MSM 190: Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Go to College yet Mind the Gap! (London Tubers will get that joke . . . )

Jokes You Can Use:

Ever notice:
People who cough incessantly never seem to go to the doctor – they go to concerts, banquets, and church.
People who have a concrete mind – permanently set and all mixed up.
People who have a rare intelligence – as in they rarely show that they have intelligence.
People who have a keen sense of rumor.

On Our Mind:

Last week’s interview with Dave Tucker on homework.


Eileen Award:

  • Justin Menard




100 Things that we didn’t know last year.

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

This middle school science minute is about cockroaches. In the December, 2011 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Ron Wagler wrote an article entitled, “Using Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches to Develop and Enhance the Scientific Inquiry Skill of Observation in Middle School Students.”  He shares activities that students can do to enhance their observational skills.


From the Twitterverse:

*NancyW Wolfram Education Portal: Free Resources and Materials for Teachers via @zite #mathchat #edchat
*coolcatteacher I disagree that Second life is the only thing that has cool things @catflippen – You get oar files open sim #tmga12 Jibe is big too.
pammoran RT @mikevigilant: We just had a mandatory PD on differentiation that was the same for everyone #tmga12 #oops
russeltarr Comprehensive literacy lesson plans and student materials from any content in minutes:
pammoran @web20classroom here’s a @corriekelly prezi on using QR codes w/ kids – her work w/ lit intervention is amazin #tmga12
web20classroom Getting connected is an essential first step in becoming the global educator our students need. @kylepace #tmga12
tonnet Texting in Class: The Pros and Cons of Celly. #edtech
*bhsprincipal 74 Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom via @tombarrett #bhschat
IAM_SHAKESPEARE If the skin were parchment, and the blows you gave were ink,
*cliotech Picnik is shutting down in April. Anyone have suggestions for similar services?…
tombarrett Plot Device |
*MatthiasHeil Gone #Google – Project-based lessons – #pbl #edchat
kconners09 @Ron_Peck @ShawnMcCusker @Becky_Ellis Interesting read on why #sschat is game changer (IMHO) @AngelaMaiers @smplusone

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




A decade of No Child Left Behind: Lessons from a policy failure

By Valerie Strauss
Ten years have passed since then president George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind (NCLB), making it the educational law of the land. A review of a decade of evidence demonstrates that NCLB has failed badly both in terms of its own goals and more broadly. It has neither significantly increased academic performance nor significantly reduced achievement gaps, even as measured by standardized exams.


D.C. Lawmakers Propose Requiring Students to Apply to College

Lawmakers in the nation’s capital have floated a plan to require high school students to apply to college or trade school — even if the students have no interest in attending.


Learn Out Loud has scoured the Internet to bring you over 5000 free audio and video titles. This directory features free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other great free audio and video resources. Most audio titles can be downloaded in digital formats such as MP3 and most video titles are available to stream online. Enjoy!

American Rhetoric

Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.


Free Audio Books

Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. You’ll find great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.


Song of the Week

Use the link to sign up for his Song of the Week. Also links to lots of information. Follow him on Facebook to hear his latest work with the students and classrooms he visits throughout the year.


SchoolHouse Rocks!

Relive my Saturday mornings!

Web Spotlight:

iPad in Education

Tons of information, from soup to nuts of iPad implementation.



Gapminder is used in classrooms around the world to build a fact-based world view.
On this page we feature quality examples & resources. Share your own ideas and learn from others in the new Gapminder Movement forum!

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