MSM 477: The Twelfth Night: Some are born with Technology, Some Achieve Technology, Some have Technology Thrust Upon Them


I bought some eggs that were already hatching. 

  • They were Cheep

I bought a cake the other day. It was to celebrate making progress on my To-Do List. 

To Do:

  • Buy a cake
  • Organize Classroom
  • Clean off desk
  • Put bulletin boards up
  • Restack books

My kid asked me why the book was so thick. I had to tell her it was a long story. 

Did you hear about the Mega Concert coming up? It’s an event to support kids with minor cuts and bruises. 

  • They’re calling it Band-Aid

Did you hear about the Nihilist that gave his friend an empty box? Upon being thanked, he responded:

  • “Oh, it’s nothing”. 

Did you hear about the semi truck carrying fruit that overturned on the highway?

  • It created a real jam.

I had to enter a new password the other day. I tried “chicken”, but the site informed me that it had to have a capital. Thus, my new password?

  • chickenkiev

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Safe Home Science Instruction

I was recently reading the NSTA Safety Blog, published by the National Science Teaching Association and found on their website at:

On the blog, I read “Safety for Hands-On Science Home Instruction”  written by Kenneth Roy.

The information provided in the blog should be helpful for teachers, students, and parents/guardians in planning for safer home science/STEM activity assignments.  Whether hands-on activities are done in a formal academic school laboratory or out in the field or at home, all modes are a springboard for developing scientific concepts and methodology.  This, however, can be a double-edged sword.  Be aware that school staff and school district leaders have a “duty of care” obligation that extends outside the classroom or laboratory to family members who supervise the students during these assignments at home or in the field.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Family Support
  • Tech Support
  • “Free” Options
  • What Class Looks Like Now 
  • Things I learned this week in online learning:  
    • Are there positives to this type of learning?  
      • I have a train of thought, I can actually ride that train.  It now leaves the station with me on that train.  
      • Repetitive teaching reduced.
    • Are there negatives to this type of learning?
      • WXYZ television report teaching the kids how to cheat on a computer test – not helpful.  
      • Chaos in the background
        • TV, little blisters and bothers, I mean sisters and brothers.  
        • I have never taught to any current pop music as my background music to my teaching.  I learned this week that that is no longer true.  
      • Repetitive teaching reduced.  
    • Parents will enter your class, hijack it because they’re adults and you will talk to them before you talk to any children.  And they’re adults.  And they have questions that must be answered now.  
    • If you leave the Google Meet room open well before class starts . . . they will come.
    • If your students are done with work in their current class, they will join your Google Meet to hang out with you and your current class.  OR if it is before school, they will join your room as soon as they think you will open it just to hang out with you while you get ready for class.  And run a 99Math game for them.  Please.  
    • Google Meet Closed Captioning “on the fly” isn’t helpful.  Abdul gets translated into something nasty, consistently.  
    • My students are super helpful with each other – I really appreciate their kindness.  
    • Communication streams turn into a raging deluge once school begins.  The excess of access to a teacher.  Creating a culture of communication with parents, students, and administration is the next big challenge.  
  • The New “Snow” day?



Penny or a Million

If you were offered a penny that doubles every day, or a million dollars, which would you take?

Ireland Lacrosse sacrifice place in ‘Medicine Game’ tournament for greater good

Would you make the same choice as part of the team?

The Twitterverse

Typical EduCelebrity  @EduCelebrity

Remember laughing at that colleague who flipped their entire curriculum a few years back for wasting so much time? Don’t you feel stupid.

The Modest Teacher  @ModestTeacher

Just an FYI…. Google certification is a marketing ploy.

Dr. Indira Koneru  @indirakoneru

#CCIndia workshop participants also learnt how to generate a #CreativeCommons license & apply to their work (PPT & Word doc) and release as #OER on @SlideShare and transform into #prosumers of OER.


Savithri Singh and 2 others

Typical EduCelebrity  @EduCelebrity

If you are a teacher with children, the next time a parent lectures you about how to teach better at home, you can lecture them on how to parent better at home.

Bill Maher  @billmaher

I mark the onset of American decline to the moment parents started siding with their children instead of with the teachers. #SideWithTeachers

Look for your host, Todd Bloch, to have a middle school topic all ready to go!  Make it a strategic part of your personal professional development.  #mschat on Thursday @8:00 pm.  


