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July 7, 2015
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’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Moodle Unveils Free Cloud Hosting for Educators is from The Journal. I had high hopes when I saw that headline about the long-time popular learning software and went to the new Moodle Cloud. Unfortunately, it is clearly designed for people who have had experience in using it before – if you haven’t, the instructions are quite difficult to follow. I assume they’ll eventually make it easier for educators to use.

Stupeflix – Create Audio Slideshow Videos Without Registration is from Richard Byrne.

Blogging With Students In 5 Simple Steps is by Sue Waters. I’m adding it to The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging.

I worry about teachers who blog is from the ICTEvangelist. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers.

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July 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“New Teacher Advice – ‘Hold On To Your Optimism & Idealism'”

New Teacher Advice – ‘Hold On To Your Optimism & Idealism’ is the title of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

Allison Zmuda, Jenny Edwards, Kelly Young, Maurice J. Elias, and Emily Geltz contribute their guest responses sharing advice new teachers, and many readers do the same.

Here are some excerpts:

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Limit-the-amount-of-time

Tough-students-make-you

My-best-advice-for-a-new

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July 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Updated “Best” List – This One On Where Students Can Create “Learning Objects”

I guess I’m in a “cleaning” mood this morning – I’ve just cleaned out all the dead links at The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience.”

This is a companion list to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience,” which I also just updated today.

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July 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2015

As regular readers know, I do an annual “The Best…” list on the “words of the year” that various organizations name. They usually don’t start making the announcements until the last few months of the year, but one group has already announced their words for 2015.

So, I figured I’d get a head start on the list, post it now, and add links as new announcements are made.

Here’s the first announcement:

Hashtag is ‘children’s word of year’ is from The BBC.

And here are links to my previous annual lists:

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2014

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2013

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2012

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2011

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2010

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July 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“SuperTeacherTools” Looks Like A Great Site For Creating Online Learning Games

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I was searching online today to find simple tools for making online matching games (the ones that, for example, have questions on the left and mixed-up answers on the right) and was pleasantly surprised to find the SuperTeacherTools site.

Not only does it let teacher and students create these kinds of matching games without having to register and very easily, it also has other game-making features. Here’s a quick one I did on a growth mindset.

There were a few others, including Eduplay, but SuperTeacherTools was by far the best one.

Also, if you’re interested, there were a few easy tools that let you create those kinds of matching worksheets for printing out, too, including Education.com, The Teachers Corner and Armored Penguin.

I’m adding SuperTeacherTools to:

The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

The “All-Time” Best 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners

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