MSM 268: Twitter never stops….One linkey dink.

Presented in collaboration with the Association for Middle Level Education.

Jokes You Can Use:

Q. What do you call a ginger bread man with one leg?

A. Limp biscuit


Q. How do you know when a woman is going to say something smart?

A. It will start with “He said…”


What did the tired chess player do?

He took the knight off

Q: What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost?

A: Bamboo.


Q: What’s a haunted chicken?

A: Poultry-geist.


Q: Why did the monster eat a light bulb?

A: Because he was in need of a light snack.


Q: Why are most monsters covered in wrinkles?-

A: Have you ever tried to iron a monster?


Q: What kind of mistakes do ghosts make?

A: Boo boos.


Q: Why couldn’t Dracula’s wife get to sleep?

A: Because of his coffin.


Q: Why do mummies make excellent spies?

A: They’re good at keeping things under wraps.

Eileen Award:

  • Twitter:  Mark Maudlin, Kip

  • Email: Aaron Atwood



Cost of things:

Students are probably pretty aware of Facebook. Recently, Facebook purchased “WhatsApp” for $19 billion. What could they have purchased with that instead?


Visiting America

What would you tell visitors from other countries about America?


Would it be OK to have a dance restricted by grades?


How Real are Videos

Elie Wiesel’s Acceptance Speech

  • We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.

  • one person of integrity, can make a difference, a difference of life and death.

  • What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or




I was recently reading the December, 2013 issue of Science Scope, a magazine written for Middle School Science Teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.  In this issue, I was reading the safety question of the month, written by Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, CT.

The question is:

If I transfer a chemical from its original container to a secondary container, what information do I need on the label of the new container?

From the Twitterverse:

* Graphite ‏@Graphite

Teachers, we want to thank you this weekend! Review 1 edtech tool for a $10 gift card or 2 tools for a $25 gift card:

* LaMuth Middle School ‏@LaMuthMS

Highlights of #OMLA2014 including award winners and @RickWormeli handouts. Only missing Sound of Music demo …

* Scott Newcomb ‏@SNewco 1h

So, you have an iPad…now what? … #mlearning #edchat

* Digital Learning Day ‏@OfficialDLDay 2h

WOW great chart! @playgroundupris @MelanyStowe Personalization- Differentiation- Individualization #satchat

* Oakland Schools ‏@OaklandSchools 2h

MI Educators: Margaret Heritage WORKSHOP on “Formative Assessment: An Enabler of Learning” 2/28  #MichEd

* Jerry Blumengarten ‏@cybraryman1

My Exit Slips page  #satchat

* Maria Popova ‏@brainpicker

The science of how mind-wandering and “positive constructive daydreaming” boost our creativity and social skills

* Co.Exist ‏@FastCoExist 5h

This New Girl-Powered Engineering Toy Asks Kids To Design And Wire Their Own Dollhouse

* Charlie Love ‏@charlie_love

GameMaker Studio is free to download for a limited time

* Alfonso Gonzalez ‏@educatoral

The Flipped Classroom™ Is A Lie @TechedUpTeacher

* Alfonso Gonzalez ‏@educatoral 10h

Stoodle: Instant Free Virtual Classroom @ktenkely

Ron King ‏@mthman

MT@rggillespie: 10 Reasons to Greet Students at Door  #midleved #mschat @MSMatters

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



Inventing the Presidency

When the founders of the United States gathered to create the foundations of the country, they decided on three branches of government, with a president central to the executive branch. Kenneth C. Davis explains why this decision was not necessarily inevitable and what variables were up for debate.


How to Add 450+ Fonts to Your Google Documents & Slides

To access and add custom fonts to your Google Drive Documents and Slides select “add fonts” from the bottom of the font selection menu that you’ve always used in Google Drive. Selecting “add fonts” will open up a new menu in which you can mix and match fonts to your heart’s content.


Google Newspaper Archives

Newspapers from around the world. These vary greatly in time periods as well. Lots of applications.

  • Have students research a specific time period and compare how different newspapers reported the events.

  • Have students view a single newspaper over time to see the changes in attitudes, reporting, etc.

  • Have students compare the advertisements in a variety of newspapers.

  • Have students use the newspapers accounts to develop a setting for a story.

Video Conference Programs

This database, sponsored by Polycom, Inc., contains programs from content providers such as zoos and museums that offer ISDN or IP based videoconferencing. The Berrien County ISD has researched this information to the best of our knowledge. If you have any corrections or updates, please email them to

Web Spotlight:


Dating Rules


Connected Educator 2014 Conference

Random Thoughts . . .

Blended Learning. Class I’m taking as a student.