MSM 171 TwittervISTE #ISTE11

Jokes You Can Use:

How does a guitar player make a million dollars?
He starts out with eight million.

My brother told me I needed to study more on my gardening.
I had a rock garden this year, and one of the rocks died!

Read this from Readers Digest a long time ago: One day a Cowpoke riding the plains, came upon a warrior with his head down on the ground with his ear on a wagon track, the warrior looked up at the cowpoke and said” Wagon with two horses, one black, one white, man with beard drive, smoke pipe, women ride, wear blue dress with bonnet” the cowpoke looks at the warrior and said” you mean you can tell me all that just by listening to a wagon track? The warrior looked up and replied, “No! Run over me half hour ago…

A frog came into a bank to obtain a loan. He spoke to the loan officer Mr. Paddywack. When Mr. Paddywack asked the frog what he had for loan collateral, the frog held out his hand. “What’s that?” asked Mr. Paddywack, but the frog could not talk. So, Mr. Paddywack took the frog in to see the manager and explained the situation. The manager then asked the frog what collateral he had for the loan and the frog held out his hand. “Oh,” said the manager, “that’s a knickknack Paddywack, give the frog a loan.”

The manager of a large office asked a new employee to come into his office. “What is your name?,” was the first thing the manager asked. “John,” the new guy replied. The manager scowled. “Look, I don’t know what kind of a namby-pamby place you worked at before, but I don’t call anyone by their first name! It breeds familiarity and that leads to a breakdown in authority,” he said. “I refer to my employees by their last name only – Smith, Jones, Baker – that’s all. Now that we got that straight, what is your last name?” The new guy sighed and said, “Darling. My name is John Darling.” The manager said, “Okay, John, the next thing I want to tell you…”

Eileen Award:

Allen D. for the web site recommendation.

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Part 2 on the relationship between the core standards for ELA and literacy in Science. I look at the three reading standards that relate to science in grades 6 – 8 in the area of craft and structure.

From the TwittervISTE:

dakinane dakinane  RT @gwoitas: Trends and tools in the classroom from #iste11.What is a flipped classroom? lots of cool tools! #elearning
surreylearn surreylearn “@stevehargadon: #isteunplugged session recordings all posted! #iste11 #sd36learn
dwarlick David Warlick How I took notes at #ISTE11
tcbird1 Tammy Audaer Bird Awesome! RT @mrsebiology Before, During, & After Reading Strategies: #edchat #engchat #midleved #elemchat
dmcordell dmcordell I’m still trying to process it all! Your presentation was very effective. RT @cathyjo My #ISTE11 Faves
gret Greta Sandler Webcasts and Keynotes from #ISTE11 by @rmbyrne #edchat
*gcouros gcourosRT @jaymej: @WestEnglish ISTE 2011 Closing Keynote: Chris Lehmann (full) #ISTE11
lingsc scling The Nerdy Teacher: 10 Things I Hate About You (#ISTE11)…
edmodo Edmodo Recovered from #ISTE11? EdmodoCon2011 – Call for presentations opens tomorrow! August 10th, Global virtual conference –details to come.
KellyGToGo Kelly Gallagher Harry Potter and the Hatred of Teachers:…

Don’t forget to join the conversation on MiddleTalk and Twitter at #midleved this Friday at 8:00 pm EST.


The 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology in Schools

July 6, 2011 | 3:43 PM | By Tina Barseghian
Sometimes teachers and administrators need a kick in the pants to see what they perceive as problems re-framed in a different way.


Be a Great Learner: Take Notes
by Jeff Cobb
Establishing a consistent habit of writing things down can be very powerful.  A significant body of research supports the idea that simply writing something down contributes greatly to the process of moving it into long-term memory.

Leveling the Playing Field: How to Make Standardized Test Preparation Accessible to All Students

By Andrea Alexander
Strategy 1: Encourage Predictive Reading Habits
Strategy 2: Build Good Vocabularies
Strategy 3: Take Advantage of All the Resources Offered by the Internet


Desmos is a place where anyone can create and share rich, interactive content that works across platforms – from computers, to interactive touchscreens in classrooms, and even to many tablet devices and smartphones. We believe that educational content should be easy to build, easy to access, and easy to share, and should never be restricted to one device. Desmos is in private beta, but taking requests to join.
Desmos, at its core, means connection (in English, the study of ligaments is known as Desmology). We build software that allows people to create content and collaborate online.

