MSM 206: Dry Hands, Warm Heart?

Jokes You Can Use:

Auntie Matilta won’t kiss you with that dirty face!

That’s what I’m hoping.


Girl: I need a new dress

Dad: Why?

Girl: The girl in my class has the same one.

Dad: Why does that mean you need a new dress.

Girl: It’s cheaper than switching colleges.


On Our Mind:

ISTE Noob-ness!

Wrapping up the year yet?


Eileen Award:

  • Jeffry Prickett – Facebook & Twitter
  • Pamela Schneider – Facebook



How to Use a Paper Towel:



The Other Side of the World


Olympic Torch Relay Route 

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


Drying Hands in the Lab.  

In the March, 2012 issue of Science Scope, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association, the safety question of the month was “Are there any alternatives to paper towels for students to wash and dry their hands with at the end of lab?”


Ken Roy, director of environmental health and safety for Glastonbury Public Schools in Glastonbury, Connecticut provides a great answer.  If you would like more information on science safety, you can purchase Ken’s book, “The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science,” through the NSTA bookstore.  Please visit:



From the Twitterverse:

Diane Ravitch @DianeRavitch

If you want your eyes to bulge at the money lavished on charters, go to

Clay Shirky @cshirky

Kickstart Roominate: Dollhouse kit for girls that includes circuit components:
lights, fans, buzzers, etc.

Mental Floss @mental_floss

In 2010, 3.9 million 911 calls in New York City were the result of inadvertent
cellphone use. That’s a lot of butt dials. (via @TheWeek)

Miguel Guhlin @mguhlin

90+ iPad and iPod Apps For High School | MyWeb4Ed
iPad, apps key to unlocking communication barrier with autistic students | Fox

Ron Peck @Ron_Peck

Pls help @cybraryman1 get to #ISTE12 by assisting the #istenewbie12 project
-> #cpchat #edchat #edcampphilly

Jennifer Dorman @cliotech

DropKey app encrypts Mac files, free through Sunday

Steve 2‏@learn2

Michigan Gov. Signs Cyber School Measure Into Law

Distance Education @onlinecourse

Are You At Risk of Getting Fired? Seven Signs Your Job is On the Line –

Ian Jukes @ijukes

Homeschool Is the Future

Angela Maiers @AngelaMaiers

Here’s Nine Things Successful People Do Differently via

Scott McLeod @mcleod

New bookmark: Videogames can encourage good behavior in youth

russeltarr @russeltarr

Abandoned Places In The World #geography:


MT @middleweb Wonderful reflection by @stephpbader on lurking, stage fright in
connected communities #edchat #midleved

internet4classrooms @internet4classr

20 Calming Apps For Stressed-Out Students (And Teachers)
#midleved #edchat



Homeschool Is The Future

Since the 1970s, public school education scores, stats, and student achievements have been steadily decreasing. From a declining graduation rate to slipping ACT scores, American students are slowly ceasing to measure up on a global scale. Incidentally, also since the 1970s, homeschooling has steadily been on the rise in America. It seems that with America’s public school system in a decline, more and more parents are turning to homeschooling as a solution. The surprising part? When it comes time to perform, homeschoolers are blowing everyone else out of the water. Homeschoolers have begun to show steady achievement in their test scores, graduation rates, and collegiate performance. Homeschoolers also test higher in analyses of maturity, communication skills, and general socializatiion. What does this mean? It means that homeschoolers are getting ready to dominate the future of America.


Dartmouth Researchers Are Learning How Exercise Affects the Brain

Exercise clears the mind. It gets the blood pumping and more oxygen is delivered to the brain. This is familiar territory, but Dartmouth’s David Bucci thinks there is much more going on.

From his studies, Bucci and his collaborators have revealed important new findings:

  • The effects of exercise are different on memory as well as on the brain, depending on whether the exerciser is an adolescent or an adult.
  • A gene has been identified which seems to mediate the degree to which exercise has a beneficial effect. This has implications for the potential use of exercise as an intervention for mental illness.



Are today’s students truly ‘tech savvy’?

It is difficult to prove that the Generation Y and young people today are not more technologically adapted than their older counterparts.

They may sometimes display an unhealthy level of dependence on their mobile phone, become bored easily when taught in school how to use basic commands in Microsoft Word and be called upon often to fix the problem with the printer, but are all members of this age bracket clued-up and comfortable with technology?

According to the research, there was little evidence that today’s students demand modern technology when entering university that the academic institution cannot provide. Technological integration is expanding, however in terms of study, students may not be as reliant on it to learn as we stereotype them to be.


Congrats to Mike Muir, AMLE President-Elect!



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A Twenty-One Protest Song Salute

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Web Spotlight:


IWitness is an online application that gives educators and students access to search, watch, and learn from more than 1,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.


Graduation Speeches


The Graphic Classroom

The Graphic Classroom is a resource for teachers and librarians to help them stock high quality, educational-worthy, graphic novels and comics in their classroom or school library. I read and review every graphic novel or comic on this blog and give it a rating as to appropriateness for the classroom.


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