Shawn and Troy discuss summer school (or not), professional development, pedagogy, tools, and more. Dave shares some stall catchers (you’ll want to check this out).
Did you hear about the person who had to work to make it through the wooden boat building school?
- They had to go through a lot of hardships.
Did you hear about the employee who spent the entire travel budget on front row tickets to “Cats”?
- Thought that there was a purr-diem
Certainly you know about Karl Marx, but very few people know about his sister Onya.
- She invented the starting pistol
A financial advisor was meeting with a trapeze artist and asked what is their net worth. The response:
- “I couldn’t live without it”.
A shout out to the work that all the librarians have done this year:
- Oops, sorry about that.
My pet mouse Elvis died last night.
- He was caught in a trap
Middle School Science Minute
I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent. Jill wrote an article entitled “Accelerating Alzheimer’s Research with Stall Catchers.”
Stall Catchers, created by the Human Computation Institute at Cornell University, is an online citizen science game designed to speed up Alzheimer’s disease research. You can learn more by visiting the game’s website at:
Reports from the Front Lines
- Next Year
- Professional Development
- A Bunch of Different Tools
We came together to collect dark patterns to better understand how technology is exploiting people. Our ultimate vision is to leverage this data to combat manipulative practices online through policy reform.
Standardized test companies shouldn’t be so worried about exam security. If students aren’t bringing home their homework, I highly doubt they’re itching to take home multiple choice questions and reading passages.
Asynchronous Audio Breakout Rooms: https://practicaledtech.com/2021/04/12/asynchronous-audio-breakout-rooms/
A Handful of Alternatives to Google Expeditions http://ow.ly/aM7i30rGzNU
Google Classroom: Give Parents a List of Assignments – https://alicekeeler.com/2020/07/22/google-classroom-give-parents-a-list-of-assignments/
“Ten Ways I’ll Be Teaching Differently Next Year” is my NEW @educationweek post https://edweek.org/opinion-ten-ways-ill-be-teaching-differently-next-year/2021/05
Announcing a new member benefit! The Successful Middle School Online Course Series explores the characteristics of high-performing #middleschools through 21 self-paced modules. Earn 4 contact hours while you learn. Offered free to AMLE members! https://okt.to/G9UPxI
When I tell jokes on a Google Meet, no one laughs. I asked why and they said, “Your jokes aren’t remotely funny.”
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”
Gone Medieval! – History Hit
A new podcast series for the History Hit family. This podcast focuses on the medieval and should be useful for your 7th grade peeps! https://podfollow.com/gone-medieval/view
The Culture Translator: Slang of the Week
main character energy: romanticizing your own life and embracing the spotlight to the point where you can imagine you are the person that everyone else’s “storyline” revolves around; can be used sincerely or ironically. (Ex: “I’m not worried about whether my crush likes someone else or my friends forget to invite me to places; I’m only here for people who recognize my main character energy.”)
8 Ambient Sound Websites to Help Students Focus
Thankfully there are many free websites that allow users to listen to a wide variety of ambient sounds, as well as create their own custom mixes.
Entering the Google Graveyard . . .
- Google Chrome Apps – EOL for June 2022
- Android Things – EOL for January 2022
- Google Hangouts – EOL for June 2021
- Google Expeditions – EOL for June 2021
- Google Tour Creator – EOL for June 2021
- Google Poly – EOL for June 2021
Alternatives to Google Poly (AR) for 360 Resources
- NASA 3D Resources (free)
- Smithsonian X3D (free)
- TinkerCAD Things (free)
- Free3D (free)
- 3dsky (free and paid 3D models of household items)
- Autodesk Online Gallery (free mostly high-poly, CAD models)
- OpenGameArt (free)
- Archive 3D (free)
- Blendswap (free, Blender community)
- 3D Model Free (free high-poly interior design and architectural models)
- MorphoSource (free 3D photogrammetry and cultural heritage objects for scientific research)
- 3Delicious (free low-poly household objects)
- RenderHub (free and paid)
- ArtStation 3D Game Asset (free and paid)
Our mask mandate was about our care for others
How Hidden Classroom Dynamics Can Stymie Girls in STEM
In a new study published in the International Journal of Science Education, Stevenson and her research team provide an intriguing window into the mystery.
Random Thoughts . . .
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