MSM-138 Whither the Wi-Fi?


Counting Skills
A teacher asked little Johnny if he knows the numbers 1 to 10. “Yes! Of course! My pop taught me even more than 10.” “Good. What comes after three? “Four,” answers the boy. “What comes after six?” “Seven.” “Very good,” says the teacher. “Your dad did a good job. Now, what comes after ten?” “Jack.”

On Our Mind:

  • NMSA 2010
  • Whither Wi-Fi?
  • Will TodaysMeet be used?
  • iTunes Rankings
  • Helping others:

Hello fellow middle school science teachers.  This is a reminder to please complete this survey. My gratitude to the hundreds of teachers who have already done so. I am conducting a study of middle school science teachers and their teaching about the ocean.  I need your help!  Your answers to my survey questions will contribute to what we know about the current state of ocean literacy education in the United States.  All other challenges to the world ocean aside, the intricacies of the current oil spill crisis are reason enough to ensure that our citizenry is ocean literate.
If you have at least one year of experience teaching middle school science, would you please take my survey?  It will take 15-20 minutes to complete and your answers are completely confidential and anonymous.  The survey can be accessed by clicking on the following Internet link:

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science on Twitter
Headrush – MythBusters for Kids
Team America Rocket Contest

From the Twitterverse:

*kevcreutz Kevin Creutz Questions for schools to truly assess how technology is being used.
kevcreutz Kevin Creutz  Remove boredom by teaching naked
Katjewave Katje Lehrman @smartinez One local middle school just got 140 students “returned” because the charters didn’t want them. #educationnation
NMHS_Principal Eric Sheninger  by tfulk523 RT @cpoole27: Writing Fix: prompts. lessons, and resources for writing classrooms!
*web20classroom Steven W. Anderson RT by tfulk523 Technology Integration Matrix:
*msbearce Ms. Bearce:  this is what we did in my advisory today. woot!
*andreacarr1 Andrea Carr
What does Britain sound like? British Library is creating the first crowd-sourced, nationwide sound map.


Voki – Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.

Inspirational Quotes – Here, I’ll share 20 of my favorite inspirational quotes. I won’t include any commentary because the quotes speak for themselves. I hope they resonate with you as much as they have with me 🙂

University of Virginia’s Honor Code:  Use this video in connection with the “Coat of Arms” materials from NMSA’s Treasure Book to build an Advisory activity!

Tech Tools:

Markup IO

Draw on any webpage. Share your ideas. Mark. Share. Done.
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“Read online publications and self publish digital magazines, eBooks and more.” Here’s one thing that I like about it – you can create your own library of books. I started with a couple of books by Richard Byrne (Free Tech for Teachers)- Google for Teachers and Google for Teachers II.

10 Sites to create Comics from Tech Learning

“Creating Digital Comics has been one of my favorite thing to do with students when trying to integrate technology. While this can be done with any number of applications, such as Comic Life or Toon Boom, there are many online alternatives (mostly free) that offer a nice solution as well.”


School study sees benefits in economic integration

“This study turns that wisdom on its head to some extent. It says, actually, it’s who you are going to school with.”

Effort Targets ‘Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations’

Researchers and policymakers agree that teachers’ expectations of what their students can do can become self-fulfilling prophecies for children’s academic performance.

Edutopia Parent Guide

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EdWeek focuses on Will Richardson

ISTE 2010:  Crap Detection – Teaching Students to Research

Presenter:  Dr. Howard Rheingold
How can you pluck the answer to any question out of the air?
How do you know that what you find is accurate?
They seem to be a set of literacies.
Attention as a literacy
Participation as a literacy
Critical consumption
The Literacies
Critical consumption
“Crap Detection” came from Ernest Hemmingway.
There’s a lot of crap on the web and it is up to us to be good consumers of information.
1996/1997 he began to think about this stuff.
His daughter began to look up things on the web.
Example:  Martin Luther King, Jr. An Historical …
The site doesn’t have a good opinion of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Do a whois on the site and it tells you who the owner is.
Stormfront owns it.  (White Supremacy)
This is a cloaked website.
Example:  Hitler Historical Museum
Showing these sites to students is the first step to understanding that what is out there isn’t always real.
There are all kinds of actors out there purchasing URLs.
BP bought a ton of search terms from Google.
Example:  First Genetics:  genetically mapping a better future.
It isn’t a legit site.
Example:  Free Online Pregnancy Test
Example:  Faisal Shahzad Facebook mixup highlights hazards of Web journalism.
Example:  Help save the Endangered Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.
Article:  SFGate:  Howard Rheingold
Looking for teaching stories there.
There are many spam and port sites that are now looking like legit sites and teachers and students need to be able to detect the difference.
Online is the greatest source of one’s disease as well as some totally bogus information.
The one thing that we can do is to improve the commons is to convince people that the things that are in error are in error.
Other Literacies
Example:  Student has the ability to look at other subjects and do well at the main course topic.
Multitasking isn’t effective.
Media production is unlike other areas of production.
Look Penguin Revolution
Network Awareness
Networked Individualism
Professional Learning Networks
Trust Network
Find people you can learn from.
Long tail, small worlds, power law.
Presentation of self and a networked world.
There’s a great need for this in institutions today.
Call to Action!
The best we can do is work together and for each other.
Additional Resource
Daniel Poynter Hand Out – Crap Detection  (See below)
Please note:  Clicking on the document should bring up a dialog box to switch between each page of the PDF.

Author Information:  Daniel Scott Poynter
Direct link to Crap Detection 101:
CLEAR Model for Critical Reading:
Diigo Resources from ISTE and Howard Rheingold’s “Crap Detection”:
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