ways to Empower Learners in Your Classroom http://ajjuliani.com/practical-ways-to-empower/ Resources: #FormativeTech by Monica Burns https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/formativetech/book254514 Next Vista http://www.nextvista.org/videos/ Web Spotlight: The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/technology/tech-billionaires-education-zuckerberg-facebook-hastings.html MTBoS.org http://mtbos.org/ This Is What Sound Actually Looks Like http://digg.com/2017/what-sound-looks-like Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 363: Where Was I Going With This?

Jul 9, 2017 61:51

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MSM 363: Where Was I Going With This? Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Riddles: Wise Words https://9gag.com/gag/a3B4Vg8?ref=pn Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) WILDCAM GOROGOSA http://www.wildcamgorongosa.org http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/7/6_Middle_School_Science_Minute__WildCam_Gorogosa.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 50 Activities for the First Day of School by Walton Burns Explainer GIF’s https://www.commoncraft.com/explainergifs Resources: Padlet https://padlet.com/ Web Spotlight: Academic Standards: Breaking Whole Things Into Broken Bits http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/academic-standards-breaking-whole-things-into-broken-bits/ Current Events Webinar https://sharemylesson.com/collections/current-events-across-curriculum-webinars Apple Teacher Certification Program Website: apple.co/education-iste apple.com/education for apple resources. Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 362: #ISTE Jennie, we got your number.

Jul 2, 2017 63:48

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MSM 362: #ISTE Jennie, we got your number. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Fish Problem http://ed.ted.com/lessons/can-you-solve-the-fish-riddle-steve-wyborney Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) EMPATHY IN STEM EDUCATION I was recently reading the April/May, 2017 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the the article, "The Importance of Cultivating Empathy in STEM Education." It was written by Kathy Liu Sun. The article describes how there are three ways to embed empathy in STEM classes: 1. Connect STEM content to real people. 2. Bring in a guest to share his or her perspective. 3. Add a "human-user" to an existing project. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/6/30_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Empathy_in_STEM_Education.html From the Twitterverse: MiddleWeb‏ @middleweb #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Meet the Teacher Flyer New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement https://www.edutopia.org/article/new-study-shows-impact-pbl-student-achievement-nell-duke-anne-lise-halvorsen Resources: Web Spotlight: Why mythbusting fails: A guide to influencing education with science https://deansforimpact.org/why-mythbusting-fails-a-guide-to-influencing-education-with-science/ The Best Sites Where Students Can Transcribe Historical Texts http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2017/06/29/the-best-sites-where-students-can-transcribe-historical-texts/ 10 Risks Every Teacher Should Take With Their Class http://ajjuliani.com/10-risks-every-teacher-take-class-2/ How Did I Do? Reflecting on My Stretch Goals https://www.middleweb.com/35082/how-did-i-do-reflecting-on-my-stretch-goals/ Random Thoughts . . . ISTE Unplugged session: HackEd 2017. One of these people can be heard on Middle School Matters! Can you find them?

MSM 361:  Myth #1: This is going to be a short show.

Jun 18, 2017 66:20

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MSM 361:  Myth #1: This is going to be a short show. Jokes You Can Use: Books: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Keeping Math in Perspective http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/6/15_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Keeping_Math_in_Perspective.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Deeper Learning Is By Discovery, Not Delivery http://www.davidgeurin.com/2017/06/deeper-learning-is-by-discovery-not.html Resources: Explode These Feedback Myths and Get Your Life Back https://teachersgoinggradeless.com/2017/06/02/feedback-myths/ Web Spotlight: https://medium.freecodecamp.com/google-not-learn-not-why-searching-can-be-better-than-knowing-79838f7a0f06 46 THINGS I WISH PARENTS KNEW http://www.coolcatteacher.com/45-things-wish-parents-knew/ 4 ways to attend ISTE 2017 virtually – pssst, they’re free! https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=372&category=ISTE-Connects-blog&article=4+ways+to+attend+ISTE+2017+virtually+%E2%80%93+pssst,+they%E2%80%99re+free Follow #ISTE17 and #notatISTE on Twitter and Instagram. Follow #PresentersOfISTE to see what they're saying and for access to the resources they share. Stay tuned to the ISTE EdTekHub. Download the ISTE App. Random Thoughts . . . #ISTE2017 See you there! Personal Web Site

MSM 360:  We’ve come full circle.

Jun 4, 2017 63:59

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MSM 360:  We’ve come full circle. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: 3 Surprising Reasons Students DON’T Get Into Top Colleges https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/college-admission-mistakes/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) ECLIPSE 2017 WHAT'S UP? https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/whats-up http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/6/1_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Eclipse_2017_Whats_Up.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: For teachers, deeper learning is about letting go http://www.hewlett.org/teachers-deeper-learning-letting-go/ Hands-Off Teaching Cultivates Metacognition https://www.edutopia.org/blog/hands-off-teaching-cultivates-metacognition-hunter-maats-katie-obrien The Five Biggest Fears that Kept Me from Empowering Students http://www.spencerauthor.com/fears-empowering-students/ Resources: What does SVG have to do with teaching kids to code? https://opensource.com/article/17/5/coding-scalable-vector-graphics-make-steam Free E-Books http://www.cattocreations.com/ePub3.html 100 day Summer Challenge https://brilliant.org/100day/ Brain Bashers http://www.brainbashers.com/puzzles.asp Web Spotlight: The Case for the Rebel https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/05/the-case-for-the-rebel/525147/?utm_source=twb The Silent Tragedy Affecting Today’s Children https://yourot.com/parenting-club/2017/5/24/what-are-we-doing-to-our-children Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 359:  Fashion Fears, DOK and Good with Tech.

May 21, 2017 52:07

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MSM 359:  Fashion Fears, DOK and Good with Tech. MSM 359: Fashion Fears, DOK and Good with Tech. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Rules to Live by http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2017/05/my-16-rules.html http://notesonbliss.com/rules-to-live-by/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) ECLIPSE 2017 CITIZEN SCIENCE This is the third in a multipart series on Eclipse 2017 utilizing the resources from NASA that can be found at: http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov Four questions are asked and answered regarding Citizen Science and the Eclipse. They include: 1. What can I do to become more involved with eclipses? 2. How can I photograph a total solar eclipse? 3. Do animals really change their behavior during a total solar eclipse? 4. Typically, how big a temperature drop do you get during a total solar eclipse? http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/5/18_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Eclipse_2017__Citizen_Science.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: DOK https://twitter.com/sjunkins/status/858419438122668032/photo/1 To Engage Students and Teachers, Treat Core Subjects Like Extracurriculars https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/05/15/to-engage-students-and-teachers-treat-core-subjects-like-extracurriculars/ Resources: Dyslexia Simulation http://webaim.org/simulations/dyslexia Web Spotlight: Good with Tech https://techcoaches.dearbornschools.org/2017/05/16/good-with-technology/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site Click the Play button below to listen to the show!

MSM 358:  Glasses, we don’t need no stinking glasses! Oops, yes we do.

May 14, 2017 66:00

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MSM 358:  Glasses, we don’t need no stinking glasses! Oops, yes we do. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Complainers https://www.healthspiritbody.com/complaining-causes-depression-anxiety/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Eclipse 2017: Safety This is the second in a multipart series on Eclipse 2017 utilizing the resources from NASA that can be found at: http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov Three questions are asked and answered regarding Eclipse Safety. They include: 1. Why is it not safe to look at the sun even when only a small part of it is visible? 2. Where can I get the right kind of solar filter to view the eclipse? 3. Isn't this safety issue about eclipse viewing, a bit overblown? For information on how to safely watch the eclipse, please visit: http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety From the Twitterverse: Susan Zanti‏ @SusZanti5 Getting more teachers connected to Twitter as a means of personalized professional learning-growing PLN #bfc530 Rat-hole: https://mastodon.social/about Dru Tomlin‏ @DruTomlin Dru Tomlin Retweeted AMLE Big ups 2 all #middleschool Ts making marvelous/magnificent things happen in the critical middle grades! @AMLE #mschat #thankateacher Dru Tomlin added, AMLE @AMLE We love our teachers! Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! AMLE‏ @AMLE Is it working in your middle school? Perspectives for educ & business guide you through sch initiatives http://bit.ly/1Y39J7d @nikkiwoodson Rat Hole #2: Paperless classroom Jay Billy‏ @JayBilly2 Join me for a discussion on "Reflecting on This Year" on #satchatwc at 10:30 EST or you figure out the time in the other time zones #satchat Bailey‏ @MissGooderlBGCS 6th graders taking a gallery walk & leaving positive comments on their peers Math 6 Projects!@KaraffaAlyssa @B_IckesBGCS @ERadabaughBGCS Mary Gambrel‏ @MarGambrel OMG! This is going to be a game changer for me. Positive, Not Punitive, Class-Mgmt Tips @Larryferlazzo: http://edut.to/2dVVezw @edutopia #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Teachers Going Gradeless https://medium.com/@hhschiaravalli/teachers-going-gradeless-50d621c14cad Resources: Cornell Notes How to take Cornell Notes (5 minutes, 26 seconds) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtW9IyE04OQ XPMath Games Free Math games. http://www.xpmath.com/ Free Vocab Words http://www.hilotutor.com/index.html http://www.hilotutor.com/archives.html Coded Messages for Safety http://www.inspiremore.com/sons-coded-text-message/

MSM 357: Magnum.

May 7, 2017 60:29

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MSM 357: Magnum. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Eclipse 2017 - Facts This is the first in a multipart series on Eclipse 2017 utilizing the resources from NASA that can be found at: http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/4/28_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Eclipse_2017_Facts.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Blended Learning http://www.gettingsmart.com/2017/04/6-best-practices-for-expanding-a-blended-learning-initiative/ Homework Alternatives http://www.teachthought.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/alternatives-to-homework.jpg http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/alternatives-to-homework-a-chart-for-teachers/ Ideas For How to Do Better Book Clubs in Middle School https://pernillesripp.com/2017/04/10/ideas-for-how-to-do-better-book-clubs-in-middle-school/ Resources: “Why Can’t Our Business Be More Like Schools?” http://ideasandthoughts.org/2017/04/11/why-cant-our-business-be-more-like-schools/ To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/curation/ The Best Curator in the Room https://techcoaches.dearbornschools.org/2017/05/01/the-best-curator-in-the-room/ Web Spotlight: Libivox https://librivox.org/ SYNC http://www.audiobooksync.com/

MSM 356: AMLE, Poetry, Blended Sixth Graders.

Apr 16, 2017 57:29

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MSM 356: AMLE, Poetry, Blended Sixth Graders. Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Best STEM Books -- Part 2 http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/4/12_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Best_STEM_Books_Part_2.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: http://www.gettingsmart.com/2017/04/6-best-practices-for-expanding-a-blended-learning-initiative/ Homework Alternatives http://www.teachthought.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/alternatives-to-homework.jpg http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/alternatives-to-homework-a-chart-for-teachers/ Resources: College-Ready Sixth Graders http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2017/04/college-ready-sixth-graders.html Interactive Word Wall http://classtechtips.com/2016/11/09/create-interactive-word-wall-scannabletech%EF%BB%BF/ Young Adult Novels That Teach a Growth Mindset https://www.edutopia.org/article/young-adult-novels-teach-growth-mindset-robert-ward Web Spotlight: https://longreads.com/2017/04/10/the-2017-pulitzer-prize-winners/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 355: The Ron King Award Show

Apr 9, 2017 60:20

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MSM 355: ThJokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Ron King (Special LifeTime award) Advisory: Habituation https://www.ted.com/talks/tony_fadell_the_first_secret_of_design_is_noticing Creativity National Day… http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/ Mindfulness makes a difference in schools https://www.districtadministration.com/article/mindfulness-makes-difference-school Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Best STEM Books, Part 1 I was recently reading the February, 2017 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/3/27_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Best_STEM_Books_Part_1.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: How to support wiggly students http://smartbrief.com/original/2017/04/how-support-wiggly-students No Grade Is Too Early for Flexible Seating https://www.edutopia.org/blog/no-grade-is-too-early-flexible-seating-john-s-thomas Resources: WriteAbout https://www.writeabout.com/ Web Spotlight: Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site e Ron King Award Show

MSM 354:  The “Rat Hole” Show and a Half

Apr 2, 2017 65:50

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MSM 354:  The “Rat Hole” Show and a Half Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: The Invisible Gorilla Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) CoCoRaHS http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/3/23_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Citizen_Science-CoCoRaHS.html From the Twitterverse: Scott McLeod‏ @mcleod #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Read This Before You Ever Make Fun of Comic Sans Again http://narrative.ly/read-this-before-you-ever-make-fun-of-comic-sans-again/ Fonts and Dyslexia https://bdatech.org/what-technology/typefaces-for-dyslexia/ https://blog.dyslexia.com/good-fonts-for-dyslexia-an-experimental-study/ Dsylexie Font Free for home use, special pricing for schools. https://www.dyslexiefont.com/en/ List of Fonts https://www.dyslexic.com/fonts/ OpenDyslexia http://opendyslexic.org/ Potential Google Fonts https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Slackey https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Chelsea+Market 3 Things to Know About “Dyslexic Fonts” https://dyslexiaida.org/3-things-to-know-about-dyslexic-fonts/ I made my classroom look like the real world…and test scores soared http://blog.ed.ted.com/2017/02/22/i-made-my-classroom-look-like-the-real-world-and-test-scores-soared/ Resources: Opened.com ESSA Resources https://www.evidenceforessa.org/ Material Review http://www.edreports.org/#?f=&o=0 Music Creation https://soundation.com/ https://www.bandlab.com/ Web Spotlight: Erosion I Learned Nothing, I Just Googled The Parts of the Cell http://alicekeeler.com/2017/03/26/learned-nothing-just-googled-parts-cell/ Random Thoughts . . . And Now for Something Completely Different: https://www.facebook.com/LRT.sestadienis/videos/1761409750815614/ Play this in class one day as they come in. Just for fun. Personal Web Site

MSM 353:  The “Myth” Adventures of Teaching with Styles!  FREE eBOOKS!!!  (That’ll get their attention!)

Mar 26, 2017 64:25

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MSM 353:  The “Myth” Adventures of Teaching with Styles!  FREE eBOOKS!!!  (That’ll get their attention!) Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Superstitions http://twentytwowords.com/16-popular-foreign-superstitions-that-make-absolutely-no-sense/ http://www.distractify.com/old-school/2014/10/21/very-superstitious-1197796927 http://www.businessinsider.com/weird-superstitions-around-the-world-2016-9/#if-you-happen-to-be-in-india-during-a-solar-eclipse-stay-indoorsthe-belief-that-the-suns-rays-become-toxic-during-an-eclipse-is-so-pervasive-that-local-newspapers-continue-to-report-on-the-phenomenon-1 A Stanford dean on adult skills every 18-year-old should have https://qz.com/644491/a-stanford-dean-on-adult-skills-every-18-year-old-should-have/ https://www.amazon.com/First-National-Bank-Dad-Foolproof/dp/1416534253 Create a Treasure Hunt Have the kids create it. http://jamesalansturtevant.com/46-utilize-the-entire-school-building-with-this-engaging-scavenger-hunt-starring-caroline-craig-bowden-and-sandy-smith/ Millionaire creator of 'Hamilton': Waiting until age 28 to open a credit card was a mistake Looking back, "there is so much I wish I knew about money when I was first starting out my adult life, but in particular, the importance of building good credit," Miranda says. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/22/hamilton-creator-didnt-open-a-credit-card-until-age-28.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Just for Dave . . . and you too. Essential Substance - Water http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/3/15_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Essential_Substance_-_Water.html From the Twitterverse: Eric Stockmeyer‏ @Stockmeyer1 #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/mar/13/teachers-neuromyth-learning-styles-scientists-neuroscience-education https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/feb/24/four-neuromyths-still-prevalent-in-schools-debunked You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/03/22/520843457/you-probably-believe-some-learning-myths-take-our-quiz-to-find-out Resources: FREE eBook Library https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/library-page?view=image&query&type=book&age_group=Age+9-11&book&book_type&series Web Spotlight: OER http://fod.msu.edu/oir/open-educational-resources Healthy Lunches https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/03/do-healthy-lunches-improve-student-test-scores/520272/ Fake News https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174 Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 352:  Almost no Oscar, Almost ...Vocabulary, Comics and MAMSE

Mar 12, 2017 58:14

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MSM 352:  Almost no Oscar, Almost ...Vocabulary, Comics and MAMSE Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: And the Oscar goes to . . . Tsunami_rtr! Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Systems Thinking http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/3/9_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Systems_Thinking.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Teachers create coding course http://www.hometownlife.com/story/news/local/westland/2017/02/22/teachers-create-coding-course/98231362/ Comics with Google Slides How to Create Comic Strips in Google Slides. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcTbckKjvpM Resources: Tinycards https://tinycards.duolingo.com Strong Passwords http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2017/03/how-to-create-strong-passwords.html#.WMQVmBIrJdA Web Spotlight: Working from home https://youtu.be/Mh4f9AYRCZY Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 351:  Fire that Fox (or Bringing Shawn’s web to it’s knees), Moodle Use and Grading.

Mar 5, 2017 64:40

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MSM 351:  Fire that Fox (or Bringing Shawn’s web to it’s knees), Moodle Use and Grading. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: Thanks for the rating! By Anonymous Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Citizen Science -- Nova's Energy Labs http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/labs/about http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/2/24_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Citizen_Science-NOVA_Labs.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Who uses computers for math drill and practice? [SLIDE] http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Scott-McLeod-Slides.007.jpeg 12 structures to keep kids focused when using the internet in class Listen: https://www.acast.com/angelawatsonstruthforteachers/s5ep04-twelve-structures-to-keep-kids-focused-when-using-the-internet-in-class How to search for publicly shared Google Documents, Presentations, and Spreadsheets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYDR4vaLBGE Resources: Three Myths About “Reading Levels” https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/reading-minds/201702/three-myths-about-reading-levels Web Spotlight: I AM A CHRONIC ABSENTEE. http://blog.williamferriter.com/2017/03/03/i-am-a-chronic-absentee/ ISS Video Feed https://www.urthecast.com/live/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 350:  It’s a Manic Moodle Monday Test Prepping!

Feb 19, 2017 63:02

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MSM 350:  It’s a Manic Moodle Monday Test Prepping! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Are you the Majority? *Short ad at the end. Prisencolinensinainciusol http://nowiknow.com/prisencolinensinainciusol/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Tapping Into Energy I was recently reading the December, 2016 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the the Editor's Desk article, "Tapping Into Energy." It was written by Patty McGinnis, Editor of Science Scope. The article describes how the topic of energy is one that touches every middle school science classroom regardless of the science discipline taught. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/2/17_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Tapping_Into_Energy.html From the Twitterverse: Resources: Presidential Historians Survey https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2017/ Learn about the past Presidents of the United States https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/project/american-democracy Women in History A collection of interviews with people who were there at key moments in women's history http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01jb8q3 7 Google Forms http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2017/02/7-great-google-forms-templates-to-use.html Web Spotlight: http://static.twentytwowords.com/wp-content/uploads/28-protest12-1.jpg Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 349:  Teach those video and audio skills.

Feb 6, 2017 54:59

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MSM 349:  Teach those video and audio skills. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: Anonymous Listener Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Science Cafes http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/2/2_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Science_Cafes.html From the Twitterverse: ReadWriteThink.org ‏@RWTnow #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Positive Notes http://blog.williamferriter.com/2017/02/04/want-better-faculty-meetings-start-here/ Teaching Good Study Habits, Minute by Minute https://www.edutopia.org/blog/good-study-habits-minute-by-minute-heather-lambert Resources: Twisted wave https://twistedwave.com/ Hemingway App http://hemingwayapp.com/ http://hemingwayapp.com/help.html Google Forms http://ditchthattextbook.com/2017/01/30/quick-google-forms-time-savers-for-teachers/ Web Spotlight: http://thelensnola.org/2017/01/17/study-says-new-orleans-schools-spend-more-on-administration-and-less-on-teaching-after-charter-transformation/

MSM 348:  Goldilocks and the Three . . . err Forebears!

Jan 29, 2017 49:26

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MSM 348:  Goldilocks and the Three . . . err Forebears! Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Holly Berchet-Hall Advisory: Forebears “So, Where are you from?” Use a geographic “heatmap” of last names to find out! http://forebears.io/surnames Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) eBird http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/1/25_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Citizen_Science-eBird.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Students with Scattered Minds https://www.edutopia.org/blog/strategies-students-scattered-minds-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers Play-doh Art http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2017/01/22/play-doh-ib-theory-of-knowledge-student-hand-out-videos/ Resources: 6 Practices that “Work” to Accelerate Student Learning https://shaelynnfarnsworth.com/2017/01/18/6-practices-that-work-to-accelerate-student-learning/ 30 Of The Best Books To Teach Children Empathy http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/50-of-the-best-books-to-teach-children-empathy/ Web Spotlight: http://hechingerreport.org/a-new-movement-to-treat-troubled-children-as-sad-not-bad/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 347:  Practice is Best Practice

Jan 15, 2017 64:22

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MSM 347:  Practice is Best Practice Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Literacy Engagement http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2017/1/5_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Literacy_Engagement.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom http://catlintucker.com/2017/01/new-years-resolution/ Practice is Best Practice http://techcoaches.dearbornschools.org/2017/01/11/practice-is-best-practice/ Ten things we may be doing wrong in middle school https://medium.com/@irasocol/ten-things-we-may-be-doing-wrong-in-middle-school-510bc0b9f069#.u5syivqc5 How To Make Writing Report Cards Easier http://www.evidencebasedteaching.org.au/how-to-make-writing-report-cards-easier/ Resources: Mars Challenge Winners http://ajjuliani.com/thousands-students-participating-marschallenge-maker-project/ All Entries: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B3IX5e8RaR6xekN4bE96UWZ2OEE Web Spotlight: Poet: I can’t answer questions on Texas standardized tests about my own poems https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/01/07/poet-i-cant-answer-questions-on-texas-standardized-tests-about-my-own-poems/?utm_term=.e224738a5e14 Academic Write Center https://academichelp.net/ How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/01/how-design-thinking-became-a-buzzword-at-school/512150/ Are you a blithering fool? Here's 10 words to make you sound smarter http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/01/03/wayne-state-word-warriors-smarter/96100822/ EVO Since 2000, the Electronic Village Online (EVO), has been offering free professional development workshops for English language educators around the world. Organized by volunteer coordinators, with five-week sessions conceived and facilitated by teams of volunteer moderators, the EVO is open to anyone (TESOL members and non-members alike) with a computer or smart phone and an internet connection. No academic credit is offered for either moderating or participating in an EVO session; it is a labor of love--the love of learning, and the love of sharing what we have learned. http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/10708567/FrontPage Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 346:  Goodbye 2016, Strategies and a Funeral.

Jan 1, 2017 65:53

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MSM 346:  Goodbye 2016, Strategies and a Funeral. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: The Case Against Sugar https://aeon.co/essays/sugar-is-a-toxic-agent-that-creates-conditions-for-disease The Present What do you see in others? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjqiU5FgsYc Steve Jobs on Asking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CThPfG9ag9E New Laws for 2017 (and some old ones) Silly laws still on the books. New California Laws for 2017 Because we teach Middle School . . . Quilted Northern Commercial Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) PHENOMENAL ENGAGEMENT http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/12/15_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Phenomenal_Engagement.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources: ListenWise https://listenwise.com/ Primary Sources Sets at DPLA https://dp.la/primary-source-sets/ Web Spotlight: 4 Non-Negotiables for Schools http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/6939 TED Periodic Videos http://ed.ted.com/periodic-videos Time For These Seven Edu Funerals http://changingislearning.blogspot.com/2016/12/time-for-these-seven-edu-funerals.html GUEST POST: A Student Tries out the Six Strategies for Effective Learning http://www.learningscientists.org/downloadable-materials/ http://www.learningscientists.org/posters Random Thoughts . . . A New Year’s Message from Mr. David: Personal Web Site

MSM 345:  Maps, Paddling, Revision, and Blueberries. We’re going to MARS!

Dec 11, 2016 58:44

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MSM 345:  Maps, Paddling, Revision, and Blueberries. We’re going to MARS! Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Email: Amber Wickham Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) CITIZEN SCIENCE-S'COOL HTTP://SCOOL.LARC.NASA.GOV HTTP://K12SCIENCE.NET/PODCAST/PODCAST/ENTRIES/2016/12/5_MIDDLE_SCHOOL_SCIENCE_MINUTE__CITIZEN_SCIENCE-SCOOL.HTML From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Formative Assessment http://www.coolcatteacher.com/key-factors-fantastic-formative-assessment/ HOW TO TEACH STUDENTS WHO STRUGGLE WITH SELF CONTROL http://www.coolcatteacher.com/emotional-dysregulation-teach-self-control/ These States Allow Teachers And Staff To Hit Students http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/12/01/503749071/these-states-allow-schools-to-hit-students Rsources: School on Mars http://ajjuliani.com/creating-school-mars-scratch/ Top Baby Names of 2016 http://www.babycenter.com/top-baby-names-2016.htm Why maps are wrong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIID5FDi2JQ Web Spotlight: Why schools aren’t businesses: The blueberry story https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/07/09/why-schools-arent-businesses-the-blueberry-story/?utm_term=.466dfcf27034 DeVos' Michigan schools experiment gets poor grades http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/betsy-devos-michigan-school-experiment-232399 Standardized Testing Motivation Slogans Courtesy of the Gaokao . . . http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2015/06/motivation-for-the-gao-kao/ Random Thoughts . . . Moodle 3.2 Great update.

MSM 344:  Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see - Except for us.

Dec 4, 2016 65:20

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MSM 344:  Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see - Except for us. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Birth Order http://twentytwowords.com/heres-what-your-birth-order-among-siblings-says-about-your-personality/ Optical Illusions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoK0I1lvOVM Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE: IMPORTANCE OF EARTH SCIENCE http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/12/1_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Importance_of_Earth_Science.html From the Twitterverse: Dave Schmittou ⚓️ ‏@daveschmittou Staff affirmation board taking on a holiday spirit. My staff is better than yours. #WEgotTHIS Larry Ferlazzo ‏@Larryferlazzo "Does Your State Provide Good Data On Your Schools? Probably Not" https://t.co/v73F0Aus8Y Smoochie ‏@TySmithdrums Cop- "Do you know why I pulled you over?" Bear- "Because I'm a bear." Cop- "No. You were speeding." Bear- "Bearly." Kelly Gallagher ‏@KellyGToGo How to help students sort through fake news? One man's opinion: http://theduran.com/updated-list-of-false-misleading-clickbait-y-andor-satirical-news-sources/ Molly Smith ‏@historyfriend History classes are our best hope for teaching Americans to question fake news http://flip.it/A_O6c2 #sschat https://t.co/4VZIRJQxQW #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Secondary school BANS pupils from raising hands in class because it 'doesn't challenge and support the learning of all' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3986156/Secondary-school-BANS-pupils-raising-hands-class-doesn-t-challenge-support-learning-all.html Resources: T-Bear http://nsbsdcreditrecovery.wikispaces.com/file/view/5TBEAR_GraphicOrganizer4.pdf 9 Simple Solutions for Common Teaching Problems http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/hack-learning-series/ Web Spotlight: Blabbr Update What happens when your favorite web resource runs out of money? Well . . . :-( Moodle anyone? Dear Dan Rather http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2016/11/dear-dan-rather.html Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 343:  The TED-ED Club does that 100 Word Challenge . . . Go!

Nov 27, 2016 51:49

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MSM 343:  The TED-ED Club does that 100 Word Challenge . . . Go! Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) A Closer Look at Flowers http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/11/24_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Closer_Look_at_Flowers.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Blubbr Appears to be gone. http://www.blubbr.tv/ Resources: TED-ED Clubs How Clubs Work http://ed.ted.com/clubs Digital Public Library of America https://dp.la/ Web Spotlight: Biology Resources ATEP Project. http://atep.techlit.org/ 100 Word Challenge https://100wc.net/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 342:  ELL strategies, Pictures and Collaboration

Nov 20, 2016 60:42

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MSM 342:  ELL strategies, Pictures and Collaboration Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: David Carruthers Advisory: http://cdn.twentytwowords.com/wp-content/uploads/falling-plates-cupboard-advice-baoliao-commune-tseng-shao-tsen-582d5aa95e0d2__700-685x513.jpg?da7cc0 http://twentytwowords.com/facing-a-tricky-situation-this-mom-turned-to-the-internet-for-some-very-entertaining-solutions/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) TESTING THE WATER HTTP://WWW.MONITORWATER.ORG http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/11/16_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Testing_the_Water.html From the Twitterverse: #TeacherGoals ‏@teachergoals #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Five Tips for Getting the ESL Student Talking by EduTopia Fluency Individual Needs High Interest Engagement Model Allow Time https://www.edutopia.org/blog/getting-the-ESL-student-talking-marc-anderson This Teacher Taught His Class a Powerful (and Debatable) Lesson About Privilege http://twentytwowords.com/this-teacher-taught-his-class-a-powerful-and-debatable-lesson-about-privilege/ Breaking the Plane http://www.fluentu.com/english/educator/blog/authentic-materials-for-teaching-english/ TIME 100 Photos http://100photos.time.com/ Free Download: Learner Profile SurveyWe get a lot of requests for our Learner Profile template. Today, I’m sharing the first piece: the Learner Profile Survey. These are the questions we ask our students each year to get a better understanding of who they are, what makes them tick, what their vulnerabilities are. http://ilearntechnology.com/wordpress/?p=5669 Web Spotlight: About Don't Memorise And It's Completely Free https://dontmemorise.com/ WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO TEACH STUDENTS TO SPOT SKETCHY NEWS STORIES? http://blog.williamferriter.com/2016/11/19/what-are-you-doing-to-teach-students-to-spot-sketchy-news-stories/ WWII SketchNotes http://thechive.com/2016/11/15/21-year-old-soldier-sketches-wwii-in-visual-diary-of-his-experiences-21-photos/ https://www.loc.gov/search/?fa=partof%3Alot+14007 Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 341:  Thanks Dave!

Nov 13, 2016 60:42

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MSM 341:  Thanks Dave! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: They Said He Didn’t Look Disabled, So This Man Showed Them the Reality of Crohn’s Disease http://twentytwowords.com/they-said-he-didnt-look-disabled-so-this-man-showed-them-the-reality-of-crohns-disease/ Cerebral Palsy Hasn’t Stopped This Inspirational Man From Achieving Success as a Pro BodybuilderThe next time you find yourself saying the words "I can't," think about Wade McCrae Washington. http://twentytwowords.com/cerebral-palsy-hasnt-stopped-this-inspirational-man-from-achieving-success-as-a-pro-bodybuilder/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE: DOUBLE-STUFFED CHOCOLATE SANDWICH COOKIES http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/11/10_Middle_School_Science_Minute__Double-Stuffed_Chocolate_Sandwich_Cookies.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Two Options for Collecting Students' Questions to Appear on Review Games http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/11/two-options-for-collecting-students.html#.WCc5gqIrJdB Six Tools for Creating Classroom Quiz Games - A Comparison Chart http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/11/six-tools-for-creating-classroom-quiz.html#.WCc_vaIrJdA WHY DO WE ASK KIDS TO SIT DOWN AND LEARN WHEN THE RESEARCH SAYS… http://www.coolcatteacher.com/movement-helps-kids-learn/ Resources: Welcome to IfItWereMyHome.com http://www.ifitweremyhome.com/ Free Resources From All My Books November 11, 2016 by Larry Ferlazzo | 0 comments http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2016/11/11/free-resources-from-all-my-books-7/ The Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education http://www.infoagepub.com/products/The-Encyclopedia-of-Middle-Grades-Education-2nd-ed Teaching French Resources: Web Spotlight: How to Create MadLibs Story Starters in Google Sheets http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/11/how-to-create-madlibs-story-starters-in.html#.WCdANKIrJdA Make Beliefs Comix Offers a Free Book of Bilingual Writing Prompts http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/11/make-beliefs-comix-offers-free-book-of.html#.WCdAo6IrJdA Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 340:  History, Elections and Adolescents.

Nov 6, 2016 60:57

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MSM 340:  History, Elections and Adolescents. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Randy Ziegenfuss Advisory: The End of Adolescence https://aeon.co/essays/adolescence-is-no-longer-a-bridge-between-childhood-and-adult-life Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) GROUND PRONGS I WAS RECENTLY READING THE SUMMER, 2016 ISSUE OF "SCIENCE SCOPE," A MAGAZINE WRITTEN FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHERS, PUBLISHED BY THE NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION. IN THIS ISSUE, I READ THE ARTICLE, "SCOPE ON SAFETY." IT WAS WRITTEN BY KEN ROY, DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY FOR GLASTONBURY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN GLASTONBURY, CT. THE ARTICLE FOCUSED IN ON THE SAFETY QUESTION OF THE MONTH, WHICH WAS: "WHY SHOULDN'T EXTENSION CORDS WITH BROKEN-OFF GROUND PRONGS BE USED?" From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Letters to the Next President https://letters2president.org/ Resources: YouTube Copier Merge YouTube Playlists https://ctrlq.org/youtube/playlists/ How to search for publicly shared Google Documents, Presentations, and Spreadsheets. Great tips for searching Google. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYDR4vaLBGE

MSM 339: Poe(St) This. Poe(St) It Now!

Oct 23, 2016 51:03

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MSM 339: Poe(St) This. Poe(St) It Now! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Bullied Girl Voted the Ugliest on the Internet Gives an AMAZING Speech https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0OV92Yyl20 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Engineering Seltzer Rockets I was recently reading the Summer, 2016 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the the article, "Engineering Seltzer Rockets." It was written by Kevin Cunningham. The article describes an activity in which students test and refine seltzer rockets--film canisters powered by effervescent tablets. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 10 Ideas for Using Comics in your Classroom http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/10/10-ideas-for-using-comics-in-your.html#.WAtxH5MrJdA Comic Life: http://plasq.com/ Educator Store Resources: Moodle Frayer Model Moodle Translations http://techcoaches.dearbornschools.org/2016/10/21/an-interview-with-a-district-moodle-ilearn-superstar/ Web Spotlight: Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 338:  Good Science Reeds . . . er, Reads and other fun things to do with English

Sep 11, 2016 59:10

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MSM 338:  Good Science Reeds . . . er, Reads and other fun things to do with English Jokes You Can Use: What did the teacher say after breaking up a fight by two invisible students. "Move along, folks. There's nothing to see here!" Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) 3D Design Class http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/9/8_Middle_School_Science_Minute-3D_Design_Class.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: World’s Largest Lesson http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/ Resources: Fun with English Chemistry Books to Curl Up with I have a set of books that Shawn might enjoy reading about Chemistry. I know he said that no one ever curls up with a good Chemistry book, but then again, maybe they do. Here are a few suggestions: http://wavefunction.fieldofscience.com/2015/04/top-10-popular-chemistry-books-for.html Web Spotlight: Edmodo - Connect with your Facebook or Google accounts. Gradecam - New interface rollout. 20 practical ways to use Google Forms in class, school http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/09/08/20-practical-ways-to-use-google-forms-in-class-school/ Random Thoughts . . . Happy National Teachers Day to all of our Chinese Teachers! Personal Web Site

MSM 337:  Advisory Refresher, Welcome Back to School,  Contronyms (wait, reverse that).

Sep 4, 2016 52:29

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MSM 337:  Advisory Refresher, Welcome Back to School,  Contronyms (wait, reverse that). Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Advisory Tips: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr127.shtml Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Dissection Preservatives I was recently reading the April/May, 2016 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the article, "Scope on Safety." It was written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT. The article focused in on the safety question of the month, which was: "Is there an alternative to the preservatives found in commercial dissecting specimens?" http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/9/1_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Dissection_Preservatives.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources: Writing Prompts http://theoryofknowledge.edublogs.org/2016/09/01/tok-essay-prompts-for-may-2017/ Crossword Puzzles http://crosswordenglish.com/ The Great Fire of London http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/ Timelines http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/timeline_2/ Web Spotlight: 25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites http://mentalfloss.com/article/57032/25-words-are-their-own-opposites Smarthistory http://smarthistory.org/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 336: Back to School, Make it Real and (don’t use these) because Andy Inhatko is a show host.

Aug 28, 2016 60:19

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MSM 336: Back to School, Make it Real and (don’t use these) because Andy Inhatko is a show host. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Making Science Real http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/8/4_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Making_Science_Real.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon 5 Less-Than-Optimal Practices http://www.edutopia.org/blog/literacy-practices-we-should-abandon-nell-k-duke Resources: FERPA http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016096.pdf Vocabgrabber Quickly create vocabulary lists from text. https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/vocabgrabber The Hidden Curriculum of Middle School By: Tracie Cain http://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/681/The-Hidden-Curriculum-of-Middle-School.aspx 50 for 50 Writing Contest http://pbseduelectioncentral.com/50-for-50 6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers http://www.edutopia.org/blog/6-opening-and-closing-routines-new-teachers-rebecca-alber Web Spotlight: #Go Open Openly licensed educational resources have enormous potential to increase access to high-quality education opportunities in the United States. Switching to openly licensed educational materials has enabled school districts to repurpose funding typically spent on static textbooks for other pressing needs, such as investing in the transition to digital learning. Visit our Open Education page to learn how resources that are openly licensed can benefit schools. http://tech.ed.gov/open-education/go-open-districts/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 335: The China Jet Lag Show

Jul 31, 2016 56:45

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MSM 335: The China Jet Lag Show Jokes You Can Use: Middle School Science Minute Shawn shares thoughts about China.

MSM 334:  tnetennba (in Chinese?)

Jul 4, 2016 56:43

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MSM 334:  tnetennba (in Chinese?) Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Kids hand him their suicide notes. Now this musician has 120 of their names tattooed on his arm https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/06/28/kids-hand-him-their-suicide-notes-now-this-musician-has-120-of-their-names-tattooed-on-his-arm/ The Secret World of Foley https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2016/06/16/secret-life-foley/ Humpty Dumpty http://nowiknow.com/putting-it-together-again/ Solve the Cube https://solvethecube.com/ The Secret Anti-Counterfeit Symbol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1c-jBfZPVv4 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Science Writing I was recently reading the April/May, 2016 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/6/16_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Science_Writing.html From the Twitterverse: Ashlyn Lazenby ‏@MsAshLaz Apr 3 Georgia, USA #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon 5 Less-Than-Optimal Practices 1. "Look Up the List" Vocabulary Instruction 2. Giving Students Prizes for Reading 3. Weekly Spelling Tests 4. Unsupported Independent Reading 5. Taking Away Recess as Punishment http://www.edutopia.org/blog/literacy-practices-we-should-abandon-nell-k-duke Louisiana requires Cursive http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2016/06/louisiana_cursive_12th_grade.html Resources: OER https://www.oercommons.org/ Literacy Test https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/can-you-pass-this-1960s-louisiana-literacy-test?utm_term=.rbMmQLyka#.tjXXLzMqK Web Spotlight: 13, right now This is what it's like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/style/wp/2016/05/25/2016/05/25/13-right-now-this-is-what-its-like-to-grow-up-in-the-age-of-likes-lols-and-longing/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 333: Flip the Kid and Give Great Homework.

Jun 12, 2016 60:26

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MSM 333: Flip the Kid and Give Great Homework. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Bullet Journals http://bulletjournal.com/ 6th-grader who called vegetarians ‘idiots’ punished http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2016/06/09/vegetarian-insult-punishment/85641866/ These 10 Truth Bombs for Middle Schoolers Will Be Total Lifesavers for Your Kiddo http://www.foreverymom.com/10-truths-middle-schoolers-must-know/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Chemical Waste http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/6/2_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Appropriate_Chemicals.html From the Twitterverse: Shelley Burgess ‏@burgess_shelley #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies Should learning be hard? http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/05/19/should-learning-be-hard/ 16 Modern Realities Schools (and Parents) Need to Accept. Now. https://medium.com/modern-learning/16-modern-realities-schools-and-parents-need-to-accept-now-64b98710e4e9#.heckc4kw7 Resources: Podcasts for Teachers Middle School Matters is recognized by Edutopia. http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/podcasts-teachers SMMRY http://smmry.com/ Bloom’s Taxonomy According To… Big Bang Theory Web Spotlight: https://www.unbounded.org/ Misunderstanding Medicated Kids https://psmag.com/misunderstanding-medicated-kids-525cb14cf01c#.ks7w73jrn Norms vs Standards http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2016/06/norms-vs-standards.html Random Thoughts . . . Moodle 3.1 Personal Web Site

MSM 332:  Wenzhou When Joe? WeChat with Chinese students.

May 29, 2016 57:43

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MSM 332:  Wenzhou When Joe? WeChat with Chinese students. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: WeChat http://www.wechat.com/en/ So what do you get when you cross 44 9th graders from Wenzhou and 10-12 7th graders from Michigan? Lots of intercultural fun! Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) ETS TRADE BOOKS I was recently reading the March, 2016 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the article, "Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12." This podcast features four engineering, technology, science and society books that are on this year's list of outstanding trade books. The titles include: 1. Flying Cars: The True Story 2. Food Engineering From Concept To Consumer 3. Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass 4. Remarkable Minds: 17 More Pioneering Women In Science And Medicine http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/5/26_Middle_School_Science_Minute-ETS_Trade_Books.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Curriculet I am very sorry to announce that Curriculet will be turning off the lights and shuttering our service on June 17th. To our most loyal users and our most generous critics, I want to both apologize and extend my gratitude. For months we have explored every option possible to continue building Curriculet and offering our service. Unfortunately, we were not able to find a suitable option. http://www.curriculet.com/

MSM 331:  The Moodle is Coming! The Moodle is Coming!

May 22, 2016 62:50

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MSM 331:  The Moodle is Coming! The Moodle is Coming! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Rube Goldberg with Magnets 20 graphs to celebrate women’s progress around the world By Chelsea German http://capx.co/20-graphs-to-celebrate-womens-progress-around-the-world/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) EARTH SCIENCE TRADE BOOKS http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/5/19_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Earth_Science_Trade_Books.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Get kids to love reading http://www.coolcatteacher.com/1-easy-fun-way-to-ignite-a-love-of-reading/ Resources: The Fundamentals Of Learning All Students Deserve From my time there I found there are 4 Beliefs Of Learning every school needs to have: All Learning Is Interconnected Personalization Is At The Core Of Learning Inquiry Drives Learning Learning Happens As Part Of A Larger Community http://blog.web20classroom.org/2016/05/the-fundamentals-of-learning-all.html Web Spotlight: Edmodo Revisited www.edmodo.com Google Slides Q&A https://docs.googleblog.com/2016/05/slidesQA.html Tech Coaches http://iblog.dearbornschools.org/techcoaches/ Moodle Update Coming May 23rd! Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 330:Lets talk Moodle, Get Rich, and Color.

May 15, 2016 62:50

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MSM 330:Lets talk Moodle, Get Rich, and Color. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Vikings Have students quickly draw a picture of a Viking. http://www.vox.com/2016/4/29/11526568/vikings-horned-helmets Crayon Initiative http://thecrayoninitiative.org/what-we-do/ How Breakfast Became a Thing http://priceonomics.com/how-breakfast-became-a-thing/ Book Title Game http://twentytwowords.com/this-is-the-hilarious-result-of-removing-one-letter-from-a-books-name/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Life Science Trade Books http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/5/5_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Life_Science_Trade_Books.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Sketch Note Taking vs Mind Mapping Deadlines Are For Kids http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2016/03/deadlines-are-for-kids.html ITLL Blog Post http://itll.edublogs.org/2016/04/27/itll-blog-post-7/ A Better Way to Read http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/05/a-better-way-to-read/482127/ Resources: Civil War Facts http://www.historyfanatic.com/slideshows/23-scariest-facts-about-the-civil-war/1/ Personal Web Site

MSM 328:  Motivated or not, Make it - Sit on it Potsy! (Then be grateful).

May 1, 2016 57:02

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MSM 328:  Motivated or not, Make it - Sit on it Potsy! (Then be grateful). Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Angela Meier Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Everyday Engineering - Chair Design http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/4/21_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Chair_Design.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Strategies to Motivate Unmotivated Students Edutopia has an article about different ways intrinsic motivation is better for students than extrinsic motivation. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/classroom-self-persuasion-david-palank WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WROTE A POSITIVE NOTE HOME TO PARENTS? http://blog.williamferriter.com/2016/04/23/when-was-the-last-time-you-wrote-a-positive-note-home-to-parents/ Study: Gratitude Increases Self-Control 1. Please write at least three sentences about a time (or times) you have felt successful and happy: 2. Please write at least three sentences about something that is important to you (friends, family, sports, etc.) and why it’s important: http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2014/04/17/study-gratitude-increases-self-control/ Resources: What Teachers Should Know http://www.aft.org/ae/spring2016/debruyckere-kirschner-and-hulshof 10 Realities About Bullying at School and Online http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/04/22/10-realities-about-bullying-at-school-and-online/ Web Spotlight: History Connected British Museum teams up with Google. https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/ Random Thoughts . . . Moodle FlashCards Interview https://www.joomlalms.com/blog/expert-interview/student-centered-approach-troy-patterson.html

MSM 329:  Ratholes, Rants and Misconceptions.

May 1, 2016 63:01

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MSM 329:  Ratholes, Rants and Misconceptions. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Finishing the School Year Strong Students can reflect on these two questions, turning their answers into posters that can be hung around the classroom as reminders and shared with each other: What are three things you can do to help finish the school year strong academically? What is one thing you can do to help your classmates finish the year strong academically? http://www.edutopia.org/blog/larry-ferlazzo-how-to-end-school-year-strong Mahara Version 16 is now available. https://mahara.org/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Misconceptions I was recently reading the March, 2016 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the article, "What We Call Misconceptions May Be Necessary Stepping-Stones Toward Making Sense Of The Work." It was written by Todd Campbell, Christina Schwarz, and Mark Windschitl. This article highlights a view of science learning uncommon in schools today--one in which teachers and students view misconceptions as useful for making sense of the world. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/4/28_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Misconceptions.html From the Twitterverse: TED Talks ‏@TEDTalks 8 TED Talks to help you practice patience: http://t.ted.com/40Bpjoj Savas Savides ‏@SSavides Dear Teacher on the Tired Days, http://buff.ly/1N8o7bV Marlena Gross-Taylor ‏@mgrosstaylor A3: Great examples of the power of failure! #leadupchat elearninginfographic ‏@eLearngraphic The Power of Teachers as… http://dlvr.it/LBdn6s #TeacherInfographics #CollaborativeCurriculumDesignersinfographic #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: SketchNotes https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1a0TgYBEEQlMv6umZJ_g3KLHGOi1Vv40PHsFhjCN3LkE/edit#slide=id.g5f70fb3e7_059 RSA Examples of SketchNotes turned into Animations. https://www.thersa.org/discover/videos/rsa-animate/ The Secret of Effective Feedback Resources: Six Brain Thoughts http://crewblog.wpengine.com/6-things-know-brain-learns/ Web Spotlight: Get Rid of Grade Levels https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-04-28-get-rid-of-grade-levels-a-personalized-learning-recipe-for-public-school-districts Random Thoughts . . . Moodle FlashCards Personal Web Site

MSM 327:  Oh, look!  A Soapbox!

Apr 17, 2016 62:41

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MSM 327:  Oh, look!  A Soapbox! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Superstitions http://twentytwowords.com/super-strange-superstitions-from-around-the-world/3/ Logical Fallacy https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/poster https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Current Events I was recently reading the March, 2016 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the Editor's Roundtable column entitled, "Spreading the News - With Care!" It was written by Inez Liftig. The article emphasizes the need for teachers to share current science news with students, but to make sure that the news is "grade-appropriate." http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/4/8_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Current_Events.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Breakout http://www.breakoutedu.com/ http://www.breakoutedu.com/beta Kahoot Team Mode https://getkahoot.com/blog/kahoot-team-mode-boosts-collaboration Resources: Build your Infographic Maps with Legos . . . http://infosthetics.com/archives/2011/02/3d_infographic_maps_built_with_lego.html Micro-Credentialing http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/03/30/can-micro-credentialing-salvage-teacher-pd.html Big Learners https://www.biglearners.com/ Web Spotlight: Incubator School http://incubatorschool.org/playbook.html What one college discovered when it stopped accepting SAT/ACT scores https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/25/what-one-college-discovered-when-it-stopped-accepting-satact-scores/ Innovation in ELL bodes well for K-12 students http://www.educationdive.com/news/innovation-in-ell-bodes-well-for-k-12-students/416365/ Why Teachers Need To Know The Wrong Answers : NPR Ed : NPR www.npr.org

MSM 326:Just Your Average Podcast

Apr 3, 2016 54:43

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MSM 326:Just Your Average Podcast Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Google+: Christopher Kochinsky Advisory: When Bullies Called This Girl a Fat Whale, She Decided to Help Actual Whales http://twentytwowords.com/when-bullies-called-this-girl-a-fat-whale-she-decided-to-help-actual-whales/ The Most Terrifying Urban Legends From Every Single State http://twentytwowords.com/the-most-terrifying-urban-legends-from-every-single-state/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Appropriate Chemicals http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/3/28_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Appropriate_Chemicals.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: ACTIVITY: FEEDBACK ACTION PLANNING TEMPLATE http://blog.williamferriter.com/2016/04/02/activity-feedback-action-planning-template/ Resources: Differentiated Instruction in the Middle and High School, Strategies to Engage All Learners by Dr. Kristina Doubet http://www.amazon.com/Differentiation-Middle-High-School-Strategies/dp/1416620184/ref=pd_rhf_schuc_s_cp_7?ie=UTF8&dpID=51%2B9dQKqPOL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_SL500_SR104%2C135_&refRID=1D2G7CFG4WZQ8P3236JD Alternatives to YouTube http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/09/47-alternatives-to-using-youtube-in.html#.Vv_YQRMrJdA 5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos http://ed.ted.com/lessons/5-tips-to-improve-your-critical-thinking-samantha-agoos Web Spotlight: What Do We Lose By Measuring ‘Average’ In Education? http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/03/28/what-do-we-lose-by-measuring-average-in-education/ NOT JUST A GIRL 5 Ways to Help Girls Achieve Their Potential by Vicki Davis http://www.coolcatteacher.com/closing-the-gender-gap-one-girl-at-a-time/ Chronicle of the Revolution http://www.pbs.org/ktca/liberty/chronicle.html SINGULAR EDUCATION FOCUS http://sweattoinspire.com/2016/04/02/singular-education-focus/

MSM 325:  Bomb messages in Word Clouds?  What?!?!

Mar 20, 2016 47:41

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MSM 325:  Bomb messages in Word Clouds?  What?!?! Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Historical Problem-Based Learning http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/3/17_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Historical_PBL.html From the Twitterverse: Andrew Tawfik ‏@andrewatawfik #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 10 Bomb Messages Students Hide In Essays To Get A+ http://www.lifehack.org/373033/10-bomb-messages-students-hide-essays-get Three Tips for Planning Video Projects http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/03/three-tips-for-planning-video-projects.html#.Vu1jshIrJdA 200 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/200-ways-to-use-word-clouds-in-the-classroom/ Resources: Women in the 19th Century | Crash Course US History #16 http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/64ce26b6-3607-4374-8bff-860376f7fdf3/women-in-the-19th-century-crash-course-us-history-16/ Disaster Detector https://ssec.si.edu/disaster-detector Web Spotlight: A student-created digital textbook: Their process and resources http://ditchthattextbook.com/2016/03/18/a-student-created-digital-textbook-their-process-and-resources/ The biggest indictment of our schools is not their failure to raise test scoresMARCH 16, 2016 BY SCOTT MCLEOD http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2016/03/the-biggest-indictment-of-our-schools-is-not-their-failure-to-raise-test-scores.html Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 324:  A Day in the Life of The Mind of a Middle Schooler

Mar 13, 2016 60:25

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MSM 324:  A Day in the Life of The Mind of a Middle Schooler Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: A Day in the Life http://mashable.com/2016/03/05/london-ohio-great-depression/#gZr.u31ngkqb Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) NGSS: Where Do You Start? http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/3/10_Middle_School_Science_Minute-NGSS__Where_Do_You_Start.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Media Center http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/school-library/ Resources: Periodic Table Puns - Teachers Pay Teachers: FREE https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Periodic-Table-Puns-547062 A set of puns science teachers can use to help students learn about the periodic table of elements. The Science Of Getting Kids Organized http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/02/02/463593878/the-science-of-getting-kids-organized Experts Say Measuring Non-Cognitive Skills Won’t Work, But Districts Still Try http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/03/02/experts-say-measuring-non-cognitive-skills-wont-work-but-districts-still-try/ 10+ Tips for Using Brain-Based Methods to Redesign Your Classroom https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-03-01-10-tips-for-using-brain-based-methods-to-redesign-your-classroom Web Spotlight: The Changing Role Of The Teacher http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/changing-role-of-the-teacher/ Comparing Textbooks to Wikipedia - A Student & Teacher Lesson http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/03/comparing-textbooks-to-wikipedia.html#.VuQfs5MrJdA 20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/03/03/20-strategies-for-motivating-reluctant-learners/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 323:  6 Avoidable Mistakes and Hey!  The Letters Keep Jumping Around!

Mar 6, 2016 61:27

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MSM 323:  6 Avoidable Mistakes and Hey!  The Letters Keep Jumping Around! Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Epigenetics http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/3/3_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Epigenetics.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources: Dyslexia Experience http://geon.github.io/programming/2016/03/03/dsxyliea 6 Avoidable Mistakes That Can Kill A New Teacher’s Career http://www.evidencebasedteaching.org.au/6-avoidable-mistakes-that-can-kill-a-new-teachers-career/ Providing Extrinsic Reward for Test Performance Undermines Long-Term Memory Acquisition http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00079/full http://qz.com/622749/teens-do-better-in-science-when-they-know-einstein-and-curie-also-struggled/ Web Spotlight: My First Job President Obama https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/heres-scoop-why-my-first-job-mattered-president-barack-obama Ralph de la Vega https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dream-big-humble-lessons-led-me-from-factory-floor-ralph-de-la-vega Meg Whitman https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-designing-shampoo-bottle-taught-me-business-meg-whitman Suzie Orman https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-i-lacked-qualifications-learned-make-up-courage-suze-orman Bernard Tyson https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/practice-makes-career-bernard-j-tyson Katie Couric https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-first-job-lasted-one-summer-changed-way-i-see-world-katie-couric Random Thoughts . . . Moodle FlashCards http://troypatterson.me/2016/03/05/moodle-flashcards/ Personal Web Site

MSM 322:  I don’t feel like cleaning this up.  No one eats their Wheeties anymore.

Feb 28, 2016 57:19

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MSM 322:  I don’t feel like cleaning this up.  No one eats their Wheeties anymore. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/02/23/this-is-the-height-of-laziness/ His Smile http://www.bamradionetwork.com/edwords-blog/his-smile Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Chemical Cleanouts http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/2/25_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Chemical_Cleanouts.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Strategies for Reaching Quiet, Disengaged, Struggling, and Troublemaking Students http://www.edutopia.org/blog/reaching-quiet-disengaged-struggling-troublemaking-students-david-cutler Diagnostic Teaching: Pinpointing Why Your Students Struggle by Terry Heick http://www.teachthought.com/pedagogy/diagnostic-teaching-why-students-struggle/ Resources: http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/12323 4Tests https://www.4tests.com/ Web Spotlight: Student Learning Communities (SLC’s) by dkerr • February 21, 2016 http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/12355 Random Thoughts . . . Open Textbook Post http://troypatterson.me/2015/08/23/open-textbooks/ Personal Web Site

MSM 321:  Three . . . Two . . . One . . . Go Mindset!

Feb 21, 2016 57:49

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MSM 321:  Three . . . Two . . . One . . . Go Mindset! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: http://twentytwowords.com/global-fast-food-items-you-cant-get-in-the-u-s/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) CELLS, PATHOGENS & DISEASE IN THIS ISSUE, I READ THE ARTICLE, "OUTBREAK! CELLS, PATHOGENS AND DISEASE." IT WAS WRITTEN BY JANICE ANDERSON, LANA MINSHEW, AND TIFFANY MCLENDON. THE ARTICLE FOCUSES IN ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF FOUR MINI-LEARNING CYCLES, BASED ON THE 5E INQUIRY MODEL. THE FOUR MINI-LEARNING CYCLES ARE: 1. COMPARING CELL TYPES 2. BACTERIA VERSUS VIRUSES 3. CDC OUTBREAK 4. CREATING A PUBLIC-SERVICE MESSAGE HTTP://K12SCIENCE.NET/PODCAST/PODCAST/ENTRIES/2016/2/8_MIDDLE_SCHOOL_SCIENCE_MINUTE-CELLS%2C_PATHOGENS_%26_DISEASE.HTML From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Unmotivated Students http://www.evidencebasedteaching.org.au/plain-old-good-teaching-2/ Resources: Permission Slips http://templatelab.com/permission-slip/ Student Instructions For How They Can Create A Cloze (Gap-Fill) http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2016/02/19/student-instructions-for-how-they-can-create-a-cloze-gap-fill/ Tech Coaches http://iblog.dearbornschools.org/techcoaches/ Web Spotlight: Stop Humiliating Teachers BY DAVID DENBY http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/stop-humiliating-teachers The End of Solitude By William Deresiewicz http://chronicle.com/article/the-end-of-solitude/3708/ Today’s Teens http://www.vox.com/a/teens How People Learn to Become Resilient BY MARIA KONNIKOVA http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/the-secret-formula-for-resilience Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 320:  GONG ZHE FAT-HI!!! How long should we talk

Feb 7, 2016 62:23

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MSM 320:  GONG ZHE FAT-HI!!! How long should we talk Jokes You Can Use: Q: What gets wetter the more it dries? A: A towel. Q: What do you get when you cross fish and an elephant? A: Swimming trunks Q: What happened to the dog that swallowed a firefly? A: It barked with de-light! Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MODELING ECOSYSTEMS I was recently reading the January, 2016 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the article, "Modeling Ecosystems." It was written by Anthony J Petrosino and Michele J Mann. The article discusses the hierarchy of model types. They include: 1. Physical Models 2. Symbolic Models 3. Computational Models http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/2/5_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Modeling_Ecosystems.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: I Wish My Teacher Knew http://twentytwowords.com/she-asked-her-3rd-graders-to-share-anonymously-but-she-had-no-idea-the-notes-theyd-write/gallery/2/ Brain Storm Ideas http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/02/7-tools-for-hosting-online.html#.VrYL67ArJdA Resources: WIDA Can Do Descriptors: https://www.wida.us/standards/CAN_DOs/ 100+ Google Classroom Resources http://www.coolcatteacher.com/google-classroom-resources/ GETech http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/02/students-can-compare-maps-side-by-side.html#.VrYU7LArJdA http://geteach.com/ Web Spotlight: NI primary school sends moving letter with children's results http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-35449405 Random Thoughts . . . France Changes The Language & The Circumflex http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/05/not-the-oignon-fury-france-changes-2000-spellings-ditches-circumflex Personal Web Site

MSM 319:  Try this...Emoji(s) and more

Jan 31, 2016 62:34

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MSM 319:  Try this...Emoji(s) and more  Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Psychological Tricks: http://twentytwowords.com/clever-psychological-tricks-you-can-use-to-your-advantage/gallery/1/ 10 Dining Etiquette Don’ts From Around The World Taylor Swift Inspired This Mega Fan to Shake Off 425 Pounds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0UeRh7huME 6 Photographers Shot the Same Person and the Results are Astonishing http://www.worldvillage.com/6-photographers-shot-the-same-person-and-the-results-are-astonishing/ Using MyFitness Pal with Students http://www.theedublogger.com/2016/01/29/myfitnesspal/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MYTHS ABOUT NGSS http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/1/27_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Myths_About_NGSS.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Exit Ticket Emoji http://www.uked.directory/product/wsr00034/ A Google Drive link that you can use: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B47VAie_5f7YeVR5LUV1a0E1MmM/view Songs To Get Students Thinking …. BY DDEUBEL · JANUARY 25, 2016 http://ddeubel.edublogs.org/2016/01/25/songs-to-get-students-thinking/ Resources: BEGINNING AND ENDING CLASS LIKE A PRO WITH BRIAN SZTABNIK http://www.coolcatteacher.com/brian-sztabnik-beginning-ending-class/ Real Vocabulary http://www.macmillandictionary.com/learn/real-vocabulary/ Choosito Free Leveled Web search. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSYAoLOoFqk Cherrypal: http://www.cherrypal.com/home.htm Web Spotlight: 30 of The Creepiest Valentine’s Day http://twentytwowords.com/the-creepiest-vintage-valentines-youll-ever-see/gallery/1/ Random Thoughts . . . Reading the Test. Personal Web Site

MSM 318:  Making coffee while you drive, History and more!

Jan 24, 2016 58:54

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MSM 318:  Making coffee while you drive, History and more!   Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Aaron Grossman Advisory: When Do You Become an Adult http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/01/when-are-you-really-an-adult/422487/ 30 Vintage Inventions That Will Make You Shake Your Head http://twentytwowords.com/vintage-inventions-that-are-borderline-genius-and-crazy/ Why Creativity Is a Numbers Game http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/why-creativity-is-a-numbers-game/ Paper Airplane http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Simple-Paper-Airplane Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-CLASSROOM COMMUNITIES ttp://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2016/1/20_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Classroom_Communities.html From the Twitterverse: Strategies: This graphic by Thomas Guskey Thomas Guskey is a fantastic challenge to whether we should be averaging grades — or honestly, if we shouldn’t just drop some BEFORE we average. http://www.coolcatteacher.com/photos/11157/ http://i1.wp.com/www.coolcatteacher.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/drop-grades.png?resize=760%2C645 Resources: Timelines http://timelines.tv/ Tom Richey http://www.tomrichey.net/ HipHughes History HipHughes History is an arsenal of over 300 Instructional Videos for students of the Social Studies, teachers looking to flip their class and life long learners. So whether you're looking for a pedagogical ally, a non-biased explanation of that new Supreme Court case or you're a kid who needs to study some good ole' history, HHH has your brain's back! http://hiphugheshistory.weebly.com/ US National Archives https://www.youtube.com/user/usnationalarchives Web Spotlight: Rick Wormeli A new web site for the wonderful Mr. Rick Wormeli. Check it out. If you haven’t seen the videos, these are an amazing resource for talking about education. http://www.rickwormeli.com/ 100,000 NYC School Children Face Airport-Style Security Screening Every Day https://www.propublica.org/article/nyc-school-children-face-airport-style-security-screening-every-day Random Thoughts . . .

MSM 317:  Advisory and Resources!

Jan 3, 2016 61:24

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MSM 317:  Advisory and Resources! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: 15 Jobs that just don’t exist http://twentytwowords.com/jobs-we-just-dont-have-anymore/ A Day in the Life of Americans This is how America runs. http://flowingdata.com/2015/12/15/a-day-in-the-life-of-americans/ Why your brain is so bad at planning for the future http://www.vox.com/2014/12/18/7414105/procrastination-future-planning 10 Etiquette Rules You're Probably Breaking http://mentalfloss.com/article/64370/10-etiquette-rules-youre-probably-breaking 2016 Goals Calendar: A Printable Planner for Tweens With Executive Functioning Issues https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/executive-functioning-issues/2016-goals-calendar-a-printable-planner-for-tweens-with-executive-functioning-issues Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Humidity in the Classroom http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/9/3_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Humidity_in_the_Classroom.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies:

MSM 316:  Pilgrims, Pictures, Privacy, all for a Nickel!

Nov 29, 2015 51:37

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MSM 316:  Pilgrims, Pictures, Privacy, all for a Nickel! Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: The Pilgrims: Mayflower Compact http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/americanexperience27p-soc-compact/wgbh-americanexperience-the-pilgrims-mayflower-compact/en/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) STEAM: Atmospheric Science http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/8/26_Middle_School_Science_Minute-STEAM_-_Atmospheric_Science.html From the Twitterverse: David Prindle ‏@dprindle 1 #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Students Self Assessing http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/11/11/students-self-assess-their-way-to-learning.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1 3 Tips on Student Self-Reported Grades by William Parker • November 20, 2015 http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/12103 Resources: The Most Instagrammed Spot https://www.busbud.com/blog/top-instagrammed-locations/ Disputed Territories http://metrocosm.com/disputed-territories-map.html Student Privacy Pledge http://studentprivacypledge.org/ Free Stock Photos http://www.freestockphotos.org/ FlipQuiz http://flipquiz.me/ Web Spotlight: National Archives Document Feed http://feeds.feedburner.com/TodaysDocument Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 315:  The Darwin Letter Writing of Verbal Cursive

Nov 22, 2015 55:44

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MSM 315:  The Darwin Letter Writing of Verbal Cursive  Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Why do people talk weird in old time movies? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpv_IkO_ZBU Trick your brain into seeing color in a black and white photo http://www.iflscience.com/brain/image-can-trick-your-brain-and-make-you-see-it-color Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Lab Safety — Backpacks I was recently reading the March, 2015 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the column, "Scope on Safety" written by Ken Roy. Within the column is the popular "Question of the Month." This month's question is: "Besides potential trip-and-fall hazards, what other things should I be concerned about if students are allowed to bring backpacks into the lab?” http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/8/20_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Lab_Safety__Backpacks.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Gamification http://www.coolcatteacher.com/game-based-learning-in-the-classroom/ Word Nerd: Make the Connection Resources: Google Expeditions Virtual field trips. https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/ Do it on your own: http://friedtechnology.blogspot.com/2015/11/how-to-get-google-expeditions-via.html Web Spotlight: YouCaring (https://www.youcaring.com/): Compassionate Crowdsourcing, 0% overhead. Voices of History http://voicesofhistory.org/ https://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/educate/educator-resources/voices-history/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 314:  And you get Pi...Visuals for audio

Nov 15, 2015 52:57

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MSM 314:  And you get Pi...Visuals for audio  Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Magic http://www.lifehack.org/323348/8-easy-magic-tricks-for-you-show-off-parties The Breathtaking, Life-Altering Power of Being a Dork http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/dork/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) STEAM - TREE GROWTH CIRCLES I was recently reading the March, 2015 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the article, "Understanding the Art in Science and the Science in Art Through Crosscutting Concepts." It was written by Irene Plonczak and Susan Goetz Zwiirn. The article describes STEAM lessons that mirror real-world processes that have contributed to breakthrough discoveries, incremental improvements or new thinking. These STEAM lessons are organized using crosscutting concepts from the K-12 Framework and NGSS. In this third podcast in a three-part series the STEAM lesson incorporates measuring tree-growth circles and understanding the concept of pi. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/7/23_Middle_School_Science_Minute-STEAM_-_Tree_Growth_Circles.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Annotating PDF’s is a Bad Lesson Plan http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/08/29/annotating-pdfs-is-a-bad-lesson-plan/ Self-Paced Learning: How One Teacher Does It http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/self-paced-learning/ Resources: Google Sites - Creating a Customized Template http://wafflebytes.blogspot.com/2015/11/google-sites-creating-customized.html Web Spotlight: Random Thoughts . . . I made it through a book on my reading list . . . “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon” by Yong Zhao. Personal Web Site

MSM 313:  It’s the Area Code Show!!!

Nov 1, 2015 68:26

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MSM 313:  It’s the Area Code Show!!!  Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Dan Siepen, Raul Santiago, Sean Beeson, Khushi Shah, Advisory: How to argue on the Internet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qb-h0sXkH4 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com STEAM – Representing Hurricanes http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/7/16_Middle_School_Science_Minute-STEAM_Representing_Hurricanes.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively Students who are presented with unfamiliar concepts, asked to work through them, and then taught the solution significantly outperform those who are taught through formal instruction and problem-solving. So far, teachers have mixed reactions. They recognize that the approach is good but they worry about efficiency and standardized tests: will kids fall on high-stakes national and international tests? Kapur uses the research to make his case. Students get more output (deeper learning) for the same input (hours of instruction), which presents another problem: teachers have to get out of the way. “They [teachers] say it’s stressful to teach this way,” he says. “It’s easier to tell them [students] what you know.” In fact, Kapur theorizes in one of his studies that direct instruction might close students’ minds. Once a teacher presents a solution, students may no longer see the possibility of other solutions, or more creative approaches. http://qz.com/535443/the-best-way-to-understand-math-is-learning-how-to-fail-productively/ http://141.14.165.6/CogSci09/papers/596/paper596.pdf Resources: What Parents Should Know about Tumblr https://www.commonsensemedia.org/facebook-instagram-and-social/what-should-parents-know-about-tumblr Helping Students Navigate the World of Texting Texting offers some interesting challenges for middle school students as they develop and practice social and emotional interactions with one another. Starting a classroom conversation about texting can help students share and learn together the best ways to navigate the world of texting. Teachers could http://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/549/Helping-Students-Navigate-the-World-of-Texting.aspx Wabbit Calculator Wabbitemu, the best Z80 TI emulator available. For regular users all that is required is the exe file (either 32 or 64 bits depending on your OS). The DLL is used to provide a COM interface into the wabbitemu core allowing developers to use it in their own applications Available for PC, Mac and Android http://go.vsb.bc.ca/schools/thompson/departments/Mathematics/Documents/wabbit%20instructions.pdf AM I FAILING THE INTROVERTS IN MY CLASSROOM? http://blog.williamferriter.com/2015/10/19/am-i-failing-the-introverts-in-my-classroom/ Writing Prompts - Toasted Cheese http://www.toasted-cheese.com/calendar/ Teach your students to code with Code.org’s free resources Here is a list of free Code.org tools, resources and sources of inspiration to help you get started: https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=516 Zoom In! Zoom In is a free, Web-based platform that helps students build literacy and historical thinking skills through “deep dives” into primary and secondary sources. http://zoomin.edc.org/ Web Spotlight: Ex Teacher of the Year Resigns http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2015/10/30/teacher-year-alabama-unqualified/74890480/ Does a shorter week help kids with their learning? https://theconversation.com/does-a-shorter-week-help-kids-with-their-learning-48210 Random Thoughts . . . Area Code: is it dead? Personal Web Site

MSM 312:  AppSliced, we’re not juicing. But we’ll take a picture of the notes.  

Sep 27, 2015 58:08

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MSM 312:  AppSliced, we’re not juicing. But we’ll take a picture of the notes.  Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Job Interview Question You are driving along in your car on a wild, stormy night. You pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for the bus: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) STEAM Nature Walk From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Taking Notes vs Taking Pictures http://georgecouros.ca/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Taking-Notes.jpg http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/11856 Resources: Passwords: LastPass 1 Password Dashland Literably Reading records done on-line. https://literably.com/ SAS Curriculum Pathways Variety of Materials. All FREE. https://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/ Web Spotlight: AppSliced Starting Engaged The start of the school year is crucial. This sets the stage. Todd Bloch talks about starting the school year engaged. http://sweattoinspire.com/2015/09/12/starting-engaged/ Moodle Use Nice overview of using Moodle for student learning. Homework, Practice, and more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=598&v=HyP28vwrUxs Random Thoughts . . .

MSM 311:  Plotting 8 Strategies . . .  

Sep 13, 2015 50:26

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MSM 311:  Plotting 8 Strategies . . .   Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Facebook: Laura Inkala Miller Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Outstanding Trade Books I was recently reading the March, 2015 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the article, "Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12." In the article, NSTA and the International Literacy Association compiled a list of award-winning books. Titles include: * Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It * The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science * Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey * Secrets of the Sky Caves: Danger and Discovery on Nepal's Mustang Cliffs * The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/7/1_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Outstanding_Trade_Books.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 8 Strategies Robert Marzano & John Hattie Agree On http://linkis.com/org.au/YC35M Resources: WebNotes Shutting down on November 1st. http://www.webnotes.net/TransitionGuide/ Misplaced Modifiers Cute video on misplaced modifiers. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-misused-modifiers-can-hurt-your-writing-emma-bryce#watch Web Spotlight: Student Recorded Exchange http://onenonly21.tumblr.com/post/125167651562/buttamilkbiskitz-faroutjessica-rinthewin Selfie Pedagogy: The Digital Humanities and Selfie Culture http://dmlcentral.net/digital-humanities-and-selfie-culture-part-1/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 310:  Google Stuff, Book Stuff, Middle School Stuff.  

Sep 6, 2015 64:16

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MSM 310:  Google Stuff, Book Stuff, Middle School Stuff.   Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Facebook: Jack Berckemeyer (Happy Birthday). Alex Felton Advisory Vizier Closed Circuit Camera Ads: https://youtu.be/S-fvxEq_3DA “There is much more truth that you are blind to” is an ad for Vizier CCTV products, but reminds us that we don’t always see the whole story. Pictures to respond http://john-holcroft.tumblr.com/ http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/these-20-sarcastic-pictures-will-make-you-rethink-the-way-live.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Nature of Science http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/6/24_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Nature_of_Science.html From the Twitterverse: Strategies: Dictation in Google Docs https://support.google.com/docs/answer/4492226?hl=en FEEDBACK SHOULD BE MORE WORK FOR THE RECIPIENT http://blog.williamferriter.com/2015/09/03/feedback-should-be-more-work-for-the-recipient/ 5 Common Teaching Practices I’m Kicking to the Curb http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/ineffective-teaching-methods/ Resources: Wildcard - Know the Day in News & Entertainment https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wildcard-know-day-in-news/id930047790?mt=8 Google for Education Cheat Sheet http://goo.gl/y3IuLM Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet Love #Chromebook keyboard shortcuts, but can't keep track of them all? Hit "ctrl + alt + ?" for the ultimate cheat sheet. #chrometip Start with Why https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sioZd3AxmnE Google Share to Classroom Plickers App https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plickers/id701184049?mt=8 NoiseTrade Books Books for personal use. Free for the exchange of information. They also accept “tips”. http://books.noisetrade.com/ Web Spotlight: How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/08/ballpoint-pens-object-lesson-history-handwriting/402205/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 309:  The Teenaged Brain, Books and the First Days of School.

Aug 30, 2015 60:35

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MSM 309:  The Teenaged Brain, Books and the First Days of School. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Kick off the year http://www.jakeballentine.com/kickoff.html Guess Which Letter has been added http://topnok.com/can-you-guess-which-letter-has-been-added-2/ Mike Rowe on a Career http://www.newslinq.com/mike-rowe/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) BIOMIMICRY I was recently reading the March, 2015 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the article, "Biomimicry: The "Natural" Intersection of Biology and Engineering," written by Celeste Nicholas and Jeffrey Peterson. In the article, they describe a project on biomimicry that uses the crosscutting concept of Structure and Function to link disciplinary core ideas from biology with performance expectations for engineering. From the Twitterverse: Bill Ferriter ‏@plugusin #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/11778 Resources: Open Textbook thoughts by Troy: http://troypatterson.me/2015/08/23/open-textbooks/ Teacher Salary Around the World http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/sep/05/how-the-job-of-a-teacher-compares-around-the-world The Terrible Teens http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/31/the-terrible-teens College readiness declines when school's focus is improving test scores, study finds http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150512140852.htm History’s Most Powerful Pictures http://coviral.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Jesse-Owens-wins-gold-in-Nazi-Germany-1936.jpg *Warning some are not for every classroom. http://coviral.com/historys-powerful-photos/ Why Teachers and Bees are disappearing http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2015/08/thompson-.html#.VeHFldNVhBd What We Know About the Teenage Brain http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-08-06/what-were-learning-about-teenage-brain Web Spotlight: Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 308:  Chinese Takeout.

Aug 23, 2015 56:52

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MSM 308:  Chinese Takeout. MSM 308: Chinese Takeout. Jokes You Can Use: Three visitors to London climb up the tower that houses Big Ben and decide to have a contest. They're going to throw their watches off the top, run down the stairs and try to catch the watches before they hit the ground. The first tourist throws his watch, takes three steps and hears his watch crash. The second throws his watch and takes only two steps when he hears his watch shatter. The third tosses his watch off the tower, jogs down the stairs, goes to a candy store, buys a snack, walks back to Big Ben and catches his watch. "How did you do that?" asks one of his friends. "My watch is 30 minutes slow." Eileen Award: Twitter: Neil Parmar Shawn and Troy discuss their experiences in Beijing, China.

MSM 307:  Quotes, Nitrogen - Cheat and Don’t Get Caught. We’ll be back!.

Jun 7, 2015 57:28

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MSM 307:  Quotes, Nitrogen - Cheat and Don’t Get Caught. We’ll be back! Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Jeff Faria Advisory: Shopping in Bethel, Alaska Compare shopping in your town with Bethel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=43&v=qyVgDW7h0Fw 10 Quotes From Audrey Hepburn That Will Teach You Valuable Life Lessons http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/10-quotes-from-audrey-hepburn-that-will-teach-you-valuable-life-lessons.html 101 Bruce Lee Quotes http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/the-101-ultimate-bruce-lee-quotes.html The Paper Airplane that you wish you’d made Warning: A couple of swear words in the beginning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0stHV0s7XaU 21 Proverbs from Around the World http://ak-hdl.buzzfed.com/static/2015-05/24/13/enhanced/webdr10/enhanced-buzz-wide-31513-1432488466-16.jpg http://www.buzzfeed.com/jamiejones/the-most-beautiful-proverbs-from-around-the-world#.vbY8dkGGw Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) NITROGEN, ROBOTS AND CAMERAS http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/5/18_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Nitrogen%2C_Robots_and_Cameras.html From the Twitterverse: #edwebchat ~ @newteacherhelp shares @TeacherKit ~ #fhuedu320 #tn_teta #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Create image quiz on Riddle http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/05/how-to-create-image-based-quizzes-and.html#.VXMD-VxVhBd Resources: Writing Prompts An entire book from MakeBeliefsComix to share with students. http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/_downloads/eBooks/Something-To-Write-About.pdf Ten Great Resources for telling stories from Richard Byrne http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/05/ten-great-tools-for-telling-stories.html#.VXMFpVxVhBe https://app.box.com/s/5htchviyphrnsopjl9tysapcpro71c2c Education Endowment Foundation Toolkit List of strategies ranked by cost and effectiveness. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/toolkit/toolkit-a-z/ Web Spotlight: How to Cheat on State Standardized Tests and Not Get Caught If you haven't figured it out yet, this article was written with tongue firmly in cheek. Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 306:  Visual Jokes that are Virtually Unstoppable, It’s Not Pathe-tic.

May 24, 2015 54:44

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MSM 306:  Visual Jokes that are Virtually Unstoppable, It’s Not Pathe-tic. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Web: Dave Bydlowski (http://www.resa.net/curriculum/curriculum/science/eresources/podcasting/ ) Advisory: Names around the World http://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-personal-names Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-GRAPH LITERACY http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/5/14_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Graph_Literacy.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Summer Reading http://www.readworks.org/rw/summer-reading-rising-6th-12th-graders Resources: Tween Tribute Tween Tribute includes an email with some curriculum ideas. The story is available in several Lexiles levels. http://tweentribune.com/tween56/tennis-and-fashion-are-match-paris Discussion Questions: Activity Curriculum Connections Explore British Pathé https://www.youtube.com/user/britishpathe Quizizz http://quizizz.com/ Web Spotlight: Myths in Education: 8 Myths that undermine education. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/myths-that-undermine-educational-effectiveness-mark-phillips Hacking the Brain http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/06/brain-hacking/392084/ Message to My Freshman Students http://www.huffingtonpost.com/keith-m-parsons/message-to-my-freshman-st_b_7275016.html Let’s Stop Pretending http://blog.williamferriter.com/2015/05/20/heres-what-we-have-to-stop-pretending/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 305:  Bring on the Monkey, Visual Jokes, and Picto-graphs.

May 10, 2015 65:13

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MSM 305:  Bring on the Monkey, Visual Jokes, and Picto-graphs. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Learn Chinese: Chineasy TED Talk http://chineasy.org/films/ted-talk.aspx Book Review this week. 101 (More) Amazing Facts - mental_floss on YouTube - List Show (307) May need to edit the first couple. As always, watch first. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdfaafOJhOo French School Deems Teenager’s Skirt an Illegal Display of Religion PARIS — A secondary school in northeastern France has sent a 15-year-old student home twice in the last two weeks for wearing a long skirt that the principal judged was “an ostentatious sign” of the girl’s Muslim faith. Could tie in well with a school uniform discussion. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/30/world/europe/french-school-teenagers-skirt-illegal-display-religion.html What are Girls Good For http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/what-girls-are-good-for-happy-birthday.html Future Me Email to be delivered in the future. https://www.futureme.org/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-WRITING IN SCIENCE I was recently reading the February, 2015 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the article, "Reading and Writing Alignment Across Content Areas" written by Susan Merten. In the article she explains how her school reached their goal of improving student expository writing overall in every written response, extended or brief, and in all subjects, especially science. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/5/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Writing_in_Science.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources: Deekit https://www.deekit.com/ Ultimate Guide to Taking Notes in Class http://wbsa.co.uk/the-ultimate-guide-to-note-taking-in-class-infographic/ http://wbsa.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/note-taking-feature.jpg?891a21 PictoGraph Creator http://primaryschoolict.com/pictograph/ Topographical Maps http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/history.html Web Spotlight: The School That Silicon Valley Thinks Will Save Education http://www.wired.com/2015/05/altschool/ Principals: Are you brave enough to ask for staff feedback? http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/faculty-staff-survey-form/ President Obama on His Teacher https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/04/29/email-president-obama-my-fifth-grade-teacher Contrary to Conventional Wisdom, New Teachers Are Staying on the Job http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/04/contrary-to-conventional-wisdom-new-teachers-are-staying-on-the-job/391985/ John Oliver on standardized testing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6lyURyVz7k Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 304:  GoFormative Chinese and English sentences

Apr 26, 2015 61:46

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MSM 304:  GoFormative Chinese and English sentences Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Justin Baeder, Advisory: Learn Chinese: Chineasy TED Talk http://chineasy.org/films/ted-talk.aspx Ever look at a piece of chinese text and say to yourself, “It’s Greek to me”? Well it’s not. It’s Chinese! This TED Talk on Chineasy shows students 8 symbols to begin understanding Chinese. If it’s this easy to learn something new in an Advisory class, how hard can the rest of the day be? 20 Fun Sentences 1. I never said she stole my money. http://distractify.com/default-category/the-19-most-mind-blowing-sentences-in-the-english-language/?v=1&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2 Eye vs. camera - Michael Mauser http://ed.ted.com/lessons/eye-vs-camera-michael-mauser#watch 36 Asking Questions “It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” – Eugene Ionesco “Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.” – Euripedes http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/36-quotes-from-successful-people-about-the-wisdom-asking-questions.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-SCIENCE JOURNALING PART 2 I was recently reading the February, 2015 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the Guest Editorial written by Kristin Kandel and Natalie Brew, entitled "Our Science Story: When Science Inquiry Meets the Common Core." They explain, in this second part of a two podcast series, what their interactive science journal, for middle school students, actually looks like. For more information on the journal, contact Kristin Kandel at kandelk@ewsdonline.org http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/4/21_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Science_Journaling_Part_2.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: GoFormative Interesting assessment site. https://goformative.com/ Resources: 8 Top Tips for Highly Effective PD http://www.edutopia.org/blog/top-tips-highly-effective-pd-vicki-davis https://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/files/2015/04/Interventions-arent-10libxc.jpg http://www.storyboardthat.com/articles/education/teacher-resources Commonly used Idioms This List of commonly used idioms and sayings (in everyday conversational English), can help to speak English by learning English idiomatic expressions. This is a list, which contains exactly 66 of the most commonly used idioms and their meaning. http://www.smart-words.org/quotes-sayings/idioms-meaning.html http://cdn1.tnwcdn.com/files/2011/09/Focus-mindmap-for-web.jpg Web Spotlight: Middle Class http://www.businessinsider.com/middle-class-in-every-us-state-2015-4 3 Tips to Make Any Lesson More Culturally Responsive (and it’s not what you think!) 1. Gamify it. 2. Make it social. 3. Storify it. http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/culturally-responsive-teaching-strategies/ Why Education Won’t Fix Economic Inequity http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/01/upshot/why-more-education-wont-fix-economic-inequality.html Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 303:  Technical Woes, Oopsies and make Olivia run.

Apr 5, 2015 55:30

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MSM 303:  Technical Woes, Oopsies and make Olivia run. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Motivational Posters http://twentytwowords.com/you-cant-handle-all-this-motivation/ The 25 Best Self-Improvement Books To Read Before You Turn 25 http://blog.nsays.in/2015/03/the-25-best-self-improvement-books-to-read-before-you-turn-25/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Science Journaling. Part 1 of a 2 part series. I was recently reading the February, 2015 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the Guest Editorial written by Kristin Kandel and Natalie Brew, entitled "Our Science Story: When Science Inquiry Meets the Common Core." They explain, in this first part of a two podcast series, why they developed an interactive science journal for their middle school students. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/3/26_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Science_Journaling_Part_1.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: How to Improve Test Results & It’s Free http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4052664/ Goodbye, math and history: Finland wants to abandon teaching subjects at school http://qz.com/367487/goodbye-math-and-history-finland-wants-to-abandon-teaching-subjects-at-school/ How to Create a Multi-faceted BackChannel from Richard Byrne http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/03/how-to-create-multifaceted-backchannel.html#.VSAAZBPF_ww Resources: TweenTribute http://microsite.smithsonianmag.com/tweentribune/ ReadWorks Informational Articles to Build Knowledge http://www.readworks.org/rw/informational-articles-build-knowledge Renderman RenderMan is now free for all non-commercial purposes, including evaluations, education, research, and personal projects. The non-commercial version of RenderMan is fully functional without watermark or limitation. http://renderman.pixar.com/view/non-commercial-renderman Web Spotlight: 15 Things Students Really want from Teachers http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/15-things-students-really-want-from-teachers.html Engineering Prints as Wall Paper http://photojojo.com/engineerprints/img/tutorial_photos/Wallpaper_001.jpg http://photojojo.com/engineerprints/wallpaper/ Family Income, parental education and brain structure in children and adolescents http://www.nature.com/articles/nn.3983.epdf?referrer_access_token=L6FAip5zxuVqf6v9N3UWTdRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0PKOUzpGihL13qTYfaLM50cPqteT7FXi39QN-z9UApFu5nwExZY6VoNGtBmY1-awVulfMTMUqUzDFkg1TVQ04Qcf_xyC0v8yHam_gdsGsmdSPEtjJ80RffaOahRU3_BLCnTkRhw7I4dAax3MHAZd90maW0Ce3Nmh2R9oGLlI0Zd2Cu86Ak_7mY2SDO6M6Y2D4Y0ECxSW_IVWMjbNEKTggqJOFSZreR42lTivtTN6kflI8lqFBMaIpYyx_pdj8uaj6U%3D For a Million Dollars, You Could at Least… by Tom Martellone • March 21, 2015 http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/11427 http://uberhumor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/GoG0KSF.jpg Random Thoughts . . . Social Wall Format http://www.remc13.org/moodle-ecommunity/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2e1cGJId7M Personal Web Site

MSM 302:  Tweet, tweet #rockin’robin! We’re in Kahoots! with Spring!

Mar 22, 2015 60:23

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MSM 302:  Tweet, tweet #rockin’robin! We’re in Kahoots! with Spring! Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Players Leave Court to Confront Bullies Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Safety on the Move I was recently reading the January, 2015 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read a safety article written by Ken Roy, entitled "Safety on the Move." He explains that the number of force and motion activities at the middle school level is endless. However, the potential for injury is also high. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/3/17_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Safety_on_the_Move.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources: The Price of Freedom: America at War http://amhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/exhibition/flash.html Ultimate Guide to Free Resources http://www.macworld.com/article/2899637/the-ultimate-guide-to-finding-free-legal-images-online.html Kahoot https://getkahoot.com/ https://kahoot.it Tagboard Follow hashtags across multiple platforms. https://tagboard.com/ Tchat.io Best way to use Twitter at a conference http://www.tchat.io/ Web Spotlight: Learnteria Aiming to be the Yelp! of education. https://learnteria.com/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site Moodle Presentation at MACUL

MSM 301:  Bowling for Podcasts, Support Writing Everywhere, and Moodle Me.

Mar 8, 2015 53:08

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MSM 301:  Bowling for Podcasts, Support Writing Everywhere, and Moodle Me. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: The Kids Should See This There’s just so much science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven’t seen. It’s most likely not stuff that was made for them… But we don’t underestimate kids around here. Search & enjoy 1,850+ smart & super-cool, “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos in the classroom or together at home, curated by Rion Nakaya with her 4 & 7 year olds. Click play and start a conversation. http://thekidshouldseethis.com/ 15 Sneaky Ways Grocery Stores Control Your Mind and Money http://twentytwowords.com/grocery-store-tricks/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MORE ON THE EQUIP RUBRIC I was recently reading the January, 2015 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article written by Molly Ewing, entitled "EQuIP-ped for Success. She explains that the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science is a new tool for science educators that provides criteria by which to examine the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the Next Generation Science Standards. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/3/2_Middle_School_Science_Minute-More_on_the_EQuIP_Rubric.html *AND THANKS FOR THE BOWLING REFERENCE! Keep up the great work and congrats on bowling (ok, podcasting) at "300 game!" That is pretty awesome. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 7 Easy Ways to Support Student Writing in Any Content Area http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Content-Area-Writing-02.png http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/content-area-literacy-writing/ Resources: 3 Things Students Should Have Before They Leave High School 1. Students should be connected through a social network with other people in their field of choice. 2. Students should have a digital portfolio. 3. Students should have an “about.me” page. http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/11240 DraftBack Draftback is a Chrome extension that lets you play back any Google Doc’s revision history (for docs you can edit). It’s like going back in time to look over your own shoulder as you write. http://draftback.com/ Web Spotlight: Stanford History Education Group http://sheg.stanford.edu/us The United States Reading Like a Historian curriculum includes 71 stand-alone lessons organized within 11 units. These lessons span colonial to Cold War America and cover a range of political, social, economic, and cultural topics. Each lesson includes a 1-2 day plan that outlines the lesson’s activities and sets of adapted and modified documents along with guiding questions and graphic organizers to support student analysis, use of evidence, and development of historical claims. When appropriate, lessons also include original copies of documents. We encourage teachers to further adapt these lessons and materials for their particular classrooms. Performance Assessments of Social Studies Thinking http://passtmoodle.wmisd.org/login/index.php PASST stands for “Performance Assessments of Social Studies Thinking”. It is a Michigan led group developing assessments aligned to the Michigan Content Expectations in Social Studies as well as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 300:  Firefox says, “Hello!” to a Teacher’s Day.

Mar 1, 2015 55:51

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MSM 300:  Firefox says, “Hello!” to a Teacher’s Day. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Dan Pink Videos Diets Around the World http://twentytwowords.com/diets-from-around-the-world/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Deforestation http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/2/13_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Deforestation.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 9 Guaranteed Ways To Become A Public Speaking Master http://www.lifehack.org/articles/work/9-guaranteed-ways-become-public-speaking-master.html http://www.friedtechnology.com/2014/12/updated-student-choice-continuum.html Movie Trailer Listening Lessons http://ddeubel.edublogs.org/2015/02/19/movie-trailer-listening-lessons/ Resources: FireFox “Hello” https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/hello/ WeVideo https://www.wevideo.com/ A Teacher’s Day A teachers day is like no others. Having worked in the business world prior to going into teaching I understand this but doubt few who have never taught can imagine just how different a teachers day is to that in any other industry. http://sweattoinspire.com/2015/02/23/a-teachers-day/ Google Science Fair Due: May 19. https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/ https://www.googlesciencefair.com/en/how-to-enter?id=insert_how-to-enter_1 Web Spotlight: Google Docs Update Better Headers/Footers. Better page numbering. https://plus.google.com/+GoogleDocs/posts/TovBH2EPCpL Why would students feel valued at school? http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2015/02/why-would-students-feel-valued-at-school.html Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 299: Silly Pie Charts, Bein’ a Rube-ric, and Advisory, Advisory, Advisory!!.

Feb 22, 2015 60:14

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MSM 299: Silly Pie Charts, Bein’ a Rube-ric, and Advisory, Advisory, Advisory!! Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Luke Iorio Google+: Jennifer Lipson Email: Sierra Bishop Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) HAND AND POWER TOOL SAFETY I was recently reading the December, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Scope on Safety" which includes the Science Safety Question of the Month. The article is written by Ken Roy, Director of Environmental Science for the Glastonbury, Connecticut Public Schools. This month's question is: "I have little experience in working with hand and power tools but have been assigned a STEM class that requires their use. Is there a resource available to help me review hand- and power-tool safety?" http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/1/23_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Hand_and_Power_Tool_Safety.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Sabermetrics of Effort http://www.jonahlehrer.com/blog/2015/2/13/the-sabermetrics-of-effort Resources: New Paired Reading http://www.readworks.org/rw/new-paired-texts-question-sets If You Teach At-Risk Kids, You Need This Book (Hint: It’s not Ruby Payne) http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/closing-achievement-gap-hammond/ Rubrics http://www.cultofpedagogy.com/holistic-analytic-single-point-rubrics/ Quizzity http://david-peter.de/quizzity/ Web Spotlight: Is Your First Grader College Ready? http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/08/education/edlife/is-your-first-grader-college-ready.html Success in the New Economy https://vimeo.com/67277269 Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 298:  “Is this mic on?  Are we recording this?”  Student recordings as assessment.

Feb 8, 2015 58:03

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MSM 298:  “Is this mic on?  Are we recording this?”  Student recordings as assessment. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Rosemarie Patterson, Kevin Cullen, Steve Fulton Google+:Leanna Acker Advisory: What The World Eats http://education.nationalgeographic.com/media/richmedia/0/226/project/index.html?ar_a=1 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Engineered Wood I was recently reading the December, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "If It's Engineered, Is It Wood?" The article was written by Richard H. Moyer and Susan A. Everett. It the article, they look at the difference between "real wood" and "engineered wood." They provide a 5E learning cycle lesson where students explore one aspect of manufactured wood. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/1/15_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Engineered_Wood.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Students recording. Clyp.it https://clyp.it/ Vocaroo http://vocaroo.com/ Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Garageband Mac only. WavTap https://github.com/pje/wavtap Voki http://www.voki.com/ AudioPal http://www.audiopal.com/ AudioBoom Used to be AudioBoo. http://audioboom.com/ Moodle Plug-in: Assignment types: Online Audio Recording https://moodle.org/plugins/view/assignment_onlineaudio Repositories: Record Audio https://moodle.org/plugins/view/repository_recordaudio Assignment submissions : Online audio recording https://moodle.org/plugins/view/assignsubmission_onlineaudio Poodll http://poodll.com/ Activities: BigBlueButtonBN Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 297 - An Interview with Mr. James Sturtevant - You've Gotta Connect

Feb 1, 2015 53:18

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MSM 297 - An Interview with Mr. James Sturtevant - You've Gotta Connect Join us for an interview with Mr. James Sturtevant, author of You've Gotta Connect.

MSM 296:  Doin’ Some Reading.  Not Much, Just a Spritz!

Jan 25, 2015 61:08

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MSM 296:  Doin’ Some Reading.  Not Much, Just a Spritz! Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: BWPennyS Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Baking Bread http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2015/1/6_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Baking_Bread.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Follow Up: Strategies: Spritz http://www.spritzinc.com/where-can-i-experience-spritz/ Let the kids have fun: http://www.lucymovie.com/spritz/ Readsy http://www.readsy.co/ Spreeder Resources: Every Kid Needs a Hero https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFnMTHhKdkw Introduction to Forgotten Books http://www.forgottenbooks.com/ Web Spotlight: Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 295:  What is this “Differentiation” you speak of?

Jan 18, 2015 56:05

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MSM 295:  What is this “Differentiation” you speak of? Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Shane Howard, Ryan Coxx, Brad Bridges Advisory: Physical Fitness http://www.cgsc.edu/carl/docrepository/FM21_20_1946.pdf Yelp! Reviews Have student write Yelp! like reviews of local restaurants. Memory Did you know about these 7 ways to improve your memory? 1. Synaesthesia 2. Landmarks 3. The Peg System 4. Rhymes 5. Mnemonics 6. Remembering people’s names 7. Repetition http://bookboon.com/blog/2013/07/did-you-know-about-these-7-ways-to-improve-your-memory/ 20 Life Lessons Everyone Should Learn from Chef http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/20-life-lessons-everyone-should-learn-from-chefs.html The weird science behind first impressions POSTED BY JORY MACKAY First impressions can make or break your career. http://blog.pickcrew.com/weird-science-first-impressions/ Champions Against Bullying: Too Late https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1HrCiLK7wc&app=desktop Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Water Rockets I was recently reading the November, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Redesigning the Water Rocket," written by Allison Antink Meyer and Stephen Bartos. The activities described in this article were developed to frame physical-science concepts appropriate to seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms in the context of a multiphase engineering-design challenge. Dave http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/12/23_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Water_Rockets.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Differentiation Doesn't Work http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/01/07/differentiation-doesnt-work.html

MSM 294:  Another Rathole! Formative Sideburns and Pexels.

Jan 11, 2015 66:54

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MSM 294:  Another Rathole! Formative Sideburns and Pexels. Jokes You Can Use: Thoughts for the day: Eileen Award: Twitter: Kevin McGoldrick, Google+: Whitney Hickman Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-COMPUTATIONAL THINKING I was recently reading the November, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Exploring the Science Framework and NGSS: Computational Thinking in the Science Classroom, written by Cary Sneider, Chris Stephenson, Bruce Schafer and Larry Flick. Computational thinking is a fundamental skill for everyone, not just computer scientists. To reading, writing and arithmetic, we should add computational thinking to every child's analytical ability. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/12/19_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Computational_Thinking.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 13 Ways to Use Socrative as a Formative Assessment Moodle eCommunity https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=277170 Resources: Pexels Free High Quality Images that are free to use. http://www.pexels.com/ DuoLingo for Schools Bring the world's most popular language-learning platform to your classroom. No ads, 100% free. https://schools.duolingo.com/ Oregon Trail - Online https://archive.org/details/msdos_Oregon_Trail_The_1990 Web Spotlight: Minnesota schools hit glitches with online testing http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_27211647/minnesota-schools-hit-glitches-online-testing Grading Thaime! The Originals. Last year, I swept the nation with an album I posted on reddit where I explained my “Little Red Writing Pen” rule. Unfortunately the nation didn’t know it was being swept. So now I will attempt to re-sweep (and possibly mop, wax, and finally get that weird brown-yellow stain out of) the nation by releasing the same exact images! But this time with some descriptions and the names blacked out. Also I am going to release the rest of the collection. To explain, I was an 8th-9th grade science teacher at an all girls Thai school in Bangkok, and I established a rule with my students: If you draw something, I will add to it. They drew, I added, and this is the original album of drawings I posted. I continued to draw on their papers, but I did not continue to post them. This is what is referred to as “foreshadowing.” I have many more images to come! http://squeezymo.wordpress.com/ http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2015/01/higher-level-thinkers-dont-just-magically-emerge-from-low-level-thinking-spaces-slide.html Random Thoughts . . . Conference Thoughts Personal Web Site

MSM 293:  New Year’s Rememberlutions!

Jan 4, 2015 57:38

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MSM 293:  New Year’s Rememberlutions! Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Pete Jabbour, Julie George Advisory: Singer’s Paradox http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2014/12/cutting-through-singers-paradox.html 20 Life Lessons from Harry Potter http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/20-life-lessons-learned-from-harry-potter.html Rememberlutions It’s called a “rememberlutions” jar and it’ll make you feel good all year. http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/im-so-im-so-proud-of-you#.ayRB1xJJZ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) EQuIP Rubric I was recently reading the November, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the Editor's Roundtable, written by Inez Liftig, the editor of Science Scope. Her topic for the month was: EQuIP-A Tool to Help Keep the NGSS on Course." The EQuIP Rubric provides "criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the NGSS." http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/12/12_Middle_School_Science_Minute-EQuIP_Rubric.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Rat Hole: Prijector Prijector is a slick and powerful device that directly connects to your Television or to any Projector. It enables one to share their full-screen and present wirelessly from Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS and Android Devices. Prijector makes every meeting room video conferencing capable by running apps like Skype, Microsoft Lync, Google Hangouts and more. https://prijector.com/ Strategies: E-Learning Challenges https://community.articulate.com/search?tags%5B%5D=E-Learning+Challenges Resources: Google Chrome Extensions Every Teacher should try (ALL FREE) http://www.edudemic.com/free-google-chrome-extensions-for-teachers/ Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read by Maria Popova Neat bonus. All of them can be found for free. http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/12/29/neil-degrasse-tyson-reading-list/ Web Spotlight: Why Reading Matters: An Interview with a School Leader http://www.edutopia.org/blog/why-reading-matters-interview-school-leader-bob-lenz In Teaching Algebra, the Not-So-Secret Way to Students’ Hearts http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/12/to-learn-algebra-the-not-so-secret-way-to-students-hearts/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 292:  Riddle Me This Sherlock, We’re done for this year.

Dec 28, 2014 55:50

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MSM 292:  Riddle Me This Sherlock, We’re done for this year. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Sandy Cameli, Leigh Ann Eck, Todd Bloch Email: Camilla Elliot Advisory: Riddles http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/answer-these-riddles-and-you-will-find-the-answers-life.html House Misconceptions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xF62VeRsjvU How to Build your Confidence http://lifehacker.com/how-to-develop-your-charisma-and-become-more-likable-1673988208 How to Read People Like Sherlock Holmes http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2014/12/how-to-read-people/ Great Questions http://storycorps.org/great-questions/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Hazardous Glues I was recently reading the October, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Scope on Safety," written by Ken Roy, Director of Environmental Health and Safety for the Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT. Within this article is the "Question of the Month." This month's question is, "Are some glues hazardous to use?" From the Twitterverse: 27 Ways to be an Effective Classroom Teacher #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Travel by Drone http://travelbydrone.com/ Teach using graphics http://www.coolcatteacher.com/links/how-to-write-a-letter/ Digital Workstations As children rotate through a series of stations throughout the week, I am free to work with small groups on differentiated needs, offering personalized instruction. In a way, I've cloned myself. Now, there are two of me teaching at the same time! http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2013/12/how-set-digital-workstations Resources: How It Happens Understand the science behind the headlines in How It Happens, which combines simple explanation and elegant animation to reveal the inner workings of the physical world. http://www.nytimes.com/video/how-it-happens/ 15 Uses for a Swivl http://www.coolcatteacher.com/15-uses-swivl/ 3 Timers Google Russ Tarr’s Classroom Timer - Multiple Timers available. Online Egg Timer - 3 Timers (But all start at once). http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/12/three-handy-timer-tools-for-teachers.html#.VJ7GosAA Word Usage Through History Type in a word or two and see a graph of how often it has been used. http://chronicle.nytlabs.com/?keyword=civil%20rights https://books.google.com/ngrams Web Spotlight: 29 Ways to Stay Creative Random Thoughts . . . Happy New Year!! See you next year! Personal Web Site

MSM 291: (Mystery) Science Theater, SAMR and Plagiarize Check This. Bye Doug.

Dec 21, 2014 58:51

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MSM 291: (Mystery) Science Theater, SAMR and Plagiarize Check This. Bye Doug. Jokes You Can Use: EVER WONDER - Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin? - Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed? - Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"? - Why is "abbreviated" such a long word? - Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"? - Why is it that to stop Windows, you have to click on "Start"? - Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons? - Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? - Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? - Why isn't there mouse-flavored cat food? - When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it? - Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes? - Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections? - You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff? - Why don't sheep shrink when it rains? - Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together? - If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress? - If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal? Did you hear about the elephant who was always left out of things and thus felt irrelephant? Eileen Award: Advisory: Advisory Activities: http://roosevelt.4j.lane.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/great_advisory_ideas.pdf Pinterest Ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/bernern1/middle-school-advisory/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Science Theater From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: SAMR A variety of videos to introduce and explain SAMR. http://edtech-mi.blogspot.com/search?q=SAMR Study better http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141202-hack-your-memory-learn-faster Resources: Plagiarism Checkers: PaperRater - http://paperrater.com/ PlagChecker - http://www.plagtracker.com/ DupliChecker - http://www.duplichecker.com/ PBL You have to give up your email address to download. The “book” has a few interesting projects. You get access to three “books” K-5, 6-9, and 10-12. http://hub.globaldigitalcitizen.org/download-pbl-ebook?mc_cid=8727b94086&mc_eid=b72d6a747f Online Games http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/12/36-online-games-kids-can-play-to-learn.html#.VJXOmsAA Web Spotlight: Are you a bad teacher? https://gatsbyinla.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/are-you-a-bad-teacher/ Random Thoughts . . . Doug Herlensky leaves AMLE - Thanks for all the affiliate work and good luck on the next part of your career. Personal Web Site

MSM 290: The Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen Show.

Dec 14, 2014 63:38

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MSM 290: The Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen Show. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Mike Reading, Jason Katcher, Jenna Dixon, Brandon Ouellette, Chris Wherley Email: Sierra Bishop Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Model Synergy I was recently reading the October, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the article, "Model Synergy," written by David Kujawski. In the article, he combines classic modeling practices and digital simulations to augment deeper conceptual understanding. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/11/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Model_Synergy.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: The Real Revolution in Online Education Isn’t MOOCs Data is confirming what we already know: recruiting is an imprecise activity, and degrees don’t communicate much about a candidate’s potential and fit. Employers need to know what a student knows and can do. https://hbr.org/2014/10/the-real-revolution-in-online-education-isnt-moocs/ Resources: Clarisketch from: Richard Byrne http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/10/create-instructional-videos-on-your.html#.VIxYEorF-PN https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.handlix.clarisketch&hl=en 200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More This collection provides a list of free educational resources for K-12 students (kindergarten through high school students) and their parents and teachers. It features free video lessons/tutorials; free mobile apps; free audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; quality YouTube channels; free foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and free web resources in academic subjects like literature, history, science and computing. This newly-released list is a work in progress. http://www.openculture.com/free_k-12_educational_resources Flubaroo http://www.flubaroo.com/ Google Drawings - Templates Below are Google Drawings to be used as fill-in templates or pre-made activities for graphic organizers. These Drawings are view only so you will need to make your own copy of each (open the Drawing, click File, then click Make a copy). You will then have your own copy of the Drawing that you can edit. http://www.appsusergroup.org/resources/drawings-templates Introduce Word Problems to Students Sooner, Studies Say Earlier exposure found to boost learning By Sarah D. Sparks If Ms. Smith’s 8th grade algebra class works through 10 word problems in an hour, and Ms. Jones’ class works through 10 equation problems during the same time, which class is likely to learn more math concepts by the end of class? http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/11/19/13mathwords.h34.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2 Web Spotlight: Unsplash Free, totally free, royalty free, copyright free images. https://unsplash.com/grid Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM 289:  Upcoming Vacation, Back to the Future - Grammar, and Election (Signs)

Nov 2, 2014 66:44

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MSM 289:  Upcoming Vacation, Back to the Future - Grammar, and Election (Signs) Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Dan Balestrero Advisory: Halloween Candy http://mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files/styles/insert_main_wide_image/public/candyx600_103014.png Idioms http://www.hotelclub.com/blog/idioms-of-the-world-infographic/ Back to The Future Grammar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXIZoaD8NBg#t=119 10 Greatest Changes of the past 1,000 years http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/30/10-greatest-changes-of-the-past-1000-years Octothorpe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEVOM0VycMI Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) From the Twitterverse: Strategies: Counter Factuals Given the perilous political circumstances in some regions of our world today, understanding what could have been, may in fact help us better understand what might be. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/119357/altered-pasts-reviewed-cass-r-sunstein http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/opinion/history-without-hitler.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad&_r=0 Resources: 6th - 8th Grade Paired Text Question Sets http://www.readworks.org/rw/6th-8th-grade-paired-text-question-sets Yummy Math http://opencurriculum.org/user/yummymath/ NASA Library of Space Sounds http://createdigitalmusic.com/2014/10/nasa-posts-huge-library-space-sounds-youre-free-use/ https://soundcloud.com/nasa Socrative Quiz List http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/10/access-more-than-1000-socrative-quizzes.html#.VFTVdlPF94U https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1dtoP6ivVNJtqTw0d6OSKLEq5WlZZ7ak9onjU1kph0Co/edit#gid=20451944 Election Day Resource www.electoral-vote.com Teacher & Student Assessment http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2014/10/26/here-are-forms-my-students-are-using-to-evaluate-themselves-me/ Web Spotlight: Gifted & Talented…and Afraid http://eduguideblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/gifted-talented-and-afraid/ 50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World's Teaching Superstar We're starting this celebration of teaching with Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world. He was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for "impiety" and "corrupting" the minds of the youth of Athens. http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/10/29/359325963/50-great-teachers-socrates-the-ancient-worlds-teaching-superstar Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site eCommunity

MSM 288:  Search, Forms, Images, PhotoMath- Your Life on Earth.

Oct 26, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 288:  Search, Forms, Images, PhotoMath- Your Life on Earth. Jokes You Can Use: What is the difference between a cat and a comma? One has the paws before the claws and the other has the clause before the pause. What's the best or fastest way to tune a banjo? With wirecutters. What could you call the small rivers that flow into the Nile? Juveniles. Heard about the math teacher with constipation? Worked it out with a pencil. A chicken walks into a library, goes up to a librarian and says, "Book book book." The librarian decides that the chicken wants a book so he gives the chicken a book and the chicken walks away. About ten minutes later the chicken comes back with the book, looking a bit agitated, saying, "Book book book." The librarian decides the chicken wants another book so he takes the old book back and gives the chicken another book. The chicken walks out the door. Ten minutes later the chicken comes back again, very agitated, saying, "Book book book!" so quickly it almost sounds like one word. The chicken puts the book on the librarian’s desk and looks up - waiting for another book. This time the librarian gives the chicken another book and decides that something weird is happening. He follows the chicken out the door and into the park, all the way to the pond. In the pond is a frog sitting on a lily pad. The chicken gives the book to the the frog, who then says, "Reddit, reddit." Q: Why did the pig leave the costume party? A: Because everyone thought he was a boar. Q: How do astronomers organize a party? A: They planet. Q: What do you call a Filipino contortionist? A: A Manila folder. Eileen Award: Twitter: Trevor Mattea Advisory: Reader https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPLwQm2y83E#t=132 FROM: http://www.teachingquality.org/content/blogs/bill-ferriter/what-growth-mindset-looks-action How to do nothing http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/10/24/how-to-do-nothing-with-nobody-all-alone-by-yourself/ Your Life on Earth Enter some data to see how the person and the world has changed. This could be done with students or with historical figures. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141016-your-life-on-earth Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-CAUSE AND EFFECT I was recently reading the September, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the "Editor's Roundtable: Cause and Effect," written by Inez Liftig, Editor of Science Scope. In the roundtable, she shares her thoughts and the research which supports that the teaching of cause and effect cannot be an afterthought in instruction; it must be considered an integral part of lesson planning integrated seamlessly with other dimensions of a lesson. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Google Search Tips Can be useful for students and you. http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en//educators/downloads/Tips_Tricks_85x11.pdf Resources: Try the New Add-ons for Google Forms Applications for Education The Form Limiter Add-on mentioned above is useful for delivering timed assessments. Form Limiter can also be used to close the form when you a designated number of submissions have been made. That option is useful when you're using Google Forms to create capped registration lists. gMath for Google Forms is another that teachers will find useful. gMath allows you create and insert graphs and mathematical expressions into your Google Forms. That feature is one that math teachers have wanted for years. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/10/try-new-add-ons-for-google-forms.html#.VEmfD5PF_5k PhotoMath PhotoMath reads and solves mathematical expressions by using the camera of your mobile device in real time. It makes math easy and simple by educating users how to solve math problems. https://photomath.net/ ReadWorks Contains lessons and units K-6. This also includes Standards alignment. Additionally, they have resources that are aligned to grade level/strategy. These can be printed. http://www.readworks.org/ Web Spotlight: Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM-287 If Siri can answer, don’t take the bet or the bribe!

Oct 19, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 287:  If Siri can answer, don’t take the bet or the bribe! Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Jenny Lee, Amy Rugg Advisory: 10 Amazing Bets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4sapsEXKpQ#t=92 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-CUSTODIAL SCIENCE TRAINING I was recently reading the September, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Scope on Safety," written by Ken Roy, Director of Environmental Health and Safety for the Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT. Within this article is the "Question of the Month." This month's question is, "Do custodians need safety training prior to cleaning the floors in a science lab?" http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/10/10_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Custodial_Science_Training.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: BoomWriter http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/10/halloween-themed-writing-lessons-from.html#.VEJ-_JPF_Kg A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned http://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/a-veteran-teacher-turned-coach-shadows-2-students-for-2-days-a-sobering-lesson-learned Resources: Schools told: cash bribes 'fail to improve GCSE grades' http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11135444/Schools-told-cash-bribes-fail-to-improve-GCSE-grades.html Web Spotlight: Online Conference Dr. Tatom’s Presentation: My presentation is scheduled for Friday, 10/24/2014. It will be available at 8:00 AM, EDT. Why I now Friend Student via Social Media http://www.coolcatteacher.com/videos/now-friend-students-social-media/ 8th-grader Writes Hilariously Epic Algebra Problem. JJ Abrams Would Be Proud… A surprising new argument against using kids’ test scores to grade their teachers http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/13/a-new-argument-against-using-kids-test-scores-to-grade-their-teachers/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM-286 International Day

Oct 12, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 286: It’s International Day of the Girl, Homework, and Muting the Messenger . . . Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Radiooooo http://beta.radiooooo.com/ Does My Voice Really Sound Like That? Take it from an expert: It’s weird to hear how your voice really sounds. But why does it sound different to you than everyone else. Hank explains -- in a deep, resonant voice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2wThQljxcY&feature=youtu.be 16 Shakespearean Insults *Warning the *H* word is used. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_Uej8LJ48Q#t=49 Breakfast http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/08/magazine/eaters-all-over.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) I was recently reading the September, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Moving Ahead With Alternate Conceptions," written by Aaron Isabelle, Rosemary Millham, and Thais da Cunha. In the article, they explain how alternate conceptions are also referred to as misconceptions, which are deeply ingrained, scientifically inappropriate ideas about something in the physical or natural world. In the article, they state 11 alternate conceptions correlated with the NGSS. An example of an alternate conception is that dinosaurs and cavemen lived at the same time. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/10/1_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Alternate_Conceptions.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Homework http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/26/homework-an-unnecessary-evil-surprising-findings-from-new-research/ Three critical questions students should keep in mind--any subject, any grade--when reading NF: https://twitter.com/KyleneBeers/status/515988759171829760/photo/1 Resources: How Teacher’s Learn http://thelearningcounsel.com/repository/teachers-as-tech-learners.jpeg http://thelearningcounsel.com/archives/How-Teachers-Learn National Cyber Safety Month https://plus.google.com/photos/+google/albums/5940699556055522273 ScratchJR Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer. Download for the iPad. http://www.scratchjr.org/index.html Web Spotlight: Mute the Messenger When Dr. Walter Stroup showed that Texas’ standardized testing regime is flawed, the testing company struck back.by Jason Stanford Published on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 8:00 CST http://www.texasobserver.org/walter-stroup-standardized-testing-pearson/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site Book deliberate [sic] Optimism: reclaiming the JOY in education by Dr. Debbie Silver, Jack C Berckemeyer, and Judith Baenen. “Recharge the optimism that made you an educator in the first place! School is where students and staff should feel safe, engaged, and productive - and choosing optimism is the first step toward restoring healthy interactions necessary for enacting real change.”

MSM-285 Dancing Queen

Oct 5, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 285: Dancing Queen in Sonnet or Jeopardy Rocks the Green Pennies . . . From Heaven. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Martha Riecks, Julia Hiltscher Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) New Middle School Science Minute Podcast on "Green Pennies" I was recently reading the Summer, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Why the Statue of Liberty is Green: Coatings, Corrosion and Patina," written by Richard H. Moyer and Susan A. Everett. In this 5E-learning-cycle lesson, students test different types of coatings on pennies to observe how the coatings affect the amount of corrosion produced when the penny is placed in a moist environment and a moist, acidic environment. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/9/26_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Green_Pennies.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Jeopardy Rocks! Really easy to create and save Jeopardy style board. You just give them a Title for the board (end of the URL), email address and create a password. Then click and type. Easy peasy. Note that you must complete the entire board before the “Publish” button is available. There are six columns. Each column needs five questions. You also need a Final Jeopardy question. http://www.jeopardy.rocks/ http://www.jeopardy.rocks/msm-2453fbd1-b63f-461a-b530-1e71302129f2/ (Only the Hosts category has real questions.) Google Forms Google has updated Google Forms to include a couple of nice options. First of all, you can now limit respondents to one response. Secondly, you can now shuffle question order. Thirdly, you can now customize the images and fonts in a form. You can do a lot of good stuff with Forms. http://blog.gcflearnfree.org/2014/09/11/use-google-forms-to-create-quizzes-surveys-and-more/ http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2014/09/custom-forms-themes.html PopSonnet What happens when you take a pop song and rewrite it as a sonnet? http://popsonnet.tumblr.com/ Resources: Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader [Infographic] When a student struggles to learn to read, we often look to social or economic factors, access to books, or the home environment for an explanation. While each of these factors can play a part, treatable brain differences are often part of the equation. http://www.scilearn.com/blog/inside-the-brain-of-a-struggling-reader-infographic

See the original infographic at http://www.scilearn.com/blog. Richard Byrne Google Docs Resources 27 (and growing) video tutorials by Richard Byrne on using Google. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtx-qUNKJwDz6b_3NaGTkGXaTPrLCpacY Sources of Free Sound Effects and Music for Multimedia Projects Just as with images, it is important to have students use music and sound effects that they have permission to use. The following resources offer music and sound effects that students can use for free in multimedia projects. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/09/sources-of-free-sound-effects-and-music.html

MSM 284: Note(Take) this: Trading Cards, Mentally Strong, Failure in 3D.

Sep 21, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 284: Note(Take) this: Trading Cards, Mentally Strong, Failure in 3D. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Daniel Edwards, Peter Rattien, Kim Allen Facebook: Coco Gibson Burks Advisory: 18 Things Mentally Strong People Do http://media.lifehack.org/wp-content/files/2014/09/18-things-mentally-strong-people-do.jpg http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/18-things-mentally-strong-people.html 15 People Who Failed on Their Way to Success Before their success, some of the world’s most successful people experienced epic failure. We celebrate their success but often overlook the path that got them there. A path that is often marked with failure. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/15-highly-successful-people-who-failed-their-way-success.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-3 DIMENSIONAL ASSESSMENTS I was recently reading the September, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read the Editor's Roundtable, entitled "Align Your Assessments With Three Dimensional Learning." It was written by the editor of "Science Scope," Inez Liftig. The purpose of the column was to emphasize that effective assessment is integral to the three-dimensional learning and teaching needed to realize the vision of the NGSS and the Framework for K-12 Science Education. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/9/4_Middle_School_Science_Minute-3_Dimensional_Assessments.html Have a great vacation! From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Trading Cards http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/09/how-to-create-trading-cards-for.html#.VB2CbytdXFc http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/trading-card-creator-30056.html Note Taking Skills http://www.coolcatteacher.com/note-taking-skills-21st-century-students/ Resources: Socratic Smackdown A versatile discussion-based humanities game to practice argumentation around any text or topic for grades 6 through 12. The game is designed for 4-40 students. Includes a video tutorial, and a PDF of the instructions. Students earn points. All instructions, support material and score cards are included. Links to Common Core standards are also available. The beauty of Socratic Smackdown is its flexibility. Here are some ways Rebecca Grodner has used the game: “Playing it in small groups, it can encourage shy students. In large groups, it can help you focus on specific learning needs.” “Using it as a form of assessment, or as a practice space for finding supporting evidence for one’s ideas.“ “Framing it as a game to help students learn to negotiate conflict. As a facilitator, some days I found myself helping students mediate arguments in their small groups.” http://www.instituteofplay.org/work/projects/print-play-games-2/socratic-smackdown/ Web Spotlight: Is character education the answer? Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D. September 17, 2014 http://edexcellence.net/articles/is-character-education-the-answer#.VBrfSAYaQ7k.twitter Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site - Moodle & Google Classroom

MSM-283 Love Letter

Sep 7, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 283: A Love Letter. Dipsticks. Images. and Memory. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: Twitter: Marc Clark, Deborah Kenny, Crystal Davids, Jeff Emerson Google+: Facebook: Email: Advisory: Cryptic Writing http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/09/01/victorian-cryptographic-love-letter/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-LAB SAFETY SPEC ED PARAPROS I was recently reading the Summer, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Scope on Safety: Question of the Month" written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The question of the month, that he responds to, is "Do special education paraprofessionals in my science lab need to have formal training in handling hazardous chemicals?" From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 13 Tricks to Help You Remember What You’ve Learned Memory is fallible. If you forget everything in this article, remember this fact: Researchers estimate that we lose 90% of everything we learn immediately after learning it. Ninety percent. Have I got your attention now? http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/13-tricks-help-you-remember-what-youve-learned.html 21 Cool Anchor Charts To Teach Close-Reading Skills Close reading is a hot topic that’s just getting hotter! Here are 21 anchor charts, bulletin board ideas and other resources that you can bring into your classroom to turn your readers into even closer readers. http://www.buzzfeed.com/weareteachers/21-cool-anchor-charts-to-teach-close-reading-skill-h0xt Resources: Image Resources https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages Free PowToon Account We believe in the importance of education so to celebrate 5 million PowToons created we have over 50,000 FREE Classroom Accounts to give away! Each account gives one teacher + 60 students access (normally $96/yr per account). Offer Expires October 31st, 2014. Accounts are valid for one year. http://www.powtoon.com/lp/toonup/ Web Spotlight: Random Thoughts . . . Google Classroom Personal Web Site

MSM-282 Own your own stuff

Aug 31, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 282: Own your own stuff, just don’t call a plumber. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: André Sprang, Joseph Kenney, KJ Wari, Jochen Horst Advisory: Humans Need Not Apply The video below is long (15 minutes), but thoughtful and riveting. It make the case that just as horses have been replaced by technology, humans are next. If that sounds like silly logic, invest one minute, just to see what you think. www.loopinsight.com/2014/08/16/humans-need-not-apply Getting Over Procrastination http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/a-procrastination-gene Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Middle School Science Minute -- Think Apps I was recently reading the Summer, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Think Instruments, Think Apps: Using App-Based Technology in the Science Classroom" written by Nancy H. Heilbronner. In the article, Nancy describes 10 apps that would be helpful to use in the science classroom. All 10 of the apps could take the place of costly scientific instruments. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Who's a Math Nerd? *raising hand* http://iamamathnerd.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/countingcircles/ 4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do http://www.edutopia.org/blog/big-things-transformational-teachers-do-todd-finley Resources: 27 Ways To Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom by TeachThought Staff http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/27-ways-promote-intrinsic-motivation-classroom/ Web Spotlight: 4 Steps Towards A More Personal Classroom by Linda Pruett http://www.teachthought.com/learning/getting-started-personalized-learning/ 5 Ways to Assess Learning without Giving a Test I ran into a little push-back about assessment. The chief complaint was that increasing the number of assessments requires teachers to give up more instructional time to test kids. I couldn't agree more with. We don't need more tests. We need more instruction. But here's the deal. Assessment is not testing. Assessment is determining if learning is actually taking place. In fact, assessment is a vital component on excellent instruction, and without assessment, you're not delivering instruction. You're disseminating information and opportunities to learn. http://leadlearner2012.blogspot.com/2014/07/5-ways-to-assess-learning-without.html Why All Students Should Write: A Neurological Explanation by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com http://www.teachthought.com/literacy-2/why-all-students-should-write-a-neurological-explanation-for-literacy/ A strange definition of a ‘bad’ teacher http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/09/a-strange-definition-of-a-bad-teacher/ Ideas Of The Mind (Wandering, Divergent And Flipped) In many organizations, we are so intent on the problems and walls that stand before us, that we never allow ourselves the time necessary to think past, around or beyond them. We spend our waking time and mental capacity being now-focused. Completely immersed in plodding forward…and pushing those walls and obstacles with us. Never realizing that taking a step back will not only improve our perspective, but unveil a variety of routes forward that may have not been noticeable, previously. http://dculberh.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/ideas-of-the-mind-wandering-divergent-and-flipped/ Random Thoughts . . . Own your information. eCommunity for Moodle Personal Web Site

MSM-281-Were Rusty

Aug 17, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 281: We’re Rusty. Shut off the Internet to test. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: Twitter: Holly Berchet-Hall, Brian Marks, Andre Spang, Torsten Larbig, MEEMIC, Kyle Stalzer, @sarahdateechur, Kit Hard, Yong Park, Dr. Phil Metzger, Secondary Principals (MASSP), Google+: Ryan Easton, Sandra Wozniak Facebook: Email: Advisory: Too Obvious to share Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) WE GET LETTERS I was recently reading the Summer, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Letters! We Get Letters" written by Joanna Shubin. In the article, Joanna describes how she has her students write letters to scientists. It is a great way to integrate science and English Language Arts and to generate enthusiasm in all of the students. She suggests that you try having your own students write to scientists, because you will get letters! http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/8/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute-We_Get_Letters.html From the Twitterverse: 4 Ideas To Have A Successful First Year as Principal http://feedly.com/k/1qmcUDJ ~ #ISTEAPLN #fhuedu610 #tn_teta #edchat => @MSMatters #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Stick Pick Twitter Giveaway: So recently I won a copy of Stick Pick. I already have a copy of Stick Pick from back when I reviewed it for the Podcast. If you’d like my copy of Stick Pick, send us an email at middleschooleducators@gmail.com with a short statement on how you use differentiation in your classroom and we’ll throw your name in a random name selector (called Stick Pick) and announce a winner two weeks from the recording of this show. Stick Pick will be making an important product announcement soon and we’ll bring you the news when it happens. Strategies: Random Name Generators Need a way to select students to “volunteer”? http://www.classtools.net/education-games-php/fruit_machine http://primaryschoolict.com/random-name-selector/ http://www.classtools.net/random-name-picker/ * Note that these can also be used for vocabulary words, important terms, etc. Classroom Games http://www.teachhub.com/classroom-games-other-creative-ways-start-day What works in teaching Math http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/MathHome.aspx Resources: Fluency Tutor Fluency Tutor™ for Google is designed to increase the fluency and comprehension skills of emerging readers. It can be used with individual students or whole classrooms. It helps to identify students needing additional support, and is often used with students in older grade levels who have specific reading difficulties. The teacher dashboard and student interaction area are all free. Premium features such as useful analytics and progress tracking are also available for $99 per teacher, per year. http://www.fluencytutorforgoogle.com/ Web Spotlight: Making Connections with Advisory Relationships are among the most important elements of student success. By: Ellen D'Amore ...research has shown that the more teachers foster relationships with their students and focus on their social and emotional needs, the more academic performance, motivation, and attendance improve. Our advisory program includes activities that take approximately one to two hours a week for the first semester, gradually moving the focus from social/emotional awareness to academics. The advisory program involves a series of seamless steps. The results of our advisory program include higher overall GPAs, increased attendance rates, and fewer behavior referrals. In the two years since we implemented the program, my students have commented that they feel like our advisory class is a little family, and they wish we could do more activities together. I feel the same way. http://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsHot/WHDet/TabId/271/ArtMID/889/ArticleID/297/Making-Connections-with-Advisory.aspx Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site IFTTT Badges

MSM-280 SPLAT

Jul 27, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 280: I’d argue that, Ugly Fruit, SPLAT! Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: A chicken walks into a ice cream store. The clerk says, "We don't serve poultry!" The chicken says, "That's OK, I just want a cone." Eileen Award: Twitter: Jason Hovey Advisory: Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/23/334091461/many-kids-who-are-obese-and-overweight-dont-know-it The End of ‘Genius’ WHERE does creativity come from? For centuries, we’ve had a clear answer: the lone genius. The idea of the solitary creator is such a common feature of our cultural landscape (as with Newton and the falling apple) that we easily forget it’s an idea in the first place. But the lone genius is a myth that has outlived its usefulness. Fortunately, a more truthful model is emerging: the creative network, as with the crowd-sourced Wikipedia or the writer’s room at “The Daily Show” or — the real heart of creativity — the intimate exchange of the creative pair, such as John Lennon and Paul McCartney and myriad other examples with which we’ve yet to fully reckon. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/the-end-of-genius.html Mishapen Fruit 300 million tons thrown away each year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2nSECWq_PE Happy in Your State http://twentytwowords.com/do-you-make-enough-money-to-be-happy-in-your-state/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-KNOWLEDGE THROUGH ARGUMENTATION I was recently reading the Summer, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Scientific Explanations and Arguments: Building New Science Content Knowledge Through Argumentation" written by Lauren Brodsky and Andrew Falk. In the article, they describe a process by which to develop science lessons that support students in engaging in and learning through argumentation. They also provide a few suggestions for smaller things you can do to incorporate elements of argumentation, if you don't have time for the entire process. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/7/16_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Knowledge_Through_Argumentation.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 5 Essential Ingredients For Learning (SPLAT) http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/10630 Metacognition Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one’s thinking. More precisely, it refers to the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one’s understanding and performance. Metacognition includes a critical awareness of a) one’s thinking and learning and b) oneself as a thinker and learner. http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/metacognition/ Resources: Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/upshot/principals-in-us-are-more-likely-to-consider-their-students-poor.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1 Class Timers Use multiple timers. Set timers to music. Pause all timers at once. http://www.classtools.net/timer/ Open Curriculum Teacher-curated and Common Core standards-aligned sets of high-quality lessons, activities and assessments. http://www.opencurriculum.org/ Web Spotlight: Gravity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlTVIMOix3I#t=73 Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM-279 Weird Al

Jul 20, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 279: A test of random facts and Weird Al makes the show this week on Middle School Matters! Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Test Questions: Johnny's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child's name? There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh? Source: http://blog.ivman.com/easy-tests/#more-7571 Random Facts An octopus has three hearts. There’s enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in 1 foot of water. You can spell the word “upside down” upside down by using other letters of the alphabet: umop apisdn. The name Jessica was created by Shakespeare in the play Merchant of Venice. The YKK on your zipper stands for “Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikigaisha.” Every two minutes, we take more pictures than all of humanity did in the 19th century. Eileen Award: Twitter: Aaron Duff, Adnan Iftekhar, Kelly Lippard Advisory: Chat out of context https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-qpvjjNfLA#t=33 Perceptions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfZFuw7a13E Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-SCIENTIFIC MODELING I was recently reading the Summer, 2014 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I read an article entitled "Modeling What We Can't Sense - Using Evidence We Can" written by Juliana Texley. In her article she challenges the thinking that as we look at the history of science, we often imply that ideas were chronologically wrong, then less wrong, culminating with modern scientific theory. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources: Why Reading Matters http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2014/07/18/nice-bbc-video-why-reading-matters/ The Seven A’s of Successful High Schools Defining what it means to have a “successful” high school is quite the challenge, with stakeholders often disagreeing on the approach to take. Following, I’ve outlined each of the seven attributes I consider essential in a successful H.S., as well as my rationale for selecting each. http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/10620 Weird Al “Tacky” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsWo8apgLys “Word Crimes” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc Leonard Cohen on Creativity, Hard Work, and Why You Should Never Quit Before You Know What It Is You’re Quitting before we quit, we have to have invested all of ourselves in order for the full picture to reveal itself and justify the quitting, which applies equally to everything from work to love http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/07/15/leonard-cohen-paul-zollo-creativity/ Summer Learning Loss So, if all the research says most of the achievement gap is due to summer learning loss, it boggles my mind even more that we are spending huge amounts of resources on countless school reform boondoggles like Race To The Top, Value Added Measurements (VAM), the “next generation” of standardized testing, etc… http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2014/07/19/is-summer-learning-the-silver-bullet-for-narrowing-the-achievement-gap/ Web Spotlight: Flowboard Presentation software that looks like a magazine layout, functions like HyperCard stacks and is more interactive than Slideshare. It’s an app and until the first 10,000 downloads it’s $9.99. https://flowboard.com/ emaze Think Prezi. With 3D effects. And a translation tool. Basic version is free, the Education version is $2.90/month. http://www.emaze.com/ Random Thoughts . . . ISTE 2014 Personal Web Site

MSM-278 Random Facts

Jul 13, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 278: Random Facts, Write about Maths. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: http://www.buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/really-really-bad-puns Random Facts Eileen Award: iTwitter: Adnan Iftekhar, Kyle S., Mike Paul Google+: Patrick Brule Advisory: Spread of Baby Names http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/07/an-interactive-look-at-history-and.html?m=1 Jobs Charted by State and Salary http://flowingdata.com/2014/07/02/jobs-charted-by-state-and-salary/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Neuroscience-Career Opportunites This is the fourth in a four part series on neuroscience with special guest Aneesha Badrinarayan, Outreach Programs Manager with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, in Ann Arbor, MI. You can visit the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum online at: http://www.aahom.org In this podcast, we look at the question of "How do you prepare for a degree in neuroscience and what are the career opportunities?" http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/7/3_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Neuroscience_Career_Opportunities.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Using Writing in Mathematics to Deepen Student Learning http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED544239.pdf Anchor Charts Useful or just pretty? http://teachingexperiment.com/2013/11/anchor-charts-all-levels/ School-Wide Twitter Chats http://www.worldtimebuddy.com/new-zealand-wellington-to-est Resources: daFont http://www.dafont.com Shooloo Large repository of Common Core Math Word Problems. https://fun.shooloo.org/ Classroom Icebreakers http://www.worksheetlibrary.com/teachingtips/icebreakers.html What was there Ties historical photos to Google Maps. http://www.whatwasthere.com/ Web Spotlight: The Secret of Effective Motivation By AMY WRZESNIEWSKI and BARRY SCHWARTZ http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/opinion/sunday/the-secret-of-effective-motivation.html?referrer=&_r=0 http://thefederalist.com/2014/01/17/the-death-of-expertise/ Random Thoughts . . .

