Middle School Matters

2011 Tech Ideas to Start the Year

(from Middle School teachers and the Integration Blog)

Find some time. Click a few links. A little something for everybody.

Student Work Displayed

Teacher Blogging Techniques

  • A clever way to make that weekly post that takes the “blogging pain” away.
  • View the power of embedded games on your blog site. A natural fit.
  • Witness the draw-you-in-ness of having large, clear images at the start of your blog posts.
  • Simple organization of daily class starters you already do allows for student review and a bank of future resources.

To inspire integration

Off the beaten track
To soothe the soul at the start of 2011:

  • If you need to just chill a bit after the holidays, grab a primer of various styles of music from the music department.
  • Not to be missed. Try a new hobby.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

As you may know, TED is a collection of speeches that, “bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives“ (in 18 min or less). There are some fantastic resources available on TED, but recently they began also adding non-TED speeches.

“On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 450 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks feature closed captions in English, and many feature subtitles in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.”


TED speakers
These could potentially be used for a variety of subject areas.

Take a look!: http://www.ted.com/talks/list

TED videos