Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

September 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Teachers Are The Sixth Happiest & Most Satisfied Workers In America

According to a big new survey, teachers are the sixth happiest and most satisfied workers in the U.S.

School administrators come in fourth.

And the least satisfied workers are Furniture/Home Furnishing Salespersons.

You might also be interested in The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

September 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum Is One Year-Old Today – Here Are Related Resources

Today is the one-year anniversary of the opening of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.

You might be interested in The Best Resources On The Smithsonian’s African-American Museum.

September 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New BAM! Radio Show Is On How Teachers Approach Race & Implicit Bias

How Can Teachers Approach Race and Bias in the Classroom? is the topic of my latest eight-minute BAM! Radio Show.

Dr. Sanée Bell, Raquel Ríos, Ph.D., Adeyemi Stembridge, Ph.D., and Ruchi Agarwal-Rangnath join me in the discussion. They have all also contributed written commentaries to my next Education Week Teacher column.

I’m adding it to All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions.

September 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

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 Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Goose Chase is an app for creating real-life “scavenger hunts.”  It looks intriguing, though I’m not entirely clear how useful it is.  They have an education-related page with lots of school-related examples and templates.

WebRoom lets you create free onine video and audio online meetings for up to eight people at a time. You can learn more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

Speaking of Richard, I also read in his great blog about a new ClassTools…tool for creating online games challenging students to put historical events in the correct order. It’s called Play Dates Right. ClassTools is on The “All-Time” Best 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners list.

Zipnote is an an intriguing site that provides templates for online note-taking and then automatically turns them into a system for studying. Here’s a video about how it works:

Zipnote Beta from Zipnote Beta on Vimeo.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More.

September 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Simplish” Automatically Simplifies And/Or Summarizes Text

The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels” is one of my most popular “Best” lists and, thanks to reader Kev, I learned about a new site I’m adding to it.  It’s called Simplish.

Simplish will “simplify” and/or summarize any text up to  2,500 words for free (you have to pay for longer documents) and, though I’m not entirely sure of this feature, it also apparently will do the same for translation (e.g. input a document in one language and then simplify or summarize it into another language).

In many ways it’s similar to Rewordify, another tool on that list, though Rewordify is free for longer documents and, I think, works better (though it, too, has its limitations).

I was much more impressed with Simplish’s ability to summarize than its simplification skills.  Here’s a partial example of how it “simplified” a paragraph from this article in today’s New York Times (its “footnoting” of  more difficult words was interesting):

 

For me, the bottom line – for me –  is that there are so many other resources on that “Best” list of human-assisted simplified articles that I question if having imperfectly-done automatic versions are really worth it.  But I’m sure there will be technological advancements in the coming years that will have sites like Simplish and Rewordify much better at their jobs.

September 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Study: Ninth-Grade ‘Grades’ Predict Graduation & College Attendance

The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, whose research I always respect, has just published The Predictive Power of Ninth-Grade GPA.

It reinforces previous studies which emphasize the importance of ninth-grade, which our school and many others are taking seriously.

Here’s an excerpt from the report’s summary:

September 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Study Finds That Learning By Doing Works….

Yes, the infamous “Cone of Experience” (“We learn 10% of what we read, 20% of what we hear, 30% of what we see, 50% of what we see and hear, 70% of what we say or write…..[and] 90% of what we teach”) is made-up but, as I have pointed out, there is an extraordinary amount of research that learning by doing is much more effective than passive learning (No, The “Cone Of Experience” Is Not “Research-Based” & Yes, Some People Debunking It Have Way Too Much Time On Their Hands).

Another confirming study came out today and specifically focused on MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses). Here’s an excerpt from a summary of the research:

 

If you want to see other corroborating research, check out:

The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior”

The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy

“What I Cannot Create, I Do Not Understand”

Important Study: “Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall”

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles On MOOC’s — Help Me Find More.

 

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