MSM 578: There’s A Lot In That Question . . .


Shawn and Troy discuss AI Art, Competencies, break, and more. Dave populates our Science brain.


How do you tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

  • By paying attention to whether they see you later, or in a while.

The other day my son said he’s only happy when he’s near the ocean or up in the mountains.

  • I said, “you need an ALTITUDE adjustment.”

What form of transportation spreads allergies?

  • Achoo-choo train.

How many Bitcoin miners does it take to change a light bulb?

  • A million – one to do it and the rest to verify he/she did it.

An elderly couple rushed onto the platform just as the train was pulling out of the station.

“If you hadn’t dawdled with your shopping,” said the husband, “we’d have caught the train.”

  • “And if you hadn’t run so fast,” said the wife, “we wouldn’t have to wait so long for the next one.”

Who was King Arthur’s spiciest knight?

  • Sir Racha.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  8 Billion Humans

I was recently reading the March/April 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 Patty McGinnis.  She wrote an article entitled, “8 Billion and Counting.” 

Human population is increasing rapidly.  More humans on the planet equates to more stress on the planet and its resources.

2022 — 8 Billion Humans

2010 — 7 Billion Humans

1950 — 2.5 Billion Humans

1804 — 1 Billion Humans  

Reports from the Front Lines

The Social Web  

Erik M. Francis ,@Maverikedu12

Replying to @Beyond_the_Desk and @AMLE Have them put “How could you” in front of every #NGSS standard. You’ll create a #STEM question that personalizes inquiry, promotes expertise, & demands learn at the deepest #DOK levels. #goodquestions @solutiontree

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the evening is the Finnish invention ‘hyppytyynytyydytys’: the act of falling with a contented sigh onto the nearest available sofa. Literal translation: ‘bouncy cushion satisfaction’.

I’m told the pronunciation is ‘hoop-uh-tu-uh-nuh-uh-duh-tis’. 

Word of the day is ‘circumbendibus’ (17th century): anything that deliberately goes round and round without ever getting to the point.  

Phyllis Fagell, LCPC  @Pfagell

Middle school girl: “My mom says popular kids are like fire. When they’re warm, you want to sit near them, but sometimes they can burn you.” 

*more wisdom from this mom:  

Me: “You can’t make someone stop gossiping, but you can tell them you don’t want to hear it.” Middle school girl: “My mom says gossip is like poop. You really don’t want to get it on your hands, but if you do, the last thing you want to do is spread it.”  

Michelle Wagner  @wagnerlearning

Replying to @courosa and @AndreaZellner  My daughter cut and pasted her essay into ChatGPT and asked for feedback as if from a 7th grade teacher.


The Trick That Solves Rubik’s Cubes and Breaks Ciphers (Meet in the Middle)

Inventive History Teacher

High school teacher, Sean Miller, has invented his own creative approach to teaching history. Through various forms of art, he brings historical events and figures to life for his students.


Projection Wizard

About this Tool

Projection Wizard is a web application that helps cartographers select an appropriate projection for their map. Depending on the extent and the distortion property of the map, the application returns a list of proposed map projections with additional projection parameters if necessary. There are PROJ and WKT links next to each projection that open a popup window with a PROJ or Well-Known Text string available for copying to the clipboard. Both strings are used in many cartographic and GIS applications. Projection Wizard displays a map preview on the right side of the list with a suggested projection. The preview shows how the projected data will look using D3.

This tool is based on John P. Snyder’s selection guideline and on the extension to this guideline for world and hemisphere maps written by the Cartography and Geovisualization Group at Oregon State University. Projection Wizard v2.0 also takes into account the results of a study published by Šavrič et al. in 2015. All publications related to Projection Wizard are listed at the bottom of this page.

When you publish a scholarly article that uses Projection Wizard or discusses its functionality, you are kindly asked to cite the following article: Šavrič, B., Jenny, B. and Jenny, H. (2016). Projection Wizard – An online map projection selection tool. The Cartographic Journal, 53–2, p. 177–185. Doi: 10.1080/00087041.2015.1131938.

How to Use this Tool?

Using Projection Wizard is easy and requires only two steps:

1 From the radio button list, select the distortion property of the map.

2 Select the geographic extent by using the input boxes on the left side of the map or by changing the rectangle on the map.

The anchors at the corners of the rectangle allow it to be resized. The rectangle can also be dragged around the map. Any change to the rectangle is reflected in the input boxes and vice versa. Changes to the rectangle or distortion property interactively update the list of proposed map projections and the map preview below the web map.


A few days ago, we dropped some very special wrapped gifts onto the homepages of more than 125 million people across the globe. It’s been so much fun seeing everyone guess what might be inside the boxes, but today the wait is over.

Foundation for Teaching Economics –

Economics and the Environment –  

Established in 1975, the Foundation for Teaching Economics’ mission is to introduce young individuals to an economic way of thinking about national and international issues, and to promote excellence in economic education by helping teachers of economics become more effective educators.  FTE focuses its efforts on the secondary education level and provides programs and teaching resources which target primarily, but not exclusively, the social studies curriculum.

Web Spotlight:  

Adrian College teacher education students offer literacy night for Addison Elementary

ADDISON — From phonics to fluency, to nonfiction comprehension and interactive writing, elementary students and parents from Addison Community Schools learned quite a bit about the building blocks of reading, writing and spelling during a literacy night event last week, hosted at Addison Middle/High School and conducted by Adrian College teacher education students. 

“These are all great, motivating activities that parents and kids can do at home,” said Addison Superintendent Dan Patterson, who attended the literacy night.

Makayla Noble

Makayla Noble is a senior at Prosper High School in Texas. On September 20, 2021, she was injured in a backyard tumbling accident which resulted in a severe spinal cord injury (SCI). 

Youtube Day in the Life

AXIS – The Culture Translator


What it is: A YouGov study of over 3600 adults in Great Britain showed that 61 percent of young people (18-25) prefer to watch television with the subtitles on—even when the material was in their native language.

Who Wants to Be a Shillionaire

What it is: Male influencers in their twenties are making a fortune on YouTube telling other young men how to, well, make a fortune. But watching videos like these won’t help young people develop comprehensive financial literacy because, to put it simply, that’s not what they’re designed to do.  

Random Thoughts . . .  

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