MSM 401: We’re Going to Start with a Dot, Add a Spark, and Cook Moodles.

Jokes You Can Use:  


What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?

  • Don’t Know, Don’t Care


Did you hear about the customer at the barber shop? Wanted a new dye job and a new haircut. Could only afford one.

  • Classic example of “do or dye”.


Remember, he who laughs last didn’t get it.


I have a friend who lost a mood ring. He’s not sure how to feel about that.


Despite the high cost of living, it remains popular.


Did you hear about the employee at the One Hour Glasses factory who caught his hand in a machine?

  • He made quite the spectacle of himself


A friend was having trouble with his iPad. He changed the name of it to “Titanic”.

  • It’s syncing now


We get more comfortable in our skin as we get older. Of course that might be because it’s not as tight as it used to be.


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


I was recently reading the August, 2018 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 “Commentary Section” written by Erin Lester. She wrote an article entitled, “A Real-World STEM Competition.” The article focuses in on eCYBERMISSION a free web-based STEM Competition for students in grades 6-9.  You can learn more about eCYBERMISSION by visiting:


From the Twitterverse:  


NEW in Ed Week – “Q&A Collections: Best of Classroom Q & A” …


Alex Corbitt@Alex_Corbitt


7 Components of Feedback (by @lisa_westman) #edchat #education #edtech #elearning #k12 #ukedchat

Patrick Garrity@PatrickTGarrity Aug 30

Love seeing our students adding their @peterhreynolds inspired #theDots to Mrs.Harrington’s room. Each one is special and unique just like our students! Only 16 more days until #DotDay2016

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Pernille Ripp@pernilleripp

Oh my word, how much do I love this journal from @peterhreynolds on sale September 4th and I want to give it to everyone I know #pernillerecommends


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Holly Clark@HollyClarkEdu

New Update: Help for Teachers Going From an iPad to a Chromebook  #edtechteam #caedchat

Carrie Baughcum@HeckAwesome 21 Jul 2017

Sketchnoting is a powerful tool to enhance learning. Here’s my beginners guide to #sketchnoting in the classroom

Tom Driscoll@Mr_Driscoll

For those educators using @AdobeSpark, I highly recommend encouraging your school/district to deploy “Adobe Spark for Education.” Enhanced security for student data and free access to premium features.  More info here: …

Buck Institute for Education@BIEpbl

Use our “Rubric for Rubrics” to guide your thinking regarding rubric design AND USE during Project Based Learning. #AssessStudentLearning #PBteaching #PBL #HQPBL #deeperlearning …


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650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing

Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times.


Information is Beautiful: The Movies Based on a True Story

Movies are review scene by scene and compared to how accurate historically they are. Includes:

  • Lion
  • Hidden Figures
  • HackSaw Ridge
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Big Short
  • Spotlight
  • Selma
  • American Sniper
  • Dallas Buyer’s Club
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Captain Phelps
  • The Social Network


Information is Beautiful

The other stuff


Digital Storytelling – Jason Ohler Resources

Rubrics for assessing Digital Storytelling.  

Web Spotlight:


Why Kids Want Things


So in other words, parents who act in ways that value things, parents who make a lot of sacrifices to get a lot of things, parents who get a lot of joy from buying things, parents who talk a lot about things—they tend to have adult children who act the same way.

Random Thoughts . . .  


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