Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 14, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily, Quickly & Painlessly

As promised, I’m following up my previous list, The Best Ways For Students (And Anyone Else!) To Create Online Content Easily, Quickly & Painlessly, with a “Part Two.”

I’m not going to repeat the background I shared as an introduction to the last one, but I hope you will review it before you read this one.  I used the same criteria in determining which sites I should include in Part Two, including the one that no registration is required to use these sites.  And, as in the previous list, these sites either include an email function within the site itself (meaning that you don’t need to have your own email to send the link to a friend or a teacher for posting elsewhere) or it provides a unique url address and/or an embed code that you can post on a blog or a website like Jottit.

Just because the site appears in Part Two doesn’t necessarily mean I think it’s not as good as the ones that I included in Part One.  I was just running out of space in that first post.  And, as in the first list, I’m not listing them in any kind of ranked order, unlike my other The Best… lists.

Here they are:

BAKE A BIRTHDAY CAKE: Who needs to send a birthday card when, instead,  you can send a virtual Birthday Cake that includes a message of your choice on top of it?

CREATE A GROUP OF PHOTOS THAT FIT A CATEGORY:  The site that lets you do this, oSkope, is a candidate to be on next year’s list of Best Web 2.0 Applications for Education (see last year’s list).  It allows you search for images, drag them into a virtual “folder,” and then email the link.  It’s a great website for students to develop and use categorization skills.

DESIGN A 1930′s ENGLISH VILLAGE: You can easily create a 3D Virtual Village of a 1930′s English village and describe what you’ve put where and why you put it there.

SEND A NOISY PAINTING: Choose a masterpiece from the National Gallery, decide what sounds go with it, and then email a Noisy Painting.

CREATE A RACE-CAR DRIVER: In yet another bizarre example of viral marketing, users can create their own Race-Car Driver and have him/her “say” a message using the site’s text-to-speech feature.

INVENT A GADGET: Go to the Gadget Maker, come up with an invention, describe what it does, and email it to a friend or teacher.

CREATE A SURREAL PAINTING: The introduction to the Surreal Painter says it all: Ever look at a Picasso painting and think, “I can do better than that”?   Now’s your chance….

SEND A VOICE MESSAGE: For this one, you need a microphone.  If you have one, Daft Doggy Voice Recording is the easiest way to record a very, very long message and email the link to a teacher, yourself, or a friend.

SEND A MONKEY EMAIL: In one of the more famous examples of viral marketing, you can pick a chimp, dress him/her up, and have him/her speak your message at Monk-e-Mail.

BUILD A TRAIN: Use The Train Messenger to build a train, car by car, and learn about train history.  When you’re done you can send the train off with a message.  Read it when its received, then click on it to see the train moving in the environment you chose.

SEND A “DOGGIEMAIL”: Place a cat or dog of your choice into a famous painting, add some of the weirdest accessories imaginable, make your animal friend say a message, and send off the link.  Doggiemail is the site that’s proud to bring you this ability.

SEND A TALKING POSTCARD: This Talking Postcard viral marketing site allows you to watch an extremely short video about a variety of places, then choose one to send with a talking message from you.  I think it’s a particularly good site when you’re working on geography.

These next few sites I’m going to share do not have an “internal” email feature.  They provide you with a link and/or embed code which you have to either send using your own email or put directly into your own webpage:

MAKE A SIGN OR FLAG: Sign Generator has many examples of signs, flags, and countless other designs that you can customize with your own words.  They in turn will host it and provide you with its url address and, in some cases, and embed code.  I’ve had students use their Safety Signs and Flags.  If you go to their main site they have a zillion other options, too.  However, I find a few pretty objectionable, which is why I limit the links on my website to just these two sections.

MAKE A SLIDESHOW: I shared a couple of slideshow applications in my previous list.  Gifup is just a little more complicated than those two, but it does allow you to grab any image you want off the Web.  You might want to read more about it in a post I wrote last month.

CREATE A CROSSWORD PUZZLE: You can make online crossword puzzles at Puzzled and Just Crosswords.

MAKE A ZILLION DANCING PEOPLE: This last one is lots of fun.  Pictaps lets you draw a person and then turns your drawing to a bunch of dancing people having a good time.  I’ve had students use it and then describe in writing what their person looks like and what’s going on in the animation.

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Also, you can see more “Best Ways….” at Part Three of this series.

February 20, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back…

February 17, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Part Four Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

I know I said I was going to stop at part three of my series on The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily, Quickly and Painlessly , but found I had a few more good ones I had forgotten to include earlier.

The same criteria apply, including no registration is required, the sites are accessible to English Language Learners, content can be created in a few minutes, the completed product is hosted on the site’s server for an indefinite period of time, and there’s an email feature within the site so you can send your creation to a teacher or a friend.

Several of these sites are used as commercial advertisements. Because of that, in addition to using them for language-development activities, I use them as opportunities for lessons with students about the market culture of our society and commercial manipulation. If we are going to use these commercial sites to enhance reading, writing, listening and speaking objectives, I think we also have to assist our students to critically engage the world using higher-order thinking skills.

Here are ten more sites:

DIRECT A WILDLIFE FILM: This is a great one! You can create a film using video clips, sounds, captions, and music at the National Geographic Filmmaker, and then email the link.

MAKE ANOTHER MOVIE: I’ve shared in the previous sections about animated movie-making sites, but JuniorNet is another one. Thanks to David Deubel and EFL Classroom 2.0 for sharing this site.

SING ANOTHER SONG: As in the above movie example, I’ve already shared sites that let you sing your own song. This viral marketing example, called Collisions, lets you choose a genre of music,including disco and mariachi, sing the lyrics of your choosing, and then email your recording. This site requires a microphone, but it also allows you to call-in your song by phone. Trust me, you don’t want see (or more specifically, hear) my example.

SOUND LIKE A CHIPMUNK: In this viral marketing scheme for the new Alvin and The Chipmunks movie, you can design your own chipmunk and then either record yourself or use the text-to-speech feature to write a message. Your chipmunk will then speak your message (it will speak with a chipmunk “accent”). Not ideal, however, for teaching good pronunciation.

SEND A BOUQUET OF VIRTUAL FLOWERS: Create a bouquet of virtual flowers, write a message, and send it to a teacher or friend. You can also send a different version at the Bouquet Maker. A less expensive way to go for Valentine’s Day…

CREATE A PIRATE MESSAGE: Design a pirate, write a message, and have him deliver it in pirate talk.

MAKE A PAPER CRITTER: It’s hard to explain. Go to Paper Critters and check it out. I’m still not quite sure I understand what it is, but it looks cool.

CREATE A LINE-RIDER: Actually, you can create a Free-Rider, the sequel to the famous Line-Rider game. You can save the game you create, but you’re only given the link so you have to copy and paste it in your own email or blog. It’s only a little complicated to save your game — go to my original post to learn how.

WRITE A MESSAGE FOR A FREE-RUNNER: I posted about this one yesterday. Write a message and have an acrobatic free runner “run” over and through the letters of your message.

