MSM 384: Middle School Under The FoldScope

Jokes You Can Use:  


A guy was an ice cream store and needed to fart. He decided the music was so loud that he just went for it and timed his farts to the beat of the music. After he relieved himself he looked up to see everyone staring at him. Than he realized that he was listening to his iPod.


What happens to a frog’s car when it breaks down?

It gets toad away.


Q: What did the duck say when he bought lipstick?

A: “Put it on my bill.”


Instead of “the John,” I call my toilet “the Jim.” That way it sounds better when I say I go to the Jim first thing every morning.


Q: What starts with E, ends with E, and has only 1 letter in it?

  • envelope




Could show the video. There is also a link to download a book (email address needed, but no confirmation).


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Lifelong Kindergarten: Part 6

This is the sixth in a seven part podcast series on the book, “Lifelong Kindergarten,” written by Mitchel Resnick.

This sixth podcast focuses in on chapter five in the book, “Play.”  In chapter five, Mitchel emphasizes:

  • Playfulness
  • Playpens and Playgrounds
  • Tinkering
  • Many Paths, Many Styles
  • Try Try Again
  • Tensions and Tradeoffs: Assessment


From the Twitterverse:

Todd Bloch‏ @blocht574

We all have them (bad days), here are the instructions to get to the other side! From @shanekoyczan  #mschat #michED


Shelly Sanchez‏ @ShellTerrell

Mission: Create an ebook for a classmate  by @AnthippiHarou #EduGoalsMooc #edtechmissions #edchat

Jerry Blumengarten‏ @cybraryman1

A1 Technology gives us the ability to collaborate easily with others to create meaningful PD. Need to use it more for PD. My Professional Development page … My Professional Learning page … #satchat #edchat

Julie Woodard‏ @woodard_julie

Why is student voice important? Why listen?? We know listening to Ss increases S achievement, engagement, ownership & learning..we know listening celebrates S value! Why do YOU think Student Voice is important.. ???…. …. what can you add to the discussion??

Meredith Johnson‏ @mjjohnson1216

A3. This graphic continues the same theme that clearly shows what we tried in the past that never worked and how we are trying to improve without PD now (still room for growth) #satchat

Eileen Stocco‏ @EileenStocco

Love this shirt…and, of course, this kid! 🙂 @TMSGamma

Anthony Whitaker‏ @Antnee07

Another barrier down! #BDBblog @TJParrish28 @KyleHamstra @tamipoland @bosstetter_edu @lmkinard @darrickmcneill3 @jswartzwoman @nathan_stevens @AdminSmith @AnueVision @Angela_Watson @Brhyne39H …

Julie P. Jones, PhD‏ @JuliePJones

We keep telling teachers they have to teach differently, but we train the same. Change and innovation can’t be fully realized until we change the way we model- the way we PD #satchat


𝒟𝒶𝓃 𝑀𝒸𝒞𝒶𝒷𝑒 💥‏ @danieldmccabe

Using Technology Vs. Technology Integration #satchat

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”  




Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things





Foldscope is an ultra-affordable, paper-based microscope that you assemble yourself. It is designed to be inexpensive, durable, and give optical quality similar to conventional research microscopes. With magnification of 140X and resolution of 2 microns,  Foldscope brings microscopy to new places.  

Our Mission is to produce low-cost scientific tools to globally expand access to science. We aim to break down the price barrier between people and the curiosity & excitement of scientific exploration.


National Teacher Institute – Civil War Trust  

Our annual National Teacher Institute brings together educators from all over the world. This four-day event includes workshops, lectures, and tours from some of the leading experts in the history and education fields. Educators will be immersed in a friendly, fun, and engaging learning environment, where they will be able to network with other educators while learning new and innovative teaching methods.

This event is free but does require a $100, refundable, deposit be placed to reserve your spot. At the conclusion of the event, educators can apply for continuing education credits, provided by Virginia Tech University.

Please join us July 12-15, 2018, in Valley Forge!

Michigan Association of Middle School Educators Annual Conference in Jackson, Michigan – March 12, 2018  

Join us for the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators 2018 Conference.  An opportunity for collaboration, professional development and innovation.


5 Google Drawing Features

  1. Use lines to arrange items on the page perfectly.
  2. Insert a video in a Google Drawing
  3. Insert pre-designed diagrams.
  4. Add a gradient background.
  5. Use word art to make titles stand out.

BONUS: Resize the canvas by grabbing the corner.

BONUS: My favorite keyboard shortcut to use with Google Drawings!

Note:  If you’re listening to the show, don’t ditch your checkbook.  


Web Spotlight:

Research: Children see words and faces differently from adults

Intuitively, if you want to get a good look at something – a word, a face, or pretty much anything else – you ought to look straight at it, and indeed that’s basically what adults do.

But the situation is different in children. For one thing, children’s circuits for words process a different region of the visual field, one that is shifted down and to the right, compared to adults. That means that in order to process words most efficiently, kids would need to look a bit up and to the left.


Random Thoughts . . .  


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