MSM 514: Project Laissez-Faire


Shawn and Troy talk about how the Delta variant has changed back to school plans. Dave is all about Digital Literacy. Teachers will need to relearn how to project. Mask mandates? What will the school year look like? Groupwork?


Just in from the world’s biggest producer of yardsticks. They aren’t making them any longer. 

A Rancher burst into the bar and shouted “can somebody help me round up18 cows?” 

  • I stood up and said I will help, it’s 20 cows

If you’re on the road to nowhere, how do you know when you get there?

I strained myself getting through the screen door. 

What is the best time?

  • 6:30 – hands down

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Digital Literacy

I was recently reading the May/June 2021 issue of “Science and Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Editor’s Note” written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn.  Elizabeth wrote an article entitled “Digital Literacy.”

Digital Literacy, according to Cornell University, is the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the internet.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Reopening Plans
  • Delta Difference
  • Tech in Schools


50 Little Etiquette Rules You Should Always Practice – Reader’s Digest  

Do one or two a week in Advisory perhaps?

The Twitterverse  

The Modest Teacher  @ModestTeacher

Does your school lock the only color printer in a bank vault guarded by Navy Seals too?

Fixing Education  @FixingEducation

For the new school year, let’s remember THIS. Asking teachers to do ‘ONE MORE THING’ and not removing anything else from their plate doesn’t help anyone. •It doesn’t help Teachers! •It doesn’t help Test Scores! And it certainly doesn’t help STUDENTS!

Chairman Meow  @catsaysnyaa

Breaking News: Wilson has defected to the USA.


Matt Miller  @jmattmiller

100 Remote Learning activities, templates, and tutorials This post keeps growing!  Video project ideas Digital writing activities Sites for early finishers LOTS of File > Make a copy templates

Jason Neiffer, Ed.D.  @techsavvyteach

5 Ways to Effortlessly Transcribe Your Podcast for Free #accessibility

Lisa C. Sproul   @MrsRCSproulJr

Gossip has no friends, just addicts.

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.  And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!” 


Picking Up Words On A Walk

“Walking isn’t just a form of exercise, or a way to clear your mind (although it is very good for both of those things). It’s a way to learn about nature and the associated vocabulary. Next time you go for a walk, really pay attention to where you’re going. Not just so you don’t trip over, but so that you notice all the things around you. Then when you get home, you’ll have a collection of new words to practise with your students. And a free pass to eat a big slice of cake.”


You Need Soup.  Here’s the Best:  

12 Principles of Modern Learning

AXIS – The Culture Translator

Slang of the Week

Thirst Trap: A photo or post that is an obvious ploy for attention; typically a post where the person looks attractive or enticing.

For Example:  “Why did she even bother with writing a caption, that IG post was such a thirst trap.”


Medical grade see-through mask that is comfortable to wear.  So far, so good.

Clear Fog-free face shields –

Yes, it looks like a fly-by-night website.  Yes, they’re made in China.  But they have fog-free face shields.

Free eBooks

Catto Creations supports ePub3 and makes the following books available for download. They work well with AZARDI’s desktop eReader. They are also available as free eBooks in the Apple iBookstore. 

Web Spotlight:  

Blended Learning: What It Is and What It Is Not

Hitting the Books: How our lying eyes trick the brain into seeing motion during movies

“What a projector actually does is exactly this: It brings each frame into fixed position with the light source blocked. That’s the function of the shutter. Then the shutter opens and the illuminated frame projects onto the screen. Then the shutter closes. Then it opens again, and the illuminated frame is projected a second time onto the screen. Then the shutter closes and the next frame slides into position, and so forth.”

5 Tips for Making Digital Learning Accessible to All Students

In many ways, Rhianon Gutierrez did not have a typical education growing up. Born hard of hearing, she learned early on the difference that the accessibility of educational content can make.

Random Thoughts . . .  

Dr. Edward Panosian

Personal Web Site   

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