You can also find these links, along with 8,000 more, on my website. You can also find all my “The Best…” lists here. I’m in the process of putting the lists on a webpage that’s suitable for student self-access.

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February 16, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo
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One More Site For The Best Ways To Create Online Content

I forgot to include one other site in my three-part series “The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily, Quickly, & Painlessly.”

This last one is a viral marketing ad from an athletic shoe manufacturer.  You write a message, and a founder of the “free-running” sport runs over the letters of your message.  You can then email the link to a teacher or friend.

You can find it at K Swiss Free Running.  It was a little buggy when I tried it, so you probably want to be patient until it completely loads.

I’ll be placing the link somewhere on my Examples of Student Work page.

February 14, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Part Three Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

I’ve decided that there are enough additional good web applications to add a part three to The Best Ways For Students (and Anyone Else!) To Create Online Content Easily, Quickly & Painlessly and More Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily, Quickly & Painlessly.

The criteria to get on this list remains the same, so I’d encourage you to revisit the previous two lists to get a little more background. I don’t think it’s necessary to repeat it here.

You might also want to explore all my other “The Best….” lists, too, along with the 8,000 categorized links on my website. The links on this list, and more, can specifically be found on my Examples of Student Work page.

Here they are:

DESIGN A SNOWFLAKE: You can virtually cut and design a snowflake, write a message on it, and email the link to a teacher or friend at Snow Days.

CREATE YOUR OWN ART COLLECTION: Choose paintings you like from the Tate Museum in Great Britain, describe your collection, and then email it.

SEND A MYSTERY MESSAGE: Go to the Museum of Science – Ancient Egypt and write a message that the recipient has to excavate from an archaeological dig in order to read.

DESIGN YOUR DREAM ROOM: Create your ideal kitchen, bedroom or living room at Bravo TV.

MAKE YOUR OWN PICTURE DICTIONARY: Splashr is an extraordinary application that students, particularly second-language learners, can use to easily create their own picture dictionary. Write in a word, choose from a ton of different presentation styles, and you get countless images representing that word. Even better, you can email the link and, I wasn’t kidding, create your own picture dictionary.

WRITE A MESSAGE ON A BOAT: Have you ever wanted to write a message that appeared on a side of a boat? Well, neither have I, but that’s what you can do at this Sea France Christmas Card.

COMPOSE A MESSAGE THAT’S WRITTEN BY A PENGUIN SLIDING ON ITS BELLY: Yes, that’s what you can do at Paperboy. It doesn’t have an internal email feature, but you can copy and paste the link to your message.

SEND A NEON MESSAGE: If you’ve ever dreamed of getting your name up in neon lights, you can make it a reality at Sprint Sweets. In fact, you can get anything you want written in neon lights and email it to a teacher or friend.

CREATE & SEND A WEIRD KIND OF CELLPHONE THING: In yet another misguided attempt at effective viral marketing, a cellphone company allows you to create something they call Dudes and, using a text-to-speech feature, have it say what you want.

DESIGN YOUR OWN CUSTOM HANDBAG: A handbag manufacturer lets you design your own handbag and email it to a friend. After you see how much it would cost to get it for real, you’ll definitely want to stick to the virtual version.

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January 21, 2008
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Best of series

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I’ve separated my “The Best…” lists here by topics. A number of the lists, though, can fit into multiple categories, so it still might be useful to scan all of them.

The Websites Of The Year page on this blog, on the other hand, has these lists in the chronological order in which they’ve been written. Please note that I continually update and revise all of the lists.

The Best Websites page on my website shows versions of these same lists that are designed for student self-access.

The best way to search is using “Control + F” on your keyboard.

ART

The Best Art Websites For Learning English
The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Animations
The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online
The Best New Sites Students Should Use With Supervision
The Best Sites To Learn About Diego Rivera
The Best Ways For Students To Create Their Own Online Art Collections
The Best Images Of Weird, Cool & Neat-Looking Buildings (& Ways To Design Your Own)
The Best Collections Of “The Best” Pieces Of Art Ever Created
The Best Art & Music Sites — 2009
The Best Sites For Learning About Famous Art Thefts
The Best Examples Of “Unusual” Art
The Best Art & Music Sites Of 2011 — So Far

CLASSROOM PRACTICE
When A “Good” Class Goes “Bad” (And Back To “Good” Again!)
Maintaining A “Good” Class
More About Maintaining A “Good” Class
“Why Do You Let Others Control You?”
Have You Ever Taught A Class That “Got Out Of Control”?
What Do Pit Bulls & Cockroaches Have To Do With Learning & Teaching?
What Do You Do When You’re Having A Bad Day At School?
What Do You Do To Keep Students (And You!) Focused Near The End Of The Year?
Writing Letters To Students
“I’ll Work If You Give Me Candy
What Do You Do On The Last Day Of Class (Part Two)?
What Do You Do When You Have A Few Minutes Left In Class? — Part Two
Answers To “What Do You Do On The First Day Of School?”
My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control
My Best Posts On Classroom Management

ECONOMICS & JOBS

The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs and Careers
The Best Sites For Learning Economics & Practical Money Skills
The Best Websites To Teach & Learn Life Skills
The Best Sites For Students To Create Budgets
The Best Sites To Learn About The U.S. Financial Crisis
The Best Sites To Learn About The Recession
The Best Places For Students To Write Their Resumes

ELL/ESL — GENERAL

The Best Internet sites for English Language Learners 2007
The Best Web 2.0 Applications for ESL/EFL Learners — 2007
The Best of The Best 2007
The Best Online Video Sites For Learning English
The Best Internet Sites For English Language Learners — 2008
The Best Sites For Encouraging ELL’s To Attend College
The Best Sites For K-12 Beginning English Language Learners
The Best Sections On My Website
The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets
The Best Sites For K-12 Intermediate English Language Learners
The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners
The Best Online “Chatbots” For Practicing English
The Best Sites For Learning How To Tell Time
The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students — 2009
The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn About The Super Bowl
The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets
The Best “When I Say Jump” Online Sites For Practicing English
A Collection Of The Best Sites For Learning About The Seasons
The Best “The Best…” Lists For English Language Learners — 2010
The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students — 2010
The Best Resources For Learning How To Use The Dictogloss Strategy With English Language Learners
The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One
The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner
The Best Sites (& Videos) For Learning About Jazz Chants
The Best Posts On Students Reading Aloud Individually In ESL Class — But I Need Your Help Finding Research On The Topic
The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2011 — So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2011 — So Far

The Best Sixteen Basic Sites For Beginning English Language Learners (Revised)
The Best Sites To Download Free ESL Board Game Templates
The Best Sites For Helping ELL’s Learn About Completing Forms & Applications
The Best Resources For Learning About Common Core Standards & English Language Learners
The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction
The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites
The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes
The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes
The Best Online Resources For “Information Gap” Activities
The Best Resources On ELL’s & Standardized Tests
A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists For Sites Where ELL’s Can Create Art
A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists For Online Books Accessible To ELL’s
A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists For Online ELL Video Sites
The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2011 — Part Two
The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2011
The Best Summify & Paper.li’s On ESL/EFL/ELL
A Quasi “The Best” List On TPRS (TPR Storytelling) For Teaching ESL
The Best Places For ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers To Get Online Professional Development
The Best Resources On Using Improvisation In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom
The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2012 — So Far

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2012 — So Far
The Best Resources For Learning About “Psychological Effects” Useful To Teachers

The Best Geography Sites For Beginning & Intermediate English Language Learners

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Web Tools For Teaching Irregular Verbs & Verb Tenses — Contribute Your Suggestions!

