MSM 432: #ISTE2019, Go Synth These Jokes

Jokes You Can Use:  

Why is it impossible to play and hide and seek with Pokémon?

  • They always Pikachu

A truck loaded with Vicks Vapor Rub overturned on the highway.

  • Amazingly, there was no congestion for 8 hours.

How do billboards talk?

  • Sign language

Why should you never iron a 4 leaf clover?

  • Don’t want to press your luck.


Missing Maps

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Apollo 11 — 50th Anniversary

I was recently reading the July, 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 an article entitled “The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11.” On Sunday July 20, 1969 at 4:17 pm EDT, the “Eagle” spacecraft landed on the lunar surface in an area known as the Sea of Tranquility.

From the Twitterverse:  

Eric Sheninger  @E_Sheninger

Storytelling and Brain Science: This Is Your Brain on Story (link: #digilead #brandEDU

Apple Education  @AppleEDU

We’ve curated all our #ISTE19 resources including the free Apple Pop-Up Classroom Workbook in the #AppleTeacher Learning Center! Revisit the activities, recreate this experience in class, and explore project ideas that span subjects! (link: #EveryoneCanCreate

Tami Brass@brasst

Top Google Education News, Tips, and Resources from #ISTE19 | Tech & Learning  

Tami Brass@brasst

Awesome resource! Google Slide Calendars: 2019/2020 Version – i heart edu

Tom Murray @thomascmurray

After his best friend died, a 12-year-old Michigan boy raised $2,500 to pay for the headstone (link: #KidsToday

Kathleen Corley @KathleenCorley

Check this out on Wakelet with resources from ISTE19 curated by Cathy Hink (link: via


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

ISTE Thoughts

Big picture overview


Podcasts by students

Good Poster Sessions

Pedagogy over Technology

Importance of Critical Thinking


Privacy Grade

Grades are assigned using a privacy model that we built. This privacy model measures the gap between people’s expectations of an app’s behavior and the app’s actual behavior. For example, according to studies we have conducted, most people don’t expect games like Cut the Rope to use location data, but many of them actually do. This kind of surprise is represented in our privacy model as a penalty to an app’s overall privacy grade. In contrast, most people do expect apps like Google Maps to use location data. This lack of surprise is represented in our privacy model as a small or no penalty.

Web Spotlight:


Podcasting.  You’d like to do it with your students.  You’d like them to have an authentic voice that is heard by the outside world . . . but your students are right on the edge of 13.  Synth podcasting is for you. Not into podcasting? Synth is also for you. You can do a 4 minute-ish vidcast or podcast and run a transcription in a matter of minutes.  External link this from your Moodle or another source and use it with students and parents. Brought to you buy the guys who make Swivl. Funded by Swivl sales. From Jeff Bradbury’s Session at #ISTE19.  

Why Tech Isn’t Transforming Teaching: 10 Key Stories From Education Week

How to Teach Critical Thinking

Daniel T. Willingham


Random Thoughts . . .  

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