MSM 191: Becoming an Author(ity) on iBooks Author.

Jokes You Can Use:

Whilst escorting his wife to the concert, Jim asked his wife what they were seeing. “Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony” she replied. “Good” Jim responded. His wife was surprised, she didn’t think that Jim really enjoyed going to the symphony. “Well, I’m glad that you’re looking forward to this. Where have you heard this before?, she asked. “Huh”, Jim responded. “I’m just happy that we missed the first four”.

Whenever my wife needs money, she calls me handsome. “Hand some over”.

On Our Mind:

  • iBooks Author
  • Listener question:  Is Apple’s New Education Initiative Dangerous? ~ Interesting dialogue #fhuedu642 => @msmatters What do you think? – From Dr. Tatom.

Eileen Award:

  • Doc Tatom
  • Donnielle Kota-Moore

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Metal Safety.

This middle school science minute is about metal safety. In the December, 2011 issue of Science Scope (NSTA publication) Ken Roy wrote an article entitled, “Test Your Metal (safety knowledge).”  He investigates the safety issues involved in using metals with middle school students.

From the Twitterverse:

*bethanyvsmith rules without relationship equals rebellion #educon
*Ron_Peck Have I mentioned lately how awesome #Edmodo has become? Great new features for the site and app. If you’re not using it you’re missing out.
*drmmtatom emPower eLearning via @zite #fhucid #fhuedu642
*chrislehmann What if hallways were dry erase walls? What could kids create? #EduCon
*mbteach Talking about how teachers can take on different leadership roles in schools. We have a good list going #educon
*teromakotero shares (25 Free Digital Audio Editors You Should Know)
*onlinecourse Four Most Unemployable Majors –
*bethanyvsmith #bannedsites the truth about tech in school and blocking sites… #educon
*Mimadisonklein Check out Common Core on the Android Market!… #FETC
*shannonmmiller So excited to be Skyping into #educon this morning with @mluhtala @InnovativeEdu @joycevalenza for our Banned Sites presentation #tlchat
tomshepp tomshepp
Rubrics for Assessments of Online Activities #edtech #elearning #mlearning

How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple #edtech #elearning #mlearning

*TJwolfe_ LiveBinders Resources
*AngelaMaiers Does This Scare You? via @knealemann

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


Supreme Court Declines Cases on Student Internet Speech

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up major appeals involving student free speech rights on the Internet.

The 3rd Circuit held in the Blue Mountain case that a Pennsylvania middle school student’s 2007 MySpace parody depicting her principal as a sex addict and a pedophile was so outrageous that no one could have taken it seriously.
The 3rd Circuit court found that the profile did not create a substantial disruption in school, and the court rejected the school district’s arguments that other facts created a nexus between the parody and the school.
In her appeal to the Supreme Court, Kowalski said, “This court has never addressed the appropriate First Amendment test for student speech that occurs entirely off school premises.”
The justices declined on Jan. 17 to hear the cases without comment or recorded dissent.


25 Audio Editors:

“A digital audio editor is defined as a computer application for manipulating digital audio. As a multimedia creator, we normally use audio editor for recording audio, edit the duration and timeline, mix multiple sound tracks, apply simple effects for audio enhancement and create conversion between different audio file formats.
There are countless ways that digital audio editor can be used, and fortunately there are plenty of good and free digital audio editors out there to help you with your own implementation. So if you’re thinking to purchase a license for Adobe Audition, Cool Edit or Soundforge, hold that thought first. Not to say they aren’t cool, but it’s always wiser to tryout free applications before going to the pay deal.”

Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth – Blue Marble 2012

A ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed ‘Suomi NPP’ on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.

100 iPad Apps Perfect For Middle School

If you’re a student, teacher, or administrator at a middle school looking into adopting iPads for educational purposes, it’s important to know that the iPad is more than just an easy way to browse the web or visit the app store. There are actually thousands of educational apps hiding in the bowels of the app store.


Seinfeld teaches History:
Think History, Saturday Night Live.

Alfie Kohn vs Dwight Schrute

Classic Schrute Bucks episode. Good for talking about classroom management.

Web Spotlight:

Straight from the DOE:  Dispelling Myths About Blocked Sites

100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers

With the increasing use of technology in classrooms, it’s no wonder that teachers have a growing interest in using YouTube and other online media sharing sites to bring information into their classrooms. Here are 100 YouTube videos that can provide supplementary information for the class, give inspiration, help you keep control of class and even provide a few laughs here and there.

Valentine’s Day Teaching Resources


Why Interactive White Boards are Used Ineffectively in Classrooms

An interactive White Board (IWB) or SMART Board has the potential to deliver content better than traditional methods of teaching. Why?

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