The Best Pink Panther Fight Scenes For English Language Learners

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2013 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – So Far

The Best Three Sites On The Web For ESL/EFL/ELL/ELT Teachers

The Best Infographics About Teaching & Learning English As A Second (or Third!) Language

The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom

The Best Ways To Modify The Picture Word Inductive Model For ELLs

The Best Web Tools For English Language Learners (In Other Words, The Ones My Students Regularly Use)

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Mobile Apps For English Language Learners

The “All-Time” Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of English Language Learners

GAMES

The Best online Learning Games– 2007
The Best Online Video Games For Learning Language & Content Knowledge
The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too
The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games
The Best Online Learning Games — 2008
The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games
The Best Fun Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2008
The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms”
The Best “Cause-Related” Online Learning Games
The Best “I Spy” (Hidden Object) Games For Vocabulary Development
The Best Collections Of Online Educational Games
The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories
The Best Places To Find Online Video Games For Language-Learning
The Best Online Learning Games — 2009
The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009
Part Two Of The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009
A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Learning Games
The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2010
The Best Online Learning Games — 2010
The Best Learning Games For Intermediate English Language Learners
The Best Learning Games For Advanced ELL’s & Non-ELL’s
The Best Online Learning Games Of 2011 — So Far
The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011 (So Far)
The Best “Fun” Online Video Games For English Language Development
The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011
The Best Online Learning Games Of 2012 — So Far
The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (So Far)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two)

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 — So Far

The Best Online Geography Games

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 – Part Two

The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games

HEALTH

The Best Life Expectancy Calculators
The Best health sites for English language learners
The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About The Dangers Of Smoking
The Best Resources For Learning About World Malaria Day
The Best Sites For Learning About The Swine Flu Outbreak
The Best Web Resources For Learning About HIV & AIDS
The Best Online Health Assessments For ELL’s
The Best Sites For Learning About Nutrition & Food Safety
The Best Online Resources For Learning About Health Care Reform
The Best Health Sites — 2010
The Best Resources For Learning About the Health Care Debate

The Best Resources On Teens & Hearing Loss

The Best Interactives Showing How Obamacare Works

 

HOLIDAYS, ANNIVERSARIES, OR CELEBRATIONS

The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween
The Best Online Resources About Christopher Columbus

The Best Resources For Hispanic Heritage Month
The Best Sites To Teach and Learn About Thanksgiving
The Best Websites To Learn About Veterans Day
The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa

The Best Sites For Learning About Pearl Harbor
The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11

The Best Sites For Learning About New Year Celebrations
The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King
The Best Resources About President’s Day
The Best Sites To Learn About Valentine’s Day
The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History
The Best Resources For Chinese New Year
The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn About The Super Bowl
The Best Resources For Groundhog Day
The Best Sites For Learning About St. Patrick’s Day (and April Fool’s Day)
The Best Sites To Learn About Mardi Gras & Carnivals
The Best Sites For Learning About Women’s History
The Best Sites For Learning About Cesar Chavez
The Best Sites For Learning About Easter & Passover
The Best Sites To Learn About The Hindu Festival of Holi
The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About World Water Day
The Best Sites To Learn About “Earth Hour”
The Best Earth Day Sites
The Best Sites For Teaching & Learning About Cinco de Mayo
The Best Sites For Learning About Mother’s Day
The Best Resources For Learning About World Malaria Day
The Best Websites For Learning About Memorial Day
The Best Sites For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
The Best Father’s Day Sites
The Best Websites For Learning About The Fourth Of July
The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day
The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About Ramadan
The Best Websites For Learning About Labor Day
The Best Resources For Learning About Mexico’s Independence Day
The Best Websites For Learning About Multiple Holidays & Anniversaries
The Best Sites For Images Of Fall Foliage (& For Teaching About The Season)
The Best Sites To Learn About World Food Day
The Best Sites For Learning About Diwali
The Best Sites To Learn And Teach About The Hajj
The Best Resources To Learn About The Convention On The Rights Of The Child
The Best Resources For Learning About World Toilet Day & The Issue Of Public Sanitation In The Third World
The Best Sites For Learning & Teaching About The Day Of The Virgin Of Guadalupe
The Best Online Resources For Learning About Eid al-Adha
The Best Resources For World Biodiversity Day (& Endangered Species Day)
The Best Sites For Learning About Flag Day
The Best Resources To Learn About World Teachers Day
The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People
The Best Sites For Learning About The Birth Of Lord Krishna
The Best Sites For Learning About Yom Kippur
The Best Sites For Learning About United Nations Day
The Best Resources For “Bill Of Rights Day”
The Best Resources For World Book Day — March 1st
The Best Resources For Learning About May Day

The Best Resources For International Mother Language Day

The Best Resources For Learning About The Summer Solstice

The Best Resources For World Environment Day

LISTENING

The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners
The Best Ideas To Help Students Become Better Listeners — Contribute More

MATH

The Best Math Websites For English Language Learners — 2007
The Best Science & Math Sites — 2008

The Best Science & Math Sites — 2009
The Best MATH Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress

All My Math-Related “The Best…” Lists In One Place

MULTILINGUAL

The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Learning English
The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science

MUSIC

The Best Music Websites For Learning English
The Best Online Sites For Creating Music
The Best Online Karaoke Sites For English Language Learners
Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Music Sites
The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects
The Best Places To Find Lyrics On The Web
The Best Sites For Ideas On Making Simple Musical Instruments
The Best Art & Music Sites — 2010
The Best Art & Music Sites Of 2011

The Best Videos Of Tom Lehrer’s Songs

READING

The “All-Time” Best Science Sites

 

The Best Resources For Learning About The Next Papal Election

The Best Info On Skills Employers Are Looking For In Job-Seekers

The Best Resources On Why Raising The Minimum Wage Is Important

The Best Resources About The New Push For Immigration Reform

The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Europe

The Best Resources For Learning About Flight

The “Best” Multimedia News Content In The World

A Beginning List Of The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Africa

The Best Overviews Of The Boston Terror Attack

A Beginning List Of The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Asia & The Middle East

The Best Multimedia For Learning About The Midwest & Oklahoma Tornadoes

A Beginning List Of The Best Sites For ELLs To Learn About The Pacific Region

The Best Infographics Of 2013 – So Far

The Best Resources On Chemical Weapons

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2013 – So Far

All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) Related To Social Studies In One Place

The Best Sites For Learning About The Battle Of Gettysburg

The Best Resources For Learning About The Fire Near Yosemite Valley

The Best Resources About The March On Washington

The Best Resources For Learning About The Birmingham Church Bombing

The Best Resources For Learning About The Fires In Australia

The Best Resources For Learning About Teens In The News

The Best Resources On Malala Yousafzai

The Best Resources For Understanding The Debt Ceiling

The Best Resources To Help Understand The Federal Government Shutdown

The Best Sites For Learning About Brazil

The Best Sites For Learning About Italy

The Best Sites For Learning About France

The Best Online Resources About President John F. Kennedy

The Best Resources For Geography Awareness Week

The Best Resources For Learning About Typhoon Haiyan

The Best Hans Rosling Videos

The Best Online Resources For Learning About The Gettysburg Address

The Best Sites For Learning About The United Kingdom

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources Honoring Nelson Mandela At His Passing….

