MSM 208 Pushing the Button

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

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Eileen Award:

  • Dr. Monte Tatom, FunDave:  Twitter
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32 Innovations that will change the world

Where kids sleep or A Girl and her room:

The New (AB)Normal:

Big portion sizes have become the new abnormal, and it’s time to scale back.

Liter of Light

Effect of Sunlight

How to be Kind:

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

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:

* Chris Christensen ‏@christensen143
8 iOS Apps for the Hearing Impaired | Mac|Life #spedchat #ipaded
* Larry Ferlazzo ‏@Larryferlazzo
In case u missed it “Several Ways to Connect With Disengaged Students”

“Twilight Of The Lecture”

New additions to “The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English”

* Will Richardson ‏@willrich45
I’m stunned by how many educators are willing to embrace the Common Core w/o even a question as to their efficacy. #justsayin
* Rich Kiker ‏@rkiker
How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom
* Kelly Hines ‏@kellyhines
I love it when my morning email from my calendar says “You have no events scheduled for today”
* Gary Johnston ‏@GaryJohnston1
How to make flipped lessons meaningful. I’ll link some video examples next year.
* DeeAnna Nagel ‏@TherapyOnline
Using Laptops at Conference – useful or irritating? Join the discussion!
* Luann Lee ‏@stardiverr
Burning mine. RT @nancyflanagan School dist. outside Philly decides to force teachers w/ PhDs to work part-time:

@stardiverr @nancyflanagan You know our society is really going down fast when teachers must now hide the fact that they are highly educated
laflin ‏@Zach_NxNW
@stardiverr That makes sense. Make the more educated teachers work less!

* Times Education ‏@TimesEducation
Social mobility tsar demands new curbs on private schools
* Rich Kiker ‏@rkiker
Illiteracy in America: INFOGRAPHIC #edchat
* Diane Ravitch ‏@DianeRavitch
Long Arm of Federal Control Reaches Districts via @wordpressdotcom
* Patrick Larkin ‏@bhsprincipal
School Leadership is A LOT like Lifeguarding [Slide] via @plugusin #cpchat
* Chris Sousa ‏@csousanh
Really, schools aren’t struggling because of failing teachers! Another politically motivated beating: #midleved #edchat
* Monte Tatom ‏@drmmtatom
5 Ways Twitter Strengthens A School’s Learning Community ~ for @msmatters followers ~ #fhucid #fhuedu642


Bunkum Awards

The award show for shoddy Educational Research…


Google World Wonders Project

The Google World Wonders Project is a platform which brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online. Using Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies, we have made these amazing sites accessible to everyone across the globe. With videos, photos and in-depth information, you can now explore the world wonders from your armchair just as if you were there.

How Long Would It Take You to Read “War and Peace?”

From Lee Kolbert:
I just stumbled across this reading test that assesses how fast you read at your normal pace. (My score was 369 WPM – 48% faster than the national average.) The free test includes a just a few comprehension questions and in all will only take a few minutes.

Web Spotlight:

Child Poverty
The Chart:

Examples of PBL

APHistory. Interesting use of Google Sites. What if projects. The kids also published their work.

Nathan Hall: 100+ Student Sites that don’t require registration


Games to Enhance Classroom Teaching

ScienceFix: YouTube Science Channel for Middle School Experiments

My name is Darren Fix, and I made to share my favorite demos that I do in my middle school science classes.

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