MSM 169 “I got you a cookie!” Resources Bonanza!

Jokes You Can Use:

The prison officer tells the warden, “Sir, I have to report that ten prisoners have broken out.”
The alarmed warden says, “Blow the whistles, sound the alarms, alert the police.
With a surprised look the officer says, “Shouldn’t we call the doctor first – it looks as if it might be measles.

Did you hear about the skunk that went to church?
“He had his own pew.”

A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past. Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmatian dog.
The children fell to discussing the dog’s duties.
“They use him to keep crowds back,” said one youngster.
“No,” said another, “he’s just for good luck.”
A third child brought the argument to a close. “They use the dogs,” she said firmly, “to find the fire hydrant.”

It was an elegant dinner party and the hostess had left nothing to chance, except that a little water had splashed on the marble floor. And when the waiter came into the dining room carrying the beautiful roast suckling pig, he slipped and fell flat, sending the roast flying. “Don’t worry, Tomas,” said the hostess calmly. “Just take the roast back to the kitchen and bring out the other one.”

On Our Mind:

Job changes.

Week “off”.

Eileen Award

Monte Tatom



There are three million immigrants in New York City. When they left home, knowing it could be forever, they packed what they could not bear to leave behind: necessities, luxuries, memories. Here is a look at what some of them brought.

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) with middle school students. (We attach the device to an area they can’t reach, that way if they wander off the floor we can find them!  Oh, wait, that’s the mental ward . . .)

From the Twitterverse:

*Larryferlazzo Updates to “The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep”
*DanielPink Take 2 minutes and tell Congress not to cut arts education . . .
*pammoran inspiring post by MissShuganah about one of those 1 in a million teachers who changes lives
*DanielBeylerian Top 46 #Free #Mac Downloads –
Top 100 #Free #iPhone Apps – Top 100 #Free #Android Apps –
*willrich45 If Lassie could Tweet:
*MSPortal2 Learning From Mom Boosts Low-Income Kids’ School Readiness
*russeltarr The seven secrets behind great teaching:
*brasst iLearn – iPod touch and iPad Apps… Created by students, for students
*Larryferlazzo RT @shermandorn: “Give me the money or I shoot my foot!” and other political theories of education reform
*drmmtatom QR Codes – What are they & how can I use them in my classroom? | The Spectronics Blog via @Ziteapp #fhuedu642

ASCD Inservice: Seven Ways to Go from On-Task to Engaged #fhuedu610

*pearson Pearson eText for iPad…
*theresawhite@NAESP: Study Links Job Stress In Teachers To Student Achievement
*Ruth_A_Buzzi Easy Reader; Thunderbraille; Deaf Man’s Chest; The Bridge on the River Quiet; The Best Ears of our Lives #silentmovies

Ruth_A_Buzzi #funeralhomeslogans When taxes are the only remaining inevitable.

Ruth_A_Buzzi #funeralhomeslogans Option 13, take him back home minus the snoring.

Ruth_A_Buzzi #funeralhomeslogans At least Navy Seals aren’t dropping you in the water.

Ruth_A_Buzzi #funeralhomeslogans Formaldehyde or napalm, the kids decide.

Ruth_A_Buzzi #funeralhomeslogans Where the Bloods hang with the Crypts.

#myworstinvestment How to Read Braille, the video series.

*HappyTeacherLA @toughLoveforx @DianeRavitch waiting 4 edreformers 2 pass laws 2 jail prnts 4 not reading the prescribed minutes 2 their children at home.
*DianeRavitch RT: No high performing nation in world evaluates teacher quality by student test scores. None.

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Multi-media in Education Report

77 Web Resouces to Explore this summer

The school year is either over or almost over for the majority of readers of Free Technology for Teachers. The summer is a good time to explore and experiment with new things that you might use in the fall. In the PDF below I’ve compiled 77 resources that you might want try out over the next couple of months. Even if there’s nothing new to you in it, please consider passing it along to a colleague that could discover a few new things from it.

Stick Pick

A Corona teacher has developed a handheld-computer application to call on students randomly and ask them questions that are easy or hard enough for their current learning level.

Succeeding with Science


Reading level and CBA (Curriculum Based Assessment) probes.

Web Spotlight:

Summer Reading List for new teachers:


By connecting to the new MichiganScience Facebook page you’ll have quicker access to science news from Michigan and across the country. Plus, there are the fun features, guest columnists (like Chuck Gaidica and PaleoJoe), book reviews and dazzling graphics you’ve come to expect. All you have to do is visit our MichiganScience fan page and click “like.” When we reach 1,200 fans, we’ll award one lucky fan with a new iPad 2.

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