MSM-277 eHes Got eSkeleton in eCloset

Jun 22, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 277: eHe’s got eSkeletons in e’s Closet! Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: A few minutes with ... a kid who helps the homeless Robby Eimers spends his Saturdays like a lot of 12-year-olds, heading to baseball games or handing out meals to 150 homeless people. Whoa. Wait. Say what? http://www.freep.com/article/20140615/NEWS/306150058/1001/news Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Neuroscience for MS Teachers This is the third in a four part series on neuroscience with special guest Aneesha Badrinarayan, Outreach Programs Manager with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, in Ann Arbor, MI. You can visit the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum online at: http://www.aahom.org In this podcast, we look at the question of "Why is neuroscience important for middle school science teachers?" From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 20 WORDS THAT ONCE MEANT SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT http://ideas.ted.com/2014/06/18/20-words-that-once-meant-something-very-different/ Visual Note Taking http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2014/06/19/inspired-by-ipadpalooza-2014-visual-notetaking/ http://www.slideshare.net/wfryer/visual-notetaking-with-ipads-june-2014 Resources: Etymonline http://www.etymonline.com/ eSkeletons http://www.eskeletons.org/ Invasion of America Between 1776 and the present, the United States seized roughly one eighth of the habitable world by treaty and executive order. Explore how it acquired North America in this interactive map of every Native American land cession since the birth of the nation. http://invasionofamerica.ehistory.org/ http://www.ehistory.org/ Library of Congress The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/ Web Spotlight: No one can credibly argue that teachers are trained well enough to be effective and efficient in today’s classrooms http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2014/06/no-one-can-credibly-argue-that-teachers-are-trained-well-enough-to-be-effective-and-efficient-in-todays-classrooms.html 40 Before and After Shots That Demonstrate the Power of Visual Effects http://twistedsifter.com/2014/06/before-and-after-shots-of-visual-effects-in-film/ 11 facts about US teachers and schools that put the education reform debate in context The debate over teacher compensation and job security and its relationship to student performance is incredibly bitter and divisive, featuring two competing sides with drastically competing narratives and visions of education. One good place to start with the issue, however, is with some basic facts. Here are eleven. http://www.vox.com/2014/6/16/5810438/11-facts-about-americas-teachers-and-schools Blog? Wiki? Website? One of the questions that I am asked on a fairly frequent basis is, "should I create a blog, a wiki, or a website for my classroom?" Each platform serves a slightly different purpose. Years ago I created a small set of slides to outline the features of each platform. Yesterday, I rediscovered those slides and found that they are still useful. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/06/blog-wiki-or-website-key-points-to.html#.U6WanY1dXSd Random Thoughts . . . eCommunity for Moodle Personal Web Site

MSM-276 Picture almost Perfect

Jun 15, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 276: Picture (almost) Perfect! Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Julie Brannon, Tanya Knight, Sharon Ricks Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This is the second in a four part series on neuroscience with special guest Aneesha Badrinarayan, Outreach Programs Manager with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, in Ann Arbor, MI. You can visit the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum online at: http://www.aahom.org In this podcast, we look at the question of "What is the application of Neuroscience?" From the Twitterverse: Strategies: Powtoon http://www.powtoon.com/ http://www.powtoon.com/pricing/edu/ Resources: Historypin Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history. Everyone has history to share: whether its sitting in yellowed albums in the attic, collected in piles of crackly tapes, conserved in the 1000s of archives all over the world or passed down in memories and old stories. Each of these pieces of history finds a home on Historypin, where everyone has the chance to see it, add to it, learn from it, debate it and use it to build up a more complete understanding of the world. http://www.historypin.com/ Web Spotlight: Images from the Museum of New Zealand Over 14,000 images are available under a Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC-ND. If you aren’t familiar with Creative Commons it can look a little complicated, but what it means is you can use those images if attribute the image (we help you do that at each download page). You can’t make money from using the image, and you can’t change the image. Might sound a little restrictive but there is plenty you can still do, like use it in your homework, on your blog, print it and hang it on your wall… But even better are the 17,000 images that downloadable for any use, any use at all. These images have no known copyright restrictions. Again it would be good if you attributed the original maker of the work, and link to the page on Collections Online so others can find it, but that isn’t mandatory. http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/explore http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/ How (Not) to Talk to Kids About High-Stakes Tests By day, I’m a calm, mild-mannered middle school teacher who would do just about anything to motivate my students to do their best work and fall in love with learning. I praise their achievements and efforts, not just their high scores, and then watch those scores improve. By night, I am the mom of two daughters, and much of my hard-won professional acumen goes out the window. Defenders believe rigorous tests lead to better teaching and better learning only when the tests have sharp teeth: Students, educators, principals, and even whole schools face dire consequences if kids don’t do well. It’s a giant experiment, involving millions of children. 1. Going negative just does not work very well. 2. Praising hard work, not high scores, is more effective. 3. Stereotypes matter. So the takeaway for parents and teachers swept into the vortex of testing mania? Inspire students by helping them to see that their hard work has a purpose that will improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Build up students’ confidence by teaching them to work hard to improve their skills. Praise their tenacity and curiosity, not just their high scores. http://www.rewireme.com/explorations/talk-kids-high-stakes-tests/#sthash.aP67okS6.y7GwnHh9.dpbs Random Thoughts . . . ISTE 2014 eCommunity for Moodle Personal Web Site

MSM-275 Top Ten

Jun 8, 2014 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Lee Ann Jung Advisory: Drawing out things songs that don’t make sense http://www.buzzfeed.com/nathanwpyle/nonsensical-lyrics-explained-by-gifs What Your Handwriting Says About You Have your students write about a simple topic. http://www.buzzfeed.com/celestinomark/what-your-hand-writing-says-about-you What do you need for one bedroom housing? Have your students write out how much they think that they would need to make per hour to afford one bedroom housing in your area. This is based upon a 40 hour work week and working 52 weeks a year. This can be extended by having the work out the math to include a vacation. Students could also figure out if they moved how that could impact what they need to make. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/04/22/what-youd-need-to-make-in-every-county-in-america-to-afford-a-decent-one-bedroom/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This is the first in a four part series on neuroscience with special guest Aneesha Badrinarayan, Outreach Programs Manager with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, in Ann Arbor, MI. You can visit the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum online at: http://www.aahom.org In this podcast, we look at the question of "What is Neuroscience?" From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Resources: What We Can Learn from Oklahoma’s Repeal of Common Core http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2014/06/06/what-we-can-learn-from-oklahomas-repeal-of-common-core/ ExamTime Introduces New Options for Tracking Your Own Study Habits ExamTime is a neat service that students can use to create flashcards, mind maps, and practice quizzes to help them study. The most significant of the new ExamTime features is the new performance tracking option. Performance tracking allows students to keep track of how they scored on practice quizzes, monitor which flashcards they know and which they need to spend more time with, and track their comprehension of nodes of their mind maps. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/05/examtime-introduces-new-options-for.html#.U5MXEZRdX70 Video: A New Version Of “I’m Just A Bill” That’s More Cynical & More Accurate http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2014/05/22/video-a-new-version-of-im-just-a-bill-thats-more-cynical-more-accurate/ Web Spotlight: SAMR Model Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog/archives/2014/04/27/FrameworksForEducationalTechnology_SAMRAndTheEdTechQuintet_CAIS.pdf The Problem with Outcome-Oriented Evaluations “When we play poker, we control our decision-making process but not how the cards come down. If you correctly detect an opponent’s bluff, but he gets a lucky card and wins the hand anyway, you should be pleased rather than angry, because you played the hand as well as you could. The irony is that by being less focused on your results, you may achieve better ones.” Smart decisions and strong performance do not always beget good results; the more factors in-between our actions and the desired outcome, the less predictive power the outcome can give us. Better policy would focus on school and teacher inputs. For example, we should agree on a set of clear and specific best teaching practices (with the caveat that they’d have to be sufficiently flexible to allow for different teaching styles) on which to base teacher evaluations. http://34justice.com/2014/05/19/the-problem-with-outcome-oriented-evaluations/ Random Thoughts . . . eCommunity for Moodle Personal Web Site

MSM-274 Correlations

May 25, 2014 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: How Far Your Paycheck Goes, In 356 U.S. Cities http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/05/20/313131559/how-far-your-paycheck-goes-in-356-u-s-cities Caffeine It's not just in coffee anymore. From drinks to jerky to gum, caffeine is everywhere. In our latest video, we take a look at the science behind the world's most popular drug, including why that little molecule keeps you awake and reveal just how much caffeine is too much. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuJOhpNS0IY What is “Pretty”? http://www.whatispretty.com/#/ How the Blind see beauty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlcx_q8u_YI#t=27 Citizenship Test http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2014/05/americans-get-asked-questions-from-us.html http://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/teachers/educational-products/100-civics-questions-and-answers-mp3-audio-english-version Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-PLACE-FAMOUS SCIENTISTS I was recently reading the February, 2014 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I was reading the article, "Science Evolving," written by Elizabeth Chick. In this article, Chick explains how she developed a yearlong study of famous life scientists to bring together the Common Core for English Language Arts with the Nature of Science, found in the Next Generation Science Standards. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/3/17_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Place-Famous_Scientists.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Spurious Correlations http://www.tylervigen.com/ Open Rocket OpenRocket is a free, fully featured model rocket simulator that allows you to design and simulate your rockets before actually building and flying them. The main features include: Six-degree-of-freedom flight simulation Automatic design optimization Realtime simulated altitude, velocity and acceleration display Staging and clustering support Cross-platform (Java-based) http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2014/05/quotes-.html#.U4CsUVhdX71 http://openrocket.sourceforge.net Engaging 6th Graders With Coding This week I am giving some guest bloggers the opportunity to share their ideas and experiences. This is a post from Alison Franz. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/05/engaging-6th-graders-with-coding.html#.U4CqY1hdX70 Resources: AMLE Book Clearance http://www.amle.org/Shop/Closeouts.aspx Kaizena Kaizena allows teachers to provide audio feedback on shared Google Docs. This must be added through the App Store. https://kaizena.com/ Web Spotlight: Random Thoughts . . . Kids will still go to physical schools, to socialize and be guided by teachers, but as much, if not more, learning will take place employing carefully designed educational tools in the spirit of today’s Khan Academy --modular learning tailored to a student’s needs. -- Google gurus Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen pp 21-22 of THE NEW DIGITAL AGE: Transforming Nations, Businesses, and Our Lives (Vintage) http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2014/05/quotes-.html#.U4CsUVhdX71 eCommunity for Moodle Personal Web Site

MSM-273-Maestro

May 18, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 273: Maestro, my Kindergartener is now “College and Career Ready”. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: ally-funny Eileen Award: Twitter: Jason Hovey, Tara Becker-Utess, Anna Asti, Andrea McKay, Kevin Sigaty, Jerri Wood, Google+: Heather Valdespino Advisory: 10 Jobs that will http://mashable.com/2014/04/28/jobs-of-the-future/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-HAND WASHING I was recently reading the January, 2014 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. One of my favorite sections in each Science Scope is the "Scope on Safety" section, written by Ken Roy, Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Glastonbury Public Schools. Ken shares his advice on hand washing. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Google Lesson Plans http://www.google.com/insidesearch/searcheducation/lessons.html Resources: Curriculet Create/Use classroom texts that include mark ups, notes, and quizzes. Uses Google sign in. www.curriculet.com Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. http://twinery.org/ Google Classroom http://www.google.com/edu/classroom/ Web Spotlight: Digital Reading Poses Learning Challenges for Students By Benjamin Herold Comprehension may suffer when students read on the digital devices now flooding into classrooms, an emerging body of research suggests. When reading on screens, for example, people seem to reflexively skim the surface of texts in search of specific information, rather than dive in deeply in order to draw inferences, construct complex arguments, or make connections to their own experiences. Research has also found that students, when reading digitally, tend to discard familiar print-based strategies for boosting comprehension. And many of the multimedia elements, animations, and interactive features found in e-books appear to function primarily as amusing distractions. ...also quick to acknowledge a big problem: "I understand better when [text] is on paper, because it's all right there, and it's not skipping ahead and back all the time." A study last year by Heather R. and Jordan T. Schugar, a wife-and-husband research team at Westchester University of Pennsylvania, found that a small sample of students comprehended traditional books at "a much higher level" than they comprehended the same material when read on an iPad. "We live in two worlds now," she said. "We have to adapt." http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/05/07/30reading_ep.h33.html?tkn=PMMFo4tLGmh6NCiNzQJqSzJEzUsX5Cmy25wx&cmp=ENL-DD-NEWS1 Kindergarten show canceled so kids can keep studying to become ‘college and career ready.’ Really. An annual year-end kindergarten show has been canceled at a New York school because the kids have to keep working so they will be “college and career” ready. Really. This didn’t come out of the blue. Kindergarten (and even preschool) has increasingly become academic — at the expense of things such as recess and the arts — in this era of standardized test-based school reform. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/26/kindergarten-show-canceled-so-kids-can-keep-working-to-become-college-and-career-ready-reallyV Random Thoughts . . . eCommunity for Moodle Personal Web Site

MSM-272 POST You gotta fix that

Apr 20, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 272: POST! You gotta fix that. Oh, and get me engaged (not that way). Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: During training exercises, the Lieutenant driving down a muddy back road encountered another car stuck in the mud with a red-faced colonel at the wheel. "Your jeep stuck, sir?" asked the Lieutenant as he pulled alongside. "Nope," replied the Colonel, coming over and handing him the keys, "Yours is." Little Johnny was not paying attention in class so the math teacher called on him and said, “Johnny! What are 5, 2, 28 and 40?” Little Johnny quickly replied, “NBC, CBS, HBO, and Cartoon Network!” Okay, so a Texan rancher comes upon a farmer from Maine. The Texan looks at the Mainer and asks, "Say, how much land you think you got here?" Mainer: 'Bout 10 acres I'd say." Texan (boasting): Well, on my lot, it takes me all day to drive completely around my property!" Mainer: "Yep, I got one of them trucks too." A man put in 10 puns for a pun contest, hoping that at least one of them would win. But sadly, no pun in ten did. Wife: “How’d your doctor appointment go? Husband: “Well, there’s good news and bad news. My blood pressure’s high and I’m overweight. But, at the doctor’s suggestion, I’m going to take up golf!” Wife: “And the good news?” Eileen Award: iTunes: Twitter: Google+: Facebook: Email: Advisory: Birthday Celebrations Around the World Warning, could give students some ideas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWLGvaeDAlU Positive Messages https://twitter.com/FHUPrincipal/status/453508594554531840/photo/1 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Place-Based Inquiry I was recently reading the January, 2014 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I was reading the article, "Using Place-Based Inquiry to Inspire and Motivate Future Scientists," written by Callin Switzer. In this article, Callin explains the meaning of scientific inquiry and compares and contrasts place-based education and field-based education. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/2/7_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Place-Based_Inquiry.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: BookTrack Classroom Create texts for your students. The texts can include sounds. This could be a reading of the book or background music. http://cdn.booktrack.com/education-studio/index.html#!/ Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide.aspx?sid=19 Resources: Why Doesn't America Read Anymore? NPR had a terrific April fool’s joke. http://www.npr.org/2014/04/01/297690717/why-doesnt-america-read-anymore Web Spotlight: More Than Half of Students 'Engaged' in School, Says Poll Students who strongly agree that they have at least one teacher who makes them "feel excited about the future" and that their school is "committed to building the strengths of each student" are 30 times more likely than students who strongly disagree with those statements to show other signs of engagement in the classroom—a key predictor of academic success, according to a report released Wednesday by Gallup Education. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/04/09/28gallup.h33.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS1 Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM-271 Nerds Saving Money Put it on Paper

Apr 6, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 271: Nerds, Saving Money, Put it on Paper Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: Twitter: Sandra Martin, Carina Soto, Kaley Katherine, Duncan Gunstone Google+: Facebook: Email: Advisory: Wil Wheaton’s Response to being called a nerd Wil Wheaton explains to a girl how to handle being called a nerd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04WJEEb33CY#t=48 Body Language Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are#t-11094 Dining http://twentytwowords.com/barbarian-eating-different-countries-around-world-7-pics/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-STORY ASSESSMENTS I was recently reading the January, 2014 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I was reading the article, "Every Assessment Tells a Story," written by Fred Ende. In this article, Fred shares his design of Story Assessments as a form of evaluation design. His purpose for designing Story Assessments was to reduce student anxiety. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/3/17_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Place-Famous_Scientists.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: 14-Year-Old Proves U.S. Can Save $370 Million by Changing Fonts Changing the standard typeface used by federal and state governments could save the United States roughly $370 million a year in ink costs, according to a peer-reviewed study by Suvir Mirchandani. The best part of the story? Mirchandani is just 14 years old. It all started when Mirchandani, a student at Dorseyville Middle School near Pittsburgh, Pa., noticed that he was getting a lot more printed handouts in class than he used to in elementary school. He wondered how wasteful it was, and then discovered just how expensive ink is. At up to $75 an ounce, he points out, it's twice as expensive as Chanel No. 5 perfume. http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/save-money-change-fonts/ http://www.emerginginvestigators.org/ Resources: Paper Create all types of graph paper to print or use as a background for Interactive Whiteboards, presentations, etc. http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/ OR http://gridzzly.com/ Lingua.ly Learn Practice Read One free way to learn a new language. There is now a mobile app. Did I mention that it is free? http://lingua.ly/ Comics in Education http://www.comicsineducation.com/ Scrawlar Web based whiteboard. No registration required. No app or plugin required. Teacher creates class accounts. http://www.scrawlar.com/ My Slide Rule Upgrade your skills. Grow in your career. Find MOOC’s that will help you grow. http://www.mysliderule.com/

MSM 270: We’re Baaaaacccckkkk….with Numbers, Yoga & Advisory! Yogurt optional . . .

Mar 30, 2014 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Google+: Kris Ham, Advisory: Yoga http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/low-income-students-combat-stress-mindfulness/ 58 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/58-everyday-things-you-never-knew-had-names 77 Facts That Sound Like Huge Lies But Are Actually Completely True http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/77-facts-that-sound-like-huge-lies-but-are-completely-true Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS I was recently reading the January, 2014 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I was reading the article, "Supporting Linguistically Diverse Students" written by Joseph Johnson, Randy Yerrick, and Erin Kearney. In this article, they look six strategies to help provide success for English Language Learners. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/1/24_Middle_School_Science_Minute-English_Language_Learners.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: How to Trick a Child Into Playing the Violin (or Other Boring Things) http://geekdad.com/2014/03/trick-a-child-into-violin/ Resources: Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Wheel http://eductechalogy.org/swfapp/blooms/wheel/engage.swf Classic Books http://read.gov/books/ Evolution of a Story from Idea to Publication: A Behind-the-Scenes Look Explains the writing process from a writer. http://www.jamierubin.net/2014/02/26/evolution-of-a-story-from-idea-to-publication-a-behind-the-scenes-look/ Web Spotlight: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/education/2014/03/03/15966/eli-broad-appoints-head-of-philanthropic-education/ Virtual autopsy: explore a natural mummy from early Egypt http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/past_exhibitions/2012/virtual_autopsy.aspx Free CopyRight Courses Peer 2 Peer University is again offering some free courses on Copyright and Creative Commons for educators. Copyright for Educators and Creative Commons for Educators begin in March and run through early May. Copyright for Educators has an enrollment limit and requires an application. Creative Commons for Educators does not have an enrollment limit nor does it require an application. Creative Commons for Educators: The course will run for a period of 7 weeks, as split up to the left and below. Each week has a different task to complete, which is due the following Sunday. Tasks may take anywhere from half an hour to two hours or more, depending on how much effort you and your small group wants to put in that week. Like most things in life-- the more time you put into it, the more you will get out of it. Course break-down 3 March - Week 1: Introduce yourself and your classroom need 10 March - Week 2: Creative Commons in Context 17 March - Week 3: Find the materials with the rights you need 24 March - Week 4: Remix and attribute 31 March - Week 5: Share your work 7 April - Week 6: Collaborate and create 14 April - Week 7: Share your resource about CC https://p2pu.org/en/courses/1283/creative-commons-for-k-12-educators/ http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/02/free-copyright-and-creative-commons.html#.Uxsu1NyxNTN Good Parenting Skills http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2013/11/good-parenting-skills/ Random Thoughts . . . Personal Web Site

MSM-269 For now

Mar 2, 2014 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: William Gould, Val Jones, Mark Maudlin, Jessica Herring, Bren Martin Advisory: Skeptic 101 THE SKEPTICAL STUDIES CURRICULUM RESOURCE CENTER is a comprehensive, free repository of resources for teaching students how to think skeptically. This Center contains an ever-growing selection of books, reading lists, course syllabi, in-class exercises, PowerPoint presentations, student projects, papers, and videos that you may download and use in your own classes. Lessons in these resources include: what science is, how it differs from pseudoscience, and why it matters the scientific method and how to use it to investigate and conduct skeptical analyses of extraordinary claims how to construct effective arguments and rhetorical strategies how to effectively use presentations and papers to present an argument reason, logic, and skeptical analysis the psychology of belief how ideas are presented within academia how peer review works and much more… http://www.skeptic.com/skepticism-101/ Hand gestures http://www.pimsleurapproach.com/blog/language-learning/the-hand-jive-hand-gestures-infographic Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-THE LEONARDO STRATEGY I was recently reading the January, 2014 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I was reading the article, "The Leonardo Strategy" written by Renee Clary and James Wandersee. In this article, they look at scientific discourse and argumentation in an online environment. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/1/19_Middle_School_Science_Minute-The_Leonardo_Strategy.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: Professional Development Be glad this isn’t you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAy3vJn4pbs#t=34 Cultivate a Learning Mindset: Passion What can be seen in an organization with a learning mindset characterized by passion? http://blog.clerestorylearning.com/cultivate-a-learning-mindset-passion Characteristics of Good Leadership http://infographicjournal.com/characteristics-of-good-leadership/ Resources: Chogger Create comics online. http://chogger.com/ Web Spotlight: 25 Literary Opening Lines Diagrammed on One Giant Poster http://mentalfloss.com/article/55248/25-literary-opening-lines-diagrammed-one-giant-poster 25 maps and charts that explain America today http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/02/24/25-maps-and-charts-that-explain-america-today/ Real Discipline in School http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/02/17/opinion/real-discipline-in-school.html Nine-hour school day is the norm – and a national model – at Oakland middle school http://edsource.org/today/2014/oakland-middle-schools-9-hour-school-day-is-model-program/57269 Random Thoughts . . . Blended Learning. Class I’m taking as a student. Special shout out to Ron King for his contributions.

MSM-268 Twitter never stops

Feb 23, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 268: Twitter never stops….One linkey dink. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Mark Maudlin, Kip Email: Aaron Atwood Advisory: Cost of things: Students are probably pretty aware of Facebook. Recently, Facebook purchased “WhatsApp” for $19 billion. What could they have purchased with that instead? http://twentytwowords.com/things-that-are-cheaper-than-facebooks-new-acquisition-whatsapp-like-iceland-for-instance/ Visiting America What would you tell visitors from other countries about America? http://mentalfloss.com/article/55140/10-japanese-travel-tips-visiting-america Would it be OK to have a dance restricted by grades? http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/top-grades-open-the-door-to-school-dance-in-montgomery/2014/02/03/3bb75640-89df-11e3-916e-e01534b1e132_story.html?wprss=rss_Copy%20of%20local-alexandria-social How Real are Videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qrGOi41iwE Elie Wiesel’s Acceptance Speech We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. one person of integrity, can make a difference, a difference of life and death. What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1986/wiesel-acceptance.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-LABELING CONTAINERS I was recently reading the December, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I was reading the safety question of the month, written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT. The question is: If I transfer a chemical from its original container to a secondary container, what information do I need on the label of the new container? http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/1/10_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Labeling_Containers.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” Strategies: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/inventing-the-american-presidency-kenneth-c-davis Resources: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/02/how-to-add-450-fonts-to-your-google.html#.UwjH2fRdW8t Google Newspaper Archives Newspapers from around the world. These vary greatly in time periods as well. Lots of applications. Have students research a specific time period and compare how different newspapers reported the events. Have students view a single newspaper over time to see the changes in attitudes, reporting, etc. Have students compare the advertisements in a variety of newspapers. Have students use the newspapers accounts to develop a setting for a story. http://news.google.com/newspapers Video Conference Programs This database, sponsored by Polycom, Inc., contains programs from content providers such as zoos and museums that offer ISDN or IP based videoconferencing. The Berrien County ISD has researched this information to the best of our knowledge. If you have any corrections or updates, please email them to twice.cc.board@gmail.com. http://projects.twice.cc/vcpd/searchprogram.php Web Spotlight: Dating Rules http://twentytwowords.com/30-rules-for-boyfriends-from-2-little-girls-with-very-high-standards/ Connected Educator 2014 Conference Random Thoughts . . . Blended Learning. Class I’m taking as a student.

MSM-267 Make Shawn Happy

Feb 3, 2014 00:00:00

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MSM 267: Make Shawn feel good, Dave Does the Climate Change ... Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: Sghtblindr Twitter: Marie Booz Google+: Michael Dettloff Facebook: Advisory: Different Students http://www.coolcatteacher.com/videos/autistic-boy-speaks/ Rewritten Book titles http://www.themillions.com/2014/01/read-me-please-book-titles-rewritten-to-get-more-clicks.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-SPECIAL EDUCATION I was recently reading the December, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I came upon an article entitled, "Special Education in the Science Classroom: A Co-Teaching Scenario" written by Lisa Dieker, Lisa Finnegan, Kelly Grillo, and Dennis Garland. In the article they cite five areas that science teachers should consider regarding building a positive, inclusive classroom setting. 1. Both teachers must be involved 2. Reading and vocabulary instruction is critical 3. Teaching students how to write in the science curriculum 4. Using effective grouping and teaching social skills directly 5. Assess learning constantly http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2014/1/3_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Special_Education.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Strategies: Meryl Streep provides examples of Voice From the Ellen Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8TSBw5JiWE#t=159 Resources: Getty Publications Virtual Library Free digital backlist titles from the Getty Publications Archives http://www.getty.edu/publications/virtuallibrary/index.html MetPublications http://www.metmuseum.org/research/metpublications Full text online: (395 current choices): http://www.metmuseum.org/research/metpublications/titles-with-full-text-online?searchtype=F Create Infographics Nice rundown on different tools to create infographics. http://www.razorsocial.com/make-your-own-infographic/ Down for everyone or just me? Neat site that will let you know if a web site is down, or just down for you. This can help troubleshoot if a firewall is blocking a site or school filters, etc. http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/# Online Timer/Clock Free, easy to use. http://www.teachit.co.uk/custom_content/Timer/clock3.html Web Spotlight: 3 Things We Should Stop Doing in Professional Development by George Couros • January 30, 2014 1. Creating a detailed agenda 2. Scheduling back-to-back-to-back-to-back learning 3. Thinking that “collaboration” with others is the only way we learn http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/10156 Remind 101 Adds Support for Sending Text Messages to Subgroups http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/01/remind-101-adds-support-for-sending.html#.Uu55BnddW8s Map: 'How Much Snow It Typically Takes to Cancel School in the U.S.' Trubetskoy includes the following clarifications: http://m.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/map-how-much-snow-it-typically-takes-to-cancel-school-in-the-us/283470/ Connected Educator 2014 Conference The Educator’s Un/Conference . . . and 4 Scechs to boot!

MSM-266 Advisory-Patent Pending

Jan 19, 2014 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Erin McAndrews Advisory: Best City to Visit London is on track to being the most popular tourist destination in the world, beating Paris and New York, with latest numbers showing visitors to the UK capital up 20 per cent. The rivalry between 'The Big Smoke' (London) and 'The City of Love' (Paris) comes amid another media-based spat between Britain and France over the economy. http://www.englishblog.com/2014/01/reuters-video-london-eyed-as-best-tourist-city-.html#.UtqRsGQo4_U Trending Words Kind of like Word of the day, http://www.merriam-webster.com/trend-watch/2014/01/17/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-SAFETY IN VIDEOS I was recently reading the November, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I came upon an article entitled, "Safety in Videos," written by Ken Roy, Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Glastonbury Public Schools. Ken shares his advice on how teachers should always review media with an eye toward appropriate safety practices. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/12/20_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Safety_In_Videos.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Strategies: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~duckwort/images/12-item%20Grit%20Scale.05312011.pdf Resources: This scientist has three patents pending. He also happens to be 12. http://blog.ted.com/2014/01/13/this-scientist-has-three-patents-pending-he-also-happens-to-be-12/ Web Spotlight: 40 more maps that explain the world Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. I've included a link for more information on just about every one. Enjoy. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/01/13/40-more-maps-that-explain-the-world/ Rag Linen Rag Linen, named for the heavy-duty paper on which pre-19th century news was printed, is an online museum of rare and historic newspapers, which serve as the first drafts of history and the critical primary source material for historians, authors and educators. Curator and publisher Todd Andrlik has built one of the most significant and comprehensive private collections of Revolutionary War era newspapers. Glimpses of the newspapers can be found on RagLinen.com, but the full archive of American Revolution newspaper coverage will be made public for the first time in the forthcoming book, Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News (Sourcebooks, November 2012). Before 1870, newspapers were printed on a sturdy paper made by pulping linen rags, often from clothes or ship sails. Thanks to the durability of rag linen paper and Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, history’s most important events from the 16th through the 19th centuries are often well preserved in printed form. http://raglinen.com/ Rick Rolled my physics teacher... https://twitter.com/sairamg3/status/422906182152757248 History Picz https://twitter.com/HistoryPicz AMLE 2013 Annual Conference

MSM-265 Two things

Jan 12, 2014 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Chris Gore, Rolli, Ali Spagnola Advisory: The Train that never stops http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIeRrU4_M3Q#t=18 19 Saying Fixed http://thedoghousediaries.com/5574 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-CLASSROOM ZOO I was recently reading the November, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I came upon an article entitled, "Classroom Zoo: Practicing Ethical Research on Animals," written by June Poling from Portland, OR. She developed a classroom invertebrate zoo project where students take on the role of zookeepers. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/12/13_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Classroom_Zoo.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Strategies: 5 Special Strategies for Teaching Tweens Strategy 1: Teach to Developmental Needs Strategy 2: Treat Academic Struggle as Strength Strategy 3: Provide Multiple Pathways to Standards Strategy 4: Give Formative Feedback Strategy 5: Dare to Be Unconventional http://www.middleweb.com/6641/5-strategies-for-tween-teachers/ Resources: What Happens on the Internet in a Minute? http://dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Internet-minute.jpg The Principal: The Most Misunderstood Person in All of Education http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/11/the-principal-the-most-misunderstood-person-in-all-of-education/281223/ Common Core and the Food Pyramid By Rick Hess on December 16, 2013 7:33 AM http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2013/12/common_core_and_the_food_pyramid.html Fighting in Teenagers Lowers Their IQ http://calorielab.com/news/2013/08/12/fighting-in-teenagers-lowers-their-iq/ Web Spotlight: How flipping saved a teacher’s career

MSM-264 Suffixes matter

Dec 29, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 264: Suffixes matter & Sunshine on the Soap Bubbles . . . Then there was a ding. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: Twitter: Jodi Stewart, Coach Burk, Michael Carton Google+: Facebook: Advisory: T-Rex I've included a link for you to print out your own. The trick looks best through a camera. If you close one eye and move back and forth it works pretty good too. GreenT-Rex image http://i.imgur.com/vBDV8o5.jpg Red T-rex http://i.imgur.com/80DDCYy.jpg Blue T-rex http://i.imgur.com/Z8lZnoK.jpg Winter Soap Bubbles http://www.boredpanda.com/frozen-bubbles-winter-photography-angela-kelly/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-POWERPOINT FLASHCARDS I was recently reading the November, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. I then read the article "Increasing Science Vocabulary Using PowerPoint Flash Cards.” In order to help improve science vocabulary in the school, they did the following: 1. Explored Science-Vocabulary Acquisition 2. Implemented Vocabulary Instructional Practices 3. Implemented PowerPoint Flash Cards 4. Integrated Science Vocabulary as a School-Wide, Universal Support System. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/12/4_Middle_School_Science_Minute-PowerPoint_Flashcards.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Strategies: Resources: Open Library https://openlibrary.org/ Web Spotlight: Turn 0 Phrase Identify colloquial phrases. http://turn-o-phrase.appspot.com/ ‘Small typo’ casts big doubt on teacher evaluations http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/small-typo-casts-big-doubt-on-teacher-evaluations-education-101517.html#.UrnmXe55TWk.twitter 5 Ideas To Bring Parents Into The Learning Process by George Couros • December 26, 2013 Here are some ways that we can build strong connections with the parents in our school communities: Use what the kids use Have an open mind Tap into parent leadership Focus on open communication Create learning opportunities http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/9881 Why All Students Should Write: A Neurological Explanation by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com http://www.teachthought.com/literacy-2/why-all-students-should-write-a-neurological-explanation-for-literacy/

MSM-263 How do I love thee

Dec 22, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 263: How do I love thee? Let me calculate the snow days . . . Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: The local sheriff was looking for a deputy, so Gomer, who was not exactly the sharpest nail in the bucket, went in to try out for the job. "Okay," the sheriff drawled, "Gomer, what is 1 and 1?" "11" he replied. The sheriff thought to himself, "That's not what I meant, but he's right. What two days of the week start with the letter 'T'?" "Today and tomorrow." The sheriff was again surprised that Gomer supplied a correct answer that he had never thought of himself. "Now Gomer, listen carefully: Who killed Abraham Lincoln?" Gomer looked a little surprised himself, then thought really hard for a minute and finally admitted, "I don't know." "Well, why don't you go home and work on that one for a while?" So, Gomer wandered over to the barbershop where his pals were waiting to hear the results of the interview. Gomer was exultant. "It went great! First day on the job and I'm already working on a murder case!" At school one morning the teacher asked little Johnny what he had for breakfast. Little Johnny said, well, on my way to school I come cross this Apple tree, so I climbed up there and started eating apples. I guess I eat about six, said little Johnny. No, said the teacher, it’s ate! Little Johnny said well it could've been eight I don't remember. Q. What did the traffic light say to the other traffic light? A. Don’t look now am changing! Q: What kind of insects to you find on the Moon. A: Lunar Ticks (Lunatics) Q. Why did the kid eat his homework? A. His teacher said it was a piece of cake. Eileen Award: iTunes: Twitter: Shawn Davids, Middle Grades Ed UGA, Google+: Jaguar Ed, Facebook: Advisory: One Job Have students write a story about one of the pictures. http://hadonejob.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Science Literacy I was recently reading the November, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. I then read the article "Building Science Literacy by Reading: Science News" written by Kent Schielke, a 7th-8th grade science teacher in Naperville, IL. Every year, she challenges her 8th graders with the question, "Where will you get your information about new science after you take your last science class." She then shares the assignment that she uses to help her students answer this question. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Strategies: Club Academia http://clubacademia.org/ Five Tools That Help Students Plan Stories As a student the importance of planning a story before writing it was driven into my head. Then when I became a teacher, I drove that same message home to my students. Here are five free tools that students can use to plan and outline their stories. Storybuilder. Story Map ACMI Storyboard Generator Storyboard That Cube Creators http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/12/five-tools-that-help-students-plan.html#.UrW-a2RDu8s Resources: Snow Day Calculator http://www.snowdaycalculator.com/calculator.php Free Images from the British Library http://www.openculture.com/2013/12/british-library-puts-1000000-images-into-public-domain.html Web Spotlight: AMLE 2013 Annual Conference Flipped Classrooms in the Middle Level Nichole Carter (@MrsCarterHLA) Random Thoughts . . . Moodle https://moodle.org/

MSM-262 MODEMS are a pain

Dec 8, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 262: MODEMS Are a Pain, but necessary… The Musical. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) From the Twitterverse: Strategies: Resources: AMLE 2013 Annual Conference Rick Wormeli & Formative Assessment Videos: The Piano Guys and the Nowegian Technology Problem. The Inner Net Formative vs. Summative Assessment and questions conventional practice. Random Thoughts . . . Conference notes. Native Apps vs Generic Conference apps.

MSM-261-Tynkar

Nov 24, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 261: Tynkar, “Waver”, Heartbreaker, Spy (Where’s Waldo?) Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Marc Prensky Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Wave Warnings I was recently reading the October, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I came upon an article entitled, "Wave Warnings," written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT. Within the article, he shares ideas on safety when doing hands-on activities in the study of energy and waves. He recommends providing safety awareness when students use: Slinkys Lenses Mirrors Light Sources (laser, lightbulb, etc) Tuning Forks Drinking Glasses Wave Tank Sink Student Designed Sound Generators/Musical Instruments http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/10/24_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Wave_Warnings.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Strategies: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2013/11/response_there_is_no_such_thing_as_an_unmotivated_student.html Resources: Tynkar What it is: Tynker is about the coolest way for kids to learn how to computer program- absolutely NO prior programming experience is needed! Tynker leads kids through design thinking through interactive courses where kids can learn how to program at their own pace. http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=5183 Web Spotlight: How Benoit Mandelbrot Discovered Fractals: A Short Film by Errol Morris Even if you know little of mathematics, you probably have some awareness of fractals. You’ve almost certainly heard them invoked, correctly or otherwise, to describe things that look or act the same at the large scale as they do at the small. http://www.openculture.com/2013/11/how-benoit-mandelbrot-discovered-fractals-a-short-film-by-errol-morris.html http://twentytwowords.com/2013/11/22/mathematically-inaccurate-6-year-old-gets-self-confidence/ AMLE 2013 Annual Conference Our Thanks . . . Dave Bydlowski Ron King Dr. Monte Tatom Our listeners

MSM-260 Hey Ironman

Nov 17, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Ashton Kutcher Acceptance Speech - Teen Choice Awards 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuBSRC1zpHw What If Superheroes Had Part-Time Jobs Have students pick a SuperHero (or create one). Then have them decide upon a part time job (or alternate) job. Students could draw or write the story about the SuperHero. http://laughingsquid.com/what-if-superheroes-had-part-time-jobs/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-SCIENCE SONGS I was recently reading the September, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. In this issue, I came upon an article entitled, "Songs in Service of Science," written by Kathryn Hoffman. Within the article, she explains how science songs can be beneficial to students. At the end of the podcast, I sing two of the songs from the article. They are: The Linnaean Levels of Classification Cellular Respiration. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/10/18_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Science_Songs.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Strategies: Learn the Address http://www.learntheaddress.org/ Grade Table http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2013/11/everything-thats-wrong-with-traditional-grading-in-one-table.html?utm_source=feedburner&IP=10.38.97.3&CAT=WEBLOG&USER=IPGROUP&CE=0 Bruno: Achievement Gaps Have Closed More Than You Think One of the subtlest pitfalls, however, concerns the apparent persistence of achievement gaps between different groups of students. http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2013/11/bruno-achievement-gaps-are-closing-faster-than-you-think.html Resources: History in Color Take black and white photographs from the past and add a splash of color. The impact is different. https://www.facebook.com/HistoryInColor Similar: Some Lincoln and WWII pictures. Click through the slider at the top of the page. http://lightbox.time.com/2012/10/25/a-vibrant-past-colorizing-the-archives-of-history/#3 Optical Illusions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UelJZG_bF98#t=19 eQuiz Show http://equizshow.com/ How to participate in a Twitter Chat http://www.coolcatteacher.com/videos/participate-twitter-chat-txeduchat/ Web Spotlight: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2013/11/as_the_final_public_comment.html 8 Universal Secrets of Motivated Learners http://www.personalizelearning.com/2013/11/8-universal-secrets-of-motivated.html#! UDACITY'S SEBASTIAN THRUN, GODFATHER OF FREE ONLINE EDUCATION, CHANGES COURSE http://www.fastcompany.com/3021473/udacity-sebastian-thrun-uphill-climb AMLE 2013 Annual Conference Executive Director’s Meeting: Membership focused on Teachers and resources for educators, backburner Administrators and Universities. Free membership option has been a HUGE hit: 10,000 new members in the first month. Half-Baked Ideas . . . On the go recording.

MSM-259 Think

Nov 3, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Tricia Fuglestad, Tara Kuty Advisory: Myers-Briggs Introduction to the Cognitive Style Inventory This modest self-scoring inventory is Not a substitute for taking an MBTI ®. It is simply an introduction to personality type or psychological type. We hope it whets your appetite for learning more about the Myers and Briggs model of personality development and its message of increased human understanding. The Style Inventory will allow you to approximate what are your MBTI Type preferences. After determining your 4 Type letters, you can jump to a number of links we have provided to help you get acquainted with the characteristics and indicators of the 16 types and verify if your type, as determined by this "unscientific" survey, seems to "fit" or not. http://www.personalitypathways.com/type_inventory.html Does Being Rich make you Different? Science can explain a lot of things that I've always wondered about (go, science!). In this case, it explains what I've known for a long time but been unable to quite understand: Why do some folks who have a lot more money than others seem to be less nice and more evil to everyone around them? At 0:50, someone actually takes candy from babies. No, really. At 3:00, we start to see the science unfold before our eyes. Entire management courses could — and should — be taught with the bit starting at 4:40. http://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2013/07/take-two-normal-people-add-money-to-just-one-of-them-and-watch-what-happens-next.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Petri Plate Disposal I was recently reading "The NSTA Ready Reference Guide to Safer Science," written by Ken Roy of the Glastonbury Public Schools. In this book, Key answers questions that have been submitted by middle school science teachers. In this podcast, Ken answers the following question: "What is a safe way to dispose of Petri Plates used to grow mold and bacteria?" If you would like to order Ken's book, please visit the NSTA bookstore at: http://nsta.org/store http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/10/11_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Petri_Plate_Disposal.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Strategies: Resources: http://ayearofproductivity.com/10-things-learned-productivity-watching-70-hours-ted-talks-last-week/ SwipeSpeare Shakespeare has all the ingredients of a big budget movie—if you can understand him. SwipeSpeare puts the words of the Bard into plain and simple English with a Swipe of a finger! Unlike other apps that put the original and modern side-by-side in a way that is distracting and hard to read, SwipeSpeare only shows you the modern text when you want to see it. Simply swipe your finger over the text, and the text will change; swipe it again and it will change back. Romeo & Juliet is free. http://www.swipespeare.com/features.html Web Spotlight: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/18/what-poor-children-need-in-school/ Half-Baked Ideas . . . If you’re at AMLE, say, “Hi!” A couple of observations about AMLE this year. 1. It’s going to be colder than usual. 2. No conference App this year. Yea, verily. There is much sadness . . . 3. If you see a person wearing a Middle School Matters podcast shirt, be sure to say hello. Hope to see you there! (If I have MSM pencils, you can have one for free!)

MSM-258 Wagging the Addison Tale

Oct 20, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Why Read? Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Argumentation From Evidence http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/9/6_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Argumentation_From_Evidence.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/10/7-free-ipad-apps-for-science-lessons.html#.UmKY82RASQk http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=5158 http://addisonstales.com/ Web Spotlight: http://code.org/ The Test of the Common Core http://www.huffingtonpost.com/e-d-hirsch-jr/common-core-tests_b_3824859.html DreamSchool http://www.edwize.org/is-dream-school-a-reality-tv-nightmare Bruno: Bullying Is Bad, But Do We Know How To Stop It? http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2013/10/bruno-bullying-is-bad-but-do-we-know-how-to-stop-it.html

MSM-257 From NanoTech to Space-Be Safe

Oct 13, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 257: From NanoTech to Space - Be Safe Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: David Katz, NAESP, Student Linkup, BJ Piel, Mark Denham (Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Detroit Mercy) Advisory: 15 Ways of the Successful Self-Directed Learner by Jeff Cobb 1. Takes initiative 2. Is comfortable with independence 3. Is persistent 4. Accepts responsibility 5. Views problems as challenges, not obstacles 6. Is capable of self-discipline 7. Has a high degree of curiosity 8. Has a strong desire to learn or change 9. Is self-confident 10. Is able to use basic study skills 11. Organizes his or her time 12. Sets an appropriate pace for learning 13. Develops a plan for completing work 14. Has a tendency to be goal-oriented 15. Enjoys learning http://www.missiontolearn.com/2013/10/self-directed-learning-success/ Malala Yousafzai The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday, and Malala Yousafzai, the youngest nominee ever, is considered by many to be the frontrunner. http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2013/10/09/the-best-resources-on-malala-yousafzai/ http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/tue-october-8-2013-malala-yousafzai Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Nanotechnology Basics I was recently reading the Summer, 2013 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. Within this issue is the monthly column, "Green Science," written by Jessica Palliser. This month, Jessica writes about the nanoscale and provides a basic understanding of nanotechnology basics. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: The Civil War Trust The Civil War Trust is America's largest non-profit organization (501-C3) devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public of the war's history and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it. http://www.civilwar.org/ 9 Out Of 10 Americans Are Completely Wrong About This Mind-Blowing Fact This pretty much speaks for itself. At 1:05, I get a rude awakening. At 1:41, he starts talking about you. At 2:24, he says a "bad" word. At 3:50, he kind of breaks my brain. At 4:50, he lets you know how broke you really are. At 5:20, he rubs it in. And at 5:50, he points out that reality isn't close to what we think it is. http://www.upworthy.com/9-out-of-10-americans-are-completely-wrong-about-this-mind-blowing-fact-2?g=6 Web Spotlight: Beware of the Internet Safety Industrial Complex Larry Magid http://www.huffingtonpost.com/larry-magid/beware-of-the-internet-safety_b_4066956.html The Six Best YouTube URL Tricks Repeat All or Part of a Video Download Any Video Bypass Regional Restrictions Jump to a Specific Time Disable Related Videos Skip to the Good Parts With the Wadsworth Constant http://lifehacker.com/the-six-best-youtube-url-tricks-1422544868 The myth of NASA's expensive space pens Fantastic story, right? Except that's not what happened. NASA originally used pencils in space but pencils tend to give off things that float in zero-g (broken leads, graphite dust, shavings) and are flammable. After testing, NASA ordered 400 Fisher pens for use on space missions at a cost of under $1000. Russia switched to using the pens a year later. http://kottke.org/13/10/the-myth-of-nasas-expensive-space-pens

MSM-256 Chocolate from nothing-I need to Telegram this

Oct 6, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: How to Create Chocolate Out of Nothing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y13tSEyOqGs Find more http://www.marianotomatis.it/EN/index.php Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-ARGUMENTATION AND DISCOURSE I was recently reading the Summer, 2013 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. Within this issue is the monthly column, "Editors Roundtable," written by Inez Liftig. This month, Inez writes about nurturing argumentation and discourse and how it is necessary as we shift toward the Next Generation Science Standards. She then shares some observations from years of trial and error with implementing student-student interactions and argumentation in her own teaching. http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/8/23_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Argumentation_and_Discourse.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Strategies: Twitter Posts as Telegrams http://charlesgute.com/index2.html Once I believed http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/9038 Resources: How to Make Your Own Luck by Maria Popova http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/10/01/how-to-make-your-own-luck/ Vizify Turn your Twitter feed into a video. Learn about your followers and other statistics. https://www.vizify.com/ https://www.vizify.com/shawn-troy/twitter-video Free Materials These top-quality financial literacy materials, including classroom modules, games, DVDs and brochures, are free and available for access now by all educators, parents and consumers. Click "Download" to download an item, or "Add to Cart" to receive it by mail. http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/resources/free_materials/ MathsFrame Mix of free and paid Math resources. May be a bit elementary. http://mathsframe.co.uk/ SciShow YouTube channel that has tons of good Science stuff. Range in time from a couple of minutes up to about 15. http://www.youtube.com/user/scishow Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement You’ll want to change the bottom line. http://thisisnthappiness.com/post/62781098396/grahams-hierarchy-of-disagreement Stanislav Petrov: The man who may have saved the world http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24280831 Download The Chronicles of Narnia as Free Audiobooks http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/10/download-chronicles-of-narnia-as-free.html#.Uk9sCWRASQk Web Spotlight: All Technology Is Assistive Technology Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement 1. Working with their peers 2. Working with technology 3. Connecting the real world to the work we do/project-based learning 4. Clearly love what you do 5. Get me out of my seat! 6. Bring in visuals 7. Student choice 8. Understand your clients -- the kids 9. Mix it up! 10. Be human http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-engagement-stories-heather-wolpert-gawron Half-Baked Ideas . . . Surface Tablet Review Likes: 1. Screen resolution is easy on the eyes. 2. Programs load fairly quickly. 3. On-screen keyboard is fairly easy to use. 4. Battery time is pretty good. Dislikes: 1. The non-responsive keyboard is worthless. 2. Boot time is a little slow. 3. Updating programs is SLOW. 4. The Windows 8 tile system is a clunky. I can only see a few apps at a time and it is a little tricky to move app tiles from place to place. 5. Sometimes getting the Wi-Fi to work is a pain. Sometimes it’s easier than the iPad. 6. OneNote stinks. 7. Version 2 is coming out not long after I get version 1 . . . granted it was free . . .

MSM-255 Swivl me timbers Pirate day is over

Sep 29, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 255: Swivl me timbers, Pirate day is over. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Jordan Shapiro, Mark E Denham, Raul Santiago Facebook: Catherine Jackson Advisory: Produce Flops http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/13-of-the-worst-product-flops-of-all-time The Prudential Spirit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCysiSAefsw http://spirit.prudential.com/view/page/soc What We Are: Shattering Stereotypes http://www.middleweb.com/7776/students-reject-stereotypes/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-FIRST-AID http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/8/8_Middle_School_Science_Minute-First-Aid.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. News: Khan Academy: The hype and the reality http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/khan-academy-the-hype-and-the-reality/2012/07/22/gJQAuw4J3W_blog.html#pagebreak Resources: 30 Classic Books That May Change Your Life http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/classic-books-that-will-change-your-life.html 25 Things You Had No Idea There Were Words For http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/things-you-had-no-idea-there-were-words-for Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP) http://comparativeconstitutionsproject.org/ TedEd http://instructify.com/2013/09/23/teded/ Swivl The perfect solution for professional applications. Includes the complete featureset for a great video experience with enhanced audio. See the full list of specs here. (Model #SW1721) $199 per unit. Free cont. US ground. International fees may apply. http://www.swivl.com/ http://www.swivl.com/store/ Web Spotlight: Connected Educator Month Is Coming – What Will You Do? http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/8994 575 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc. http://www.openculture.com/freemoviesonline

MSM-254 Close reading Misdirection and Misconceptions

Sep 22, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-SCIENCE MEETS THE ARTS From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Strategies: Some Common Alternative Conceptions (Misconceptions) http://www.apa.org/education/k12/alternative-conceptions.aspx Resources: Half-Baked Ideas . . .

MSM-253 King Me or Pin Me The Odds Arent Good

Sep 15, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 253: King Me or Pin me, the Odds aren’t good. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: http://visual.ly/what-are-odds Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Respect the Web From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: After the Deadline After the Deadline helps you write better by adding spell, style, and grammar checking to web applications. You can learn more on our features page. http://www.afterthedeadline.com/ http://www.polishmywriting.com/ 14 Profound Quotes From The Harry Potter Books http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/profound-quotes-from-the-harry-potter-books Web Spotlight: Why are you working on that? I’m astounded at how often my children do things for class without understanding the bigger reasons behind WHY they’re doing those things. http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2013/09/why-are-you-working-on-that.html The Two Things Teachers Focus on Most....Instead of Learning Written by Mark Clements http://edunators.com/index.php/becoming-the-edunator/is-my-classroom-focused-on-learning/the-two-things-teachers-focus-on-most-instead-of-learning Rick Wormeli: Redos, Retakes, and Do-Overs, Part One http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM-3PFfIfvI Why I Hated Meredith’s First Grade Teacher: An Open Letter to America’s Teachers http://kylenebeers.com/blog/2012/08/20/why-i-hated-merediths-first-grade-teacher-an-open-letter-to-americas-teachers/ Be Sure To…. Strategy to help kids reflect. https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/student-goal-setting

MSM-252 He Took the Rhom-bus

Sep 8, 2013 00:00:00

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Call Us at (262) 724-6653 (ana-schoold) (Google Voice) Diigo Group: http://groups.diigo.com/group/middle-school-matters email: middleschooleducators@gmail.com Twitter: @MSMatters Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Middle-School-Matters/348279537549 iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/middle-school-matters/id261383649 Google+:https://plus.google.com/u/1/104676757968930789769/ Comments: Middle School Matters: http://middleschoolmatters.com MSM 252: He took the Rhom-bus, Jim! Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: An American tourist was lunching in a restaurant in China where the specialty was duck. The waiter explained each dish as he brought it to the table. "This is the breast of the duck; this the leg of the duck; this is the wing of the duck; etc." Then came the dish that the American knew was chicken. He waited for the explanation. Silence. "Well?" he finally asked, "What's this?" The waiter replied, "It's a friend of duck." Waiter: And how did you find your steak, sir? Customer: Well, I just pushed aside a bean and there it was! What do you call a bear in the rain? A drizzly bear What did the bean say to the bean? Why do are seagulls called seagulls? Three tomatoes are walking down the street. What lights up a soccer stadium? When’s the best time to go to the dentist? Eileen Award: Twitter: Mike Hanlon, Steve Woods email: Patti Kinney (NASSP) Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Nature Study Practitioners: I was recently reading the Spring, 2013 issue of Green Teacher magazine. One of the articles in this issue was entitled, "The Nature-Study Movement" written by Kelly Johnson. She found that by revisiting this historic movement it reinforces the importance of integrating art and science when helping children get engaged with the natural world. Within the article, the author shares stories about her three favorite Nature-Study Practitioners. They are: 1. Anna Botsford Comstock 2. Beatrix Potter 3. Rachel Carson http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/7/3_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Nature_Study_Practitioners.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Movie Teachers Read more: http://entertainment.time.com/2013/09/05/back-to-school-10-great-movie-teachers/slide/all/#ixzz2eDTIaJNS http://entertainment.time.com/2013/09/05/back-to-school-10-great-movie-teachers/slide/all/ Task Timer from Richard Byrne http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/09/a-task-timer-to-use-offline-or-online.html#.Uis1J2RASQk Visual.ly Click on the search button to find infographics for your area. http://visual.ly/ Delayed Gratification http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_ubVVnWglk Things to Think About https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/things-to-think-about/id664670576?mt=8 Socrative Back Channel http://www.socrative.com/garden/?p=1651 Web Spotlight: The Ruthless Global Battle for Your Back-to-School Shopping Dollars http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/08/the-ruthless-global-battle-for-your-back-to-school-shopping-dollars/279057/#comments The Biggest “Game-Changer” in Education September 5, 2013 By George Couros http://connectedprincipals.com/archives/8916# School bullying's chilling new front By Francey Hakes, Special to CNN http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/05/opinion/hakes-bullying/index.html http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2013/09/this-is-not-the-answer-to-cyberbullying.html

MSM-251 Baby needs a new pair of shoes Shawn a new modem

Sep 1, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 251: Baby needs a new pair of shoes, Shawn needs a new MODEM... Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Diana Darrow, Jason Elsom, Miles MacFarlane, Pat McCarty Advisory: Twitter Beard (from Ron King) For the past three years I've been teaching "Digital Illustration" in a local college VC program. For this terms final project I assigned the students an "Illustrative Mask" for them to create over a four week period were we focused on each phase of the creative process: Thumbnails, Sketches, Comps, and Final Art all being art directed by myself and peer reviewed. *Includes link to model beard. http://artbackwash.blogspot.com/2009/06/twitter-beard.html 9 Skills That Every Kid Should Learn http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/9-skills-that-every-kid-should-learn.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Eyewash Stations http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/6/28_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Eyewash_Stations.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: http://www.upworthy.com/we-have-been-mislead-by-an-erroneous-map-of-the-world-for-500-years Money http://www.theatlantic.com/video/archive/2013/08/what-is-money/278980/ Web Spotlight: Add Images to a Google Form Terrific tutorial by Richard Byrne. Yhttp://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/08/how-to-create-image-based-quizzes-in.html#.UiH7smRASQk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRl1dG4iehk#t=169 Moon Phases Explained (with Oreo cookies) Hey, Oreo cookies, what more could you want? http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/?p=4400 Hi Guys, Thought of you when I saw this on ASCD: Five follow-worthy ed-tech Pinterest boards Administrators, educators will find ed-tech resources for engaging instruction, professional development Shelly Terrell‘s 46 boards focus on a variety of resources, including digital storytelling, presentation tools, word cloud tools, online games, graphic organizers, and collaboration tools. http://pinterest.com/shellyterrell/ Eric Sheninger‘s Twitter Resources board includes tips for administrators and teachers alike, including using Twitter for professional development, how to help teachers overcome Twitter fears, and more. Sheninger’s other boards focus on personal learning networks, Web 2.0, and iPad apps for administrators. http://pinterest.com/esheninger/ Kristin Brynteson‘s ed-tech board includes pins on iPad apps, interactive learning sites, flipped learning, and collaborative and engaging educational resources. http://pinterest.com/kbrynteson/ed-tech/ All Things Technology, from Mary Lirette, features writing websites, free online books, and professional development videos in its more than 800 pins. Lirette’s main Pinterest board is chock full of educational resources and has more than 4,200 pins. http://pinterest.com/marylirette/all-things-technology/ Erin Klein‘s EduTech Resources board offers users a multitude of ed-tech tips and tools, including a list of educational and ed-tech websites, ISTE sessions, instructions on how to integrate various apps with one another, resources on digital citizenship, and more. http://pinterest.com/erinklein/edutech-resources/ Time Management: Planning for the Adventure Think of planning for the school year as planning for an adventure. If we are going to teach like pirates, we'd better be well prepared for those duels and treasure hunts. Prioritize Make a List and Set a Timeline Enlist Students to Join Your Crew Refer to Your Outside Compass and PLN Don't Be Afraid to Say "No" (Arrr . . .) http://www.edutopia.org/blog/time-management-planning-the-adventure-clara-galan Parents hope school district learns from heat cancellations http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/29/parents-react-heat-class-cancellations

MSM-250 Well its been a while

Aug 25, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Why was the archaeologist depressed? His career was in ruins. What's the most commonly misspelled blood group? Typo. What do you call Santa's helpers? Subordinate clauses. Why was the computer tired when it got home? Because it had a hard drive. What do you call dyslexic owls? Slow. Eileen Award: iTunes: Busbyscience Twitter: Joy Kirr, Paul Dunford, Don Wettrick, Kyle Mayer Diigo: Facebook: Christine Fleisher, Smoth John Advisory: Red Cross Baby Sitting Courses Introductory Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mIS1UQY2_Q http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/program-highlights/babysitting-caregiving Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Choice Eliminates Complacency I was recently reading the March, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. An article that caught my attention was: "Choice: The Dragon Slayer of Student Complacency." It was written by Douglas Llewellyn. The article focuses in on the the skills that middle level teachers have that help them capture student interest. The teacher skills are: 1. Differentiate instruction to suit the needs of individual students. 2. Provide intrinsic motivation for learning by offering choice. 3. Engage students in the learning process. You can find it online at: http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/6/24_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Choice_Eliminates_Complacency.html From the Twitterverse: Resources: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/08/100-tips-for-new-teachers-and-good.html#.Uhi6JmRASQk 47+ Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/09/47-alternatives-to-using-youtube-in.html#.Uhi7nmRASQk Lingualy. http://lingua.ly/ Getty http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/open-content-an-idea-whose-time-has-come/ Unsplash Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. 10 new photos every 10 days. Good for background images. Also useful for writing assignments. http://unsplash.com/ 40 maps that explain the world http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/12/40-maps-that-explain-the-world/ RIP, Elmore Leonard: The Beloved Author’s 10 Rules of Writing http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/08/21/elmore-leonard-10-rules-of-writing/ Web Spotlight: Moodle Inspiring better teaching everywhere. Welcome to the first official Moodle MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Our first course for teachers runs for four weeks, starting 1st September 2013. http://learn.moodle.net/ A teacher's heart speaks on the first day of school http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-teacher-heart-speaks-on-first-day-of.html How come officials could predict new test score results? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/08/12/how-come-officials-could-predict-results-on-new-test-scores/

MSM-249 In Spite of It All, Heres a Show

Jul 22, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 249: In spite of it all, here’s a show.... Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: Twitter: Michael Smith, Todd VanHorn, Sue Waters, AJ Juliani, Shelley Burgess, Patrick Larkin, Lisa Linn, Alec Couros, Darin Jolly and Vicky Smart, Diigo: Ron King. Facebook: Kathy Rose Advisory: 7 Word Autobiographies http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/07/11/nypl-live-holdengraber-7-word-bios/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Design Based Troubleshooting I was recently reading the March, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. An article that caught my attention was: "Troubleshooting: A bridge that connects engineering design and scientific inquiry." It was written by David Crismond. This article compares classic troubleshooting versus design-based troubleshooting. The emphasis of troubleshooting is on observing, diagnosing, explaining, and fixing. Troubleshooting stands ready as a bridge that can link the practices of engineering design with those of scientific inquiry. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: ISTE Videos http://www.youtube.com/playlist?hl=en&gl=US&client=mv-google&list=PL6aVN_9hcQEFDH57WbT4sY8xQ6Mpp5kbO&nomobile=1 Goals http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2013/07/why-you-should-set-soft-goals-for-your.html?m=1 How to Nap http://holykaw.alltop.com/how-to-nap-effectively-infographic?tu2=1 ColAR Color in the book pages and then see them come to life as they pop out of the page as 3D models on your mobile http://colarapp.com/ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/colar-mix/id650645305?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 RSA Videos: Sir Kenneth Robinson - How to find your element http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDhhIghXxfo Carol Dweck - How to Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyVZ0KKJuTg Web Spotlight: ISTE Follow Up Everyone loves Instagram. Pinterest is gaining popularity as a way to collect and share resources. Google Glass has the biggest “wow” factor amongst the ed tech crowd since the first iPhone. The shift from tools to best practices has made major strides (or maybe I just picked better sessions this year.) ISTE is less about technology and more about education reform, transformation, and 21st century learning. The commercialization of education is far too prominent at ISTE. My best learning still takes place in unstructured situations. We as teachers need to learn how to be learners again. Students need to hear less talking and have more time for exploration, self-directed learning, and failure. We need to take back play and bring the fun and games back to learning. Teachers don’t share their work because they don’t think they have anything remarkable to share. You and I are the change makers. http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/2013/06/big-ideas-from-iste-2013.html The world’s most famous teacher blasts school reform The most famous teacher in the world is not a fan of high-stakes standardized tests, Teach For America or the Common Core State Standards. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/07/16/the-worlds-most-famous-teacher-blasts-school-reform/?wprss=rss_education&clsrd Music that you listen to as you work: Wait, what about teachers?..... http://columnfivemedia.com/work-items/sonos-infographic-working-jams-what-music-to-listen-to-on-the-job/ Half-Baked Ideas . . . BossJock Visual Notes.

MSM-248 Visual Notetaking

Jul 14, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 248: Visual Notetaking . . . but this is a Podcast . . . Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Futuristic Inventions 200 Calories Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Middle School Science Minute -- PBL and Fossil Finders I was recently reading the March, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. An article that caught my attention was: "Fossil Finders: Engaging All of Your Students Using, Project-Based Learning." It was written by Timothy Conner, Daniel Capps, Barbara Crawford, and Robert Ross. The article does a nice job of explaining Project -Based Learning (PBL), why they use PBL and how Fossil Finders fits into the curriculum. You can learn more about Fossil Finders by visiting: http://www.fossilfinders.org From the Twitterverse: Resources: Adobe FormsCentral One take on Standardized Testing Do you know a class like this? Coggle Unleash your creativity https://coggle.it/ MindMup These can be created in a number of places. You can create a public one, an offline version or save one in your Google Drive. http://www.mindmup.com/#m:new Free Resources from Larry Ferlazzo Web Spotlight: How To Learn Math http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2013/07/how-to-learn-math.html Cinema Effects http://youtu.be/XHa98mDfOR4 Visual Notetaking http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2013/06/26/visual-notetaking-at-iste-2013/ How to Create Visual http://youtu.be/qRJG46hUAW8 Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/06/stop-penalizing-boys-for-not-being-able-to-sit-still-at-school/276976/ Half-Baked Ideas . . . Visual Recording

MSM-247 ISTE 2013 Be a better person and thumb wrestling

Jun 30, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: Twitter: Chelsy Hooper, Dianne Krause, Emily Runyan, Kelly Dumont, Matt Graves, Bob Krause, Mark Levine, Gayle Andrews Diigo: Facebook: Raymond Porten Advisory: 9 Ways To Be A Better Person 1. Be Willing To Change 2. Stop Making Excuses 3. Stop Being Angry 4. Be A Role Model 5. Forgive Someone 6. Listen To People 7. Be Honest 8. Do Something You Don’t Want To 9. Surprise Someone Special http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/9-ways-better-person.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Safety Contracts From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: PhotoFilmStrip PhotoFilmStrip creates movie serial output possibilities for VCD, SVCD, DVD up to FULL-HD. Creates animated slideshows. http://sourceforge.net/projects/photostoryx/ THE GIFT OF DOUBT Albert O. Hirschman and the power of failure. BY MALCOLM GLADWELL In the mid-nineteenth century, work began on a crucial section of the railway line connecting Boston to the Hudson River. James Hayward, one of New England’s leading railroad engineers, estimated that penetrating the Hoosac would cost, at most, a very manageable two million dollars. Everyone was wrong. Digging through the Hoosac turned out to be a nightmare. The project cost more than ten times the budgeted estimate. http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2013/06/24/130624crbo_books_gladwell Web Spotlight: Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain The human brain wasn’t designed for industrial education. 1. The brain is a social organ. Our brains require stimulation and connection to survive and thrive. From a neurobiological perspective, the position of the teacher is very similar to that of the parent in building the child’s brain. 2. We have two brains. Most tasks, though, involve contributions from both hemispheres. So, it is important to understand how to engage both in the classroom context. 3. Early learning is powerful. 4. Conscious awareness and unconscious processing occur at different speeds, often simultaneously. Because of this, it is especially important to teach students to question their assumptions and the possible influences of past experiences and unconscious biases on their feelings and beliefs. 5. The mind, brain, and body are interwoven. 6. The brain has a short attention span and needs repetition and multiple-channel processing for deeper learning to occur. 7. Fear and stress impair learning. Evolution has shaped our brains to err on the side of caution and to trigger fear whenever it might be remotely useful. Success in school depends upon a student’s ability to somehow decrease their stress. 8. We analyze others but not ourselves: the primacy of projection. Simple exercises that guide students to examine what and how what they think and feel about others may be true for themselves can open a window of self-awareness, empathy, and insight. 9. Learning is enhanced by emphasizing the big picture—and then allowing students to discover the details for themselves. When problems are represented at higher levels of abstraction, learning can be integrated into larger schemas that enhance memory, learning, and cognitive flexibility. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/nine_things_educators_need_to_know_about_the_brain HOW DO YOU KEEP PEOPLE ENGAGED? Ownership. Give them ownership. http://www.chrisbrogan.com/engagement/ Half-Baked Ideas . . . Why did I want a Microsoft Surface RT? Do I still want it? ISTE Keynote 2013 Introduction of Jane McGonigal Gamification “Reality is Broken: Why games make us better and how they change the world.” title of book. Game designers are essentially fun engineers.

MSM-246-8 Who do we appreciate

Jun 17, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: iTunes: MSM Fan Twitter: Chuck Taft, Mary Yonker Vales, Craig Frehlich Diigo: Annette Duffy Advisory: Stupid Calculations Take a variety of obscure thoughts and put math to them... http://www.stupidcalculations.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-BEST 6-8 TRADE BOOKS PART 4 Each year the National Science Teachers Association announces the outstanding science trade books from grades K-12. This list includes books published in 2012. This is the fourth in a series of 4 podcasts that will look at the best books for grades 6 - 8. The books included in this podcast are: 1. The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth, by Anita Silvey 2. The Polar Bear Scientists, by Peter Lourie 3. Wild Horse Scientists, by Kay Frydenborg From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: HTML Tables Copy your spreadsheet cells and, poof, an html table. This can be very helpful to quickly create HTML tables. http://tableizer.journalistopia.com/ Teachers Training Teachers Video Lots, and I do mean LOTS, of videos about teaching. Most are about technology and using technology as a teacher. http://teachertrainingvideos.com/ EduGalaxy Because of Winn Dixie Study Guide: http://edgalaxy.com/literacy/ Web Spotlight: Principal: Why our new educator evaluation system is unethical http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/05/20/principal-why-our-new-educator-evaluation-system-is-unethical/ Mindset Matters http://www.personalizelearning.com/2013/06/mindset-matters.html Stabbed With a Pencil http://bcurrie.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/stabbed-with-a-pencil/ Technology Safety As an educator in today’s modern world, your guidance is critical for students to navigate through the intricacies of new media and cybersafety successfully. To help you teach your students to safely and ethically use their digital devices in the classroom–and throughout their communities–iKeepSafe has created the following programs: http://www.ikeepsafe.org/educators/ Want to Improve Teaching? Listen to Students Half-Baked Ideas . . . Why do I want a Microsoft Surface RT? Pick up your Microsoft Surface RT at the Grand Hyatt Ballroom . . . for free. Why in the world would they give away a $499.00 tablet? Get yours here if you’re going to ISTE: https://wicexperience.itnint.com/RegOnline/RegLogin.aspx

MSM-245 Sing the Song

Jun 2, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: What Career Is Right For Me? http://www.rasmussen.edu/resources/what-career-is-right-for-me/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Middle School Science Minute-Best 6-8 Trade Books Part 3 http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/5/2_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Best_6-8_Trade_Books_Part_3.html Each year the National Science Teachers Association announces the outstanding science trade books from grades K-12. This list includes books published in 2012. This is the third in a series of podcasts that will look at the best books for grades 6 - 8. The books included in this podcast are: 1. Super Nature Encyclopedia: The 100 Most Incredible Creatures on the Planet 2. Scholastic Discover More: Elements 3. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind With the Great Survivor B95 From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Free Vintage Posters Useful for graphics. Be aware that some images may be inappropriate. http://www.freevintageposters.com/ Dictionary of numbers Chrome extension that explains large numbers in terms of common things. http://www.dictionaryofnumbers.com/ Shakespeare Uncovered http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/shakespeare-uncovered/1/ Developing Communication Skills With YouTube & iPad Videos http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2013/05/16/developing-communication-skills-with-youtube-ipad-videos/ Web Spotlight: Grading Apple's digital textbook technology Shortly after his world history students began a pilot program testing a digital textbook for the iPad, Ken Halla noticed something different: His students were actually reading their textbooks. “To call it a book anymore,” Halla said, “is a false pretense.” A year later, Apple’s digital textbook effort still seems to be in the early stages. Where they’re used, the tablet and the digital textbooks find enthusiastic responses. But there’s a long way to go before students using iPads to read their iBooks becomes the rule, rather than the leading-edge exception, in American education. “Textbooks for middle school aren’t available,” said Marsha Messinger, language arts and social studies teacher at Robert Saligman Middle School of Perelman Jewish Day School in Philadelphia. “They [the textbook publishers] are working their way from college down.” ….is ready to push iBooks and other digital textbooks when more schools are ready to buy. But the same educators who complain about the lack of available content also offer high praise for the iBooks that do exist. Teachers have never relied entirely on textbooks. Often they cobble together lessons out of worksheets and other reading materials that fade as copies are made from copies. College students have traditionally bought class “readers” filled with excerpts and articles. Now? If teachers find an article or a PDF that illustrates their point, they can plug it into iBooks Author and distribute custom-tailored, in-house digital supplements for their students. “They don’t really have a set textbook, so the little bits and pieces that they’ve found to teach from, that’s the way they pull it all together,” “For the faculty that has been using it, aggregation has been a key driver,” he said. “Rather than run off a four-page PDF, they take it and dress it up with some video and pictures.” Creative Strategies’ Bajarin said that textbook publishers—like newspaper publishers before them—have proven reluctant to give up the income associated with printed-paper products. http://www.macworld.com/article/2039650/grading-apples-digital-textbook-technology.html#tk.rss_all The Periodic Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zUDDiWtFtEM#!

MSM-244 Just a second

May 19, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: What is a second? How long is a second? Who decided what a second is? How did people agree that a second is a second? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NXRVtfCpLr4# Hand Gestures Many times we tend to use our hands to explain our needs and thoughts. The same hand gesture may mean something quite nasty and offensive to a person from a different cultural background. Hand gestures are a very important part of the body language gestures. In this article we shall understand what are hand gestures. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/hand-gestures-in-different-cultures.html The Etch-a-Sketch http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hq3Et9gOISI Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-BEST 6-8 TRADE BOOKS PART 2 Each year the National Science Teachers Association announces the outstanding science trade books from grades K-12. This list includes books published in 2012. This is the second in a series of podcasts that will look at the best books for grades 6 - 8. The books included in this podcast are: 1. Book of Blood by HP Newquist 2. Invincible Microbe by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank 3. Sneed B. Collard III's Most Fun Book Ever About Lizards by Sneed B. Collard III Also wanted to share a couple of comments regarding the last show: 1. A great place for free textbooks is: ck12.org They produce free texts that can be used on computers, kindles, iPads, other tablets, etc. Their books geared to middle and high school. 2. Regarding funding of the Common Core. The House has talked about not funding anything for MDE regarding Common Core. But it is far from reality. The House must propose its budget, then the Senate, their budget, then a team of 6 comes together to finalize the budget, from the two plans. It does not have anything to do with districts funding the common core, only MDE. From the Twitterverse: Resources: Parenting Variety of short videos that are useful for parents. http://m.kidsinthehouse.com/ Web Spotlight: Response: Using -- Not Misusing -- Ability Groups In The Classroom By Larry Ferlazzo on May 12, 2013 11:55 PM Standards Based Grading Videos A Dress-Code Enforcer's Struggle for the Soul of the Middle-School Girl JESSICA LAHEYFEB 14 2013, 12:18 PM ET http://m.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/02/a-dress-code-enforcers-struggle-for-the-soul-of-the-middle-school-girl/273155/ Half-Baked Ideas . . . Conference Would you give up a day in summer to learn about Moodle (online learning)? Would you pay for it? What would you want to get out of it?

MSM-243 And There Go the Sirens

May 5, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Sarah Cooper Happy Birthday Award: Ron King Advisory: 7 Bridges http://mashable.com/2013/05/03/google-maps-seven-bridges/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-BEST 6-8 TRADE BOOKS PART 1 Each year the National Science Teachers Association announces the outstanding science trade books from grades K-12. This list includes books published in 2012. This is the first in a series of podcasts that will look at the best books for grades 6 - 8. The books included in this podcast are: 1. Alien Deep: Revealing the Mysterious Living World at the Bottom of the Ocean by Bradley Hague. 2. Black Gold: The Story of Oil in our Lives by Albert Marrin and Alfred A. Knopf. 3. Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Generated Paper http://generatedpaper.com/en Web Spotlight: News: The First Race to the Top By WILLIAM J. REESE Published: April 20, 2013 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/opinion/sunday/the-first-testing-race-to-the-top.html?ref=opinion&_r=2& You'll Be Shocked by How Many of the World's Top Students Are American http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/04/youll-be-shocked-by-how-many-of-the-worlds-top-students-are-american/275423/ In Utah’s digital shift, students turning the page on traditional textbooks A shift from traditional textbooks to e-books is gaining speed in Utah, as the state Office of Education coordinates efforts to develop digital texts in science, math and language arts. At least two state math texts are already available and the first of the science texts will be released this summer. But schools can use the savings from free open-source textbooks to buy digital devices for students to read them, said David Wiley, an associate professor in instructional psychology and technology at Brigham Young University who studies innovation as a Shuttleworth Fellow. Or, he added, schools can print out open-source textbooks at a lower cost than buying traditional texts from publishers. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56179223-78/digital-textbooks-students-open.html.csp Free Teacher PD Courses https://www.coursera.org/courses?cats=teacherpd

MSM-242 Quayle Hunting

Apr 28, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-SENSE OF PLACE http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/4/8_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Sense_of_Place.html From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Sound Gator Looking for sounds for a presentation? http://www.soundgator.com/ Online Timers Cursive Writing . . . There’s an App for That! "Cursive Writing HD” is an useful application for all ages who are taking their first step into learning cursive writing. Web Spotlight: The Oyez Project 8 Amazing On-line Courses for Students The recent surge in free online courses, led by top universities such as MIT, has opened up a whole new level of distance learning to students all around the globe. As well as entire degree and university courses that can be pursued online, it’s also possible to find fantastic shorter courses on specific topics that can be ideal for use in the classroom, or for students to follow in their own time, whether researching a specific project, or as part of a flipped classroom model. Here are 8 of the best free online courses for students... http://www.fractuslearning.com/2013/04/26/free-online-courses-for-students/ Monolingual VS Bilingual Monolingual VS Bilingual infographic http://visual.ly/monolingual-vs-bilingual?utm_source=visually_embed Testing Examples http://www.ccsstoolbox.com/parcc/PARCCPrototype_main.html http://www.parcconline.org/samples/mathematics/grade-7-mathematics Listener Response: What are your thoughts on homework assignments? Read the Twitter chat (Storify version) with Ken O'Connor, Rick Wormeli, Nancy Blair, and many others. http://storify.com/thomascmurray/sbgchat-on-quality-assignments-4-10-13?utm_source=t.co&awesm=sfy.co_q4Sh&utm_campaign&utm_content=storify-pingback&utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter News: The Future is Uncertain. It's Time to Start Asking the Right Questions. Asking questions is essential to learning. That was an essential lesson from one of history's first great teachers, Socrates. Or, as the wise Rabbi Steven Greenberg puts it: "we train children at the Passover seder to ask why, because tyrants are undone and liberty is won with a good question." And yet, children are not asking questions nearly enough. In fact, data from the U.S. school systems tells us that the average high school student asks one question of substance per month in a classroom. http://bigthink.com/big-think-tv/the-future-is-uncertain-its-time-to-start-asking-the-right-questions iPad App/idea: Cursive Writing . . . There’s an App for That! "Cursive Writing HD” is an useful application for all ages who are taking their first step into learning cursive writing.

