This was my first technology project, and the reason this blog was created in the first place. I did this with students while I was doing observations as part of a professional development school program prior to my student teaching. Luckily, I got to do my student teaching with the same teacher, Mr. Wright, so I was able to continue after the success of this project.
Basically, I had a list of talks from Ted.com embedded on this site. Students could choose the speech they wanted to listen to, and then they would take notes on it. I also had them leave comments on what they thought of the speech on the blog.
It worked all right. students did the project as homework, so not everyone participated. Also, there was some confusion about how to make the comments. Some students left notes on the youtube pages linked on this site. If I were to do it again, I think I would embed the videos in the blog, and have students do it during class with headphones.