MSM 161 Bad Jokes Abound, Update History, and Football!

Jokes You Can Use:

A teacher sees a lad entering the classroom – his hands were dirty.
She stopped him and said, “John, please wash your hands. My goodness, what would you say if I came into the room with hands like that?”
Smiling the boy replied, “I think I’d be too polite to mention it.”

Two explorers, camped in the heart of the African jungle, were discussing their expedition. “I came here,” said one, “because the urge to travel was in my blood. City life bored me, and the smell of exhaust fumes on the highways made me sick. I wanted to see the sunrise over new horizons and hear the flutter of birds that never had been seen by man. I wanted to leave my footprints on sand unmarked before I came. In short, I wanted to see nature in the raw. What about you?” “I came,” the second man replied, “because my son was taking saxophone lessons.”

So the bus driver said to the string, “Are you a string?” and the string said, “No, I’m afraid not”. (A frayed knot).

On Our Mind:

NMSA Executive Director Search
NMSA Elections:  Vote Early, Vote Often

Eileen Award


We heard from Eileen this week!  The free hugs are on!


Overcoming Challenges:

The true story of the Panyee Football Club. Video is 5 minutes and 15 seconds long- subtitles in English.
*Notes (explain football (soccer), pitch (field), boots (shoes).

Get Your Day off to a better Start

Daily Pictures

Pictures from around the world.

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

The Middle School Chemistry Project can be found at  By the way, did it on the iPad again.  First time I used three tracks.  One for voice, one for guitar and one for stand up bass.  Good show this week, as always.  I enjoyed the interview with Doc Tatom.

From the Twitterverse:

**kelalford Web 2.0 Tools That Will Inspire via DEN Blog Network – Spring has Arrived!! Let’s talk about some Web 2.0 …
* bivey MT @ncarroll24 What Kids Say is the Biggest Obstacle 2 Tech @ Schl via @JenniferBarnett <They c mobile device potential.
*middleweb CoSN and NEA Foundation offering $1000 prizes for best ideas about “teaching with mobiles”. Thru 5/13.
*ckeech RT“@web20classroom: Using QR Codes In Student Projects:”@dremmy7431
*drmmtatom “First iPad Magazine For Kids” Makes Its Debut [VIDEO] #ccstech
**russeltarr Accept Defeat: The Neuroscience of Screwing Up:
DianeRavitch Diane Ravitch
Why not rate doctors by how many patients die? That way, no one would practice critical care or become cardiac surgeons. Lesson for ed eval.

How about if we close down Fire Departments if there are too many fires in their neighborhood?

I have suggested Congress should pass a law that within 12 years every city should be crime-free. Close down Police Dept if they are not.

**SpeechTechie Ending @GlogsterEDU week with Gaggle of Glog examples, ideas for SLP applications!! Glogs for PD, social, cplx categ
**MyMathCloud Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself any more. Albert Einstein
**Ron_Peck Office Templates for Teachers ~ #edtech
**jybuell The CST for 8th grade social studies appears to copied entirely from Trivial Pursuit cards. U should get pie pieces instead of a score.
**RigorRelevance RT @jimwarford: Skype launches social network for teachers worldwide
**hrheingold My blog/video of @angelamaiers on new media literacies now up at DMLcentral!
**russeltarr Back to School: Top 10 iPhone Apps for Students:
**DanielPink This month’s Sunday Telegraph column: Don’t incentivize teachers. Overpay them. (No, really.)…
**drmmtatom RT @nancyrubin: Screencasting: A 21st Century Teaching Tool… via @AddThis #fhucid


No Dentist Left Behind

Cell Phones and Privacy Risks


Google Bloomin’

Google Tools to support the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy

Civil War Timeline

Civil War 150 years later

Rolls Off the Tongue


Wicked Science Interactives

Web Spotlight:

Demographic Chart Book

Provides a wide-ranging audience of persons interested in American history – including historians, other social scientists, teachers, and students – with graphics portraying the demographic history of the United States, as shown by the decennial census of population.

Story Boarding

The more we podcast and have our students create video clips or other digital storytelling projects, the more we need to teach storyboarding as part of the process. Being able to pre-visualize how your story will unfold is becoming a vital skill to have for storytellers.

Events & Happenings:

Calendar of Events:

NMSA News:

      • Other News:
  • 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.

Ohio Middle Level Association:

Michigan Association of Middle School Educators

  • 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