MSM 209: AMLE Feature Presentation . . . Popcorn Please!

AMLE Feature:

Today, join us for a interview with Todd Williamson. Director of Technology and Science for Carteret County Schools, MiddleTalk contributor, and NCMSA Technology Specialist.

  • Science Experiment
  • Tech-in-20 Series
  • Math and Science Portal
  • ISTE?

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  RUTH BUZZI ‏@Ruth_A_Buzzi

Cats inherently dislike water. That explains why so many turn to alcohol. #HappyCATurday


On Our Mind:  

Eileen Award:   

  • Facebook:  Julie Smith Flack
  • Twitter:  John Winsor, US School Counselors, Microsoft TeachTec
  • Special Guest:  Todd Williamson


How big is your city?


Middle School Science Minute  

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or


In the Spring Edition of “Green Teacher,” Emily Harris wrote an article entitled, “Fostering Students’ Water Wisdom.”  The purpose of the article was to bring water awareness into the classroom and contribute to a better global future.

She says that teachers play a vital role in helping foster an early appreciation of this most precious resource.  For this reason, WaterCan developed curriculum resources in both English and French which can be freely downloaded from the “Water Wisdom Portal” at:


She then goes on to share one of her favorite lesson plans for 5th – 6th grade students, entitled “Water Alive!”  This is a research based activity designed to help generate an understanding about the universal dependence on water, through the “eyes” of an African animal.


From the Twitterverse:

Jerry Blumengarten @cybraryman1

My Organization pages: Many teachers need help being
better organized. #SATchat
Admins: Never lose sight of the fact of how hard it is to be in the classroom & all that
teachers have to deal with. Support #satchat

Scott McLeod @mcleod

Use Technology to Upend Traditional Classrooms #edtech
Deming: Vast majority of problems we have with individual employees are attributable
to the work systems in which they’re embedded #satchat
RT @mandery: A1 Ineffective teachers teach in isolation. #satchat
a. Lack of effective feedback loops (from ‘above’ & ‘below’) contributes to teacher
ineffectiveness #satchat
b. Failure of systems to articulate/implement new vision of learning/teaching also
contributes to teacher ineffectiveness #satchat
New bookmark: Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps

pammoran @pammoran

Irish kids get diff kind of state exam than US kids- thinking & writing analytically abt
geography – not MC items

Tweeter of Wit @TweeterofWit

“@sccenglish: Choosing your summer reading: a flowchart from @Teachdotcom –”

Sirius @ButSiriuslyFlks

@TeacherSabrina I feel I was a better teacher 10 years ago when I had creative
freedom. Now, I’m a skill-and-drill teacher b/c I have to be.

Miguel Guhlin @mguhlin

iPaddiction: 8 Burning Questions About iPads in Class (Answered!)

jennyluca @jennyluca

“@rgesthuizen: Sad when we don’t know how hard it is to be a teacher today. Good article
zu5x.html @NedManning’s article

TenMarks Education @TenMarks

What I Wish I’d Done Before Deploying iPads to 735 Middle Schoolers, Pt 2 via @tericeschneider #tichat #edchat #5thchat

John Norton @middleweb

We’re about to launch the new MiddleWeb. Get a sneak peek & find out about the great
content. #midleved #elemchat @amle
What’s new on the site? “ . . . [O]ur launch will include original pieces by Rick Wormeli,
Nancy Flanagan, Jose Vilson, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Chris Toy, Marsha Ratzel, Elena
Aguilar, Bill Ivey and other insightful middle grades minds.”

Terie Engelbrecht @mrsebiology

What a zero really says by @cherraolthof: #edchat #midleved



Teacher tenure: a Fairfax schools firing case 





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It is free for now. We haven’t figured out what to charge you yet :). Don’t worry. We’ll give you at least a 30 day notice if we decide to charge you a small sum to keep the lights on. And you have the option to take your data with you anytime you want to cancel your account.



A website builder that works more like drawing. No coding required.

Web Spotlight:

The Greatest Teacher I Had in College

by Vicki Davis

I will never forget my meanest, toughest professor:Dr. Phil Adler at Georgia Tech. Everyone knew that he was hard. He taught Socratically (by asking questions)and his track record was the best.



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Booktype’s powerful, quick output to pdf, epub, mobi, odt and html will export books ready for Amazon, iBooks, and other print-on-demand or ebook stores. Build a community around your content with social tools and use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences.

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4 Great & Free Museum Apps to Teach your Students (or to simply enjoy!)

If you want to learn about art through the centuries, there is probably no better place than one of the great museums. But of course, if you are not living in Paris, London, New York you need to travel and you rarely have an excibition that brings together all great masterpieces of a certain artist.

Well, the next best thing might be one (or all) of the free apps below and visit the museum on a virtual trip.


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