MSM 484: Digital Learning – It’s about time.


My TV started playing random Netflix shows. It was weird…

  • But I’ve seen Stranger Things

People who can’t tell the difference between whole numbers and decimals are missing the point. 

My wife asked if I could clear the table. 

  • I had to get a running start, but I made it!

What Do You Get When You Pick a Pigs Nose

  • Ham boogers  (yes, I know…Snot funny)

What is Yoda’s last name? 

  • Layheehoo

I told my carpenter that I didn’t want carpeted. 

  • He gave a Blank Stair

LumberJack #1: I can cut a log in half just by looking at it. 

LumberJack #2: That’s impossible.

LumberJack #1: I know it’s hard to believe, but I saw it with my own two eyes. 

My child will not eat fish, what can I replace it with? 

  • A cat. Cats love fish.

Someone missed an opportunity. Why is a “randomized clinical trial controlled with a placebo” not called “trick or treatment?

A joke doesn’t become a Dad joke until it’s full Groan. (That should be Apparent). 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Middle School Science Minute: Formative Assessment Probes

I was recently reading the September/October 2020 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the “Formative Assessment Probes“ column written by Page Keeley.  Her article was entitled “Using Formative Assessment Probes with Real or Virtual Field Trips.”

Using a formative assessment probe prior to a real-time or virtual field trip activates students’ thinking about the concepts and phenomena they will be learning about during their experience.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Google Classroom -> Moodle
  • Is it about the kids?
  • Who is working hard? (and how)
  • Timing (it’s usually hard to get everything in during a “normal” year)
  • Substitutes


Media Multitasking Disrupts Memory, Even in Young Adults

…“media multitasking”—or engaging with multiple forms of digital or screen-based media simultaneously, whether they are television, texting or Instagram—may impair attention in young adults, worsening their ability to later recall specific situations or experiences.

…media multitasking correlated with a tendency toward attentional lapses and decreased pupil diameter, a known marker of reduced attention.

…“We found evidence that one’s ability to sustain attention helps to explain the relationship between heavier media multitasking and worse memory,”

“Individuals who are heavier media multitaskers may also show worse memory because they have lower sustained attention ability.”

The Twitterverse

Yong Zhao, Ph.D  @YongZhaoEd

Starting now #edtech #edutwitter Interactive XR Learning Aids in Myanmar and Beyond

JJARC@jaemjenarchive  #JENO

Student’s Self-Introduction in Middle School

Catherine Stolarski @stolarc

Middle school math pedagogy from 1898. #AllenMath #allenlearns #iteawonclass #MTBoS

Don’t forget #mschat on Thursdays at 8:00 pm EST.  


The Neuroscience of Viewing Your Past Like a Fly on the Wall

…recalling autobiographical memories from a third-person, observer-like perspective (as opposed to replaying a memory through your own eyes) can influence the vividness of one’s recollections.

St. Jacques and Iriye found that adopting a third-person, observer-like visual perspective when recalling autobiographical memories alters the functional connectivity between different parts of the brain compared to when someone recalls a memory in the first person through his or her own eyes.

St. Jacques speculates that choosing to adopt an observer-like perspective when recalling one’s past could have therapeutic value. In closing, she said: “This may be an effective way of dealing with troubling memories by viewing the past from a distance and reducing the intensity of the emotions we feel.”


Among Us Template

Critical Reading: 50 Sentence Stems To Help Students Talk About What They Read

Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

Your involvement in your child’s education can lead to better learning results and outcomes. This “Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide” will inform you, as a parent or caregiver, as you monitor your child’s progress as your child accesses and uses technology for learning.

This guide aims to help all parents and caregivers, including those who have limited experience with digital tools, those who are experts with these tools, and anywhere in between. Each section starts with foundational pieces and builds from there.

Web Spotlight:  

Other Data: 20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher

Random Thoughts . . .  

Personal Web Site   

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