MSM-241 Common Core Calculate Visualize and Code

Apr 14, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 241: Common Core - Calculate, Visualize and Code. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Brian Brushwood, Joy Kirr, Amber Gress Advisory: Point of View From the Twitterverse: RT @barbarawmadden: #rechat You want to pick up on some cool metaphors...Watch ONE episode of Duck Dynasty. :) #rechat #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Mural.ly Visually organize documents. https://beta.mural.ly/ Calculators Use can use the site or install it on your blog/website. Available: Scientific Graphing Programming Equation Solver http://web2.0calc.com/ Web Spotlight: 11 kinds of people I've noticed and how to decide who you want to be Posted by Vicki Davis The poo-poo-ers The look-through-ers The get-round-to-ers The froo-froo-ers The pontificators The never-follow-through-ers The preener seeners The jump-in-to-ers The I-know-everything-because-I'm-rich-er The slackers The do-ers http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2013/04/11-kinds-of-people-ive-noticed-and-how.html WOW Math Need help with Algebra 1 & 2 or AP Calculus AB? This website can help you. Why the name WOWmath? Well, I have found that many students, parents, and teachers say "WOW!" when they see all the resources I offer on this website. So, I hope that this site will make you say "WOW" as it helps you in your math class. http://wowmath.org/ 10 Apps For More Organized Project-Based Learning There are a variety of ways to support students in project-based learning, including organized digital learning spaces that support creative thinking, collaboration, and ultimately project management. Below are 10 apps for more organized project-based learning. http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/10-apps-for-more-organized-project-based-learning/ News: Today, School is a Little Less Interesting There is a growing percentage of America’s teachers, who have never taught in classrooms without the intimidation of high-stakes testing. Every year, there are fewer teachers who have known the experience of confidently entering their classrooms with creativity, passion and the freedom to replace their textbooks with learning experiences that are unique, personal, powerful and authentic. We must kill high-stakes testing before we do not have anyone left, who remembers how to be a teacher-philosopher. http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/?p=4123 Common Core: friend or foe? Common Core – a unifying force or another educational policy hoop to jump through? I, for one, will continue to champion the Common Core. Here’s why. As I work to implement the Common Core this year, I have had many opportunities to collaborate. I have worked with my peers, both in-building and across the country through virtual networks, such as the Center for Teaching Quality’s Collaboratory. I wonder, have we been underestimating our students’ abilities all along? But the standards have become a catalyst for discussions that need to happen in all corners of education. It doesn’t matter who created the Common Core; it matters who is implementing the standards in the classroom every day. That would be teachers like me. http://www.ednewscolorado.org/voices/voices-common-core-friend-or-foe iPad App/idea:

MSM-240-Evaluate 2000 Calories Lessons Makayama

Apr 7, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 240: Evaluate 2000 Calories, Lessons, Makayama. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: John Harrison, Seb Haire Advisory: What does 2000 Calories Look like? Here's what your daily allowance actually looks like. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rgaqwFPU7cc Inspired by: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-200-calories-look-like.htm How long does Trash last? http://visual.ly/trash-how-long-it-really-lasts Most Valued Possessions http://www.petapixel.com/2013/03/21/portraits-of-refugees-posing-with-their-most-valued-possessions/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Water Stewardship http://greatlakesearthpartnership2012.wikispaces.com/Water+Stewardship+Curriculum http://www.therouge.org/ From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Lesson Plan Organization Looking for a place to enter and organize your lesson plans? This provides quick links to the Common Core. http://www.commoncurriculum.com/ Web Spotlight: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/03/creating-classrooms-we-need-8-ways-into-inquiry-learning/ News: Realistic Expectations for New Teacher Evaluation Systems http://www.danagoldstein.net/dana_goldstein/2013/04/realistic-expectations-for-new-teacher-evaluation-systems.html Common Core supporter: ‘I see the opportunity being squandered’ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/03/20/common-core-supporter-i-see-the-opportunity-being-squandered/ Essay-Grading Software Offers Professors a Break http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/05/science/new-test-for-computers-grading-essays-at-college-level.html?_r=1&

MSM-239 Genius Hour Self Defense

Mar 31, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 239: The Genius Hour & Self Defense . . . Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Twitter: Karen Webster Google+: Dawnette Brenner Advisory: WHAT IS POVERTY? http://www.thepovertyline.net/ Ice Cream Currency Calculator Who values ice cream the most? What about other items? http://visual.ly/ice-cream-currency-calculator Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Progression of Ideas You can find more info at: http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Entries/2013/3/15_Middle_School_Science_Minute-Progression_of_Ideas.html From the Twitterverse: RT @middleweb: The developmental needs of tweens are unique @RickWormeli has 5 strategies for tween tchrs http://bit.ly/13rjHVO #mschat #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Genius Hour — Let Your Students Challenge Themselves http://www.angelamaiers.com/2013/03/genius-hour-let-your-students-challenge-themselves.html Web Spotlight: The Senate Social Network http://visual.ly/senate-social-network-diagram?view=true News: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/27/tech/web/internet-junior-high-school/index.html Teachers and school staff turn to self-defense training http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/24/teachers-self-defense-training/1987841/ Study: Middle School Algebra Push Yields Minimal Performance Gains http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/03/27/26mathside.h32.html?tkn=SXCCNl9EenxZ4V7fdKm8Cqcg%2FpMV5AP8%2B806&cmp=clp-sb-ascd Are We Creating a Generation of Observers? By Stephen R. Herr http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/03/27/26herr.h32.html?tkn=NXCF2%2FjcKyr2FM%2Fv9Y%2B%2BQbQJ%2Fo0VSM%2F5lf8n&cmp=clp-sb-ascd Common-Core Tests to Take Up to 10 Hours Districts will get 20 days to administer By Catherine Gewertz iPad App/idea: Stage Turn your iPad into a Document Camera https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stage-interactive-whiteboard/id584574701?mt=8 Stand: http://www.ipaddocumentcamera.com/ http://www.maxcases.com/shop/max-handstand-dx/ AppleTV Half-Baked Ideas . . . Are conferences better if they are free or paid?

MSM-238 Dont Snooze Read This Teach This Do This

Mar 24, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: A man was telling his neighbor, “I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it’s state of the art. It’s perfect.” “Really,” answered the neighbor. “What kind is it?” “Twelve thirty” Steven Spielberg was busy discussing his new action adventure about famous classical composers. Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were in the room. "Who do you want to play?" Spielberg asked Bruce Willis. "I've always been a big fan of Chopin," said Bruce. "I'll play him." "And you, Sylvester?" asked Spielberg. "Mozart's the one for me!" said Sly. "And what about you?" Spielberg asked Arnold Schwarzenegger. "I'll be Bach," said Arnie. Eileen Award: Google+: Corivida Raven, eMail: Robert Jackson Diigo: Rob Belprez Advisory: Family Research The more children knew about their family’s history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem and the more successfully they believed their families functioned. The “Do You Know?” scale turned out to be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and happiness. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/fashion/the-family-stories-that-bind-us-this-life.html Snooze Do your students use the snooze button? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=P6zcSFA7ymo Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Meaningful Science I was recently reading the March, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. Inez Liftig, Editor of Science Scope writes a column entitled "The Editor's Roundtable." In this month's column, she wrote on the topic of making science meaningful. Here are her four suggestions: 1. Get to know your students. 2. Use authentic tasks to build conceptual bridges between school and everyday life. 3. Design tasks at the right level. 4. Give students choices. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Open Sankoré http://open-sankore.org/ Teach This http://www.teach-this.com/ http://www.opusmath.com/ Web Spotlight: http://thisisnthappiness.com/post/43964027331/james-baldwin-illuminated John Hattie - Educational Research Part 1 & 2 of edited highlights of a talk given by John Hattie who has led a team at Auckland University, New Zealand which compares the effect on learning of over 100 classroom interventions. This section looks at methods with negative, or very low effect sizes. Hattie points out that most educational debate is about things which do not really work well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sng4p3Vsu7Y&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pD1DFTNQf4 iPad: Makayama Movie Mount for iPad 2nd, 3rd, 4th Gen Movie Mount (See also Show 176) iPad Video Production With the Movie Mount, you get 10 new features for your iPad (beware that the additional equipment is not incuded): Attached a tripod for stable shots, pan & tilt camera movements. Standard screwfitting. Use 37 mm conversion lenses, such as wide angle and zoom*. Such as: US / EU Slide on-the-fly between the built-in lens and the conversion lens. Use shotgun microphones for better sound (requires splitter cable). Such as: US / EU Use an optical viewfinder to shoot in bright sunlight. Such as: US / EU Use a video light for better performance in low light. Such as: US / EU Easier iMovie editing, with a 9 degrees working angle. The mount allows your iPad to stand upright and be used as monitor. The free Movie Mount iPad app allows you to manually control video recording Fully compatible with Smart Cover. http://www.makayama.com/moviemount.html Half-Baked Ideas . . . Are conferences better if they are free or paid?

MSM-237 The Socially Awkward Show

Mar 10, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Robert McGarry, Ashley Blankenship, Michelle Corbat, Jonathan Swegels, Sally Baldridge, Andy Zimmer, Emil Ahangarzadeh Facebook: Karen Decker, C. Joan Seager, Linda Perukel Google+: Jason Neiffer iTunes: eMail: Diigo: Keith Schoch, Ron King Advisory: Brain Food Lateral Thinking Puzzles http://www.rinkworks.com/brainfood/p/latreal1.shtml Good Will Hunting http://twentytwowords.com/2013/03/04/the-math-on-the-chalkboard-in-good-will-hunting-was-relatively-simple/ Restaurant run by Owner with Down’s Syndrome http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y6He0FWoFj0 Oreo Separating Machine http://twentytwowords.com/2013/03/02/physicist-builds-ultra-important-machine-an-oreo-separating-robot/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Fire Blanket I was recently reading the NSTA Ready Reference Guide for Safer Science, Volume 2, written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT. Within the book are topics dealing with "Safer Science" and questions that teachers have sent him regarding "Safer Science." From the Twitterverse: Free World Digital Library for Teachers & Students http://flip.it/shSB2 #fhuedu642 #fhuedu320 ~ for @MSMatters followers #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Twitter Is Perfect for Socially Awkward People http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2013/02/twitter_is_perfect_for_socially_awkward_people.html?cmp=SOC-SHR-TW Use Celly to Setup a Free Text Messaging Group Chat http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2013/03/03/use-celly-to-setup-a-free-text-messaging-group-chat/ Web Spotlight: Students Share Characteristics Of Their Favorite Teachers http://edudemic.com/2013/02/characteristics-favorite-teachers/ Homework Why’s and Homework-Wise If we are relying on homework as the main way to teach responsibility, we are in trouble. http://chriswejr.com/2010/10/13/homework-whys-and-homework-wise/ Words Matter: What Values Do Your Words Convey? http://www.angelamaiers.com/2013/03/words-matter-what-values-do-your-words-convey.html Primary Source Analysis Guides for Students and Teachers http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/03/primary-source-analysis-guides-for.html Why we have our best ideas in the shower: The science of creativityPosted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013 http://blog.bufferapp.com/why-we-have-our-best-ideas-in-the-shower-the-science-of-creativity News: Amplify Tablet comes to the Education Market http://www.amplify.com/tablet/ iPad App: Too Noisy for iPhone, iPad, and iPod

MSM-236 Quandary Baby Food

Mar 3, 2013 00:00:00

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MSM 236: A Quandary, 200 calories and Cross Cutting Concepts of Baby Food Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Facebook: Brigitte Darling Google+: Jim Peterson iTunes: eMail: Advisory: Quandary http://www.quandarygame.org/ Check out the Teacher’s page: http://www.quandarygame.org/teachers One Sentence Stories Have students create one sentence stories that describe them in the future. These can be video’d. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ndqdD6EXat4#! Dan Pink’s Version: http://www.danpink.com/2011/01/whats-your-sentence-the-video Baby’s first foods http://visual.ly/babys-first-foods-around-world 200 Calories What does 200 calories look like? http://imgur.com/a/w9nHF Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Cross Cutting Concepts From the Twitterverse: Resources: Tapestry http://tapestry.is/ Historical Dictionary A glossary of historical terms http://www.historytoday.com/dictionary Public Domain Images These are images that are free to use for presentations. http://pixabay.com/ Web Spotlight: In Iowa, our Department of Education brags about elementary schools that cut recess http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2013/02/in-iowa-our-department-of-education-brags-about-elementary-schools-that-cut-recess.html A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s 10 Commandments of Teaching by Maria Popova http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/05/02/a-liberal-decalogue-bertrand-russell/ Several years ago, we decided to design a more comprehensive way of evaluating our students' success in our middle school. We acknowledged that grades are just one measure of how students can experience success in school. The SAP has changed our school. Our students are aware of where they are in their education experience, and have ownership in the process. Almost every student knows his or her grades, attendance, Acuity and STAR score as well as overall points. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators are crystal clear about whether a student is on track to pass or fail. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/02/guest-post-student-accountability.html The Independent Project The Independent Project is an alternative student driven school-within-a-school that was started at Monument Mountain Regional High School by a student. Eight students were accepted into the pilot program of the school, which ran for one semester and is now complete. The school, dubbed The Independent Project, is now in the stage of redesign and replication. http://www.theindependentproject.org/the-white-paper/ Mycestro™ A 3D mouse that fits on the index finger and allows you to control your computer with hand gestures and mouse functions. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mycestro/mycestrotm-the-next-generation-3d-mouse?ref=live Markup Our mission is to achieve a paperless classroom. With Markup, teachers can grade assignments on the iPad. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1834203895/markup-paperless-grading-for-teachers?ref=category News: Perfectly preparing a generation for its own history “The fallacy of competitive education is its obsession with remembered right answers. The fallacy of right answers is that today success depends less on right answers and more on finding good answers and using them to accomplish meaningful goals. What does the game of school do to children who are more inclined to find and invent good answers than memorize correct answers? …. As long as we race [to the top], scoring points by teaching the same answers for the same tests to every child, then we’re perfectly preparing a generation for its own history.” http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2013/02/perfectly-preparing-a-generation-for-its-own-history.html

MSM-235 The Longest Day or Show

Feb 19, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Why was the broom late for work? Did you hear that Oxygen and Magnesium are going out? Did you hear about the two antennas that got married? What is ET short for? Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Facebook: Google+: iTunes: eMail: Advisory: From rotary to Siri: How the phone numbering system came and went The recent death of John E Karlin of Bell Labs, the father of the push-button phone and other innovations, has sparked a lot of reminiscing about land line phones. According to the New York Times, Karlin was also "the most hated man in America" for killing the named exchanges (like Butterfield 8). However the story of how our phone numbers got to be the way they are is a much longer and more interesting one. In 1950 it got really interesting, with the introduction of area codes. The designers wanted to minimize the number of numbers people had to dial, so all the area codes were set up to have 1 or 0 as the second number. The switches were set up so that if first number dialed was a 0 then it went to operator. If the second digit was 1 or 0, then it was an area code. If the second number was another number, then it knew it was a local rather than long distance number. That's how it was going to distinguish between 7 and 10 digit numbers. http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/number-crisis-world-zone-1.html Bazooka shoots ping-pong balls at Mach speed The magic of physics can turn the mundane into something marvelous. Mark French, a mechanical engineering professor at Purdue University, designed a supersonic air-powered ping-pong ball cannon that shoots the lightweight object at speeds so fast I would consider the device a lethal weapon of science. A ping-pong ball reportedly blasts out of the special cannon at speeds equivalent to Mach 1.23 -- nearly as fast as an F-16 fighter jet. http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57569069-1/bazooka-shoots-ping-pong-balls-at-mach-speed/ Ocean Facts: In celebration of the upcoming premiere of DinoFish on Nat Geo Wild (Sunday, April 1, 10pm EST/PST), I’m excited to present the first of what we we hope will be a long series of comic strips by Dr. Byron Beekle. We will be presenting a whole series of these comics today and through the weekend, we hope you enjoy. http://tvblogs.nationalgeographic.com/2012/03/30/amazing-ocean-facts-premiere/ Telling the Truth http://gawker.com/5982653/something-tells-me-john-is-lying-about-not-eating-those-sprinkles MIT Media Lab http://learn.media.mit.edu/ The Shame of Smell... http://www.retronaut.com/2013/02/when-tears-of-shame-smell/ Blend into the environment http://bencebakonyi.com/index.php?/projects/transform/ Things that fit perfectly into other things http://thingsfittingperfectlyintothings.tumblr.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) INTERVIEWS TO EXPLORE STUDENT IDEAS By the way, I added a Twitterverse to my bi-monthly Michigan Science Matters Network eBlast. Check it out at: http://www.msta-mich.org/educator-support/84-science-matters/256-science-matters-e-blast-january-24-2013 From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: http://thisishangingrockcomics.tumblr.com/post/42546243887/actual-diary-entry-from-when-i-was-in-5th-grade-oh Copy Right Poster http://edudemic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/teachers-copyright.jpg A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html A Cleaner Internet We make iPhone, iPod and iPad apps as well as browser extensions that declutter the video viewing experience. http://clea.nr/ Web Spotlight: Killing Lincoln http://killinglincolnconspiracy.com/ Dio Make your own space. https://www.dio.com/ News: Disease and sleep: Recent studies find new links

MSM-234 There is a squirrel eating your internet connection

Feb 3, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: http://rack.3.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDEzLzAyLzAxLzZiL1FUZTVoZ2cuMTczNWYuanBn/b9ee4fce/fb8/QTe5hgg.jpg Which side of the chicken has more feathers? What do you call a man who shaves 20 times a day? Why should you never trust an atom? What do you call Santa’s little helpers? What did the hat say to the hat rack? Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Facebook: Karen Decker Google+: iTunes: eMail: Advisory: Money Tips for Parents & Teens http://dailyinfographic.com/money-101-for-parents-teens-infographic The Radio Show http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/01/29/radio-an-illustrated-guide-ira-glass-jessica-abel/ The $2 ebook is available here: https://store.thisamericanlife.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=RADIO%3AANILLUSTRATEDGUIDE Water Changes Everything http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2012/12/31/water-changes-everything.html Magic Trick http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tlQiuCeezUA Politeness http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nhekhBKkDXw Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) I was recently reading the NSTA Ready Reference Guide for Safer Science, Volume 2, written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT. Within the book are topics dealing with "Safer Science" and questions that teachers have sent him regarding "Safer Science." The focus of this podcast is on a question from a teacher regarding the teaching of science in a mathematics classroom. By the way, I added a Twitterverse to my bi-monthly Michigan Science Matters Network eBlast. Check it out at: http://www.msta-mich.org/educator-support/84-science-matters/256-science-matters-e-blast-january-24-2013 From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Reading Rockets Reading, and a love for reading, begins at home. The Reading Tip of the Day widget offers easy ways for parents to help kids become successful readers http://www.readingrockets.org/sharing/widgets/tipoftheday/ iCivics http://www.icivics.org/ Web Spotlight: The One Math Skill You Need to Succeed at Work http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3856-how-elementary-math-class-can-improve-today-s-worker.html? Where the iPhone 5 Kicks the Mars Rover’s Butt http://slashdot.org/topic/bi/mars-rover-curiosity-less-brainpower-than-apples-iphone-5/ Teach This! Teaching with lesson plans and ideas that rock 01/29/2013 Posted by Vicki Davis http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2013/01/teach-this-teaching-with-lesson-plans_29.html The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13-18 from around the globe. We're looking for ideas that will change the world. To get started, all you'll need is a Google account. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/01/google-wants-to-hear-from-teenage.html News: Data: No deus ex machina CA Gov. Jerry Brown: “I would prefer to trust our teachers” California Jerry Brown just gave his State of the State address. http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2013/01/24/ca-gov-jerry-brown-i-would-prefer-to-trust-our-teachers/ Why You Truly Never Leave High School Tony private schools aren’t paying their teachers based on test scores http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2013/01/tony-private-schools-arent-paying-their-teachers-based-on-test-scores.html

MSM-233 BaaNaaNaa Quote the Movie

Jan 27, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Why is 6 afraid of 7? What do you call a pencil without lead? What is Mozart’s favorite fruit? How do you make an octopus giggle 10 times? Why do gorilla’s have big nostrils? Eileen Award: Scoopit: Jim Farmer Facebook: C. Joan Seager Ordering a Pizza by Phone in 1974. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=94d_h_t2QAA#! Living to 100 The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator uses the most current and carefully researched medical and scientific data in order to estimate how old you will live to be. Most people score in their late eighties... how about you? http://www.livingto100.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) I was recently reading the January, 2013 issue of "Science Scope," a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. I went on to read the Editor's Roundtable, written by Inez Liftig. The title of the editorial is, "You Can't Wing It." The purpose of the editorial is to emphasize the skills that are needed by teachers. By the way, I added a Twitterverse to my bi-monthly Michigan Science Matters Network eBlast. Check it out at: http://www.msta-mich.org/educator-support/84-science-matters/256-science-matters-e-blast-january-24-2013 From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Subzin Find quotes from movies quickly and easily. http://www.subzin.com/ Free Online OCR Convert pdf, jpgs and more to editable documents. http://www.onlineocr.net/default.aspx Mission US http://www.mission-us.org/ Google Cultural Institute http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/home Web Spotlight: Hollywood Hates Math A super cut of Math in movies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3uYBoWH3nFk Learn Something New Take a class online. Based out of London. The idea is to share knowledge from those who have been doing something. Billed as helping the next generation. http://www.theamazings.com/ Crisis-I Feel Like Switching Careers http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/01-2013/crisis-i-feel-switching-careers Take Control of a Noisy Class This could be useful for basic classroom management. There are 3 videos to watch. http://www.behaviourneeds.com/noisyclass/video-1/ Mindset Examples http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TTXrV0_3UjY Picasso, Kepler, and the Benefits of Being an Expert Generalist http://99u.com/articles/7269/Picasso-Kepler-and-the-Benefits-of-Being-an-Expert-Generalist News: http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/?p=3783 Palaeolithic Park? Harvard professor seeks 'adventurous' woman to give birth to baby Neanderthal http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/palaeolithic-park-harvard-professor-seeks-adventurous-woman-to-give-birth-to-baby-neanderthal-8460273.html iPad App: European Exploration: The Age of Discovery Explore the new world as a European power in the 15th Century by funding and sending expeditions out into the unknown. Hire captains, build ships and outfit voyages to learn of the wonders of the new world. Expeditions can be dangerous however, so be careful or else Europe may never hear of your discoveries! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/european-exploration-age-discovery/id393625741?mt=8 HotKeys https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hotkeys/id374164481?mt=8 13+ Things Your Kid's Principal Won't Tell You Straight from the principal's office: Use these tips for a better school year.

MSM-232 Fresh Prince of Buying Happiness

Jan 20, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: A spider just crawled under the keyboard, oh wait, it’s under “control”. What’s Michelle O’Bama’s favorite vegetable? What are the strongest days of the week? My friends and I put on performance about puns. It was basically a play on words. Why do the French only use one egg for an omelette? What did the shy pebble wish? BTW, you mentioned Chemistry Jokes during the podcast. Well you are right, I so share them "periodically." Here you go: Tell a Potassium Joke? K ( What did the element say to the police? I CU (Copper) Do you know any jokes about sodium? Na How much do I make? Iron enough Can Money Buy Happiness We often hear it, but how true is the phrase 'Money can't buy happiness'? Is there a correlation between the two, and if so, what can we learn from it? It turns out, if you think money and happiness are exclusive, you simply aren't spending it right. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JSIkdWxotKw#! 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids of the Year http://mashable.com/2013/01/15/brothers-cerebral-palsy-video/ 4:42 Family Treasures Posted by Vicki Davis I'm supposed to turn in the words for my son's annual ad today. I've been writing at 5 am. It is just one page. One page to summarize how I feel and what I want him to carry with him. http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2013/01/family-treasures.html Translation Fresh Prince of Bel-Aire - Translated. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LMkJuDVJdTw Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) I was recently reading the Winter 2012-2013 issue of Green Teacher Magazine, a magazine for Education for Planet Earth. I read an article entitled "Concrete Without Quarries" written by Sam Stier, Dona Boggs and Dave Jones. The focus of the article is on sustainable chemistry labs inspired by nature. They provide a lab that helps students create concrete from car exhaust and seawater. But the greater focus of the article was to get teachers who teach chemistry to students to think of the approaches and message we send. They provide a framework for sustainable chemistry inspired by nature. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Free Plagiarism Checker Duplicate Content Checker for Students, Teachers, Writers. Free Turnitin Alternative. http://plagiarisma.net/ Google Doc Sharing Simplifying Sharing through Google Docs with students. Control whether documents can be seen by just a few students or groups or the whole class. http://www.youpd.org/doctopus Listening Circles http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2013/01/listening-circles.html Web Spotlight: The Shape of Stories By Maya Eilam My take on visually presenting Kurt Vonnegut’s theories about archetypal stories, designed after researching the subject. http://mayaeilam.com/2012/01/01/the-shapes-of-stories-a-kurt-vonnegut-infographic/ silenc http://ciid.dk/education/portfolio/idp12/courses/data-visualisation/projects/silenc/ How to Read Faster: Bill Cosby’s Three Proven Strategies http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/01/16/how-to-read-faster-bill-cosby/ Why you can’t cry in Space http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/01/why-you-cant-cry-in-space/267147/ Look at yourself objectively In the 1840s, hospitals were dangerous places. Mothers who went in to give birth often didn’t make it out. http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/semmelweis News: U.S. Education Deserves the Same Statistical Sophistication as Baseball and Elections by Martin Carnoy (Co-authored with Richard Rothstein) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martin-carnoy/us-education-deserves-the_b_2481128.html Half-Baked Ideas . . . Moodle and BigBlueButton- if each teacher was given $100 to get their own shared hosting, would it be considered expensive? from Moodle Community.

MSM-231-Pidgeons Pick Pockets Bi Icycles and Brains

Jan 13, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: How does Jack Frost get to work? Why did the face of Joe go to the party by himself? What happened when Ali found out his toaster was not waterproof? How often does Dave Bydlowski make Chemistry jokes? In fact, he told one the other day... Why did Cleopatra fall off the swing? What is orange and sounds like parrots? Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Facebook: Google+: iTunes: eMail: Advisory: Modeling Share the video with the students. Ask them to describe how the puppy learns to go down the stairs. How can we apply this to our learning? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fDKDC_IUnOA Brief Interruptions Challenge the kids to explain how they multi-task. Use the information from this article to help them realize how they can improve their work. http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/brief-interruptions-spawn-errors/ Sexism in Ads http://adsvoice.pblogs.gr/2013/01/sexism-in-vintage-ads.html Misperception Pickpocket at work. Have the kids pay attention to see what he steals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OLm_dQzoC5E Then on Fox news station: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dTa7rC1oUnk Finally, On NOVA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fdqSmUnd4cU Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) I was recently reading the Winter 2012-2013 issue of Green Teacher Magazine, a magazine that cares about Education for Planet Earth. I read an article entitled "Zambian Girl Inspires Water Action" written by Michelle Macdonald. It traces the story of a girl named Tikho, who lives in Zambia. She was asked to share the story of her daily life as it related to water, sanitation and hygiene. Her story has provided an example for North American youth to recognize local and global water challenges and look for solutions. From the Twitterverse: Are you smarter than an 8th Grader from 1912? http://bullittcountyhistory.org/bullitthistory/bchistory/schoolexam1912.html … #midleved #mschat #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Three Ways to Create a Digital Classroom Library for Your Students http://www.angelamaiers.com/2013/01/three-ways-to-create-a-digital-classroom-library-for-your-students.html Three Tools Students Can Use for Collaborative Brainstorming on the Web One of the first challenges that students face when beginning to work on a group research project is organizing and connecting all of their ideas. These three tools can help students collaboratively organize their ideas on the web. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/01/three-tools-students-can-use-for.html Guide to Budgeting https://a248.e.akamai.net/f/1611/26335/9h/dramsey.download.akamai.com/23572/daveramsey.com/media/broadcast/mytmmo/pdf/guide-to-budgeting.pdf?ictid=btxt.ny13 Creating Comics Comics apps such as Comic Zeal are compatible with a couple of DRM-free comic book file formats, namely .cbr and .cbz. Those are both compressed formats, related to RAR and ZIP files, respectively. http://www.macworld.com/article/2023746/convert-image-files-to-comics.html http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2013/01/06/a-taxonomy-for-understanding/ Web Spotlight: Why Scratch Club? By Wesley Fryer On January 10, 2013 Learn more about the IES Scratch Club on scratchclub.yukonps.com. Check out Mason’s Scratch project,“About Me” on the Scratch community website. http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2013/01/10/why-scratch-club/ Reading Like a History http://sheg.stanford.edu/rlh News: Vending Machine Dispenses MacBooks for Student Use AMLE Annual Conference Sessions:

MSM-230 The Makings of a Good Teacher

Jan 6, 2013 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: What do you call a 4 foot psychic who escapes from jail? Why did the mermaid wear seashells? What concert costs 45¢? How did the hipster burn his tongue? What do get when cross the Atlantic with the Titantic? What did one eye says to the other eye? Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Richard Ball, Kenna Wilson Facebook: Google+: iTunes: eMail: Advisory: Seeing things differently http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/01/brilliant-urban-interventions-by-oakoak-turn-crumbling-city-infrastructure-into-a-visual-playground/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Heat Safety I was recently reading the December, 2012 issue of Science Scope, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association for middle school teachers. In the monthly section, "Scope on Safety "written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT, he wrote about using heat sources safely in the middle school science laboratory. The article was entitled "Turning Up the Heat on Safety." Safety-wise, the hot plate is probably by far the best choice. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: How We Know the Earth is Round http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=o_W280R_Jt8#! Banished Word List http://www.lssu.edu/banished/current.php The Power of Mindset http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pN34FNbOKXc Essay Bank 9000 essays to steal look at. http://www.essaybank.com/ Web Spotlight: The Power of Love The effect of a teacher and the effect in the classroom. Very motivating. Useful for principals especially. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9bSu_Snlbsw#! Dying teacher's quest: Did I make a difference? ..nothing to do with my speaking, more to do with my listening... http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/23/inspirational-teacher/1785739/ News: More Evidence Showing The Dangers Of Using High-Stakes Testing For Teacher Evaluation http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2013/01/04/more-evidence-showing-the-dangers-of-using-high-stakes-testing-for-teacher-evaluation/ Sure, Big Data Is Great. But So Is Intuition. By STEVE LOHR

MSM-229 SuperSize This Half-Baked Idea

Dec 30, 2012 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Christina B. Steele, Ryan Becker Facebook: Google+: King Almojuela, iTunes: eMail: Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) I was recently reading the December, 2012 issue of Science Scope, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association for middle school teachers. There was a very interesting article on clouds written by Tina Cartwright, Rommel Miranda, Ronald Hermann, and Deb Hemler entitled, "Clear Skies Ahead: Clearing Up Confusion About Clouds." They provided a very helpful semi-dichotomous cloud key that seems very helpful in helping students in the cloud identification process. A version of the cloud key containing color photos of each cloud type can be found at: http://wvscience.org/clouds/Cloud_Key.pdf From the Twitterverse: Resources: Books to Read http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/tempered-radical/12-2012/three-professional-reads-are-worth-your-time All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome Kathy Hoopman http://www.amazon.com/dp/1843104814/ Explania Welcome to Explania! Watch hundreds of animated explanations, interactive tutorials and instructional videos, and feel free to embed them on your own web pages. http://www.explania.com/en Free NASA e-Book This book is available for download on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hubble-space-telescope-discoveries/id588428410?mt=11 BadgeMaker Make your own ID card, press pass, name tag, unofficial Flickr badge, or any other kind of identification. Print it out, laminate it, wear it with pride! Make any kind of identification* easily in just a few seconds. http://bighugelabs.com/badge.php Web Spotlight: When Creative Musical Genius Meets YouTube By Wesley Fryer On December 26, 2012 There are some people in this world who have creative, musical genius that absolutely knocks your socks off when you hear and see it. Jon Cozart (Paint on YouTube) is one of those people. His 104 second video with himself, “Lord of the Rings in 99 Seconds,” has 1.3 million YouTube views to date. It makes the video I created with my kids in the summer of 2011, “The Hobbit In Five Minutes,” look like a far more coarse and amateurish attempt at a 3 novel / movie plot summary. http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2012/12/26/when-creative-musical-genius-meets-youtube/ What’s the difference between Holland and The Netherlands? Posted on Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 at 12:11 pm. PT Written by Shawn King Have you ever wondered what the difference between “Holland” and “The Netherlands” is? Of course you haven’t – not many have. But just in case you have even a mild interest, this video by C. G. P. Grey does an amazing job of explaining this odd little quirk of geography. And, for even more explanation of geographic and historical anomalies, check out his“The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Explained”. http://www.loopinsight.com/2012/12/23/whats-the-difference-between-holland-and-the-netherlands/ TregoED SCAN So I gave it a go this last marking period and . . . . News: Half-Baked Idea . . . So I got these “electronic resource devices” for my classroom and I tried this idea on the day before Christmas break . . .

MSM-228 Power Hungry Internet-Raspberry Pi

Dec 16, 2012 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Bethany Beaudrie, Derek McCoy, Vinnie Stocker Facebook: Google+: iTunes: eMail: Dr. John Harrison Advisory: Unrelated People Who Look Like Each Other http://twentytwowords.com/2012/12/13/portraits-of-people-who-arent-related-but-look-like-each-other-6-pictures/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Middle School Science Minute -- Citizen Science I was recently reading the November, 2012 issue of Science Scope, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association. In the magazine, Jennifer Fee and Nancy Trautmann, wrote an article entitled "Connecting to Your Community Through Birds and Citizen Science." Within the article they explained what is meant by the term "Citizen Science." They defined a citizen scientist as a person who collaborates with scientists to gather data on projects and contributes to scientific research. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Teachers are talent scouts Spotting talent and helping students see their own gift is one of those things that makes teaching so intoxicating to me. I get to do this? I am a talent scout. Are you? http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2012/12/teachers-are-talent-scouts.html Web Spotlight: Bomb Sight Mapping http://bombsight.org/#16/51.5034/-0.0987 INFOGRAPHIC: A POWER HUNGRY INTERNET http://www.infographicsarchive.com/tech-and-gadgets/infographic-a-power-hungry-internet/ Amazing Anamorphic Illusions! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBNHPk-Lnkk&sns=em Anatomy of Preservation http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VwT6RLsYe1c#! Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=doN4t5NKW-k How long will we live — and how well? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/health/healthy-life-expectancy/ Taking Responsibility This was apparently from a group project. http://i.imgur.com/mEOv7.jpg AMLE Annual Conference Sessions: State Affiliate Meeting

MSM-227 We re Not New and Noteworthy We re Hot

Dec 9, 2012 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Facebook: Joyce Capcara Fisher, Nelly Korman, The Simply Scientific Classroom Google+: iTunes: eMail: Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Perceptions: Here’s an interesting video. It is an interesting take on perception. Entertaining and instructive. 4:33 long. (via Larry Ferlazzo) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FUv-Q6EgEFI A blind person describes color http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=59YN8_lg6-U What would you do? Here is a 12-year-old middle school wrestler,Justin Kievit showing a great amount of humility and sportsmanship to his fellow competitor Jared Stevens. I dare you to watch this video and not let out a tear or two. http://cosbysweaters.com/2012/12/04/middle-school-wrestler-shows-us-all-what-sportsmanship-is-about/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Culturing Microorganisms I was recently reading the December, 2012 issue of the Science Teacher, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association. In the magazine, Key Roy, Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Connecticut wrote an article entitled, "Dangers in a Dish." In this article he shares the dangers of culturing microorganisms in the K-12 classroom. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Gallery of FakeBook Profiles Some good examples of fake FaceBook profiles. http://www.classtools.net/main_area/fakebook/gallery/ Sign Up Genius If you are a group leader and find yourself organizing volunteers, meals, service projects, or events... we want to make your life a lot simpler! Now you can coordinate it all online... FREE! http://www.signupgenius.com/ Introduction to the Living Wage Calculator http://livingwage.mit.edu/ Web Spotlight: Books to Read ‘Tis the time of year that many people pick up additional books to read. Here are some thoughts: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/12/04/best-psychology-philosophy-books-2012/ Whole Novels http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/shoulders-giants/11-2012/my-co-teachers-weigh-whole-novels 7 Habits of Effective Teachers who use Technology: http://blog.alwaysprepped.com/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-teachers-who-use-technology/ News: The Weight of Obesity http://visual.ly/weight-obesity Top 10 Bad Tech Predictions http://www.digitaltrends.com/features/top-10-bad-tech-predictions/ STEM Students Must Be Taught to Fail http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2012/11/23/stem-students-must-be-taught-to-fail 2 Mesa students forced to hold hands as punishment for fighting http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_southeast_valley/mesa/two-mesa-students-forced-to-hold-hands-as-punishment-for-fighting

MSM-226 Cheesy Penny Lane

Dec 3, 2012 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Facebook: Google+: Patti Gray iTunes: eMail: Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Cost of a penny http://what-if.xkcd.com/22/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Public Laboratory (not lavatory :) Troy Patterson, of the "Middle School Matters" podcast mentioned Raspberry Pi recently, and it got me to wondering if most people knew what it is. Raspberry Pi is is a credit-card sized computer which can help kids do spreadsheets, play games, watch HD videos and learn programming, all for about $25. It got me to thinking of other "Do It Yourself" gadgets that middle school students might also enjoy. This then took me to the Public Laboratory: http://publiclaboratory.org a community where you can learn how to investigate environmental concerns using inexpensive "Do It Yourself" techniques. From the Twitterverse: #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Transcribe http://transcribe.wreally.com/ Why Everything Sucks *Note - some Not Safe For Work Language (NSFW) is present. http://twentytwowords.com/2012/11/25/craig-fergusons-rant-against-the-deification-of-youth-and-stupidity/ Questioning Autism? Questioning Autism? is an iOS app designed to help concerned parents understand the signs and symptoms of autism, and to convey their observations to their pediatrician. The app features 12 simple questions, and the ability to share the observations with notes via email. Parents and caregivers can track a child’s progress over time, and save their observations for multiple children. Also included are helpful resources and the ability to share the app socially. http://asddad.com/2012/11/20/questioning-autism-app-is-available/ 15 Cheesy Christmas Music Videos on YouTube http://mashable.com/2012/11/24/cheesy-christmas-music-videos/ Historical Figure Greeting Cards This morning I used the web version of the Trading Card Creator to create an Abraham Lincoln trading card. To create the card I found a public domain image of Lincoln, uploaded it to the template provided by RWT, and completed the fields that asked for information about Lincoln's life. When my card was completed I was able to download it to my computer. I could have also emailed it to myself or to a friend. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/11/create-trading-cards-for-historical-and_27.html Web Spotlight: Primary Sources Docs Teach offers seven free tools that teachers can use to create interactive learning activities based on primary source documents and images. The seven tools are Finding a Sequence, Focusing on Details, Making Connections, Mapping History, Seeing the Big Picture, Weighing the Evidence, and Interpreting Data. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/11/create-your-own-interactive-primary.html I used to think... In a beautifully candid and beautifully written piece for PLP Network's Voices from the Learning Revolution, Canadian teacher Shelly Wright examines how her thinking and her classroom practice have changed. http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/teachmoore/11-2012/read-i-used-think-teacher-reflections http://plpnetwork.com/2012/11/08/think/ The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves Too many kids already hate school. Why do we want to make them do more of it? http://practicaltheory.org/blog/2012/11/23/the-beatings-will-continue-until-morale-improves-2/ News: Homework http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/23471.html?emailID=23471 AMLE Annual Conference Sessions: Dr. John Medina: Brain Rules

MSM-225 Advisory Advisory Advisory

Nov 18, 2012 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Eileen Award: Advisory: You are Predictable Make the board ahead of time, or put it on a Promethean Board. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DaWcL3oOd-E Business Cards Have the kids design business cards for famous people, fictional characters, historical figures, etc. http://thisisnthappiness.com/post/35780275184/business-cards 10 Bets that you can win Use these to create a challenge for students. Encourage them to think together. This can help prime the thinking. These are really just problem solving opportunities. http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2012/11/another-10-bets-you-will-always-win.html Perceptives On the cover of American Prospect, Joel Sternfeld’s ode to roadside America, was a ghoulish photo. A fireman shops for a pumpkin as the farmhouse — whose fire presumably brought him to this very acres — burns in the background. Its fiery destruction perfectly complemented the wintry leaves, the spoilt pumpkins, and from the foreground, with his hands tightly clasped upon a prized possession, the orange-clad firefighter: an American Nero. http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2012/10/25/joel-sternfeld-mclean-virginia-december-1978/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Reflecting on Data Recently I gave a talk at a new teacher orientation for the Rouge Education Project, a water quality monitoring project on the Rouge River, in the Michigan counties of Wayne and Oakland. The purpose of the talk was to share ideas on curriculum. The two areas I focused in on were: 1. Inquiry Analysis and Communication 2. Reflection and Social Implication To learn more about the Rouge Education Project, please visit: http://www.therouge.org From the Twitterverse: Save the date 2/6/13 Digital Learning Day @sjhayes8 #ncte12 #mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. Resources: Circuits http://www.circuits.io/ 8 GREAT GRADING APPS FOR IPAD http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/11/8-great-grading-apps-for-ipad.html Web Spotlight: A Cure for the Mania of Multiple Drafts, Multiple Formats, X 100 By Ariel Sacks In my last post, I described my utter failure to effectively organize and manage my students' drafting process for writing projects. This job has become much more complicated over the years with the availability of various technological tools for writing. New, clear parameters are definitely necessary. http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/shoulders-giants/11-2012/cure-mania-multiple-drafts-multiple-formats-x-100 Everything That Will Go Extinct In The Next 40 Years Futurist website nowandnext.com put together this awesome infographic predicting all of the technologies, behaviors, and ideas that will probably be distant memories by 2050. Among their predictions: no more retirement four years from now, no more secretaries six years from now, and no more free parking or sit-down breakfasts by 2019. The European Union is seen as surviving the current crisis before extinct in 2039. http://www.businessinsider.com/everything-that-will-go-extinct-in-the-next-40-years-2012-8#ixzz29zsNrc6U News: The [editor of Phi Delta Kappan] concludes by asserting that “every classroom should have excellent teaching every hour of every day.” I would add that every child should also have an excellent parent who serves them excellent food and provides them with an excellent home in an excellent neighborhood. Let’s also add excellent healthcare and excellent supervision every hour of every day as well. If we could accomplish all of that, we would have the highest achieving students on earth. http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2012/11/while-we-wait-for-wise-lawmakers-to-emerge.html AMLE Annual Conference Sessions: Dr. Debbie Silver, paid session.

MSM-224 Spewing Forth

Nov 4, 2012 00:00:00

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Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Facebook: Steve Ralston Google+: iTunes: Steve Ralston eMail: Jokes You Can Use: Advisory: Antipodes http://www.jasondavies.com/maps/antipodes/ Last Wish Lifelong football fan Danny Webber had one last wish - to meet QB Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. With help from the Colts organization and wonderful workers at the Heritage House, his wish was granted. Watch as Inside the NFL cameras were there to capture this truly heart-warming story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU1sK9HLpFo&feature=youtu.be Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Volcano Safety This podcast is based on the Question of the Month from the Scope on Safety section of the October, 2012 issue of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. The question of the month is written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, Connecticut. The question of the month deals with the use of ammonium dichromate in the classroom. From the Twitterverse: Resources: Higher Order Thinking Strategies and Tools http://learningcurveplanner.com.au/thinking-tools.html The Victorians Learn to work like a historian http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/victorians/resources.htm http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/victorians/Default.aspx A visual A-Z of the hidden treasures of language. As a lover of language and words, especially obscure and endangered words, I was instantly besotted with Project Twins’ visual interpretations of unusual words, originally exhibited at the MadArt Gallery Dublin during DesignWeek 2011. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/07/02/project-twins-unusual-words/ Public Domain Comics We are the best site for downloading FREE public domain Golden Age Comics. All files here have been researched by our staff and users to make sure they are copyright free and in the public domain. To start downloading just register an account and enjoy these great comic books. We do not charge per download and the goal of the project is to archive these comic books online and make them widely available. http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/ Web Spotlight: Can Your Kid Read Graphs and Charts? As these visual displays become more and more ubiquitous, it is all the more important that students know how to read, interpret, and summarize the information presented. It's become an essential element of overall literacy. As students get older, it's important for them to learn not only how to be intelligent viewers of graphic representations, but wary and cautious viewers. While charts and graphs obviously are a boon to our ability to communicate information about large numbers or complicated relationships, there are also hidden pitfalls. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/10/can-your-kid-read-graphs-and-charts/263689/ http://tedmccagg.typepad.com/drawings/2012/10/back-in-my-day.html News: Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction http://dvice.com/archives/2012/10/ethiopian-kids.php Events & Happenings:

MSM-223 RoundTable

Oct 21, 2012 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Call for Action: iTunes Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Dr. Catherine Hart Facebook: Josh Flory Google+: iTunes: eMail: Advisory: A $20 Bike Made Of Cardboard Is Headed To Market http://www.businessinsider.com/20-cardboard-bike-headed-to-market-2012-10 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This podcast is based on the Editor's Roundtable from the October, 2012 issue of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. The roundtable was written by Inez Liftig. The purpose of the roundtable was to emphasize the importance of genetics education in middle school. It is important not only because it plays a prominent role in the new Next Generation Science Standards but also because genetic testing and gene-based medicine will play a large part in their lives. From the Twitterverse: Resources: Fun Student Responses: http://hypervocal.com/culture/2012/18-best-students-on-the-internet/ Next YouTube EDU Gurus: Introducing the YouTube Next EDU Gurus. Want to learn something new? Check out these channels today! http://www.youtube.com/playlist?annotation_id=annotation_312811&feature=iv&list=PLEoqe4x_0u5PEmoFoQNecNRJMqw2DXYHn&src_vid=KvZcVVV7CrU Restorative Discipline Web Spotlight: Thinking About Cursive in a Digital World Events & Happenings:

MSM-222 Flipped Off

Oct 14, 2012 00:00:00

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Advisory: How do you get to school? http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/12/14390958-risky-river-crossing-filipino-kids-tube-to-get-to-school Everything I Need to Know I’m Learning From My Sixth Graders http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/10-2012/everything-i-need-know-i-m-learning-my-sixth-graders Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This podcast is based on an article from the Fall, 2012 issue of Green Teacher. The article was entitled "Children's Rights and Climate Change." The article was written by Paula Gallo and Barbara Strang. The purpose of the article was to help teachers help young people realize their right to a healthy planet. Teachers, have an invaluable role to play in generating the power of students, and they can do so by exploring with students the world of climate change and other environmental issues, as seen through the lens of children's rights. From the Twitterverse: Resources: The Flip: End of a Love Affair http://plpnetwork.com/2012/10/08/flip-love-affair/ The Google Cultural Institutue Awesome materials presented in a very visual manner. The concept is to promote and preserve culture on line. We have created this site to provide a visually rich and interactive online experience for telling cultural stories in new ways. Discover exhibits by expert curators, find artifacts, view photographs, read original manuscripts, watch videos, and more. http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/#!home Make InfoGraphics http://piktochart.com/ Web Spotlight: What happens if there is a tie in the President Election? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sHEDXzOfENI#! Common Core Resource Smarter Balanced sample items illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments. http://www.smarterbalanced.org/sample-items-and-performance-tasks/ News: Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-221 Its What You Need to Hear

Oct 1, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: A vertically challenged psychic was arrested one day. He escaped from jail and the newspaper headline read, "SMALL MEDIUM AT-LARGE." Hoss rode into town to buy a bull. Unfortunately, when he bought it, he was left with one dollar. Hoss needed to tell his wife to come with the truck and get the bull, but telegrams cost one dollar per word. Hoss said to the telegram man,"OK. I have my one word-'comfortable'." Why do you want to tell her that?” asked the telegram man. "Oh, she's not the best reader," Hoss said. "She'll read it really slowly". Did you hear about the accountant with insomnia? He decided to try counting sheep, but he made a mistake and was up all night trying to find it! Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Jennifer Larson Facebook: Google+: Alec Couros, Wes Fryer iTunes: eMail: Advisory: Rationalization & Dishonesty Dan Ariely does an RSA animate speech. Warning there are swear words (hell is used twice). There is also a discussion about confession. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XBmJay_qdNc#! Belgian Coal Miners * Note there are lots of images at the base site. They have a warning about needing to be over 14. Interesting, I was given a warning about several pictures for which absolutely no warning was needed. http://vintagephoto.livejournal.com/5767874.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This podcast is based on an article from the September, 2012 issue of Science Scope. A magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. The article was entitled "Successful Co-Teaching in the Science Classroom." The article was written by Leslie Forbes and Stacy Billet Co-teaching has become a popular concept in the field of education, especially as related to special education. There are five main types of co-teaching: lead and support; station teaching; parallel teaching; alternative teaching; and team teaching. Although the research on co-teaching is limited, it is growing and what is available is generally positive. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget #mschat on Thursdays at 8:00 pm EST on Twitter! Resources: Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do Larry Ferlazzo http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/oct12/vol70/num02/Eight-Things-Skilled-Teachers-Think,-Say,-and-Do.aspx Mysteries of Vernacular Clew? http://www.mysteriesofvernacular.com/ Historical Thinking Matters Welcome to Historical Thinking Matters, a website focused on key topics in U.S. history, that is designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources and how to critique and construct historical narratives. Read how to use this site. http://historicalthinkingmatters.org/ How to tell students they are wrong Web Spotlight: How Americans Spend Their Money Events & Happenings:

MSM-220 Picture This Space Book

Sep 23, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: The teacher said; “Take a pencil and paper, and write an essay with the title ‘If I Were a Millionaire.’” Everyone but Joe, who leaned back with arms folded, began to write feverishly. “What’s the matter,” the teacher asked. “Why don’t you begin?” “I’m waiting for my secretary,” Joe replied. Why were all the ink spots crying? Their father was in the pen. A fellow bought a new Mercedes and was out on the interstate for a nice evening drive. The top was down, the breeze was blowing through what was left of his hair and he decided to open her up. As the needle jumped up to 80 mph, he suddenly saw flashing red and blue lights behind him. "There's no way they can catch a Mercedes," he thought to himself and opened her up further. The needle hit 90, 100.... Then the reality of the situation hit him. "What am I doing?" he thought and pulled over. The cop came up to him, took his license without a word and examined it and the car. "It's been a long day, this is the end of my shift and it's Friday the 13th. I don't feel like more paperwork, so if you can give me an excuse for your driving that I haven't heard before, you can go." The guy thinks for a second and says, "Last week my wife ran off with a cop. I was afraid you were trying to give her back!" "Have a nice weekend," said the officer. Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Rovy Branon , Allison Petersen Facebook: Ella Sherman Google+: iTunes: eMail: Advisory: Picture books Have your students make picture books for elementary students. (This can be done the “old fashioned” way or electronically. http://www.culturestreet.org.uk/activities/picturebookmaker/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) "A Special Assignment from NASA" This podcast is based on an article from the September, 2012 issue of Science Scope. A magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. The article was entitled "A Special Assignment from NASA" - Understanding Earth's Atmosphere Through the Integration of Science and Mathematics. The article was written by Justine E. Fox and Nicole J. Glen. The purpose of the special assignment was to help students understand the role of NASA scientists, while asking real world questions about the atmosphere. The unit begins with the reading of "Here's the Crusher" from the book "Even More Everyday Science Mysteries." The mystery is about a boy, Eric, who washes a water bottle under hot water and then observes what happens to the bottle. This leads students in the classroom to re-enact the mystery and then apply the knowledge to a better understanding of why certain technological items like satellites, airplanes, etc. are found in certain atmospheric levels and not others. They study the height and the temperatures of the atmospheric levels. From the Twitterverse: Resources: Run for President: http://adomatic.us/ DIY ISTE: Interactive, Customizable, Free: Using Open Source FlexBooks News: “Using VAM to evaluate teachers is akin to using Lysol as a mouth wash because it does a good job killing germs on your kitchen counter. - Principal Carol Burris, in The Answer Sheet “ http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2012/09/quotes-no-such-thing-as-good-use-of-vam-data-for-evaluation.html No Soft Retirement Web Spotlight: The day I quit teaching Posted by Brad Flickinger on Sep 20, 2012 As it turned out, technology wasn’t the problem, I was. http://www.schooltechnology.org/2012/09/20/the-day-i-quit-teaching/ iCivics (www.icivics.org) Events & Happenings:

MSM-219 Ratholes

Sep 16, 2012 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Scoopit: Twitter: Aaron Morris, Chris Billings Facebook: Google+: Lori Anderson, iTunes: eMail: Advisory: Old Man Toilet Paper Roll Faces http://twentytwowords.com/2012/09/10/17-bizarre-ugly-and-awesome-old-man-faces-made-out-of-toilet-paper-rolls/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) RABBITS IN THE CLASSROOM This podcast is based on the Question of the Month Column, from the Scope on Safety Section of the September 2012 issue of Science Scope magazine, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. It was written by Ken Roy. This month’s question deals with letting rabbits run free in the middle school classroom. Ken shares advice from the Humane Society of the United States and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences. From the Twitterverse: Resources: Free Electoral Maps http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/Special-Offers.aspx 2012 Electoral Voting Map: Frequent updates. http://electoral-vote.com/ YouTube Launches "Star Search" for Teachers Starting today and running through October 1st, YouTube is looking to identify tenYouTube EDU Gurus. YouTube has partnered with Khan Academy to run this contest. The ten chosen finalists will receive $1,000 toward for video production equipment, attend a three day workshop with Khan academy staff, and have work featured on YouTube EDU. To enter you have to submit video samples and answer two short essay questions (responses limited to 200 words). http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/09/youtube-launches-star-search-for.html MemStash Stop forgetting. Start Remembering. Simply highlight any text you want to remember, and click the bookmark "Stash It". We'll email or SMS you 10 minutes, 24 hours, and 7 days later to make sure you memorize it. Optional: Push your notes automatically to your Evernote account. Save everything. Remember everything. http://memstash.co/ Vintage Book Posters http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/09/11/vintage-ads-for-libraries-and-reading/ Web Spotlight: David Byrne on How Music and Creativity Work Among the book’s most fascinating insights is a counterintuitive model for howcreativity works, from a chapter titled “Creation in Reverse” — a kind of reformulation of McLuhan’s famous aphorism “the medium is the message”into a somewhat less pedantic but no less purposeful “the medium shapes the message”: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/09/13/david-byrne-how-music-works/ Banned from school: http://www.worldsstrangest.com/mental-floss/10-things-public-schools-have-banned/ Events & Happenings:

MSM-218 8675309

Sep 9, 2012 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. AMLE Feature: Jokes You Can Use: Q: What do you get when you cross a perm with a rabbit? A: Curly hare. 1. A day without sunshine is like night. 2. On the other hand, you have different fingers. 3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. 4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name. 5. Remember, half the people you know are below average. 6. He who laughs last; thinks slowest. 7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm. 8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap. 9. Support bacteria. They're the only culture most people have. 10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. 11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines. 12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments. 13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand. 14. OK, so what's the speed of dark? 15. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane. 16. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now. 17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges? 18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. 19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice? 20. Why do psychics have to ask you your name? 21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, 'What the heck happened?' 22. Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off. 23. Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 24. Life isn't like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow. Eileen Award: Advisory: Open University 60 second Adventures in Thought http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/philosophy/60-second-adventures-thought?track=69508b9e11 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-ICE CUBES, STEM AND 5E This podcast is based on the article "Should Ice Be Cubed?" written by Richard H. Moyer and Susan A. Everett. The article can be found in the September 2012 issue of Science Scope magazine, a magazine for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association. All four STEM areas were integrated throughout the 5E lesson as students were engaged, they explored, they developed explanations, they extended their learning and were evaluated. Science was represented through heat transfer, cooling rates, and melting. Technology was integrated through the use of the different types of ice cube trays -- novelty, giant cube, household, and student built. The activity allowed students to become engineers by testing three different ice-cube-tray designs. Finally, the mathematics was used in measuring the surface-area and volume relationships between the ice cubes. From the Twitterverse: Resources: Periodic Chart Lots of really great information about elements. Don’t miss the navigation bar on the right. Also includes printables. http://chemreference.com/ Find the Data Incredible amounts of data. http://www.findthedata.org/ Events & Happenings:

MSM-217 Dr Doubet Formative Assessment

Sep 3, 2012 00:00:00

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AMLE Feature: Interview with Dr. Kristina Doubet “Dr. Kristina Doubet is an Associate Professor of Middle and Secondary Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. With over ten years of experience teaching middle and secondary English, she now prepares future middle and high school teachers for careers in the classroom. Dr Doubet completed her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Virginia where she studied the impact of differentiated instruction on student performance in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Her publications also focus on assessment and differentiated instruction and include AMLE’s, Smart in the Middle: Classrooms that Work for Bright Middle Schoolers (co-authored with Carol Tomlinson). Dr. Doubet works regularly with practicing teachers from all grade levels and content areas as a staff developer for schools/districts implementing initiatives in the areas of Common Core Standards, formative assessment and differentiated instruction.” Dr. Doubet is cited here: Differentiation You can get more of Dr. Doubet from Amazon.com. Contact info: doubetkj@jmu.edu Some Resources: https://daretodifferentiate.wikispaces.com/file/view/doubet.pdf Jokes You Can Use: “The speed of time is one second per second.” - Monsieur Loach Kulula Airlines. Real airplane. Real paint job. Real funny. :-) On Our Mind: Eileen Award: Eric Huff Scoopit: Twitter: Todd Bloch, Jennifer McFarlane, #mschat, Deanna @ldgermany312, Brian Tonniges @BTonniges, Stephen Davis. Facebook: Google+: Ciera Robinson, Jennifer Fox, iTunes: eMail: Patti Kinney (NASSP), Dr. Monte Tatom, Advisory: Dollar Artist Sculptures Challenge your students. http://dollarartist.com/sculptures.html SPARK YOUR FUTURE Discover a career and find the right education. http://www.insidejobs.com/ Who’s Reading What? http://mashable.com/2012/08/26/reading-stats-infographic/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-MATH, SCIENCE AND THE NGSS This podcast is based on the editorial column of Science Scope Magazine, September, 2012, published by the National Science Teachers Association. The editor of Science Scope is Inez Liftig. Her column is entitled, "Editor's Roundtable." Her editorial focused on finding the common ground between math and science. She cited the commonalities between the eight Practices of Science and Engineering, from the Next Generation Science Standards and the eight Practices of Mathematics outlined in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. From the Twitterverse: Resources: TimeMaps http://www.timemaps.com/ myHistro http://www.myhistro.com/ The Parent Rap A little fun for teachers who are parents. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=N_NspDWssIY#! For Those Who Want to Lead, Read ISTE: Combining Social Studies and Language Arts Sandra Wozniak Share Resources: livebinders.com and search: ISTE 2012 tregoED Limits to Time on Task http://www.joebower.org/2012/08/limits-of-time-on-task.html Web Spotlight: Teacher’s Ultimate Digital Kit Online PD for teachers who are learning to teach with technology. There’s a great one on using QR codes in the classroom . . . Events & Happenings:

MSM-216 150 Fundies for Student Success

Aug 26, 2012 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. AMLE Feature: Fundamentals for Student Success in the Middle Grades http://amle.org/Advocacy/AdvocacyToolstoUse/FundamentalsPresentation/tabid/793/Default.aspx# Jokes You Can Use: Bad Dog: http://dog-shaming.com/ On Our Mind: Starting of the school year... Eileen Award: Eric Huff Scoopit: Twitter: Todd Bloch, Debbra Uttero, Khadigah A. Facebook: Google+: iTunes: Advisory: Classrooms Around the World http://www.juliangermain.com/projects/classrooms.php Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE MINUTE-STEM ACROSS MIDDLE GRADES This podcast is based on the article "STEM Across Middle Grades Curriculum," written by Chad Pavlekovich, Jenny Benardi, and Jayne Malach. It was published in the August 2012 edition of "Middle Ground," a magazine published by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). Salisbury MIddle School in Salisbury, Maryland has had a STEM program for three years. The program serves 90 students, 30 in each grade level. The STEM program includes three core subjects (science, ELA, history), technology education, and computer science. For more information, please visit: http://www.amle.org/Publications/MiddleGround/Articles/August2012/Article3/tabid/2674/Default.aspx From the Twitterverse: Join #mschat on Thursdays at 8:00 pm EST on Twitter! Resources: 150 Book Report Alternatives: http://cheekylit.com/75-book-report-alternatives/ How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory Here are eight tips to borrow from classrooms where teachers are reinventing yesterday’s schools as tomorrow’s idea factories. http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/08/how-to-turn-your-classroom-into-an-idea-factory/ First Day of School Activity http://cherraolthof.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/day-1/ ISTE: New Times, New Solutions: Strategies to Sustain Professional Development News: WizIQ for Free Create and deliver courses Create synchronous and asynchronous courses with tools designed specifically for teachers. Add compelling courseware with videos, PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, and PDFs. Deliver courses in the WizIQ Virtual Classroom and connect in real-time with students from anywhere in the world. Enjoy all the premium features of WizIQ Use the WizIQ Virtual Classroom to conduct live online classes, flip your classroom, hold office hours, or meet students online for regular discussions and homework help. Take full advantage of every WizIQ feature, including screen-sharing, polling, video-conferencing, shared whiteboards, and more. Record and archive all your online classes Your free account includes 15 GB of storage for class recordings, which means approximately 1500 recorded classes that your students can review at their own pace. We host recordings in the cloud, for free. http://www.wiziq.com/academic/ Web Spotlight: If Sal Khan Says He’s Teaching, Are Students Learning? [Achievement vs. Learning] By TeacherSolutions 2030 Team Teachers, Cheating, and Incentives http://danariely.com/2012/07/07/teachers-cheating-and-incentives-2/ A running theme that the only thing that matters is test scores BY SCOTT MCLEOD http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2012/08/a-running-theme-that-the-only-thing-that-matters-is-test-scores.html Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-215 This We Believe-Walk with Dave

Aug 19, 2012 00:00:00

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Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. AMLE Feature: Characteristics To comprehend their breadth and focus, the characteristics are grouped in three general categories: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Characteristics ●Educators value young adolescents and are prepared to teach them. ●Students and teachers are engaged in active, purposeful learning. ●Curriculum is challenging, exploratory, integrative, and relevant. ●Educators use multiple learning and teaching approaches. ●Varied and ongoing assessments advance learning as well as measure it. Leadership and Organization Characteristics ●A shared vision developed by all stakeholders guides every decision. ●Leaders are committed to and knowledgeable about this age group, educational research, and best practices. ●Leaders demonstrate courage and collaboration. ●Ongoing professional development reflects best educational practices. ●Organizational structures foster purposeful learning and meaningful relationships. Culture and Community Characteristics ●The school environment is inviting, safe, inclusive, and supportive of all. ●Every student’s academic and personal development is guided by an adult advocate. ●Comprehensive guidance and support services meet the needs of young adolescents. ●Health and wellness are supported in curricula, school-wide programs, and related policies. ●The school actively involves families in the education of their children. ●The school includes community and business partners. You can find the This We Believe Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: ●Charles G. Timm ●Jennifer Johnson ●Marianne Mangels ●Jenifer Fox ●Mark Wills Advisory: Ten Rules for Class http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/10/10-rules-for-students-and-teachers-john-cage-corita-kent/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Josh Fullan wrote an article entitled, ”Pedestrian City,” for the magazine Green Teacher, summer edition 2012. The purpose of the article was to present a way that middle school students could investigate the walkability of their urban neighborhoods. He presented three activities: Learning Activity 1: Introduction to walking as a mode of transportation. Learning Activity 2: Experiential lesson on walking in which the teacher leads the students on a neighborhood walk. Learning Activity 3: Culminates the unit with a creative hands-on activity on walking in which students create a hand-drawn map of a walk they do regularly. For more information, please visit: http://www.greenteacher.com/contents96.html From the Twitterverse: Join #mschat on Fridays at 8:00 pm EST on Twitter! Resources: 5 Video Projects to Try With Your Students Richard Byrne Here are five ideas and tools for video projects that you can try with your students this year. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/08/5-video-projects-to-try-with-your.html http://thedirectorintheclassroom.ning.com/page/director-book ISTE: Digital Historians Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-214 This We Believe

Aug 5, 2012 00:00:00

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AMLE Feature: This We Believe: In This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents, the Association for Middle Level Education, formerly National Middle School Association, describes the nature of an educational program that reflects what research and vast experience have demonstrated to be best for 10- to 15-year-olds. Major Goals of Middle Level Educators To become a fully functioning, self-actualized person, each young adolescent should This I Believe Poster: http://www.amle.org/AboutAMLE/ThisWeBelieve/ThisIBelieve/tabid/2320/Default.aspx Jokes You Can Use: Hear about the gymnast that was disqualified at the Olympics? On Our Mind: Eileen Award: Scoopit: Jennifer Mangler Twitter: CAMLE, Facebook: Jennifer Johnson, Marianne Mangels Google+: Zahid Hassan, Andy Winchester iTunes: Advisory: Presidential Birthday Gifts: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/62717 Why grammar is important- http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/07/i_wont_hire_people_who_use_poo.html Build a Meerkat http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/activity/build-meerkat/?ar_a=1 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Summer Reading -- Back to School The Summer, 2012 edition of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers produced by the National Science Teachers Association, featured an article entitled "Book Your Summer Vacation." The article was written by Juliana Texley. In this podcast, the third and final installment in this series, three books are featured. They include: Snap by Katherine Ramsland The Failure of Environmental Education by Charles Saylan and Daniel Blumstein Uncovering Student Ideas in Astronomy: 45 New Formative Assessment Probes by Page Keeley All of these books are available in the NSTA Store: http://nsta.org/store From the Twitterverse: Join #mschat on Fridays at 8:00 pm EST on Twitter! ISTE: Stratosphere Integrating Technology, Pedagogy and Change Knowledge. By Michael Fullan Events & Happenings:

MSM-213 ISTE Schedule Lets Chat

Jul 29, 2012 00:00:00

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AMLE Feature: Scheduling More on scheduling: Jokes You Can Use: This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore. What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus. On Our Mind: #mschat restart on Twitter August 9 - 8:00 pm EST (Todd Bloch) Eileen Award: ●Scoopit: Jennifer Mangler ●Twitter: National History Bee, Electric Eggplant, Toshiba Innovation, Scott Newcomb, Bethany Beaudrie, Professor Michael Mills, the Doceri Team, Sandra Wozniak, Ellie Dix, Haikuary, Round Lake Middle, Scott Ziegler, Present Me, and Kyle Pekurney. ●Facebook: Stacy Nichols Belson, ●iTunes: No new follows this week. Advisory: Fictitious Dishes: http://www.dinahfried.com/fictitious-dishes/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Summer Reading Through Time and Space The Summer, 2012 edition of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers produced by the National Science Teachers Association, featured an article entitled "Book Your Summer Vacation." The article was written by Juliana Texley. This is the second in a three part series of podcasts, on this article. In this podcast, three more books are featured. They include: Billions of Years, Amazing Changes: The Sory of Evorution, by Laurence Pringle Mission Control: This is Apollo, by Andrew Chalkin Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time, by Elaine Scott All of these books are available in the NSTA Store: http://nsta.org/store From the Twitterverse: ISTE: Social Media ISTE 2012 Using iPads in the Classroom Edubloggercon/SocialEdCon session. Brad Flickinger hosting. What are people using in their classrooms> Open mic time Wanted the iPads as a tool not as a thing to learn in itself. App Craft: Kids creating apps and animations for other kids to use. The free version has a lot of Japanese commercials. Penguin Palooza on wikispaces.com apps were the tacky/techie? books. Smithsonian institute book on penguins. Penguin app that hooks up with an aquarium in Calif. Consumer apps: used apps. Producer apps: created content with the app. Comic Creator, etc. Digital Storytelling. Use teleprompter software and sandwich two iPads together. Use it with English Language Learners. Prompterous: teleprompter software. Collabaracam: combine 4 different iphones or ipads to one. One person becomes the director and then combine the feeds on one device. http://collabracam.com/ Animation Puppet pals Animate on the fly. Use it with kids to do digital storytelling. Toontastic Animating in real time. Facejack: Does the same thing as Blabberize. Stopmotion Animation iStopmotion Stopmotion Pro Smoovie Scott Meech Stopmotion Studio QR Code Scavenger Hunts. Putting QR codes next to teacher names as a way to connect with teachers and content. Green Screens Action Movie app. Music creation with the iPad Google easy chords for the song. iPad Band . . . hehehe Give the kids a chance and they'll go for it like nobody's business. Kids learn on the virtual instrument and it leads to the real instrument. Assessories iRig Teaching with one App: Reflection reflectionapp.com Air Parrot: mirror your MacBook. Use Reflections and put an iPEVO next to the computer and then you can show your fingers touching the screen. Stylus: Just mobile An allupen . . . ? Events & Happenings:

