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Jokes You Can Use:
Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride. With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.
Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman. The old woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally.
‘What in bag?’ asked the old woman. Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, ‘It’s a bottle of sweet smelling cologne. I got it for my husband.’
The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said, ‘Good trade.’

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie
That’s amore.
When an eel bites your hand and that’s not what you planned
That’s a moray.
When our habits are strange and our customs deranged
That’s our mores.
When your horse munches straw and the bales total four
That’s some more hay.
When Othello’s poor wife, she gets stabbed with a knife
That’s a Moor, eh?
When a Japanese knight used a sword in a fight
That’s Sa…mur…ai.

One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sweat-shirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?”
“It depends,” I replied. “What does it say on your shirt?”
He yelled back, “University of Oklahoma.”

A man and his wife, now in their 60’s, were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. On their special day a good fairy came to them and said that because they had been so good that each one of them could have one wish.
The wife wished for a trip around the world with her husband. Whoosh! Immediately she had airline/cruise tickets in her hands.
The man wished for a female companion 30 years younger…
Whoosh…immediately he turned ninety!!!
Gotta love that fairy!

On Our Mind:

What have you gotten better at this year?
What do you still need to figure out or work on?
What’s keeping your kids from making big time gains (that are within our control)?

Eileen Award

Yvonne. Good luck with the interviews.


Create Claymation Public Service Announcements (Digmo)
If at first you don’t succeed . . .

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

The World Traveler Dave is unavailable this week. We have hopes that he will return with his uber valuable contributions next week.

From the Twitterverse:

* shannonmmiller MapMaker Interactive – National Geographic Education
* SuzanneWhisler RT @shannonmmiller Internet Safety Hangman….great review after internet safety lesson (Free Tech for Teachers site)
* theresawhite RT @kylepace Apps for high school writing (PDF): #edtech #edapp
* web20classroom The Complete Educators Guide To Using Skype From @suewaters:
*DigMo Easy Claymation Animation Techniques: iStopmotion is one of the best (and easiest) animation application… #edtech
*markbarnes19 Teachers nationwide criticized for Facebook usage… (cont)
*classblogs Twitter for #Teachers – Support Videos (via @tonnet)
*hasai 5 Failures Who Overcame the Odds
*mguhlin Debunking 6 GoogleApps for Education Myths
*camlecolorado “@mountainteacher: The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Skype effectively in the classroom
*adamgolub @DianeRavitch Slogan: “You watch Channel One. We’ll clean up the scantron sheet.”
*BethRitterGuth RT @plugusin: Myths and Facts About the Impact of Technology on the Lives of American Teens. #engchat
*lthumann Five Steps for Implementing a Successful 1:1 Environment | Edutopia via @andycinek
*CarolJago Why metaphors matter by David Brooks.
*coolcatteacher MacdonaldTechForTeachers – iPad Apps for Education ……
11 Apr
*drmmtatom Brainstorming – Google Across the Curriculum #fhucid

The Art and Science of Teaching #fhuedu610

Some good reasons to go to school #fhuedu610

*Larryferlazzo “Microsoft Word Now Includes Squiggly Blue Line To Alert Writer When Word Is Too Advanced For Mainstream Audience”
*bivey MT @ncarroll24 What Kids Say is the Biggest Obstacle 2 Tech @ Schl via @JenniferBarnett <They c mobile device potential.
*blairteach Nicely done. RT @SuzanneWhisler: Teaching with Technology in the Middle: Diigo for Digital Writing Reflection
#midleved Middle Level Ed Chat takes place in the Twitterverse on Fridays at 8:00 pm EST.  Please join in the conversation.


Federal Budget’s Approval Sets Stage for Future Battles

By Alyson Klein
Education advocates are already bracing for protracted budget battles in the coming year, even as they sort the winners and losers in the bill approved by Congress on Thursday financing the U.S. Department of Education and the rest of the federal government through September.



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A variety of math games.


A simple way to connect.
Teens don’t email. Grandparents don’t text. To keep connected simply create a group, invite members, post private messages, photos, videos, files and calendars — all one safe place.

Web Spotlight:

NASA releases sky-mapping archive

By Alicia Chang, Associated Press

NASA has released a trove of data from its sky-mapping mission, allowing scientists and anyone with access to the Internet to peruse millions of galaxies, stars, asteroids and other hard-to-see objects.

Idioms 4 You

Idioms, um, for you.


A nonprofit leader in education, CAST works to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. Explore this website to find out more about our research and development, innovative learning tools, and professional services.

UDL Guidelines

The goal of education in the 21st century is not simply the mastery of content knowledge or use of new technologies. It is the mastery of the learning process. Education should help turn novice learners into expert learners—individuals who want to learn, who know how to learn strategically, and who, in their own highly individual and flexible ways, are well prepared for a lifetime of learning. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps educators meet this goal by providing a framework for understanding how to create curricula that meets the needs of all learners from the start.
The UDL Guidelines, an articulation of the UDL framework, can assist anyone who plans lessons/units of study or develops curricula (goals, methods, materials, and assessments) to reduce barriers, as well as optimize levels of challenge and support, to meet the needs of all learners from the start. They can also help educators identify the barriers found in existing curricula. However, to fully understand these Guidelines one must first understand what UDL is.

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