The Best Resources For Learning About Rosa Parks

The Best Year In Review Features — 2013

The Best Infographics Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Sites For Learning About South Africa

The “All-Time” Best Social Studies Sites

The Best Resources On The Protests In Ukraine

The Best Posts, Articles & Lesson Plans On The Jordan Davis Tragedy & Verdict: Our “Classrooms Are Full Of Him”

The Best Resources For Learning About Mudslides

The Best Sites For Learning About Japan

The Best Sites For Learning About India

The Best Sites For Learning About The 2014 World Cup In Brazil

The Best Resources On The Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

TEACHER RESOURCES

The Best blogs for sharing resource links 2007
The best articles about Education 2007

The Best 10 tools for learning
The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary
The Best Books For Teaching & Learning ESL/EFL
The Best Resource Sites For ESL/EFL Teachers
The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current Education Issues
The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress

The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research
The Best Ways To Create Online Tests
The Best Teacher Resource Sites For Social Justice Issues
The Best Places To Get Blog, Website, , Book, Movie, & Music Recommendations
The Best Online Sources For Images
The Best Personal Home Page Creators
The “Best” Articles About Education — 2008
The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s
The Best Ways To Access Educational YouTube Videos At School
The Best Posts Of 2008
The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging
The Best Posts From Other Blogs That Made Me “Think” In 2008
The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2008
The Best Collections Of Educational Links
The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL
The Best Sections On My Website
The Best Places To Learn About Education Grants
The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet
The Best ESL/EFL Software
The Best Places To Buy ESL/EFL Books. Software & Multimedia
The Best Educational Web Resources Worth Paying For…
The Best Places To Create (And Find) Internet Scavenger Hunts & Webquests
The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets
The Best Non-Web Resources, Online Tools, & Websites I Use Most Often With My Students

The Best Articles That I’ve Written

The Best Collections Of Web 2.0 Tools For Education
The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners

The Best Digital Storytelling Resources

The Best Places To Find Good Education Blogs
The Best Places To Find New Educational Websites
The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom
The Best Ways To Make Awards & Certificates Online
The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About
The Best Magazine/Newspaper Websites For Useful News & Intellectual Stimulation
The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom
The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations
The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects
The “Best” Blog Carnivals
The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers
The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks”
The Best Teacher Resources For “Foldables”
The Best ESL/EFL Blogs
The Best (& Most Thoughtful) Blogs On “Big Picture” Education Issues
The Best Guides To ESL/EFL/ELL Terminology
The Best “Practical” Ed Tech Blogs
The Best Twitterers For Sharing Resource Links
The Best Resources To Learn About Copyright Issues
The Best Teacher Resources For Online Student Safety & Legal Issues
The Best Resources For Finding And Creating Virtual Field Trips
The Twenty Blogs I Read First…
The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues
The Best Resources To Learn About World Teachers Day
The Best Resources For Using Puppets In Class
The Best Sites For Teachers Of English Language Learners — 2009
The “Best” Articles (And Blog Posts) About Education Policy — 2009
The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice — 2009
The Best Ways ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Can Develop Personal Learning Networks
The Best Sites For Learning Spanish Online
My Best Posts & Articles About Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2009
The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers — 2009
The Best “The Best…” Lists Of 2009
My Best Posts In 2009 (That Weren’t “The Best…” Lists)
The Best From “Interviews Of The Month” 2009
The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators — 2009
The “Best” TED Talks (Well, Really, The Ones I Use With My Classes)
The Best Blogs For Sharing Resources/Links — 2009
The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2009
Best “Tweets” Of 2009
The Best Sources For Interactive Infographics
The Best Online Collections Of PowerPoints For Teachers
The Best Resources For Showing Students Why They Should Continue Their Academic Career
The Best Resources For Learning About Multiple Intelligences
Not The “Best,” But A List… Of Online Video Editors
The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes
The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas
My Best Posts On How To Prepare For Standardized Tests (And Why They’re Bad)
My Best Posts On Parent Engagement So Far This Year
My Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers)
My Best Posts On “Motivating” Students
My Best Posts On Students Setting Goals
The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons
The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation
My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control
The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments
A Beginning “The Best…” List Of Free & Decent Online Practice Sites For State Tests — Help Me Add More!
The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep
My Best Posts On “School Reform”
The Best Posts About The LA Times Article On “Valued-Added” Teacher Ratings
The Best Posts About Getting Our Students To Attend College
The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment
The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers — 2010 (And Earlier)
The Best Sites For Learning About Graphic Recording
A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Encouraging Students To Attend College
The Best Rubric Sites (And A Beginning Discussion About Their Use)
The Best Posts & Articles About The Teacher-Bashing “Waiting For Superman” Movie & Associated Events
A List of Interviews With…Me — September, 2010
My Best Posts On Parent Engagement Over The Past Six Months The Best Posts About The Appalling Teacher-Bashing Column Superintendents Wrote In The Washington Post
The Best Resources For Learning About How Class Size Does Matter
A Collection Of The Best “Laugh While You Cry” Videos — Contribute More!
The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources — 2010
The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s — 2010
The Best Articles/Blog Posts On What The Election Results Mean For Schools — Contribute More
The Best “The Best…” Lists Offering Practical Classroom Advice To Teachers — 2010
The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students
Part Two Of The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers — 2010
The Best Blog Posts & Articles About Joel Klein’s Departure & The Question Of Who Should Be Leading Our Schools
My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2010
The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons
The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010
The Best Quotes About Education — Contribute Your Own Favorites
The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools
The Best “The Best…” Lists On School Reform Issues — 2010
The Best From “Interviews Of The Month” — 2010
The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy — 2010
Best “Tweets” Of 2010
The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice — 2010
The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers — 2010
The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery — December, 2010
All My “The Best Of 2010″ Lists In One Place!
The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2010
The Ten Best Videos For Educators — 2010
Part Two Of The Best Videos For Educators — 2010
The Best Guides For Helping Teachers Develop Personal Learning Networks — December, 2010
The Best Posts To Help Understand Google’s New “Books Ngram Viewer” — December, 2010
The Best Sites For Figuring Out What To Do If Delicious Shuts Down — December, 2010
The Best Posts & Articles About Providing Students With Choices
My Best Posts On Helping Students “Visualize Success”
The Best (& Worst) Education News In 2010
The Best Sites For Learning Beginning Photography Tips
The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System
The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement
The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2010
My Most Memorable Classroom Moments In 2010 — Please Share Your Own
The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2010
The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools
The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy
The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses
The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea
The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Why Teacher Tenure Is Important
The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important
The Best Posts & Articles About Videotaping Teachers In The Classroom
The Best Resources For Learning About Handwriting & Learning
The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards
The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven”
A Collection Of My Most Unusual “The Best…” Lists
The Best Resources For Learning Why The Parent Trigger Isn’t Good For Parents, Kids Or Schools
The Best Posts About Michelle Rhee’s Exaggerated Test Scores
The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America
The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual
The Best Resources For Learning About Attacks On Teachers & Other Public Sector Workers In Wisconsin
The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data
The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea
The Best Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning
The Best Posts Responding To Bill Gates’ Appallingly Clueless Op-Ed Piece
The Best Resources On The Importance Of Building Positive Relationships With Students
The Best — And Easiest — Ways To Use YouTube If, Like Us, Only Teachers Have Access To It
The Best Posts Debunking The Myth Of “Five Great Teachers In A Row”
The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students
The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy
The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions
The Best Resources For Learning About The New York Times Paywall
The Best Posts & Articles About “Erase To The Top”
The Best Posts & Articles To Learn About “Fundamental Attribution Error” & Schools
My Best Posts On Parent Engagement Over The Past Six Months
The Best Posts About The Power Of Light Touches In The Classroom
The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me
The Best Resources For Learning About The “Achievement Gap”
The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”
The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death
A Beginning “The Best…” List On The Dangers Of Privatizing Public Education
The Best Resources For Helping Students See They Might Not Always Be The Best Judges Of Their Behavior
The Best Posts Discussing Arrogance & School Reform
The Five Best Articles I’ve Written About Education
The Best Sites For Using Aesop’s Fables In The Classroom
The Best Posts/Articles On National Research Council Finding That Carrots & Sticks Don’t Work
The Best Posts About Attrition Rates At So-Called “Miracle” Schools
The Best Resources On Students Using Gestures & Physical Movement To Help With Learning
The Best Resources For Learning About The Four School Improvement Grant Models
The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing
The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress
So, You Want To Write A Book? Here’s The Best Advice…
The Best Resources On The “Summer Slide”
The Best Posts Responding To David Brooks Criticism Of Diane Ravitch (& Many Of The Rest Of Us)
The Best Resources For Learning About Small Learning Communities
The Best Posts For Learning About The NEA’s New Policy Statement on “Teacher Evaluation and Accountability”
The Best Posts & Articles About The Atlanta Testing Scandal
My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2011 (So Far)
The Best Posts About Public Officials (& Non-Elected “Reformers) Sending Their Children To Private Schools
The Best Posts & Articles About Compromise
The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2011 — So Far
The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures
The Best Posts & Articles On The Save Our Schools March
The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice In 2011 — So Far
The Best Posts About Trust & Education
The Best Resources For Planning The First Day Of School
The Best Sites For Finding Folktales To Teach “Life Lessons”
The Best Resources For Helping Students (& The Rest Of Us) Learn The Concept Of Not Blaming Others
The Best Posts & Articles About The New York Court Decision Releasing Teacher Ratings
The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2011 — So Far
The Best Commentaries On Steven Brill’s Book, “Class Warfare”
The Best Online “Countdown” Timers
My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2011 — So Far

