MSM 614: Confabulation, Constultation, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree


Shawn and Troy update the Vision Pro Experience, share teaching tips for Gifted & Talented (and all), and more. Dave is counting in the backyard. 


Did you guys hear about the beaver that had to stop eating wood?

  • Its because his pallet changed.

I walked down a street where the houses were numbered 64K, 128K, 256K, 512K and 1MB.

That was a trip down memory lane!

Had a Covid test and they asked if I had a recent loss of taste.

  • I said No, I’ve always dressed this way.

I learned something about my car when I crashed into a tree

  • My Mercedes Benz

Expect the worst, it’s the least you can do.

Why should you never trust a pig with a secret? 

  • Because it’s bound to squeal.

A priest, a monk, and a rabbit walk into a blood donation centre.

“I’m sure I’m type A,” said the priest.

“I do believe I’m type B,” said the monk.

“I think I’m a typo,” said the rabbit.

Times are tough, I’m taking a knight job: 

Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

K12Science Podcast:  Great Backyard Bird Count 2024

I was recently visiting the Cornell Labs website.

While visiting the site I was reminded of the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count.

The Great Backyard Bird Count takes place February 16-19, 2024.  During this time you are encouraged to observe birds for at least 15 minutes and then report the data.  You can observe for longer than 15 minutes and for more than one day.  To learn about how to identify birds and how to submit data, please visit:

Reports from the Front Lines

The Social Web


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Moodle | Online learning, delivered your way.  @moodle

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Susie Dent  @susie_dent

Word of the day is ‘constult’ (17th century): to act stupidly together. It’s one of several I vote to resurrect from the historical dictionary.


Some Things To Do When Gifted Students Struggle


Study State

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List of Common Misconceptions

Bonus Link:  Man Suffocated by Potatoes by Wiliam Marzano  

Ambient Music

Make your own ambient music.

Welcome to ESL Video!

Online listening and speaking practice for English language learners.

  • Chatty Bot
  • Video (Music) with questions

Web Spotlight: 

Fliff Flaff

What it is: An app called Fliff lets younger users place bets on sporting events, like this weekend’s Super Bowl.

Why it’s so controversial: Fliff is just one of the so-called “social sportsbook” apps that don’t require age verification and operate legally in most US states. Users can bet on various sports outcomes using a free in-game currency called Fliff Coins. This allows the app to legally define its operation as a sweepstakes game rather than a sportsbook operation. The CEO of Fliff says that the app is intended as an “introductory experience” to the world of sports gambling, and emphasizes that users have to be 18 to buy Fliff Cash, a different in-game currency option that does cost real money. But gambling harm prevention experts aren’t convinced—they say that by providing an on-ramp to sports betting for users that has virtually no safeguards, social sportsbook apps are building a gateway for youth to develop real-life gambling problems.


Putting clothes back on people.  A dress code violation corrector?

Random Thoughts . . .  

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