MSM 212: ISTE Redux, Redux (or Take 2!)

AMLE Feature: Scheduling

Key Principles:

  • There are two drivers to the schedule: bus and lunch.
  • Everything else can be adjusted. Don’t be locked into “this is how we’ve always done it”.
  • Decide what you want to “solve”. There is no perfect schedule.
  • Look at multiple days.

Prep for teachers to move to a new schedule?

AMLE Resource:

  3. Research Rationale:

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Jokes You Can Use:


  • How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.
  • I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.
  • I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

Middle School Chemistry Theme Song (this one’s for Dave):

  • Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Sodium-Batman!

On Our Mind:

Highland Park Public Schools Sued:

81,904 4th graders (note: number is the entire state of MI, not just Highland Park) still not proficient in Reading.  (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012)

David Gornto- Nice work. Let us know how the kids react.

Thought about using Google Docs for your script then copy/paste into your blog as a transcript?  Up for screencasting like Camtasia?  Me either.  Not yet.

Eileen Award:

  • Scoopit:  Jennifer Mangler
  • Twitter:  Valia Reinsalu, Pora Ora,
  • Facebook:  Jennifer McAvoy-Anteau (liked a link on FB)
  • iTunes:


The 11 Ways That Consumers Are Hopeless at Math

This is your brain on shopping, and it’s not very smart.

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

The Summer, 2012 edition of Science Scope, a magazine for middle school science teachers produced by the National Science Teachers Association, featured an article entitled “Book Your Summer Vacation.”  The article was written by Juliana Texley.  In this podcast, three books from the article are featured.  They include:
Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, by David B. Williams
The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens, by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Concrete Planet, by Robert Courland
All of the books can be found at:

From the Twitterverse:

* Scott McLeod ‏@mcleod
Two Thirds of New Mobile Buyers Now Opting For Smartphones | Nielsen Wire Implications for #edtech!
* Stephanie Sandifer ‏@ssandifer
Lecture As Content Delivery Is Dead | The Thinking Stick | @scoopit
* HP Teacher Exchange ‏@HPTeachExchange
Is the Cell Phone the New Pencil? #k12 #education
* Miguel Guhlin ‏@mguhlin
How I’m Using My iPad in a Classroom of 30 StudentSample
* Cheryl Lykowski ‏@CLykowski
Web 2.0 for the Under 13s crowd via @zite
* Tim Wilhelmus ‏@twilhelmus
Tools for Building your PLN #EVSCREV12
* Will Richardson ‏@willrich45
Thinking: The central question is no longer “Why do we need schools?” It’s “Why do we WANT schools?”
* Vicki Davis ‏@coolcatteacher
URGENT: Check to see if your email was leaked here, if so change password NOW! #edchat
* CAMLE ‏@camlecolorado
Persuasive Writing is a Key Focus in Common Core Standards #midleved
* TeacherVision ‏@TeacherVision
Did you get today’s FREE creative writing printable about time travel and ancient Rome? Happy #FreebieFriday. #midleved
5 Jul Terie Engelbrecht ‏@mrsebiology
Curriculum Applications for Podcasting: #edchat #edtech #midleved #elemchat

Ideas for Podcasting in the Classroom: #edchat #edtech #midleved #elemchat

* Kris Nielsen ‏@klnielsen74
This series is complete, albeit out of order. Whatcha think? What Middle School Students Need From Us #midleved #edchat
* Scott McLeod ‏@mcleod
New bookmark: Differentiating Instruction Through Interactive Games

DangIrrel: Want students to be more creative and innovative? Give them the gift of time. [VIDEO] #edtech #edtechlead

* Ginger Lewman ‏@GingerLewman
My newest livebinder: Apps for the PBL Classroom #PBLchat #nagc #confratute
* P. F. Anderson ‏@pfanderson
SecondLife competitor Blue Mars drops PC development for Apple’s iOS #vw


iPad Flipped Classroom:
Troy’s notes from ISTE.

Half-Baked Idea:

A “school only” cell phone
1.  Cheap cell phone ( & cheapest available at this posting:  F8 Quad Band Phone Dual SIM)
2.  Google phone number and app
3.  Optional:  Pay-As-You-Go card (H20)  

Web Spotlight:

Homograph/Homophone Venn Diagram

If, like me, you have difficulty remembering the difference between homophones,homographs, homonyms, heterographs, and heteronyms, you should find this WikipediaVenn diagram useful.

Events & Happenings:

Calendar of Events:

Ohio Middle Level Association:

AMLE Affiliate Conferences:

Classroom 2.0’s Live Calendar.