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2011 — So Far

The Best Posts/Articles On This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll
The Best Articles Describing Alternatives To High-Stakes Testing — Help Me Find More
The Best Posts On Attracting The “Best Candidates” To Teaching
The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2011 — So Far
My Best Posts On Why It’s Important To Be Positive In Class
The Best Resources On “Instructional Coaching”
The Best Resources For Helping Students Deal With Grief
My Best Posts On The Basics Of Small Groups In The Classroom
The Best Resources For Learning About Grade Retention, Social Promotion & Alternatives To Both
The Best Resources On Parent/Teacher Conferences
The Worst Parent Engagement Ideas
“The Best Examples Of Parent Engagement Through Community Organizing”
The Best Sources Of Parent Engagement Advice For Teachers
The Best Posts & Articles For Learning About Newark’s $100 Million From Facebook
The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Home Visits
The Best Resources To Learn About High School ID’s & The Scarlet Letter

The Best Resources To Learn About Alabama’s Awful Immigration Law (& Its Impact On Schools)

The Best Posts & Articles On Recent Study About Student Anxiety
The Best Articles On The New Study Showing That Intelligence Is Not “Fixed”
The Best Posts On The NY Times Ed Tech Article
The Best Resources On “Gratitude”
The Best Posts About The Khan Academy
The Best Resources On “Becoming What We Read”
The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research
The Best Resources On Teaching & Learning Critical Thinking In The Classroom
“The Best Research Available On Parent Engagement”
The Best Reasons Why Parents Should Be Looked At As Allies & Not Targets Of Blame
The Best Overviews Of Parent Engagement
My Best Posts, Articles & Interviews On Parent Engagement
The Best Resources On Parent Engagement In Countries Other Than The U.S.
The Best Ideas On How Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed Academically
The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2011 — Part Two
A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On School Reform Issues — 2011
The Best Tweets Of 2011
The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2011
The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2011
The Best Videos For Educators In 2011
A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Parent Engagement — 2011
The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2011
The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice In 2011
The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2011
The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning — December, 2011
My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2011
The Best (and Worst) Education News of 2011
The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011
The Best Commentaries On The President’s Proposal For Students To Stay In School Until They’re Eighteen — January, 2012
The Best Critiques Of Ruby Payne — January, 2012
The Best Posts On The Gates’ Funded Measures Of Effective Teaching Report — January, 2012
The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources — January, 2012
The Bests Posts & Articles About Why We Like Lists — January, 2012
The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2011
The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction — January, 2012
The Best Posts On The NY Times-Featured Teacher Effectiveness Study — January, 2012
The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2011 — January, 2012
All My “Best Of 2011″ Lists In One Place — January, 2012
The Best Resources On Teacher/Student Use Of Social Media
The Best Resource Sites For Scholarship Information
The Best Education Articles From “The Onion”
The Best Posts & Articles On The Education & National Security Report
The Best Resources For Learning About “Flow”
The Best Advice For New Teachers
The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More
The Best Posts About The Most Bizarre Standardized Test Question Ever
The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change
A Beginning List Of The Best Posts & Articles On Accelerated Reader
The Best Posts On Computer-Graded Essays
The Best Resources On How Exercise Helps Learning — Please Contribute Other Resources
The Best Resources On The Idea Of Extending The School Day
The Best Resources For Lessons On Trayvon Martin
The Best Sources Of Advice On Helping Students Strengthen & Develop Their Creativity
The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More
The Best Tools For Creating Clozes (Gap-Fills)
The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior”
The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons
My Best Posts On Metacognition
The Best Resources On The Importance Of Knowing What You Don’t Know
The Best Resources For Learning About Parent Fundraising & Equity Issues
My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2012 (So Far)
The Best Resources On “Race To The Top”
The Best Posts On The Weirdest School Reform Story Of The Year (So Far, At Least)
The Best Resources For Applying “Fed Ex Days” To Schools
The Best Resources On Bringing Students To Nature (& Nature To Students)
The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate
The Best Places On The Web To Write Lesson Plans — Who Have I Missed?

