MSM 155 Rice, Rice Baby … Kaplan for Kindergarten!

Jokes You Can Use:


A place where women curl up and dye.
Someone who is fed up with people.
The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
Mud with the juice squeezed out.
Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
Never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage.
Cold Storage.
Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
An insect that makes you like flies better.
Grape with a sunburn.
Something you tell to one person at a time.
A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.
The pain that drives you to extraction.
One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.
An honest opinion openly expressed.
Something other people have. You have character lines.

On Our Mind:

Embracing the Wide Sky
Daniel Tammet in audiobook format

From our Listeners:

No Eileen Award today


Free Rice

  • Click on the right answer in the middle of this page.
  • If you get it right, you get a harder question. If you get it wrong, you get an easier question.
  • For each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance.

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or
Bonus Day:

  • Science Songs
  • Plate Tectonics

From the Twitterverse:

*shannonmmiller Your Classroom as an Apple Store from Rethink the Box…Love the ideas!
*missnoor28 RT @simfin: RT @russeltarr: 10 Killer Content Sources for Your iPod Learning Mix: #mlearning #edtech

RT @marynabadenhors: If doctors were treated like teachers (I wish teachers were treated more like doctors) #edreform

RT @jdthomas7: 10 Ways 2 Use QR Codes in yr Classroom | Technology Teacher – #edtech #edchat

*tombarrett 14 Interesting Ways to use Web Conferencing in the Classroom – I know there are plenty more good ideas, pls add yours
*willrich45 ACT out against the SAT Interesting vid. Will be dealing with this soon enough. #college #testing
*IAM_SHAKESPEARE THE_REAL_WILLIAM Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
*itrt High School ipad apps
*maggiecary If Teachers Graded Parents:
*bethstill If you are new to ISTE this year you might want to check out this event on Saturday: #iste11


Studies Find Language Is Key to Learning Math

By Sarah D. Sparks

New research shows a lack of language skills can hamstring a student’s ability to understand the most fundamental concepts in mathematics.
Children start counting everything in sight as soon as they begin to speak, but research shows they do not immediately attach abstract meaning to the numbers.
The findings provide more evidence for the link between early literacy and numeracy suggested by other recent research.
The findings also may suggest the importance of using number lines rather than finger-counting in early grades, Ms. Goldin-Meadow said.


Prepping for Kindergarten Test

This year she hired a former Montessori teacher to tutor her preschooler on everything from learning continents to sounding out words.
Tutor Lemi Erinkitola started a tutoring company for kids as young as 3, preparing children, mostly on the South Side, for CPS’ admissions tests. She said that when she went through the process with her own three children, she found few resources.,0,3146773.story


Find out who is linked to your (or your school’s) web site:

  1. Go to AltaVisa
  2. Type in (um, after link: type the address of your web site or your school’s web site).
  3. Change “Show Links” button to Except this domain – this will exclude your own posts.

Web site extensions:

.org – organization
.com – company
.sch – school (used outside of U.S.)
.k12 – most U.S. school sites
.edu – U.S. higher ed
.gov – U.S. government (add country code for outside U.S.)
.ac – higher ed outside of U.S. usually used with country code, example: “”
.net – network
.mil – U.S. military
.co – Company (if paired with a country code, example: “,” the state of Colorado or the country, Columbia)

EmbedPlus as an educational tool for videos

Our core features could help teachers focus students on relevant parts of existing     videos and allow them to add extended material. See our initial ideas below:

  • Chapter/Scene Skipping – Videos often have specific segments or turning points that viewers may wish to jump back and forth to – especially after the first view. A video could span multiple topics and/or contain different speakers. Teachers can mark each turning point for easy navigation using the jump buttons on the player. Alternatively, if a video has certain ‘skippable’ parts that are not relevant to the desired lesson, the beginning of the relevant parts could be marked for direct access to them.
  • Movable Zoom and Slow Motion – These are the other DVD-like             controls. They can be particularly valuable for science and nature videos in which students are to make observations. To illustrate, a video might contain experiments     and chemical reactions that may happen too quickly for normal playback. Slow motion     and zoom offers students a chance to get a closer and clearer understanding of the     event. They can also provide greater accessibility that some students might need     for viewing text and other objects within a video.
  • Third Party Annotations -Teachers might wish to offer additional             information beyond what is presented in a video. Such information could be effectively     displayed using annotations that popup at user-defined times. EmbedPlus offers such     a feature for third-parties-i.e. anyone that wishes to embed a video. While annotations/captions are also possible through YouTube, they can only be added by a user with access to the video’s channel. EmbedPlus complements YouTube in this way. You will also find that with EmbedPlus’ annotations, the control bar of the player displays the text to avoid blocking the video screen and possibly distracting viewers.
  • Real-time Reactions – This optional feature displays YouTube and Twitter reactions right inside the player. We are speculating that some comments from YouTube and Twitter can offer students useful viewpoints from others that have viewed a video-particularly those outside the students’ classroom. This of course         depends on the nature of the commenters and tweeters.

Free Stuff from 3D Vinci

Sketch-Up tutorials

Math Practice – Make 5

Practice using Addition/Subtraction/Multiplication. Students answer questions to get 5 in a row.


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  • ISTE Eduverse Talks are the recorded sessions held on ISTE Island every week. Join ISTE in their Second Life conference location for their weekly talks on education.
    • The ISTE Special Interest Group:  Virtual Environments is holding meetings on Mondays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm (SLT) on ISTE Island.
  • The Ohio Middle Level Association will hold their annual conference February 16 – 17, 2011.
  • Second Life:
    • Regular Tuesday meetings are scheduled. See the board on the ISTE Island for up to the minute details.  Check frequently this week as the ISTE Annual Convention is this week.
    • Video: Educational Uses of Second Life