MSM 593: The Exact Right Size to Not Be Useful


Shawn and Troy are back after a break. Dave has a total MEGA movie that eclipses all others (and you can get involved). 


I’m looking at the periodic table and there is no element of surprise.

What kind of music is best for a fishing trip?

  • Something catchy.

What do you do with dirty nuts and bolts?

  • Get a washer.

Can you name the six senses? The first five are easy:


But most people forget about Humor.

Guy driving a truck with an attached trailer hauling pigs zoomed by me earlier.

  • Now that’s pulled pork.

Never ask a contortionist to tell you a joke

  • They have a twisted sense of humor.

My back goes out more than I do.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Megamovie 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 “Citizen Science” column, written by Jill Nugent.  She wrote an article entitled, “Megamovie 2024: A Project to Eclipse All Others.”

The primary goal of the Eclipse Megamovie Project 2017 was to produce a high definition, time-expanded, video of the total solar eclipse that crossed North America from the northwest to the southeast on August 21, 2017.  With new knowledge in-hand they are ready to initiate Eclipse Megamovie 2024.  The goals are to characterize transient plasma features in the solar corona while improving the quality of the Eclipse Megamovie aesthetically.  For more information, please visit:

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The Social Web

Susie Dent @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘ingordigious’ (17th century): motivated primarily by greed.  

I’ve always loved the way language is punctuated by places: jeans are ‘from Genoa’, denim is from Nîmes in France, suede from Sweden, mayonnaise from Minorca’s Port Mahon, damask from Damascus, sardines and sardonic from Sardinia, and spruce (both the tree and a neat appearance) from Prussia.  

Alice Keeler  @alicekeeler

Did you know that Khan Academy offers a free course on animation from Pixar? Join the fun with Pixar in a Box at

Monte Syrie  @MonteSyrie

When my (former) principal literally pulled my projector screen up to make sure I had a learning target during a walkthrough (despite the live, kick-ass learning experience going on in front of him), I quit learning targets. Oh, I post them, but they’re not for us. #playthegame

Richard Byrne  @rmbyrne

How to Generate Concept Maps With Artificial Intelligence

Richard Byrne  @rmbyrne

Three Good Tools for Recording Brainstorming Sessions 

Shottr  @shottr_cc

Shottr v1.7 is officially out! Meet freehand drawing, spotlight tool, text highlighter, and image resizer

Cian McCarthy @arealmofwonder

Words for the Weekend  Pick your winner  A B C D (Follow for more)

Pixton @Pixton

Create a personalized classroom banner with your new students’ avatars in the first week of school!! They’ll absolutely love seeing their pictures up on the wall  Once you’re in the class on the Pixton site, go to Printables > Themed Avatars > Print All 

Matt Miller   @jmattmiller

Looking for some creative digital projects for the end of the semester? Check out some of these ideas: Annotated Wakelet collection Digital storytelling A podcast series … and more!





AXIS The Culture Translator

Who Are They Talking To?

What it is: Light language is a style of speaking that claims to channel vibrations and communicate with beings not from earth. Posts that feature #lightlanguage are trending, with 237 million views on TikTok.


What it is: A new acronym is taking the place of “LOL” and “ROFL.” The replacement? “IJBOL,” short for “I just burst out laughing.”

Slang of the Week

Beige Flag: If green flags are positive things someone brings to a relationship and red flags are the negative things, then it would make some sense that “beige flag” would be the boring things someone brings to the relationship. Apparently, that’s what the term was originally supposed to mean, but browse #beigeflag on TikTok, and you’ll see that “beige flag” has morphed to mean the odd (often cute) habits or idiosyncrasies an individual has. Some examples of “beige flags” include thinking black clothes are all “goth” and not being able to eat without spilling food on yourself. The term seems to be most frequently used by baffled girlfriends trying to understand the weird things their boyfriends do.


Can we define every word as an acronym?

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