MSM 595: Kanso or NoKanso?


Shawn and Troy discuss back to school, AI in schools, Moodle and more. Dave names the Dinos. 


Student: If the main parachute malfunctions, how long do we have to deploy the reserve?

  • Instructor: The rest of your life.

What do rich people say when tickling their little kids?

  • Gucci, Gucci, Gucci.

Where can you get a powerstrip to plug all of your devices in to?

  • The Outlet Mall

I was reading while getting my hair permed. 

  • I was curled up with a good book.

They should end soccer games with an art competition.

  • That way it would be win, lose or draw.

I once knew a bunch of guys who thought they were really exceptional at statistics.

  • They turned out to be average.

I was a little late with my dog’s dinner last night.

  • Yeah…he gave me a negative “yelp” review.

In space, no one can guess your weight.

I once drew a fish. 

  • It wasn’t to scale.

A great thing about twins is that they enter the world pre-paired.

I sold my vacuum today.

  • All it was doing was collecting dust.


  • Dissolve some table salt in a glass of water for a simple solution.

I keep hitting “Accept All Cookies” but, so far, NOTHING.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Dinosaur Names

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

In this issue, I read the “Science 101” column, written by Matt Bobrowsky.  He wrote an article entitled, “Origin of Dinosaur Names.”

Most of our English words have their roots in other languages.  In this podcast we look at the origin of:

  • Dinosaur
  • Stegosaurus
  • Tyrannosaurus rex

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Gearing up 
  • HDMI Fun
  • AI in schools
    • Think long term
    • Advantages

The Social Web


Imagine if a film maker spent a year in a school talking to tweens. Changing by the Minute offers an authentic glimpse into young adolescence, and is now available to the AMLE community complete with a toolkit of PD & student activity resources.


Up for a quick game?  “Groups of 5. Take turns rolling the die and answering the questions. The first person in each group to roll all numbers and answer all questions wins.” – T


Edutopia  @edutopia

Fixing Education  @FixingEducation

Asking teachers to do ‘ONE MORE THING’ and not removing anything else from their plate doesn’t help anyone. •It doesn’t help Teachers! •It doesn’t help Test Scores!  •And it certainly doesn’t help STUDENTS!

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Etymology of the day is ‘mugshot’: the use of ‘mug’ for a face looks back to 18th-century drinking mugs that often represented a grotesque human face. Their unintelligent expression probably introduced ‘mug’ as an insult for a stupid or gullible individual.

Cian McCarthy  @arealmofwonder

Words for the Weekend



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American Government 3e

American Government 3e aligns with the topics and objectives of many government courses. Faculty involved in the project have endeavored to make government workings, issues, debates, and impacts meaningful and memorable to students while maintaining the conceptual coverage and rigor inherent in the subject. With this objective in mind, the content of this textbook has been developed and arranged to provide a logical progression from the fundamental principles of institutional design at the founding, to avenues of political participation, to thorough coverage of the political structures that constitute American government. The book builds upon what students have already learned and emphasizes connections between topics as well as between theory and applications. The goal of each section is to enable students not just to recognize concepts, but to work with them in ways that will be useful in later courses, future careers, and as engaged citizens.

OER Resources

American Government 3e Audiobook

We produced a free audiobook of American Government 3e, an OpenStax textbook. This textbook provides an introduction to US government and civics, and is used widely in college-level Political Science courses. We believe that this project will be helpful to everyone, and especially to those who are auditory learners, students with disabilities, and students who speak English as a second language.

The audio recordings are all offered under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-SA 4.0). You are free to use, revise, remix, and share these recordings as long as you give proper attribution and share any derivative projects under the same license.

Audio recordings of all 17 chapters to help you study and succeed!

Middle School Connection:  

Michigan YIG:

A Simple Process and Template for Student Podcasting

“Maybe you’ve heard the saying that whoever is talking is the person learning. Or, the teacher should do less talking in the classroom than the students. Both of those sayings have truth to them. With that in mind, let’s see if there are benefits to student-generated podcasts.”

Organic Maps

Organic Maps is a free Android & iOS offline maps app for travelers, tourists, hikers, and cyclists based on top of crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap data. It is a privacy-focused, open-source fork of app (previously known as MapsWithMe), maintained by the same people who created MapsWithMe in 2011.

Organic Maps is one of a few applications nowadays that supports 100% of features without an active Internet connection. Install Organic Maps, download maps, throw away your SIM card (by the way, your operator constantly tracks you), and go for a weeklong trip on a single battery charge without any byte sent to the network.

​​Organic Maps is the ultimate companion app for travelers, tourists, hikers, and cyclists:

  • Detailed offline maps with places that don’t exist on other maps, thanks to OpenStreetMap
  • Cycling routes, hiking trails, and walking paths
  • Contour lines, elevation profiles, peaks, and slopes
  • Turn-by-turn walking, cycling, and car navigation with voice guidance
  • Fast offline search on the map
  • Bookmarks and tracks in KML, KMZ, GPX formats
  • Dark Mode to protect your eyes
  • Countries and regions don’t take a lot of space
  • Free and open-source

AXIS The Culture Translator

Something in the Air

What it is: TikTok posts and YouTube shorts called “subliminals” are taking over teens’ feeds, promising to fix the effects of “school air.”

Web Spotlight: 

A New Chapter for Richard Byrne

 I’m starting law school this fall at Vermont Law and Graduate School. I’m enrolled in a JD program designed for working professionals.

Random Thoughts . . .  

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