MSM 543: Creating Drama . . . With a Flip Phone and the Button That Says, “Mom.”


Shawn and Troy talk about time off last week, kids decoding, and more. Dave isn’t all wet, he drop lets us in on some water issues for our world. 


A friend of mine converted his van from diesel to electric. He used a motor from a dryer. He had trouble getting it to start.

  • Then he realized he hadn’t shut the door all the way

There’s apparently a crime spree going on at the local IKEA. 

  • The cops are having a hard time putting it together. 

Seven days without a pun…

  • Makes one weak.

Do they allow loud laughing in Hawaii? 

  • Or just a low ha?

Can you tie a knot by telekenesis?

  • Thought not

I’m writing a book about the things I want to do in life. 

  • It’s an oughtobiography

Why should you never yell into a colander? 

  • You’ll strain your voice

Walking around the neighborhood last night, I saw an apple pie, a cherry cheesecake, and an ice cream sundae. 

  • I thought these streets are strangely deserted.

I middle schooler accidentally sprayed deodorant into his mouth.

  • Now he speaks with a weird axe scent. 

I  can make you laugh, but not as good as a clown. 

  • Those are some pretty big shoes to fill. 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Water In Our World

I was recently reading the March/April 2022 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the Editor’s Note column, written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn.  She wrote an article entitled, “Water In Our World.”

Water is critical whether we are floating in canoes, learning about waterfowl habitats, saving a local swamp, or building weather models.  With over 2 billion people struggling to find safe drinking water access, the topic remains one of the most critical issues of this century.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • AMLE Presentation Proposal
    • Lumi – H5P authoring tool. Lumi is a desktop app that allows you to create, edit, view and share interactive content with dozens of different content types. It’s free and open source.
  • Vacation
  • Moodle 4

The Twitterverse  

Revolving_Door_Admin  @RAD_is_awesome

The superintendent and executive cabinet have decided that teachers are only allowed to input scores to assignments that a student completes. So a student only completing 1 out of 10 assignments will only be graded on the 1 they completed.

ABC News  @ABC

Beijing is on alert after 10 middle school students tested positive for COVID-19, in what city officials say was an initial round of testing.

Larry Ferlazzo  @Larryferlazzo

A Look Back: The 4 Best Websites For ELL Teachers

Eric Curts  @ericcurts

Battlesheets! Google Sheets Battleship Game Template  #ControlAltAchieve

Jolita Dūdienė


Here is this “Lithuania dear”, this last song, sung at “Song Festival”, directed by maestro Lionginis Abaris, was also sung by me…

The joy, love, admiration, pride, and listening to the crowd is impossible to describe. Just need to be there..

And one of those wizards who so enchanted the crowd of thousands of singers was always maestro Lionginas Abarius.

He was respected, loved and listened to, followed every click of his finger, facial expression and eye look from the youngest to the oldest singer.

We looked at him and the melody from each of us walked as if from the very heart..

Hearts, thousands of hearts sang for a.a. Lionginas Abarias…

In the upcoming “Song Festival” we will no longer get the bridges of Lionginas Abarius, but the melodies from the hearts of the singers will definitely be dedicated to the memory of the maestro.

The angels are singing right now! 😇🙏😇  

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