Podcast 121: Common Core Motivation


Ugly Suits
When the store manager returned from lunch, he noticed his clerk’s hand was bandaged, but before he could ask about the bandage, the clerk had some very good news for him. “Guess what, sir?” the clerk said. “I finally sold that terrible, ugly suit we’ve had so long!” “Do you mean that repulsive pink-and-blue double-breasted thing?!” the manager asked. “That’s the one!” “That’s great!” the manager cried, “I thought we’d never get rid of that monstrosity! That had to be the ugliest suit we’ve ever had! But tell me, why is your hand bandaged?” “Oh,” the clerk replied, “after I sold the guy that suit, his seeing-eye dog bit me.”

On Our Mind:

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School year is coming to a close.

From the Twitterverse:


Ad Hoc idea:  Info Please/ChaCha – Here’s an idea to let your kids use those smart phones in school.  Grab some worksheets from your teammates and hold a surprise review quiz in Advisory.  They can use two resources to help them find the answers:  Info Please and ChaCha.  Info Please is a reference site put together by Pearson.  Tons of resources at the ready.  Not enough computers in your Advisory classroom?  Fine.  Let the kiddos pull out their cell phones and get the answers from ChaCha, a cell phone based search engine.

Try these:

1.  Who is Jeff LaRoux?

2.  How many feathers are in a peacock?

3.  What is the average flight speed of an African Swallow?

Tech Tools:

Gives you an online dashboard to your Google Apps and life.

Timeline tools:
Time Toast

Facebook search engine:

Openbook draws attention to the information Facebook makes public about its users via its search API. Facebook exposed this service on April 21st, 2010.

Our goal is to get Facebook to restore the privacy of this information, so that this website and others like it no longer work.

Anybody can search, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. However, if you are logged into your Facebook account, you’ll see full profile pages when you click on a user.


AutoMotivator is for making printable motivational posters or parody demotivational posters. You choose the picture, colors, and text, and we make your poster.

You can put the poster on your website, or even get a print for just $9.95. A giant, 36″ wide print is just $19.95!

e.g.: Mistakes Poster http://site.despair.com/images/dpage/mistakes03.jpg


Net Generation:
Downloadable information revolving around the Federal Government and its IT capabilities. Also has sections on Net Generation, use of web 2.0 tools, etc.


Common-Standards Draft Excludes ELL Proficiency

The writing teams for common standards have sought the advice of researchers on English-language learners, but the organizations that are coordinating the venture don’t plan to produce a set of English-language-proficiency standards to go with the common standards.


Education officials may scrap MCAS test

Massachusetts education officials are quietly putting together a proposal to scrap the controversial MCAS exams in English and math and replace them with new tests they are developing with about two dozen other states.

Are We Really Teaching Them How To Fish (by Jennifer Wagner)

Teaching teachers to fish instead of simply relying on PLN’s for all the answers.

Opportunity:  Knowledge For Teaching Study
What makes a good teacher?  Here’s a study to find out and a chance for you to participate in a study that is designed to find out those very things.

Events & Happenings:

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Other News:

  • ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education.
  • The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference February 18 & 19, 2010. Jack Berckemeyer will be keynoting.
  • Second Life: