MSM 592:  Scrolling Like A Boomer


Shawn and Troy talk about summer, microphones, ChatGPT, and more. Dave shines the light on the Great Eclipse of 2024.


Do you think it’s strange that my daughter talks about Cheers characters

  • or is that the Norm?

“Have you noticed any patterns with your balding?” asked my doctor.

  • “Yes,” I replied, “whenever it happens I look in the mirror and have a little cry.”

What did the southern math-focused acorn say when he grew up?

  • “Gee, Ah’m a tree!”

The dictionary publishing facility burned down overnight.

  • Locals are at a loss for words.

John’s coffee table book about renovated basements has made the best cellar list.

Little Johnny had a chance in band to switch from bass drum to trumpet.

  • But he blew it.

John fell asleep at the hobby table with his face on his jigsaw tiles.

He woke up with a puzzled look on his face.

A new club that assembles wooden furniture has been formed.

  • I hope they let me join.

I tried to apologize to Sharon for saying her skin felt a bit leathery today but she is not suede.

Looking to hire someone to be in charge of my TV controls.

  • Must work remotely.

In his whole life, Caesar never once said “Thank you.”

  • He also didn’t speak English.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Solar Eclipse 2024

I was recently reading the July/August 2023 issue of “Science Scope” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association.  

In this issue, I read the “Commentary” column, written by Kurtz Miller.  He wrote an article entitled, “Preparing for the Great American Eclipse of 2024.”

The Great American Eclipse of 2024 will pass across the United States on Monday, April 8, 2024, from Eagle Pass, Texas to Presque Isle, Maine.  It is important to consider how to prepare for this upcoming event.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Books To Read:
    • Lead From Where You Are
    • 10 Mindframes for Leaders
  • Microphones

The Social Web

𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐬   @Principal_H

Good teaching is ¼ preparation and ¾ theatre. #education #teacher #leadership #school #autism #sped #teachertwitter #twitteredu #fridaymorning

Eric Curts  @ericcurts

 Google begins to roll out NotebookLM –

 Train the AI on your own Google Docs  Get summaries, ask questions, generate ideas  Great potential for students working with class notes & content #edtech #GoogleEDU 

Larry Ferlazzo  @Larryferlazzo

This site provides short descriptions of every kind of known writing system developed by humans

Alice Keeler  @alicekeeler

Quick and Dirty: start a lesson plan with STUDENTS thinking. 5 E’s lesson plan: Engage, Explore, EXPLAIN, Extend, Evaluate

Lizisthemeanestmom  @Lizb7Rawlins

Educators, what are some quick and easy ways you keep your families engaged in what is happening in the classroom? I set myself up with the goal to make positive phone contact with each parent each week, but I couldn’t keep up.


Ready to hit the ground running his school year? Check out some of AMLE’s most popular #B2S workshops, like:  Onboarding new #middleschool parents  The changing young adolescent  Teaming & Advisory program development & more!

Toby Price  @jedipadmaster

Principals … here’s an awesome ice breaker your teachers are guaranteed to love…it’s called “Go work in your classroom.” #edutwitter

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

My regular reminder that to be ‘thunderplumped’ is to be soaked to the skin in seconds by a heavy downpour.  Resistentialism is the belief that inanimate objects are out to get you (in case anyone is having a morning like mine).


Google Bard

You can now access Bard in new languages and countries, customize responses, add images to your prompts and more.

Interact with Bard in new places and languages

Starting today, you can collaborate with Bard in over 40 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, German, Hindi and Spanish. 

Get more customized responses

Listen to responses

Easily adjust Bard’s responses – You can now change the tone and style of Bard’s responses to five different options: simple, long, short, professional or casual.

Boost your productivity

Pin and rename conversations

Share responses with friends

Use images in your prompts – Whether you want more information about an image or just need help coming up with a caption, you can now upload images with prompts and Bard will analyze the photo to help. This feature is now live in English, and we’ll expand to new languages soon.


Scam Spotter

According to the FTC, consumers reported losing more than $8.8 billion to fraud in 2022, a 44% increase over the prior year.

Magnetic Poetry

You could also have kids create these themselves. 

World In Data

AXIS The Culture Translator

Looking Like a Snack 

What it is: Loaded snack plates dubbed “girl dinner” are being posted on TikTok and Instagram.  Start the conversation: What would be on your ideal snack plate?  


What it is: A survey from the makers of mobile game Candy Crush indicates that younger people are embarrassed to use their index fingers to scroll on their phones.  Start the conversation: Have you ever noticed who scrolls with their thumb and who scrolls with their index finger? Why do you think it’s different across generations?    

OER:  Go Open Michigan

Welcome to #GoOpen Michigan. Explore our library of open education resources and join a network of Michigan educators who are dedicated to using high quality, openly-licensed educational resources.


Web Spotlight: 

Michigan Electronic Library

Curated library resources. You’ll need an EBSCO account, Michigan local library card, or a Michigan Driver’s License.  Sorry Maine* . . .   

* Check your statewide library (and local library), there are now lots of resources. 

Random Thoughts . . .  

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