MSM 185 Spinning Beachball of Death

Jokes You Can Use:

My cat started his writing career by authoring a feline-oriented soap opera; he titled that project, “Nine Lives to Live.”

My cat’s writing a feline-oriented Christmas movie script. He has titled this project: “It’s A Wonderful Nine Lives.”

On Our Mind:


Eileen Award:

Eric Runyan – He followed our advice about Rick Wormeli and was greatly pleased.
Eric Stockmeyer – me too! (to several of his points)
SteveParkerZ:  New Twitter follower
Dr. Monte Tatom:  Cyberbully article suggestion


Museum of Obsolete Objects

We are the Solution

The Pledge to Stop Bullying (with video)

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Dave is back with a podcast about Acrylic Nails in the Lab and the safety concerns that exist.
Student safety – always a focus.

From the Twitterverse:

*LizFrerich Lizfrerich
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” Robert Frost
*tomshepp tomshepp
A head teacher writes… #edtech >> Great satire to make a point.
*coolcatteacher Vicki Davis  RT @easybib: EasyBib’s new Educator & Student Content Portal New writing guides & lesson plans this week #edchat #e
*shannonmmiller Shannon Miller How to Annotate Assignments in @Edmodo
*ED_Outreach Massie Ritsch  ED’s Office of Planning, Evaluation, & Policy Development is seeking paid interns for Spring 12
*joeslaughter Joe Slaughter  “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum

erinneo Erin Ochoa
I refuse to use pencils in my classroom until manufacturers figure out a way to limit what students can write with them. #pencilchat

misterlamb Jimbo Lamb
If students all don’t have the same pencil, how are they ever to learn? I can’t know everything about how every pencil works! #pencilchat

pammoran pammoran
Who wrote book Pencils: A Radical Disruption to America’s Class ? think it said by 2020 no student would B working w/o a pencil #pencilchat

jonbecker Jonathan Becker
@johntspencer are you an Eberard Faber-certified teacher? #pencilchat

johntspencer John T. Spencer
Let’s be honest. When you hand a kid a pencil with an eraser, you’re pretty much saying “I’m okay with failure.” #pencilchat

joe_bower Joe Bower
I’m sick & tired of policy makers paying for all these pencils without providing professional development. #pencilchat

teach42 Steve Dembo
@ransomtech Heard that Ticonderoga is doing an update, not an entirely new pencil. HB2S. Little lighter, erases a little faster #pencilchat

pammoran pammoran
Can pencil immigrants teach pencil natives? #pencilchat

mcleod Scott McLeod
If kids can write information down on paper, soon they won’t be able to remember anything in their heads anymore #pencilchat

johntspencer John T. Spencer
I don’t trust kids with pencils. They end up doing sketchy things when I’m not looking. #pencilchat #worstpunever

mrlosik Andy Losik
Dixon really missed the boat by not enabling the Ticonderoga to play Flash content. #Pencilchat

delta_dc David Coffey
Perhaps pencils should not be allowed until students have demonstrated ability to think w/o pencils. #pencilchat

mrlosik Andy Losik
What kind of filters or restrictions can we put on a pencil to keep kids from writing inappropriate words or doodling “parts”? #pencilchat

*fisher1000 Michael Fisher  Love this Livebinder! – 12 Ways to eLearning
*techsavvyteach Tech-Savvy Teacher Downloading “Creating Multimedia eBooks” from @wfryer… // that’s a nice price at 99 cents…
TeacherCast Jeffrey Bradbury Social Studies LiveBinder… via @teachercast
*Funderstanding Eric Cohen   Michael Bloomberg In MIT Speech: Cut Teachers By Half, Large Classes OK. #Bloomberg #education
*onlinecourse Distance Education
A College Degree: Is It Really Worth the Money? –
*mrsebiology Terie Engelbrecht

20 Ways to Use Edmodo: #edchat #edtech #midleved #elemchat

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


What Kinds of Things DO Teachers Buy for Their Classrooms?

By Bill Ferriter
After swinging through Target and dropping another $10 bucks on supplies that I need for an upcoming science lab, I decided to pull out my envelope o’ receipts and see how much I’ve spent on school purchases so far this year.

Teachers’ newest online worry: ‘cyberbaiting’

11 percent of teachers know a friend who has been ‘cyberbaited,’ or taunted by a student hoping to record an outburst, according to a new survey.


Using Wolfram|Alpha in the Classroom

Wolfram|Alpha is a free online computational knowledge engine that generates answers to questions in real time by doing computations on its own vast internal knowledge base. Our long-term goal is to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable and accessible to everyone. This can be valuable to educators in many ways.

HistoryWorld Timelines


Create, Curate, Share

Web Spotlight:


Instant screen sharing. Instant Aha!
Get everybody on the same page, when they’re not in the same room, instantly. Review documents and designs. Train staff. Demo products or just show off. is a ridiculously simple screen sharing tool for meetings on the fly. free

  • screen sharing

  • 250 viewers

  • share control

  • multi-monitor

  • chat

  • send files

  • viewer: iPad/iPhone or Android


Events & Happenings:

Calendar of Events:

ISTE 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:

AMLE Affiliate Conferences:

Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar.

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