MSM-212 ISTE Redux Redux Take 2

Jul 15, 2012 00:00:00

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AMLE Feature: Scheduling Scheduling: Key Principles: There are two drivers to the schedule: bus and lunch. Everything else can be adjusted. Don’t be locked into “this is how we’ve always done it”. Decide what you want to “solve”. There is no perfect schedule. Look at multiple days. Prep for teachers to move to a new schedule? Routine? AMLE Resource: http://www.amle.org/Publications/OnTarget/BlockScheduling/tabid/296/Default.aspx http://www.amle.org/portals/0/pdf/publications/On_Target/scheduling/scheduling_5.pdf Research Rationale: http://www.amle.org/Research/ResearchSummaries/FlexibleScheduling/tabid/1140/Default.aspx Can’t access some of the articles on AMLE? Become a member! Contact: middleschooleducators@gmail.com Jokes You Can Use: Puns: How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it. I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now. I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time. Middle School Chemistry Theme Song (this one’s for Dave): Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Batman! On Our Mind: Highland Park Public Schools Sued: http://t.co/UylIRygp 81,904 4th graders (note: number is the entire state of MI, not just Highland Park) still not proficient in Reading. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012) David Gornto- Nice work. Let us know how the kids react. Thought about using Google Docs for your script then copy/paste into your blog as a transcript? Up for screencasting like Camtasia? Me either. Not yet. Eileen Award: Scoopit: Jennifer Mangler Twitter: Valia Reinsalu, Pora Ora, Facebook: Jennifer McAvoy-Anteau (liked a link on FB) iTunes: Advisory: The 11 Ways That Consumers Are Hopeless at Math This is your brain on shopping, and it's not very smart. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/07/the-11-ways-that-consumers-are-hopeless-at-math/259479/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) The Summer, 2012 edition of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers produced by the National Science Teachers Association, featured an article entitled "Book Your Summer Vacation." The article was written by Juliana Texley. In this podcast, three books from the article are featured. They include: Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, by David B. Williams The Visitor's Guide to American Gardens, by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp Concrete Planet, by Robert Courland All of the books can be found at: http://nsta.org/store From the Twitterverse: ISTE: iPad Flipped Classroom: Troy’s notes from ISTE. Half-Baked Idea: A “school only” cell phone Ingredients: 1. Cheap cell phone (www.pandawill.com & cheapest available at this posting: F8 Quad Band Phone Dual SIM) 2. Google phone number and app 3. Optional: Pay-As-You-Go card (H20) Web Spotlight: Homograph/Homophone Venn Diagram If, like me, you have difficulty remembering the difference between homophones,homographs, homonyms, heterographs, and heteronyms, you should find this WikipediaVenn diagram useful. http://www.englishblog.com/2012/07/homographhomophone-venn-diagram.html Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-211 ISTE Redux Part 1

Jul 7, 2012 00:00:00

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On Our Mind: ISTE: After conference thoughts Preparing for AMLE in November Eileen Award: Twitter: Rich Kiker, Steve Chen, Chris Sousa, Gina Gallo, Pora Ora, IAIB Network, Michael Richardson, Charles Perry, Mary Clark, Elana Leoni, Riaz Abdulla, Michael Cohen, Vilia Reinsalu, Ann-Caryn Cleveland, Jason Eifling, Diethild, ViewARcom, Valencio Cardoso, Schoology, Jeff Bradbury, TeacherCast, Sandra Wozniak, @Lilylauren, DonFriesen, Tori McMurray, Ellie Dix, “Teenage Whisperer”, Jazz Caine, Epic Limo Bus (which we didn’t use . . . ), and Emil Ahangarzadeh (Director of the Calif. Tech Statewide Education Tech Service). Facebook: Kyle Paul If I had to guess what was the ISTE PLN vehicle of choice, I’d guess . . . Advisory: Book Club. Here is one example: http://2busybrunettes.com/2012/03/23/25-series-to-read-if-you-love-the-hunger-games/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) In the Summer, 2012 issue of Science Scope, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association, the safety question of the month was "After lab work, should students use antibacterial hand wipes or just plain soap and water to clean their hands?" Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, Connecticut provides a great answer. If you would like more information on science safety, you can purchase Ken's book, "The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science," through the NSTA bookstore. From the Twitterverse: ISTE News: Guest Post: “Four ISTE Challenges” July 1, 2012 by Larry Ferlazzo GUEST POST by Ben Curran Less Tools, More Teaching The End of the Echo Chamber Diversity is Lacking The End of Excess http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/07/01/guest-post-four-iste-challenges/ ISTE Keynote: What were they thinking? Posted by Brad Flickinger on Jun 26, 2012 in school technology As I have said before in this blog, I attend edtech conferences to be inspired and to steal ideas to take back to my own school. But when I left the keynote that opened this year’s ISTE 2012 Conference, I was scratching my head wondering what was the purpose of what I had just witnessed. I felt embarrassed to be an educator. Did ISTE really just do this to me? Did they sell out? Did they take inspiring me too far? http://www.schooltechnology.org/2012/06/26/iste-keynote-what-were-they-thinking/ ISTE Resources: All of my notes can be found here. ISTE Web Spotlight: TIMMS/PISA vs. Entrepreneural Spirit: http://zhaolearning.com/2012/06/06/test-scores-vs-entrepreneurship-pisa-timss-and-confidence/ Events & Happenings:

MSM-210 Whats Wrong with the Teenage Mind

Jun 17, 2012 00:00:00

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AMLE Feature: Jokes You Can Use: Boss: I’ve noticed that you go out and get your haircut during work hours. Employee: It grows during work hours. Boss: It also grows during non-work hours. Employee: I didn’t get it all cut. What did the leftovers say when put into the freezer? Foiled again. What’s another name for a nursery? Bawlroom. On Our Mind: Eileen Award: ●Annie Murphy Paul ●Alise Herrara ●Joe Webb ●Sara Davenport Sisk Advisory: World of Coins http://twentytwowords.com/2012/06/09/a-world-map-made-of-the-worlds-coins/ Food Tweeting Around the World http://foodmood.in/ Challenges http://twentytwowords.com/2012/06/11/10-bets-youll-always-win-unless-the-other-bettor-has-se en-this-video-too/ Fun with Visual Charades and Narrated Slideshows Based on Fairy Tales In their recently published article, “Five-Picture Charades: A Flexible Model for Technology Training in Digital Media Tools and Teaching Strategies,” in the journal Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, Curby Alexander and Tom Hammond present a persuasive case for using “visual charades” as a learning activity with students involving media and creativity. http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2012/06/06/fun-with-visual-charades-and-narrated-slideshows- based-on-fairy-tales-edtech4u/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) In the Spring Edition of "Green Teacher," Emily Harris wrote an article entitled, "Fostering Students' Water Wisdom." The purpose of the article was to bring water awareness into the classroom and contribute to a better global future. She says that teachers play a vital role in helping foster an early appreciation of this most precious resource. For this reason, WaterCan developed curriculum resources in both English and French which can be freely downloaded from the "Water Wisdom Portal" at: http://www.watercan.com/students She then goes on to share one of her favorite lesson plans for 7th - 8th grade students, entitled "Water Around the World." This class project introduces students to water usage, and to data gathering and analysis. Dave’s Water Cycle Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw275056JtA Hey Dave, what do you think about this? “Voyager 1 Spaceship to Break Out of Solar System, Into Outer Space http://abcn.ws/N0eYA8” From the Twitterverse: News: Thompson: The Humiliation Of High-Stakes Standardized Testing http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2012/06/thompson-pearson-anti -testing-rally-illuminates-the-essence-of-bubble-in-testing.html Future Shock I'll have more to say on the iPad later but one can't help being struck by the volume and vehemence of apparently technologically sophisticated people inveighing against the iPad. http://speirs.org/blog/2010/1/29/future-shock.html Computers Grade Essays Fast ... But Not Always Well http://www.npr.org/2012/06/07/154452475/computers-grade-essays-fast-but-not-always-well?ft= 1&f=1019 What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203806504577181351486558984.html Tools: Quipper Quipper produces entertaining and educational quiz apps. We also allows users to create their own apps! Also available on iOS and Android. http://www.quipper.com/ Go Class http://www.goclass.com/guestapp/index.aspx Resources: 50 Summer Learning Activities for Kids Common Sense Media has produced a 16 page guide to summer learning activities. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/06/50-summer-learning-activities-for-kids.html Summer Reading List http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/06/11/summer-reading-list-2012/ Web Spotlight: TIMMS/PISA vs. Entrepreneural Spirit: http://zhaolearning.com/2012/06/06/test-scores-vs-entrepreneurship-pisa-timss-and-confidence/ Events & Happenings:

MSM-209 AMLE Feature Todd Williamson

Jun 11, 2012 00:00:00

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MSM 209: AMLE Feature Presentation . . . Popcorn Please! AMLE Feature Kick off...Tech in 20, we take longer. Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education. AMLE Feature: Today, join us for a interview with Todd Williamson. Director of Technology and Science for Carteret County Schools, MiddleTalk contributor, and NCMSA Technology Specialist. ●Science Experiment ●Tech-in-20 Series ●Math and Science Portal ●ISTE? Jokes You Can Use: Sign in a business: We understand that your phone call is important. So, we will not interrupt by serving you when you are on the phone. RUTH BUZZI ‏@Ruth_A_Buzzi Cats inherently dislike water. That explains why so many turn to alcohol. #HappyCATurday On Our Mind: ●The power of crowdsourcing: Jerry Blumengarten goes to ISTE12. ●Death of MiJEC . . . ? ●Edmodo finally tips its hand: http://www.hackeducation.com/2012/03/06/edmodo-makes-the-move-from-social-networ k-to-education-platform/ Eileen Award: ●Facebook: Julie Smith Flack ●Twitter: John Winsor, US School Counselors, Microsoft TeachTec ●Special Guest: Todd Williamson Advisory: How big is your city? http://twentytwowords.com/2012/06/07/how-big-is-l-a-at-least-8-other-major-u-s-cities-could-fit-in side-it/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) In the Spring Edition of "Green Teacher," Emily Harris wrote an article entitled, "Fostering Students' Water Wisdom." The purpose of the article was to bring water awareness into the classroom and contribute to a better global future. She says that teachers play a vital role in helping foster an early appreciation of this most precious resource. For this reason, WaterCan developed curriculum resources in both English and French which can be freely downloaded from the "Water Wisdom Portal" at: http://www.watercan.com/students She then goes on to share one of her favorite lesson plans for 5th - 6th grade students, entitled "Water Alive!" This is a research based activity designed to help generate an understanding about the universal dependence on water, through the "eyes" of an African animal. From the Twitterverse: News: Teacher tenure: a Fairfax schools firing case http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/teacher-tenure-a-fairfax-schools-firing-case/201 2/06/02/gJQAVt4l9U_story.html Resources: KanBan2Go https://kanban2go.com/ ScrollKit A website builder that works more like drawing. No coding required. https://www.scrollkit.com/ Web Spotlight: The Greatest Teacher I Had in College by Vicki Davis http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2012/06/greatest-teacher-i-had-in-college.html BookType http://www.sourcefabric.org/en/booktype/ 4 Great & Free Museum Apps to Teach your Students (or to simply enjoy!) http://www.edukwest.com/4-great-free-museum-apps-to-teach-your-students-or-to-simply-enjoy / Events & Happenings:

MSM-208 Pushing the Button

Jun 3, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: RUTH BUZZI ‏@Ruth_A_Buzzi Our cat ate a neighbor's canary this morning; his favorite breakfast is Shredded Tweet. #HappyCATurday RUTH BUZZI ‏@Ruth_A_Buzzi People who steal cats are not cat burglars; they're purr-snatchers. #HappyCATurday RUTH BUZZI ‏@Ruth_A_Buzzi You can't stand puns and you hate cat jokes? You gotta be kitten me. #HappyCATurday On Our Mind: AMLE Registration opened this week. Kathy Hunt donations can be made to the AMLE Foundation Fund, use the code “KHU” when making a donation. The Summer Slide ( http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/05/30/how-im-helping-my-students-try-to-avoid-the-summer-slide/ ) ISTE 2012 . . . Eileen Award: Dr. Monte Tatom, FunDave: Twitter Curtis Fuller: email Carol DenOtter: Facebook Advisory: 32 Innovations that will change the world http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/06/03/magazine/innovations-issue.html Where kids sleep or A Girl and her room: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/05/30/a-girl-and-her-room-rania-matar/ http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/08/08/where-children-sleep-james-mollison/ The New (AB)Normal: Big portion sizes have become the new abnormal, and it's time to scale back. http://makinghealtheasier.org/newabnormal Liter of Light http://isanglitrongliwanag.org/ Effect of Sunlight http://twentytwowords.com/2012/06/01/what-the-sun-did-to-the-face-of-a-veteran-truck-driver/ How to be Kind: http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2012/06/10-inexpensive-ways-to-be-kind.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) In the April/May, 2012 issue of Science Scope, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association, there is an article entitled, "More Than Just Guessing: The Difference Between Prediction and Hypothesis," written by Michelle Scribner-MacLean. The topic of the article is to help teachers and students understand the difference between the two terms. Knowing the difference between making a prediction and formulating a hypothesis can go a long way toward helping students develop scientific literacy. From the Twitterverse: News: Bunkum Awards http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=P-hJagz6ytM http://nepc.colorado.edu/think-tank/bunkum-awards/2011 Resources: Google World Wonders Project http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/worldwonders/ or http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2012/06/world-wonders-new-flipped-classroom.html How Long Would It Take You to Read "War and Peace?" http://www.leekolbert.com/2012/05/how-long-would-it-take-you-to-read-war.html Web Spotlight: Child Poverty http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2012/05/charts-pay-no-attention-to-the-nations-child-poverty-rate.html The Chart: http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54f8c25c988340168ebef9408970c-popup Examples of PBL APHistory. Interesting use of Google Sites. What if projects. The kids also published their work. https://sites.google.com/a/micds.org/apush-2011-2012-final-projects/ Nathan Hall: 100+ Student Sites that don’t require registration http://www.diigo.com/list/nathanghall/no-registration-needed-for-students Strategies: Games to Enhance Classroom Teaching http://people.uncw.edu/ertzbergerj/all.html ScienceFix: YouTube Science Channel for Middle School Experiments http://www.youtube.com/user/sciencefix Video of the Podcast: http://youtu.be/Bh_3Jl_eHEk Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-207 Hanging Out

May 27, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: All visual jokes today. (Go see the Google+ recording.) On Our Mind: Kathy Hunt-Ullock 1951-2012 Virtual Presentations: MiddleTalk: 9 Dangerous Things & Book Club this summer 9 Dangerous things you were taught in school: Eileen Award: Twitter People: Gary Johnston, Jeff Trudell, Aric Haley, Michael Jones, Connect Michigan (Michigan Public Service Commission), and @HeyLeeAnn! Advisory: New Computer Algorithm Knows Your Phony Smile [VIDEO] Can you tell whether a smile is real or not? http://mashable.com/2012/05/25/algorithm-smile/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) In the April/May, 2012 issue of Science Scope, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association, two articles dealt with the topic of misconceptions In the first article, "Misunderstanding Misconceptions," Page Keeley defines the term misconceptions. In the second article, "Investigating Students' Ideas About the Flow of Matter and Energy in Living Systems," authors Melanie Taylor, Kimberly Cohen, R. Keith Esch, and P. Sean Smith give examples of student misconceptions and provide the corresponding correct ideas. The topic of this podcast mainly focuses in on the process of photosynthesis. From the Twitterverse: News: Educators Use Mobile Devices More Than General Public http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2012/05/educators_more_likely_to_use_m.html How summer increases the achievement gap http://hechingered.org/content/how-summer-increases-the-achievement-gap_5072/ Our Principal’s Reaction To Being Included In The Wash. Post’s List Of Top High Schools http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/05/20/our-principals-reaction-to-being-included-in-the-wash-posts-list-of-top-high-schools/ Standards would immerse Arizona students in science http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2012/05/17/20120517arizona-science-standards.html Student Principals (Contributed by Ron King) How would students run the show if given a chance? http://groups.diigo.com/site/redirect_item/student-principals-5342100 Resources: Mr. Rogers talks sarcastically about children and consumerism Apparently, kids and consumerism is nothing new. http://twentytwowords.com/2012/05/25/mr-rogers-talks-sarcastically-about-children-and-consumerism/ Web Citizenship and Media Literacy Curriculum (Contributed by Ron King via Diigo) http://groups.diigo.com/site/redirect_item/digital-literacy-and-citizenship-curriculum-for-grades-6-8-5342096 Play me a story? Playfic, the online community that lets you write, remix, share, and play interactive text-based games with the world. There is definitely a learning curve with the site. http://playfic.com/ Burn Note Burn Note lets you send messages that are deleted after they are read. You can use Burn Note to send a password or have an off-the-record conversation with a friend. https://burnnote.com/#/ Readlists What’s a Readlist? A group of web pages—articles, recipes, course materials, anything—bundled into an e-book you can send to your Kindle, iPad, or iPhone. http://readlists.com/ Easy Web Calendar Localendar is great for Churches, Schools, Teams, Non-Profits, Families, and Webmasters that need a free web calendar http://www.localendar.com/elsie Web Spotlight: Honesty In The Computer Lab http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/05/25/honesty-in-the-computer-lab/ Knowledge Graph http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/introducing-knowledge-graph-things-not.html Strategies: Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish http://www.edutopia.org/stw-project-based-learning-best-practices Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: Archived content is available.

MSM-206 Dry Hands Warm Heart

May 20, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Auntie Matilta won’t kiss you with that dirty face! That’s what I’m hoping. Girl: I need a new dress Dad: Why? Girl: The girl in my class has the same one. Dad: Why does that mean you need a new dress. Girl: It’s cheaper than switching colleges. On Our Mind: ISTE Noob-ness! Wrapping up the year yet? Eileen Award: Jeffry Prickett - Facebook & Twitter Pamela Schneider - Facebook Advisory: How to Use a Paper Towel: http://www.ted.com/talks/joe_smith_how_to_use_a_paper_towel.html and http://creativewealthprinciples.com/archives/285 The Other Side of the World http://www.antipodemap.com/ Olympic Torch Relay Route http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/route/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Drying Hands in the Lab. In the March, 2012 issue of Science Scope, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association, the safety question of the month was "Are there any alternatives to paper towels for students to wash and dry their hands with at the end of lab?" Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, Connecticut provides a great answer. If you would like more information on science safety, you can purchase Ken's book, "The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science," through the NSTA bookstore. Please visit: http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781933531281 From the Twitterverse: News: Homeschool Is The Future http://www.collegeathome.com/blog/2012/03/09/homeschool-is-the-future/ Dartmouth Researchers Are Learning How Exercise Affects the Brain http://now.dartmouth.edu/2012/05/dartmouth-researchers-are-learning-how-exercise-affects-the-brain/ Are today's students truly 'tech savvy'? It is difficult to prove that the Generation Y and young people today are not more technologically adapted than their older counterparts. They may sometimes display an unhealthy level of dependence on their mobile phone, become bored easily when taught in school how to use basic commands in Microsoft Word and be called upon often to fix the problem with the printer, but are all members of this age bracket clued-up and comfortable with technology? According to the research, there was little evidence that today’s students demand modern technology when entering university that the academic institution cannot provide. Technological integration is expanding, however in terms of study, students may not be as reliant on it to learn as we stereotype them to be. http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/are-todays-students-truly-tech-savvy/16147 Congrats to Mike Muir, AMLE President-Elect! Resources: iPad Resource Links http://www.21innovate.com/ipadipod.html Documentaries On-Line Watch free documentaries online! Full videos are available. Educate yourself with thousands of good documentaries about diverse subjects. The newest, latest, best and greatest top documentaries online can be watched here for free. http://www.documentaryz.com/ A Twenty-One Protest Song Salute [Warning to parents and teachers: Some songs contain profanity. Also, Moyers & Company and Public Affairs Television do not endorse any advertisements or promotional links contained within the embedded videos.] http://billmoyers.com/content/a-twenty-one-protest-song-salute/ Web Spotlight: iWitness IWitness is an online application that gives educators and students access to search, watch, and learn from more than 1,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. http://iwitness.usc.edu/SFI/Default.aspx Graduation Speeches http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/06/10/best-commencement-graduation-speeches/ http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/05/18/commencement-speeches-2/ Strategies: The Graphic Classroom http://www.graphicclassroom.org/ Events & Happenings:

MSM-205 Split or Steal

May 6, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: “I haven’t slept for days.” How come? I only sleep at night. On Our Mind: ESL objectives, Professional Development & How to Win Friends and Influence People. #PLNfail Congrats to all the EMU students who were dismissed today . . . Eileen Award: Jeffry Prickett (Facebook & Twitter) Eleanor Ricardo Advisory: Food http://twentytwowords.com/2012/04/25/chart-showing-the-10-companies-that-own-most-of-the-food-products-we-buy/ Split or Steal Here’s the deal. £13,600 are on the line. Each contestant must choose Split or Steal. If they both choose Split, they each get half of the money. If one chooses Split and the other Steal, the one who chose Steal gets all the money. And if they both choose Steal, nobody gets any money. Before they choose, they are allowed to discuss their plan together. It is a battle of wits, combining both logic and the ability to read and manipulate one’s opponent. Check out how one ingenious contestant chose to let this scenario play out… http://twentytwowords.com/2012/04/28/split-or-steal-a-creative-and-kind-use-of-logic-and-manipulation/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) The topic is Reading Ladders and Science. "Climb on up and enjoy the podcast." From the Twitterverse: News: Change the World Parents who sued school over son's punishment for cheating receive hate messages http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county-times/ci_20493867/parents-who-sued-school-over-sons-punishment-cheating and the follow up: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-school-cheat-20120427,0,1656872.story Evaluate Me, Please http://teachfromtheheart.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/evaluate-me-please/ Resources: KANEX Pro- AirPlay® Mirroring For VGA Projector http://www.kanexlive.com/atvpro Technology Integration Matrix Grade Level Index This page provides a breakdown of videos within the Technology Integration Matrix by grade level. Although you may be primarily interested in a particular level, we encourage you to view the ways in which technology is used in other grade levels. For example, you will find videos of high school classrooms in which the technology tools could be used in the same way with middle school or elementary level students. Some videos involve students from both middle and high school grades and some involve students from both middle and elementary grades. These videos appear in both lists below. http://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/gradelevel.php TED-Ed - Insults by Shakespeare Watch Quick Quiz Think Dig Deeper If you sign in, you can make adjustments on most sections of the page. For example, you can deselect Quick Quiz questions, add Think questions, and add links to the Dig Deeper section. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/insults-by-shakespeare Google Education On-Air https://sites.google.com/site/eduonair/home Virtual 4T Conference The Virtual Conference will be held May19th through May 22nd. It is a 24/7 conference and is free and open to any educator. *Disclosure- I’m presenting a session. http://4tvirtualcon.soe.umich.edu/ Conference Sessions: http://4tvirtualcon.soe.umich.edu/?page_id=54 or https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0Amyg3kn2ZRP0dC1yMGxfVV9xTzkwYVIzVDhhbUtfUGc&output=html Web Spotlight: Broomstick I'm Sebastian, a 14 year old Kiwi innovator, Mac app developer, student and tech enthusiast from New Zealand, currently living in Paris. http://www.zibity.com/broomstick Dangerously Irrelevant: Web videos educators should see http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2010/11/12-videos-to-spark-educators-thinking.html Strategies: TinkerCad Design in 3D what you've always dreamed of, but never thought possible. Until now. Join the Tinkercad community and learn how to create your first real things in just a few minutes. https://tinkercad.com/home/ or 3D Tin Create 3D models in your browser. http://www.3dtin.com/ Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-204 Make Yourself Smarter

Apr 29, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Johnny Depp is making another Pirates of the Carribean. It’s “Arrrrgh” Rated . . . RUTH BUZZI ‏ @Ruth_A_Buzzi My cat can hardly wait until his favorite holiday comes around next week: "Cinco de Meowo." #HappyCaturday (w/ thanks to @Liedertafel_pdx!) On Our Mind: Bad Pirate Jokes . . . Eileen Award: Dave Brown Mary Alise Herrera Craig Malkin Advisory: Thou Shall Not Commit Logical Fallacies A logical fallacy is usually what has happened when someone is wrong about something. It's a flaw in reasoning. They're like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often very sneakily used by politicians and the media to fool people. Don't be fooled! This website and poster have been designed to help you identify and call out dodgy logic wherever it may raise its ugly, incoherent head. If you see someone committing a logical fallacy, link them to the relevant fallacy to school them in thinky awesomeness and win the intellectual affections of those who happen across your comment by appearing clever and interesting e.g. yourlogicalfallacyis.com/strawman (rollover/click icons above). http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) The National Science Teachers Association has recently announce its Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12. In this podcast we look at three more of the books which are very appropriate for students in grades 6 - 8. They are: Baby Mammoth Mummy Frozen in Time! A Prehistoric Animal's Journey into the 21st Century by Christopher Sloan The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication by Ann Downer From the Twitterverse: News: Can You Make Yourself Smarter? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/magazine/can-you-make-yourself-smarter.html?_r=2&src=me&ref=magazine Resources: CorePlanner CorePlanner: Resource tool for teachers planning their lessons around the Common Core Standards. http://coreplanner.com/ ???? http://www.mylessonplanner.com/ PBS Kids Cyberchase - Dozens of Math Activities http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/04/pbs-kids-cyberchase-dozens-of-math.html 3D Toad http://www.3dtoad.com/ Taylor Mali http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/get-fracas/04-2012/taylor-malis-what-teachers-make-book-winner YouTube Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsOVK4syxU Web Spotlight: 33 Animals Who Are Extremely Disappointed In You Not angry, just disappointed http://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/animals-who-are-extremely-disappointed-in-you The 5 Worst Things a Teacher Can Say to Students By Dan Brown 5. “I know this may seem pointless but we have to get through it…” 4. “I don’t know what I’m doing.” 3. “The other class did well with this. What’s wrong with you guys?” 2. “You will never be able to (fill in the blank).” 1. “I get paid whether you (fill in the blank) or not.” http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/get-fracas/04-2012/5-worst-things-teacher-can-say-students Test Scores and Housing Costs http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/19/test-scores-and-housing-costs/ A Child’s Helping Hand on Portions http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/dining/a-child-offers-plan-on-portion-control-for-dieters.html Events & Happenings:

MSM-203 Crazy after 45 minutes

Apr 22, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: “Doctor, will I be able to read with these new glasses?” “Of course, perfectly. Why?” “Because, I couldn’t read before”. When I got a bill for an operation, I found out why they wear masks. On Our Mind: Eileen Award: Gr8t Lakes Teacher: Thanks for the feedback on iTunes! Advisory: Book Spine Poetry Stack books up so that the Titles on the spine form a poem. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/tag/book-spine-poetry/ Odd Advertisements NSFW: Prescreening required http://oddstuffmagazine.com/funniest-advertisements-ever.html 11 “Modern Antiques” Today’s Kids Have Probably Never Seen http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/122762 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) The National Science Teachers Association has recently announced its Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12. In this podcast we look at three of the books which are very appropriate for students in grades 6 - 8. They are: Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships by Catherine Thimmesh Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans Bug Shots: The Good, the Bad, and the Bugly by Alexandra Siy From the Twitterverse: News: Student “Learning Styles” Theory Is Bunk (Daniel Willingham) http://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2012/04/15/student-learning-styles-theory-is-bunk-daniel-willingham/ The Pineapple Story Tests Us: Have Test Publishers become Unquestionable Authorities? http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/04/the_pineapple_story_questions.html http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/04/20/151044647/the-pineapple-and-the-hare-can-you-answer-two-bizarre-state-exam-questions?sc=tw Professional Development Sweating my way through a workout the other day, I stumbled across an article titledGetting Principals to Think Like Managers in the Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Considering that nearly every expert on the 21st Century principalship would argue that leading schools is about WAY more than "managing," the title caught my eye. http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/tempered-radical/04-2012/will-75000-really-change-your-principals-leadership-skills Earth's quietest place http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2124581/The-worlds-quietest-place-chamber-Orfield-Laboratories.html Resources: Block Print Create any size poster from any size picture. http://www.blockposters.com/ iSLCollective Free, printable ESL worksheets by teachers for teachers. Allows a variety of criteria: Level, Student Type, Grammar Focus, Vocabulary Focus, Skill, Material Type, Solution. http://en.islcollective.com/ WorkFlowy Easy ToDo list manager. https://workflowy.com/ National Parks Tour Provides a virtual tour of various parks: Grand Canyon, Great Smokies, YellowStone. http://naturevalleytrailview.com/ Positive Thoughts You might recall a charming antidote: Everything Is Going to Be OK, the lovely pocket-sized anthology of positive artwork. Now, it’s available as equally lovely 20 different note cards, featuring artists like Gemma Correll,Jessica Swift, Danna Ray, and Amy Borrell. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/19/everything-is-going-to-be-ok-cards/ KiKuText Kikutext is all about parent engagement. We truly believe that an increase in parent engagement will mean an increase in student achievement. Every part of our application is designed to help you easily and quickly communicate with parents more regularly. Parents can sign up for text messages. Teachers get a proxy phone number - no need to give out your personal cell phone number. http://kikutext.com/ Web Spotlight: 5 Historical Misconceptions Warning: Lady Godiva and bare bottom is included. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sYzfKiIWN4g Strategies: Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-202 String this Sounds Motion SAT

Apr 16, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: A little boy was starting to dig into his dinner. His father gently reminded him that they hadn’t said a prayer yet. “It’s OK, we don’t have to. Mommy is a good cook”. On Our Mind: The Drunkard’s Walk by Leonard Mlodinow 8 weeks to go. ISTE Eileen Award: ●PivotalEllie Ellie Dix ●Ron Peck: Thanks for the Twitter answer. Advisory: How to Listen to Music Music has a powerful grip on our emotional brain. It can breathe new life into seemingly lifeless minds. But if there is indeed no music instinct, music — not just its creation, but also its consumption — must be an acquired skill. How, then, do we “learn” music? Even more curiously, how do we “learn” to “listen” to music, something that seems so fundamental we take it for granted? http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/12/elliott-schwartz-music-ways-of-listening/ Body Language Decoder http://lifehacker.com/5901468/use-this-body-language-cheat-sheet-to-decode-common-non+verbal-cue s Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This is a three part feature on outstanding science tradebooks for students in Grades 6 - 8. Part 1: The National Science Teachers Association has recently announced its Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12. In this podcast we look at two of the books which are very appropriate for students in grades 6 - 8. They are: Biomimicry: Inventions Inspired by Nature by Dora Lee Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson From the Twitterverse: Watch for middle level tweets on Twitter with the hashtag #midleved. Resources: An Open Letter to Educators http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-P2PGGeTOA4 TED offers free video lessons for high school and college students By Lyndsey Layton, Published: March 12 Imagine you’re a high school biology teacher searching for the most vivid way to explain electrical activity in the brain. How about inserting metal wires into a cockroach’s severed leg and making that leg dance to music? Starting Monday, that eye-popping lesson, performed in a six-minute video by neuroscientist and engineer Greg Gage, is available free online. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/ted-offers-free-video-lessons-for-high-school-and-colle ge-students/2012/03/09/gIQAuw5O6R_story.html http://www.youtube.com/tededucation Web Spotlight: Sound Maps Use the interactive maps to find recordings of regional accents and dialects, wildlife and environmental sounds, and selected world and traditional music. Includes dialects, and the Millenium Memory Bank. Also includes Holocaust survivors. http://sounds.bl.uk/sound-maps Ultra Slow Motion http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/13/ultra-slow-motion/ What Happens When A 35-Year-Old Man Retakes The SAT? *Warning - Not Safe for Work language is used. Shockingly, little about the SAT has changed since I set foot in that classroom. Most students still have to take the test using bubble sheets and a No. 2 pencil, which is insane to me. They've managed to digitize VOTING http://deadspin.com/5893189/what-happens-when-a-35+year+old-man-retakes-the-sat Strategies: Seussisms http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/11/seuss-isms/ How Long Is a Piece of String? BBC and Comedian Alan Davies Explore Quantum Mechanics by Maria Popova In How Long is a Piece of String?, they enlist standup-comic-turned-physics-enthusiast Alan Davies in answering the seemingly simple question of the film’s title, only to find in it a lens — a very blurry lens — on the very fabric of reality. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/09/how-long-is-a-piece-of-string-bbc/ Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-201 Retention Thats Awkward Post

Apr 8, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: On Our Mind: Happy Birthday Rick Wormeli Eileen Award: Jennifer Applebaum Liz Kolb: Twitter Paul Steele Advisory: How important is it to be at school, on time? http://twentytwowords.com/2012/04/06/lady-carries-her-disabled-granddaughter-2-hours-to-school-every-day/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Tough Climate for Teachers This middle school science minute is about the difficult situation that teachers face today in the teaching of climate change. In the March 2012 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Inez Lifttig, editor of Science Scope wrote in the Editor's Roundtable: "A Tough Climate for Teachers." In the editorial she discusses the hurdles that teachers have today and relates them to the problems that Biology teachers have had in the teaching of evolution. She also points out that the teaching of climate change should not be a cautious approach because the Framework for K-12 Science Education, does not support a cautious approach and in fact emphasizes strongly that human activities impact climate change. From the Twitterverse: News: More States Retaining Struggling 3rd Graders By Erik W. Robelen http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/03/28/26retention_ep.h31.html?tkn=PQYF7PMVJobJVLws0eMfYkGfp3CJqc4i5cfx&cmp=ENL-CM-NEWS1 Common-Core-Test Group Gives Higher Ed. Voting Rights By Catherine Gewertz http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/04/05/28parcc.h31.html?tkn=WNTF3nLXUTQZIM4Er2IcBitwRjDIyvbqq2He&cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2 Resources: The homework trap and what to do about it By Valerie Strauss http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/the-homework-trap-and-what-to-do-about-it/2012/04/05/gIQAJt9YyS_blog.html My Ten Most Used Apps to Become Fluent on the iPad http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&EntryId=4046 Web Spotlight: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/03/ff_aiclass/all/1 Strategies: The Dreaded F Word: Fractions By David Ginsburg on April 1, 2012 7:00 PM http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/coach_gs_teaching_tips/2012/04/the_dreaded_f_word_fractions.html Do Students Know Enough Smart Learning Strategies? http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/03/do-students-know-enough-smart-learning-strategies/ Fun Failure: How to Make Learning Irresistible Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: Ohio Middle Level Association: The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference. OMLA Registration Form OMLA Presentation Proposal Form AMLE Affiliate Conferences: The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 2012 in Warren Woods, MI. MAMSE Exhibitor Form MAMSE Registration Form MAMSE Presentation Form MAMSE Conference Program Book (2011) The North Carolina Middle School Association’s Annual Conference March 13-15, 2012 Conference Brochure Presenter’s Application Who They Are . . . This year’s sessions . . . Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar. Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: Archived content is available.

MSM-200 In Conjunction With AMLE

Apr 1, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Overheard: Husband: Janice, when I see you in that hat, I laugh. Wife: Good, I’ll put it on when the bill comes. Person 1: “You are the slowest person I’ve ever seen. Do you do anything quickly!” Person 2: “I get tired real fast”. Person 1: “Have any big men been born in this town?” Person 2: “Nope. Just babies.” On Our Mind: This episode is brought to you in conjunction with AMLE. We need your feedback. What would you like us to focus on in conjunction with AMLE? Please send us suggestions and feedback. Pick any of the contact methods to the right on the web page. Eileen Award: Tim Purcell Natasha Kardos Janet Herr Marchelle Lynn Ron King: AMLE suggestions Advisory: Advice to Girls by Kate Elizabeth Conner http://kateelizabethconner.com/ten-things-i-want-to-tell-teenage-girls/ and the counter-point for boys http://juntoboys.blogspot.com/2012/03/ten-things-i-wish-i-could-tell-every.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about rocketry safety. In the February 2012 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Ken Roy wrote an article entitled: "Question of the Month - Rocket Safety." In the article you will learn about the safety expectations when using model rockets and how you can learn more about the National Association of Rocketry's Model Rocket Safety Code at: http://www.nar.org/NARmrsc.html From the Twitterverse: News: 5 Vimeo Videos Every School Leader Should Bookmark Vimeo is chock full of fun, artistic, and inspiring videos. Below are five videos that anyone leading professional development could find inspiring. http://edreach.us/2012/03/29/5-vimeo-videos-every-school-leader-should-bookmark/ Resources: 35 Useful and Free E-books for Web Designers These could be useful resources for some students. http://www.tripwiremagazine.com/2012/01/free-e-books-for-web-designers.html Wild Animals Smithsonian Wild Animals http://siwild.si.edu/ Web Spotlight: If The Test Wasn't Coming... Instead of allowing students to build sound evidence-based arguments on real issues, I am giving them practice choosing the best of someone else's answers to someone else's questions on a text with no context. http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/shoulders_of_giants/2012/03/if-the-test-wasnt-coming.html Fear And Self-Loathing In The Classroom by William Johnson, at 12:43 pm http://gothamschools.org/2012/03/19/fear-and-self-loathing-in-the-classroom/#more-79685 Events & Happenings:

MSM-199 MAMSE Can You Hear Us-Major Announcement

Mar 25, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: What do you get when you cross a porcupine with a sheep? An animal that knits it’s own sweaters. What do you get when you cross a chicken with an elephant? I don’t know, but Colonel Sanders would have trouble dipping it in batter. If a dog loses his tail, where does he go? To the retail store. On Our Mind: MAMSE Major Announcement Eileen Award: John Bernia Todd Bloch Jeff Pelich Advisory: Even Disney Makes Mistakes: http://www.slashfilm.com/watch-rare-disney-documentary-called-the-sweatbox/ Paper Toys All kinds of paper projects. You could have the kids make a “scene” or use it http://papertoys.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about the misconceptions that middle school students have about light. In the February 2012 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Amber Haslag and James P. Concannon wrote an article entitled: "Reflecting on students' misconceptions about light: Using research to guide assessment and instruction" They begin by sharing data on a study done through Michigan State University, which identifies the misconceptions that students have about light. They then developed a two-day 5E lesson that helps students to clarify their misunderstandings. After the lesson, they evaluate the students on their understanding of light. From the Twitterverse: MAMSE 2012 Formative Assessment Formative assessment. Fowlerville and Flatrock have also implemented this. MDE and Measured Progress Self reflection Goal Setting Prior Knowledge Formative Assessment Toolbox ( A really thick binder - 4", I do believe) Non-negotiables Rationale Explanation Ways to Incorporate Grading Scale - How do we grade? Why? Chose a 13 point scale. ZAP - Zero's Aren't Permitted Students are ZAPPED for lunch and after school. 3 Zaps in a week=after school. Principal is heavily involved. Counselors are used to follow up with the student. The counselor does the scheduling of the student with the parent for after school ZAP. This is also combined with the after school programs for support for students who are struggling. This is more immediate than Saturday school. The issue with Saturday school was the delay. They use Advisory for communication. They rely on the relationship development through Advisory to support the ZAP. Collaborative Team work Touch the numbers in order. 30 seconds to touch them in order. Then pair up. One person touches, the other helps. Shows that you are more effective in a group. They usually get farther. Wordles: Group works together. Combine different groups. When done, give out the answers, then process. Teacher takes notes on what happens: groups talk things out. The teacher role is to observe and then help the students process. Trying these out, the students respond genuinely. IZZI: 8x8. Resources: Zopler Zopler is a social network where writers, authors and students can easily collaborate on writing stories together as a group. http://zopler.com/ Contact Info: Anne Thorp: www.oaisd.org athorp@oaisd.org PeterArashiro: www.learnport.org parashiro@mivu.org Events & Happenings:

MSM-198 Advisory Abolition and the War on Teachers in 53 hours

Mar 18, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Boy: Will you marry me? Girl: No, but I’ll always admire your good taste. Girl: I’m telling you for the last time- you can’t kiss me. Boy: I knew that you’d weaken! Girl: Do you love me? Boy: Yes, dear. Girl: Would you die for me? Boy: Um....mine is an undying love. Ask me what I had for lunch on March 15th. Go ahead, ask me. On Our Mind: MAMSE Conference Eileen Award: Debbie Silver - Happy Birthday Ashley Kurth Diigo Groupees: Karen Chopra & G2One Networking Diigo Posters: Steve Davis & Ron King Advisory: Are you a risk taker? National Geographic has an article on why teens take risks. Worth a read but I think the picture essay that goes with it is more valuable for the discussion it could generate around the classroom. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/teenage-brains/risk-quiz Viewing Teens Positively: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/teenage-brains/teenagers-video Pictures: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/teenage-brains/cahana-photography#/10-getting-tongue-pierced-670.jpg Should I raise my hand? http://twentytwowords.com/2012/03/15/should-you-raise-your-hand-in-class-a-flowchart/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about the topic of what drives public opinion. In the March 2012 issue of Science Scope, within the Scope's Scoops section, there is a news article entitled "What drives public opinion on climate change?" The article cites a study by Robert Bruelle and colleagues from Drexel University who set out to identify the informational, cultural and political processes that influence public concern about climate change. Their conclusion was that the driving factor that most influences public opinion on climate change is the mobilizing efforts of advocacy groups and elites. It seems that that information-based science advocacy has had only a minor effect on public concern. From the Twitterverse: News: Why the Ed Department should be reconceived — or abolished http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/why-the-ed-department-should-be-reconceived--or-abolished/2012/03/09/gIQAHfdB5R_blog.html The war on teachers: Why the public is watching it happen http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/the-war-on-teachers-why-the-public-is-watching-it-happen/2012/03/11/gIQAD3XH6R_blog.html Survey: Teachers work 53 hours per week on average gIQAqGxYGS_blog.html A South Carolina Teacher’s Been Suspended for Reading ‘Ender’s Game’ to His Class http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2012/03/16/446431/a-south-carolina-teachers-been-suspended-for-reading-enders-game-to-his-class/?mobile=nc Resources: AudioViator Web Spotlight: 11 Peculiar Meetings Between Famous People http://www.worldsstrangest.com/mental-floss/11-peculiar-meetings-between-famous-people/ Strategies: Failure Is an Option http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/03/13/for-better-learning-failure-is-an-option/35920.html Little Free Library http://www.littlefreelibrary.org/index.html The Challenge of Challenging Text http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar12/vol69/num06/The-Challenge-of-Challenging-Text.aspx Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-197 Online Hugs are Value added

Mar 11, 2012 00:00:00

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On Our Mind: MACUL State wide on-line testing Eileen Award: Liz Kolb Carol Hix of Science Six: Recommendations: lulu.com and Edmodo.com, Google Docs, Twiddla, www.mixedink.com. Advisory: National Geographic ‏ @NatGeo Daylight savings time: Why and when does it begin? on.natgeo.com/yr6p1P Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about the collaboration that can take place between math and science teachers. In the February 2012 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Karen Charles, J.D. Canales, Angela Smith and Natalie Zimmerman wrote an article entitled: "Exploring the Solar System:? Let the Math Teachers Help!" They explain how attending a week long academy offered by NASA in their school district encouraged math and science teachers to consider how using models and simulations could expand their repertoire of classroom strategies and engage students more fully in their own context-rich learning. From the Twitterverse: News: American Dropouts: Part I http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/03-2012/american-dropouts-part-i A Lesson in Teaching to the Test, From E.B. White http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/2012/03/07/a-lesson-in-teaching-to-the-test-from-e-b-white School Communities Wrecked by "Value-Added": Two Must-Reads http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/get-fracas/03-2012/school-communities-wrecked-value-added-two-must-reads Resources: Mixed Ink http://www.mixedink.com/ K20Alt - Authentic Teaching and Learning http://k20alt.ou.edu/ 10 Open Education Resources You May Not Know About (But Should) http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/05/10-open-education-resources-you-may-not-know-about-but-should/ CloudFTP http://www.hypershop.com/CloudFTP-p/cftp-black.htm Web Spotlight: Stop Taking Pictures of the Whiteboard http://www.edsocialmedia.com/2012/02/stop-taking-pictures-of-the-whiteboard/ GenoChoice Good for web site evaluation. http://genochoice.com/ Inside-Out Your Mind http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/03/02/147825237/inside-out-your-mind?ft=1&f=1130 The Civil War, Part 1: The Places http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/02/the-civil-war-part-1-the-places/100241 Old Maps Online http://www.oldmapsonline.org/#bbox=-110.3125,-51.774806,119.609375,72.104237&q=&datefrom=1000&dateto=2010 Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-196 iPads Too much good stuff and Paper

Mar 4, 2012 00:00:00

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Shawn & Troy talk about iPads, apps, advisory ideas, the Twitterverse and more. Jokes You Can Use: Some people think that movies would be better if less film were shot and more actors. On Our Mind: New MSM Newspaper: http://paper.li/MSMatters/1330791685 Update on EtherPad Eileen Award: @ClareFroggatt for following us on Twitter! Advisory: Languages http://ourmothertongues.org/Home.aspx Paper AirPlanes http://twentytwowords.com/2012/02/29/new-world-record-distance-for-a-paper-airplane-flight/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about life jackets, engineering, volume and density. In the February 2012 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Richard Moyer and Susan Everett wrote an article entitled: "Increase your v to lower your D." They developed a 5E lesson that can easily be used by teachers. The lesson integrates all of the STEM disciplines, while focusing on the core ideas of criteria and constraints in engineering and the practice of engineering design. It also is focused on the concepts of density and volume. BTW, Dick Moyer, in this article, teaches over at UM-Dearborn. Pretty well known in the area. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget #midleved on Friday, 8:00 EST on Twitter! News: ISTE Virtual Presence ISTE opens a site on EduIsland9 to replace the four islands it once maintained in Second Life. The Middle School Plunge http://educationnext.org/the-middle-school-plunge/ Resources: iPad Resources for Administrators From: Eric Sheninger http://pinterest.com/esheninger/ipad-apps-for-administrators/ HelloSlide http://www.helloslide.com/ Canvas LMS Learning enriches living. Discover how major universities and K-12 school districts are boosting teacher effectiveness, student success and parental engagement with the Canvas learning management system. Learn more about canva http://www.instructure.com/ 1,000 Educational Apps http://adecardy.visibli.com/share/C46fkd *Tip: You can access the Google Doc below. Select Make a Copy. You can then filter the document to items that you want. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvFbfb1mWoNwdGlweWtkZkFRS1gzUDMtTUtoTEw0MkE#gid=0 Web Spotlight: “Bully” gets rated R The MPAA rated the movie R on the basis of language used in the film -- language that young teens hurled at a 13-year-old. http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/weinstein-company-considers-leaving-mpaa-over-bully-rating-35681 Cognitive Neuroscience Tools FreeEDUCATIONAL TOOLS FOR COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE http://gocognitive.net/ Stop Selling Dreams http://www.squidoo.com/stop-stealing-dreams Socrates Fails his Teacher Evaluation The results were posted in the Agora for all to see the quality and performance of their teacher. Socrates failed. He simply spent too much time asking them to think. A walk- through evaluation by his supervisor (undisclosed), determined that “ sometimes Socrates’s students meander through endless dialogues examining challenging questions that do not have one right answer.” Hopefully, he will be replaced or perhaps go through an intensive summer professional development program in Sparta. http://edge.ascd.org/_SOCRATES-FAILS-TEACHER-EVALUATION/blog/5822005/127586.html Students Engaged http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-engagement-definition-ben-johnson 12 Must See Teacher Movies http://www.teachhub.com/top-12-must-see-teacher-movies Strategies: AMLE 2011: Events & Happenings:

MSM-195 Conversion Collaborate and Smell

Feb 26, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Fred met a friend that he hadn’t seen a while. They exchanged some pleasantries. Fred then inquired about the old friend’s wife. “She’s in heaven now”. “Oh, I’m so sorry”, said Fred. He immediately realized that this was not the best possible answer and could be misconstrued. “I mean, I’m glad” he stammered. Then he realized that might be even worse. He tried again. “Well, what I really mean is, I’m surprised”. Paraprosdokians I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure. You're never too old to learn something stupid. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public. I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child? Hospitality: making your guests feel like they’re at home, even if you wish they were. Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go. Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back. “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.” — Groucho Marx I can read minds, but I’m illiterate. “I haven’t slept for ten days, because that would be too long.” — Mitch Hedberg The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. On Our Mind: Zamzar vs Convert-online Eileen Award: Ron King: Diigo contributions. Advisory: Jason Eifling ‏ @jeifling What School Lunches Look Like In 20 Countries Around The World buzzfeed.com/mjs538/what-sc… via @BuzzFeed Building Relationships Through Tools of Communication http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dupabkw46Qk Pictures from Around the World Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Eww, that smell. Can’t you smell that smell?! From the Twitterverse: News: Why don’t top private schools adopt corporate-driven reforms? By Valerie Strauss Resources: Looking for an image? http://jpg.to/ Collaborative Whiteboard http://www.twiddla.com/ The iPad as..... http://edtechteacher.org/index.php/teaching-technology/mobile-technology-apps/ipad-as Transforming Education http://www.ctnexted.org/pdfs/CAPSS_0101-FullReport.pdf Web Spotlight: Woolly Mammoth Video Last week, a new video surfaced claiming to show a live woolly mammoth — an animal scientists think has been extinct for at least four millennia — crossing a river in Russia. The video became an Internet sensation, making headlines around the world. Some Bigfoot believers and Loch Ness Monster lovers murmured their tentative approval, hoping it proved that large unknown (or assumed extinct) animals still exist in Earth's remote wilds. Good opportunity to show hoaxes. This site includes both videos (the “woolly mammoth” and the original). http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2012/0213/Shocker-Video-of-live-woolly-mammoth-not-entirely-authentic-videos Science & YouTube From: Richard Byrne (Free Tech for Teachers) The Spangler Effect is a new YouTube channel from Steve Spangler Science. Unlike his popular Sick Science videos which are no more than short demonstrations of science experiments students and parents can do at home, The Spangler Effect videos offer longer (15 minutes or so) explanations of science experiments. The Spangler Effect videos explain the science of do-it-yourself experiments and how you can recreate those experiments at home or in your classroom. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/02/spangler-effect-experiments-and.html Bullying Strategies That Don’t Work Via: Scott McLeod Events & Happenings:

MSM-194 Para What

Feb 19, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Customer: This food isn’t fit for a pig. Waiter: I’m sorry. I’ll bring you some that is. PARAPROSDOKIANS: (Winston Churchill loved them.) Here is the definition: "Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation." "Where there's a will, I want to be in it," is a type of Paraprosdokian. - A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station. - Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, 'In case of emergency, notify:' I put 'DOCTOR.' - You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. On Our Mind: “The ‘Good’ Kids Are Compliant, The ‘Bad’ Kids Are Defiant, And Nobody Is Engaged” (Daniel Pink via http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/superintendent/bookclub.aspx ) Eileen Award: Anabelle Maillard Morgan Jamie Cruikshank Congrats to Todd Williamson on his new position as Head Techie in his school district! Advisory: Touching “Arigato” (Thank You) Video From Japan (via Larry Ferlazzo) http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/02/12/touching-arigato-thank-you-video-from-japan/ YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=SS-sWdAQsYg MistakeVille Try the Job Interviews gone wrong. http://www.mistakeville.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Transforming Field Trips This middle school science minute is about transforming field trips. In the January, 2012 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Rebecca Morris wrote an article entitled, "Transforming a Field Trip Into an Expedition: Supporting Active Research and Science Content Through a Museum Visit.” Rebecca shares the methods that she used with her 6th grade students. She developed the museum field trip into a short-term, active research project assignment. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join #midleved chat on Twitter at 8:00 pm EST! News: Common Core Standards and Impact on Achievement http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/reports/2012/0216_brown_education_loveless/0216_brown_education_loveless.pdf The Opportunity Cost in Education What does “paperwork” cost to a school district? http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2012/02/count-opportunity-cost-of-teacher-tasks.html Resources: Quadratic Equations - The Main Ideas Mission US Mission US is a multimedia project that immerses players in U.S. history content through free interactive games. Other missions are planned for release in 2013 and 2014. Join the conversation and get updates about Mission US on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit the Help page. To share your feedback, email us via the contact form on this site. Thanks for playing! http://www.mission-us.org/ Web Spotlight: Microsoft Partners in Learning Apply today US Forum https://www.facebook.com/partnersinlearning?sk=app_368381589844161 Strategies: What’s Your Story Content: Your video must address one of these topics: Take action against bullying Keep a good rep online Be cell smart Eligibility: All residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) and the US, 13 years of age and older. http://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.com/internet-safety/Home.do National Archives Digital Experience Create Posters, Videos and/or Pathways revolving around the material in the National Archives. Easy to use. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/02/create-videos-and-posters-on-us.html http://www.digitalvaults.org/#/create/ Events & Happenings:

MSM-193 A Whole Latte Stuff

Feb 12, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Mom: Were you a good boy today? Son: Yep. You can’t get in too much trouble standing in the corner. I wouldn’t say the restaurant was suspicious, but there were 3 shakers on the table: Salt, pepper and alka-seltzer. Eileen Award: Jamie Cruikshank Steve Collis Advisory: Best Ad Campaigns of All Time. http://www.englishblog.com/2012/02/infographic-best-ad-campaigns-of-all-time.html A Short History of Calendars http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kzprsR2SvrQ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about writing lab reports. In the January, 2012 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Fred Enge wrote an article entitled, "Not Another Lab Report." Fred shares his ideas on helping his 8th grade students improve on their lab reports. Two important factors came into play: 1. Relevance 2. Guidance From the Twitterverse: News: ISTE Island ISTE Island has been a resource for many educators over the years. February 28th the Island goes into LOST mode (vanishes completely) as ISTE will no longer make payments to Linden Labs to maintain the island. There’s a party on the 27th and all are invited to attend. Resources: Algebra in the Real World Movies http://www.thefutureschannel.com/algebra/algebra_real_world_movies.php Latte http://olivierlabs.com/latte/index.html Text to Speech Mac Only. Extends the functionality of the built-in Text to Speech. http://www.tuaw.com/2012/02/10/daily-mac-app-text2speech-lets-hear-what-you-write-in-record-ti Web Spotlight: English Slang http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2012/02/10/nice-pbs-news-hour-story-on-teaching-english-slang/ Solve for X A forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork. Somewhat similar to TED. http://www.wesolveforx.com/ Strategies: AMLE 2011: Mastery and How to Assess It Rick Wormeli This is based on Fair is Not Always Equal. Has a discussion guide, participant study guide, and videos Define Mastery Can use it and apply it in another context? Must incorporate it later in the year . . . Final exams given over last 2-3 weeks and never for a long period of time/sitting. What evidence will you tolerate? Sit down with your team/department and decide. What exemplars? What are teachers putting on their tests? "Agree on a commonly accepted definition of mastery." What is the difference between proficient in the standard/outcome and mastery of the standard/outcome? What does exceeding the standard mean? Common Assessments Written by local teachers Given when the kids are ready to take them. Do a variety of them. They don't count a huge amount on the report card. Ask him for the article on Clarifying the Curriculum. Feedback vs. Assessment Feedback: holding up a mirror to students, showing them what they did and comparing it to what they should have done - There's no evaluative component! Assessment: Gathering data so we can make a decision. Greatest impact: Formative Assessment. Be clear: We mark and grade against standards/outcomes, not the routes students take or techniques teachers use to achieve those standards/outcomes. Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: Ohio Middle Level Association: The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference. OMLA Registration Form OMLA Presentation Proposal Form AMLE Affiliate Conferences: The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 2012 in Warren Woods, MI. MAMSE Exhibitor Form MAMSE Registration Form MAMSE Presentation Form MAMSE Conference Program Book (2011) The North Carolina Middle School Association’s Annual Conference March 13-15, 2012 Conference Brochure Presenter’s Application Who They Are . . . This year’s sessions . . . Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar. Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: Archived content is available.

MSM-192 Diners Drive-ins and Dives

Feb 6, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: There are only two ways of handling a woman - nobody knows either one. Girl: “Too bad you flunked the test. How far away were you from the right answers?” Boy: “About 2 seats.” Boy: “I just had a date with Siamese twins” Girl: “Did you have a good time?” Boy: “Yes and no”. On Our Mind: Why don’t teachers nominate colleagues for awards? Eileen Award: Dave Bydlowski Advisory: http://gullible.info/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about Nature Journaling. In the January, 2012 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Janita Cormell and Toni Ivey wrote an article entitled, "Nature Journaling: Enhancing Students' Connections to the Environment Through Writing." Janita describes how she shared her passion for nature with her sixth-grade students through nature journaling and how her students gained a better understanding of the natural world. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. iBooks Author update News: Reed-Custer District seeks balance in 'friending' students Marney Simon - Staff writer So what is a school district to do when technology advances faster than school policy? Dr. Butts said that there may very well be educational value to social media such as Facebook, Twitter and other sites, the district has to find it and be able to encourage the use of it appropriately. School board members noted that finding a balance for how Facebook and other social media is used in relation to the schools is difficult. "Used appropriately it's an after hours reach-out, I don't want that to be taken away," Speed said. "I just want us to say, hey, if you're going to have it, it has to be maintained in a professional manner. Lead by example. That's why we're here." http://www.braidwoodjournal.com/main.asp?SectionID=13&SubSectionID=143&ArticleID=8490 Resources: Going Paperless as a Teacher - Part 1 http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/01-2012/going-paperless-teacher-part-1 Web Spotlight: What’s Wrong with the Teenage Mind What happens when children reach puberty earlier and adulthood later? The answer is: a good deal of teenage weirdness. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203806504577181351486558984.html?mod=WSJ_LifeStyle_Lifestyle_5 The Amazing Educational Jargon Generator http://www.sciencegeek.net/lingo.html Everything You Thought You Knew About Learning Is Wrong By Garth Sundem Taking notes during class? Topic-focused study? A consistent learning environment? All are exactly opposite of the best strategies for learning. http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/01/everything-about-learning/ This is What our Sun will Look Like When It Dies In a few billion years, our dear Sun will look like this, a beautiful glowing eye of spent starstuff trash in the shape of Sauron's Eye. http://gizmodo.com/5881048/this-is-how-our-sun-will-look-when-it-dies-yes-its-the-eye-of-sauron The Faculty Project The best Professors from the world's leading Universities are coming together to teach online FOR FREE! http://facultyproject.com/ Strategies: “WE PENALIZE KIDS FOR GETTING DISTRACTED FROM BORING STUFF AT SCHOOL” by DAVE CAOLO http://52tiger.net/we-penalize-kids-from-getting-distracted-from-boring-stuff-at-school/

MSM-191 Become an Authority

Jan 29, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Whilst escorting his wife to the concert, Jim asked his wife what they were seeing. “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony” she replied. “Good” Jim responded. His wife was surprised, she didn’t think that Jim really enjoyed going to the symphony. “Well, I’m glad that you’re looking forward to this. Where have you heard this before?, she asked. “Huh”, Jim responded. “I’m just happy that we missed the first four”. Whenever my wife needs money, she calls me handsome. “Hand some over”. On Our Mind: iBooks Author Listener question: Is Apple’s New Education Initiative Dangerous? ~ Interesting dialogue #fhuedu642 => @msmatters What do you think? tinyurl.com/6m4uzw4 - From Dr. Tatom. Eileen Award: Doc Tatom Donnielle Kota-Moore Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Metal Safety. This middle school science minute is about metal safety. In the December, 2011 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Ken Roy wrote an article entitled, "Test Your Metal (safety knowledge)." He investigates the safety issues involved in using metals with middle school students. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: Supreme Court Declines Cases on Student Internet Speech supreme_court_declines_cases_o.html?cmp=ENL-DD-NEWS1 Resources: 25 Audio Editors: Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth - Blue Marble 2012 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/6760135001/ 100 iPad Apps Perfect For Middle School http://edudemic.com/2011/11/ipad-middle-school/ http://palmbeachschooltalk.com/groups/ipadpilot/ Seinfeld Seinfeld teaches History: Think History, Saturday Night Live. http://cooperativelearning.nuvvo.com/lesson/9592-seinfeld-tea Alfie Kohn vs Dwight Schrute Classic Schrute Bucks episode. Good for talking about classroom management. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G59KY7ek8Rk Web Spotlight: Straight from the DOE: Dispelling Myths About Blocked Sites 100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers http://www.smartteaching.org/blog/2008/08/100-best-youtube-videos-for-teachers/ http://t.co/V6EeeuLv Valentine's Day Teaching Resources http://www.squidoo.com/valentines-day-teaching-resources Strategies: Why Interactive White Boards are Used Ineffectively in Classrooms An interactive White Board (IWB) or SMART Board has the potential to deliver content better than traditional methods of teaching. Why? http://www.teachscienceandmath.com/2010/07/28/why-interactive-white-boards-are-used-ineffectively-in-classrooms/ Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: ISTE News: ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education. The ISTE Special Interest Group: Virtual Environments is holding meetings on Mondays from 4:00 - 6:00 pm (SLT) on ISTE Island. Ohio Middle Level Association: The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference. OMLA Registration Form OMLA Presentation Proposal Form AMLE Affiliate Conferences: The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 2012 in Warren Woods, MI. MAMSE Exhibitor Form MAMSE Registration Form MAMSE Presentation Form MAMSE Conference Program Book (2011) The North Carolina Middle School Association’s Annual Conference March 13-15, 2012 Conference Brochure Presenter’s Application Who They Are . . . This year’s sessions . . . Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar. Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: Archived content is available. Second Life: Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details. Check frequently this week as the ISTE Annual Convention is this week. Video: Educational Uses of Second Life

MSM-190 Hear Ye Hear Ye

Jan 22, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Ever notice: People who cough incessantly never seem to go to the doctor - they go to concerts, banquets, and church. People who have a concrete mind - permanently set and all mixed up. People who have a rare intelligence - as in they rarely show that they have intelligence. People who have a keen sense of rumor. On Our Mind: Last week’s interview with Dave Tucker on homework. Eileen Award: Justin Menard Advisory: 100 Things that we didn’t know last year. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2011/12/100_things_we_didnt_know_last_6.shtml Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about cockroaches. In the December, 2011 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Ron Wagler wrote an article entitled, "Using Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches to Develop and Enhance the Scientific Inquiry Skill of Observation in Middle School Students." He shares activities that students can do to enhance their observational skills. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: A decade of No Child Left Behind: Lessons from a policy failure By Valerie Strauss http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/a-decade-of-no-child-left-behind-lessons-from-a-policy-failure/2012/01/05/gIQAeb19gP_blog.html?wprss=answer-sheet D.C. Lawmakers Propose Requiring Students to Apply to College Lawmakers in the nation's capital have floated a plan to require high school students to apply to college or trade school -- even if the students have no interest in attending. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/07/dc-lawmakers-propose-requiring-students-to-apply-to-college/ Resources: Learn Out Loud LearnOutLoud.com has scoured the Internet to bring you over 5000 free audio and video titles. This directory features free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other great free audio and video resources. Most audio titles can be downloaded in digital formats such as MP3 and most video titles are available to stream online. Enjoy! http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video http://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video/History/Speeches American Rhetoric Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two. http://www.americanrhetoric.com/ Free Audio Books Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. You’ll find great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks Song of the Week Use the link to sign up for his Song of the Week. Also links to lots of information. Follow him on Facebook to hear his latest work with the students and classrooms he visits throughout the year. http://www.monteselby.com/ http://www.monteselby.com/Refrigerator.mp3 SchoolHouse Rocks! Relive my Saturday mornings! http://community.eflclassroom.com/page/schoolhouserock-1?xg_source=activity Web Spotlight: iPad in Education Tons of information, from soup to nuts of iPad implementation. http://palmbeachschooltalk.com/groups/ipadpilot/ GapMinder Gapminder is used in classrooms around the world to build a fact-based world view. On this page we feature quality examples & resources. Share your own ideas and learn from others in the new Gapminder Movement forum! http://www.gapminder.org/news/gapminder-desktop-launched/ http://www.gapminder.org/for-teachers/ Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-189 Homework-Science The Daves Show

Jan 15, 2012 00:00:00

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Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about the physics of curling. In the December, 2011 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication), there is an article entitled, "Swept Away: Exploring the Physics of Curling" by Liza Esser. In the article, Liza explains the game of curling, the physics of curling, and then she develops a 5E lesson that she uses in her unit on forces and motion. Interview with Mr. Dave Tucker School Improvement team effort What things would improve the learning of the students? Proficiency, meeting the needs of the students. Changing it from a policy group to a learning policy group. A strong indicator was the completion of homework. Started with research and reading. What should the policy be? Decided that existing ones were not the best to choose from or merge into a policy. Read stuff by Doug Reaves (sp?) (Wears a bow tie in the pictures in his research articles. Yes, it isn’t APA documentation, but will help you find it. :-) ) “No Missing Homework” policy wasn’t the best choice either. All homework would be accepted, late or not, and accepted for full credit. No Killer Zeros. A 0 is 10% below a D. Tiered intervention system. Homeroom/Advisory 30 mins. (Homework Club Time) Using Zangle, staff can pull the missing assignment list for each student. Provides a coaching role for the Advisory teacher. Level I: Student gets a pass to Homework Club from Advisory and they have to continue to go there until it is all completed. Level II: Students are pulled from an elective class of administration’s choosing and put into an elective class called Homework Club II. (Band seems to be an inoculation against Homework Club!) Level III: Intervention level that requires staying after school with the administrators (This unjustified border is driving you nuts, isn’t it?) What does homework mean? Why give it? It’s a good formative assessment. Good way to introduce a subject. Practice a skill that has been taught. We don’t want homework to be a test of academic stamina. It needed a systemic response with all of the teachers on board. It is so labor and detail intensive. Encore subjects are second to Core curriculum. Art & Science of Teaching by Marzano gischools.org Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: ISTE News: ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education. The ISTE Special Interest Group: Virtual Environments is holding meetings on Mondays from 4:00 - 6:00 pm (SLT) on ISTE Island. Ohio Middle Level Association: The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference. OMLA Registration Form OMLA Presentation Proposal Form AMLE Affiliate Conferences: The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 2012 in Warren Woods, MI. MAMSE Exhibitor Form MAMSE Registration Form MAMSE Presentation Form MAMSE Conference Program Book (2011) The North Carolina Middle School Association’s Annual Conference March 13-15, 2012 Conference Brochure Presenter’s Application Who They Are . . . This year’s sessions . . . Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar. Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: Archived content is available. Second Life: Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details. Check frequently this week as the ISTE Annual Convention is this week. Video: Educational Uses of Second Life

MSM-188 20 Project and a Plethora of words and resources

Jan 8, 2012 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Why are so few men with whiskers in heaven? Because most men get in by a close shave. What’s the definition of a financial genius? Someone who can make money faster than the rest of the family spends it. I know a woman who has cooked so many TV dinners that she thinks she’s in show business! On Our Mind: New Year’s Resolutions. Feedback PLN site - http://rmmade.com Eileen Award: Happy Birthday to Jeff LaRoux Nicole Woulfe Linda Neville Rachel C. Advisory: It has a name you know: http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/25-everyday-things-you-never-knew-had-names Honest Logo http://m.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/if-logos-were-honest Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about formaldehyde. In the November, 2011 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication), in the section on "Scope on Safety" a question was asked about what a teacher should do if they find specimens preserved in formaldehyde. Two very good options are provided. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: It's Time to Rethink the Hours America Spends Educating http://www.edutopia.org/time-out LearnCentral becomes Blackboard Collaborate http://www.wecollaborate.com/ Novo 7, DroPad A8i and the Aakaash . . . So you’re thinking about a cheap tablet . . . Resources: Documentary Tube http://www.documentarytube.com/ Old Television Themes A vast resource of audio. http://www.televisiontunes.com/ Sketch in 3D on the Web About Remember the old cartoons where hand drawn lines appeared to vibrate because of differences between frames? That's what this experiment simulates. It also adds a third to your drawings by allowing you to rotate the canvas. http://hakim.se/experiments/html5/sketch/ Web Spotlight: The 20% Solution I recently assigned a new project to my 11th grade English students: The 20% Project. Although it’s called a “project”, that term is merely for student understanding and lack of a better word. This project is based on the “20 percent time” Google employees have to work on something other than their job description. It has been well documented, and Google has exponentially grown as a company while giving this 20 percent time. http://educationismylife.com/the-20-project-like-google-in-my-class/ The Living Room Candidate Election video ads. Can be sorted by year, by type, or by issue. http://www.livingroomcandidate.org/ 10 Funniest Things http://educationismylife.com/top-10-funniest-things-ever-said-in-education/ MiddleWeb's New Resources (438) http://tln.typepad.com/middleweb/2011/12/middlewebs-new-resources-438.html Urgent call to a medieval Help Desk http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/cyberworld/urgent-call-to-a-medieval-help.html 30 Webtools to Transform a Classroom - LiveBinder http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=259021 Continuing to Learn with the iPad- Storytelling http://langwitches.org/blog/2011/12/28/continuing-to-learn-with-the-ipad/ Strategies: 5 Awesome Things you can do with an iPad and a projector http://www.classroominthecloud.net/2011/10/5-awesome-things-you-can-do-with-ipad.html Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool http://www.npr.org/2012/01/01/144550920/physicists-seek-to-lose-the-lecture-as-teaching-tool (Referenced in the Twitterverse: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/everybody-is-stupid-except-you/201201/lectures-suck) Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-187 Theres No Place like Chrome for the Hollandaise

