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Learn from your elders…

A lawyer and a senior citizen are sitting next to each other on a long flight. The lawyer is thinking that seniors are so dumb that he could get one over on them easy. So the lawyer asks if the senior would like to play a fun game.

The senior is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks.  The lawyer persists, saying that the game is a lot of fun.  I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me only $5.  Then you ask me one, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500, he says.

This catches the senior’s attention and to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.  The lawyer asks the first question. ‘What’s the distance from the Earth to the Moon?’  The senior doesn’t say a word, but reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.

Now it’s the senior’s turn.  He asks the lawyer, ‘What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?’  The lawyer uses his laptop and searches all references he could find on the Net.  He sends e-mails to all the smart friends he knows; all to no avail.  After an hour of searching, he finally gives up.  He wakes the senior and hands him $500.  The senior pockets the $500 and goes right back to sleep.

The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer.  He wakes the senior up and asks, ‘Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?’  The senior reaches into his pocket, hands the lawyer $5 and goes back to sleep.

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From the Twitterverse:


Ice Breakers

Tech Tools:

UDL Book Builder

Welcome to Book Builder! Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.


Strategies Gallore:

A bunch of different categories. Many, many different strategies for each category.

Earth Calendar

The Earth Calendar is a daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world.For the purpose of this web site a “holiday” is any day that recognizes a cultural event.


Putting Teachers to the Test:

By Carl Bialik
“My print column this week examines the debate over so-called value-added measures for teachers, which evaluate their performance based on how much they improve their students’ standardized test scores.”

ISTE 2010
Next week folks.  🙂

MiJEC 2010

Rogers City Schools
What they did:
Created a template on Word
Basic tech is needed.
Directions for the Fakebook Project
You must choose a “REAL” historical figure that lived …
The project is modifiable.
Have their characters dialoguing with other people’s characters and there’s another type of lesson.
Template is on the website.
Fakebook It!
Author:  Melissa Wozniak
Presenter (in absentia)
Katy Xanakis-Makowski
Rogers City Area Schools
Links and Documents:
Directions for Fakebook project. – BE CREATIVE

You must choose a “REAL” historical figure that lived in or influenced the United States between the years of 1960 – 1978.  They may be, anyone that you would like to know more about.

Follow the Template that is saved.  You must scour the internet/books in order to find out the Historical information, anything that you can not find out, feel free to embellish as long as it could be historically accurate and APPROPRIATE.

The “general information”, “education” and “favorites” – find the info that you can.  For the “favorites” section, see what you can come up with as you learn about the person. – these can be humorous or serious – which ever you choose.

The “status update” – should have a historical fact of which the person was involved – be it a “fun” update.

The “groups” section – think about what the person you chose would be into – and create 2 groups that they would have been a part of.  (1 must be serious, and 1 can be humorous)

For the “friends” section – as you do your research, find 6 individuals that they would have been “friends” with.   They could be co-workers, other people that did what they did etc. You must put their photo with their name.

For the “about me section – again research your person and place accurate information in the section
The “Wall” posts.  Find 6 events that your person was involved in or a part of, and then find 6 individuals that would have talked with them about those events, and make them your wall posts.  Each post must be in a separate text box and have a photo of the person making the statement and the “date” of the statement.

For the “we’re related” section – you must have 3 photos of people they are related to and how they are related.

**This is meant to be both a fun and learning project.  These will be printed off and put into a binder so that they can be shared with other students.  You have three days to finish these, which is why I want them to be “ACCURATE” and FUN!!!.***

Fakebook Example


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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 ISTE Special Interest Group:  Virtual Environments is holding meetings on Mondays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm (SLT) on ISTE Island.
  • The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference February 17 – 18, 2011.
  • Second Life:
    • Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details.  Check frequently this week as the ISTE Annual Convention is this week.
    • Video: Educational Uses of Second Life