The Best Posts On “Loss Aversion” & Schools

The Best Resources For Learning About The 10,000 Hour Rule & Deliberative Practice

The Most Useful Resources For Implementing Common Core — I Hope You’ll Contribute More

The Best Sites For Smartboard Resources (& For Other IWB’s)

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2012 — So Far
The Best Multimedia Resources For Introducing Students To The Advantages Of Charts, Graphs & Infographics

The Best Posts/Articles On This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll — 2012

“The Best Posts & Articles On Parent Trigger Movie “Won’t Back Down””

The Best Funny Movie/TV Clips Of Bad Teachers

The Best Resources On Using Drama In The Classroom

The Best Education Week Posts From My First Year Blogging There…

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — So Far

The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea

The Best Online Videos Showing Teachers In The Classroom

The Best Videos Showing The Importance Of Asking Good Questions
The Best Resources On The Newly-Released California Educator Excellence Task Force Report

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2012 (So Far)

The Best Resources On The Chicago Teachers’ Strike

A Sampling Of The Best Tweets With The #SaidNoTeacherEver Hashtag

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2012 — So Far

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2012 — So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2012 — So Far

The Best Posts On “Gamification” In Education — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources On “Brain-Based Learning” — Help Me Find More

The Eight Blogs & Two Email Newsletters I Read First

The Best Multimedia Resources For Learning About Fallacies — Help Me Find More

The Best Online Tools For Using Photos In Lessons

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2012 — So Far

Best Tweets Of 2012

The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”

The Best Videos I’ve Shared On Google Plus In 2012

The Best Resources On How Hurricane Sandy Is Affecting Schools

“My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2012 (Part Two)”

”The best — and worst — education news of 2012″

The Fifteen “Twitterers” Whose Tweets I Read First

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2012

The Best Videos To Help Students Visualize Success

My Best “Pins” On Pinterest In 2012

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2012

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2012 — Part Two

All My 2012 “The Best…” Lists On Education Policy In One Place

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Analyses Of Today’s Release Of TIMSS and PIRLS International Student Test Results

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More

The Best Videos For Educators In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Resources On Talking With Children About Tragedies

My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume Five

My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume Four

My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume Three

My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume Two

My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume One

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On The Seattle Standardized Test Boycott

A Beginning List Of The Best Posts On Gates’ Final MET “Effective Teaching” Report

The Best Videos On Parent Engagement

The Best Resources On Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) Programs

The Best Resources On Grading Practices

The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2012

The Best Ways To Help Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Succeed

My Best Posts Of The Year — 2012

The Best Posts & Articles On The “Motivation Trumps IQ” Study

All My “Best Of 2012″ Lists In One Place!

The Best Posts On Student Cellphone Use In Class — Please Contribute More

My Best Posts On Parent “Academies” & “Universities”

The Best Posts On The Annual MetLife Survey Of The American Teacher

The Best Resources On The Value & Practice Of Having Older Students Mentoring Younger Ones

The Best Ways To Deal With Rudeness In Class

The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement

The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

The Best Resources For Learning About Ability Grouping & Tracking — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Doing A “One-Sentence Project”

The Best Posts & Articles On MOOC’s — Help Me Find More

My Choices For The Best Posts From The Shanker Blog

The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More

The Best Of The Hashtag #SaidNoEducationVendorEver

The Best Evidence For Why Giving Schools “Report Cards” Is Bad — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources On The Memo Warning Rhee About Cheating (“It seems to me a responsible executive really ought to have looked further”)

The Best Posts On LA’s Banning Of Suspensions For “Willful Defiance” (Along With Commentary From An LA Teacher)

“The Best Multilingual Resources For Parents”

The Best Sources Of Advice On How To Get A Teaching Job

The Best Of “TED Talks On Education”

The Best Posts & Articles On….School Lunches?

“The Best Resources For Learning About Community Schools”

A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More

“A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Using Technology To Help Engage Parents”

The Best Tablet & Smartphone Apps For English Language Learners

“My Best Posts On Parent Engagement In 2013 — So Far”

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 — So Far

A Beginning List Of The Best Posts & Articles On The Charter School CREDO Study

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Maker Movement” — Help Me Find More

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – So Far

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2013 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 – So Far

The Best Videos For Educators In 2013 – So Far

The Best “Quotes Of The Day” In 2013 – So Far

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (So Far)

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2013 — So Far

“The Best Resources On Pre-School Parent Engagement”

The Best Video Collections For Educators

The Best Posts & Articles On The New NCLB Reauthorization Bill

The Best Tweets Of 2013 – So Far

My Best Posts On Writing Instruction

The Best Examples Of School Reformer Irony

All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) On Education Policy In One Place

The Best Examples Of Turning Problems Into Opportunities — Help Me Find More

The Best Posts & Articles About The Role Of Economists In Education

The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality

Results Of Important Poll Of Parents Released Today

“The Best Resources To Help Engage Parents Of Children With Special Needs – Help Me Find More”

The Best Video Clips Demonstrating “Grit” – Help Me Find More

The Best Advice On Using Education Technology

The Best Videos & Articles Where Athletes Explain How Reading & Writing Well Has Helped Their Career – Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips On Goal-Setting — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Learning About Scotland’s Schools – Help Me Find More

All My “Best Of 2013 – So Far” Lists In One Place

The Best Posts & Articles About Why High School Exit Exams Might Not Be A Good Idea

My Favorite Posts In 2013 — So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — So Far

The Best Articles About The Study Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

All My Education Week Teachers Posts From Past Two Years In One Place

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2013 — So Far

The Best Commentaries On The New IB Theory Of Knowledge Teaching Guide

“The Best Infographics About Parent Involvement In Schools”

A Collection Of “The Best” Lists On Assessment

The Best Posts About The New York Testing Fiasco

The Best Posts & Articles On The NCLB Waiver Given To Eight California School Districts (Including Ours)

The Best Resources On Student & Teacher Reflection

The Best Resources On Being A Teacherpreneur

The Best Posts & Articles On The Tony Bennett Scandal

“The Best Education Blogs For Parents”

Best and Worst Education News of 2013 — So Far

The Best Questions To Use For Class Closing Activities — What Are Yours?

“The Best Resources For Talking To Parents About The Common Core Standards”

“Put The Gun In My Hand” — Stories Of Teacher Bravery

The Best Resources On The Importance Of Saying “I’m Sorry”

The Best Resources For Connected Educators Month

A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools

The Best Online Resources For Teaching The Difference Between Correlation & Causation

“My Best Posts On Parent Engagement In 2013″

The Best Posts On Curiosity

A Collection Of The Best Fun, Yet True, “Said No Teacher Ever” Resources

“The Best Resources For Learning About The ‘Word Gap’”

The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box” — Help Me Find More

The Best Posts Interpreting This Year’s NAEP Scores

Here Is Who I Recommend You Follow On Twitter

A Collection Of My “Best” Lists On The Common Core

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 — Part Two

“My Best Posts On Parent Engagement In 2013″

The Best “Quotes Of The Day” In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources On The Sandy Hook Tragedy

The Best Tweets Of 2013

The Best Videos For Educators In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2013

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (Part Two)

The Best Posts & Articles On 2012 PISA Test Results

All Of My “Best Of 2013″ Lists In One Place!

