MSM 564: Beauty is in the A.I. of the Beholder


Shawn and Troy talk about computer carts, co-teaching, the Fediverse, and more. Dave is going all 3D. 


What’s the difference between roast beef and pea soup?

  • Anyone can roast beef

So I invented a steam-powered phone.

  • but I kept getting too many mist calls.

So I told my boss three companies were after me and I needed a raise to stay at my job. We haggled for a few minutes and he gave me a 5% raise.

Leaving his office, he stopped and asked me, “By the way, which companies are after you?” I responded,

  • the gas, electric, and cable company.

In which USA state do the most people have allergies?

  • MassACHOOsetts.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Three-Dimensional Learning

I was recently reading the November/December 2022 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  

In this issue, I read the “From the Editor’s Desk” column, written by Patty McGinnis.  She wrote a column entitled, “Three-Dimensional Learning.” 

The Next Generation Science Standards call for three-dimensional learning, or the intentional integration of disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and scientific and engineering practices.

Reports from the Front Lines

The Twitterverse….Fediverse Coming Soon  


Our conference on 3/15/2023 will feature: 3 keynotes 1 DJ 5 best selling authors 25 breakout sessions Unlimited networking Edu Stars We just need: YOU! Register at The first 50 registrations receive a signed copy of a speaker’s book!! Let’s Gooooooo!

  Buitengebieden  @buitengebieden

Having fun together..  

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘quafftide’(16th century): a one-word announcement that it’s time for a drink.

PUNS  @ThePunnyWorld

If I ever had identical twin daughters, I’d name the first one Kate… And the second one Duplikate.

Post News Link mentioned in the show:  

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



written by Miguel Guhlin

Ever wish you had an easy-to-follow checklist when designing learning for students? I know I have…often. Some of my colleagues effortlessly design amazing lessons, but I have to plod through each point. But lesson design is something that is critical to ultimate success in the classroom for each student. That’s why I’d like to take a moment to share my latest version of the outline I use. You can also explore this choice board organized with the outline in mind:


Our Story: An Ancillary to US History

A US history ancillary/textbook that examines some traditional some non-traditional aspects of American social, cultural, gender, racial, political, and military history. Most chapters include content provided by community college students.

Open Logic

The Open Logic Project is a collection of teaching materials on mathematical logic aimed at a non-mathematical audience, intended for use in advanced logic courses as taught in many philosophy departments. It is open-source: you can download the LaTeX code. It is open: you’re free to change it whichever way you like, and share your changes. It is collaborative: a team of people is working on it, using the GitHub platform, and we welcome contributions and feedback. And it is written with configurability in mind. 

AXIS:  The Culture Translator

A New Line of Questioning

What it is: A book excerpt in the Atlantic encourages families to chat with elder members about what history has looked like through their eyes.

Why it’s essential: At Axis, we’re always supporting parents by providing conversation starters geared at teens. But as we gather with older relatives for the upcoming holidays, it’s worth thinking about turning the tables a bit and encouraging young people to ask their relatives about their experiences. The Atlantic recommends simple questions about what they could see through their windows growing up, what they spent their summers doing throughout their childhood, and what they learned from their first jobs. 

Song of the Week

“Major Distribution” by Drake and 21 Savage, ft. Lil Yachty: as the second song on the album Her Loss and the second most popular song on Billboard and Spotify, “Major Distribution” is a strange blend of piano, profanity, and pop culture references. The chorus is just Drake muttering the phrase “Go stupid” over and over.

Transcription and links to references inside the song.  

The Wingfeather Saga – Animated Series on Angel Studios Streaming

In a fantasy world of wonder and danger, one boy discovers a family secret that may awaken an ancient power or doom them to capture by a nameless evil… If you love the wit of The Princess Bride, the epic world of The Lord of the Rings, and the deep magic in the Narnia series, you’ll love The Wingfeather Saga.  

Funding Page:


Open Educators on Mastodon

Educators on Mastodon

Web Spotlight:  

Libraries Are Launching Their Own Local Music Streaming Platforms

Over a dozen public libraries in the U.S. and Canada have begun offering their own music streaming services to patrons, with the goal of boosting artists and local music scenes. The services are region-specific, and offer local artists non-exclusive licenses to make their albums available to the community.


BookWyrm is a social network for tracking your reading, talking about books, writing reviews, and discovering what to read next. Federation allows BookWyrm users to join small, trusted communities that can connect with one another, and with other ActivityPub services like Mastodon and Pleroma.

Halloween Between The Wars – Original Recordings 1927-1938

When we think of the great depression of the 1930s, the images which may spring to mind – The Grapes of Wrath, the dustbowl songs of Woody Guthrie – are generally from the 1940s. Popular entertainment of the thirties leaned not on realism, but on escapism. This is the golden age, not only of Hollywood musicals, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rodgers, Busby Berkley routines and screwball comedy, but also of horror movies. So who better to guide us into this mix of Halloween music than Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula from 1931, released the same year as Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and James Whale’s Frankenstein, and a year before the first appearance of The Mummy. Aside from the film clips, we naturally have plenty of novelty recordings, original sound effect records, hot jazz, and to close a suite of particularly morbid blues records.

Random Thoughts . . .  

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