MSM 549: Drop Your Backpack, You’re At Home


Shawn and Troy talk about not going remote, mostly, this year, how kids have attached to adults. Virtual Trips. Dave is augmenting your reality. 


me: what do you know about atoms?

friend: very little

me: besides that

A Clumsy Paleontologist Walked On Stage With A Dinosaur Skull. What Happened Next Is Jaw-Dropping

I just got my doctor’s test results and I’m really upset. 

  • Turns out, I’m not gonna be a doctor.

My daughter looks just like my wife. I mean, they look like twins. I’m not too surprised though. 

  • After all, they were separated at birth. 

I have a great joke about nepotism. 

  • But I’ll only tell it to my kids.

My friend asked me if I wanted to hear a really good Batman impression, so I replied, “Go for it!” He shouted, “NO!! NOT THE KRYPTONITE!” Slightly puzzled, I said, “That’s Superman.”

  • “Thanks man!” he laughed. “I’ve been practicing it a lot.”

How do you tell a chemist from a capitalist?

  • A: ask them to pronounce “unionized.”

I just failed a fire safety course when they asked what steps I would take in case of an explosion….

  • Apparently, “Really big ones” wasn’t an acceptable answer…

My friend is turning 32 soon and I told her not to get her hopes up, “After all, the celebration is only going to last half a minute.” Confused, she asked, “What are you talking about?”

  • I said, “It’s your thirty-second birthday.”

If you think your microwave and your TV spying on you is bad…

  • Your vacuum cleaner has been gathering dirt on you for years…

I’m not bragging or anything, but I made six figures this year…

  • So they named me the year’s worst employee at the toy factory…

I went to the store last week to buy 6 cans of Sprite.

  • It wasn’t until I got home that I realized I had picked 7 up.

If you tell Dad jokes, but don’t have kids, does that make you a “faux pa”?

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Augmented Reality and the WWF Free Rivers App

I was recently reading the May/June 2022 issue of “Science and Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. 

In this issue, I read the “Tech Talk” column, written by Heather Pacheco-Guffrey. She wrote an article entitled, “Using Augmented Reality to Augment Inquiry (and Fun!) in Your Lessons.”

Technology has the potential to extend students’ reach into the world around them, increase their access to concepts and resources, and help to make learning fun and memorable. Augmented reality (AR) is just such a technology. AR works by overlaying 3D digital image files onto the real-world background visible through your mobile device’s camera app. Once the AR image has been “placed” in your space, use the device to view the digital image at all angles. The WWF Free Rivers app uses AR technology to turn your classroom into an interactive virtual river valley. The dynamic nature of the AR river valley makes it an exciting choice for inquiry learning. 

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Remote this year? 
  • Reflection on the year
  • School Security
  • Fun with Fonts!

The Twitterverse  

Laura Malafarina @lauramalafarina

Hey English teacher friends! This year in Creative Writing, I started a daily sentence study warm-up that I called Word Lab. It was the most beneficial 10 minutes of our class, hands down, and I want to share all of the resources I created with you! [thread!]  

Marvin Olasky  @MarvinOlasky

On Diversity by Russell Jacoby (@7StoriesPress, 2020) asks hard questions about one of academia’s favorite shibboleths, shows it’s more than skin deep, and notes that “Infant strollers with iPad holders do not bode well for intellectual diversity.” #Olaskybooks

Richard Byrne  @rmbyrne

Five Virtual Tour Creation Projects for Students

Matt Miller  @jmattmiller

Looking for an engaging lesson for class tomorrow?? Choose a virtual field trip from our collection

Pair it with this ready-to-use “Create a guide” activity from Google Applied Digital Skills DONE!

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


Student Planning

Basically, I have had students complete a form (you can download it here, and I’ll also copy-and-paste it here in this post) – one part everyday.  Since one of the challenges these students might have is difficulty focusing, keeping it short and simple has worked well.  After they have completed the form, which take a few days, I apply an idea I learned from Edutopia (see I LIKE THE IDEA IN THIS NEW EDUTOPIA VIDEO: “60-SECOND STRATEGY: DAILY INTENTIONS”) where I ask them at the beginning of each class which of the actions they listed on the form as ones they want to focus on that day. We then have a short individual discussion at the end of class.

Daily Dedication


Authentic Lessons for 21st Century Learning

The K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma has compiled a set of lessons for teachers that are searchable and good for finding some Project Based Learning items.  Grab some things for the end of the year! 

AXIS:  The Culture Translator  

Sextortion on the Rise  

What it is: The FBI has issued a warning about an increase in sextortion plots targeting teens.  

Slang of the Week  

I Purple You: BTS fans’ slang term for “I will trust and love you until the end of time.”  

Web Spotlight:

How Burned Out Are You? A Scale For Teachers


Anatomy of a fake

This is the tale of a fake news story, widely shared by a lot of smart people who so badly wanted for it to be true that they didn’t care that it wasn’t. It is also the tale of the decline of local news in America, the wave of pink slime that is replacing it, feeding destructive partisan narratives about public institutions.

Random Thoughts . . .  

Catfishing scam targeting teen boys, Calgary police warn

Do we need to address this?

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