MSM 583: Quiddle or Spring Fever


Shawn and Troy talk about ISTE standards, Moodle data reports, and more. Dave reflects on NGSS. 


A telescope was in the lost & found bin.

Not sure who owns it but we’re looking into it.

My doctor took one look at my gut and refused to believe that I work out.

  • So I listed the exercises I do every day: jump to conclusions, climb the walls, drag my heels, push my luck, make mountains out of molehills, bend over backward, run around in circles, put my foot in my mouth, go over the edge, and beat around the bush.

People always struggle when new coins come out…

  • I guess it’s hard for them to accept change…

“My friend loves to race boats.”

  • “He must be one heck of a swimmer.”

Gossips have a great sense of rumor.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Ten Years of NGSS

I was recently reading the March/April 2023 issue of “Science & Children” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  In this issue, I read the “Editor’s Note” column, written by Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn.  She wrote an article entitled, “Ten Years of NGSS: Where Are We Now?”

In the 10 years since the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were released, 44 states have implemented standards influenced by NGSS and/or “A Framework for K-12 Science Education.”  Where are we now with the implementation of the NGSS?

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Vacation
    • Chatting with Friends
    • Financial Advisor
  • ISTE Standards
  • Common Assessments
    • Moodle
      • Reports – these are excellent
      • 6th, 7th, 8th graders wrote over 180 questions in Moodle
      • Student Quiz
  • Upcoming Trip
  • H5P updates

Eileen Award  

iTunes:  5 Star rating from an anonymous listener.  

The Social Web  


We’ve had so much fun highlighting our AMLE Middle School #SoundOff finalists this week! We’re going to end the week recognizing each of our honorable mentions.  Don’t forget – you can view all of them on our website and at #AMLE50 this November!  

Typical EduCelebrity  @EduCelebrity

Happy Student Art Show Season!

Rodney Hetherton  @RodneyHetherton

Michigan State Senator-  @SenPolehanki  – discusses revamping teacher evaluation by removing growth data, creating 3 tiers of performance instead of 4 tiers, and allowing highly effective teachers to be on a 3-year cycle.

Internet4classrooms  @internet4classr

I4C: 45 Mother’s Day Quotes That Help Express How Important She Is. Heartfelt messages to share with your mom, here are iconic Mother’s Day quotes from actors, singers & poets. #edchat #elemchat #middlechat #langarts #ela #writing

Seth Ponder  @SethPonder

A student used #ChatGPT to write a letter for Teacher Appreciation Week to me. #TeacherAppreciation  

Marvin Olasky  @MarvinOlasky

“8th grade U.S. history scores continue to decline.” Not surprising, given how boring textbooks often are. Human interest history is fascinating.  

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

This is your regular reminder that to ‘quiddle’ (18th century) is to spend all your time attending to trivial things, as a way of avoiding the important ones.


Setting school policy about AI: A cautionary tale


Study reveals America’s most confusing emojis

  • America’s most confusing emojis
  • The lease recognizable emojis
  • The most rebelled against emojis

Key findings

  • A majority (78%) have been confused by someone else’s use of an emoji.
  • A surprising 1 in 3 have seen a misinterpreted emoji create an uncomfortable situation.
  • Friends are most likely to use emojis in confusing ways.

Free Programming Books

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Erase IT

Web Spotlight:

My cochlear implant makes me feel like a cyborg, but I’m proud of it

AI Will Transform Teaching and Learning. Let’s Get it Right.

“Technology offers the prospect of universal access to increase fundamentally new ways of teaching,” said Graduate School of Education Dean Daniel Schwartz in his opening remarks. “I want to emphasize that a lot of AI is also going to automate really bad ways of teaching. So [we need to] think about it as a way of creating new types of teaching.”

Teachers’ Bias Against the Mathematical Ability of Female, Black, and Hispanic Students

Our study identifies factors that underlie such biases; namely, that biases are stronger among teachers who believe that gender discrimination is not a problem in the United States. 


Researchers have long endeavored to understand whether teachers’ evaluations of their students’ mathematical ability or performance are accurate or whether their evaluations reveal implicit biases. To disentangle these factors, in a randomized controlled study (N = 390), we examined teachers’ evaluations of 18 mathematical solutions to which gender- and race-specific names had been randomly assigned. Teachers displayed no detectable bias when assessing the correctness of students’ solutions; however, when assessing students’ mathematical ability, biases against Black, Hispanic, and female students were revealed, with biases largest against Black and Hispanic girls. Specifically, non-White teachers’ estimations of students’ mathematical ability favored White students (both boys and girls) over students of color, whereas (primarily female) White teachers’ estimations of students’ mathematical ability favored boys over girls. Results indicate that teachers are not free of bias, and that teachers from marginalized groups may be susceptible to bias that favors stereotype-advantaged groups.


The Luring Test: AI and the engineering of consumer trust

Random Thoughts . . .  

Teen Language Video

AXIS:  The Culture Translator

Social Media Rules

What it is: The American Psychological Association has issued an advisory about social media use for teens.

Why it’s a shift in the discourse: The APA’s ten recommendations are the first time they’ve combined existing research into a set of guidelines that families and mental health providers could reference. Perhaps the most notable suggestion is #9 on their list, which suggests young people be trained in digital literacy and online citizenship before being allowed to use social media. Beyond that recommendation, most of the APA’s advisory’s focused on parental and caregiver monitoring of teens online. Some experts who spoke with NPR thought the suggestions were too burdensome for parents and that the onus should instead be on tech companies and government agencies to make online life into a safer experience for at-risk teens. Most people would agree that keeping teens safe online should be a carefully considered partnership between all the stakeholders involved, but that ideal seems miles away to many parents at the moment. 

Start the conversation: What’s one thing you think could help set teens up to have a healthier, more positive experience on social media?

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