Gaming The Grade: How One Middle Schooler Beat A Virtual Learning Algorithm 

When Lazare’s first history assignment of the virtual school year came back scored 50/100, a resounding F, the seventh-grader was crestfallen.

Looking at a Hokusai picture


AMLE & the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Call for Nominations

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is launching its 26th annual search for exemplary young volunteers. Once again, the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is proud to support this unique youth recognition program–-especially in a year when so many students have had to go above and beyond to continue their volunteer service. I hope you’ll encourage your school to take advantage of the opportunities that it provides.


The most important part of our roadmap has long been to finish up and integrate an OER Hub in the H5P authoring tool to facilitate global collaboration. It was also the most requested roadmap item by far on the last H5P Conference. The H5P Core Team has now tasked all developers with finishing up the H5P Hub as fast as possible. It will be an integral part of the H5P authoring tool and allow users to easily share their content with every H5P user in the world! Content shared by others will of course be searchable and repurposable.

Why people fall for misinformation

How does a fact become a misconception? Dig into the world of misinformation to see how facts can become distorted and misleading.


Lateral Reading

Credibility training on reviewing credibility of websites. 

Web Spotlight:  

Wawa is Offering Free Coffee for Teachers

How Google Classroom became teachers’ go-to tool—and why it’s fallen short

Too often, educators spend their professional development time mastering specific digital tools, rather than broadly applicable best practices.

America Runs on Charli – Axis’s “The Culture Translator”  

What it is: Dunkin’ recently made TikTok star Charli D’Amelio’sgo-to order an official item on the menu.

Why it’s an act of marketing genius: Connecticut native Charli D’Amelio is known for three things: her viral TikTok dance videos, her authentic (and often teary-eyed) Instagram Lives with fans, and carrying an ever-present, mega-size iced coffee. Charli’s favorite drink (cold brewed coffee with whole milk and three pumps of caramel, in case you’re interested) launched as a Dunkin’ menu item on September 9. To market her eponymous drink, a tie-dye clad Charli dances enthusiastically with coffee in hand to a hip-hop song called “The Charli,” which is the perfect TikTok clickbait. If the TikTok enthusiast under your roof is suddenly “running on Dunkin’,” this is why.  

TikTok Fails Its Users, Big Time – Axis’s “The Culture Translator”  

What it is: Over the weekend, footage of a man who live-streamed his death by suicide was edited into harmless-looking TikToks. TikTok’s main “For You Page” algorithm started recommending the posts before it could be contained, exposing countless users to this graphic, heartbreaking footage.

Why it’s a feature, not a bug, of TikTok’s interface: Much has been made over the past year about the possibility that TikTok is used as a tool of Chinese “spyware,” and we’ve yet to know what the outcome of that political battle will be. But perhaps the real hidden danger of the app isn’t its role in geopolitical conflict, but how its algorithms recommend videos they can’t fully comprehend. Young users in the thousands flooded the comment sections of these truly evil posts, and dozens more posted reaction videos on Instagram and other platforms urging viewers to “stay off TikTok” for the weekend, confessing that the footage was “haunting” them and giving them nightmares. When you bring this up to your teen, do it gently, keeping in mind that the posts were deceptively spliced so that they didn’t appear to be upsetting or violent, and your teen most likely wasn’t seeking out the footage. But do ask about what they saw, and if they want to talk about it.  

Singing the Screentime Blues – Axis’s “The Culture Translator”  

What it is: With notifications, texts, and social media always beckoning, teens and adults are looking for a way to send the message that they’re “not available(language).

Why this thing has legs: If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic restrictions over the past year, it might be this: Being online gets old! While screens continue to be the main source of social interaction for kids who are remote learning, socialization via smartphones can easily become exhausting. And now that notices of all of our obligations come through our handheld devices, people of all ages are looking for ways to “politely disconnect.” We suspect that some forward-thinking app developers will be working on a new auto-reply feature, which can respond to any and all notifications with an “away” message (circa the heyday of AOL Instant Messenger). Until such a thing becomes widely available, ask your teen if they’re sick of their screen yet. Talk as a family about ways to put digital life on “pause,” and try to set an example by doing it yourself for a few hours each day.

Random Thoughts . . .  

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