MSM 407: Synth-etic Boo! What Does That Sound Like?

Jokes You Can Use:  


I go to the gym so infrequently that I still call it the James.


I earn a seven-figure salary. Unfortunately, there’s a decimal point involved.

A hungry little boy was beginning to eat his dinner when his father reminded him that they hadn’t prayed.”We don’t have to,” said the little boy. “Mommy is a good cook!”


Silence is golden…

Unless you have children…

If that is the case, silence is suspicious.


What plant like Halloween the most?

  • Bam-BOO!


What would you find on a haunted beach?

  • A sand-witch!


What would you get if you crossed a vampire and a teacher?

  • Lots of blood tests!


What did the ghost say when the skeleton lied to him?

  • I can see right through you.


Why do ghosts like to ride in elevators?

  • It raises their spirits.


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Adolescent Brain


I was recently reading the October, 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 section “From the Editor’s Desk” written by Patty McGinnis. She wrote an article entitled, “Critical Thinking and the Adolescent Brain.” She reminds us that brain development is all the more reason for us to develop engaging activities that require our students to think critically.


From the Twitterverse:  

Christopher Moore‏ @ChrisMooreSci

Christopher Moore Retweeted Oscar Mayer

The most important scientific debate since the classification of Pluto. Seriously, this is an excellent #5E “Engage” question for an #ngss learning experience on taxonomies. #ChangeOscarsMind #scichat #scied

Christopher Moore added,

Oscar MayerVerified account @oscarmayer

We know what’s true… But we’re gonna give you 24 hours to change our mind. Call to tell us why you think a hot dog IS NOT a sandwich. #ChangeOscarsMind

0 replies 1 retweet 2 likes


Amy Fast, Ed.D.‏ @fastcrayon

If you planned by considering the question, “I’ve got 5 hours a day with these little humans. What do they need?” as opposed to “I’ve got 5 hours of the day to cover all the standards. How do I fit it all in?” how would your teaching change? How would learning change as a result?


Angie Goćur‏ @AngieGocur

Replying to @rickwormeli2 @CNN

How saddening. I have found that it’s easy for me to challenge my students’ biases but harder for me to challenge my colleagues, but I can’t help but think that some uncomfortable lunch room conversations could have prevented this.


Jonathan Alsheimer‏ @mr_Alsheimer

The best teachers are the ones in the trenches. 3 essentials for teachers – Be in the hallway, Be visible, and Be INVESTED in their life! Handshakes and fist bumps work wonders! #buildrelationships #leadfromthefront #education101 #FLHornets #tlap #LeadLAP #classroomchampions

Todd Nesloney‏ @TechNinjaTodd

“Being an educator is more than just accepting a position. It’s a calling. It’s that drive to change a child’s life” via #StoriesFromWebb

Synth‏ @gosynth

Podcasting in the Classroom? Here’s a Byte-Sized Option … via @classtechtips


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




The Sound of Text

“Sound of Text creates MP3 audio files from text and allows you to download them or play them in the browser — using the text to speech engine from Google Translate.

Originally, Sound of Text was just for myself so that I could attach sound to my flashcards in Anki. Now, thousands of people use this site for many different purposes.”


13 Alternatives to Google Image Search

Richard Byrne (FreeTech4Teachers) provides a document for more than just Google Slides. Why? Many times, google image searches produce copyrighted images (though there is also a setting to restrict results).


Your Fallacy Is

Downloadable posters and cards that are great resources. These apply to Biases and Fallacies.


Web Spotlight:


Random Thoughts . . .  


Personal Web Site  


Click the Play button below to listen to the show!