MSM 298:  “Is this mic on?  Are we recording this?”  Student recordings as assessment.







Jokes You Can Use:

What’s Brown And Sticky? …..a stick

What did one eye say to the other eye?…..don’t look now, but something between us smells.

What do you find in an empty nose?…fingerprints

Why won’t the elephant use the computer?….He’s afraid of the mouse!

What do you call a sleeping cow?… a bulldozer!

What did the square say to the old circle?… Been around long?



Eileen Award:

  • Twitter: Rosemarie Patterson, Kevin Cullen, Steve Fulton
  • Google+:Leanna Acker



What The World Eats



Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


Engineered Wood

I was recently reading the December, 2014 issue of “Science Scope,” a magazine written for middle school science teachers, published by the National Science Teachers Association.

In this issue, I read an article entitled “If It’s Engineered, Is It Wood?”  The article was written by Richard H. Moyer and Susan A. Everett.  It the article, they look at the difference between “real wood” and “engineered wood.”  They provide a 5E learning cycle lesson where students explore one aspect of manufactured wood.



From the Twitterverse:

BCBSM ‏@BCBSM5 ways to boost your metabolism:
Maria Popova ‏@brainpickerDickens, born on this day in 1812, on grief and how to heal a mourning heart – beautiful letter to his sister
Daisy Dyer Duerr ‏@DaisyDyerDuerr5 Practices for Tomorrow Every Teacher Should Adopt Today
MiddleWeb ‏@middleweb Feb 5Falling in love with teaching again. No one talks about loving what we do better than @CindiRigsbee . @EdWeekTeacher …
Christine Quong ‏@c_quong Feb 2How to #Green Screen on the iPad using DoInk Greenscreen  #mlearning #iosedapp
Jasper Fox Sr. ‏@jasperfoxsrA5: A great example of admin who has Tchrs lead PD is @ugafrank check out his blog:  #satchat
Monte Tatom @drmmtatom  ·  How Students Can Access Thousands of Free Media Files: The Public Domain Project #fhuedu320 #tn_teta #edwebchat …
#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”



Students recording.

Record and share audio, simply.

Introducing the easiest way to share audio. Record or upload your favorite sounds and we give you a short link to share with your friends.





Installable, FREE, cross platform.



Mac only.



Globally capture whatever your mac is playing—as simply as a screenshot






Once you click Get It! we will send you a link to your audio player. From there, you can embed your free audio player anywhere online and your message will appear online instantly. Remember, there is no account to create (read our Privacy Policy).



Used to be AudioBoo.



Plug-in: Assignment types: Online Audio Recording

Finally putting an end to the need for a streaming server (or a Java applet) to allow students to record audio clips for Moodle assignments, the Online Audio Recording assignment uses Flash (10.1+) to record audio from a microphone, convert it to MP3 format and upload it to Moodle via HTTP POST.

Installation note: since this is an assignment type (not a standalone plugin),it needs to be placed in /mod/assignment/type/ – not straight in the /mod/ directory.



Repositories: Record Audio

Usable anywhere that you can choose files from a repository, the Record Audio repository uses the same interface as the Online Audio assignment type (and 2.3 assignment submission plugin) to allow you to record audio in MP3 format and upload (or embed) it.


Assignment submissions : Online audio recording



While it is designed for language learning courses, it is being used in countless imaginative ways in universities, schools and organisations all over the world. PoodLL is free and open source. – See more at:



Activities: BigBlueButtonBN

BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system for distance education.  The goal of the project is to enable universities, colleges, and K12 to delivery a high-quality learning experience to remote students.

BigBlueButton supports real-time sharing of slides (including whiteboard), audio, video, chat, and desktops.  It also record lectures for later playback, specifically the slides + audio + chat (see release notes).



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