My Favorite Posts In 2013 — Part Two

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Posts On Teaching TOK “Knowledge Questions”

The Best Posts On Study Finding That Standardized Tests Don’t Measure Cognitive Ability

“The Best Resources — Specifically For Parents — On Bullying”

The Best Posts & Articles On Boredom & How Students & Teachers Can Deal With It

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2013

The Best Sites For Learning About The International Space Station

The Best Sites For Learning About South Africa

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On California’s Drought

The Best Fun Sesame Street Songs — Contribute Your Own!

The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights

The Best Videos Documenting The History Of The English Language

“My Best Posts On The Harlem Children’s Zone & Other ‘Promise Zones’”

“The Best Articles Questioning The View That Single Parents Are A Problem”

The Best Posts & Videos On “Hope” — Help Me Find More

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2013

The Best Resources For Identifying Qualities Needed In Order To Be “Successful”

The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators

Help Me Make A List Of Student Projects That Require Parent Engagement

“The Best Posts On The inBloom Data Fiasco”

The Best Resources On “One-To-One” Laptop/Tablet Programs — Please Suggest More!

The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education

The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

The Best Ways To Receive Questions Electronically While Leading A Workshop

The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More

The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On “Teacher Leadership” — Contribute More!

The Best (Or, At Least, The Most Interesting) Posts On Teacher Attire

The Best Resources On The Dangers Of Multitasking

The Best Video Clips & Full-Length Movies For Helping To Teach Persuasive Techniques (Help Me Find More)

The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators

The Best Posts & Articles On The Florida Teacher Evaluation Fiasco

“My Best Posts On Parent Engagement Over The Past Three Months”

It’s Oscar Night! Here’s A Special Collection Of My Movie-Related “Best” Lists

TECHNOLOGY

The Best Eleven Websites For Students To Learn About Computers
The Best Ways To Create Simple Screenshots
The Best Ways To Shorten URL Addresses
The Best Places To Learn Computer Basics & How To Fix Tech Problems
The Best ESL/EFL Software
The Best Sites For Learning Which Consumers Electronics To Buy
The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners
The Best Sources For Advice On Using Flip Video Cameras
The Best “Practical” Ed Tech Blogs
The Best Sites For Learning Online Safety
Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Ways To Convert PDF & Word Documents
The Best Ways To Back-Up Your Computer & Online Work
The Best Tools For Keeping Your Own Website Or Blog “Healthy”
The Best “Tech” Blogs For Learning About New Web Applications
The Best Sites To Learn About The Internet
Not The “Best,” But A List… Of Online Video Editors
The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology
A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Facebook
My Best Posts For Tech Novices (Plus One From Somebody Else)
The Best Third-Party Twitter Apps That Don’t Require Your Password
My Best Posts Related To Twitter
The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me
The Best Applications For Creating Free Email Newsletters
The Best “The Best…” Lists On Technology — 2010
The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Quora Is All About…
The Best Resources For Maximizing The Use Of Dropbox
The Best Tools For Printing Out Webpages
The Best Ways To Make A Map Showing Your Facebook Friends (& Twitter Followers)
The Best Posts & Articles About Curation
The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About
The Best Ways To Upload A Video To The Web — And A Question
The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools
Best “Tweets” Of 2011 — So Far
A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Technology — 2011
The Best Good, Inexpensive & Simple Classroom Technology Tools
The Best Guides To Figuring Out Pinterest — January, 2012
The Best — And Easiest –Tools To Use For Embedding A Document
The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users
The Best Tools For Displaying Instagram Photos On The Web

The Best Screenshare Tools To Help Others With Computer Problems

The Best Ideas On How To Stay Electronically Connected When The Power’s Out

The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down

The Best “Mind-Blowing” Videos About Technology That I’ve Seen — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources On “One-To-One” Laptop/Tablet Programs — Please Suggest More!

VIDEO

The Best Online Instructional Video Sites
The Best Online Video Sites For Learning English
The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Videos (Using Someone Else’s Content)
The Best Ways To Access Educational YouTube Videos At School
The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL
The Best Sites That Use Movie Trailers To Teach English
The Best Sites For News & History Videos That Won’t Be Blocked By Content Filter (At Least, Not By Ours!)
The Best Places To Find Theatrical Movies On Science, Math & History
The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom
The Best Ways To Find Fun (& Somewhat Useful) Videos On The Web
The Best Places To Learn About (And View Video Clips Of) Teachers In The Movies
The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development
Not The “Best,” But A List… Of Online Video Editors
The Best Tools For Cutting-Out & Saving Portions Of Online Videos
The Best Applications For Sending Online Video Messages
The Best Ways To Create Online Video Playlists
The Best Sources For Advice On Using Flip Video Cameras
The Best (& Easiest) Ways To Record Online Video Interviews
The Best YouTube Channels For Learning English
The Best Videos For Educators In 2011 — So Far

The Best Places On The Web To Find Documentaries (Non-YouTube)

The Best Videos For Educators In 2012 — So Far

The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters — Help Me Find More

A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites

The Best Sports Videos To Use With English Language Learners

The Best Resources For Learning To Use The Video App “Vine”

The Best Scenes From (& Spoofs Of) “It’s A Wonderful Life”

WRITING

The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement
The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online
The Best Sites For Grammar Practice
Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Mindmapping, Flow Chart Tools, & Graphic Organizers
The Best Resources For Researching & Writing Biographies
The Best Resources For Learning How To Write Response To Literature Essays
The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”
The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience”
The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories
The Best Sites To Learn About Advertising
The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary
The Best Online Interactive Exercises For Writing That Are Not Related To Literary Analysis
The Best Online Resources To Teach About Plagiarism
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WEB 2.0

December 23, 2007
by Sue Waters
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Websites Of The Year

These “The Best…” lists highlight what I think are the best educational websites.

This page provides a chronological list based on the date I posted them. Please note, though, that I continually update and revise them. The My Best Of page on this blog separates these posts by category (Social Studies, Science, etc.). All these sites can also be found on my website, along with thousands of other categorized links.

You can also visit The Best Websites page on my website to see the growing number of student self-access versions that are available now.

I also go back during the year to update each list with new sites I find that I think deserve to be on them. So even though the date on the original post might be several months or several years old, I might very well have added new sites to them much more recently.

