MSM- 133 It’s Constitution Day!


A beginner rider at the stables was trying to saddle a horse. “Excuse me,” said the old hand, “but you are putting that saddle on backwards.” “How do you know,” snapped the student. “You do not know which way I’m going.”

On Our Mind:

First week back to school . . .
Constitution Day Resources . . .
Cybrary Man:


Thanks to @Mthman & @rushtheiceberg for the recommendation on Twitter!
Best wishes to Kevin at Honey Grove on his new blog!

From the Twitterverse:

  • * topedutweets  Teachers to take online professional development courses – study says improves instruction & student achievement
  • * Twilliamson15  have done podcasting with my students to cover the hundreds of human body systems topics we can’t fit into class. #scichat
  • * cybraryman1  Have students do a What if? and then have them make a map. For example if Americans lost Am Revol. #sschat
  • * shareski  Great story about integrity and sports from this teen from Wisconsin. via@rmcdonald17
  • * ipadeducators  An interesting discssion of iPad project in eighth grade classrooms – what do you think?:
  • * DoTheMathBooks The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones. John Wooden #quote


NMSA Video Contest

“Showcase your students’ video production talent as they share how they are making a difference!
NMSA is accepting video submissions to be played at its 37th Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, November 4-6, 2010. More than 7,000 educators from around the world will view the winning videos and see them recognized on the conference website, SchoolTube, and the conference program book.
Challenge your students to use their 21st century technology and communication skills to showcase how they, their class, or school have been innovative, creative, or inspiring.”

Tech Tools:


As the world moves toward more complex interactions, one of the most fundamental aspects of humanity is to enjoy its thoughts and its great works. Our journey has always been one of making classic literature available to anyone willing to listen, and now in this next phase, to expand our scope to include more thinkers, writers and essayists. Although thinking may not seem as relevant today, with advancing technology providing alternative vehicles of entertainment, we are committed to bringing a small part of intellectual enjoyment to the globe.

Reading Logs
Reading Logs gives students a better way to track reading, create vocabulary cards and practice spelling. Learning material is uploaded by teachers and is accessed online by students in their class.

How Safe is your password?

Voki:  Animated avatars
Education application form for the animated avatar app.
From the website:  “Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.”


TheApple is a diverse community of aspiring and current educators that want to support each other and advance their careers. Think of it as social networking with great career resources. We have a very active group of members from the veteran teacher, career changer, and even the pre-college student. Mentoring and career building is a good part of what we do. Let me be the first to invite you to become an active part of TheApple

47+ Alternatives to YouTube:
Some excellent educational content can be found on YouTube. However, many teachers cannot access YouTube in their classrooms. That is why I originally wrote what became one of the most popular posts to ever appear on Free Technology for Teachers, 30+ Alternatives to YouTube. That post is now fourteen months old and I’ve come across more alternatives in that time. Also in that time span some of the resources on the list have shut down. So it’s time to update the list.


California testing iPads as Algebra Textbook Replacements

A pilot project in four California school districts will replace 400 students’ eighth-grade algebra textbooks with Apple iPads in an attempt to prove the advantages of interactive digital technologies over traditional teaching methods.

Events & Happenings:

Calendar of Events:

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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