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April 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

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In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Fifty Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Bookmark is a new tool for easily creating websites. It does have a free plan, but I’m not ready to add it to The Best Ways For Students Or Teachers To Create A Website.

GE Teach is a tool that lets you create tours on the new Google Earth (see Google Earth Unveils Big Redesign Today). You can read instructions on how to use it at Richard Byrne’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me.

And, speaking of the new Google Earth, The New York Times just wrote about it, too: Google Earth’s New Voyager Tool Aims to Feed Our Wanderlust.

Here’a an older, but still useful, video tutorial on how to use the infographic-creator Easel.ly. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Creating Infographics:

April 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Transfer Of Learning” & Elon Musk

How Elon Musk learns faster and better than everyone else is an interesting new article in Quartz.

The writer attributes much of Musk’s success to his ability to “transfer” his learning from one context to another.

Here, though, is what I found the most useful part of the piece:

Sounds like a useful and effective strategy to me!

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More.

You might also be interested in this video I did with Ed Week that was released this week:

April 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Rural Schools may be the ‘Epicenters’ of Their Towns”

Rural Schools may be the ‘Epicenters’ of Their Towns is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Silvia Ibarra, Amanda Koonlaba, Jennifer Hesseltine, and Rita Platt share their experiences working in successful low-income rural districts.

Here are some excerpts:

April 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About The North Korea Missile Crisis

Last week, several students began talking in class about the probability of war with North Korea.

That got me thinking about ways to teach about the crisis without creating undue alarm.

Here are a few resources I’ve pulled together to help prepare some lessons. You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About The Korean War which, in addition to Korean War resources, also has materials on more recent events (feel free to offer additional suggestions):

How North Korea Became a Rogue State: A Brief History (with Lesson Plan) is from KQED

Decision Point: Understanding the U.S.’s Dilemma Over North Korea is an older lesson from The New York Times Learning Network, but it can easily be updated.

As North Korea’s arsenal grows, experts see heightened risk of ‘miscalculation’ is from The Washington Post.

Here’s a recent Associated Press interactive to learn more about the country.

ILLUMINATING NORTH KOREA is a NY Times interactive.

The Council on Foreign Relations has a Crisis Guide that appears a little out of date, but it still has good info.

April 28, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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It’s Arbor Day – Here Are Related Resources

Arbor Day celebrates the importance of trees, and takes place on the last Friday of April in the United States.

You might be interested in The Best Sites To Learn About Trees.

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