One Teacher’s Three-Tiered Intervention Strategy

Jean Laurance and Michael Laurance

I had no sooner returned from Rick Wormeli’s seminar on differentiated assessment and grading than my administrator walked into my office. Her face showed apprehension and a bit of weariness.
My class sizes would be pushed to a staggering 37 students!  “We don’t have enough students to run separate classes, so they will be mixed, but about 10 percent are repeating the class.”
Having the tools required for differentiated instruction is one thing, but here I was faced with the task of truly implementing it. More than that, I would need to adjust differentiation to my teaching style, a diverse group of students, and a bulging class size. I quickly realized that manageability would be just as important as the instruction itself.

Web Spotlight:

What Does Successful Project Based Learning Looks Like?
by Bob Lenz
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching approach, a mindset, and a framework for teaching skills and content. (Both our working definition and criteria are derived from our own work, as well as the work of, Adria Steinberg’s 6 A’s of PBL, The Buck Institute for Education, and Expeditionary Learning.)

Troy has a new project . . . . Just Arrived!

Make games.  No need to understand programming.  Can make iPhone Apps from this program.  Allegedly Angry Birds was made using this program.

Summer Reading List:


  • The Watchman’s Rattle ( just finished) by Rebecca D. Costa
  • What the Dog Saw by Malcom Gladwell


  • Toys to Tools,
  • Safe Practice for Life Online &
  • Web 2.0 How to for teachers
  • The Devil Dogs of Belleau Wood  ✔

Our Listeners:

@mthman:  The Classroom of Choice, First Days of School (4th Ed), Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites, & Great Ways to Diff Math Instr (I & II), Leading & Managing a Diff Class, Learning to Love Math, PBL Starter Kit (via Buck Institute), UbD Guide 2 HQ Units


@Waukeestudent:  I plan on reading @johntspencer ‘s new book and maybe his two older books two.


ISTE 2011

Led by Scott Meech

Kenilworth School District has been piloting it with 8th graders.
No spike in behavior issues, let the kids bring ’em in as an expansion of current policy.
As they refreshed the teacher devices, they moved those into use for student use.
They put all the stuff in the cloud  and got rid of individual student folders on the drive.
Kerns High School did a tech initiative:  What devices?
Kenilworth SD used them mostly with executive functioning.
Use for RTI:  Pushing notifications to the kids who need the executive functions piece.
Jim Gates:  Statewide video conference on BYOD (PA)
Even through allowed to bring devices in, students didn’t want to.
Fear of being stolen
When allowed, it changed the dynamic, expectations changed lesson design and desire to bring it to class.
How did you get past the IT wanting control?
We don’t control other things (paper, magazines, etc.) why control this?
How would you start?
Approach:  How do we want the kids to use this?
3-5 years out we will probably be talking about how in the world were we worried about this stuff?
Return on Investment:  Are we at the tipping point where it is more expensive to manage it rather than allow it  and educate on how to use it?
School didn’t get rid of all technology that they had, they are using the BYOD for executive functions (time management, calendars, etc.)
What about renting/subsidizing devices?
The opening of iOS will open the use of these in education.
The kids will get around a filtering system.  It comes down to learning respect for the system and responsible use.
How Paul R. Woods got it in his district:
Install wireless first.
Students can bring in their own machines, but they must allow the school to put their proxies on their machines.
If kids try to get around it, the network locks their screen and they have to see the building tech person to get it unlocked again.
How did you get teachers on board?
First year:  bring your device in and allow our techs to look at it.
Following years:  pick an electronic textbook.
The school bought the licensing for all the books on all the devices.
The best way to get teachers involved is to let the kids use it and then let them ask the teachers that don’t use it if they can use it in their classroom.
BYOD is a better way to sustain a 1 to 1 program.  District provided computers are an unsustainable way to provide tech.
Find schools that are doing this successfully and then going to the IT department.
Get administrators on your side before going to IT department.
There is some risk going forward:
3-2-1 Rule:  Save in 3 different spots.
Create a safe place to fail in to create buy-in with your staff/admin/tech.  Cloud storage for $1.00 per year.
@paulrwood on Twitter.!/paulrwood
Scott McLeod (
UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE)

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