MSM 427: Brain Gym, A microchip for Shawn, Harder than a name with no vowels.

Jokes You Can Use:  

I met a guy from Australia who works in IT.

I asked him, “Do you come from a LAN down under?”

Have you heard of the blind cyclops brothers?

  • Neither have eye.

Where do naughty rainbows go?

  • Prism.


Smart Home

The film opens in a smart home, where the slightly smug owner can do everything from making a smoothie to unlocking the front door simply by voice command. Everything runs smooth (sic) until a trip to the dentist and a numbing Novocaine injection…  [Run time: 1:10]

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Outstanding STEM Books for 2019 Part 2

This is the second of a two-part podcast series initiated by reading the March, 2019 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 article on the “Outstanding STEM Trade Books for Students K-12: 2019. In this podcast, I feature four STEM books:

  1. Cyrus Field’s Big Dream: The Daring Effort to Lay the First Transatlantic Cable
  2. The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World From the Periodic Table of the Elements
  3. How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
  4. Inga’s Amazing Ideas

From the Twitterverse:  

Jessica Golz‏ @teachergolz

“Mrs Golz, do you have any good books?” …currently working on making our library shelves come alive with these *genre exploration stations* book summaries read to our kids by my amazing staff #empower203 #edtech #librarylife #millstreetmustangs

Kathi Kersznowski‏ @kerszi

WHOA! You’ve just GOT to see this! There is magic in this cube, I swear! Check out this quick video I made to see some of the new awesomeness brought to us by @MergeVR #edtech #MIEExpert #MicrosoftEdu #MergeCube #merge #ARVRinEDU #FlipgridFever  

Global Problem Solvers: The Series‏ @gpstheseries

While Millennials spend an average of 35 hours every week on digital media, nearly six out of 10 can’t do basic tasks such as sorting and searching for and emailing data from a spreadsheet.

Michigan History Day‏ @mihistoryday

Who’s in the auditorium, ready for the opening ceremony? #MHD2019

Will Richardson-Moving schools to Modern Learning‏ @willrich45

“If we don’t assess what we value, we will end up valuing what we assess.” Truth is, most of what we assess for has little or nothing to do with learning. It’s the “immeasurables” that will determine whether or not kids thrive. #satchat

Ms.Lavery‏ @fssdPGMSLavery

Teacher Tip Print out premade late passes and include your @Bitmoji for a personal touch! Check out these below These are great when you are busy teaching and need to quickly fill in the information. @WeAreTeachers @teacher2teacher

Jacie Maslyk‏ @DrJacieMaslyk

Great Ways to Make Learning Visible #satchat

Screencastify 🎬‏ @Screencastify

Have you applied to be our April Teacher of the month yet? If not, what are you waiting on? You could win $300 in @DonorsChoose , a free #Screencastify premium account, and a lot of bragging rights TODAY IS THE LAST DAY. Apply now!

Ditch That Textbook‏ @DitchThatTxtbk

30 activities for any Depth of Knowledge level Fabulous ideas curated from last night’s #DitchBook chat  via @jmattmiller #DOK

Chad Frye‏ @ModestlyChad

Bears do love their honey. I love doing drawings in my toned tan paper sketchbook. Have a happy weekend everybody! #animation #illustration #cartoon #animals #bears #bear #InkSketch #inked #sketchbook #sketch #drawing #honey #bees

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


Benchmark Assessments: Weighing the Pig More Often?

Brain Breaks and Focused Strategies – Edutopia  

Quick breaks that help students refocus so they can return to work feeling centered and ready to learn.  But do be aware that half of them are the old “Brain Gym” strategies that Britain spent millions of dollars researching to discover that they don’t work.

For information on the British view of “Brain Gym” see:

The Daily Mail quotes Education Secretary Ed Balls on “Brain Gym”:  


Evidence for ESSA

Our goal is to provide clear and authoritative information on programs that meet the ESSA evidence standards and enable educators and communities to select effective educational tools to improve student success.

Principles of Instruction

This booklet is about the most effective methods of teaching and presents ten research-based principles of instruction. These principles come from three sources:

(a) research on how the brain acquires and uses new information;

(b) research on the classroom practices of those teachers whose students show the highest gains; and

(c) findings from studies related to students’ learning strategies.

Creative Law Center – Open Access

Nicely done information about Open Access. Great list of museums which have resources available.


Welcome to OpenGLAM Open Collections. We have brought together collections from around the world that provide digital scans or photos that can be freely used without any restrictions. This is an ever expanding list so if you know of collections that are not listed here please add them through our contribute an item page and we will get them online!

Open Access at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Web Spotlight:

Cheery Thoughts

Random Thoughts . . .  

Personal Web Site  

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