MSM 479: Ditch That…Empire


I started with simple origami. Now I’m into much more complex pieces. 

  • You could say that it is a ten-fold increase. 

I went to the library to get a book on the fall of the Roman Empire. 

  • Turns out that are no pictures of autumn foliage in there though. 

Circumnavigating the globe. 

  • Is that a one-way trip or round trip?

What’s the difference between a politician and an electrician? 

  • An electrician will never go for a power grab. 

I’m not very active on social media. Seems like people are aggressively trying to grab eyeballs. 

  • That sounds pretty messy and painful. 

Some friends who are programmers have started a new Beatles-inspired band. They have a new song about a lengthy, convoluted program. 

  • It’s called, “The long and winding code”/

I have a friend who got hired to during the pandemic to make sure that those entering the school building do not have a fever. 

  • It’s temp work.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Equity for All

I was recently reading the July/August, 2020 issue of “The Science Teacher,” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the “Notes from the Editor “ column written by Ann Haley MacKenzie.  Her article was entitled “Equity for All: Essential for All Facets of the Scientific Enterprise.”

Under the microscope, the cell being observed does not care who is observing it.  Woman, man, African American, Latinx, Asian, gay, middle-class, hearing-challenged, Native American: why has the scientific playing field not been equal for ALL?  How can we, as science educators, erase inequitable practices in our teaching?

Reports from the Front Lines

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Foundation for Economic Education – I, Pencil Lesson  

If you haven’t yet downloaded your copy of “I, Pencil” along with an engaging study guide, now is the time! Your free “I, Pencil” Lesson Plan takes your students on an intellectual journey of discovery and intrigue as they glean unforgettable lessons from the unassuming pencil.

When seen through the lens of economics, the how-it’s-made story of the humble yellow writing stick becomes more fascinating than you’d ever imagine..

Trevor Muir- The Epic Classroom

How have your virtual meetings been lately?  I am holding a FREE webinar this Sunday evening. We’ll be talking about how to have engaging virtual classroom meetings. I’d love to see you there!  And if you can’t make it on Sunday, register anyway and I will send you the video as soon as it is over.

Spot The Troll

Each of the following 8 profiles include a brief selection of posts from a single social media account. You decide if each is an authentic account or a professional troll. After each profile, you’ll review the signs that can help you determine if it’s a troll or not.


Classroomscreen is an online tool that allows you to display the instructions for your lesson in a clear and visual way. Choose from over 12 widgets to support your class activities and help students get to work.

Web Spotlight:  

Selling the Future of Ed-Tech (& Shaping Our Imaginations)

…one could say something similar about education as a whole: our beliefs about it are often unmoored from reality.

How Quickly Can a Girl Go Viral on TikTok?

Teens are making it big overnight, but that kind of fame can be a mixed bag.

This video, uploaded to TikTok in July, has more than 11.4 million views. It was posted by @mooptopia, who emerged from nowhere at the beginning of July and has since become an unexpected star. She now has 2.5 million followers, despite the fact that nothing about her account is remarkable: She’s a teenager in what seems to be an average suburb, where she walks around and dances awkwardly and sometimes growls.

Young people go viral on social-media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram too, but TikTok is unique in how its algorithm pulls oddities out of the blue and pushes them into a main feed seen by millions of people.

The Kids Have Left the Candy Store

What it is: Research from a UK-based fintech app for kids called RoosterMoney shows that tweens and young teens now spend more of their pocket money on Roblox and Fortnite than previous favorites like candy and books.

Why it’s worth thinking about: Fortnite was released in 2017, and gift cards for in-app purchases in the battle-royale game have topped teens’ wish-lists ever since. Roblox makes fewer big headlines, but the platform for code-based, accessible game design has actually been around since 2006. Users purchase “Robux” to use in the game and, in turn, fund creators—mostly teenagers—who craft different variations of gameplay. As these gaming platforms gobble up your teen’s allowance one dopamine hit at a time, consider how differently your teens may come to view money as they exchange an invisible currency for things they can neither touch nor keep.   

Building an Oasis in the Screentime Desert

What it is: Now that school is back in session and (mostly) happening via Google Meet and Zoom, many families are feeling the “burnout(language) of a life that feels screen-bound. An advice columnist on Mashable suggests that now is the time to do a “screen-time audit” to cut back on how much time kids spend with their tech.

Why it’s important: A “screen-time audit” takes back control of which activities take place in front of a screen, and shifts activities back to analog counterparts whenever possible. If you’ve got a bookworm on your hands, for example, you might redirect them to bury their nose in a paperback instead of a reading app. Storytelling podcasts you’ve vetted and approved could take the place of time spent watching television. Screens aren’t evil, but our tech was created to be habit-forming (as we pointed out in last week’s review of The Social Dilemma documentary). Even short breaks from screens can improve your family dynamic and the mental health of the teens entrusted to your care.

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