MSM 363: Where Was I Going With This?

Jokes You Can Use:  


For a period, Houdini used a trap door in every single show he did…I guess you could say it was a stage he was going through.


What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?


Q: What did the duck say when he bought lipstick?

A: “Put it on my bill.”


Q: What starts with E, ends with E, and has only 1 letter in it?

A: Envelope.


There are six eggs in a basket. Six people each take one of the eggs. How can it be that one egg is left in the basket?

  • The last person took the basket.




You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night. You see three people waiting by a bus stop.

  1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
  2. An old friend who once saved your life.
  3. The perfect partner that you’ve been dreaming about.


Your car is a two seater. Thus, there can only be one passenger in the car. Who would you choose?  


*A: You pull up and give your friend the keys.  He drives the old lady out of harm’s way, he is a hero after all.  You stay with the perfect partner of your dreams and everybody lives happily ever after.  

Wise Words

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 Citizen Science section article, “It All Adds Up.” It was written by Jill Nugent.  The article describes how middle school students and teachers can get involved in the Citizen Science Project – “WildCam Gorongosa” to identify wildlife from trail cam images found in the park.  To participate, please visit:


From the Twitterverse:  

Jason Gribble‏ @ForestPrincipal

Book number 3 for this summer’s reading. Started it last night. I cannot put it down. Everyone needs this one. #empowerbook – at Lake Erie


Common-Core Materials Continue to Vary in Quality, According to Textbook Review


Chad A. Stevens‏ @k12cto

Teachers: 6 social assignments for online learning | eSchool News  #edtech


Richard Byrne‏ @rmbyrne

Six Types of Classroom Video Projects  


Book Creator Team‏Verified account @BookCreatorApp

Top 5 Things I’ve Learned About Creativity – from @TheTechRabbi  via @EdTechTeacher21 #edtech #creativity

Sari Rautiainen‏ @SariRautiainen

In Finland, PhDs are awarded sword as a symbol to defend what’s right and true. My sword stays at home today, but I #marchforscience

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



50 Activities for the First Day of School by Walton Burns  

“Never stress about the first day of school again!  With this book you can walk into any classroom and start the class off.  With no prep, start learning student names, building rapport, assessing knowledge, introducing language, and establishing rules.”  More free resources at:  


Explainer GIF’s





Apps for (most) any device

From Padlet’s website:  

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

  • Available on iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android, and Kindle devices
  • 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:

Academic Standards:  Breaking Whole Things Into Broken Bits  

“A drive to break the Standards down into ‘microstandards’ risks making the checklist mentality even worse than it is today. Microstandards would also make it easier for microtasks and microlessons to drive out extended tasks and deep learning. Finally, microstandards could allow for micromanagement: Picture teachers and students being held accountable for ever more discrete performances. If it is bad today when principals force teachers to write the standard of the day on the board, think of how it would be if every single standard turns into three, six, or a dozen or more microstandards. If the Standards are like a tree, then microstandards are like twigs. You can’t build a tree out of twigs, but you can use twigs as kindling to burn down a tree.”


Current Events Webinar

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Apple Teacher Certification Program

  • Becoming an Apple Teacher:  Fuel Your Passion for Learning
    • Apple Teacher Learning Center
    • Free iBooks today.  
  • Every Learner is a creator.
    • Expect a lot from classroom technology.  
    • User Experience, Accessibility, Apps to Create.  
    • Everyone should learn how to code.  
      • Playgrounds app on the iPad
    • Apple Teacher Program
    • Deployment and Management  
      • Classroom Manager and App
  • How do you fuel your passion for learning when you’re not at ISTE?
  • Apple Teacher
    • Just-In-Time Resources  
    • Teachers choose the skills they want to work on.
    • Free self-paced program.  
  • Keynote
    • Use Keynote as a vocabulary activity.  
    • Scavenger hunts
  • Additional Learning Opportunities
    • Teacher Tuesday at the Apple Store
    • EdTechTeam – Apple Teacher Conferences  
  • Next Steps
    • Sign up using your Apple ID and password:
    • Explore:  Apple Teacher Learning Center and take a Quiz.
  • What’s your Apple Teacher story?
    • #AppleTeacher or @AppleEDU
  • Website:  
  • for apple resources.  
  • West lobby has a social media mosaic.  
  • @ForTheLoveOfLearning  


Random Thoughts . . .  


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