Dec 29, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: 1. What time of day was Adam born? A little before Eve. Why was Adam a famous runner? He was first in the human race. 2. On our way home from visiting family we stopped at a Culver’s to grab some breakfast. Sitting in the booth across the way was Santa. He had ordered the Eggs Benedict and when the nice Culver’s chap brought out his order he set down a hubcap in front of the jolly old elf. As he passed me I stopped him and asked about the hubcap. He said, “Oh, well, there’s no plate like chrome for the Hollondaise …” On Our Mind: Holidays. Eileen Award: Luke Rakoczy Craig Cadman Michael Palmer Lynda Gonzalez-Napier Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This one is about using Gummi Bears in the Science Classroom. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: TED Presentation: On-line Charters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L_wfX3MzRE Can We Really Learn Online? Response to NYTimes on Wall Street's Digital Learning Enterprises http://hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2011/12/13/can-we-really-learn-online-response-nytimes-wall-streets-digital-lea Resources: Snag Films National Geographic Channel: *Thanks to Richard Byrne at Free Tech for Teachers - http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/12/watch-75-full-length-national.html http://www.snagfilms.com/films/browse/category/national_geographic Web Spotlight: Overcoming the Divide Between Curriculum and Technology Leaders The digital revolution is changing how many U.S. school districts create ­engaging learning environments, with collaboration between the ­curriculum and technology ­departments slowly becoming the norm rather than the exception. By ­developing a common language around how students learn best, these leaders are fostering a shared vision for effective 21st century learning. Unfortunately, there remains a striking gap between this vision and the day-to-day strategic work these leaders are doing. http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2011/12/overcoming-divide-between-curriculum-and-technology-leaders iPad App listing by Dan Callahan on Pinterest iPad apps categorized by subject. http://pinterest.com/dancallahan/ Try these 10th-grade quizzes created from Florida’s standardized test We decided to do this because of the enormous popularity of a guest post I published last week by educator Marion Brady about a school board member in Florida who decided to take the state standardized test. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/try-these-10th-grade-quizzes-created-from-floridas-standardized-test/2011/12/13/gIQABBR6rO_blog.html?wprss=answer-sheet A superintendent calls school reformers’ bluff By John Kuhn As a public school administrator, I have been a steadfast critic of the legacy of No Child Left Behind. But I’ve recently figured out a way that school reformers can get me on their side. It’s very simple. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/a-superintendent-calls-school-reformers-bluff/2011/12/11/gIQABKBXoO_blog.html?wprss=answer-sheet Phishing Quiz Ever wonder how good you are at telling the difference between a legitimate website and one that's a phishing attempt? Take this quiz to find out. http://www.opendns.com/phishing-quiz/ Strategies: An Interactive Strategy for Reading Assignments in All Content Areas http://www.amle.org/Publications/MiddleLeveliNSIDER/Articles/ReadingAssignments/tabid/2532/Default.aspx AMLE 2011: Classroom Management & Student Motivation "The Keys to Raising Student Achievement" Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-186-Yea-We Promised to Get to Wormeli and We did

Dec 11, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm. Three men were sitting on a bench in heaven discussing how they died. The first man said "I died of cancer." The second man said, "I died of tuberculosis". The third man said "I died of seenus". The first two men said, "No, you mean sinus." The third man said "No, I mean seenus. I was out with my best friend's wife and he seen us!" A recently hired nurse listened while the doctor was yelling, “Malaria! Chicken pox! Polio!” the nurse asked another nurse, “why is he going on like that?” The other nurse replied, “Oh, he just likes to call the shots around here.” On Our Mind: Holidays. Eileen Award: Stephanie Francis Advisory: The 45 Most Powerful Images Of 2011 *Warning, you need to review prior to showing live. You’ll probably want to download the ones that you want to share. http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-most-powerful-photos-of-2011 or The year in 60 seconds http://www.reuters.com/video/2011/12/06/year-in-60-seconds?videoId=226168503 or Reuter’s Pictures http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: PE, Recess standards- more schools meet standards Schools are more likely to offer students 150 minutes of physical education per week if located in a state or district that mandates that level of P.E., according to a study published online today in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/schooled_in_sports/2011/12/study_phys_ed_recess_mandates_boost_school_physical_activity_time.html Friendly Advice For Teachers: Beware Of Facebook by NANCY SOLOMON The new and ever-changing world of social networking has blurred the lines between private and public, work and personal, friend and stranger. It's becoming a particular challenge for teachers who can quickly rile students and parents by posting comments or photos online. http://www.npr.org/2011/12/07/143264921/friendly-advice-for-teachers-beware-of-facebook Resources: Online Conversion Take just about any format and convert it to another. Sections: Audio Image Ebook Hash Generator Video Document Archive http://www.online-convert.com/ Web Spotlight: Strategies: AMLE 2011: Thursday Sessions Keynote: Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education See Dept. of Education website. Rick Wormeli: Tiering Assignments and Assessments "Even a man on the right track will get run over if he just stands there" -Will Rogers. Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: ISTE News: ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education. The ISTE Special Interest Group: Virtual Environments is holding meetings on Mondays from 4:00 - 6:00 pm (SLT) on ISTE Island. Ohio Middle Level Association: The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference. OMLA Registration Form OMLA Presentation Proposal Form AMLE Affiliate Conferences: The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 2012 in Warren Woods, MI. MAMSE Exhibitor Form MAMSE Registration Form MAMSE Presentation Form MAMSE Conference Program Book (2011) The North Carolina Middle School Association’s Annual Conference March 13-15, 2012 Conference Brochure Presenter’s Application Who They Are . . . This year’s sessions . . . Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar. Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: Archived content is available. Second Life: Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details. Check frequently this week as the ISTE Annual Convention is this week. Video: Educational Uses of Second Life

MSM-185-Beechball-of-death

Dec 4, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: My cat started his writing career by authoring a feline-oriented soap opera; he titled that project, "Nine Lives to Live." My cat's writing a feline-oriented Christmas movie script. He has titled this project: "It's A Wonderful Nine Lives." On Our Mind: Holidays. Feedback. Facebook/Google+ Eileen Award: Eric Runyan - He followed our advice about Rick Wormeli and was greatly pleased. Eric Stockmeyer - me too! (to several of his points) SteveParkerZ: New Twitter follower Dr. Monte Tatom: Cyberbully article suggestion Advisory: Museum of Obsolete Objects http://www.youtube.com/mooojvm We are the Solution The Pledge to Stop Bullying (with video) http://wearethesolution.net/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Dave is back with a podcast about Acrylic Nails in the Lab and the safety concerns that exist. Student safety - always a focus. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: What Kinds of Things DO Teachers Buy for Their Classrooms? By Bill Ferriter After swinging through Target and dropping another $10 bucks on supplies that I need for an upcoming science lab, I decided to pull out my envelope o' receipts and see how much I've spent on school purchases so far this year. http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/tempered-radical/11-2011/what-kinds-things-do-teachers-buy-their-classrooms Teachers’ newest online worry: ‘cyberbaiting’ 11 percent of teachers know a friend who has been 'cyberbaited,' or taunted by a student hoping to record an outburst, according to a new survey. http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/11/27/teachers-newest-online-worry-cyberbaiting/ Resources: Using Wolfram|Alpha in the Classroom Wolfram|Alpha is a free online computational knowledge engine that generates answers to questions in real time by doing computations on its own vast internal knowledge base. Our long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. This can be valuable to educators in many ways. http://www.wolframalpha.com/educators/ HistoryWorld Timelines http://www.historyworld.net/timesearch/default.asp?&keywords= Themeefy Create, Curate, Share http://www.themeefy.com/landing Web Spotlight: Join.Me Instant screen sharing. Instant Aha! Get everybody on the same page, when they're not in the same room, instantly. Review documents and designs. Train staff. Demo products or just show off. join.me is a ridiculously simple screen sharing tool for meetings on the fly. join.me free screen sharing 250 viewers share control multi-monitor chat send files viewer: iPad/iPhone or Android Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: ISTE News: ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Ohio Middle Level Association: The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference. OMLA Registration Form OMLA Presentation Proposal Form AMLE Affiliate Conferences: The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 2012 in Warren Woods, MI. MAMSE Exhibitor Form MAMSE Registration Form MAMSE Presentation Form MAMSE Conference Program Book (2011) The North Carolina Middle School Association’s Annual Conference March 13-15, 2012 Conference Brochure Presenter’s Application Who They Are . . . This year’s sessions . . . Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar. Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: Archived content is available. Second Life: Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details. Check frequently this week as the ISTE Annual Convention is this week. Video: Educational Uses of Second Life

MSM-184 Youd think that we had plenty to talk about

Nov 20, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: A skeleton once wanted to go to a party but then he realised he had NO-BODY to go with. On Our Mind: AMLE Attendance Flipped Classrooms Eileen Award: Vlad Gutkovich of Flowcabulary Use AMLE11 to get a free month of Flowcabulary for your classroom! Jack Berckemeyer Advisory: Google Fun http://geekbeat.tv/6-awesome-google-tricks-and-games/ (Correction: Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th . . . ) Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about nature artists. It is based on an article written by Ashley Campbell, entitled, "Avenues to Inspiration: Integrating the Life and Work of Nature Artists into Middle School Science." The article can be found in the October, 2011 edition of Science Scope, which is published by the National Science Teachers Association. The following nature artists are cited in this podcast: Marie Sibylla Merian John James Audubon Wilson A. Bentley Andy Goldsworthy From the Twitterverse: The former usually is just using tech to do the same as we've always done. #grumpytour Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: This American Life http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/449/middle-school http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/449/transcript Common Core Webinars http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars/common-core-webinars.aspx Resources: BrainHoney BrainHoney is learning infrastructure hosted in the cloud. Use complete solutions today, like the BrainHoney LMS, or build cloud solutions using BrainHoney components. http://brainhoney.com/ Simple Science’s Video http://vimeo.com/user697789/videos MathChimp Welcome to Math Chimp! We collect free online math games and organize them by the common core standards. We're glad you've come to play cool math games here... they're free and always will be! http://www.mathchimp.com/ Pictures that bring the War home Draw a StickMan Fun, time waster. You draw, the story unfolds. http://www.drawastickman.com/ Web Spotlight: Strategies: How to Creatively Integrate Science and Math AMLE 2011: Thursday Sessions NMSA/AMLE Affiliate Meeting Thursday 7:30 am. Session Title: Advocating for AMLE Article passed out at registration: Mark of Leadership: If Not You, Then Who? by Tom Burton (p. 44 AMLE) (I get to sit next to Ross Burkhardt!) Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-183 You Vill

Oct 30, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: 1. Why are round pizzas put in square boxes? 2. If a deaf person must appear in court is it still called a hearing? 3. Why does the sign read, “Enter at your own risk" who else could you risk other than yourself? 4. If it's called "frying pan" is it OK to boil something in it? 5. Why doesn't every doughnut have nuts in it? Do you know what happens to quarterbacks when they reach the ends of their lives? They just pass away. Troy’s Backup Jokes: Test Question: Give a brief explanation of the meaning of the term “hard water.” Student Answer: Ice Test Question: What is methane? Student Answer: Methane is a smelly greenhouse gas that is produced when trees and/or cows are burned. (F in Exams by Richard Benson) On Our Mind: Week and a half to AMLE/NMSA 2011 in Louisville . . . Sessions Affiliate Sessions: Contact Doug Herlensky if you’re attending. Dinner Eileen Award: Kam Yousaf Advisory: What would it take to make a model look like Barbie? Here’s a breakdown of what she'd need done to be the kind of doll women aspire to: a brow lift, a jaw line shave, rhinoplasty, a cheek and neck reduction, a chin implant, scooped-out shoulders, a breast lift, liposuction on her arms, and tummy tuck, which would also have to be sculpted as if it were lined in whale-bone from the inside. And that’s just the half of her. http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/the-plastic-surgery-a-model-needs-to-look-like-barbie-2584798 Respect Respect Rap – I use this with grades 2 – 4 but it’s suitable through middle school. Just love the message, the instrumental track, the editing, the kids’ performances (and the Principal’s, too). The choreography is amazing, the scene setup, the dancing at the end … it’s just dripping with awesome. Congratulations, Fearless Lions at Frank Porter Graham Elementary in Chapel Hill, NC. YOU, QUITE LITERALLY, ROCK! http://www.ncs-tech.org/?p=6844 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) From the Twitterverse: News: Testing Costs As the nation endures its sputtering recovery, significant cuts to state and local education Will Richardson: Make It Stop. Please. http://willrichardson.com/post/11862306546/make-it-stop-please Resources: 60 Seconds http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/files/2011/06/internet-60-seconds-infographic.jpg Stitch.it Simply copy-and-paste a set of links in our text box and click 'Stich It'. We'll convert those links into one short URL for you to share. It's that easy! http://stich.it/ Good to Know Stay safe online Your data on the web Your data on Google Manage your data http://www.google.com/goodtoknow/ WhatFolio http://www.whatfolio.com/ Primary Sources: Documents from a variety of eras. From 4000bc - 21st Century. http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp Welcome to the David Rumsey Map Collection Database and Blog. http://www.davidrumsey.com/ Royal Society http://royalsocietypublishing.org/search Music Primary Sources: Victrola Book of Opera http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/victor-book-of-the-opera Acoustic Recordings http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/about/acoustical-recording iPad Resources https://sites.google.com/site/iccarsproject/home/ipad-ios-resources Shift Happens . . . With Resources http://bigthink.com/ideas/39600 Now with PDF resources for group discussion: http://www.iowafuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IDYK-DIscussion-Guide.pdf Web Spotlight: Larry Ferlazzo Strategies: How YouTube Is Changing The Classroom Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-182 iPads We are blinding you with Science Resources

Oct 23, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: After dying in a car crash, three friends find themselves at an orientation to enter heaven. Each one was asked, “When you are in your casket, what would you like to hear your friends and family saying about you?” Sean says, “I would like to hear them say I was a great doctor and a great family man.” Karl says, “I would like to hear them say I was a wonderful husband and an excellent teacher who made a difference in children’s lives.” Juan says, “I would like to hear them say, ‘Look! He’s moving!’” Ladies and gentlemen, hobos and tramps, Bug-eyed mosquitoes and bowlegged ants! I’m about to tell you a story I’ve never heard before, So pull up a chair and sit on the floor. Admission is free, so pay at the door. One fine day, in the middle of the night, two, dead boys got up to fight. Back to back, they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other. A deaf policeman heard the noise, and saved the lives of the two dead boys. If you don’t believe my lies are true, ask the blind man, he saw it too! On Our Mind: CMU CMLA meeting on Wednesday. Eileen Award: CMUCMLA From the Twitterverse: News: As minds get quicker, teens get smarter U.S. researchers say they have demonstrated for the first time that adolescents become smarter because their brains process information faster. http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/09/29/As-minds-get-quicker-teens-get-smarter/UPI-84711317352462 GlogsterEDU Dear Glogster EDUcators, We sincerely apologize for the site issues you’ve been experiencing lately. We can assure you that they are temporary, and Glogster EDU will be better as a result. Glogster (glogster.com) and Glogster EDU (edu.glogster.com) are currently sharing server infrastructure. Sometimes this results in capacity overload, which can lead to slow loading or unexpected errors. We are in the process of moving Glogster.com to a separate infrastructure so that Glogster EDU will be fast and reliable for you and your students. We will keep you updated on all known issues via Twitter and Facebook, so please follow Glogster EDU on either platform. We are committed to you, our valued educators, and are taking the necessary steps toward providing you with high quality service you can count on. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we complete the moving process. Resources: Science360 We gather news from wherever science is happening, including directly from scientists, college and university press offices, popular and peer-reviewed journals, dozens of National Science Foundation science and engineering centers, and funding sources that include government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and private industry. http://news.science360.gov/files Free EBooks http://www.free-ebooks.net/ Biology Warning, these are anatomically correct. http://www.zygotebody.com/# http://www.healthline.com/human-body-maps/ http://www.biodigitalhuman.com/default.html Password Generator Help students create better passwords. This is limited but easy to use. http://passwordbird.com/ Triptico http://www.triptico.co.uk/ Web Spotlight: Teacher Wall Scholastic, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and DonorsChoose.org bring you the Teacher Wall – a virtual teacher town square where America’s educators can share their stories, knowledge, and ideas on our nation’s schools. Strategies: ISTE 2011: Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina Dr. John Medina Crossing the brain is scientific bunk. Question and answer session. 20% to 110% boost with 150 minutes of aerobic exercise. Does the use of Google change the brain? Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-181 A Separate Peace

Oct 16, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: On Our Mind: Congratulations to Dr. Monte Tatom NMSA/AMLE early registration extended a week. Dr. Debbie Silver is rumored to have a new book out soon on motivating the hard to motivate student. Eileen Award: Sara Kaviar Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Part 4 of the podcasts on Lab Safety. It is about the 7 Standards for Maintaining a Safer Laboratory Environment. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: A Separate Peace http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2095385_2096859_2096805-1,00.html Resources: iPads in the Science Classroom Last year, around October 2010, I got 13 iPads for my Science students through a service-learning grant. This is the start of my second year using those iPads with my Science students. The summer before I got the iPads I was able to try one out myself and wrote about the possibilities here. I elaborated further on how I was going to use the iPads here. Once students started to use the iPads I used a Google form to see which apps they liked the best. Here are the results of that survey. http://www.educatoral.com/wordpress/2011/09/28/ipads-in-science-2/ Common Core Maps http://commoncore.org/maps/ National Geographic Xpeditions Geography lessons and free resources for your classroom: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/g68.html Better Lesson http://betterlesson.com/home Google Lit Trips The short version is simple. Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. At each location along the journey there are placemarks with pop-up windows containing a variety of resources including relevant media, thought provoking discussion starters, and links to supplementary information about “real world” references made in that particular portion of the story. The focus is on creating engaging and relevant literary experiences for students. I like to say Google Lit Trips “3-dimensionalize” the reading experience by placing readers “inside the story” traveling alongside the characters; looking through the windshield of that old jalopy in The Grapes of Wrath or waddling alongside Mr. and Mrs. Mallard’s duckling family in Make Way for Ducklings.” What Google Lit Trips AREN’T Google Lit Trips aren’t like sparknotes and other resources that can be used to circumvent the need to actually do the reading. They are designed to stimulate higher level thinking skills and to connect the story’s themes and messages to the issues of the real world in which students live. http://www.googlelittrips.org/ Web Spotlight: Welcome to the 21things4Students Site This site was created by a grant from the REMC Association of Michigan for the creation of an educational resource for students preparing for 21st century skills. Members of the REMC Instructional Technology Specialists in Michigan along with teachers from around the state have created this site to provide project-based activities which are aligned to the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S), and the Michigan Educational Technology Standards for students (METS) as well as the Framework for 21st Century Learning identified by the Partnership For 21st Century Skills. http://www.21things4students.net/ For Educators: http://www.21things4teachers.net/ For Administrators: http://www.21things4administrators.net/ Strategies: Deb’s Data Digest A wide variety of resources and strategies. http://datadeb.wordpress.com/ ScreenCasts as Assessment/Instruction Here are some examples. http://wwcsd.net/groups/screencasts/ Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: National Conference: Thursday, November 08, 2011 —Saturday, November 10, 2011

MSM-180 Last Stand Sifteo Quick

Oct 2, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Ruth_A_Buzzi 1. Why are hot dogs at Detroit Tigers’ stadium so much better than the ones sold by the Seattle Mariners? Because you can eat them in October. 2. Ultimately, my ex broke up with the blond chick and married a sweet little Native American lady. I hope they're one big Hopi family. On Our Mind: New “toys” for Shawn. https://www.sifteo.com/ Eileen Award: Kerry Derminer Noel Parish Kevin Upton Advisory:kkinstruction Kalysta How to Make a 1920s Flapper style Dress in only One Hour! Includes 4 Special Bonuses. http://j.mp/nDRXcO Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Part 3 of the 4 part series on lab safety. This podcast focuses in on standards on specific safety precautions involving chemicals and lab equipment. The importance of lab safety was pointed out last week in the Chicago area when a student suffered a serious injury while passing around dry ice and water in a plastic bottle and it exploded. The full article can be found at: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-09-26/news/ct-met-science-class-20110926_1_chemistry-class-nsta-national-science-teachers-association From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: A bet on No Child Left Behind http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/who-won-a-2007-bet-on-no-child-left-behind/2011/09/26/gIQAwBBi0K_blog.html How Teacher Turnover Harms Student http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/advancing-teaching-profession/09-2011/how-teacher-turnover-harms-students http://www.nber.org/papers/w17176 How to fix this mess called middle school http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/how-to-fix-the-mess-we-call-middle-school/2011/09/25/gIQAjCx1yK_blog.html Resources: Dead Sea Scrolls Online http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/from-desert-to-web-bringing-dead-sea.html VizLingo Turn text into a video representation. http://www.vizlingo.com/ History Pin YouTube introductory video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdT3eKdto4w http://www.historypin.com/ SpeakIt! http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/09/speak-it-text-to-speech-in-google.html Web Spotlight: Cheating Here's an overview of some of the most shocking instances of teacher cheating, plus a few episodes that may have been overblown. http://www.propublica.org/article/americas-most-outrageous-teacher-cheating-scandals Students need to develop Grit http://edcommentary.blogspot.com/2011/09/teaching-character-strengths-and-values.html Teaching All Site has activities for Interactive Whiteboards (IWB’s), iPad Apps and much more. Tons of links! http://teachingall.blogspot.com/ Digital Promise Founded after more than a decade of effort, including a 2004 report to Congress, Digital Promise has been endorsed by virtually every major national association of educators and educational institutions, libraries, and museums. The project that gave rise to Digital Promise was launched by the Carnegie, Century, Knight, MacArthur, and Open Society foundations, sustained by the Federation of American Scientists, and championed by a coalition of Republicans and Democrats, civic and business leaders, who came together on its behalf. http://www.digitalpromise.org/ Strategies: Read Ten Classic Books in Under a Minute http://flavorwire.com/213381/read-ten-classic-books-in-under-a-minute What Will Improve a Student’s Memory? By Daniel T. Willingham Question: I often have students tell me that they studied for a test, meaning that they reviewed their notes and the textbook, but they still did not do well. If they have reviewed the material, why don’t they remember it? Is there anything I can do to help them study more effectively? http://cdl.org/resource-library/pdf/What%20Will%20Improve%20a%20Students%20Memory.pdf Events & Happenings:

MSM-179 Common Core Bad Baseball iPad Resources

Sep 25, 2011 00:00:00

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On Our Mind: Changing positions Start of the school year Eileen Award: Dr. Tatom: Thanks for the mention on Twitter! Advisory: Permanent Record http://www.slate.com/id/2301449/ The Secret to Success https://plus.google.com/117689362923608221663/posts/8v7RBNncmAJ How many really? http://howmanyreally.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Part two on lab safety and focuses in on personal safety of students. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: Beautiful Teenage Brains http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/teenage-brains/dobbs-text Resources: Writing Prompts http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/ YouTube for Teachers http://www.youtube.com/teachers http://www.youtube.com/education iPad App Resources: In iTunes, go to the iTunes Store (sidebar on the left). Then select App Store on the bar along the top of the window. Then select the drop down Education under Categories on the right (OR-Just to the right of the word App Store on the top will be a small triangle- click that and select Education) This will reveal App categories for Teachers including: Apps for Teachers Special Education Education Volume Purchasing Mobile Learning http://www.eschoolnews.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/2011/09/mobile_star.pdf Alternate Assessment Apps for Eighth Grade Eighth graders need to demonstrate their mastery of skills in English, math and science. http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&EntryId=3110 Web Spotlight: Implementing Common Core Standards Over the next year, the accomplished teachers I met at CTQ will face down these tough questions. They will design—and test-drive in their own classrooms, with their own students—lessons and assessments linked to the Common Core State Standards. http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/advancing-teaching-profession/09-2011/implementing-common-core-standards Cheating Here’s an overview of some of the most shocking instances of teacher cheating, plus a few episodes that may have been overblown. http://www.propublica.org/article/americas-most-outrageous-teacher-cheating-scandals Students need to develop Grit http://edcommentary.blogspot.com/2011/09/teaching-character-strengths-and-values.html Common Core Maps From the website: “Common Core has released a new, Second Edition of the K-12 Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts. The Maps are designed to help educators meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards, which call for the standards to be “complemented by a well-developed, content-rich curriculum.” Our draft ELA Maps have received more than three million views since last August. We’ve listened to your advice and have added many new features, including: Nearly 200 new writing, grammar, and research activities Guidance for differentiated instruction Library of seventy digital resources More informational and contemporary texts throughout Map users can now: Rate and comment on each of the seventy-six unit Maps along with thousands of suggested works, activities, and resources Submit lesson plans Get preferred pricing on Maps services and tools that are under development Common Core has been inundated with requests for professional development services, more Maps-based curriculum tools, and more Maps, including math Maps. In order to generate the resources needed to respond to these requests, we are offering the opportunity to become contributing members of the Mapping Project for a nominal cost.” Strategies: Inside Story Flash Cards Combine visuals with vocabulary words to help increase retention. http://www.insidestoryflashcards.com/ Jokes You Can Use: Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News:

MSM-178 Confessions Talking is Hard Need a Job

Sep 18, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Ruth_A_Buzzi Ruth Buzzi If Catholic dogs go to Catechism, how can Catholic cats accept that dogma? (#HappyCaturday to @jwgagne) When choosing a cat, remember the striped ones make you look thinner. #happyCATurday An older cat, reclining on a psychiatrist's couch, said, "Sometimes I think I could have done so much more with my lives." #HappyCATURDAY Were you first hibited before you were inhibited, after which you could become uninhibited? If so, #yougottaberealspecial Eileen Award: Patty Riccardi Advisory: Don’t Laugh at Me http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTNVXlirF4Y (Book version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv9fN0-062k (This one includes the lyrics on screen) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9xyIGCp7ss (Peter Yarbourgh) Lyrics: http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/don't-laugh-at-me-lyrics-peter-paul-mary/3a0b58077c50623648256a22002cb23e What People Don't Get About My Job: From A(rmy Soldier) to Z(ookeeper) Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is the first in a series of four podcasts on lab safety in the middle school lab. You can download a copy of the Science Laboratory Rules and Regulations from the National Science Teachers Association, by visiting: http://www.nsta.org/middleschool In this podcast, we look at the 7 standards of student conduct in the laboratory and in the field. From the Twitterverse: News: The bait and switch of school "reform" http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2011/09/12/reformmoney What was Ron Clark Thinking? September 10th, 2011 by Larry Ferlazzo http://engagingparentsinschool.edublogs.org/2011/09/10/jeez-what-was-ron-clark-thinking/ Middle School AP Posting: I am posting a Middle School Assistant Principal position today. If you know of anyone that may be a good fit, send them my way. It is a short posting. Deadline is next week Monday at 4:00pm you know of a good candidate that may be the right fit, pass it on to them. Thanks Mr. Ryan K. Pfahler Resources: The Likeable Constitution http://www.thelikeableconstitution.com/#state=EV&part=bor&order=mostliked FauxFlash Fauxflash is an online application that takes the hassle out of flash cards and lets you get right to studying. http://fauxflash.com/ Super Book of Web Tools http://www.docstoc.com/docs/66326425/The-Super-Book-of-Web-Tools-for-Educators Web Spotlight: Confessions of a bad teacher http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2011/08/29/confessions_of_a_bad_teacher/index.html Strategies: More on Teaching Innovation with the Curiosity Box Is REAL Formative Assessment Even Possible? http://transformed.teachingquality.org/blogs/tempered-radical/09-2011/real-formative-assessment-even-possible Web Tools: Teacher 2.0 Steve Hargadon has created a place for teachers to do their own professional growth online. As you answer questions about your teaching, you get feedback from other participants and the chance to encourage others in their growth.

MSM-177 Group Hugs and Parents need to hear this

Sep 11, 2011 00:00:00

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On Our Mind: Is it fair to students to make personnel changes during the first few weeks of school? Eileen Award: To all our Diigo followers . . . group hug! Advisory: String Theory: Take a piece of twine and stick it under the student’s heel. Unwind it up to their head and cut. Take a piece of tape and label the string with the kid’s name. Hold onto the string and repeat the activity at the end of the year. Compare and contrast. NMSA/AMLE Video Contest: Taking the Lead Video Contest Open to middle grade students (5-9) Those working on the video must be 10 to15 year - olds, but teachers may submit the videos. Each video must be 3 minutes or less. Video(s) must be submitted via SchoolTube. See submission process below. Schools may enter as many videos as they would like. Deadline: Videos must be uploaded no later than October 24th, 2011, at 11:00 pm EST. Top 3 winners will be notified by November 7, 2011. Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is the third in a three part series about the ELA common core standards in writing and their relationship to science. The four areas of writing include: text types and purposes; production and distribution of writing; research to build and present knowledge; and range of writing. In this podcast, we look at the writing standards that relate to science in grades 6 - 8 in the areas of production and distribution of writing; research to build and present knowledge, and range of writing. From the Twitterverse: News: Beyond Testing ...my Chinese colleagues didn't mention their test scores, nor did they inquire about mine. I quickly learned that we share a similar goal for our students: to promote innovation and foster independent thinking. Every Chinese teacher I spoke with expressed concern with their nation's emphasis on testing. One teacher explained that students spend their entire final year of high school preparing for national examinations at the expense of other educational opportunities that would enable them to acquire a broad range of skills. She described Chinese students as "unhappy" because they are "forced" to drill for high-stakes examinations. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-shearer/beyond-testing-a-lesson-f_b_954135.html What teachers really want to tell parents By Ron Clark, Special to CNN So, what can we do to stem the tide? What do teachers really need parents to understand? http://www.cnn.com/2011/09/06/living/teachers-want-to-tell-parents/index.html Teaching Technology Resources: Ambrosia Releases Soundboard for iPad Ambrosia Software has released their sound effects software for iPad. You can now put sound effects in the iPad and control your soundboard with the touch of a finger. You don’t do drama? (You do if you’re a middle school teacher!) What about your ESL kids? What about attaching sounds to word combinations and when they have a hard time sounding things out, they tap the screen and get the correct sound? I can see this being a great resource for the Speech-Language Pathologist in your district. Comparison Search Two ways to look at search results. Could help with looking at the pro’s and con’s of a subject. http://www.gleancomparisonsearch.org/ Web Spotlight: Arizona Technology Integration Matrix http://azk12.org/tim/ Go Social Studies Go Looks really interesting. Includes a virtual book on Columbus. http://www.gosocialstudiesgo.com/ Using Film in any Class Web Tools: Are you funnier than Scott Adams? Create the text from a Dilbert cartoons. http://dilbert.com/mashups/ ISTE 2011: Teacher 2.0 with Steve Hargadon How do you use the tools of the web to get teachers recognized and get them involved? PDF: http://mrmcgirr.com/page20/downloads/files/ISTE%20Steve%20Hargadon.pdf Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News:

MSM-176 Video-iPads

Sep 4, 2011 00:00:00

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On Our Mind: iPads in Education Advisory: Quotations on Character Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind. —Robert G. Ingersoll http://josephsoninstitute.org/quotes/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This is the second in the three part series on the common core ELA and their relationship to science. Like the first in the series, it focuses on Text Types and Purposes, but this time focuses in on writing informative and explanatory texts. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: A Teacher Finds Good in Testing By Ama Nyamekye http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/08/31/02nyamekye_ep.h31.html?tkn=XTCFBe283Qrdff9t68CNVw5QPQU12ZEh0gb2&cmp=clp-sb-cec Resources: Video Time Machine $1.99 App for iPhone/iPad VIDEO CONTENT TOTALS: 2000′s = 1,521 videos 1990′s = 1,607 videos 1980′s = 1,874 videos 1970′s = 1,565 videos 1960′s = 1,848 videos 1950′s = 589 videos 1940′s = 256 videos 1930′s = 227 videos 1920′s = 196 videos 1910′s = 150 videos 1900′s = 140 videos 1860-1899 = 60 videos http://itunes.apple.com/app/video-time-machine/id438078438?ign-mpt=uo%3D5 iPad Hub http://www.macnews.com/2011/08/31/new-usb-hub-provides-large-scale-syncing-ipads-other-devices Movie Mount iPad Video Production http://www.makayama.com/moviemount.html Web Spotlight: Learn more about Geocaching Geocaching is a fun, educational, technology-infused activity that I have tried a couple of times. But I am by no means an expert (totally newbie would be the description) on the topic. Therefore, I asked Jen Deyenberg if she would write a guest post about geocaching. Jen has done extensive work developing geocaching activities with students and has a ton of knowledge to share. After reading this post I hope you will visit her blog to learn more about geocaching. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/09/learn-more-about-geocaching-great.html Two Nice Guides to Web 2.0 at School and Work http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/09/two-nice-guides-to-web-20-at-school-and.html Constitution Resources Federal legislation requires schools in the United States to offer lessons related to the U.S. Constitution on U.S. Constitution Day — September 17th of each year. http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2010/08/10/the-best-sites-for-learning-about-the-constitution-of-the-united-states/ www.teachinghistory.org Jokes You Can Use: Recently the President of the United States received a call from a Yooper (someone from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). The Yooper told the President he and several of his friends had declared war on the United States. The President replied, “You know I have a million men in my army, are you sure you want to declare war?” The Yooper replied, “Let me check, I’ll call you tomorrow.” Sure enough, the President gets a call. The Yooper says, “Mr. President, the war is still on. We picked up some trucks and the guys down at the watering hole have joined up, so we’ve expanded our army too.” “Well,” says the President, “since I talked to you yesterday, I’ve added another half-million men to my army. Are you sure you still want this war?” The Yooper thought for a second, “Let me call you back tomorrow.” Sure enough, about the same time the next day the President gets a call. “Mr. President, we added the ultra-light group from the airport and we can now bomb you from above. The war is still on.” The President replied, “You do know I have an Air Force too of modern jets and since I talked to you yesterday, I’ve added another half million to the army for a total of 2 million men. Are you sure you still want this war?” “Let me call you tomorrow,” says the Yooper. The next day the President gets a phone call. “Mr. President, the war is off. We talked it over and we decided we don’t have any way of feeding 2 million prisoners.” Events & Happenings:

MSM-175 Out of the Bath Water

Aug 28, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: I recently visited a Mental Asylum & I asked the director, "How can you know when a person needs to be institutionalized?" He said, "Well, we fill a bathtub with water & we offer them a Teaspoon,a Teacup and a Bucket & ask them to empty the tub." I said, "I see...A normal person would choose the bucket because it is bigger." He responded, "No. A normal person would pull the plug...would you like a bed by the window? Ruth_A_Buzzi Ruth Buzzi I knew the Washington Monument would develop a crack problem in that neighborhood. The U S Mail is considering dropping back to just 4 days a week next year. The other three days, mail will be carried by Jehovah's Witnesses. Have a heart, Col. Qadhafi, before you leave town; please send all that old clothing back to the estate of Ethel Merman. On Our Mind: Starting of the school year. Education and Election Reform Eileen Award: Ellizabeth S - iTunes comment (I bet Principal Beth ROCKS!!!) Advisory: The Mindset List http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) This middle school science minute is about the ELA common core standards in Writing and their relationship to science. The four areas of writing include: text types and purposes; production and distribution of writing; research to build and present knowledge; and range of writing. In this podcast, we look at the five reading standards that relate to science in grades 6 - 8 in the area of text types and purposes, with a special focus on writing arguments focused on science content. From the Twitterverse: News: Chiquita Sweepstakes. Starting August 15th, Chiquita, in partnership with Rio the movie, will celebrate back to school and healthy eating by giving away up to $5,000 in prizes! The interactive site will give you and your students the tools to learn about healthy nutrition with FUN and original lesson plans, games, worksheets and more. The sweepstakes is open to all teachers from accredited schools in the U.S. Simply register your class at Chiquita.com/BananaBrain http://www.chiquita.com/bananabrain/ Resources: Monte Selby Free Song of the Week Check out the Monte Selby web site. This week is a free song about Matter. http://monteselby.com/Matter.mp3 Web Spotlight: Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive by Richard Byrne http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/08/understanding-911-television-news.html Which Rules Are Worth Circumventing? By Tina Barseghian Rules are important in any civilized society. Without them, chaos would ensue. But some rules are worth questioning, especially when the consequences negate their very purpose. http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/08/what-rules-are-worth-circumventing/ "What Would You Attempt to Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?" http://lifehacker.com/5827067/what-would-you-attempt-to-do-if-you-knew-you-could-not-fail Ten things every new teacher should know By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor 1. Focus on the positives, not the negatives. 2. Be clear in your student expectations. 3. Have a backup plan. 4. Students are not your BFFs. 5. Many times, you’ll find yourself alone. 6. Lashing out will get you nowhere. 7. Learn to put your foot down. 8. Teaching is often political. 9. Make friends with custodians and secretaries 10. Make sure your professors have experience with current instructional practices. http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/08/19/10-things-to-know-before-teaching/ ISTE 2011: What are we doing for our leaders? PDF: http://mrmcgirr.com/page20/downloads/files/ISTE%20IT%20Leadership.pdf Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-174 Beyond Seat Time and Jeff for the Win!

Aug 14, 2011 00:00:00

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Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) It runs a little longer (2 minutes--but hey, I took off my watch and found I had all the time in the world). It is about the announcement of the new Science Framework that was released last week. From the framework will come the new science standards (late 2012). This will probably become the common core for science, just like ELA and Math--thus the National Curriculum in Science. So, it is a good heads up for people. If you want to mention it in the show notes, the audience can download the full 320 page report for free at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165 News: Beyond Seat Time: Advancing Proficiency-Based Learning Can we do without the traditional school year? Is it feasible to shift to a system of student advancement based solely on proficiency? iNacol's Susan Patrick shares her vision of what such a system would look like and what it will take to get there. (Hint: It's already underway in some states.) http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/08/10/beyond-seat-time-advancing-proficiency-based-learning.aspx NMSA becomes AMLE: Watch for the change during the months of August and September. Jeff LaRoux wins NMSA/AMLE election! Congrats! Resources: U.S. Debt clock http://usdebtclock.org/ Ten ideas for interactive teaching By Jenna Zwang, Assistant Editor http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/06/06/ten-ideas-for-interactive-teaching/?ast=42&astc=3032 http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/TeachingAndLearningResources/CourseDesign/Assessment/content/101_Tips.pdf Web Spotlight: Teenage Girls And Social Media: Tips For Parents From A Best-Selling Author Nearly 10 years ago, author Rachel Simmons wrote a best-selling book called Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls. Now she has updated her book to include the role of social media and technology. http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2011/08/09/139176817/teenage-girls-and-social-media-tips-for-parents-from-a-best-selling-author?ft=1&f=1019 ISTE 2011: Professional Development led by Liz Davis Students did a screen cast for each of the Google products. Checkout Flipboard for the iPad. On Our Mind: Starting of the school year. Eileen Award: Linda Chapman Broderic Dave T. Debbie T. Advisory: http://usdebtclock.org/ From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. Jokes You Can Use: Events & Happenings:

MSM-173-BYOD Solve the Debt

Jul 31, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: On Our Mind: RIM buys JayCut for the PlayBook. Eileen Award: BuzzGarwood (twitter) Advisory: Visualization of the United States National Debt. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: Atlanta Cheating Resources: Bill McBride http://billmcbride.pbworks.com/w/page/14094960/Welcome-to-my-Wiki Timer Tab Online Timer, Alarm & Stopwatch. Keeps time on a tab in your browser. http://www.timer-tab.com/ Pic4Learning Web Spotlight: Lino Online stickies. http://en.linoit.com/ ISTE 2011: BYOD Bring Your Own Device Led by Scott Meech References: https://profiles.google.com/smeech.net/posts http://www.linkedin.com/in/smeech http://globaleducation.ning.com/profile/ScottMeech How Paul R. Woods got it in his district: Install wireless first. Students can bring in their own machines, but they must allow the school to put their proxies on their machines. If kids try to get around it, the network locks their screen and they have to see the building tech person to get it unlocked again. How did you get teachers on board? First year: bring your device in and allow our techs to look at it. Following years: pick an electronic textbook. The school bought the licensing for all the books on all the devices. The best way to get teachers involved is to let the kids use it and then let them ask the teachers that don't use it if they can use it in their classroom. BYOD is a better way to sustain a 1 to 1 program. District provided computers are an unsustainable way to provide tech. Find schools that are doing this successfully and then go to the IT department. Get administrators on your side before going to IT department. There is some risk going forward: 3-2-1 Rule: Save in 3 different spots. Create a safe place to fail in to create buy-in with your staff/admin/tech. www.schoolweblockers.com: Cloud storage for $1.00 per year. @paulrwood on Twitter. http://twitter.com/#!/paulrwood Website: http://whatisyouritvision.blogspot.com/ Related: Scott McLeod (http://bigthink.com/blogs/dangerously-irrelevant) UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) ISTE 2011: Professional Development led by Liz Davis Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-172 Confused

Jul 24, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: While walking to the ninth hole, one psychiatrist said to his colleague, would you believe that yesterday I had a patient who claimed he heard music every time he put on his hat?” “Really? What did you do?” The psychiatrist answered, “I took it away and removed the band.” A man was on a beach when he discovered an old lamp in the sand. He rubbed it and a genie popped out. The genie said "I will grant you three wishes. The only condition is that you cannot wish for more wishes." "Alright," said the man, "I wish for more genies." A tribal farmer watching a Tarzan movie rushed out of the hall the moment a tiger appeared on screen, advancing menacingly towards the audience. The gatekeeper trying to stop him argued that it's only a movie, to which the tribal replied: “I know it’s a movie, you also know it is, but does the tiger know"? Q: How do Eskimos have babies? A: They keep on rubbing their noses together until the little boogers come out. On Our Mind: mthman Ron King Hey @MSMatters...do you remember the #NMSA session about HOTS question stems on colored paper in the teacher's line of sight? #midleved Eileen Award: Liz N. and Tim H. Thanks for the kind words. Advisory: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Part 3: This middle school science minute is about the ELA common core standards in Reading and their relationship to science. The four areas of reading include: key ideas and details; craft and structure; integration of knowledge and ideas; and range of reading and level of text complexity. In this podcast, we look at the three reading standards that relate to science in grades 6 - 8 in the area of integration of knowledge and ideas, along with the range of reading and level of text complexity. From the Twittervse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: http://www.minddump.org/you-have-the-same-hours-per-day-as-helen-kell https://www.sifteo.com/product Coming this summer. Show & Tell These results suggest children are extremely sensitive to the subtleties of a teaching scenario, Schulz says: What matters is not if children are shown a function, but how they are shown that function. If they believe that an informed teacher has taught them everything, they will be less motivated to explore. http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2011/06/30/if-students-believe-that-a-teacher-has-taught-them-everything-they-will-be-less-motivated-to-explore/ The original post: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-06/miot-dsd063011.php What should students be able to do with technology in grade school? http://www.edutopia.org/blog/elementary-technology-skills-mary-beth-hertz Resources: Fur.ly http://fur.ly/ Brain Rules http://www.brainrules.net/about-brain-rules Brightstorm Thousands of FREE video resources for Math & Science. One neat thing is that you can search by textbook. There is also Test Prep materials. Includes transcripts for the videos. http://brightstorm.com/ National Archives Document of the Day A different historical document every day. Includes support links. Also a mobile app is available. http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/ Knovio: Animaps Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free! http://www.animaps.com/#!home Kodu Kodu is a visual programming language made especially for creating games. Kodu’s language is entirely icon-based, fairly easy to learn, and aimed at kids 9 to 17. It works on PCs and on the Xbox. http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/07/students-create-games-that-focus-on-global-issues/ Show Me iPad app. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/showme-interactive-whiteboard/id445066279?mt=8 Web Spotlight: Snag Films: Red, White & Blue Voting. 35 minutes. http://learning.snagfilms.com/film/journeys-through-the-red-white-and-blue Events & Happenings:

MSM-171 TwittervISTE

Jul 11, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Eileen Award: Allen D. for the web site recommendation. Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Part 2 on the relationship between the core standards for ELA and literacy in Science. I look at the three reading standards that relate to science in grades 6 - 8 in the area of craft and structure. From the TwittervISTE: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/07/the-seven-golden-rules-of-using-technology-in-schools/ Resources: Be a Great Learner: Take Notes by Jeff Cobb Establishing a consistent habit of writing things down can be very powerful. A significant body of research supports the idea that simply writing something down contributes greatly to the process of moving it into long-term memory. http://www.missiontolearn.com/2011/06/note-taking/ Leveling the Playing Field: How to Make Standardized Test Preparation Accessible to All Students By Andrea Alexander http://www.edutopia.org/blog/how-to-make-standardized-test-prep-available-to-all-students Desmos http://desmos.com/calculator/ http://desmos.com/ One Teacher's Three-Tiered Intervention Strategy Jean Laurance and Michael Laurance I had no sooner returned from Rick Wormeli's seminar on differentiated assessment and grading than my administrator walked into my office. Her face showed apprehension and a bit of weariness. My class sizes would be pushed to a staggering 37 students! "We don't have enough students to run separate classes, so they will be mixed, but about 10 percent are repeating the class." Having the tools required for differentiated instruction is one thing, but here I was faced with the task of truly implementing it. More than that, I would need to adjust differentiation to my teaching style, a diverse group of students, and a bulging class size. I quickly realized that manageability would be just as important as the instruction itself. http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol6/620-laurance.aspx Web Spotlight: What Does Successful Project Based Learning Looks Like? by Bob Lenz Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching approach, a mindset, and a framework for teaching skills and content. (Both our working definition and criteria are derived from our own work, as well as the work of, Adria Steinberg’s 6 A’s of PBL, The Buck Institute for Education, and Expeditionary Learning.) http://www.edutopia.org/blog/project-based-learning-definition-bob-lenz Stencil: http://stencil.sourceforge.net/ Make games. No need to understand programming. Can make iPhone Apps from this program. Allegedly Angry Birds was made using this program. Summer Reading List: Troy: The Watchman’s Rattle ( just finished) by Rebecca D. Costa What the Dog Saw by Malcom Gladwell Shawn: Toys to Tools, Safe Practice for Life Online & Web 2.0 How to for teachers The Devil Dogs of Belleau Wood ✔ Our Listeners: @mthman: The Classroom of Choice, First Days of School (4th Ed), Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites, & Great Ways to Diff Math Instr (I & II), Leading & Managing a Diff Class, Learning to Love Math, PBL Starter Kit (via Buck Institute), UbD Guide 2 HQ Units #midleved: @Waukeestudent: I plan on reading @johntspencer 's new book and maybe his two older books two. http://www.missiontolearn.com/2011/06/recommended-reading/ Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-170 Football Fields

Jul 3, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: What goes up and never comes down? Your age 1 egg takes 5 minutes to boil. How long do 10 eggs take to boil? The same 5 minutes. How many times does a tailor have to cut 100 yards of cloth to get 100 equal pieces? 99 times. You don’t cut the last piece, it is already there What side of the teacup is the handle on? I really don't know the answer Which is heavier? 1 pound of hay or 1pound of metal. They both weigh a pound Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers, Peter piper picked. If Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peckers, how many pickels did Peter piper picked? How many Ps are there in THAT? None...T..H...A...T.....there are NO P's in the word THAT What has 100 eyes and cannot see? A potato Two Indians standing on a bridge. One is the father of the other ones son. What is the relation between the two Indians? Mother and Father What has NO legs and CAN run? Water On Our Mind: ISTE 2011 (#iste11) The problems with skipping a show Eileen Award Gabe Walker & Michael Cohen Advisory: BBC - Witness http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/witness Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) In this podcast, I look at the ELA Reading Common core for grades 6-8 and see how they apply to science. This is the first in a three part series. It focuses in on Key Ideas and Details. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: University of the People http://www.uopeople.org/ What's the Best Way to Grade Teachers? By Kristina Rizga| Wed Jun. 29, 2011 11:35 AM PDT http://motherjones.com/contributor/2011/06/grading-teachers-evaluations First Digital Only Textbook: http://mashable.com/2011/06/27/iste-textbooks-k-12/ The many health perks of good handwriting http://www.healthkey.com/sc-health-0615-child-health-handwriti20110615,0,5764943.story Resources: ISTE Online: Free PD for you. What happens at ISTE . . . goes social: http://tumblr.com/xtl38xls1q http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/07/webcasts-and-keynotes-from-iste-2011.html Socrative: Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational games and exercises via smartphones and tablets. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to load and run. Teachers control the questions and games on their laptop, while students respond and interact through their smartphones/laptops. Run it as an app or on any web browser. Currently free. No mention of what prices will be once it is out of beta. http://www.socrative.com/ Weaving History Create 'factlets' — places, people, events — and string them together into 'threads' at the click of a button.Automatically visualize the results temporally and spatially, search by any attribute, automatically import Wikipedia articles and much more … Very bare bones currently. It’s reliance on Wikipedia could cause some problems for schools (but maybe not). Potential to be exciting and useful for students and teachers. http://www.weavinghistory.org/ Web Spotlight: Ujam You sing the lyrics, it figures out the tune. Even if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, sing into the mic and it comes up with the music to go along with it. Anybody can become a musician with this app. Think of it as your answer to the kid who says, “You can’t make a song out of that!” Now you can. http://www.ujam.com/ ISTE 2011 Led by Scott Meech References: https://profiles.google.com/smeech.net/posts http://www.linkedin.com/in/smeech http://globaleducation.ning.com/profile/ScottMeech Related: Scott McLeod (http://bigthink.com/blogs/dangerously-irrelevant) UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-169 I got you a cookie-Resource Bonanza

Jun 19, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: On Our Mind: Job changes. Week “off”. Eileen Award Monte Tatom Advisory: Belongings By SAM DOLNICK There are three million immigrants in New York City. When they left home, knowing it could be forever, they packed what they could not bear to leave behind: necessities, luxuries, memories. Here is a look at what some of them brought. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/nyregion/27belongings.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) GIS (Geographic Information Systems) with middle school students. (We attach the device to an area they can’t reach, that way if they wander off the floor we can find them! Oh, wait, that’s the mental ward . . .) From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. Resources: Multi-media in Education Report http://www.edweek.org/ew/collections/multimediareport-2011/digitaledition-multimediareport2011.html?r=1130997812 77 Web Resouces to Explore this summer http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/06/77-web-resources-for-teacher-to-explore.html Stick Pick http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_wapp17.409d429.html or http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stick-pick/id436682059?mt=8 Succeeding with Science http://www.succeedingwithscience.com/ OKAPI Reading level and CBA (Curriculum Based Assessment) probes. http://www.lefthandlogic.com/htmdocs/tools/okapi/okapi.php Web Spotlight: Summer Reading List for new teachers: http://www.edutopia.org/groups/new-teacher-connections/52655 MichiganScience http://www.facebook.com/MichiganScience Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-168 Fight Fight Whos On twitter

Jun 5, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Lady, this vacuum cleaner will cut your work in half. Good. I’ll take two of them. Two ROBINS were lying on their backs, BASKING in the sun. A mama cat and her kitten were walking by. The kitten complained, 'Mama, I'm so hungry, what can we eat?' To which the mama cat, spying the two robins, replied, How about some Baskin Robbins?' A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. As her dad donned his tuxedo she warned, “Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit.” “And why not, darling?” he asked. “You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.” On Our Mind: If you had $9,000 left in building PD, what would you choose to spend it on? - Must be spent before the end of July. - Must be approved by your building principal, School Improvement Committee, and perhaps Act of Congress. Eileen Award Janelle Rowe, newest member to the Diigo group. Advisory: What do you get when you combine Mythbusters, Tesla coils and Doctor Who? The answer is one charged-up performance. http://mashable.com/2011/05/25/adam-savage-doctor-who-tesla-coils/ Stats of the Union http://www.tuaw.com/2011/05/29/stats-of-the-union-brings-american-demographic-data-to-the-ipad Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Middle School Science Minute - Dissections and Dissection Apps. From the Twitterverse: News: E-Book prices fuel outrage -- and innovation http://www.macworld.com/article/160120/2011/05/ebook_prices_outrage_innovation.html Resources: http://heyjude.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/essential-tools-using-easy-bib/ Merriam-Webster Dictionary now available on iPad for free Technology Integration Matrix http://fcit.usf.edu/matrix/matrix.php Zondle http://www.zondle.com/publicPages/welcome.aspx Books Should Be Free Free audio book in mp3, iPod and iTunes. http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/ Web Spotlight: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/opinion/01ravitch.html TEDEd Calling for Submissions: Are you ready for TED? http://www.angelamaiers.com/2011/05/are-you-ready-for-ted-teded-calling-for-submissions.html Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: National Conference: Thursday, November 08, 2011 —Saturday, November 10, 2011 Louisville, Kentucky. Promotional Materials: Crossword Puzzle! (Maryland Conference) Other News: ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education. The ISTE Special Interest Group: Virtual Environments is holding meetings on Mondays from 4:00 - 6:00 pm (SLT) on ISTE Island. Ohio Middle Level Association: The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference February 17 - 18, 2011 at The Easton in Columbus, OH. OMLA Registration Form OMLA Presentation Proposal Form Michigan Association of Middle School Educators The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 2012 in Warren Woods, MI. MAMSE Exhibitor Form MAMSE Registration Form MAMSE Presentation Form MAMSE Conference Program Book (2011) The National Substitute Teacher Association’s Annual Conference July 22-24. The North Carolina Middle School Association’s Annual Conference March 13-15, 2011 Conference Brochure Presenter’s Application Who They Are . . . This year’s sessions . . . Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar. Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: Archived content is available. Second Life: Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details. Check frequently this week as the ISTE Annual Convention is this week. Video: Educational Uses of Second Life

MSM-167 Fairly Infinite

May 29, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Why was the cat afraid of the tree? Because of the tree bark. Guy: Haven’t I seen you someplace before? Girl: Yes, that’s why I don’t go there anymore. An Antartian ordered a pizza and the clerk asked if he should cut it in six or twelve pieces. The Antartian replies, "Six, please. I could never eat twelve pieces." Five doctors went to on a duck hunt: a GP, a pediatrician, a psychiatrist, a surgeon, and a pathologist. After a while a bird came winging overhead, the GP raised his shogun but didn’t shoot because he wasn’t sure if it was a duck or not. The pediatrician also raised his gun, but then he wasn’t sure if it was a male or female duck, so he didn’t shoot. The psychiatrist raised his gun and then thought, I know that’s a duck, but does the duck know it’s a duck?” The surgeon was the only one who shot. Boom!! He blew it away. Then he turned to the pathologist and said, “Go see if that was a duck.” Q. Why was the strawberry so sad? A. His parent’s were in a jam. On Our Mind: The nuttiness of the end of the year. Eileen Award Carol Brown. Thanks for the thoughts. Advisory: Turn o Phrase You can do a three before you sign in. This would be enough to show the students how it works. They could then create their own. http://turn-o-phrase.appspot.com/ Sixty Second Lectures Lectures in 60 seconds. (Warning: links to YouTube for videos). http://www.sas.upenn.edu/home/news/sixtysec_lectures_archive.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) You were both talking about measurement during the last podcast and then starting talking about units (thanks for the Bydlowski Unit). I got to thinking about measurement in middle school science and its connection to the math curriculum. In Michigan, we stop teaching measurement in grade 6 and it all becomes application. I think it is a good idea for middle school teachers to check out the math curriculum on measurement so that they have a solid understanding of the knowledge that students have, coming into their classrooms. Often, science teachers will say that their students can't measure, but math teachers know they have been teaching a lot about measurement. From the Twitterverse: News: Make My School a Prison http://bigthink.com/ideas/38573?lolamericanpriorities Film Depicts Hardships, Dedication of the 'American Teacher' http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2011/05/the_struggles_of_the_american_teacher.html?cmp=ENL-TU-NEWS1 Strategy of the Week: Put the Directions to the Side, Make the Learning Central http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/05/put-directions-to-side-make-learning.html Resources: Flocabulary We provide a free song from each of our titles in Vocabulary, Literature, Social Studies, Math and Science. You can find these samples by clicking on the subject heading above. We've produced videos for some of these songs. We've also created a handful of free songs and videos that don't correspond to any particular album. http://www.flocabulary.com/teacher_free_songs_videos.html Tildee Quick and easy way to create step by step directions. Allows for editing. Email address is needed to edit and create accounts. Directions can include Google Maps, Videos, and Images (and text, of course). http://www.tildee.com/ Teach Handwriting http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/strategy/strategy057.shtml Web Spotlight: Computer Desktop Clutter Reveals Your Personality http://www.21stcenturyfluency.com/blogpost.cfm?blogID=1931 Myth of Bell to Bell teaching http://ascd.typepad.com/blog/2011/04/bell-to-bell-instruction-vs-golden-rule-of-15-minutes.html Events & Happenings:

MSM-166 Tons of Advisory Ideas-Measurement and more

May 15, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: A man was checking into a hotel when he saw a golden retriever sitting on a rug near the hotel elevator. Talking to the man behind the desk, he asked, "Does your dog bite?" The attendant said, "No, he doesn't." But as the man let his hand down to pat the dog, it bit his hand and held on so tightly that the man had to throw him across the room. Returning to the desk, the man said, "I thought you said that your dog didn't bite." He directed the attendant's attention to the dog, who now had returned to the rug. The attendant simply answered, "My friend that is NOT my dog." TEACHER: Desmond, your composition on "My Dog" is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his? DESMOND: No, teacher, it's the same dog! Q: What do you call a woman that knows where her husband is 24/7? A: A WIDOW!!!!! Eileen Award Tami Readinger, Thanks for the Twitter Follow! Advisory: Create a Unit of Measurement: “We recently discussed a few unusual units of measurement, including the Wheaton (500,000 Twitter followers) and the milliHelen (the quantity of beauty required to launch a single ship). On the chalkboard of made-up measurements, there’s still plenty of room. So let’s invent some new ones! Your fake units can measure anything: height, weight, time, the amount of energy required to do something, whatever. We’ll award a copy of Split Decision to the person who coins our favorite new unit, and we’ll have other prizes for three runners-up. We’ll also start casually using your term in conversation. This might take off.” http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/87272 Kinestic Challenge You don't have to be at a desk but you must be sitting. While sitting at your desk make clockwise circles with your right foot. While doing this, draw the number " 6 " in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction. Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) NASA Explorer School Program, since Shawn was asking about it on the last show. NASA has changed the way they do these NES Schools, so it is much easier to participate. Check it out at: explorerschools.nasa.gov From the Twitterverse: News: Textbook Pilot http://www.nature.com/nature_education/biology.html Strategy of the Week: Addressing Bullying http://www.commonsensemedia.org/sample-lesson Tips for Using Project Based Learning to Teach Math Standards http://www.edutopia.org/blog/project-based-learning-math-standards Resources: National Jukebox http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/ Anne Frank Virtual Tour http://www.annefrank.org/en/Subsites/Home/Enter-the-3D-house/#/house/21/ Good Reads Makes Good Readers http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/05/goodreads-makes-great-readers.html https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1qEV4Ht-aKZuYM8NF_bSLpKfSzMD41lPaLR6rLnHRAbg Yong Zhao Learning Famed Educational Expositor has a website with links to videos of his presentations on various educational topics. http://zhaolearning.com/ Web Spotlight: Book Writing http://www.fluency21.com/blogpost.cfm?blogID=1898 Across More Classes, Videos Make the Grade Film students aren't the only ones producing videos for homework these days. http://chronicle.com/article/Across-More-Classes-Videos/127422 20 Questions That Will Make You a Better Person Excellent students of life take the time to answer good questions. Sit down with a piece of paper and play twenty questions with yourself. http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/2011/05/20-questions-that-will-make-you-better.html Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-165 Skype is our friend-Peter is Math-Econ Raps

May 8, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: A married couple, both avid golfers, was discussing the future one night. "Honey", the wife said, "if I were to die and you were to remarry, would you two live in this house?" "I suppose so - it's paid for." "How about our car? Continued the woman. "Would the two of you keep that? "I suppose so - it's paid for." "What about my golf clubs? Would you let her use them too? "Heck, no," the husband blurted out. "She is left-handed." A French man nearly got away with stealing a number of paintings from the Louvre. However, after planning the robbery and getting in and out and past security, he was captured only three blocks away when his Econoline ran out of gas. When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied, “I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh.” This guy goes up to a bar located at the top of the Empire State Building in New York. It looks like a nice place, and he takes a seat at the bar. On Our Mind: Happy Birthday to Ron King! Eileen Award Camilla from Australia Peter Price the Math Guy: http://www.classroomprofessor.com Advisory: How much of an eight hour day does a person work, on average, to pay for taxes? http://www.taxfoundation.org/publications/show/27256.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) NASA eClips. You can view them at: http://nasa.gov/eclips. It is a great video resource for middle school teachers and students. From the Twitterverse: Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST. News: Many high school seniors may be old enough to vote, but just one-quarter of them demonstrate at least a “proficient” level of civics knowledge and skills, based on the latest results from a prominent national exam. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/05/04/30naep.h30.html?tkn=RMPFOV3rVoDO%2FJcoQfhRKdSuqL0NUqmg9zNN&cmp=clp-sb-ascd District Administration http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/pmg/da0511/#/0 Strategy of the Week: Using teaching as inquiry to guide an eLearning action plan http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/04/using-teaching-as-inquiry-to-guide.html Resources: Wifiiti: http://wiffiti.com/ Wiffiti publishes real time messages to screens in thousands of locations from jumbotrons to jukeboxes, bars to bowling alleys and cafes to colleges. Use it for brainstorming Put test questions up there for review … Visibile Vote: http://www.visiblevote.us Shadow a Congressman or Senator. Take a position on an issue or take theirs. Connect with legislators. Need the latest info on the legislator from your district? VisibileVote! Econ Stories Hayek vs Keynes in an economic showdown. http://econstories.tv/ Say It Visually Check out their portfolio. http://www.sayitvisually.com/portfolio Web 2.0 Tools for Math Educators http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/tools_technologies/web_2_0_tools_math_educators Web Spotlight: 20 Technology Skills that Every Educator Should Have 21 Things for Administrators. Have Schools Reached Their Limits? Have we reached the limits of our traditional school system’s capacity to deal with the diversity of learners that come into our schools today? http://weblogg-ed.com/2011/have-schools-reached-their-limits/ Events & Happenings:

MSM-164 Michigan Reform Cursive and Comedians

May 2, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: TEACHER: What is the chemical formula for water? SARAH: "HIJKLMNO"! TEACHER: What are you talking about? SARAH: Yesterday you said its H to O! Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "why is the bride dressed in white?" "Because white is the color of happiness," her mother explained. "And today is the happiest day in her life." The child thought about this for a moment. "So why is the groom wearing black?" Confucius say: Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient. Two guys were riding in a car, arguing about how to say the name of the city that they were in. One said "Louieville" and the other "Louiseville." They went on arguing and arguing, until they came upon a fast-food restaurant. The one guy goes inside and says to the waitress, "Tell me the name of the place where I am right now really, really, really slowly." The waitress goes, "Bur-ger-King." On Our Mind: Gov. Snyder announces Michigan School Reform New certification level: Master Teacher New certification steps: Provisional - 5 years Pre-Professional - 3 years Master Teacher - National Certification or State Level Observations “Degrees Matter”: Anybody with a degree can teach in their area. (Except education degrees . . .) What does this do to “Highly Qualified”? Seniority: If your principal eliminates your position, the other buildings don’t have to let you bump into a position there. Advisory: Who Am I? http://americanhistory.si.edu/militaryhistory/resources/whoami/whoami.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Science Scope, the National Science Teachers Association's middle school science journal. It comes with membership in NSTA. From the Twitterverse: News: Delicious has a new owner: Yahoo! is excited to announce that Delicious has been acquired by the founders of YouTube, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. As creators of the largest online video platform, Hurley and Chen have firsthand expertise enabling millions of consumers to share their experiences with the world. Delicious will become part of their new Internet company, AVOS. To continue using Delicious, you must agree to let Yahoo! transfer your bookmarks to AVOS. After a transition period and after your bookmarks are transferred, you will be subject to the AVOS terms of service and privacy policy. What Educators Can Learn From Comedians: Talking Education: A Virtual Workshop for Innovations By Andrew Marcinek http://www.edutopia.org/blog/sharing-innovation-workshop-andrew-marcinek The Case for Cursive For centuries, cursive handwriting has been an art. To a growing number of young people, it is a mystery. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/us/28cursive.html?_r=1 Strategy of the Week: Using ‘Answer Cards’ to Identify Struggling Students Each student has at his desk a set of index cards. You will have distributed these at the beginning of class. Written on each card is a single response, such as A, B, C, D or YES or NO. You may want to add TRUE and FALSE or any others that you need. http://adhdsolution.com/using-answer-cards-to-identify-struggling-students/ Resources: OpenSource.com We want to shine a light on the places where the open source way is multiplying ideas and effort, even beyond technology. We believe that opensource.com will be a gathering place for many of the open source stories we'd like to share--through articles, audio, web presentations, video, or open discussion. http://opensource.com/education BEAUTIFUL WEB-BASED TIMELINE SOFTWARE Timelines can be Flash or Javascript. http://www.tiki-toki.com/ Web Spotlight: Need Children Read "Proficiently" by Grade 3 to Be Sure to Graduate From High School? Some Possible Misinterpretations of Hernandez by Stephen Krashen http://susanohanian.org/show_research.php?id=412 Much Ado About Nothing http://weeklyreader.com/ado Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-163 We'll start at 1

Apr 27, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Why do seagulls fly over the sea? Because if they flew over the bay, they'd be baygulls (bagels, get it?). At a Catholic school, there was a "meet the teacher" open house for the 2nd graders. After the meeting, a Nun announced that there would be a small reception afterwards in the cafeteria. All the children and parents filed in, and saw on a table a plate of apples, a plate of cookies, and some water bottles and juice. As the children went through the line, one boy saw that there was a sign on the plate of apples that said, "Take only one. God is watching." So, the boy took an apple and moved on to the cookies. He helped himself, and then took a small piece of paper, and wrote: "Take all you want”. God is watching the apples." Q: What did the green grape say to the purple grape? A: "BREATHE YOU IDIOT, BREATHE!" On Our Mind: What do you mean by learning? http://weblogg-ed.com/2011/and-what-do-you-mean-by-learning/ Eileen Award Erin. Thanks for the link. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/18/a-better-way-to-teach-math/ Advisory: Taxes: Where do taxes go? http://datavizchallenge.org/viz/56 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Foresenics: CSI for Middle School students. forensics.rice.edu From the Twitterverse: News: A Trial Run for School Standards That Encourage Deeper Thought The Common Core Standards: http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards Can a 9-Hour School Day Prevent Students from Dropping Out? http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/04/can-a-9-hour-school-day-prevent-students-from-dropping-out/ Peter Thiel: We’re in a Bubble and It’s Not the Internet—It’s Higher Education http://www.21stcenturyfluency.com/blogpost.cfm?blogID=1860 IPS is meeting the challenge of teaching kids who don't speak English Within five to seven years, they become "academically literate" -- not just able to get by linguistically but also able to navigate the language in more complicated school subjects. http://www.indystar.com/article/20110417/NEWS1003/104170395/IPS-meeting-challenge-teaching-kids-who-don-t-speak-English?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|IndyStar.com Pay Teachers for Performance? By Bill Schechter http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/performance-pay-at-schools-obama-duncan-picked-for-their-children/2011/04/12/AFNBuPTD_blog.html Resources: Free Documentaries Site. Please preview first. You might be best using this for find videos and downloading rather than watching “live”. Many of the videos are hosted through YouTube. However, this can help with discovery. http://www.freedocumentary.tv/ CinchCast Cinch is a free and easy way to create and share audio, text and photo updates using your phone or computer. Cinch enables you to capture and report on your experiences in a way that simple text just can't do. Using a simple interface, you can make and broadcast your content creations through Facebook, Twitter, CinchCast.com and more. Getting started is easy. Step 1: Login to Cinch Register for a Cinch account, or just login using your current Facebook or Twitter account, to begin creating content. Step 2: Record and share Create and share audio, text and photo updates all in one place using CinchCast.com, the Cinch iPhone App or by calling 1-646-200-0000. Step 3: Organize and save Organize and save all your favorite cinches in albums that people can easily follow. Step 4: Search, find and connect Find and follow your family, friends and colleagues, and albums on specific topics interest on CinchCast.com. Step 5: Invite your friends to join Can't find all the people you want to hear from? Invite them to join the conversation here. http://www.cinchcast.com/ Online Physics Simulations http://phet.colorado.edu/ Comic Book Maker http://www.digmo.co.uk/apps/teaching-with-comic-life-2-free-ebook/ Convofy Events & Happenings:

MSM-162 Yap Away

Apr 17, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie That's amore. When an eel bites your hand and that's not what you planned That's a moray. When our habits are strange and our customs deranged That's our mores. When your horse munches straw and the bales total four That's some more hay. When Othello's poor wife, she gets stabbed with a knife That's a Moor, eh? When a Japanese knight used a sword in a fight That's Sa...mur...ai. One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sweat-shirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, "What setting do I use on the washing machine?" "It depends," I replied. "What does it say on your shirt?" He yelled back, "University of Oklahoma." A man and his wife, now in their 60's, were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been so good that each one of them could have one wish. The wife wished for a trip around the world with her husband. Whoosh! Immediately she had airline/cruise tickets in her hands. The man wished for a female companion 30 years younger... Whoosh...immediately he turned ninety!!! Gotta love that fairy! On Our Mind: What have you gotten better at this year? What do you still need to figure out or work on? What’s keeping your kids from making big time gains (that are within our control)? http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2011/03/30/three-good-questions-for-teachers-to-ask-themselves-answer-them-here-if-you-feel-like-it/ Eileen Award Yvonne. Good luck with the interviews. Advisory: Create Claymation Public Service Announcements (Digmo) If at first you don’t succeed . . . Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) The World Traveler Dave is unavailable this week. We have hopes that he will return with his uber valuable contributions next week. From the Twitterverse: News: Federal Budget's Approval Sets Stage for Future Battles By Alyson Klein Education advocates are already bracing for protracted budget battles in the coming year, even as they sort the winners and losers in the bill approved by Congress on Thursday financing the U.S. Department of Education and the rest of the federal government through September. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/04/14/28fedbudget.html?tkn=VTVFVlNU5PF7n5xlYXH4CSTsWTmv5Wgw15mr&cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS1 Resources: Memidex Memidex is a free online dictionary and thesaurus with a simple interface, complete inflections, auto-suggest, adult-filtering, frequent updates, a browsable index, support for mobile devices, and millions of external reference links for definitions, audio, and etymology. http://www.memidex.com/ SuperMaths A variety of math games. http://www.supermathsworld.com/ YapTime http://yaptime.com/ Web Spotlight: NASA releases sky-mapping archive By Alicia Chang, Associated Press http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/space/2011-04-15-nasa-sky-mapping-spacecraft.htm Idioms 4 You Idioms, um, for you. http://www.idioms4you.com/index.html CAST http://cast.org UDL Guidelines http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines Events & Happenings:

