MSM 132 Advisory Snowballs


Customer Service
“I’m not saying that the customer service in my bank is bad, but when I went in the other day and asked the clerk to check my balance … she leaned over and pushed me.”

Job Application
Employer: “In this job we need someone who is responsible.” Applicant: “I’m the one you want. On my last job, every time anything went wrong, they said I was responsible.”

The Blame Game
This is the story of four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. Consequently, it wound up that Nobody told Anybody, so Everybody blamed Somebody.

The boss returned from lunch in a good mood and called the whole staff in to listen to a couple of jokes he had picked up. Everybody, but one girl laughed uproariously. “What’s the matter?” grumbled the boss. “Haven’t you got a sense of humor?” “I don’t have to laugh,” she replied. “I’m leaving Friday.”

On Our Mind:

iWork ‘09 Update- ePub creation is now possible.


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I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your time and take care!
Julia Watson

Like the show, but you should also put info on the podcast for the kids that also like the show. Please give me a shoutout.

From the Twitterverse:


My kids like the ‘snowball fight’. Everyone writes something about themselves on a piece of white paper but they don’t name it. Then they scrunch the paper into a ball and on the teacher’s signal a snowball fight ensues. After everyone’s had the chance to throw a lot of paper around ( a few minutes) another signal announces the end of the ‘fight’. Each student picks up the snowball closest to them and takes turns to read out the info and maybe guess who it belongs to.

Anne De Manser ( )

Tech Tools:


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Science YouTube Videos from Mashable

Do you ever stare off into the cosmos, wondering about all the matter and particles swirling about in the universe? Or gaze into the spiraling petals of a rose and contemplate the Golden Ratio and all it connotes?
No? Well, take some time out from your weekend of quietly quaffing to think, really think, about why, oh why the forces of nature chose to forge us within this mighty smithy we call life. Strain your mind, dear reader, and test the mettle of your brain fibers ruminating on the fact that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy…
Or, you could just watch this week’s YouTube ( roundup, the theme of which is science!
Take a look down below and get yourselves some education, you desk set daredevils.


Reshirting the Little Ones

Sitting out Kindergarten to gain an advantage. “Redshirting” of kindergartners — the term comes from the practice of postponing the participation of college athletes in competitive games — became increasingly widespread in the 1990s, and shows no signs of waning.

Common Core Standards

By Stephen Sawchuk
More than two-thirds of the states—including Massachusetts, a state long famed for excellent academic-content standards—have adopted common grade-level expectations, as the movement to align nationwide what students are learning continues to gain steam.

Class Size. Does it Matter?

By Tamara Henry
Conventional wisdom says the smaller the classes, the better the education, because teachers can pay more attention to each child. But while smaller classes are popular, decades of research has found that the relationship between class size and student outcomes is murky.

ISTE 2010

Mindy Johnson, Dr. Boris Goldowsky, and Ge Vue.
What is the problem?
Why smart content?
What does it look like?
Reframing Literacy
Learners are diverse.
Sustain desired difficulties.
Reduce undesired difficulties.
Universal Design for Learning
Provide multiple means of representation.
Provide multiple means of action and expression.
Provide multiple means of engagement.
(See the video on the index page.)  
Smart Content
Is accessible
Contains learning supports
Has opportunities
The world is moving in a different direction from books.
UDL Editions:  Free on the Web.
Integrated with Google Maps
How can teachers build it?
Standard Open formats
Smart Content is time intensive and repurposable
This is the CAST format of choice.
NIMAS format is the government standard.
Presentation will be on the ISTE website.
You can save a document as DAISY format in Word and Open Office.
Xmlmind XML editor
Daisy players
Gives the reader control over content.
National Educational Technology Plan:  It’s a Smart Document
UDL Inquiry Science Project
University of Michigan’s iQuest project for middle schools.
Kids can upload “other literacy” type of responses.
Ultimately we will be able to do this.
What is the impact?
Being able to read text at grade level.
Unlocking student understanding.
The teacher becomes the innovator.

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 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