MSM 223: RoundTable of TwitterVerse and Student Responses.

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Jokes You Can Use:

A Sunday school teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?” One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping.”

Only in America……

1.- …..can a pizza get to your house faster than an
2.- ……are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
3.-……do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to
the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people
can buy cigarettes at the front.
4. -……do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.
5. -……do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.
6. -……do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in
the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
7. -……do we use answering machines to screen calls and
then have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t
want to talk to in the first place.
8. -……do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in
packages of eight.
9. -……do we use the word ‘politics’ to describe the process so well: ‘Poli’ in Latin meaning ‘many’ and ‘tics’ meaning ‘bloodsucking creatures’.
10. -……do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.

There were two buddies, one with a Doberman Pinscher and the other with a Chihuahua. The guy with the Doberman Pinscher says to his friend, “Let’s go over to that restaurant and get something to eat.”
The guy with the Chihuahua says, “We can’t go in there. We’ve got dogs with us.”
The buddy with the Doberman Pinscher says, “Just follow my lead.”
They walk over to the restaurant, the guy with the Doberman Pinscher puts on a pair of dark glasses and he starts to walk in. The bouncer at the door says, “Sorry, mac, no pets allowed.”
The man with the Doberman Pinscher says, “You don’t understand. This is my seeing-eye-dog.”
The bouncer says, “A Doberman Pinscher?”
He answers, “Yes, they’re using them now; they’re very good and protect me from robbers, too.”
The man at the door says, “Come on in.”
The buddy with the Chihuahua figures, “What the heck,” so he puts on a pair of dark glasses and starts to walk in.
Once again the bouncer says, “Sorry, pal, no pets allowed.”
The guy with the Chihuahua says, “You don’t understand. This is my seeing-eye dog.”
The bouncer at the door says, “A Chihuahua?”
The man with the Chihuahua says, “A Chihuahua?????? They gave me a Chihuahua?!”
Steve Cushing ‏@Montberte
I had amnesia once – maybe twice.

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Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

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:

*Diane Ravitch ‏@DianeRavitch
Irony in Ohio  via @wordpressdotcom
*TeachHUB ‏@TeachHub
5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Became a Special Education Teacher  #SPED #spedchat #edchat
* Diane Ravitch ‏@DianeRavitch
Why Foist an Unproven Method on the Entire Nation All at Once?  via @wordpressdotcom
* Kevin Creutz ‏@kevcreutz
Six Multimedia Timeline Creation Tools for Students  via @rmbyrne #edtech
* Tween Publishing ‏@TweenPublishing
The Middle School Student’s Guide to College  via @uberflip #edchat #schools #collegereadiness #tween
* Sandy Kendell ‏@EdTechSandyK
Would love your feedback here if you’ve deployed iPads in any number in a school setting:  #edtech #edchat #ipaded
* Justin ‏@justinstallings
New tab in Evernote for Educator’s Livebinder: Teacher Pages.  +LiveBinders +Evernote #edtech #edchat …
* Larry Ferlazzo ‏@Larryferlazzo
RT @ChrisWejr: The “Khanification” of Education
* Laura Gilchrist ‏@LauraGilchrist4
Why Learning Should Be Messy | …. Via @MindShiftKQED #nkcsedu #midleved #elemed #scichat #sschat #edreform
* Parentella ‏@Parentella
Drugstore Food Deals – Week of October 21  #family
* Jerry Blumengarten ‏@cybraryman1
Sites to teach with Twitter  #satchat
* Todd Bloch ‏@blocht574
@JohnWink90 Here is the link to the Storify archive for tonight’s #mschat  Have a great Friday and weekend.


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