MSM 571: Industrial PD Day!


Shawn and Troy discuss AI in education, PD, and more. Dave has Ecosystem Dynamics.


My friend told me he’s going on a trip to Spain, but he doesn’t understand a word of Spanish

  • So I told him the most important thing you need to remember is to say Mucho as much as possible, because to the Spanish people that means a lot…

While admiring some dinosaur bones in the Museum of Natural History, a tourist asks the guard, “How old are they?”

The guard replies, “They are 73 million, four years, and six months old.”

“That’s a rather exact number,” says the tourist. “How do you know their age so precisely?”

“Well,” answers the guard, “The dinosaur bones were seventy three million years old when I started working here, and that was four and a half years ago.”

I seem to be developing an irrational fear of German Sausages.

  • I fear the würst.

I was having dinner with Garry Kasporov  ..

  • and on the table was a checkered tablecloth. It took him 20 minutes to pass me the salt.
  • At the end of the meal he offered to pay, and said, “Pass me the check, mate.”

Three tons of hair was stolen from a wig factory.

  • Police are combing the area.

How did the hacker get away from the police?

  • She ransomware.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast: Ecosystem Dynamics

I was recently reading the January/February 2023 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 Patti McGinnis.  She wrote an article entitled, “Ecosystem Dynamics.”  

A healthy ecosystem can be defined as one that “has the ability to maintain its structure and function over time in the face of external stress.”  Managing ecosystems in a manner that creates resilience and long-term sustainability is more crucial than ever.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Remote Work
  • PD Day
  • Science Teachers
  • Moving Buildings
  • Spear Phishing
    • Experience
    • Iran
    • Google Classroom

The Social Web  

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘bayard’ (16th century): one who shuts their eyes to reality and has all the confidence of ignorance.

PUNS  @ThePunnyWorld

I hurt my knee slipping on ice in front of the police station. I went inside to complain but they charged me with a felony

MuhsinBashir( #GPT insider )  @muhsinbashir_ai

10 Best alternatives to #ChatGPT #AI  1. GPT-3 by OpenAl 2. BERT by Google 3. XLNet by Google 4. RoBERTa by Facebook 5. ALBERT by Google 6. T5 by Google 7. CTRL by Salesforce 8. Transformer-XL by Google 9. XLM by Facebook 10. Megatron by NVIDIA

Biosension  @norrad “First up, we’ve got Chinchilla – the GPT-3 killer developed by DeepMind. With 70 billion parameters and four times the data as Gopher, this bad boy is sure to impress. But beware, it’s not quite ready for p…

Dissident Teacher  @edudissenter

I’ve been teaching for 25 years. I’m tired of building my own curriculum.

NOLEJ  @nolej_app

Autogenerate eLearning interactives in minutes! 1 – Upload or copy URL to any content 2 – Nolej AI will analyze the semantic meaning 3 – It will generate a plug-and-play ready library of interactives

MrBerard #EduGlow : getting to send a pupil on their way by quoting #Discworld‘s Lord #Vetinari:
“Do not let me detain you.”

MrBerard #EduGlow: when an eight grader unpacks for you why he thinks “negative numbers aren’t real” and you gotta admit he’s onto something.


Tired of the Same Old Professional Development? Let Students Lead.

I formed an after-school student activism and leadership club with a small group of seventh grade students. I wanted this club to be youth-led, so I relied heavily on student conversations to guide our work. One thread that quickly emerged from our initial discussions was teacher practice. Students felt frustrated by their teachers’ lack of focus on building classroom community and supporting students’ self-confidence.

After these discussions, I posed a question to my students: “Do you all want to lead a training for us–your teachers–focused on how we could do better?”


Chrono Photo Game

See a picture, guess the year. Five rounds per game. 

Great to have students develop context clues.

The Science of Well-Being for Teens

A recent survey found that 37% of teens say they have poor mental health. This 6-week course aims to curb this mental health crisis by bringing together the best insights from Dr. Laurie Santos’ popular Yale course Psychology and the Good Life. In this course, you will explore what the field of psychology teaches us about how to be happier, how to feel less stressed, and how to thrive in high school and beyond. The lessons along with short weekly ‘happiness homework’ assignments will ultimately prepare you to put these scientific findings into practice. The ultimate goal is for you to feel better and build healthier habits. Parents, teachers, and other professionals supporting teenagers may also find the course beneficial.

Note: This course does not confer Yale University grade, credit or student status.


Looking Behind the Screen: Critical Media Literacy Gives Us Tools to Understand How Media Shapes Our Perception of Others and the World–9Fk0Rg9g

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Letters on our national struggle

by Meagher, Thomas Francis, 1823-1867

Stephen King’s 20 Rules for Writers

Web Spotlight:  

Geometric Primes

Geometric Primes is a series of posters visualizing the complete set of three-digit prime numbers in a series of styles and only using basic geometric shapes based on squares, circles, and triangles.

Each print contains all 143 prime numbers with 3 digits. Each is represented by an image composed of simple geometric shapes based on its digital root and colors based on its digits. Arranging these images sequentially creates colorful collages of prime numbers based on simple rules.

For each poster, a unique shape was assigned to the digital root of each prime number which is calculated by iteratively summing its digits until one remains. (All known prime numbers greater than 3 have digital roots of 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, or 8.)

Suzanne Ciani Creates The Soundtrack For A Pinball Machine

MINK! — My Mom Fought For Title IX, but It Almost Didn’t Happen | Op-Docs

ChatGPT Isn’t the Only Way to Use AI in Education

AI can be a tool to create meaningful connections and learning experiences for children—and may help foster more equitable outcomes.

My perspective on ChatGPT (and creativity and teaching) 

AXIS:  The Culture Translator

YouTube U

What it is: Individuals can now earn college credit through Arizona State University by watching YouTube videos through a newly-launched program called Study Hall.

Application fees are $25 per course, and once coursework is complete, students can opt to pay around $400 for transferable college credits from the course.  

Random Thoughts . . .  

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