MSM-161 Bad Jokes Abound History Updated Football

Apr 10, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: A teacher sees a lad entering the classroom – his hands were dirty. She stopped him and said, “John, please wash your hands. My goodness, what would you say if I came into the room with hands like that?” Smiling the boy replied, “I think I’d be too polite to mention it.” Two explorers, camped in the heart of the African jungle, were discussing their expedition. “I came here,” said one, “because the urge to travel was in my blood. City life bored me, and the smell of exhaust fumes on the highways made me sick. I wanted to see the sunrise over new horizons and hear the flutter of birds that never had been seen by man. I wanted to leave my footprints on sand unmarked before I came. In short, I wanted to see nature in the raw. What about you?” “I came,” the second man replied, “because my son was taking saxophone lessons.” So the bus driver said to the string, "Are you a string?" and the string said, "No, I'm afraid not". (A frayed knot). On Our Mind: NMSA Executive Director Search NMSA Elections: Vote Early, Vote Often Eileen Award Eileen! We heard from Eileen this week! The free hugs are on! Advisory: Overcoming Challenges: The true story of the Panyee Football Club. Video is 5 minutes and 15 seconds long- subtitles in English. *Notes (explain football (soccer), pitch (field), boots (shoes). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU4oA3kkAWU& Get Your Day off to a better Start http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110404151353.htm Daily Pictures Pictures from around the world. http://blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/04/images-of-daily-life-around-th.html Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) It is about the Middle School Chemistry Project which can be found at middleschoolscience.com. By the way, did it on the iPad again. First time I used three tracks. One for voice, one for guitar and one for stand up bass. Good show this week, as always. I enjoyed the interview with Doc Tatom. From the Twitterverse: **kelalford Web 2.0 Tools That Will Inspire via DEN Blog Network - Spring has Arrived!! Let’s talk about some Web 2.0 ... http://tinyurl.com/3e47zkq News: No Dentist Left Behind http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/no-dentist.html Cell Phones and Privacy Risks http://dearbornschools.org/dtube?v=949NN4oT8MmHj&Itemid=333 Resources: Google Bloomin’ Google Tools to support the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy http://kathyschrock.net/googleblooms/ https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Anw3Hl3DL4wfdG9WR3JQZjJXNFZFcE5pLWhrZEVNU1E&hl=en&authkey=CIf9_uoC# ‘ Civil War Timeline http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/10/29/opinion/20101029-civil-war.html Civil War 150 years later http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_national/civil-war-anniversary/index.html?SITE=AP Rolls Off the Tongue http://rollsoffthetongue.tumblr.com/ GeoGames http://reachtheworld.org/geogames/index.html Wicked Science Interactives http://www.wicked.org.nz/r/wick_ed/interactives/science.php Web Spotlight: Demographic Chart Book Provides a wide-ranging audience of persons interested in American history – including historians, other social scientists, teachers, and students – with graphics portraying the demographic history of the United States, as shown by the decennial census of population. http://www.demographicchartbook.com/Chartbook/ Story Boarding The more we podcast and have our students create video clips or other digital storytelling projects, the more we need to teach storyboarding as part of the process. Being able to pre-visualize how your story will unfold is becoming a vital skill to have for storytellers. http://langwitches.org/blog/2011/04/03/storyboarding-pre-writing-activity/ Events & Happenings:

MSM-160 iPad Research Interview

Apr 3, 2011 00:00:00

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Shawn & Troy talk about jokes, Museum Box, the Middle School Science Minute and more. On Our Mind: Museum Box Interview: Dr. Monte Tatom Advisory: Etch-A-Sketch http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-504784_162-10007223-4.html?tag=img News: When standardized test scores soared in D.C., were the gains real? On the 2009 reading test, for example, seventh-graders in one Noyes classroom averaged 12.7 wrong-to-right erasures per student on answer sheets; the average for seventh-graders in all D.C. schools on that test was less than 1. The odds are better for winning the Powerball grand prize than having that many erasures by chance, according to statisticians consulted by USA TODAY. http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2011-03-28-1Aschooltesting28_CV_N.htm Resources: Scumblr Online index cards on a corkboard. http://scrumblr.ca/ Zen.do Still in BETA, but an interesting concept. The site turns notes into Flashcards. From the site: Students are asked to learn an extraordinary amount of information in a short period of time. When it comes time to review, we have to sort through book and lecture notes to determine what really matters and review it effectively. As a result, we spend a lot of our study time figuring out what to learn and reviewing stuff we already know. Start by doing what you're doing. Yes, that's right. Take notes in class (on your laptop) as you do normally. Just one difference: Whenever you are writing down a concept, name, important date, etc. add a hyphen between a term and definition. Now you're ready to dramatically optimize your studying. Study you're notes as flashcards. Indicate what you know and how important it is to you and that's all there is to it. You learn. We optimize your time. http://zen.do/ Web Spotlight: Our educational system emphasizes spoonfeeding us knowledge rather than teaching us how to create knowledge http://www.minddump.org/our-educational-system-emphasizes-spoonfeedin NMSA News:

MSM-159 Stuff for your Classroom Skype Fail Midleveled

Mar 27, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: How did the Vikings send secret messages? By norse code! Why were the early days of history called the dark ages? Because there were so many knights! Teacher: Where is your homework? Pupil: I lost it fighting this kid who said you weren't the best teacher in the school When a teacher closes his eyes, why should it remind him of an empty classroom? Because there are no pupils to see! Teacher: How much is half of 8? Pupil: Up and down or across? Teacher: What do you mean? Pupil: Well, up and down makes a 3 or across the middle leaves a 0! Q. Your riding a horse at full speed, a giraffe is beside you, an elephant in front of you and a lion behind you! What do you do??? A. You get off of the carousel !!! Bill and Bob, two children, were sitting outside a clinic. Bill happened to be crying very loudly. "Why are you crying?" Bob asked. "I came here for a blood test," sobbed Bill. "So? Are you afraid?" "No. For the blood test, they cut my finger. As Bob heard this, he immediately began crying profusely. Astonished, Bill stopped his tears and asked Bob, "Why are you crying now?" To which Bob replied, "I came for a urine test!" On Our Mind: 21st Century School vs 20th Century Assessment MAMSE 2011 #edchat, #midleved Fridays at 8:00pm. Next week: iPads with Dr. Monte Tatom Eileen Award Eric from Chicago Advisory: Rock Paper Scissors On the computer. With thoughts why the computer picks... http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/science/rock-paper-scissors.html?hp Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) I just did my first podcast, completely recorded on the iPad, using GarageBand. It was a lot of fun. Just attached my SnowBall mic and played a few chords on the Smart Guitar and out came the podcast. The importance of Science... From the Twitterverse: News: 'Curriculum' Definition Raises Red Flags (Crvena Zastava) By Catherine Gewertz http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/03/23/26curriculum.h30.html?tkn=XQZF8Ew7XPeRb9TDOhxfZzkTiWf%2FZYw5ZU9f&cmp=clp-edweek What if? http://bigthink.com/ideas/31604 Resources: The Noun Project Simple Graphical Images. Could be used as story starters. http://www.thenounproject.com/ Thought Boxes Organize everything you do. Thoughtboxes is a simple tool that helps to organize your thoughts so you can make things happen. Keep track of almost anything, and share your thoughts with friends. http://thoughtbox.es/ PuzzleMaker http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/?CFID=10757332&CFTOKEN=39482384 EdiStorm http://www.edistorm.com/ Flubaroo http://www.flubaroo.com/ 66 Ways to Use Google Forms https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=0AclS3lrlFkCIZGhuMnZjdjVfNzc5Y25zc201Zzc&hl=en_GB&pli=1 Toasted Cheese Writing prompts. http://www.toasted-cheese.com/webcal/webcal.cgi Web Spotlight: The Civil War: PBS first episode available for free. http://www.macnews.com/2011/03/23/psb-stream-civil-war-ios-devices Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News:

MSM-158 MAMSE DropBox Latin and Facebook

Mar 20, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: A man wrote a letter to the IRS: “I have been unable to sleep knowing that I have cheated on my income tax. I understated my taxable income and have enclosed a check for $200.00. If I still can’t sleep, I will send the rest.” THE CAT: One day, a cat dies of natural causes and goes to heaven, where he meets the Lord Himself. The Lord says to the cat, "You lived a good life, and if there is any way I can make your stay in heaven more comfortable, please let me know." The cat thinks for a moment and says, "Lord, all my life I have lived with a poor family and had to sleep on a hard wooden floor." The Lord stops the cat and says, "Say no more," and a wonderful, fluffy pillow appears. A few days later, six mice are killed in a tragic farming accident, and all of them go to heaven. Again, the Lord is there to greet them with the same offer. The mice answer, "All our lives we have been chased. We have had to run from cats, dogs, and even women with brooms. Running, running, running; we're tired of running. Do you think we could have roller skates so that we don't have to run anymore?" The Lord says, "Say no more" and fits each mouse with beautiful new roller skates. Week later, the Lord stops by to see the cat and finds him snoozing on the pillow. The Lord gently wakes the cat and asks him, "How are things since you got here?" The cat stretches and yawns, then replies, "It is wonderful here. Better than I could have ever expected. And those 'Meals On Wheels' you've been sending by are the best!" On Our Mind: MAMSE Troy gets an Award and a Surprise! Competition with MACUL Great folks at Coopersville Middle School Congrats on being recognized as a National Schools to Watch school. Eileen Award Robert Jackson From our Listeners: Advisory: Latin motto generator: My younger students had great fun with this when designing Medieval Shields - http://bit.ly/h44Be Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) April EarthKAM project for MS students utilizing the International Space Station. Pretty cool :) From the Twitterverse: News: Feds requiring principals to monitor students’ Facebook and other social media during lunch times and after school. http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/16/fed-instructs-teachers-to-facebook-creep-students/ “Education Department officials are threatening school principals with lawsuits if they fail to monitor and curb students’ lunchtime chat and evening Facebook time for expressing ideas and words that are deemed by Washington special-interest groups to be harassment of some students.” School of One “The School of One is based on the premise that, in a regular school, … there are basically three or four math classes that are going on in any given period,” explains Christopher Rush, the program’s co-founder and chief product officer, who is in charge of the project’s analytics. “So why don’t we take all the kids from those math classes, and all of the teachers from those math classes, and try to use those resources more strategically?” http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/03/17/25schoolofone.h30.html Resources: TimeToast Easy to create timelines. Free http://www.timetoast.com/ Urli.st Create and share a list of links. http://urli.st/ Web Spotlight: Adults with college degrees. http://chronicle.com/article/Adults-With-College-Degrees-in/125995 Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: Other News:

MSM-157 Call Nuts Failures Tools and More

Mar 13, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Bus Tour The Elevator On Our Mind: Google Phone: A Call from Dr. Tatom Eileen Award To Robert in Ukraine From our Listeners: Hey guys, I saw on this week’s podcast notes that someone was talking about screenjelly. I love using screen casts to communicate with staff and parents, so I am always on the look out for the next best thing. However, if your school is like mine, then the firewall might prevent using screentoaster or screenjelly. I did, however, find a great java based site called screencast-o-matic. http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ It works well even through the firewalls. Robert in Ukraine Advisory: Share childhood differences: Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science From the Twitterverse: News: Pay Initiative does NOT Lead to Increased Student Performance: ISTE Voting is now open http://iste-listserver.iste.org/t/446353/2089440/2518/0/ 82% of schools could soon be labeled as “Failing” Resources: Diagramly Easy to use web based diagraming. Just drag the element (shape, text, image, etc) into the working area. Click on the triangle on an image to add text. Clicking save will allow you to download the image in a number of formats (the default is .xml, but you can also use .jpg or more). http://www.diagram.ly/ Museum Box Welcome to Museum Box, This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others. http://museumbox.e2bn.org/index.php Molecular Workbench The Molecular Workbench™ (MW) is a free, open-source tool that creates and delivers visual, interactive simulations for teaching and learning science and engineering. http://mw.concord.org/modeler/index.html Corkboard ME Welcome to your own personal cork board. You've been given a special link -- bookmark this page. Click to write a note, click-and-hold to move around. Paste an image link and see what happens? Enjoy! http://corkboard.me/ Pilot Handwriting Interesting way to create a font of your handwriting. However, you send email through them. http://pilothandwriting.com/en/ Comic Strip Generator Use to use and flexible. The tutorial gives a good overview and tips. http://stripgenerator.com/strip/create/ Tutorial: http://stripgenerator.com/video/show/1/ (5 minute, 36 seconds) Web Spotlight: Code for America TED Talk - Khan Academy http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html Tech Opportunity Glogster is looking for “ambassadors”. You get additional resources and a full Glogster account in exchange for your time and use of the Glogster accounts. http://edu.glogster.com/ambassadors/#newAmbassadorEmail

MSM-156 Tons of Advisory Ideas Bullying PD

Mar 6, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Rules of Life: From our Listeners: This is Eric in Chicago, I haven't commented in awhile but I still listen faithfully to the podcast and seems to find equal parts enjoyment and information. So thanks for keeping it going. On another note. I was thinking about attending the Michigan Middle school conference. I am 50/50 right now. It would be a nice time away learning and hanging with others who do this...so close the deal and talk me into it. :) Is it worth the drive from Chicago? What will I get from it? Talk with you soon. Peace. eric Eileen Award Karen Richmond (via iTunes). Advisory: The AIR Car, Common Good Forecaster, Read Across America, Internet “Privacy” , Middle School Science Minute - plus a bonus to make up for last week. From the Twitterverse: Resources: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes This is a great pdf document that spotlights bullying of special needs students. Parents should familiarize themselves with the different forms of bullying that a child with special needs may experience: MANIPULATIVE BULLYING: This form of bullying occurs when a child with special needs is actually being coerced and controlled by another student. CONDITIONAL FrIENDShIP: This form of bullying occurs when a child thinks that someone is being their friend, but the times of “friendship” are alternated with times of bullying. ExPLOITATIVE BULLYING: This form of bullying occurs when the features of the child’s condition are used to bully them either by other classmates or via technology and social media networks. http://www.abilitypath.org/areas-of-development/learning--schools/bullying/articles/walk-a-mile-in-their-shoes.pdf The Generation Project Web Spotlight: Diigo Group Diigo Group for Middle School Matters: http://groups.diigo.com/group/middle-school-matters Google Cloud Connect Flipbook Create an electronic flip book as a unit project. http://www.benettonplay.com/toys/flipbookdeluxe/ , Free On-line Professional Development, BIL Conference, Pecha Kucha, Book Club, TED Education, SocioClean, Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-155 Rice Rice Baby

Feb 20, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes You Can Use: Definitions: BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye. CANNIBAL: Someone who is fed up with people. CHICKENS: The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead. COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours. DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out. EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation. GOSSIP: Never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage. KLEENEX: Cold Storage. INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper. MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better. RAISIN: Grape with a sunburn. SECRET: Something you tell to one person at a time. SKELETON: A bunch of bones with the person scraped off. TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction. TOMORROW: One of the greatest labor saving devices of today. YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed. WRINKLES: Something other people have. You have character lines. On Our Mind: Embracing the Wide Sky Daniel Tammet in audiobook format From our Listeners: No Eileen Award today Advisory: Free Rice * Click on the right answer in the middle of this page. * If you get it right, you get a harder question. If you get it wrong, you get an easier question. * For each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance. http://freerice.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Bonus Day: * Science Songs * Plate Tectonics From the Twitterverse: News: Studies Find Language Is Key to Learning Math Wisconsin Prepping for Kindergarten Test Resources: Find out who is linked to your (or your school’s) web site: 1. Go to AltaVisa 2. Type in link:webaddressIwanttoknowlinks.com (um, after link: type the address of your web site or your school’s web site). 3. Change “Show Links” button to Except this domain - this will exclude your own posts. EmbedPlus as an educational tool for videos Our core features could help teachers focus students on relevant parts of existing videos and allow them to add extended material. http://www.embedplus.com/ Free Stuff from 3D Vinci Sketch-Up tutorials http://www.3dvinci.net/ccp0-display/freestuff.html Math Practice - Make 5 Practice using Addition/Subtraction/Multiplication. Students answer questions to get 5 in a row. http://www.fi.uu.nl/toepassingen/00091/toepassing_wisweb.en.html TutPup Welcome to Tutpup, where you can compete in fun, educational games against other kids from all over the World! Our aim is to provide simple, fun, competitive games that help children learn and gain confidence with Maths, English and other key skills and knowledge. http://tutpup.com/ Web Spotlight: TED Conversations A new platform for sharing ideas. 3 ways to engage: * Ideas * Questions * Debates Useful to find ideas for discussions. http://www.ted.com/conversations Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: Other News:

MSM-154 Throwing Cadbury Eggs

Feb 13, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes Languages A mother mouse and her three children crept out of their hole into the kitchen and began feasting on some delicious bits of food. Suddenly, out of the corner of her eye, Mother Mouse saw a cat slinking toward them. The cat was between the mice and their hole. The mother muse puffed up her lungs and went, "Woof! Woof!" The cat turned tail and ran. With that, the mother quickly led her children back to safety in their hole. When they were settle and breathing normally, Mother Mouse said to her children. "Now, what's the lesson from that experience?" "We don't know," the baby mice squeaked. "It is this," said Mother Mouse. "It's always good to know a second language." On Our Mind: Snow Days - Part 2 http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/regional/s_721287.html From our Listeners: The Eileen Award: It’s a great hands-on project being sponsored by the International Year of Chemistry for all elementary school and high school students, and according to the IYC there is little to no cost to perform the experiments. They are trying to make it a World Record for largest chemistry experiment ever! I found more information about the experiment itself at http://www.iupac.org/publications/ci/2010/3205/3_wright.html . From my understanding teachers just go to the website and sign up if they want to participate, and they can get lesson plans/walkthroughs right there. -Alan Advisory: Jeopardy Archive Just place your mouse over the dollar value for the question to reveal the “answer”. Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Check out Dave’s Science Explosion Channel on YouTube. From the Twitterverse: News: Schools Tackle Legal Twists and Turns of Cyberbullying High-profile incidents put legal, policy issues in the spotlight but lack of clarity remains By Michelle R. Davis Resources: DrawIsland Easy to use on-line drawing program. Nothing to download. You can download images once done. http://drawisland.com/ Science Animation Gallery http://ilearntechnology.com/?p=3637 http://www.sumanasinc.com/webcontent/animation.html Filibustery Welcome to Filibustery, a website devoted to making the filibuster — and the proposals in the U.S. Senate to reform it — more understandable. http://filibustery.com/ Reading Concepts 3 resources on teaching reading available to download.: * How to Generate Interest So Reading Comprehension Improves * Four-Ply Vocabulary Plan * LINKING THE LANGUAGE-A Cross-Disciplinary Vocabulary Approach http://www.cdl.org/resource-library/library_browse.php?type=author&id=75 Planet Foss Share pictures of science. http://www.fossweb.com/planetfoss/index.html TopicMarks Summary any text http://topicmarks.com/ SPENT If you were unemployed, what would you do? http://playspent.org/ Web Spotlight: Interdisciplinary Lessons in a Time of Testing By Anthony Colucci http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2011/02/09/tln_interdis.html?tkn=MMCCEsbljhQJM1zKm5tfb2BhoBNuDlL9x4+s&cmp=clp-sb-ascd SciTable Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: * National Conference: Thursday, November 08, 2011 —Saturday, November 10, 2011 Louisville, Kentucky. o Promotional Materials: + Crossword Puzzle! (Maryland Conference) Other News:

MSM-153 Snow Day

Feb 3, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes: Students The science graduate asks, "Why does it work?" The engineering graduate asks, "How does it work?" The accounting graduate asks, "How much does it cost?" The liberal arts graduate asks, "Would you like fries with that?" Jail Time A woman was arrested for shop lifting. When she went before the judge he asked her, "What did you steal?" She replied: "A can of peaches." The judge asked her why she had stolen them and she replied that she was hungry. The judge then asked her how many peaches were in the can. She replied 5. The judge then said, "I will give you 5 days in jail." Before the judge could actually pronounce the punishment, the woman's husband spoke up and asked the judge if he could say something. The judge said, "What is it?" The husband said, "She also stole a can of peas." Letters A man who was just married was flying to the Florida Keys for a business trip. His new bride was to accompany him the next day. When he got there he E-mailed his wife to let her know he made it there safely. When he sent the E-mail, he mistyped the address. In Boston, a grieving widow, whose husband has recently passed away, receives the E-mail. She reads it, screams, and faints. Hearing her grandmothers cry, the widow's 18-year-old granddaughter runs into the living room to see the computer on with a message. It reads: Dear love, Just got here. Preparing for your arrival tomorrow. Can't wait to see you. Love, Me P.S. Sure is hot down here. On Our Mind: Snow Days!!! From our Listeners: iTunes listener Eileen: Thanks for the iTunes comments and rating! We’re glad we’re part of your ride to school every day. Advisory: Half an idea: Belly Button Bacteria. Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) From the Twitterverse: Resources: QuickLyst: http://www.quicklyst.com/ Brain Teasers, Riddles, Trivia, Brain Exercises, Games, Forums and more... With over 20,000 brain teasers, riddles, logic problems, quizzes and mind puzzles submitted and ranked by users like you, Braingle has the largest collection anywhere on the internet. Our large array of unique online multiplayer games will keep you entertained for hours, and if you want to improve your brain, check out the Mentalrobics section. If you crave a brain teaser, mind puzzle, riddle or game, we are the place to get it. Increase your creativity, boost learning and become a better person at Braingle. Get ready to have your brain tangled! http://www.braingle.com/ Web Spotlight: Project Based Learning: Welcome to PBL-Online, a one stop solution for Project Based Learning! You'll find all the resources you need to design and manage high quality projects for middle and high school students. http://pbl-online.org/ The Buck Institute for Education The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is dedicated to improving 21st Century teaching and learning throughout the world by creating and disseminating products, practices and knowledge for effective Project Based Learning. http://www.bie.org/index.php/site/PBL/overview_pbl/ 20 Technology Skills that Every Educator Should Have By Laura Turner http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/tools_technologies/20_technology_skills_every_educator_should_have Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-152 Knock Knock

Jan 30, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes: Knock, Knock! Who's there? Honey bee. Honey bee who? Honey bee a dear and get me a soda. Knock, Knock! Who's there? Hatch. Hatch who? Bless you and please cover your mouth next time. On Our Mind: PLAN and Explore! Tests: Elimination of Social Studies Tests to pay for Explore! and PLAN tests. From our Listeners: Here's the workflow: * I use Audio HiJack Pro to record our conversation (normally over Skype, but sometimes iChat) * I then move the audio files into GarageBand for Post Production (yeah, I actually do some post production). * I export the mp3 file from GarageBand. * I upload the show to our web site via Fetch (ftp program). * I copy the show notes from Google Docs into a blog post (wordpress blog). * I add the link to the end of the blog post using a Podcast plugin * I then add the link into Podcast Maker (this writes the xml file that I use). * I then use TextWrangler to open the xml file from the server at middleschoolmatters to update that file with the new information from Podcast Maker. (Had I not done some customizing early on, I could skip this step and just use Podcast Maker to upload the xml file). Thus, the short of it is this: I use GarageBand, then create an xml file for the web site. Advisory: Music Lovers: http://www.studiomultitracks.com/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Lab Safety Training Videos http://labsafety.flinnsci.com NIH Findings Magazine http://publications.nigms.nih.gov/findings From the Twitterverse: News: Study on Testing http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2011/01/27/boy-there-are-so-many-problems-with-this-times-article-or-the-study-its-about-or-both/ Common Core Resource http://commoncore.pearsoned.com/ Commentary Collection: The Future of Teaching This collection of Commentaries explores the future course of the teaching profession. http://www.edweek.org/ew/collections/commentaries-the-future-of-teaching/index.html Parent Taken to Court for Falsifying Residency http://www.ohio.com/news/break_news/114658564.html http://www.ohio.com/news/113828954.html Resources: Library Apps for iPhone/iPad http://mashable.com/2011/01/27/art-gallery-apps-iphone/#view_as_one_page-gallery_box707 Google Apps for Education The education technology space has seen an explosion of new offerings in the past few years. What has been missing is a centralized platform for schools and universities to easily evaluate and utilize web apps. Today we are excited to launch an education category in the Google Apps Marketplace designed specifically to help schools and universities easily discover and deploy new web applications that integrate with their existing Google Apps accounts. The new education category includes over 20 applications from 19 vendors ranging from learning management systems (LMS) to student tools and teaching aids – all of which integrate with Google Apps for Education. Each app can be accessed through single sign-on and the Google universal navigation bar and many offer deeper integrations that synchronize with Google Calendar and Documents. This new education category will make it easier for schools to have more web apps at their fingertips, including popular existing apps such as Aviary, Grockit, and LearnBoost as well as the new apps launching today. http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2011/01/google-apps-just-got-smarter.html Names http://www.whatalovelyname.com/ Easel iPad App http://www.easellearning.com/ Web Spotlight: Challenge.gov Challenge.gov is a place where the public and government can solve problems together. http://challenge.gov/ TED Talks http://kalinago.blogspot.com/2011/01/speaking-tips-for-teaching-english-with.html Murphy’s Teaching Law http://www.murphys-laws.com/murphy/murphy-teaching.html A Class Divided http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/divided/ Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: Other News:

MSM-151 Praecaveo Probo Magister

Jan 23, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes: Pets While eating in an expensive restaurant, a patron overhead the gentleman at the next table ask the waitress to pack the leftovers for their dog. It was then that his young son exclaimed loudly, "Whoopee! We're going to get a dog." Signatures A preacher was standing at the pulpit giving his Sunday sermon when a note was passed to him. The only word written on the sheet was IDIOT. Looking up at the congregation, the preacher smiled and said: I have heard of men who write letters and forget to sign their names but this is the first time I will see a man sign his name and forget to write the letters. On Our Mind: Feedback from our Listeners. From our Listeners: Shawn & Troy This is a LONG OVERDUE note of appreciation for the fabulous job you do with your MSM podcast. I've been subscribed to it via iTunes since you started and wouldn't miss it. Congratulations to you both on 150 shows, wow that's a real achievement! I've listened to you getting better and better over the years until now you are very professional. The jokes are a fun touch. My limit is knock knock jokes. Why do I like your podcast so much? 1. It's a conversation between yourselves and us the listeners 2. It guides me to news items and sites I wouldn't otherwise get to but not only that, you explain their value and where they can be useful. 3. You have an opinion and are prepared to express it. 4. You discuss the professional literature, highlight reports and books you've read. This I really like. I'm presently ordering Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson 5. The feedback from Twitter is good. (I've found you and now follow you myself) 6. Love the app recommendations. 7. You finish up every podcast with all your contact details. So why did I take so long to get around to this email ............. that's why I'm ordering Rework! All the best from the land of fire and floods -- Australia. Hopefully the plague that has hit Texas in funding cuts this week will not come to you. Thank you again Camilla Advisory: Graphics programs aren’t simply for just editing your photos—they can have whatever fun application you can think of. For a fun, geeky project, here’s a simple papercraft toy you can make with a printer and simple household tools. http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/40021/htg-projects-how-to-create-your-own-custom-papercraft-toy/ Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Clouds!!! From the Twitterverse: News: Success of College-Readiness Intervention Hard to Gauge Predictions for 2011 1. Textbooks are dead! For real this time! 2. Assessment will be comprehensive and constant! 3. 1:1 becomes BYOT! 4. Facebook will be encouraged! 5. Students will surf away (kind of)! 6. The end of testing is nigh! 7. Students forced to use phones in class! 8. Content will be free for all, all the time! 9. Students will learn outside of school! 10. All data become compatible—globally! http://techlearning.com/article/35406 Resources: Reform Symposium http://reformsymposium.com/ http://reformsymposium.com/july-2010-podcasts/ Web Spotlight: Doodle for Google: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/ Qwiki www.qwiki.com Events & Happenings:

MSM-150 Its Because of You

Jan 17, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes: Swimming An urgent call was put in for a plumber at noon but he didn't arrive until 5 hours later. "How is it?" he asked entering the house. "Not so bad," replied the home owner. "While we were waiting for you to arrive, I taught my wife how to swim." Spots "Doctor!" complained the patient, "I keep seeing spots before my eyes." The doctor scratched his head. "Why have you come to me? Have you seen an ophthalmologist?" "No," replied the patient, "just spots." On Our Mind: Robert Nay: Bubble Ball is the most popular free download for the Apple App Store. If he would have charged for it, he would have made 2 million dollars from it. He’s 14. From our Listeners: Happy new year my friends I'm not sure which of you are still active substitutes but i do hope all of you will do me the kindness of forwarding this to as many people and organizations who substitute or work with substitute teachers as you can. A Seattle venue is relatively close for California and "right next door" for Oregon. The Northwest is a nice location for a conference/vacation combination for anyone! Link to Flyer: http://www.nstasubs.org/2011Conference/Call%20to%20Conference%202011-%20Final.pdf Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Girls and Science http://www.braincake.org/ http://stemstories.org/ From the Twitterverse: NSMA 2010 Session 6: He Says, She Says The Home School Connection Debbie Silver & Monte Shelby News: SnagFilms Tech Spotlight: British Library introduces first app for iOS, Android The British Library has launched its first-ever mobile app, Treasures. The title is available in three separate editions, for iPad, iPhone/iPod and Android. It so far provides access to a little over 100 items from the Library's collection, such as a 1215 copy of the Magna Carta, music manuscripts belonging to Handel, Purcell and Mozart, and Buddhist, Christian and Zoroastrian religious documents. The iPad app, Treasures HD, is priced at £2.39, and benefits from a higher-resolution native interface. The iPhone/iPod title is £1.19. While the former requires only iOS 3.2, the latter demands at least iOS 4; both are restricted to the UK App Store. http://www.ipodnn.com/articles/11/01/10/provides.access.to.rare.books/ Google Goggles gets faster, smarter and solves Sudoku http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/google-goggles-gets-faster-smarter-and.html GEL Conference Short for "Good Experience Live", Gel is a conference and community exploring good experience in all its forms - in art, business, technology, society, and life. Gel was founded by Mark Hurst in 2003 and has run a spring event in New York City each year since.Gel 2011 will be the 9th annual event. (Hurst has also run two spinoff events, Gel Health in 2009 and euroGel in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2006. See Past Gels.) Instead of focusing on just one thing - design, technology, user experience, business, etc. - like many conferences, Gel touches on many things. This challenges attendees to find, and learn from, the patterns that underlie good experience, even in disciplines vastly different from their own. The best way to understand the Gel experience is to attend. (Next event is Gel 2011.) You might also like to watch videos from Gel 2010 to get a sense of the caliber and range of speakers - though attendees have said that the videos don't fully describe the Gel experience. http://www.gelconference.com/ 99% http://the99percent.com/videos

MSM-149 Weather Differentiation

Jan 9, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes: Apples A man traveling through the country stopped at a small roadside fruit stand and bought some apples. When he mentioned they were awfully small, the farmer replied, "Yup." The man took a bite of one of the apples and exclaimed, "Not very flavorful, either." "That's right," said the farmer. "Lucky they're small, ain't it?" Accountants Did you hear about the accountant with insomnia? He decided to try counting sheep, but he made a mistake and was up all night trying to find it! Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Weather vs Climate - A Throw Down Advisory: Future Me: A letter to the future . . . from yourself. This Week in Rap From the Twitterverse: NSMA 2010 Session 6: Session 3 10 ways to differentiate: News: Internet Gains on Television as Public's Main News Source The Test Chinese Schools Still Fail Webspotlight: 4 Promising Curation Tools That Help Make Sense of the Web and more...

MSM-148 Happy New Year

Jan 2, 2011 00:00:00

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Jokes: On a visit to Chicago On a visit to Chicago, a woman was eager to visit a posh department store a few blocks from her hotel. Her husband agreeably hailed a cab. "The lady wants to go to Neiman Marcus," he told the driver. The cabby looked over his shoulder at them. "And the gentleman?" he asked. "Does he want to go to the bank?" Marriage "Honey," said this husband to his wife, "I invited a friend home for supper." "What? Are you crazy? The house is a mess, I didn't go shopping, all the dishes are dirty, and I don't feel like cooking a fancy meal!" "I know all that." "Then, why did you invite a friend for supper?" "Because the poor guy is thinking about getting married." Blood Pressure When a doctor remarked on a new patient?s extraordinarily ruddy complexion, he said, "High blood pressure, Doc. It runs in my family." "Your mother's side or your father's?" the doctor asked. "Neither," the patient replied. "It's from my wife's family." "Oh, come now," said the doctor "How could your wife's family give you high blood pressure?" He sighed. "You oughta meet 'em sometime, Doc!" Marriage The wife saw her husband frustrated reading the Marriage Certificate from top to bottom, flip it over, and then read it again... She asked: "Honey, what are you looking for?" He answered: "Nothing dear, I'm just looking for the expiration date." On Our Mind: Happy New Year! Resolutions? Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Did you Know..... Ummmmm... Chemistry Advisory: 2011 Predictions: http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1101/110101-happy_new_year.html From the Twitterverse: NSMA 2010 Session 5: A five year multi-case study of middle level teachers 21st Century Skills for students News: Can Learning to Play the Violin Make you Smarter? Brenda Brenner, a music education professor at the IU Jacobs School of Music, developed the program after academic research showed students who played string instruments performed better academically than those who did not. http://www.indystar.com/article/20101224/NEWS04/12240324/1013/NEWS04/Attica-students-part-effort-see-music-improves-minds Webspotlight: Google Body Played with Google Earth? You know, that website the kids go to to look at their own homes via satellite? Here’s one for the human body: http://bodybrowser.googlelabs.com/ Math & Money Mint.com, the popular personal finance management service, in collaboration with Scholastic has launched a free personal finance curriculum for middle school use. Math and Money is a collection of four short lessons (2 primary lessons and two "bonus" lessons) about personal finance. Lesson one is designed to teach students about wages, taxes, and costs of living. Lesson two is designed to teach students the benefits of saving their money in a bank. The bonus lessons expand the first two lessons. Scholastic hosts printable materials that you can download and use to support the lessons. http://www.scholastic.com/mint/ Life on Minimum Wage http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/11/life-on-minimum-wage-lesson-in-personal.html Events & Happenings:

MSM-147 PISA Sir May we have another

Dec 19, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: ABCs Little Freddy's second-grade teacher was quizzing them on the alphabet. "Freddy," she says, "what comes after 'O'?" Freddy says, "Yeah!" Mothers Miss Jones had been giving her second-grade students a lesson on science. She had explained about magnets and showed how they would pick up nails and other bits of iron. Now it was question time, and she asked, "My name begins with the letter 'M' and I pick up things. What am I?" A little boy on the front row proudly said, "You're a mother!" On Our Mind: WOOT! It’s Christmas Break! (then 2 weeks ‘till exams after that . . . ) Australian schools got out this past week for their summer break … Edublog Awards: Congrats to all the winners! 2nd Runner up: EdTechCrew 1st Runner up: LearnEnglish The 2010 Winner: PortableRadio.ca Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Advisory: What kids can do http://whatkidscando.org/ Teaching Strategy: "Managing Students in the Computer Lab" From the Twitterverse: NSMA 2010 Session 5: Getting the Most out of Your Networked World News: Put PISA in Perspective By Walt Gardner on December 8, 2010 7:05 AM NMSA on the Tube Taking Teacher Evaluation to Extremes By Kenneth Mitchell http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/12/17/15mitchell.h30.html?tkn=TLOFwiP0tsOnR6JT3k/eb9Op9p6gM3PcMctB&cmp=clp-edweek Webspotlight: New words of the Decade: Video is 2 minutes and 10 seconds. http://jeffreyhill.typepad.com/english/2010/12/time-video-new-words-born-this-decade.html Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: * National Conference: Thursday, November 08, 2010 —Saturday, November 10, 2010 Louisville, Kentucky. o Need a letter to your administrator explaining the benefits of attending NMSA? How about this one? o Promotional Materials: + Crossword Puzzle! (Maryland Conference) Other News: * ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education. o The ISTE Special Interest Group: Virtual Environments is holding meetings on Mondays from 4:00 - 6:00 pm (SLT) on ISTE Island. * The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference February 17 - 18, 2011. o OMLA Registration Form o OMLA Presentation Proposal Form * The Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference is coming up March 17-18, 2011 in Coopersville, MI. Coopersville Middle School is a National Schools to Watch School. (Phone: (616) 997-3400) o MAMSE Exhibitor Form o MAMSE Registration Form o MAMSE Presentation Form (Presenter Deadline Extended!) * The North Carolina Middle School Association’s Annual Conference March 13-15, 2011 o Conference Brochure o Presenter’s Application o Who They Are . . . * Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar. o Classroom 2.0’s Ning Blog: Archived content is available. * Second Life: o Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details. Check frequently this week as the ISTE Annual Convention is this week. o Video: Educational Uses of Second Life

MSM-146 NMSA 2010 Dinner Conversation

Dec 13, 2010 00:00:00

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This week's show is a recording of the dinner conversation we enjoyed during the National Middle School Annual Conference. There is a lot of background noise, but the audio is surprisingly decent considering. The conversation revolved largely around the Department of Education questions that Shawn was asked. We should be back with a "normal" show next week.

MSM-145 NMSA Department of Ed and Jack Berckemeyer

Dec 5, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: Speed Versus Age A Policeman stops a speeding car and tells the woman driver; When I saw you driving down the road, I thought to myself, sixty-five at least. The woman replied: "I don't think that is quite fair. I think this hat makes me look younger." Hearing Aids Seems an elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100%. The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor and the doctor said, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased you can hear again." To which the gentleman said, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations. I've changed my will five times!" On Our Mind: NMSA 2010 Conference Santa: North Pole Activities - Paid site, but you could gather some ideas. From the Audience: In response to Reid’s question on digital science resources, I thought I could share a few thoughts and ideas. Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Pennies for the Planet! Penny Wars! Advisory: Secret Santa The Secret Santa gift exchange is a favorite Christmas season activity. Put a twist on it in your classroom by having students give each other acts of kindness rather than gifts. Remind students how Secret Santa works. Tell them that instead of giving gifts they will be giving acts of kindness. Supply them with a few examples, such as giving compliments, helping with homework or sharing a joke. Give students slips of paper to write their names on and place them in a bag. Students draw the name of their partner for Secret Santa. Remind students to keep their identity secret. Give the students pieces of A4 paper and have them decorate with Christmas borders so that they look like scrolls. Each day students write their acts of kindness on their scrolls. At the end of the week, everyone tries to guess who their Secret Santa is, and they turn their kindness scroll over to their partner. http://www.ehow.com/list_6567051_holiday-activities-middle-school-students.html From the Twitterverse: NSMA 2010 Session 4: Session 4 April Tibbles is chief of staff. (I got to sit next to the lovely and talented April Tibbles!) Greg Darnieder is special advisor to Sec. Duncan. College Access Initiative. Leah Raphael, Patrick Desmond (Teacher fellows) (LaDezma? A little difficult to hear) Secondary planning group being developed. Think about this while we talk: If you had 60 seconds with the secretary, what would you say about middle school? Speed round: 1st word: Personalization 2nd word: Looping 3rd word: College and career readiness standards. 4th word: Rigor 5th word: Transitioning to high school. 6th word: Data Are the needs of middle school students distinct? What does a middle school look like? Reauthorization of Perkins is coming up next year. Should that program be revised to include middle grades? If you had 60 seconds with Arne Duncan . . . Secondary Schools Working Group Session 4 LA Strategies that Meet the needs of the Adolescents Jack Berckermeyer News: Scrapping Education Dept. Could Be Tough Task By Alyson Klein Webspotlight: A Closer Look at a Christmas Carol Free Audio version of A Christmas Carol The Power of Literature Circles Interactive White Boards Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: * National Conference: Thursday, November 08, 2010 —Saturday, November 10, 2010 Louisville, Kentucky. o Need a letter to your administrator explaining the benefits of attending NMSA? How about this one? o Promotional Materials: + Crossword Puzzle! (Maryland Conference) Other News:

MSM-144 NMSA 2010 Part 3-PLCs Listener Question

Nov 28, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: Tuning The doorbell rang, and the lady of the house discovered a workman, complete with tool chest, at the front door. "Lady," he announced, "I'm the piano tuner." The lady exclaimed, "Why, I didn't send for a piano tuner." The man replied, "I know, but your neighbors did." Age A teacher said to her student, "Billy, if both of your parents were born in 1967, how old are they now?" After a few moments, Billy answered, "It depends." "It depends on what?" she asked. "It depends on whether you ask my father or my mother." Space When the Smith family moved into their new house, a visiting grandparent asked five-year-old Tommy how he liked the new place. "It's great," he said. "I have my own room, Alex has his own room, and Jamie has her own room. But poor mom is still in with dad." Painting Mary goes to her first show at an art gallery and is looking at the paintings. One is a huge canvas that has black with yellow blobs of paint splattered all over it. The next painting is a murky gray color that has drips of purple paint streaked across it. Mary walks over to the artist and says, "I don't understand your paintings." "I paint what I feel inside me," explains the artist. "Have you ever tried Alka-Seltzer?" On Our Mind: NMSA 2010 Conference From the Audience: Guys- I have just recently started to listen to your podcasts and follow you on Twitter. I am impressed and look forward to learning from the networking. I am a middle school principal in Lowell, Indiana. I need some help with a couple of things. First, it is a Science adoption year here in Indiana and I need help locating quality digital resources for adoption instead of textbooks. Do you guys know of any that I could research. Second, I am interested in Second Life and how you guys use this web tool. Reid Will Richardson’s Keynote California: Open Source Textbooks Second Life Curriki Udemy Science Sites Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Cell Phones, iPods and energy. What do your students need to know? Advisory: Have your students take a short quiz on World Hunger. You could have the students take the quiz collaboratively, or take it yourself first, then give it to the students. Good discussion topics. Plus a donation is made every time someone takes the quiz. http://gifts.wfp.org/quiz/ From the Twitterverse: This Part for Infamous40000 . . . : Waiting to hear back from Infamous40000 . . . NSMA 2010 Session 3: Session 3 Professional Learning Communities Making a School Great: Professional Learning Communities ************************************************************************************* NMSA 2010: Developing Adolescent Thinkers News: Students, Ownership and Creativity: 35 Resources Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-143-NMSA10 Student Motivation Summarize Part 2

Nov 21, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: Frogs A guy was walking beside a pond when a frog jumped out and told him that she was really a beautiful princess and if he were to kiss her, she would make him VERY happy! He picked up the frog and put it into his pocket. A few minutes later, the frog poked her head out and said, "Didn't you hear me?! I'm a beautiful princess and if you kiss me I will stay with you and do ANYTHING you want!" The guy took the frog out and said, "Look, I understand what you are saying, but I am a computer programmer and right now I don't have time for a girlfriend... but a talking FROG is REALLY, REALLY COOL!" Scotland Over a remote Scottish island a helicopter lost power and was forced to make an emergency landing. Luckily there was a small cottage nearby. The pilot walked over to it and knocked on the door. "Is there a mechanic in the area?" he asked the woman who answered the door. She scratched her head and thought for a few seconds. "No," she finally said, pointing down the road, "but we do have a McArdle and a McKay." On Our Mind: NMSA 2010 Conference Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) "Heliophysics." and more. From the Twitterverse: NSMA 2010 Session 2: Session 2: 1267 Sharon Faber Ms. Sandra Dutemple Motivating Students Great Strategies that Increase Positive Behavior & Motivate Students "Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but children have the equal right to develop their talent, their ability and their motivation" John F. Kennedy NMSA 2010: Summarization in Any Subject Part Two: Rick Wormeli, 2010 (Handout provided) Summarization Strategies: News: Webspotlight: DisUnion One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America's most perilous period -- using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded. http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/category/disunion/ ViewChange Using the power of video to tell stories about real people and progress in global development. Varied length of videos. Videos can be downloaded. Some really great videos can be found. You can change the view from an interesting circle to a list view. Many different subject areas are represented. http://www.viewchange.org/ Google Lit Trips: http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/Home.html When Pictures Make History A timeline of image-makers who have shaped world history Excerpted from the book, TIME History's Greatest Events Read more: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2031505,00.html#ixzz15pzqxYhq http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2031505,00.html Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: Other News:

MSM-142-NMSA 2010 Follow up 1-RTI Summarization

Nov 14, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: Women's Rights A girl involved with the women's libertarian group boarded a crowded bus and one man rose to his feet. "No, No, you must not give up your seat. I insist," she said. The man replied; "You may insist as much as you like, Lady. This is my street where I get off." Initials Mr. R.B. Jones applied for a position with the government and was accepted. On his first day, the personnel dept processed his records. When asked what the R.B. stood for, he informed the clerk that they stood for nothing. His parents had named him with the initials only. The clerk informed him that his records could not show initials only so they typed his name as R. (only) B. (only) Jones. He got his first paycheck made out to Ronly Bonly Jones! Barbershops The reading material at the barbershop consisted entirely of murder stories, mysteries, thrillers, and ghost tales. When Peter asked the barber if he wanted to terrify his customers, he replied, "No. Peter. These books make the customers' hair stand up and then it becomes easier to trim and cut." On Our Mind: NMSA 2010 Conference Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Chemistry Facts. Cool and useful. Did you know......? From the Twitterverse: NSMA 2010 Session 1: How to Implement a highly effective RTI Model NMSA 2010: Summarization in Any Subject

MSM-141-Interview with Dr Monte Selby

Nov 8, 2010 00:00:00

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Dr. Monte Selby granted an interview to Middle School Matters. We get his thoughts on a wide range of topics.

MSM-140 NMSA 2010 Math and Reading Resources

Oct 31, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: On Our Mind: NMSA 2010 Conference (If you’re going, contact us. We have a great link for you). Keep in mind that new flight rules take effect on Nov. 1st. Middle School Science Minute From our Listeners: As far as the testing discussion goes, I am blown away by states that test the previous year's material at the beginning of the following year. That just doesn't make sense to me (not that I agree with all of NC's testing program either). Here in NC, we administer EOG (End-of-Grade) tests about 3 weeks before school is out for the summer. Admin get the scores back about 5 hours after the last test is finished, and teachers usually get scores the following day. Scores are released to students before going home for the summer. The past couple of years, we have had a retest program for students who did not score at proficient levels. Granted, there are issues with this system as well. Testing that far in advance of the end of school leads to a "Why are we still here?" attitude from some of the kids after the test. I think that makes much more sense than not being able to start the year covering relevant grade-level material. Todd Williamson Note: We’re hoping there will be a ton of folks at his presentation on Friday at 7:30 am in Baltimore this coming week. If you’re going to NMSA and willing, please consider his presentation in Room: 339 (Baltimore Convention Center) From the Twitterverse: This Part for Infamous40000 . . . : Hero Machine: Design your own superhero: http://tinyurl.com/olzc3a Uber-Mongo-Important assignment for operative Infamous40000: Design a superhero and share the experience with us. Call us at (262) 724-6653 and send us a copy of your superhero! Tech Tools: AlternativeTo: Wiggio Math Open Geometry Great geometry resources. http://www.mathopenref.com/index.html Microsoft Academic Search Looks to be technically oriented. Some good possibilities though. Conferences are included. http://journalogy.com/ One Word Interesting idea for a writing assignment. http://oneword.com/ News: Robots in the classroom? They’re here! http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/10/22/south.korea.robot.teachers/index.html Political Peril for the Common Core? How to Assure Continued Progress By Michael D. Usdan Could the backlash against large governmental programs (like healthcare) effect the implementation of Common Core Standards? http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/10/27/09usdan_ep.h30.html?tkn=QMZFzckQpU3lROPtxOCXWM%2FnuCM2CsPo6oqD&cmp=clp-edweek Webspotlight: Google Search Tools “Secret” codes to make your google searching even better. http://www.googleguide.com/advanced_operators.html Big East Career Fair Could this be the start of a new way of finding a job? http://www.bigeastcareerfair.com/ Teacher Jotter Social Network for Teachers. Build professional relationships, share resources, exchange ideas and opportunities. http://www.teacherjotter.com/ Reading Slowly Interesting thoughts on reading. http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2010/0621/Should-your-child-be-learning-the-art-of-slow-reading Collaboration Video Does this look like collaboration at your school? http://www.tuttlesvc.org/2010/10/planning-collaboratively.html Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-139 Testing Conferences and Tools

Oct 24, 2010 00:00:00

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Shawn & Troy talk about testing, conferences and many, many tools. Dave Bydlowski presents the Middle School Minute. We also discuss the Twitterverse, advisory ideas and more. Jokes: Ailments A man was feeling terribly out of sorts and decided to go to the doctor so he made an appointment and showed up the next day. After the doctor examined the man, the doctor invited him into his office for the consultation. The doctor came into the room with three different bottles of pills. The doctor told the man to take the red pill in the morning with a big glass of water, the blue pill in the afternoon with a big glass of water and the green pill in the evening with a big glass of water. The man, terribly shocked at the amount of pills he had to take, asked the doctor what in the world was wrong with him. The doctor replied, "You aren't getting enough water." On Our Mind: Testing Relief Conferences Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy’s Take on Conferences. Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or davidbydlowski@mac.com) Human Body Systems Facts From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Famous Partners Place the names of famous couples on index cards, mix them up, have students match up. (http://www.knowledgerush.com/kr/encyclopedia/List_of_famous_pairs/) Life Raft Students stand on top of shower curtain and flip it over without anyone stepping off. Life Skill Lessons How to tie a tie, how to set the table, how to do anything....celebrate success!! This Part for Infamous40000 . . . : Animation Chefs: Learn how to animate from these three chefs! Tech Tools: National Library of Virtual Manipulatives http://nlvm.usu.edu/ TestMoz http://testmoz.com/ Google Fusion Tables Google Fusion Tables is a modern data management and publishing web application that makes it easy to host, manage, collaborate on, visualize, and publish data tables online. http://www.google.com/fusiontables/public/tour/index.html News: Charter school first in county to switch to four-day week A Palm Beach County charter high school plans to switch to a four-day school week beginning in January. Students would be in school for a total of 902.4 hours this year, above the 900-hour minimum state requirement, according to a calculation received by the district, Edwards said. It's pitched as an opportunity for students to have more time for part-time jobs, school activities, and dual-enrollment programs that enable students to earn college credit. Daniel also described it as a way to decrease "discipline issues and student absences." http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/palm-beach/fl-four-day-school-week-20101021,0,6276565.story Moving Forward With the Common Core By Sarah Fine If there remains any doubt about the momentum of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, let it be abandoned once and for all. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia, which collectively educate three-fourths of all school-age children in this country, have pledged to adopt the core. Intellectual gatekeepers have given the standards a resounding pass. Plans for implementation have begun. For better or worse, the boulder is on its way down the mountain, gathering strength and speed as it goes. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/10/20/08fine.h30.html?tkn=LYXFpDDbwWg77mw9AnpIQPhrrQpBWyZw4y%2Fk&cmp=clp-edweek Webspotlight: Virtual Pumpkin Carving A, um, virtual pumpkin to carve. http://www.ncs-tech.org/pub/carve_pumpkin.swf The Fisch Flip Colorado teachers Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams were some of the first educators I learned about who are leveraging the power of podcasting, screencasting, and video sharing to "flip" the traditional model of lecture in class and homework at home which predominates in many schools today. http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2010/10/20/the-fisch-flip-in-michigan-dale-eizenga-on-flipping-traditional-lecture-and-homework-routines/ ISTE 2010: Google Apps in Education

MSM-138-Whither the Wifi

Oct 17, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: Counting Skills A teacher asked little Johnny if he knows the numbers 1 to 10. "Yes! Of course! My pop taught me even more than 10." "Good. What comes after three? "Four," answers the boy. "What comes after six?" "Seven." "Very good," says the teacher. "Your dad did a good job. Now, what comes after ten?" "Jack." On Our Mind: NMSA 2010 Whither Wi-Fi? Will TodaysMeet be used? iTunes Rankings Helping others: Hello fellow middle school science teachers. This is a reminder to please complete this survey. My gratitude to the hundreds of teachers who have already done so. I am conducting a study of middle school science teachers and their teaching about the ocean. I need your help! Your answers to my survey questions will contribute to what we know about the current state of ocean literacy education in the United States. All other challenges to the world ocean aside, the intricacies of the current oil spill crisis are reason enough to ensure that our citizenry is ocean literate. If you have at least one year of experience teaching middle school science, would you please take my survey? It will take 15-20 minutes to complete and your answers are completely confidential and anonymous. The survey can be accessed by clicking on the following Internet link: https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE?SID=SV_87zwywgq8dNRqn2 Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski (k12science on Twitter Headrush - MythBusters for Kids Team America Rocket Contest From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Voki - Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. Inspirational Quotes - Here, I’ll share 20 of my favorite inspirational quotes. I won’t include any commentary because the quotes speak for themselves. I hope they resonate with you as much as they have with me :) University of Virginia’s Honor Code: Use this video in connection with the “Coat of Arms” materials from NMSA’s Treasure Book to build an Advisory activity! Tech Tools: Markup IO Draw on any webpage. Share your ideas. Mark. Share. Done. Draw on any webpage with MarkUp to quickly share your thoughts. Try it now by choosing a shape to trace. Get MarkUp to use it any time. http://markup.io/ Yudu “Read online publications and self publish digital magazines, eBooks and more.” Here’s one thing that I like about it - you can create your own library of books. I started with a couple of books by Richard Byrne (Free Tech for Teachers)- Google for Teachers and Google for Teachers II. 10 Sites to create Comics from Tech Learning “Creating Digital Comics has been one of my favorite thing to do with students when trying to integrate technology. While this can be done with any number of applications, such as Comic Life or Toon Boom, there are many online alternatives (mostly free) that offer a nice solution as well.” http://www.techlearning.com/blogs/33632 Webspotlight: School study sees benefits in economic integration "This study turns that wisdom on its head to some extent. It says, actually, it's who you are going to school with." http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/14/AR2010101407051.html Effort Targets 'Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations' Researchers and policymakers agree that teachers’ expectations of what their students can do can become self-fulfilling prophecies for children’s academic performance. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/10/13/07nua_ep.h30.html?tkn=VVSFYFZRTFCluQuL2iUL74zLUE%2FrRBupwKqS&cmp=clp-edweek Edutopia Parent Guide Need to register to get the guide. http://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/edutopia-home-to-school-guide.pdf EdWeek focuses on Will Richardson http://www.edweek.org/tsb/articles/2010/10/12/01richardson.h04.html?intc=fall_tsbem ISTE 2010: Crap Detection - Teaching Students to Research Presenter: Dr. Howard Rheingold Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-137 Better Late Than Never

Oct 11, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: Said the officer to the soldier, "Private, why did you salute that refrigerator?" The soldier replied, "Because it was General Electric." "And that jeep?" the officer asked. Replied the soldier, "Because it was General Motors." On Our Mind: Standardized Testing Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski 2 big events: Earth Science Week - Oct. 10th - 16th National Fossil Day - Oct. 13th From the Twitterverse: Advisory: How do people spend their money? http://www.creditloan.com/infographics/how-the-average-consumer-spends-their-paycheck/ Tera & Bella An elephant and a dog become best friends. We use it to talk about how people might be different, but can still get along. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0TjfOKnF-c The follow up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljcfWFZaYzs Tech Tools: Visual Words Here are six visual dictionaries and thesauri that can help your students better understand the meanings of words. From Free Technology for Teachers. Snappy Words Visuwords Lexipedia Merriam Webster's Visual Dictionary Wordia Got Brainy http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/10/six-visual-dictionaries-and-thesauri.html Quiz Break What is QuizBreak!? QuizBreak! is a highly flexible program that allows teachers to create fun, Jeopardy©-like games for the language classroom. QuizBreak! allows you to: Write clues in any script (left-to-right, right-to-left, and non-Roman scripts will all work) Add images to clues Record or upload audio and/or video clues Program Features User-friendly editing interface for easy category-creation Prize amounts can be displayed using any currency symbol Multi-platform program works on PCs and Macs http://clear.msu.edu/quizbreak/ Webspotlight: BBC News: Faces of the U.S. Civil War http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11470304 OK, this one is just silly- but with a good cause behind it. The idea plays off of the talking baby meme. You can type in up to 600 characters, pick a baby and listen/watch the fun. The cause supports no baby born with HIV by the year 2015. Check it out. http://www.one.org/international/actnow/babyprotest/widget.html How to be a Good Commenter: Karen shared her Paper Blog activity with me a few months ago and I've used it with my students to get them ready to blog with the "real thing." My students have practiced writing and most of all commenting appropriately. http://macmomma.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-to-be-good-commenter.html 7 Delightfully Nerdy Apps for Math and Science Geeks Celestia Stellarium OSXplanet Smell-O-Mints GNU XaoS Eigenmath Magic Number Machine http://mac.appstorm.net/roundups/utilities-roundups/7-delightfully-nerdy-apps-for-math-and-science-geeks/ ISTE 2010: Steve Hargadon’s “Birds of A Feather” Session Events & Happenings:

MSM-136-Making Google Work

Oct 2, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: Wrong Ends A contractor hired two brothers to install home siding. He demonstrated the process and sent them off to their first job. Things were going smoothly when the older brother saw that his younger brother was throwing nails away. He asked, "Why are you throwing those nails away?" The younger brother replied, "The heads are on the wrong end." The older brother laughed, "Those are for the other side of the house." Languages A Swiss man, looking for directions, pulls up at a bus stop where two Americans are waiting. "Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen" he asks. The two Americans just stare at him. "Excusez-moi, parlez vous Fracais?" he tries. The two continue to stare. "Parlare Italiano?" No response. "Hablan ustedes Espanol?" Still nothing. The Swiss guy drives off, extremely disgusted. The first American turns to the second and says, "Y'know, maybe we should learn a foreign language." "Why?" says the other. "That guy knew four languages, and it didnt do him any good." (If you liked that one . . . try this!) What did one math book say to the other? I have so many problems . . . On Our Mind: o Google Forms and Walkthroughs o http://practicaltheory.org/serendipity/index.php?/archives/1261-Daily-Walkthroughs-with-GoogleApps-and-the-iPad.html NMSA is a month away . . . Middle School Science Minute by Dave Bydlowski From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Small Spaces What if everything that you needed had to fit through a small space? This would be a discussion centered around the trapped minors. The focus of the conversation could be around what it would be liked to be trapped for months. * What is the difference between a need and a want? * What can you “make do” with? The link has a visual of the size of the whole which everything must pass to get to the minors. http://www.newsweek.com/2010/09/13/back-story-think-of-the-miners.html Quadruple Amputee Swims Across English Channel Philippe Croizon, who lost his limbs in an electrical accident, swam across the English Channel. Nice story about what determination can do. The video is 1 minute and 40 seconds long. It includes quotes from Philippe. (Could also discuss the difference between a quad amputee and a quadriplegic). http://www.newsy.com/videos/quadruple-amputee-swims-across-english-channel/ Tech Tools: Educate http://www.ikonstrukt.com/educate.php ManyEyes Data visualization. Great for those who see in pictures. http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/ Webspotlight: YouTube Channel: RobbWorld’s Channel DocsTeach Great site from the National Archives Experience. Includes both Activities and Primary Resources. http://docsteach.org/ 26 Keys to Student Engagement by Angela Maiers. http://www.scribd.com/doc/37782099/26-Keys-to-Student-Engagement WorldMapper Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. There are now nearly 700 maps. Maps 1-366 are also available as PDF posters. Use the menu above to find a map of interest. To learn a little more about this and other map projections read this: Worldmapper and map projections. We recently added a new series of maps of the world's population using a new mapping technique: Worldmapper Population Atlas http://www.worldmapper.org/ Schoolwork by Nicholas Lemann http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2010/09/27/100927taco_talk_lemann Creating self Graded Google Forms by Mark Wagner “For this video I cut right to the chase and did my best to explain the IF formula for beginners… while keeping under a 5 minute time limit. I hope it’s helpful for you and your colleagues and I hope you’ll let me know what you think.” http://edtechlife.com/?p=2600 Listener Question for Troy via Twitter: From @Mthman: @MSMatters Help me to understand a procedural Q...do the teachers in your building need guidance w/advisory lesson plans? Mine do!!! (Listen to the show for the answer!) News:

MSM-135-iPads in Education-An Interview with Doctor Tatom

Sep 26, 2010 00:00:00

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Special Thanks to Dr. Tatom for sharing his experience with us: * Links Mentioned: o Good Reader (.99 cents) + Update will allow highlighting and notetaking. o iAnnotate ($9.99) o iDemo Web ($1.99) o PaperDesk ($1.99) o SoundNote (formerly Sound Paper) ($4.99) o HistoryTools (free) o Free Books (public domain literature) + Wattpad (free) + Free Books (free) o Using iPads (http://esu3ipads.wikispaces.com/) The discussion centered around iPad use in education. We discussed iPad use at the college and middle school level. Lots of good tips. *The sound is less than perfect is some spots. However, the content is really good.

