Resource Roundup

Resources for the Middle School Teacher

March 29, 2013

Technology Tools Edition

There are so many apps, websites, and technology tools available for teachers and students today that the possibilities can sometimes be overwhelming! Here is a collection of technology tools that you can use to add some creativity to your lessons, add novelty to student projects, challenge your students' thinking, or just find useful yourself.

Ten Tips for Better Password Security

How many of us have one or two general passwords that we use for all our accounts or the same four digit PIN for our phone and accounts? Just thinking about it only makes you realize how much trouble you would be in if this actually came to pass. It’s always better to be safe than sorry so now’s the perfect time to reconsider how you protect your accounts.

This web browser extension removes unwanted ads/recommended videos on YouTube and other sites!

Instagram From a Famous Figure Assignment

What would Marco Polo send to his Instagram followers? What would Leonardo Da Vinci, or Thomas Jefferson post? For Language Arts, what would Katnis or Peeta from the Hunger Games be posting? This is a simple, fun and engaging way to get students familiar with one of the most popular social marketing sites on the web without needing computers.

On you can find six timelines of important eras in U.S. and European history. Each timeline includes short (3-10 minute) videos about people and events in the era. The timelines also include pictures and short text descriptions.

16 Websites to Teach and Learn Vocabulary

Our active vocabulary consists of those words we AUTHENTICALLY use both in written and oral speech. When a learner first internalizes a vocabulary item it automatically becomes passive and is stored in their vocabulary repertoire but once they start using it in communication it shifts to the active side. Passive vocabulary is more likely to be forgotten and that is why vocabulary teaching should always emphasize the instruction of contextualized items so that students can relate and use them actively.

Student Interactives & Teacher Resources from

Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home. All Annenberg Learner videos exemplify excellent teaching.

Examples of Student Interactives include: Amusement Park Physics, Parallax, Conversions, Effects of dams on salmon popuations, Thirteen Colonies, Development and Future of the European Union, Triangle Model of the Cultural Framework, Limerick Factory, Volcanoes, and many more!

Google's Search Education Page

Help students learn how to do internet research. Lesson plans, strategies, and examples to help students become stronger researchers!

Thanks for the tip, Andrew!

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Jamie Neibling

Middle School Teaching & Learning Coach

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