MSM 508: Listen to this: Dark Patterns, Gone Medieval, and Professional Development Changes

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Shawn and Troy discuss summer school (or not), professional development, pedagogy, tools, and more. Dave shares some stall catchers (you’ll want to check this out).


Did you hear about the person who had to work to make it through the wooden boat building school?

  • They had to go through a lot of hardships.

Did you hear about the employee who spent the entire travel budget on front row tickets to “Cats”?

  • Thought that there was a purr-diem

Certainly you know about Karl Marx, but very few people know about his sister Onya.

  • She invented the starting pistol

A financial advisor was meeting with a trapeze artist and asked what is their net worth. The response:

  • “I couldn’t live without it”.

A shout out to the work that all the librarians have done this year:

  • Oops, sorry about that.

My pet mouse Elvis died last night.

  • He was caught in a trap

Middle School Science Minute

by Dave Bydlowski (k12science or

Stall Catchers: A Citizen Science Game to Accelerate Alzheimer’s Research

I was recently reading the March/April 2021 issue of “The Science Teacher” a publication of the National Science Teaching Association. In this issue, I read the section “Citizen Science” written by Jill Nugent. Jill wrote an article entitled “Accelerating Alzheimer’s Research with Stall Catchers.”

Stall Catchers, created by the Human Computation Institute at Cornell University, is an online citizen science game designed to speed up Alzheimer’s disease research. You can learn more by visiting the game’s website at:

Reports from the Front Lines

  • Next Year
    • Professional Development
    • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • A Bunch of Different Tools


Dark Patterns

We came together to collect dark patterns to better understand how technology is exploiting people. Our ultimate vision is to leverage this data to combat manipulative practices online through policy reform.

The Twitterverse

Typical EduCelebrity @EduCelebrity

Standardized test companies shouldn’t be so worried about exam security. If students aren’t bringing home their homework, I highly doubt they’re itching to take home multiple choice questions and reading passages.

Richard Byrne @rmbyrne

Asynchronous Audio Breakout Rooms:

Richard Byrne @rmbyrne

A Handful of Alternatives to Google Expeditions

Alice Keeler @alicekeeler

Google Classroom: Give Parents a List of Assignments –

Larry Ferlazzo @Larryferlazzo

“Ten Ways I’ll Be Teaching Differently Next Year” is my NEW @educationweek post


Announcing a new member benefit! The Successful Middle School Online Course Series explores the characteristics of high-performing #middleschools through 21 self-paced modules. Earn 4 contact hours while you learn. Offered free to AMLE members!

Adam Moler @moler3031

When I tell jokes on a Google Meet, no one laughs. I asked why and they said, “Your jokes aren’t remotely funny.”

#mschat every Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. And as Troy says, “The Twitter never stops!”


Gone Medieval! – History Hit

A new podcast series for the History Hit family. This podcast focuses on the medieval and should be useful for your 7th grade peeps!

The Culture Translator: Slang of the Week

main character energy: romanticizing your own life and embracing the spotlight to the point where you can imagine you are the person that everyone else’s “storyline” revolves around; can be used sincerely or ironically. (Ex: “I’m not worried about whether my crush likes someone else or my friends forget to invite me to places; I’m only here for people who recognize my main character energy.”)

8 Ambient Sound Websites to Help Students Focus

Thankfully there are many free websites that allow users to listen to a wide variety of ambient sounds, as well as create their own custom mixes.

Web Spotlight:

Entering the Google Graveyard . . .

  • Google Chrome Apps – EOL for June 2022
  • Android Things – EOL for January 2022
  • Google Hangouts – EOL for June 2021
  • Google Expeditions – EOL for June 2021
  • Google Tour Creator – EOL for June 2021
  • Google Poly – EOL for June 2021

Alternatives to Google Poly (AR) for 360 Resources

Our mask mandate was about our care for others

How Hidden Classroom Dynamics Can Stymie Girls in STEM

In a new study published in the International Journal of Science Education, Stevenson and her research team provide an intriguing window into the mystery.

Random Thoughts . . .

Personal Web Site

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