MSM 362:   #ISTE? Jennie, we got your number.

Jokes You Can Use:  


NASA put a bunch of cows into orbit. They call it the herd shot round the world.


Have you ever tried eating a clock? It’s very time consuming.


Broken puppets for sale….

No strings attached.


What did the Tin Man say when he got run over by a steamroller?



What kind of exercise do lazy people do?



I went to my Doctor and he suggested I do some exercises. Here is my new regiment…


  1. Jump to conclusions
  2. Climb the walls
  3. Drag my heels
  4. Push my luck
  5. Make mountains out of molehills
  6. Bend over backwards
  7. Run in circles
  8. Put my foot in my mouth


The village blacksmith hired an enthusiastic new apprentice willing to work long, hard hours.

He instructed the boy, “When I take the shoe out of the fire, I’ll lay it on the anvil. When I nod my head, you hit it with the hammer.”

The apprentice did exactly as he was told, and now he’s the new village blacksmith.





Fish Problem

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Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or





I was recently reading the April/May, 2017 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, “The Importance of Cultivating Empathy in STEM Education.” It was written by Kathy Liu Sun.  The article describes how there are three ways to embed empathy in STEM classes:

  1.  Connect STEM content to real people.
  2.  Bring in a guest to share his or her perspective.
  3.  Add a “human-user” to an existing project.



From the Twitterverse:  

MiddleWeb‏ @middleweb

Scaffolding Grit – great piece from @tweenteacher Heather Wolpert Gawron. (It starts with passion-based learning.) …


Shannon Miller‏ @shannonmmiller

Where are my @flipgrid lovers? Here are 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class!  #EdTech #FutureReady #EdChat


Liz Kolb‏ @lkolb

Classroom Games and Tech: Essential Summer Reading – The Triple E Framework


Jennie Magiera‏Verified account @MsMagiera

Reflecting on #ISTE17. TY to all for so much love & support, to those who shared & @BrianRSmithSr for this video: …

Jonathan Wylie‏ @jonathanwylie

30 Free Google Drawings Graphic Organizers via @ericcurts


Kevin Michael‏ @teacherMrMic

Small changes can make a big difference. #ShiftThis @JoyKirr

Class Ideas‏ @class_ideas

More teachers leaving profession, new DfE research shows

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




Meet the Teacher Flyer


Create a flyer to pass out with expectations, web links, contact info, and things that you want parents to know.




New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

Does project-based learning (PBL) raise student achievement? If you’ve been involved in PBL for long, you’ve undoubtedly encountered this question. Over the last few years as education researchers at University of Michigan and Michigan State University, we have worked to address this question through a large study of the effects of PBL on social studies and some aspects of literacy achievement in second-grade classrooms. We call this initiative Project PLACE: A Project Approach to Literacy and Civic Engagement.



#ISTE17:  ISTE 2017 Annual Conference Keynote #2 – Jennie Magiera  

Chicago Public Schools Chief Technology Officer  

It starts with a story in Seoul, South Korea.  Teachers can help you be your whole self.  “Stereotypes aren’t wrong, they’re just incomplete.”  They lack from a complete telling of the story.  As educators, whose story are we telling?  How are others getting an incomplete story and how can we advocate for our students, ourselves and our profession to tell our story?  Theme:  “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging . . . and it is very difficult to find anyone.”  – Gandalf the Grey  Teachers are wizards.  The untold story of Wizards:  The Single Story of Resistant Colleagues (“I love ISTE!  It feels like a wizard convention!), The Untold Story of Innovation, The Untold Story of Our Inner-selves, and how Technology Helps Us Shatter the Single Story.  Find the untold stories and set them free!  

Courageous Edventures, Jennie Magiera  

Chart a course to innovation using educational technology. Let’s go on an edventure! Want to leverage digital tools to innovate and take risks in your teaching? Looking for ways to troubleshoot common classroom challenges? Jennie Magiera charts a course for you to discover your own version of innovation, using the limitless possibilities of educational technology. Packed with lesson plans, examples and practical solutions, Courageous Edventures will show you:

  • How to make school innovation approachable for all educators
  • How to create your own Teacher-IEP (Innovation Exploration Plan) how to use it to guide you through Problem Based Innovation
  • Strategies and solutions for tackling common educational technology problems
  • Methods for putting learning into the hands of students
  • How to find innovation in everyday places

Broken into four sections to scaffold your journey. The chapters are organized to steer each step of your innovation odyssey but also allow you to simply pick up the book, find what you need and dig in.

  • Part 1 “Charting Your Course” helps you prepare for a digital transformation
  • Part 2 “Navigating Your Problems” leads you through Problem Based Innovation to help you first identify and overcome problems through new digital strategies
  • Part 3 “Sailing into the Great Beyond” pushes you further to take bigger risks to transform your practice
  • Part 4 “Reflecting on Your Edventure” helps you reflect and share your journey

Important Features:

  • Acknowledges the hurdles in the pathway of attempting digital transformation and innovation and provides numerous practical strategies to overcome them
  • Breaks down actual classroom problems of practice in the areas of Assessment, Differentiation, Planning and Parent Communication to focus digital transformation in strong classroom instruction and pedagogy.
  • Focuses on strategies over tools, but still provides a companion website for step-by-step tutorials, examples of student work and ready-to-use templates


Apps for (most) any device

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Don’t miss any of the action, even when you’re away from a computer.

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  • Posts appear instantly across devices
  • Take photos and scan QR codes from within each app
  • Stellar app ratings (see what we did there?)

Easy and intuitive.  Even if you’ve never used any kind of software before, Padlet is familiar and fun.

  • Add posts with one click, copy-paste, or drag and drop
  • Works the way your mind works – with sight, sound, and touch
  • Changes are autosaved
  • Simple link sharing allows for quick collaboration


Web Spotlight:



Why mythbusting fails: A guide to influencing education with science

“If it disagrees with experiment, it’s wrong,” physicist Richard Feynman said. “In that simple statement is the key to science.”

By this measure, the learning-styles hypothesis has failed too many times to count.


The Best Sites Where Students Can Transcribe Historical Texts


10 Risks Every Teacher Should Take With Their Class

As I work with students and teachers there is one common thread that the “stand-out” classrooms share: They take risks. Not only do these students and teachers take learning risks, but they also take them together.



How Did I Do? Reflecting on My Stretch Goals


Random Thoughts . . .  

ISTE Unplugged session:  HackEd 2017.  One of these people can be heard on Middle School Matters!  Can you find them?  


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