MSM 541:  That New Software Smell


Shawn and Troy talk about Michigan & Maine, kids on vacation, language, and more. Dave takes a look at some land.  


I have a friend who fell in love with an electrician. 

  • He got shocked.

Then he fell in love with a crane operator, but

  • He got let down. 

Did you hear about the new movie called “Constipation”?

  • It hasn’t come out yet.

Google can tell you the following:

  • tell me the formula for nitrogen oxide
  • tell me the formula for sodium hydride
  • tell me the formula for sodium hypobromite


If it weren’t for blinds it would be curtains for all of us. 

If you share music puns, you will be….

  • Band

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Land Loss Lookout

I was recently reading the March/April 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the section, “Citizen Science,” written by Jill Nugent.  She wrote an article entitled, “The Land Loss Lookout Project.”  

Land Loss Lookout is a citizen science project from Healthy Gulf and Northeastern University designed to monitor land loss in the Mississippi River Delta region.  Students can help categorize wetland impact patterns by looking at color infrared aerial images online.  For more information, please visit the project’s website at: 

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Markdown in Google DocsCheatsheet
    • Must be turned on in Preferences (Tools | Preferences)
    • Teach your students
    • Mermaid – Flowcharts using Markdown like language (Live Editor)
    • ADA compliance
  • Middle Schoolers & eMail Vacation settings 
  • Ramadan
  • The TESTing season is upon us!  
    • Gao Kow
    • State Testing Truc et Chose!  

The Twitterverse  

Christine Thielen @cmt215il

@Pfagellreminding us that we NEED to take care of ourselves. #AMLE22Recharge

Katie Powell  @Beyond_the_Desk

“We need to be the thermostat even if kids are thermometers.” We need to be steady even if kids’ emotions go up and down.  @Pfagell  @AMLE  #AMLE22Recharge

Secretary Miguel Car-don’t Care   @SecCarDontCare 

I love to hear from our educators in the field, but please no complaints during my lunch hour. I can’t problem solve on an empty stomach.  

  Detroit Free Press  @freep

It’s soda, not pop.  

Typical EduCelebrity   @EduCelebrity

Today is #NationalCrayonDay. To commemorate this day, I would like to suggest to @Crayola new teacher-inspired colors: 

-High Importance Email Red 

-Faded Bulletin Board Paper Black 

-Sharpened Pencil Graphite Gray 

-Vintage Overhead Projector Blue 

-Florescent Light Off-White

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


International Fact-Checking Day


Virtual Reality Fieldtrips

Earth Day (or any day) is a great time to explore the globe. This school year, jumping around from one corner of the world to another might be out of this (sic) question. But even if your field trip budget is currently at zero, digital tools can help you transport students around the world. If you want to take students on a tour of our planet this April 22nd, try out these virtual reality field trips for Earth Day.

Fun With Language  

Luis Van Rooten made a book of English nursery rhymes with French words in nonsensical context.  

“Lit-elle messe, moffette

Satan ne te fête,

Et digne somme coeurs et nouez.

À longue qu’aime est-ce pailles d’Eure.

Et ne Satan bise ailleurs

Et ne fredonne messe. Moffette, ah, ouais!”

You can get a copy of all the poems here, but it is outrageously pricey!  

Latvia for Ukraine – “Resistance”

“Musicians from Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine have united in a song called “Resistance”. The song calls on everyone to support Ukraine in its fight against the military aggression of Russia. It honours the bravery and strength of its defenders and stands firmly for European values and the right to freedom of every nation. The musicians appeal to everyone not to be ignorant and encourage to support Ukraine in any way possible. The singers also call on other artists to create projects that keep Ukraine and its people in the spotlight. All proceeds from the streaming and performing of “Resistance” will be donated to support Ukraine.”  



AXIS – The Culture Translator

Fake Skews

What it is: A political PR firm paid for by Meta may have partnered with local media outlets across the US to make TikTok look bad, according to the Washington Post

Slang of the Week

Material gowrl: from Saucy Santana’s song “Material Girl,” a cheeky, endearing description of a person who prioritizes buying the things that they want over the things that they need; can also simply refer to having wealth and a confident attitude. (Ex: “Fridge might be empty but my closet’s full of Zara. MaTeRiAl GoWrL.”)

Web Spotlight:

Vietnam Draft Picker

During the Vietnam War young American men faced the possibility of being involuntarily drafted into military service, but there were many ways to avoid it with certain connections. “If you’ve got the dough,” it was said, “you don’t have to go.”

As the war went on, selective service requirements, deferments and exemptions changed in an effort to make the draft appear more fair. One of those changes was the institution of a draft lottery, which gave young men a random number between 1 and 366 corresponding to their birthdays. Lower numbers were called first.

The draft lottery did not fix all the inequities of selective service, but it did force young men with low numbers to directly face the prospect of going to war or actively seek a way around being drafted into active duty.

If you had been born in 1950, what would your draft number have been?


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