MSM 176 Video, iPads (11:00 not 11:05)

On Our Mind:

iPads in Education



Quotations on Character

Anger is a wind which blows out the lamp of the mind.
—Robert G. Ingersoll

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

This is the second in the three part series on the common core ELA and their relationship to science.  Like the first in the series, it focuses on Text Types and Purposes, but this time focuses in on writing informative and explanatory texts.

From the Twitterverse:

web20classroom Steven W. Anderson
A Great Livebinder All About Infographics:
bhsprincipal Patrick Larkin
Where Did Standardized Testing Come From Anyway? via @zite #Edchat #cpchat #bhschat
joeymcgirr Joey McGirr
Looking for something fun to do? Ask a friends who knows NOTHING about the LOTR to read this page to you out loud. #Fun
AngelaMaiers Angela Maiers
Twenty Tidbits for New Teachers
elemenous Lucy Gray
In Honor of Teachers:
Larryferlazzo Larry Ferlazzo
RT @plugusin: Just finished a new post: Teaching Innovation w/the Curiosity Box –
kristirulz Kristi k
Looking to change homework policy. Any ideas for consequences w not finishing homework? Thanks #5thchat #4thchat #elemchat
kevcreutz Kevin Creutz
What did new teacher experience 100 years ago?? 3 examples from teachers written in 1936.
2learn2 Steve
The average adult falls asleep seven minutes after turning the light off. #stevec
willrich45 Will Richardson
Reading “In Honor of Teachers”
West Virginia learns Finland’s ‘most honorable profession’: Teacher #cnn…
tremellino LEO Blog
Test your English Vocabulary with thatquiz:…
Ruth_A_Buzzi Ruth Buzzi
If Justin Beiber was my kid, and he wrecked his Ferrari, I’d take away his keys for a month and make him drive a Kia. That’d show him.
msstewart Meredith Stewart
Doesn’t get much better than William Fitzsimmons for lesson planning
DianeRavitch Diane Ravitch
Just discovered this rant about why high teacher turnover is bad:
mrsebiology Terie Engelbrecht
Differentiated Assessment: Nice step-by-step #edchat #lrnchat #midleved #elemchat

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


A Teacher Finds Good in Testing

By Ama Nyamekye
In college, I pumped my fist at a rally against standardized testing. I’d never seen the exam I was protesting, but stood in solidarity with educators and labor organizers who felt the testing movement was an attack on teachers, particularly those working in poor public schools.
In a routine evaluation, my principal praised my organization, management, and facilitation, but posed the following question: “How do you know the kids are really getting it?”
In my third year of teaching, I put myself to the test. To formally link my instruction to quantifiable student outcomes, I decided my sophomores would take the state Comprehensive English Regents Examination a year early. As I deconstructed the test—which was a blend of reading-based questions and essays—I appreciated its ability to efficiently achieve what I could not.
I discovered holes in my curriculum. I once dismissed standardized testing for its narrow focus on a discrete set of skills, but I learned that my self-made assignments were more problematic. It turned out they were skewed in my favor.
The test provided me with fresh perspectives on my work. I was not allowed to assess my students’ writing. Colleagues from my English department used detailed rubrics to grade each essay. These peers had emotional distance from the work and could scrutinize essays for evidence of achievement.
When I “depoliticized” the test, I found a useful and flawed ally. The exam excelled where I struggled, offering comprehensive and standards-based assessments. I thrived where the test fell short, designing creative, performance-based projects.


Video Time Machine

$1.99 App for iPhone/iPad

2000’s = 1,521 videos
1990’s = 1,607 videos
1980’s = 1,874 videos
1970’s = 1,565 videos
1960’s = 1,848 videos
1950’s = 589 videos
1940’s = 256 videos
1930’s = 227 videos
1920’s = 196 videos
1910’s = 150 videos
1900’s = 140 videos
1860-1899 = 60 videos

iPad Hub

The DS-IP-49-SYNC acts as a fully powered USB hub for 49 devices. Using a Mac, it can sync with iTunes or other software capable of addressing USB devices. (It can work with Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems, although there may be some software limitations with a non-Mac host.)

Movie Mount

iPad Video Production
With the Movie Mount, you get 10 new features for your iPad (beware that the additional equipment is not incuded):

  1. Attached a tripod for stable shots, pan & tilt camera movements. Standard screwfitting.
  2. Use 37 mm conversion lenses, such as wide angle and zoom*. Such as: US / EU
  3. Slide on-the-fly between the built-in lens and the conversion lens.
  4. Use shotgun microphones for better sound (requires splitter cable). Such as: US / EU
  5. Use an optical viewfinder to shoot in bright sunlight. Such as: US / EU
  6. Use a video light for better performance in low light. Such as: US / EU
  7. Easier iMovie editing, with a 9 degrees working angle.
  8. The mount allows your iPad to stand upright and be used as monitor.
  9. The free Movie Mount iPad app allows you to manually control video recording
  10. Fully compatible with Smart Cover.

Web Spotlight:

Learn more about Geocaching

Geocaching is a fun, educational, technology-infused activity that I have tried a couple of times. But I am by no means an expert (totally newbie would be the description) on the topic. Therefore, I asked Jen Deyenberg if she would write a guest post about geocaching. Jen has done extensive work developing geocaching activities with students and has a ton of knowledge to share. After reading this post I hope you will visit her blog to learn more about geocaching.

Two Nice Guides to Web 2.0 at School and Work

Constitution Resources

Federal legislation requires schools in the United States to offer lessons related to the U.S. Constitution on U.S. Constitution Day — September 17th of each year.

Jokes You Can Use:

Recently the President of the United States received a call from a Yooper (someone from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).  The Yooper told the President he and several of his friends had declared war on the United States.  The President replied, “You know I have a million men in my army, are you sure you want to declare war?”  The Yooper replied, “Let me check, I’ll call you tomorrow.”  Sure enough, the President gets a call.  The Yooper says, “Mr. President, the war is still on.  We picked up some trucks and the guys down at the watering hole have joined up, so we’ve expanded our army too.”  “Well,” says the President, “since I talked to you yesterday, I’ve added another half-million men to my army.  Are you sure you still want this war?”  The Yooper thought for a second, “Let me call you back tomorrow.”  Sure enough, about the same time the next day the President gets a call.  “Mr. President, we added the ultra-light group from the airport and we can now bomb you from above.  The war is still on.”  The President replied, “You do know I have an Air Force too of modern jets and since I talked to you yesterday, I’ve added another half million to the army for a total of 2 million men.  Are you sure you still want this war?”  “Let me call you tomorrow,” says the Yooper.  The next day the President gets a phone call.  “Mr. President, the war is off.  We talked it over and we decided we don’t have any way of feeding 2 million prisoners.”

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