MSM 339:  Poe(st) this. Poe(st) it now!


Jokes You Can Use:
Please Flush

Brown E's


Will you go to prom?







Bullied Girl

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Bullied Girl Voted the Ugliest on the Internet Gives an AMAZING Speech

At age 17, Lizzie Velásquez was on the receiving end of that situation and stumbled upon a YouTube video created by online bullies that dubbed her as the “World’s Ugliest Woman.”

Velásquez is diagnosed with Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome as well as Marfan syndrome, and is unable to gain or retain any weight and must eat every 20 minutes in order to survive.

At birth, Velasquez was just 2 pounds and 10 ounces. Doctors even took a picture of her to show to her parents to prepare them, but her size never bothered them.

In fact, they’re her biggest supporters, and the reason she is so inspirational today.


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


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:  

Dave Schmittou

⚓️ ‏@daveschmittou

My teachers are better than yours. Saturday morning and relationships are being made. #WEgotTHIS


Sue Gorman ‏@sjgorman

High school manufacturing program has classes in the workplace  via @journalsentinel #wischat #wiedu


Positive Quotes.. ‏@YouGotSparkle

Don’t be afraid of being different. Be afraid of being the same as everyone else.


Katie Osgood ‏@KatieOsgood_

What I wld give 2just be able 2…teach. Instead, it’s fighting 2keep basic services, adjusting after budget cuts, prepped 4bad eval. Systems.   


Jasper Fox Sr. ‏@JasperFoxSR

“The right to disconnect” a fascinating read:

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EducationalAppAdvice ‏@edappadvice

4 Simple Ideas To Use Technology To Engage Students


Daisy Dyer Duerr ‏@DaisyDyerDuerr

The Art and Value of Adapting Your Teaching in the Moment  #edchat #edtech


Ways 2 give & get meaningful feedback by coaching it up. #satchatwc

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




10 Ideas for Using Comics in your Classroom

  1. A fun alternative to traditional book reports.
  2. Create biographies.
  3. Create autobiographies.
  4. Create goal or vision boards.
  5. Illustrate procedures.
  6. Summarize events.
  7. Craft a visual timeline of events.
  8. Write and illustrate fun fiction stories.
  9. Illustrate concepts and or vocabulary terms.
  10. Model polite conversations.


Comic Life:  

Educator Store  



Moodle Frayer Model

Check out this innovative use of the Moodle Database activity. This database preset allows students to enter a concept, definition, image, Example and Non-example. The content is then displayed for all of the class to see.


Moodle Translations

The Tech Coaches have had the pleasure of working alongside an exceptional teacher at William Ford, Ms. Jazel Fakhreddine.  Jazel is using her Moodle (iLearn) course to help her ELL students and their families access information in her classroom.  By using Google Translate and adding audio files of translations into her Moodle course, students have the choice to read the question in Arabic or hear the question read to them in Arabic.


Web Spotlight:

Knowing Poe

The Literature, Life, and Times of Edgar Allan Poe… In Baltimore and Beyond

What makes a good writer great? Practice, patience, persistence, and a bit of luck all contribute to a writer’s skill.

But great writers stand apart from all others. Their work is marked by an indefinable something. James Dickey refers to it as the ability to listen to the celestial wireless. Others call it talent or creative genius or simply the “X” factor. Whatever it is, great writers have it.

Edgar Allan Poe is one of these special people.

Through the activities on this site, you can introduce learners (or, be introduced, yourself) to the literature, life, and times of one of America’s foremost writers. Here, you will:

  • explore his worlds — both fictional and real — from a number of perspectives
  • examine the complex choices writers such as Poe make as they create their works
  • investigate the “hard facts” about life and death in Baltimore and the United States during Poe’s lifetime
  • learn about the continuing impact of Poe’s legacy

The rich classroom resources on this site have been created especially for Maryland students in middle and high school.

In addition to these interactive experiences, there are lesson plans created by Maryland teachers, primary source documents, links for further research, and materials for fun family activities related to Edgar Allan Poe.


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