MSM 612: Lies That 7th Graders Tell


Shawn and Troy talk about student success, Moodle, and more. Dave has a Science Series for you. 


Did you hear about the man driving a train got struck by lightning? 

  • He was a good conductor.

I knew a guy who collected candy canes, 

  • they were all in mint condition

I decided to sell my Hoover… 

  • well it was just collecting dust.

A friend just got fired from a florist, 

  • apparently,  took too many leaves.

My pet mouse ‘Elvis’ died last night. 

  • He was caught in a trap.

I was running around my bed the other evening.

  • I was trying to catch up with my sleep.

My boss told me to have a good day… so I went home.

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Science Fair: The Series

I was recently reading the December 11, 2023 issue of “Forbes” magazine. 

In this issue, I read the article “Bright Minds, Big Innovations: Exploring ’Science Fair: The Series’.”  It was written by Tony Bradley.

“Science Fair: The Series,” National Geographic’s latest documentary series, is a deep dive into the world of young scientific minds, capturing their journey through the highly competitive International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  It is available to stream on Hulu and Disney+.  This documentary series is a must-watch for anyone interested in the power of education, the resilience of youth, and the hopeful future shaped by bright, young minds.

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Moodle
    • Upgrading
    • Using
      • Prepared Material
      • H5P – and reusing
      • Training
      • Summary Task
    • StudentQuiz – StudentQuiz enables students to collaboratively create their own question pools in Moodle. Students can filter these questions into quizzes, and they can rate and comment questions while working through the quizzes. StudentQuiz computes each students contribution and learning progress and compares this with the community. The created questions become part of the Moodle question bank and can be reused in other Moodle quizzes.
  • Weather
  • Michigan History Day Presentations:
    • Websites
    • Documentaries
    • Presentations

The Social Web

Larry Ferlazzo  @Larryferlazzo

Writing by hand may increase brain connectivity more than typing, readings of student brains suggest

Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘quockerwodger’ (19th century): a puppet individual whose strings of action are pulled entirely by someone else.

For those asking, the ‘hoolie’ in ‘blowing a hoolie’ may come from the Orkney Scots ‘hoolan’, a strong gale, influenced by the Irish use of ‘hooley’ for a very noisy party.

Ric Burton  @ricburton

Imagine when you can generate 3D Midjourneys & explore them with Apple Vision Pro

Lori Emerson

the last of today’s nerd dump: look at this incredible illustration of the complexity involved in sending photos via cable across the Atlantic in 1926! I believe this is an illustration of the Bartlane Cable Picture Transmission System which translated images into variations of five-hole punches onto Baudot telegraphic tape and then transmitted, reversing the process at the other end using a teletype machine. #othernetworks    – 


8 NEW Characteristics of Middle School Kids: What Can We Do?

Here are some of the new (or perhaps intensified) characteristics I see emerging in young adolescents. Let’s look at each and then consider some ways we might respond.


Kurt Vonnegut on the Secret of Happiness: An Homage to Joseph Heller’s Wisdom

True story, Word of Honor:
Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer
now dead,
and I were at a party given by a billionaire
on Shelter Island.

I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel
to know that our host only yesterday
may have made more money
than your novel ‘Catch-22’
has earned in its entire history?”
And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”
And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”
And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”
Not bad! Rest in peace!

Suno AI

Make your own song.


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AXIS:  The Culture Translator

Guns Blazing

What it is: PC and Xbox game “Palworld” has rapidly found a huge following, peaking last week with 2+ million players online at once. Now they’re under investigation by Nintendo’s Pokémon Company for intellectual property infringement.

Mobbed Up

What it is: The latest “trend” to resurrect on TikTok is a style that’s being called the “mob wife.” One TikTok went so far as to declare, “Clean girl is out. Mob wife is in!”

Web Spotlight: 

 The Last Repair Shop

How to Draw 3D Art

Big Ball Machine

Jelle Bakker of Netherlands-based Jelle’s Marble Runs began building marble runs when he received one on his fourth birthday. Today, he creates giant marble races, runs, and attractions for his YouTube channel, as well as for in person events.

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