MSM-134-Advisory and a Way with Words

Sep 19, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: Best Signs Listeners: Dave Bydlowski: thanks for the email. Looking forward to hearing from you throughout the year! Go Science! (David’s Podcast) From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Making Hard Decisions: What would your students do if they discovered that they had broken a rule? http://www.pgatour.com/2010/r/09/02/teenager-disqualified.ap/index.html Career Path Discussion: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703466704575489773416987814.html Tech Tools: Basic Google Search that everyone should know: 10 Basics tips to make your google searching better and easier. http://www.techlearning.com/article/32300 Wordia http://www.wordia.com/ SnappyWords Free visual English dictionary. An online interactive English dictionary and thesaurus that helps you find the meanings of words and draw connections to associated words. You can easily see the meaning of each by simply placing the mouse cursor over it. http://www.snappywords.com/ DocDroid DocDroid is a completely free online document uploading, conversion and sharing tool. * Upload documents in nearly any format. * Share the document via eMail, Twitter or Facebook. * Fast HTML preview for readers. * Let the reader choose in which format he wants to download the document. * Multiple file upload is possible. * Password protection is possible. * Supported formats: PDF, DOCX, DOC, ODT, PAGES, RTF, OTT, XLS, XLSX, TXT, PPT, PPTX, ODP and more! * Documents can be deleted by you or are deleted after 60 days without view. http://www.docdroid.net/ Webspotlight: Free Teaching History Poster You can order a FREE historical thinking poster. They also have resources for elementary, middle and high school. http://teachinghistory.org/ Math Fun Facts This archive is designed as a resource for enriching your math courses and nurturing your interest and talent in mathematics! Each Math Fun Fact is a math puzzle or short article that contains a cool mathematics idea. You'll can learn about the mathematics of things like card shuffling to poker to computer vision to fractals to music, just to name a few. This makes great enrichment material for gifted math students or problem-solving groups. http://www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/ Commonly misheard expressions From a friend Down Under. Still a great discussion. http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2010/09/ten-misheard-expressions-to-avoid-in-your-writing/ Classroom Secrets- Taking My Students on a Classroom Tour By Marsha Ratzel The first tour stop is the “Start of Class Procedure and Class Agenda,” projected on my interactive whiteboard. I’m not sure the procedures and routines of Room 66 are worth much, monetarily speaking. But collectively they maximize our learning time together by allowing us to accomplish the administrative tasks quickly, efficiently, and without trauma to students. I estimate that they give me an extra 4-5 minutes of class time every day – which means I’m able to squeeze out an extra day of instruction every 10 days. Since we are in school for 10 months, that means I’m creating nearly 18 extra class periods of instruction versus someone who doesn’t use these kinds of tricks. That’s almost a month of extra instructional time in each class. http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2010/09/15/tln_ratzel.html?tkn=ZRZF%2FCsty6RQ0ltMWceCfc%2B5%2FYBAcGhCp00l&cmp=clp-edweek News: Did Bill Gates waste billions of dollars over math errors? Did Bill Gates waste a billion dollars because he failed to understand the formula for the standard deviation of the mean? Howard Wainer makes the case in the entertaining Picturing the Uncertain World (first chapter with the Gates story free here). http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2010/09/the-small-schools-myth.html ISTE 2010 Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: Other News:

MSM-133-It's Constitution Day

Sep 12, 2010 00:00:00

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Title: It’s Constitution Day! Jokes: A beginner rider at the stables was trying to saddle a horse. "Excuse me," said the old hand, "but you are putting that saddle on backwards." "How do you know," snapped the student. "You do not know which way I'm going." On Our Mind: First week back to school . . . Constitution Day Resources . . . Cybrary Man: http://cybraryman.com/constitution.html Bill of Rights Institute Primary Resources Current Events & the Constitution Landmark Supreme Court Decisions Constitution Day Quiz Interactive Online Module: Madison’s Notes Are Missing Essay Contest Michigan Department of Education Resource: The Toledo War ConstitutionFacts.com: Constitution Quiz ConstitutionFacts.com: Founders Quiz Naturalization Test National Constitution Center: To Sign or Not to Sign? (VII Amendment focus) Interactive Constitution Town Hall (Debate) Activity Founders Biographies Use a Bio-Cube with the Founders Biographies. (requires online access) 10 Ways to Teach Biographies (Education World) Constitution Newswire: Connect current events to Constitutional Issues (relevance) United States National Archives Resources Biographies Constitutional Convention Simulation Teaching with Documents Lesson: Delaware’s Ratification of the Constitution Teaching the Constitution Lesson Packet (US Archives charges for this.) Teaching with Documents On-line Workshop (Note: There is a video conferencing component which requires students to be up to speed at the appointed time.) National Council for the Social Studies (membership required) It’s My Right: Card based activity teaching the Constitution. Frederick Douglass: The Constitution and Slavery; a classroom debate. Internet Guide to Teaching the Constitution. Listeners: Thanks to @Mthman & @rushtheiceberg for the recommendation on Twitter! Best wishes to Kevin at Honey Grove on his new blog! From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Tech Tools: ThoughtAudio: http://www.thoughtaudio.com/ Reading Logs http://www.readinglogs.com/ How Safe is your password? http://howsecureismypassword.net/ Voki: Animated avatars Webspotlight: 47+ Alternatives to YouTube: Some excellent educational content can be found on YouTube. However, many teachers cannot access YouTube in their classrooms. That is why I originally wrote what became one of the most popular posts to ever appear on Free Technology for Teachers, 30+ Alternatives to YouTube. That post is now fourteen months old and I've come across more alternatives in that time. Also in that time span some of the resources on the list have shut down. So it's time to update the list. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/09/47-alternatives-to-using-youtube-in.html News: California testing iPads as Algebra Textbook Replacements A pilot project in four California school districts will replace 400 students' eighth-grade algebra textbooks with Apple iPads in an attempt to prove the advantages of interactive digital technologies over traditional teaching methods. http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/117625-california-testing-ipads-as-algebra-textbooks

MSM-132 Advisory Snowball

Aug 29, 2010 00:00:00

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On Our Mind: iWork ‘09 Update- ePub creation is now possible. Listeners: From the Twitterverse: Advisory: My kids like the 'snowball fight'. Everyone writes something about themselves on a piece of white paper but they don't name it. Then they scrunch the paper into a ball and on the teacher's signal a snowball fight ensues. After everyone's had the chance to throw a lot of paper around ( a few minutes) another signal announces the end of the 'fight'. Each student picks up the snowball closest to them and takes turns to read out the info and maybe guess who it belongs to. Anne De Manser ( http://twitter.com/Aaannne ) Tech Tools: RubiStar Want to make exemplary rubrics in a short amount of time? Try RubiStar out! Registered users can save and edit rubrics online. You can access them from home, school, or on the road. Registration and use of this tool is free, so click the Register link in the login area to the right to get started now. http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php Webspotlight: Science YouTube Videos from Mashable Do you ever stare off into the cosmos, wondering about all the matter and particles swirling about in the universe? Or gaze into the spiraling petals of a rose and contemplate the Golden Ratio and all it connotes? No? Well, take some time out from your weekend of quietly quaffing to think, really think, about why, oh why the forces of nature chose to forge us within this mighty smithy we call life. Strain your mind, dear reader, and test the mettle of your brain fibers ruminating on the fact that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy… Or, you could just watch this week’s YouTube ( roundup, the theme of which is science! Take a look down below and get yourselves some education, you desk set daredevils. http://mashable.com/2010/08/27/youtube-roundup-science/ News: Reshirting the Little Ones By PAMELA PAUL Sitting out Kindergarten to gain an advantage. “Redshirting” of kindergartners — the term comes from the practice of postponing the participation of college athletes in competitive games — became increasingly widespread in the 1990s, and shows no signs of waning. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/fashion/22Cultural.html?_r=2 Common Core Standards By Stephen Sawchuk More than two-thirds of the states—including Massachusetts, a state long famed for excellent academic-content standards—have adopted common grade-level expectations, as the movement to align nationwide what students are learning continues to gain steam. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/08/06/37standards.h29.html?tkn=LYQFx%2FKcK6NQoGyVPUaQ1jxL%2BVGTKhbLgyMt&cmp=clp-edweek Class Size. Does it Matter? By Tamara Henry Conventional wisdom says the smaller the classes, the better the education, because teachers can pay more attention to each child. But while smaller classes are popular, decades of research has found that the relationship between class size and student outcomes is murky. http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2010-08-26-classsize26_ST_N.htm ISTE 2010

MSM-131 Strategies for the Classroom

Aug 24, 2010 00:00:00

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On Our Mind: More iTunes Ratings. (Thanks Eric!) Listeners: “I recently compiled a list of the Top 40 podcasts for teachers, and I just wanted to let you know that you made the list! It is published online at http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-40-podcasts-for-teachers/“ From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Ice Breakers http://macmomma.blogspot.com/2010/08/breaking-ice.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AGeekymommasBlog+%28A+GeekyMomma%27s+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader Tech Tools: UDL Book Builder Welcome to Book Builder! Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills. http://bookbuilder.cast.org/ Webspotlight: Strategies Gallore: A bunch of different categories. Many, many different strategies for each category. http://franklincountyschools.k12tn.net/Show%20Me%20the%20Strategies.htm Earth Calendar The Earth Calendar is a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world.For the purpose of this web site a "holiday" is any day that recognizes a cultural event. http://www.earthcalendar.net//index.php News: Putting Teachers to the Test: By Carl Bialik “My print column this week examines the debate over so-called value-added measures for teachers, which evaluate their performance based on how much they improve their students’ standardized test scores.” http://blogs.wsj.com/numbersguy/putting-teachers-to-the-test-982/ MiJEC 2010 Rogers City Schools What they did: Created a template on Word Basic tech is needed. http://mijec.org/attendees/2010program/wozinak/ Directions for the Fakebook Project

MSM-130-Super Sized-Open textbooks and iPad

Aug 5, 2010 00:00:00

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Title: Super Sized, Open Textbooks and the iPad! Jokes: Business Plans Two women were comparing notes on the difficulties of running a small business. "I started a new practice last year," the first one said. "I insist that each of my employees take at least a week off every three months." "Why in the world would you do that?" the other asked. She responded, "It's the best way I can learn which ones I can do without." Friends Pete and Larry had not seen each other in many years. They had a long talk trying to fill in the gap of those years by talking about their lives. Finally, Pete invited Larry to visit him in his new apartment. "I got a wife and three kids and I'd love to have you visit us." "Great. Where do you live?" "Here's the address. And there's plenty of parking behind the apartment. Park and come around to the front door, kick it open with your foot, go to the elevator and press the button with your left elbow, then enter! When you reach the sixth floor, go down the hall until you see my name on the door. Then press the doorbell with your right elbow and I'll let you in." "Good. But tell me, what is all this business of kicking the front door open, then pressing elevator buttons with my right, then my left elbow?" "Surely, you're not coming empty-handed." Mosquitoes Two young men were camping out in the forest one night. But the mosquitoes were so fierce that the boys had to hide under their blankets to keep from getting bitten. Then one of the boys saw some lightning bugs. "We may as well give up," he told his friend. "Now they are coming at us with flashlights." On Our Mind: Gearing up for the school year. iPads in the classroom. Eric’s Shirt. Listeners: Guys, I hope you are having a super fantastic summer. Yes, during my 6 days in the States, I picked up an iPad. I was very skeptical at first, but WOW! This thing is amazing. My question is about the practical use of the iPad in the class. I see that Apple just upgraded iBooks to allow videos and audio within the epub format. This means that textbooks could have audio/video boxes that support the main text or apply material in a cross curricular presentation. My question is this - who is creating the open source etexts that we can use in class, and how can I help? Robert Sent from my iPad Related links we sent Robert: http://open-education.org/ http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/000027.html http://www.opentextbook.org/about/ http://web.me.com/mcgirr/Summer_PD_Notes__ISTE__MiJEC____MSC_/pages/20.html From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Is “What you see, What you get?” Here are 5 optical illusions that you could share with your students (or class). Good lead in to discussion about perception, point of view, etc. http://mashable.com/2010/08/01/optical-illusions-videos/ Stats on Soft Drinks http://www.onlineschools.org/blog/softdrinks/ TED Talk: The Art of Choosing: http://www.ted.com/talks/sheena_iyengar_on_the_art_of_choosing.html Tech Tools: Teacher’s First TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. We offer our own professional and classroom-ready content along with thousands of reviewed web resources, including practical ideas for classroom use and safe classroom use of Web 2.0. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our subject/grade level search, keyword search, or extensive menus. http://teachersfirst.com/index.cfm Vanilla Forums Vanilla Forums is an open-source, standards-compliant, customizable, modern, community-building discussion forum. http://vanillaforums.org/ KnoteBooks http://knotebooks.com/ Webspotlight: Teacher inspires students to work through adversity http://www.southtownstar.com/lifestyles/vickroy/2551488,080110vickroy.article Tiering Lessons http://help4teachers.com/samples2.htm

MSM-129-The Exquisite Corpse

Jul 28, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: On Our Mind: PLNs enforced by administration. http://thetechnorateteacher.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/great-pln-backlash-of-2010/ From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Library of Congress: The Exquisite Corpse . . . http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-library-congress-the-exquisite/id374009707 Tech Tools: Gradebook: LearnBoost’s product allows teachers to manage their classroom by offering an amazing gradebook and software for managing and creating lesson plans, tracking attendance, maintaining schedules, integrating calendars including Google calendars, seamless tagging of Common Core State Standards, and so much more. Manage your gradebook, lesson plans, calendars, scheduling, and more from one place: LearnBoost. Once you switch, you'll wonder what life was like before LearnBoost. Sign up for your free account! Standards Supported The majority of states have announced support for the Common Core Standards. We're the first to fully support and integrate these leading standards across our gradebook and lesson plan software. You'll love how we let you "tag" standards to your lesson plans, gradebook, and more. http://www.learnboost.com/ LearnPort A National Online Library of Professional Development Resources Compiled to Help Bridge Research, Policy and Practice. Across states, national organizations and technical assistance investments, an extensive amount of professional development material is available. This library provides local educators with easy access to an array of resources that can be used or customized to meet their needs. http://www.learningport.us/ Survey Tools: Free Tech 4 Teachers: A wonderful write up of 9 tools that you can use to create surveys. Interesting. The list does NOT include Google Forms, which is most commonly used survey tool. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/07/nine-survey-tools-for-teachers-and.html Webspotlight: Schoolwide Videos useful for Professional Development. The Schoolwide Network was created in response to the lack of quality video (and print) resources available on the Internet today. With all of the rich media now available via the Internet and mobile technologies, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information being pushed toward us and our children every day. ISTE 2010 ISTE 2010: Virtual Schools Virtual School Initiative: 21st Century Learning and Teaching Dr. Kathy Hayden: Assistant Professor of Educational Technology, California State University, San Marcos khayden@csusm.edu Stacey Campo via Skype (teacher): Poway Unified School District Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-128-Pirate T-Shirts for every listener

Jul 20, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: Counting A man rushed into a doctor's office, jumped on his back, and started screaming, "One! Two! Three! Four!" "Wait a minute!" yelled the doctor, trying to get free. "What do you think you're doing?" The man said, "Well doctor, they did say I could count on you!" On Our Mind: ISTE 2010 Swag! Listeners: Letter 1: “Hi guys, I listened to the June 26 podcast today while driving to my summer job, (a teacher with a summer job?!). Thanks for the moderation of the the theme music. I enjoyed the discussion and your thoughts. I teach at a fairly small rural school and our cell phone policy is pretty simple. You can have it. You can use it with permission in class, it sits on the desktop, off, no ringer, no vibrate. I find that you are using it, without permission, you have lost it for 24 hours, or until the next time class meets, (don't get caught on a Friday!) you can use it at passing times and at lunch. The high school was pretty good with this policy, it was a group of HS students that convinced our principal to adopt this policy. The MS kids had a harder time with it, there were a small number that just could not follow these simple rules. I am not sure where we will be with this policy next year. We are going to 1 to 1 computers (MacBook) in 6-12 next year so there will be a lot of changes in the next school year. Keep up the good work, summer is about over, argh!!! ;)” Craig Letter 2: Shawn and Troy~~ I wanted to share how much I enjoy your podcasts. They actually make me look forward to my daily exercise when I have to opportunity to listen. I have just started listening and I am catching up on old ones. Your topics and enthusiasm give me a refreshed outlook for the school year. I have been spending the last 2 hours reviewing your webpage and found so many interesting links. In a time that can be very negative toward education, you have given me a reason to continue my positive outlook and remind me each time I listen why I got into teaching. Thanks so much~~ Kerry Letter 3: From AK Jenny: http://www.conquercollegewithld.com/ Letter 4: Dear Shawn & Troy, On behalf of the stakeholder and partner organizations of the Michigan Joint Education Conference (MIJEC), I want to express my appreciation to you for sharing your expertise with the attendees of last month's conference at Thurston High School in South Redford. By sharing your best practices with other educators, you enhanced our conference and helped to further the professional development of our attendees. I hope that you will consider presenting next year's Michigan Joint Education Conference, which will be held on Wednesday, June 22. Watch the MIJEC website for announcements concerning our call for presenters. Thanks again for your participation in the 2010 Michigan Joint Education Conference. Sincerely, Ric Wiltse, MACUL From the Twitterverse: Advisory: 8 Ways to get to know a new class: http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_650dvtj3dgk Tech Tools: SnagIt for Mac (beta) http://www.techsmith.com/snagitmac/ Book Suggestion engine Uses Amazon and LibraryThing http://bookseer.com/ SlideSix Allows voiceover of uploaded powerpoint, keynote, OpenOffice presentations. http://slidesix.com/ ISock www.guppiesinthedark.com http://itunes.apple.com/nl/app/isock-de-pratende-sok/id346782860?mt=8 Webspotlight:

MSM-127 Back Channel and Boy Crisis

Jul 4, 2010 00:00:00

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Jokes: Serious Questions A police recruit was asked during the exam, "What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?" He said: "Call for backup." Great News While eating in an expensive restaurant, a patron overheard the gentleman at the next table ask the waitress to pack the leftovers for their dog. It was then that his young son exclaimed loudly, "Whoopee! We're going to get a dog." Lord Send Me A Hundred A little boy wanted $100 badly and prayed for two weeks but nothing happened. Then he decided to write a letter to the Lord requesting the $100. When the postal authorities received the letter addressed to the Lord, USA, they decided to send it to the President. The President was so impressed, touched, and amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy a $5.00 bill, as this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy. The little boy was delighted with the $5.00, and sat down to write a thank-you note to the Lord. It said: Dear Lord, Thank you very much for sending me the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you had to send it through Washington, DC and as usual, those jerks deducted $95. On Our Mind: ISTE 2010 and Back Channels . . . What do you get when you mash up a former VP of the World Bank, a PowerPoint, and a bunch of tech savvy educators? Conference Survival Gear Maxpedition Mongo Bag Soundpaper Listeners: Teachers in Illinois use iPod Touch to customize lessons One Illinois school district will have teachers and students using iPod Touch devices in classrooms this fall. District staff received 15 hours of training on using the devices for individualizing lessons and helping students improve reading fluency by listening to their recorded voices reading aloud. "This is the way students are wired to learn, and we are looking at every method to make learning more engaging and stimulating for our students and teaching more exciting for our staff," the district's superintendent said. David Bydlowski Science Consultant Hey Guys -- I still need to respond to your response to my response to the UDL article! I came a cross this link today - and thought you might be interested --http://atcubed.blogspot.com/2010/06/thinking-about-relationships.html -- it does go with the UDL topic. later - jen From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Xtranormal: Go Play! Report back here what you learned. We’ll talk about it on the show. Tech Tools: WordPress Now Lets You Phone in Your Blog Posts You can already write and publish WordPress blog posts from your iPhone, iPad, Android, e-mail and desktop, but now you can also post audio via your phone. http://mashable.com/2010/07/01/wordpress-phone/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29 Aviary in Education: A safe, private environment to use Aviary tools with your students * Create private student accounts * Manage assignments and projects * Use the image editor, vector editor, audio editor & music creator * All content and images are 100% school safe http://www.aviaryeducation.com/ Webspotlight: Putting the “Boy Crisis” in Context Finding solutions to boys’ reading problems may require looking beyond gender By MICHAEL SADOWSKI “The Boys Have Fallen Behind.” “Girls Lead the Nation in Reading Scores.” “Are Teachers Failing Our Sons?” http://www.hepg.org/hel/article/473 Word Games http://www.wordgames.com/ Google Apps Education Training Center Welcome to the Google Apps Education Training Center. This is an online learning environment dedicated for educators and students to learn how to effectively use Google Apps in an educational context. Access to a Google Apps Education account is strongly recommended so that you can experiment and apply what you learn. http://edutraining.googleapps.com/Training-Home Shout out: Thanks to InFocus for the shout out on Twitter and for the USB drive at the conference! News: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE 2010)

MSM-126 China Test and Kipp

Jun 27, 2010 00:52:30

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Jokes: Waiters A man walks into a restaurant and is shown to his seat by the hostess. The waiter approaches and asks, "Would you like to try our house special? The man replies, "No, just bring me a steak, and make it lean". The waiter, somewhat puzzled, looks at him and replies, "which way?" Important Tasks A doctor got a phone call from one of his colleagues. "We need a fourth for poker," the voice on the phone said. "I'll be right over," replied the doctor. As he was putting on his overcoat, his wife asked, "Is it serious?" "Oh yes, quite serious," he said gravely. "They've had to call in three other doctors as well." On Our Mind: Catching Up or Leading the Way Yong Zhao Listeners: Comment: Thank you for keeping us updated. I incredibly enjoy it and discover all the information really useful. Krav Maga Hi guys, I am at the Technology Integration and Instruction for the 21st Century Learner conference in Storm Lake, Iowa at Buena Vista University. I listen to your podcasts (and have given you the 4 stars on i-Tunes). Love the links, discussion and your thoughts. It gives me time to reflect, something we do not do enough of. I do have a suggestion, and this is on the technical side of the the podcast production. Please moderate the theme music, it is so loud that it drowns out the voice and is much louder than the volume of the spoken word. I have to quick reach for the volume on my i-pod, or computer so it does not wake my daughter or wife in the next rooms as I listen to you late at night when everyone is in bed. I know through using garage band that the volumes can be adjusted. It is way worse than the increase in volume of commercials on TV. Thanks again for your great work, Craig Cadman Middle School Science From ASCD: Middle-school students create podcasts as part of place-based learning Middle-school students at an Oregon charter school created podcasts as part of their study of a local streetcar line that used to operate near their school. Educators say the streetcar project and the podcasts are a form of place-based learning, which includes studying the history of neighborhoods, communities and buildings under the umbrella of environmental education. The student recordings are posted on the website of the regional transportation planning agency, which is considering reviving the original line. http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/06/southwest_charter_school_stude.html David Bydlowski From the Twitterverse: Tech Tools: Doodle - Collaborative Scheduling http://doodle.com/ DabbleBoard - http://dabbleboard.com/ Free Web Pages http://pageeasy.com/ Webspotlight: Interesting world view: http://timemaps.com/history/ Top 100 technology blogs for teachers Posted on Jun. 17th 2010 6:23 PM by alexis (This article is a continuation and combination of two previous lists: “The Top 25 eLearning Blogs,” and “The Top 20 Teacher Blogs“) http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-100-technology-blogs-for-teachers/ News: Report finds KIPP students outscore public school peers Prince George's bans student cellphone use during school day Carpe Data: In Defense of Common Standards Events & Happenings:

MSM-125 Twitter is our friend

Jun 20, 2010 01:01:50

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Jokes: Obedience A father of five won a large stuffed animal in a raffle. All the way home he agonized about which child should receive the toy. When he arrived, he called the kids together. "I have decided this gift should go to the most deserving," he said. "Who is the most obedient?" he asked. "Who never talks back to mommy? Who does everything she says?" Five small voices cried in unison. "You do, Daddy!" On Our Mind: The "Reply All" button The Michigan Joint Education Conference: www.mijec.org Shawn presents at the 8:00 and 10:00 sessions. You've got to be there! From the Twitterverse: Listeners: Hey guys, Hope you are enjoying your summer. We still have another full week of school. Ran across this the other day and thought you might be interested: http://www.microsoft.com/multipoint/mouse-mischief/ It is a free product from Microsoft. Since most students learn how to use powerpoint in computer class, this would be a fun tool for student presentations. Robert PS Still not on Twitter. -- Robert Jackson Kyiv, Ukraine Model Schools Conference, Orlando HUGE thanks to Dr. John Harrison for recommending Middle School Matters to his session attenders at the Model Schools Conference in Orlando, Florida this week. We really appreciate the recommendation, though it cost us the last of our business cards. Tech Tools: Teen Chat Decoder http://www.teenchatdecoder.com/ Create Short Animations at Fuzzwich http://www.fuzzwich.com/ Free Quizzes that you can play right in your browser! Welcome to Quiz-Tree.com! Who said that learning has to be boring? Everybody learns better when they are having fun! Here at Quiz-Tree.com you will find educational games and quizzes on many subjects, including Math, Reading, Spanish, Geography, SAT, Spelling, Music and more. All activities come with animated interface, fun sounds and other cool features that make learning more enjoyable. To find an activity, start by clicking on the general subject that you are interested in. http://www.quiz-tree.com/index.html Webspotlight: Your Next Read http://www.yournextread.com/us/ Forbes Map Interactive Feature Map: Where Americans Are Moving Jon Bruner More than 10 million Americans moved from one county to another during 2008. The map below visualizes those moves. Click on any county to see comings and goings: black lines indicate net inward movement, red lines net outward movement. http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/04/migration-moving-wealthy-interactive-counties-map.html Understanding Genetics http://www.thetech.org/exhibits/online/ugenetics/ Are Good Teachers Always Good, No Matter Where They Go? The more we fixate on the "good teacher," the less we seem to concern ourselves with good teaching. But the story also drove home how seldom we hear about the conditions that foster good teaching. Most news stories on ed reform leave the impression that a good teacher is a good teacher is a good teacher, no matter where he teaches, no matter what challenges he faces, no matter how toxic the climate in his school is. Good teachers, it seems, are widgets to be deployed to all manner of schools, where they'll climb every mountain and ford every stream. http://www.publicschoolinsights.org/are-good-teachers-always-good-no-matter-where-they-go?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LFA+%28Public+School+Insights%3A+What+is+WORKING+in+our+Public+Schools%29 News: Middle Schools Conference Notes

MSM-124 Summer Blues? We're still talking

Jun 13, 2010 01:01:02

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Title: Summer Blues? We're still talking. Jokes: "In making a sermon, think up a good beginning, then think up a good ending and finally bring these two as close together as you possibly can." - Frederick Temple Graduation Day: It's graduation day, and everybody's going to get their diploma but Josh. At the assembly, the entire senior class stands up and shouts "Let Josh graduate, let Josh graduate!" The principal agrees to give Josh one last chance. "If I have five apples in my right hand and five in my left hand, Josh, how many apples do I have?" he asked. Josh thought long and hard and then said: "Ten." And the entire senior class stood up and shouted, "Give Josh another chance. Give Josh another chance!" New Principal: A new school principal was checking over his school the day before the first school class day. Passing the stockroom, he was startled to see the door wide open and teachers bustling in and out, carrying off books and supplies in preparation for the arrival of students the next day. The school where he had been a principal the previous year had used a check-out system only slightly less elaborate than that at Fort Knox. Cautiously, he asked the school's long time custodian, "Do you think it's wise to keep the stockroom unlocked and to let the teachers take things without requisitions?" The custodian looked at him gravely and said, "We trust them with the children, don't we?" On Our Mind: From the Twitterverse: Listeners: Response to podcast #123 - UDL article Tech Tools: MicroMobs: Micro Mobs is a free service that allows anyone to create their own public or private micromessaging network. To get started just name your mob (network) pick a URL then register for an account. You can register for a Micro Mobs account or use your Twitter or Facebook account to login into Micro Mobs. Once you've created your Micro Mobs network you can invite others by email, Twitter, or Facebook message. If you choose to make your Micro Mobs network private it can only be accessed by the people you have invited. Micro Mobs could be a good private platform for hosting a backchannel chat in your classroom. Micro Mobs might also be a good platform for keeping in contact with parents or colleagues. http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/06/micro-mobs-realtime-group-messaging.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29 http://micromobs.com/ Weebly Easy website creation is our passion. When we say easy, we mean it! Weebly was named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites of the year in 2007 and we’ve since made our service even more powerful, while keeping it simple. We have 3 million customers who would likely agree that there’s really no better place to create a website online – here’s why: * Create a free website & blog * Easy drag and drop interface * No technical skills required * Dozens of professional designs * Free domain hosting http://www.weebly.com/ Webspotlight: NCLB damages US education by narrowing the curriculum No Child Left Behind (NCLB) continues to harm the formal educational experiences of millions of students and teachers in the United States. In her recent book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," Diane Ravitch explains why. In her chapter titled, "Hijacked!" on page 29, Ravitch writes: http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2010/06/05/nclb-damages-us-education-by-narrowing-the-curriculum/ Educational Leadership Archives: Now available for FREE http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/archived-issues.aspx http://crescentok.com/staff/jaskew/WebBased/WebBased.htm News: Teacher Evaluation

MSM-123-Easy as 123

Jun 6, 2010 01:00:20

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Jokes: The Book Lunching with a friend in a fast food restaurant, I was telling her about a teenager who had rear-ended my car. The teen blamed me for the accident. "She called me every name in the book!" I said. Just then I looked over to the next table where two nine-year-old boys had apparently been paying close attention to my story. One said to the other, "There's a book?" A Birthday Number A couple phoned a neighbor to extend birthday greetings. They dialed the number and then sang "Happy Birthday" to him. But when they finished their off-key rendition, they discovered that they had dialed the wrong number. "Don't let it bother you," said a strange but amused voice. "You folks need all the practice you can get." On Our Mind: Gifted Bias: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/01/nyregion/01gifted.html?ref=education "Graduation" Summer Time From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Bullying Awareness Project Teacher Page: http://www.ldcsb.on.ca/schools/cfe/rpt/RPT_Zero_Tolerance/teacher.html Student Page: http://www.ldcsb.on.ca/schools/cfe/rpt/RPT_Zero_Tolerance/student.html Listeners: Robert sent along the web site: http://www.hippocampus.org/ Tech Tools: Notalon http://bitbucket.org/saketh/notalon/overview Webspotlight: UDL Discussion http://lisaslingo.blogspot.com/2010/05/why-wont-more-teachers-set-up-udl.html?spref=fb Rethinking Schools As a special introduction to our new website, the text of the entire summer issue of Rethinking Schools is accessible here, free of charge. If you aren’t already a member of Rethinking Schools, we hope a look at the exciting and thought-provoking articles in this issue will inspire you to join. http://www.rethinkingschools.org/index.shtml Will the iPad make kids smarter? http://www.examiner.com/x-46117-Long-Island-iPad-Examiner~y2010m6d5-Will-the-Apple-iPad-make-kids-smarter?cid=channel-rss-Gadgets_and_Tech News: Districts' Financial Crisis Is Not the Time to Talk Reform By Harold J. Kwalwasser Financial chaos does not promote positive change. When districts’ funding is uncertain, administrators and school boards have no time to worry about innovation and transformation. All life is sucked from discussions of reform. The nitty-gritty of how to balance the budget, whether it is how many teachers to fire or which programs to cut, drowns out any consideration of real, long-term improvement. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/06/03/33kwalwasser.h29.html?tkn=XQQF13b3BxIwIjwm%2FHgRJ0uyoj6rmBYizVXS&cmp=clp-edweek 4 Day Weeks gain popularity During the school year, Mondays in this rural Georgia community are for video games, trips to grandma's house and hanging out at the neighborhood community center. Don't bother showing up for school. The doors are locked and the lights are off. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/06/04/358869usfourdayschoolweek_ap.html?tkn=WVTFdqIRlkDrbw0wXdYDRUmFzEFsRwCKamBh&cmp=clp-edweek States' Fiscal Condition Still Dismal, New Report Finds By Alyson Klein on June 3, 2010 10:30 AM State finances remain as bad as they have been in decades, and the fiscal picture isn't likely to clear up anytime soon, according to a report released this morning by the National Governors Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2010/06/states_are_still_in_terrible_f.html Events & Happenings:

MSM-122 Amazing People, School's Out

May 30, 2010 01:04:32

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Jokes: On Our Mind: Memorial Day Weekend Red Skelton - Pledge of Allegiance From the Twitterverse: Advisory: 1. 10 YouTube Videos of People Doing Amazing Things *Note- turn the sound off for the breakdance video http://mashable.com/2010/05/24/youtube-amazing-people/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29 2. Time to revisit one of your Advisory activities from the Fall! Remember measuring your Advisory students' height this past fall? We talked about an activity to help your students see their growth over the course of the year. In case you missed that podcast, you take a length of twine and have the student put one end at their heel and the other end at their head. Try to get as exact as you can (you'll be off by a little, don't worry about it) and then label each students' string for June. When the last week of school comes around do the activity again and have the students compare strings. Some will be dramatically different, some not so much. Listeners: From Dave Bydlowski, RESA Science Specialist: 10a. You Be the Chemist on TV This Week 9a. Introduce Your Students to Nanoscale Science 9c. New Science Teacher Academy 9d. Spark Interest in STEM Careers MWM’s inquiry- and design-based STEM program trains teachers on what are called Materials World Modules, teaching units focused on matter and its applications. The idea is to give teachers the lessons and tools to increase student interest and achievement in STEM subjects and careers. The program pairs teachers with scientists and engineers, who will also serve as mentors and resources after the program is completed. Just visit: http://www.materialsworldmodules.org/ From the website: 1. Todd Williamson Says: May 27th, 2010 at 9:35 pm Hey Troy, thanks for your thoughts on the iPad. I’m still holding out (though barely) for the 2nd Generation as I think there will be some significant changes between the 1st and 2nd. I know during one of my MLE sessions someone mentioned having a class set of iPod Touches and that they were able to sync them all to a single iTunes account. I’d love some clarification on that from a legal standpoint, but it seems like that is likely what has happened so far with the Touch. That would mean that Apps purchased for the account were available to all Touch/iPads connected to that account. Seems like a loophole Apple would want to clarify one way or the other. I really think we’re going to see a significant price drop or production drop on the eReaders from Amazon and B&N now that apps exist for both companies for the iPad. Overall, those two companies are focused on selling books, both digital and dead tree. Why stay in a market you aren’t built for (eReader hardware design) when there is a platform available that you can pump money into the software side, and still sell your books? Time will tell… Thanks again! Tech Tools: Online Stickies: (similar to WallWisher). http://en.linoit.com/ FedFlix: http://www.archive.org/details/FedFlix Technology Assessment A plethora of links to evaluate technology planning, web resources, technology impact, and evaluations & reports. http://www.4teachers.org/inttech/index.php?inttechid=ta GradePad iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad app that lets you take grades in a rubric format while you circle the room. Webspotlight: Cognitive Surplus: The Great Spare-Time Revolution http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/05/ff_pink_shirky/all/1 Videos: Making Data Matter http://www.edweek.org/ew/section/video-galleries/april10-event-data.html News: Banking Giant Offers Financing for Charter Schools http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/05/28/33jpmorgan.h29.html?tkn=PPYFbNdxAuarBPKe2qcSOmnhI+20xtqZ+oV6&cmp=clp-edweek School's out, but should it be? But experts say extended school year would avoid "summer slide" http://www.denverpost.com/education/ci_15178799 Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-121-Common Core Motivation

May 23, 2010 01:01:34

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Jokes: Ugly Suits When the store manager returned from lunch, he noticed his clerk's hand was bandaged, but before he could ask about the bandage, the clerk had some very good news for him. "Guess what, sir?" the clerk said. "I finally sold that terrible, ugly suit we've had so long!" "Do you mean that repulsive pink-and-blue double-breasted thing?!" the manager asked. "That's the one!" "That's great!" the manager cried, "I thought we'd never get rid of that monstrosity! That had to be the ugliest suit we've ever had! But tell me, why is your hand bandaged?" "Oh," the clerk replied, "after I sold the guy that suit, his seeing-eye dog bit me." On Our Mind: Thanks for the ratings. We've added to the iTunes rating and really appreciate that. School year is coming to a close. From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Ad Hoc idea: Info Please/ChaCha - Here's an idea to let your kids use those smart phones in school. Grab some worksheets from your teammates and hold a surprise review quiz in Advisory. They can use two resources to help them find the answers: Info Please and ChaCha. Info Please is a reference site put together by Pearson. Tons of resources at the ready. Not enough computers in your Advisory classroom? Fine. Let the kiddos pull out their cell phones and get the answers from ChaCha, a cell phone based search engine. Tech Tools: Gpanion: Gives you an online dashboard to your Google Apps and life. http://gpanion.com/ Timeline tools: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/05/five-ways-for-students-to-build.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29 XTimeline TimeGlider Time Toast TimeRime Dipity Facebook search engine: Openbook draws attention to the information Facebook makes public about its users via its search API. Facebook exposed this service on April 21st, 2010. Our goal is to get Facebook to restore the privacy of this information, so that this website and others like it no longer work. Anybody can search, even if they don't have a Facebook account. However, if you are logged into your Facebook account, you'll see full profile pages when you click on a user. http://youropenbook.org/ AutoMotivator AutoMotivator is for making printable motivational posters or parody demotivational posters. You choose the picture, colors, and text, and we make your poster. You can put the poster on your website, or even get a print for just $9.95. A giant, 36" wide print is just $19.95! http://wigflip.com/automotivator/ e.g.: Mistakes Poster http://site.despair.com/images/dpage/mistakes03.jpg Webspotlight: Net Generation: Downloadable information revolving around the Federal Government and its IT capabilities. Also has sections on Net Generation, use of web 2.0 tools, etc. http://www.slideshare.net/DepartmentofDefense/net-generation?from=embed News: Common-Standards Draft Excludes ELL Proficiency By Mary Ann Zehr http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/05/20/33common-ell.h29.html?tkn=MQOFnULgtF%2Fgh5hnaIt1UWPBxqDYo516eELj&cmp=clp-edweek Education officials may scrap MCAS test http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/mcas/articles/2010/05/20/education_officials_may_scrap_mcas_test/ Are We Really Teaching Them How To Fish (by Jennifer Wagner) Teaching teachers to fish instead of simply relying on PLN's for all the answers. http://www.techlearning.com/blogs/29850 Opportunity: Knowledge For Teaching Study http://www.ets.org/Media/Campaign/13700/ What makes a good teacher? Here's a study to find out and a chance for you to participate in a study that is designed to find out those very things. Events & Happenings:

MSM-120-Sneaky Science Achievement

May 16, 2010 00:57:16

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Title: Sneaky Science Achievement . . . Jokes: How do you keep a parrot on its perch? Polly Grip. On Our Mind: NMSA hires new Executive Director: Dr. Drew Allbritten NMSA hires new Research Journal Editor: Dr. Karen Weller Swanson NMSA announces new Voucher Program. * Minimum amount $250/No Maximum. * Expires two years from date of issue. * Valid on membership, book purchases, event registrations, on-site professional development, and Middle Grades Assessment. * No refunds or cash back. * Voucher may be redeemed via mail, fax, phone, or online. Limitations apply to online redemption and cannot be used for on-site purchases. * Member discounts apply upon usage of voucher. From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Origami Projects: http://en.origami-club.com//index.html http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/supplies/b21b/: Sticky Notes Book version: Sticky Note Origami Don't Buy It - Consumer Awareness: http://pbskids.org/dontbuyit/ http://pbskids.org/dontbuyit/buyingsmart/ Tech Tools: GeoGebra GeoGebra is free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. It has received several educational software awards in Europe and the USA. http://www.geogebra.org/cms/ MeetingWords: MeetingWords is a simple text editor for the web. Your text is saved on the web, and more than one person can edit the same document at the same time. Everybody's changes are instantly reflected on all screens. Work together on meeting notes, brainstorming sessions, homework, team programming and more! http://meetingwords.com/ Webspotlight: Scitable A free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world's leading publisher of science. Scitable currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms. http://www.nature.com/scitable Udemy Udemy is a website that enables anyone to create an online course. Our goal is to provide our teachers with everything they could possibly need to create a great learning experience over the internet. We've worked hard to build this site and we hope you like it. Everything is completely free, because we believe nobody should have to pay for Udemy unless they are making money themselves. http://udemy.com/ Physics Central: Learn how your world works. Includes Physics Quest: PhysicsQuest is a story-based activity that exposes middle school students to the fun and relevance of science. APS provides a free PhysicsQuest kit to registered 6-9th grade physical science classes, home school groups, science clubs, and after-school programs. The kit includes a user's manual and materials for four physics experiments. Also: Ask a Physicist http://www.physicscentral.com/ News: Educational Attainment Rises Among All Americans Demographic Shift Could Pose Challenges for Schools By Erik W. Robelen College for all? Experts say not necessarily By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER (AP) http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gFJnsnt6zUOz2LwZnZgsoBxUQC6QD9FM535G0 An Idea to Consider: The Purpose Is the Point By Phillip Harris & Bruce Smith http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/05/12/31harris.h29.html?tkn=WYVFhdem88gTCb5WD1xyQ%2B1JQ8ZRGaX2lOUF&cmp=clp-edweek Events & Happenings:

119-Teaching Secrets that we just gave away

May 9, 2010 00:57:00

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Title: Teaching Secrets that we just gave away! Jokes: Technology The world's first fully computerized airliner was ready for its maiden flight without pilots or crew. The plane taxied to the loading area automatically, its doors opened automatically, the steps came out automatically. The passengers boarded the plane and took their seats. The steps retreated automatically, the doors closed, and the airplane taxied toward the runway. "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen," a voice intoned. "Welcome to the debut of the world's first fully computerized airliner. Everything on this aircraft is run electronically. Just sit back and relax. Nothing can go wrong ... Nothing can go wrong...nothing can go wrong...." Homework Assignments A father came home from work one night to find his little boy sitting on the cat, with a pen and paper in his hand. "Why are you sitting on Felix?" he asked. "Well, teacher told us to write an essay on the family pet." On Our Mind: Happy Belated Birthday to Ron King! Transitions Elementary to Middle http://www.nea.org/tools/16657.htm http://www.ericdigests.org/1999-2/middle.htm http://learningtogive.org/lessons/unit32/ http://www.lpcsc.k12.in.us/kesling/docs/Survival_Tips.pdf Middle to High http://www.ldaofmichigan.org/articles/Mizelle3-06.htm http://www.kidsource.com/education/middlehigh.html From Our Listeners: I was listening to the podcast ... As we talked, it was obvious that there was a lot of confusion between formative and summative, especially when it came to grades. I shared your example of the students who both learned the content, but started their learning at different levels. As you talked about you, it was clear that if a student had more prior knowledge they would probably get a better grade. But a student who learned the same things, yet had less prior knowledge would probably not get as good a grade. This was a striking example for the participants in the workshop. All of a sudden, people got a much better understanding of formative assessment, summative assessment and its impact on grading. I think it is a great example and it had a great impact on 40 science teachers. Keep up the good work, Dave Bydlowski resa.net/science k12science.net Twitter: k12science Facebook: k12science From the Twitterverse: Advisory: The Learners Profile http://www.ncwiseowl.org/kscope/techknowpark/kiosk/Profile_Teachers.html Webspotlight: Teens & Mobile Phone Infographic: http://www.flowtown.com/blog/teens-and-their-mobile-phones?display=wide Timelines: Create your own timelines: http://www.xtimeline.com/ Students Provide Feedback on Teachers: Teaching Secrets: 10 To-Dos for New Teachers 1. Find your curriculum and read through it several times. 2. Find all your supporting materials, both student and teacher copies. 3. Ask to look over last year’s yearbook. 4. Create a birthday list for each class (celebrate half-birthdays for summer birthdays, six months from the actual date). 5. Develop some sort of impartial method for calling on students during class. 6. Figure out how you will capture students on the first day of school. 7. Design some method to manage and keep track of daily paperwork, especially for absent students. 8. Make an appointment to sit down with important building specialists. 9. Introduce yourself to the school secretaries, the nurse, the bookkeepers and the paraprofessionals. 10. Decide where and when you will fight your battles with the kids. http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2010/05/05/tln_ratzel_newteachertodos.html?tkn=WOYCT4%2FR0wxIx1HwBu%2Bs1%2FE2wCPYug9wyhjq&cmp=clp-sb-ascd Reading Programs Yield Few Gains in Comprehension Events & Happenings:

MSM-118-And Now a Word from our Listeners

May 2, 2010 00:47:36

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Jokes: Phones After the telephone was installed in her home, the lady called the operator. My telephone cord is too long, she said. Would you please pull it a little from your end? Daughters A certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, "I'm Mr. Sugarbrown's daughter." Her mother told her this was wrong, she must say, "I'm Jane Sugarbrown." The Vicar spoke to her in Sunday school, and said, "Aren't you Mr. Sugarbrown's daughter?" She replied, "I thought I was, but mother says I'm not." Positive Attributes A doctor examining a woman who had been rushed to the Emergency Room took the husband aside, and said, "I don't like the looks of your wife at all. "Me neither doc," said the husband. "But she's a great cook and really good with the kids." On Our Mind: Google Apps for All in Oregon From Our Listeners: Thanks to Michael DePass for the podcast requests. We hope that you enjoy them. Gentlemen, Just listened to ep 114 (sorry I'm a little behind) and enjoyed your discussion about allowing students to text the teacher an answer to a problem in class. One question: What phone # should the students be given to text to? I for one, would not give my cell phone # to the class. Keep up the good work! Mike Cohen This weekend I attended WAMLE10 and had the opportunity to listen to Christian Moore present on his program Why Try? Listening to him present, he reminded me of so many of my "at risk" kids. He talked about how many of "them" are visual learners, yet many teachers predominately use auditory ways to present information. His program is built around visual metaphors and music and I thought it was right on target. He said something surprising during his breakout session though. He mentioned presenting at NMSA this year and there being an absence of dropout prevention presenters. While I was not able to attend, do you recall that being true? Do you know anything about his program? Did either of you attend his session this year? I have included some to links in case you aren't too familiar with him. It sounds to me like a great advisory or enrichment program for schools to look into. What do you think? Ron From Doc. Tatom: The 2010 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is for students grades 5-8. Ten finalists will be selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to compete in the final challenge in October. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds ($25,000 cash value), a tour of 3M's Innovation Center in St. Paul Minnesota given by the world's top scientists, and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist." Competition Details: 1. Middle school students in the U.S. are challenged to create a 1-2 minute video communicating the science behind the danger of one of the following safety and security issues that are present in everyday life, and offer a possible solution: a. Preventing the spread of germs and diseases b. Food safety c. Sun protection d. Wind resistant structures 2. All video entries must be submitted online at www.youngscientistchallenge.com by May 27, 2010. 3. Videos will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on creativity, persuasiveness, classroom suitability, and overall presentation. Students can learn how to craft a winning video by checking out Entry Video Tips at www.youngscientistchallenge.com/about/entry_video_tips.html, which features advice from previous winners. 4. The official submission rules can be found at www.youngscientistchallenge.com . From Dave Bydlowski: ----------------------------------------------------------------- Middle School Science Teachers From the Twitterverse:

MSM-117-Tales from the Web

Apr 25, 2010 00:57:46

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Jokes: Qualifications for Presidency An eighth grade teacher was leading a discussion on the qualifications for being president of the United States. After the teacher commented that a person must be a natural-born citizen, one of the students raised her hand. Does that mean that if you were born by Caesarean section that you can't be president? From the Twitterverse: * Monte Tatom drmmtatom 5 Trends in Education Technology Leadership -- THE Journal http://tinyurl.com/2a2f9l5 * Glen Westbroek gardenglen Solar observation spacecraft delivers stunning close-ups of sun http://usat.me?89018 * OH Science Teachers OCESS State Board of Ed agrees teachers' address, phone, e-mail shouldn't be released to public http://ow.ly/1B8z7 * russeltarr russeltarr Stupeflix: Video creation made easy (does this have an edge over Animoto?) http://tinyurl.com/mw5xta * Casey Mayfield mayfieldc Manual to begin using Twitter for social networking; http://bit.ly/a0pUpj * Casey Mayfield mayfieldc Wallwisher in a science classroom, ideas for use: http://bit.ly/aJ79Yy o Concept Wall o Interactive KWL o Interactive Science Games o Project Based Learning * russeltarr russeltarr iPhone Apps for Education: A particularly well organised list: http://tinyurl.com/y8hm6ok * russeltarr russeltarr World Clock - nice for to have up on the Whiteboard between lessons - http://tinyurl.com/nlmm37 * Debra Lee debralee7 Are You A Teacher or a Babysitter?: http://ow.ly/1BDT6 #edchat (via @Aaron_Eyler) * Scott McLeod mcleod Grading "formative" assessments? http://goo.gl/qW2Q Superb post by @mctownsley * Miguel Guhlin mguhlin Graphs: Digital Tool Use in Middle and High School http://ff.im/-iW3n1 * Patrick Larkin bhsprincipal RT @snbeach: New Prof Development for teachers-- Don't teach them; Help them learn by enabling them to build a global network. * Twilliamson15 #MLE2010 Webspotlight: Wacky Web Tales http://www.educationplace.biz/tales/ Relaxed Minds Learn better http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62N4VJ20100324 Difference Between: http://www.differencebetween.net/ Tagxedo: http://www.tagxedo.com/ America on the Move: http://americanhistory.si.edu/onthemove/ Hear Names: http://www.hearnames.com/index.php Video Science http://www.sciencehouse.com/videoscience-experiments.html Virtual Owl Pellet: http://www.kidwings.com/index.htm MiddleTalk: This We Believe http://www.nmsa.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/MiddleTalkListserve/tabid/1212/Default.aspx Siftables: http://sifteo.com/ Etherpad Alternatives http://tech4teaching.org/wpblog/?p=929 Ning Ends Free Service: (See TechCrunch's Article) Alternatives: -Cubetree -Jabbster -Shoutem Texas' Textbook Influence http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/04/22/30texts_ep.h29.html?tkn=ROMFSqn2MnKy5KlKQ6xol0G2%2BkVr2NP6ZRwL&cmp=clp-edweek Math Curriculum http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlvKWEvKSi8 Events & Happenings:

MSM-116-Show Me the Money (or Next Week is done too)

Apr 18, 2010 00:58:58

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Title: Show Me The Money! (Next week's show is done too.) Jokes: Drill Sergeants A drill sergeant had just chewed out one of his cadets, and as he was walking away, he turned to the cadet and said, "I guess when I die you'll come and dance on my grave." The cadet replied, "Not me, Sarge...no sir! I promised myself that when I got out of the Army I'd never stand in another line!" During a recent password audit, it was found that a young woman was using the following password: "MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento" When asked why she had such a long password, she said she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one capital. On Our Mind: Class Size http://www.publicschoolinsights.org/class-size-really-irrelevant?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feedutm_campaign=Feed%3A+LFA+%28Public+School+Insights%3A+What+is+WORKING+in+our+Public+Schools%29 What can you do with an iPhone (or 4)? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QD5Mj_wC-I&feature=related New Directions for Music Programs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QD5Mj_wC-I&feature=related (There are other videos of this lady performing other pop songs without the OMG cat.) From our Listeners: Troy & Shawn, Thanks for all that you do! I've attached a 4 minute comment on your current podcast. (Any chance on sharing what apps the University puts on those iPads/iPhones/iPod Touches?) (FHU's iKnow + FHU) Rationale, Applications, Research structure, Paradigm, Hey guys, interesting article about paying for performance in schools. If this catches on, then I will write my former middle school, asking for my "back pay" from when I was a student there. Robert (Mr. Jackson to some of us. ;-) ) PS What is a good book for advisory about study skills? Carol Josel 1. Other-wise and School-wise could be a resource (http://www.schoolwisebooks.com/html/owsw.html) 2. The Parenting School-wise Tips book certainly could be used to teach kids study skills. 3. I'd sign up for the newsletter also. That and the cooking ideas at the end of the newsletter are rather tasty! Susan Krueger Haven't tried it, but: SOAR Curriculum. 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens, Sean Covey Have tried it. You can also get it in audio format and use with the kids. Make sure you have money committed to the program over time. The Middle School Student's Guide to Ruling the World! by Susan Mulcaire We've reviewed this work in a previous podcast. Should Kids be Bribed: http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20100409/us_time/08599197858900 http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1978589,00.html From listener Dave Bydlowski From the Twitterverse:

MSM-115-iPad-iPad-iPad

Apr 7, 2010 01:01:52

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Advisory: Online Personal Finance Game from the Council on Economic Education: http://www.genirevolution.org/index.php Set up in a popular game format, students work their way through challenges answering key questions to earn points to advance through the game. If you've been to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. you'll be familiar with the "cloak and dagger" feel of the mission briefings, information gathering, and operative training incorporated in the game. http://pewresearch.org/millennials/quiz/ On Our Mind: Thanks to all of our Facebook Fans! Looking for some more iTunes reviews. Samsung Grant: Digital Presenter Contest http://www.samsunggrants.com/ From The Twitterverse: * web20classroom RT @jackiegerstein: Wired's Colleges Dream of Paperless, iPad-Centric Education http://bit.ly/cOkwz1 * andreacshaw RT @PFoundation: It's the last week to apply for the Pearson Prize for Higher Edu. Spread the word to college students http://bit.ly/bAP9FP * mayfieldc Personal finance game for kids: http://bit.ly/7xoOLc (Mentioned in the Advisory section of the podcast.) * bhsprincipal RT @blairteach: RT @ryanbretag: Show faculty this video; it is full of relevant, important ideas for discussion w/edus http://bit.ly/aFGwKL * mikeroberts1973 RT: @BarackObama Tomorrow, Arne Duncan will be answering your questions on education reform. Ask a question here: http://j.mp/cTzX6i * drmmtatom Virtual Field Trip Planning Kit http://tinyurl.com/yabxdbp * terryfreedman RT @GrahamBM: The opening morning videos of Game Based Learning 2010 are now online http://bit.ly/aApOuy * DonorsChoose KnowHow2GO – Helping *middle* school students prepare for college http://bit.ly/c5Ca3e * markgammon How to Set Up a Mail Merge in Gmail for Personalized Mass Emails http://bit.ly/a48ISc /via Lifehacker * Twilliamson15 http://bit.ly/c1zTzu Notes from IMPACT Staff Development using K12Online Conference Sessions. * Alfonso Gonzalez educatoral RT @NMHS_Principal: Our Children Are Telling Us How They Want to Learn http://bit.ly/dadsri #edtech * Steven W. Anderson web20classroom RT @rww: You Are Not a Gadget: The Continuing Case Against Web 2.0 http://bit.ly/acAJn6 * Alfonso Gonzalez educatoral RT @englishteach8: RT @delicious50: 11 Great Hidden Things Google Can Do That You Should Know @ SmashingApps http://bit.ly/kS73n * Keisa Williams keisawilliams Teaching Literary Devices with Comics http://bit.ly/cA0wnd * matthewktabor matthewktabor The Creepiest Children's Books Ever (with pictures): http://twurl.nl/vnicrq From our Listeners: Hi Guys, I have been enjoying the podcast, but I get lazy about sending out science information. I hope you don't mind if I continue to send it along to you. I hope these work out for you. Enjoy your Spring Break!! Dave Bydlowski Podcast Site: k12science.net In the iTunes store, just do a search for: k12science Twitter: twitter.com/k12science Letter from Mr. Jackson Webspotlight: Social Media Explained in 4 minutes: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/03/social-media-explained-visually.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29 Four Day Week? http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-4day-20100330,0,1138284.story Video Editing: http://jaycut.com/ Freeology http://freeology.com/ Google For Teachers Guide http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/03/free-33-page-guide-google-for-teachers.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29 Events & Happenings:

MSM-114-Ukraine Fan Club and more

Mar 28, 2010 01:00:26

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Jokes: Suits My wife and I were at my high school reunion. As I looked around, I noticed the other men in their expensive suits with their bulging stomachs. Proud of the fact that I weighed just five pounds more than I did when I was in high school, the result of trying to beat a living out of a rocky hillside farm, I said to my wife, "I'm the only guy here who can wear the suit he graduated in." She glanced at the prosperous crowd. "You're the only one here who has to." Charity A devastated-looking man knocks on the door of a woman known for her charity. "Please, ma'am," he says when she opens up, "can you help this poor, tragic family down the block? The father just lost his job, and his wife is too ill to work. They're about to be turned out into the cold streets unless someone can pay their rent." "That's the worst thing I've ever heard in my life!" says the woman. "May I ask who you are?" "Their landlord." Advisory: What's Your Story $10,000 Student Video contest is looking for your original work. Create a video on internet safety and you could win $10,000 in prize money. Must be 13+ to participate. http://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.com/internet-safety/Home.do On Our Mind: Mindless Entertainment to get you through this week: Muppets Humor 1. Ode to Joy 2. Classical Chicken 3. Beaker's Ballad * Tip- don't move on when the big play button shows up, wait a minute. From The Twitterverse: From our Listeners: Howdy gents! I enjoyed seeing the article about using smart phones in Algebra class. Last year I tried another approach to meet students with their own technologies. I had my “ticket to leave” problem on the board and students had to send me a text message with the answer before they were excused for lunch. I tried it for a couple of weeks to shake things up and students really enjoyed it. Your Ukrainian fanclub President, Robert Jackson Kyiv International School http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSsvt8LBEV4 MAMSE: http://middleschoolmatters.com/Conference_Notes/MAMSE_2010.pdf Webspotlight: Amazing Web 2.0 Projects http://www.terry-freedman.org.uk/web2_2010/Amazing%20Web%202%20Projects.pdf Girls and Boys on Achievement http://www.cep-dc.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=document_ext.showDocumentByID&nodeID=1&DocumentID=304 DocsPal http://www.docspal.com/ Create printable PDFs and eBooks from any online content. Use zinepal.com to create your own magazines and eBooks from any online content. You can select content from blogs, Atom/RSS feeds and other websites. zinepal.com reformats the content into a printable PDF and eBooks for use with eBook readers such as the Amazon Kindle, Barnes&Noble Nook or Sony PRS. It is the easiest way to repurpose online content for other distribution mediums. http://www.zinepal.com/ Remove pdf password protections: http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=200512231728165 Youblisher: http://www.youblisher.com/ Chartle: Make online charts and tables that can be exported or shared via the web. http://www.chartle.net/ Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News: * NMSA is looking for both an Executive Director and an Assistant Executive Director. You can apply here. Good luck! Other News:

MSM-113-Phone The Algebra In

Mar 21, 2010 00:50:38

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Jokes: In Medical Terms Advisory: NCMSA Want to send a message from your school to outer space? Send it on two lightsail missions. http://bit.ly/8ZQBqO On Our Mind: Gender Equity: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/17/national/main6307774.shtml From The Twitterverse: From our Listeners: Thank you to Language Arts Teacher for the iTunes post. We greatly appreciate it! To all of those who are now our fans on Facebook - Thank you! (You know who you are!) MAMSE: http://middleschoolmatters.com/Conference_Notes/MAMSE_2010.pdf Service Learning Students take leadership roles. They develop the activities. Webspotlight: Solving Algebra on Smartphones Research shows that a project to use the devices as teaching tools in some N.C. districts has had a measurable impact on student achievement in math. By Michelle R. Davis Students, some initially skeptical that a phone would help them do better in math, have been quick to embrace the idea of using the mobile device to learn, says Denton, who attends Dixon High School in the 24,000-student Onslow County, N.C., schools. For some math classes, particularly Algebra 1, Project K-Nect had mathematicians at Drexel University in Philadelphia develop short animated video math problems that teachers can assign to students as homework or classwork. Some students have taken the technology a step further and created movies with graphics, student actors, and stories highlighting math. Particularly popular are student-created movies with a “CSI” theme in which the drama uses math to solve a crime. One student produced and posted a rap song on polynomials, which was ultimately posted to YouTube and spawned thousands of imitators, says Gross of Digital Millennial Consulting. Learning Science: http://learningscience.org/index.htm Slum Dog Millionaire and Education: "Having watched hundreds of Indian children learning without teachers at the Hole In The Wall computers, it became obvious that all children can work by themselves, if they want to," Mitra says. "Most British children grow up with the internet and have the means to learn what they want in minutes, and this challenges the traditional idea of school being about learning things that will come in handy in the future. They become disengaged." Mitra is not alone in noticing this problem. John Dunford, head of the Association of School and College Leaders, last week told the group's annual conference that computer games and websites have made children impatient and harder to motivate. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/mar/16/slumdog-millionaire-education-online-independent NCMSA10 Conference Notes (Todd Williamson) http://thetechnorateteacher.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/ncmsa10-education-in-japan/#comment-285 MAMSE10 Conference session notes hosted by Dexter Public Schools. http://www.dexterschools.org/~millcreek/mamse2010/MCMAMSE/Resources_Pg1.html Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News:

MSM-112-Wimp_Yourself

Mar 16, 2010 00:48:56

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Podcast #112: Wimp Yourself into Middle school Jokes: Rabbits The LAPD, The FBI, and the CIA are all trying to prove that they are the best at apprehending criminals. The President decides to give them a test. He releases a rabbit into a forest and each of them has to catch it. First the CIA goes in. They place animal informants throughout the forest. They question all plant and mineral witnesses. After three months of extensive investigations they conclude that rabbits do not exist. Next the FBI goes in. After two weeks with no leads they burn the forest, killing everything in it, including the rabbit, and they make no apologies. The rabbit had it coming. Finally the LAPD goes in. They come out two hours later with a badly beaten bear. The bear is yelling: "Okay! Okay! I'm a rabbit! I'm a rabbit!" Advisory: http://www.wimpyourself.com/ On Our Mind: You can now sign up to receive updates via email. The Michigan Joint Education Conference is coming up June 23, 2010. Presentation proposals are due April 2, 2010. $79.00 for non-members and $49.00 for members of the member organizations sponsoring the event. This is a great way to pick up some PD this summer and you won't have to sell your soul to your administrator . . . From the Twitterverse: * web20classroom Flixtime-Similar To Animoto: http://is.gd/aJ4CV (via @Lifehacker & @gastondigital) * Frideswidel Lots of neat stuff from @Twilliamson15 at #ncmsa10 * russeltarr 10 most creative resumes: To stress to students the importance of "going the extra mile": http://tinyurl.com/yetnrj2 * Lilylauren Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations? * drmmtatom Teachers say in survey that good leadership is more important than pay http://tinyurl.com/yguoy3o * Twilliamson15 Just Posted: Making Videoconferencing Easy and Cheap to Use http://bit.ly/a5eS2L #ncmsa10 * zmanrdz Rethink what your school looks like?... http://tinyurl.com/ylqactg via www.diigo.com/~zmanrdz * JohnHarrison1 How cool is that? RT @techtipsPRMS: Totally weirded out to realize I'm @ a session of someone I follow on Twitter! #ncmsa10 * sharon_elin "No Teacher Left Behind" blog by newly-laid off teacher, creating a voice 4 many educators, aka sacrificial budget lambs. http://is.gd/aBvJG * colonelb Compilation of Michigan's MACUL Conference Tweets for 3/10-3/12/10 | http://tinyurl.com/MACUL10Tweets #edchat #edtech #macul10 From our Listeners: Kitty Holman: Google Earth for Educators: 50 Exciting Ideas for the Classroom Ideas for all ages. http://www.associatesdegree.com/2010/03/14/google-earth-for-educators-50-exciting-ideas-for-the-classroom/ MCSS: Super Social Studies Saturday! (3-13-2010) Link to the conference notes including the ones mentioned in the podcast: http://web.me.com/mcgirr/MCSS_Super_Saturday_3_13_2010/ Lots of great stuff presented integrating middle school geography and World History. MAMSE: http://middleschoolmatters.com/Conference_Notes/MAMSE_2010.pdf Webspotlight: Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-111-Dr Silvers MAMSE Moment

Mar 7, 2010 00:53:36

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On Our Mind: You can now sign up to receive updates via email. From the Twitterverse: * stevefarber Friend: "Someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you've forgotten the words." -Jim Warner * mjsamberg Resources from "Linux in the Classroom": http://www.tinyurl.com/nctieslinux #ncties * zeitz Who's pushing Emerging Technologies in higher education? students . . . http://is.gd/9Niwi * DanielPink Fascinating NPR interview with NCLB supporter-turned-critic Diane Ravitch....http://bit.ly/c8Lfvi * russeltarr Using Edmodo in the classroom: http://tinyurl.com/l2nvsb * Lilylauren Oh the irony- my predictive text doesn't know how to spell Nostradamus * DeronDurflinger RT @NMHS_Principal: Worst thing to do when moving towards change/successful implementation is to "mandate" #GTAdmin Agreed! * drmmtatom Jeopardy Labs: Make Your Own Online Jeopardy Game http://tinyurl.com/yaeha54 * rmbyrne It's Not All Flowers and Sausages: Why The Superintendent Firing All the Teachers in One School Should Be Ashamed... http://ff.im/-gEkyv Twitter MAMSE Special: * Griffbuddy #MAMSE http://www.strengtheningfamiliesprogram.org/ Parents train parents. #mamse10 * Frideswidel #mamse making rainsticks and using the design as a prompt for writing. * Griffbuddy #MAMSE One out of every three middle school students are obsese or in danger of being obese! #MAMSE10 * Smhearty School worked with a court system. Saved the court $64,000 a year. #mamse * Griffbuddy #MAMSE majority of parents are not PITAS (pain in the a**es). We want them involved. #MAMSE10 * Frideswidel #mamse Candy Writing Assignment: Using the senses to create an advertisement for the candy (then they can eat it). * Frideswidel RT @Griffbuddy: #MAMSE Dr. Santo Pino, NMSA, and Dean Hook, presentation: Securing Parent Involvement In Your School. * Frideswidel #mamse Art teacher talking about incorporating Art with writing (6+1 Traits). www.marymillerart.com * Frideswidel #mamse demo of Stratalogica. * dexgeek Technology is only one of the tools that teachers use to engage students. I'm glad I can arm them with the tools and skills. #MAMSE * Smhearty We train kids not to think but how to get an A. #mamse * Smhearty Got a great compliment today - "Aren't you guys presenting today? We have other teachers here today." #mamse * Griffbuddy #MAMSE Be there. Choose your attitude. Make their day. Play. Fish philosophy in schools (choose your attitude when you come to work). * Griffbuddy #MAMSE Advisory is necessary because strong relationships help teachers become adept @ diagnosing student needs. #MAMSE10 * tanyaov #mamse Wow. MAMSE conference is excellent. I LOVE learning new things. Finger Wag: The State of Michigan put out a memo with a bitly link. Advisory: Blame Darwin: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704454304575081613327728110.html#articleTabs%3Dinteractive MAMSE: Dr. Debbie Silver: www.debbiesilver.com Keynotes: http://www.debbiesilver.com/keynotes/ New Favorite Conference Software: Skim Webspotlight: Google Docs for Administrators: Sarah Rolle, Director of Technology for Elisabeth Morrow School, shared tips on GoogleDocs Tips for Administrators. http://www.mguhlin.org/2010/03/googledocs-tips-for-administrators.html Stratalogica: http://www.stratalogica.com/NystromDigital/home/login.html;jsessionid=501B5A5D36B68C44263525336DA8C718.StrataLogica1 Mary Miller: Artist, Teacher, Integrator of Curriculum http://www.marymillerart.com/

MSM-110-The Master Teacher Knows Next Week

Feb 28, 2010 00:48:32

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Title: Your Master Teacher knows that next week will be even better ... Jokes: A Fisherman's Tale Two guys are fishing in a boat under a bridge. One looks up and sees a funeral procession starting across the bridge. He stands up, takes off his cap, and bows his head. The procession crosses the bridge and the man puts on his cap, picks up his rod and reel, and continues fishing. The other guy says, "That was touching. I didn't know you had it in you." The first guy responds, "Well, I guess it was the thing to do - after all, I was married to her for 40 years." Animal Talk A mother is reading a book to her 3 year old daughter. Mother: "What does the cow say?" Child: "Moo!" Mother: "Great! What does the cat say?" Child: "Meow." Mother: "Oh, you're so smart! What does the frog say?" The wide-eyed little 3 year-old looks up at her mother and in her deepest voice replies, "Bud." On Our Mind: Code Organ: http://www.codeorgan.com/ From our Listeners: Thanks for all of your efforts to try to keep me up to speed. At my age (23) ... I need all the help I can get! My middle school uses Dropbox to track student discipline and parent contacts by team using Excel. We have found this to be an excellent way to keep track. Thanks! Linda Hi guys, Here are a couple more middle school science items you might like to use. On a side note, I did a recent podcast on a one day science institute I went to and did a summation of each of the sessions I went to, similar to what you do with the NMSA sessions you attend. I like the idea of summarizing things we attend--good idea, thanks! It is the "Power of Technology" and can be heard at: http://k12science.net ----------------------------------------------------------------- From the Twitterverse: * wfryer old school, new school is one of the best video clips I've seen yet from PBS digital_nation http://bit.ly/bsVI2z (Old School, New School:Chatham High School students, like many nationwide, are increasingly surrounded by screens. Their teachers debate how to handle their split focus.) * hshawjr RT @irasocol: You have PowerTalk for spoken PowerPoints, right? http://fullmeasure.co.uk/powertalk/ * irasocol All your school computers have Firefox with Click-Speak, right? http://clickspeak.clcworld.net/ * irasocol You do have a bunch of Flash Drives in your school loaded with Free AccessApps, right? http://is.gd/9jKdz * Curriki Dear Middle School Science Teachers, Stop, Drop and Click! Fab resources to follow: http://ow.ly/1bduO * NMSAnews RT @Scholastic and @gatesfoundation announce the largest-ever survey of America's public school teachers: http://bit.ly/9VOBh3 * WebGalPat What does a 3 yr old digital native want from her library?: http://bit.ly/clycvt * principalspage Questions About Google? I've Got Answers. http://post.ly/Po35 * drmmtatom Big, Huge, Free US Presidents Timeline Poster http://tinyurl.com/ykv5z2w #fhuedu508 * eduinnovation "Creativity is not an escape from disciplined thinking. It is an escape with disciplined thinking." Jerry Hirschberg #creativity * jonbecker All public employees should pay attention to this case. The 1st Amendment is tricky: http://is.gd/9i12p Advisory: You Can't Send a Duck to Eagle School http://www.walkthetalk.com/pages/inspirational-movies.htm Webspotlight: What Your Master Teacher Knows Marge Scherer "Teaching is the most difficult profession of them all," educator Lee Shulman recently told a group of teachers and psychologists. The only time a physician comes close to doing what a teacher does is when the doctor faces an emergency room of multiple patients with multiple conditions, all of whom need immediate attention. http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/feb10/vol67/num05/What_Your_Master_Teacher_Knows.aspx Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News:

MSM-109-Q & the Mysterious

Feb 21, 2010 00:57:28

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Title: Q and the Mysterious! Jokes: Wedding Woes At a friend's wedding, everything went smoothly until it was time for the flower girl and her young escort to come down the aisle. The boy stopped at every pew, growling at the guests. When asked afterward why he behaved so badly, he explained, "I was just trying to be a good ring bear." Sacrifice Eleven people were hanging on a rope under a helicopter, ten men and one woman. The rope was not strong enough to carry them all, so they decided that one has to drop off, otherwise they are all going to fall. They were not able to choose that person, but then the woman made a very touching speech. She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because as a woman she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids, and for men in general, without ever getting anything in return. As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping their hands. On Our Mind: Retirement plans change for State of Michigan employees and teachers. (Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals) New retirement rules for Michigan * Retirement years cap at 30 years of earned time. Purchased years do not count. o If you continue beyond 30 years, your employer will contribute 4% to a defined contribution account and the employee will contribute 3% and may contribute up to an additional 3% for a total of 10% cap. * If this goes through there will be an incentive for districts to retain teachers with 30 or more years. Retirement contributions will go from 19% to about 10%. Thanks to Dave Bydlowski for the feedback: Check out his podcast here: http://k12science.net/Podcast/Podcast/Podcast.html Here is some information from my February 11 -- 24 Michigan Science Matters eBlast: MathCounts From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Be Lucky (Richard Wiseman): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/3304496/Be-lucky-its-an-easy-skill-to-learn.html Webspotlight: 'Algebra-for-All' Push Found to Yield Poor Results By Debra Viadero http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/02/10/21algebra_ep.h29.html?r=327944615 Blue Ribbon Middle School Math comes to YouTube at Palmyra Area Middle School http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2010/02/math_comes_to_youtube_at_palmy.html Q-Matrix Get your kids to generate questions with a Q-Matrix. http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/assessment/files/pages/strategies/Question_Matrix.pdf Marble http://edu.kde.org/marble/ FCC Expands Broadband Access at Schools http://mobile.reuters.com/mobile/m/FullArticle/CTECH/ntechnologyNews_uUSTRE61H6ZR20100219 Essentially, the bandwidth not being used by schools during school hours will be open to the community. Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-108-Interview with Dr. M. Monte Tatom

Feb 14, 2010 00:59:42

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Dr. Tatom provides great views on technology, middle school and more.

MSM-107-I'm a WallWisher

Feb 7, 2010 00:55:52

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Shawn and Troy talk the twitterverse, Prezi, advisory ideas, webspotlights and more. Advisory: Project Implicit Discover the bias within. Stupid Inventions: http://students.ou.edu/R/Basil.G.Rayan-1/ Webspotlight: Word Clouds, Student Writing and Ownership http://www.mguhlin.org/2010/02/word-clouds-student-writing-and.html Doodle for Google http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/doodle-4-google-tell-us-what-you-would.html Example: http://www.google.com/doodle4google/2009/images/us_doodle4google2009.gif Competition http://www.google.com/doodle4google/index.html World Maths Day This year features an exciting new format with multi-levels for all age groups. Teachers, parents and media are invited to participate for the first time. Can we beat last year’s world record of 2 million students from 204 countries correctly answering 452,681,681 questions? http://www.worldmathsday.com/2010/Default.aspx? Interview Of The Month: Marvin Marshall On Positive Classroom Management from Larry Felazzo: Marvin Marshall, author of the influential education book “Discipline Without Stress, Punishment or Rewards” and the newer book “Parenting Without Stress.” http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2010/02/02/interview-of-the-month-marvin-marshall-on-positive-classroom-management/ See also: Responsible Thinking Process by Ed Ford. 16 Ways to Use WallWisher http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhn2vcv5_436f8kscmdc

MSM-106- iPad-Do You?

Jan 31, 2010 00:57:10

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Title: iPad, Do You? Jokes: Most problems can be Ignored. The more difficult Ones can be slept through. I don't mind being Teased, any more than you mind A skin graft or two. My brain: walnut-sized. Yours: largest among primates. Yet, who leaves for work? Your mouth is moving; Up and down, emitting noise. I've lost interest. There's no dignity In being sick - which is why I don't tell you where. On Our Mind: Dropbox: 1. Free 2. Backup no matter where you are 3. Constant access (Computer always has a copy, Access from anywhere with web connection) 4. Sync 5. No Flashdrives 6. Sharing 7. Cross Platform Apple's iPad Net Safety http://www.onguardonline.gov/topics/net-cetera.aspx From the Twitterverse: * shareski most schools have a few interested and able to post content. Classroom teachers struggle to find time to post * ChristianLong @shareski Tell 'great stories' - period. Anything else is trendy (at best). Tell stories. Tell stories. And then tell stories. * cookp prezi is offering some pretty sweet (and free) educator accounts. http://prezi.com/profile/signup/edu/ * shareski Multiple video for Skype users. http://bit.ly/58nzQr * drmmtatom RT @FocusLeadership: "The boss depends on authority - the Leader depends on good will." Anonymous #fhuedu610 * drmmtatom RT @lclandfield: Six things we always say as teachers - new blog post up at http://bit.ly/a5qeXo * bhsprincipal RT @tomwhitby: It has never been a question of Teaching in the 21st Cent. It is more about Accepting the 21st Cent. Attitudes. #educon * Aaron_Eyler "Flipping" Curriculum and how it can revitalize our schools: http://bit.ly/8X5zDC #education #teacher #edchat * skipz Why don’t more teachers integrate technology more effectively?- http://snipurl.com/u64ku * bhsprincipal RT @ShellTerrell: Transform the instructors first? http://bit.ly/5zGoM3 via @mcleod * jimconn Wow. RT @msprincipal62: "Our schools are not failing. They are obsolete--even the ones that score best on standardized tests." Tony Wagner * gardenglen Interesting Blog read "Motivating the Unmotivated" http://bit.ly/99GCJS via @educationweek Advisory: Tongue Twister: Mr. See owned a saw. And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw. Now See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw Before Soar saw See, Which made Soar sore. Had Soar seen See's saw Before See sawed Soar's seesaw, See's saw would not have sawed Soar's seesaw. So See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw. But it was sad to see Soar so sore Just because See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw! Webspotlight: Multiple Intelligences Survey http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks3/ict/multiple_int/index.htm Scribble Maps: http://scribblemaps.com/# Origins http://www.originsonline.org/dd_classroom.php?resource_type=148 Seven Places to find Free e-books: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2010/01/seven-places-to-find-free-ebooks.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+freetech4teachers%2FcGEY+%28Free+Technology+for+Teachers%29 Dance Rules: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2010/0126102dance1.html Graph paper: http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/ Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events:

MSM-105-The Revolution in the Classroom

Jan 24, 2010 00:55:46

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Title: The Revolution in the Classroom Jokes: On Our Mind: Head on over to iTunes. We're looking for some feedback. http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=261383649 From the Twitterverse: * willrich45 Reading: "Quality of Questions on Common Tests at Issue" http://j.mp/77l7Hi We'll get the assessments we can pay for. Sigh. * tom_peters "Do one thing every day that scares you"-Eleanor Roosevelt. May be best business [and personal] advice ever. * readtoday Excellent discussion on merit pay and Race to Nowhere http://bit.ly/5oIhdQ #edchat * mcleod The bumpy road to student-centered instruction http://post.ly/Jt3J #education #learning #teaching * novemberMonster If you haven't seen Khan Academy (http://bit.ly/tumDj) for #math make sure to check it out. Awesome. Video: http://bit.ly/4XHb2i #edchat * jdthomas7 "2¢ Worth » Applying PLN — A Continuing Question for Me" ( http://bit.ly/5Zo3NH ) #edchat #edtech * Russsauntry Why didn't anyone tell me about this genius? http://bit.ly/64SUsn google tips for teachers. Any more for Twitter? #edchat #edreform * educatoral RT @msmithpds: make an online game more relevant for your students by using classtools.net #edchat * UT_CoE 25 Ways to Motivate Teachers. http://bit.ly/8CPPkE #edchat #teachers #education (via @morsmal) * NMSAnews NMSA is seeking 12-15 members with an interest in reviewing session proposals for its upcoming Annual Conference http://bit.ly/8K3Dof * NMSAnews It’s not too late to submit to present at NMSA2010. Deadline for concurrent sessions: January 31, 2010 http://bit.ly/8mBslV * web20classroom Free Technology for Teachers: Seven Places to Find Free eBooks http://bit.ly/64b6AM * netbook_news VIDEO: Sharper Image LCD Projector only $149 http://tmogul.com/tweet/m_XbV * chickensaltash All we need is Radio Saltash - Doing a radio show in your lessons: http://bit.ly/4CXIxC #edchat #teaching Advisory: MultiTask Webspotlight: Sweet Search Dabble Board- Cosketch- Google Resources for Education Revolution in the Classroom Putting New Standards Into Practice a Tough Job Events & Happenings: Calendar of Events: NMSA News:

MSM-104 The Terrible Twos

Jan 17, 2010 00:56:38

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The Terrible 2's (There are 52 weeks in a year . . . well, you get it.) Jokes: Buddaist Monk walks into a restaurant. What can I get you? Make me one with everything. Thanks Steven On Our Mind: Thanks to you, we're a Top 20 podcast in K-12 education. Please help us by voting on iTunes. From the Twitterverse: Advisory: Masters of Disaster: http://www.redcross.org/preparedness/educatorsmodule/ed-cd-6-8-main-menu-1.html Try this wi