So far, I’ve compiled:

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2007

The Best Web 2.0 Applications for ESL/EFL Learners — 2007

The Best Online Learning Games — 2007

The Best Internet Sites For English Language Learners — 2007

The Best Social Studies Websites — 2007

The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners — 2007

The Best Science Websites For Students & Teachers — 2007

The Best Math Websites For English Language Learners — 2007

The Best Blogs For Sharing Resources/Links — 2007

The Best News/Current Events Websites For English Language Learners — 2007

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2007

The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners — 2007

The Best Places To Learn Web 2.0 Basics — 2007

The Best Of The Best — 2007/08

These are my own Top Ten Tools For Learning.

The Best Health Sites For English Language Learners – January, 2008

The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement — January, 2008

The Best Websites For Learning About Civic Participation & Citizenship — January, 2008

The Best Websites To Help Beginning Readers – January, 2008

The Best Websites For Beginning Older Readers – January, 2008

The Best Websites For Intermediate Readers – January, 2008

The Best Music Websites For Learning English – January, 2008

The Best Art Websites For Learning English – February, 2008

The Best Online Video Games For Learning Language & Content Knowledge – February, 2008

The Best Ways For Students (And Anyone Else!) To Create Online Content Easily, Quickly, and Painlessly — February, 2008

More Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily, Quickly and Painlessly — February, 2008

Part Three Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — February, 2008

Part Four Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — February, 2008

Part Five Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — March, 2008

Part Six Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — March, 2008

Part Seven Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — March, 2008

Part Eight Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — March, 2008

Part Nine Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — March, 2008

Part Ten Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — March, 2008

Part Eleven Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — April, 2008

Part Twelve Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — April, 2008

Part Thirteen Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — April, 2008

Part Fourteen Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — April, 2008

Part Fifteen Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — April, 2008

Part Sixteen Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly – May, 2008

Part Seventeen Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — May, 2008

Part Eighteen Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — June, 2008

Part Nineteen Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — June, 2008

Part Twenty Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — June, 2008

Part Twenty-One Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — July, 2008

Part Twenty-Two Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — August, 2008

Part Twenty-Three Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — August, 2008

Part Twenty-Four Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — October, 2008

Part Twenty-Five Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly – October, 2008

Part Twenty-Six Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — October, 2008

Part Twenty-Seven Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — October, 2008

Part Twenty-Eight Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — December, 2008

Part Twenty-Nine Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — January, 2009

Part Thirty Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — February, 2009

Part Thirty-One Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — February, 2009

Part Thirty-Two Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — February, 2009

Part Thirty-Three Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — March, 2009

Part Thirty-Four Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — March, 2009

Part Thirty-Five Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — April, 2009

Part Thirty-Six Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — May, 2009

Part Thirty-Seven Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly – June, 2009

Part Thirty-Eight Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — August, 2009

Part Thirty-Nine Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — September, 2009

Part Forty Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — October, 2009

Part Forty-One Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — November, 2009

Part Forty-Two Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly – November, 2009

You can access all parts of the “create online content easily” series at one link here.

The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs and Careers — February, 2008

The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration — March, 2008

The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geography — March, 2008

The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English — March, 2008

The Best Websites For Learning English Pronunciation — March, 2008

The Best Sites For Developing English Conversational Skills — April, 2008

The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary — April, 2008

The Best Eleven Websites For Students To Learn About Computers — April, 2008

The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time — April, 2008

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — April, 2008

The Best Social Bookmarking Applications For English Language Learners & Other Students — April, 2008

The Best Books For Teaching & Learning ESL/EFL — April, 2008

These next four are a little different from the previous “The Best…” lists. They include my favorite thirty-five positive actions I take for effective classroom management:

When A “Good” Class Goes “Bad” (And Back To “Good” Again!) — April, 2008

Maintaining A “Good” Class — April, 2008

More About Maintaining a “Good” Class — May, 2008

“Why Do You Let Others Control You?” — September, 2008

The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games — April, 2008

The Best Sites For Students To Easily Create & Display Online Projects – April, 2008

Part Two Of The Best Sites For Students To Easily Create & Display Online Projects — May, 2008

The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL — April, 2008

The Best Sites To Learn About U.S. Presidential Elections — April, 2008

The Best Resource Sites For ESL/EFL Teachers – April, 2008

The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current Education Issues — May, 2008

The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research — May, 2008

The Best Sites For Learning Economics & Practical Money Skills — May, 2008

The Best Websites To Teach & Learn Life Skills — May, 2008

The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows — May, 2008

The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Animations — May, 2008

The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Videos (Using Someone Else’s Content) — May, 2008

The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About World History — May, 2008

The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress – May, 2008

The Best Ways To Create Online Tests — May, 2008

The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Learning English — May, 2008

The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners — May, 2008

The Best Online Video Sites For Learning English — June, 2008

The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online — June, 2008

The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About U.S. History — June, 2008

The Best “Today In History” Sites — June, 2008

The Best Websites To Learn About California — June, 2008

The Best Sites For Creating Online Polls & Surveys — June, 2008

The Best Ways To Create Simple Screenshots — June, 2008

The Best Teacher Resource Sites For Social Justice Issues — July, 2008

The Best Websites To Learn About Various Religions & English — July, 2008

The Best Online Learning Games — 2008

The Best Websites For Learning About Natural Disasters — July, 2008

The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About The Olympics — July, 2008

The Best Sites To Introduce Environmental Issues Into The Classroom — July, 2008

The Best Ways To Shorten URL Addresses – July, 2008

The Best Places To Get Blog, Website, , Book, Movie, & Music Recommendations – July, 2008

The Best Online Instructional Video Sites — July, 2008

The Best Visually Engaging News Sites — July, 2008

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2008

The Best Tools For Making Online Timelines — August, 2008

The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11 — August, 2008

The Best Sites For Students To Create Budgets — August, 2008

The Best Internet Sites For English Language Learners — 2008

The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About New Orleans — September, 2008

The Best Resources For Hispanic Heritage Month — September, 2008

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2008

The Best Places To Learn Computer Basics & How To Fix Tech Problems — September, 2008

The Best Sites To Learn About The U.S. Financial Crisis — September, 2008

The Best Sites For Encouraging ELL’s To Attend College — September, 2008

The Best Online Sites For Creating Music — October, 2008

The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science — October, 2008

The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween — October, 2008

The Best Online Resources About Christopher Columbus — October, 2008

The Best “Unusual” Sites To Create Online Presentations — October, 2008

The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games — October, 2008

The Best Online Sources For Images — October, 2008

The Best Web Resources On The Iraq War — October, 2008

The Best Online Karaoke Sites For English Language Learners — October, 2008

The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online — October, 2008

The Best Web Resources On Darfur — October, 2008

The Best New Sites Students Should Use With Supervision — October, 2008

The Best Sites To Teach and Learn About Thanksgiving — October, 2008

The Best Social Studies WebSites — 2008

The Best Science & Math Sites — 2008

The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners — 2008

The Best Websites To Learn About Veterans Day — November, 2008

The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners — 2008

The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa — November, 2008

The Best Personal Home Page Creators — November, 2008

The Best Tools To Make Simple Graphs Online — November, 2008

The Best Resources To Teach & Learn About The Terrorist Attacks In India — November, 2008

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2008 – December, 2008

The Best Sites For Learning About New Year Celebrations — December, 2008

The Best Map-Making Sites On The Web — December, 2008

The Best Sites For Learning About Pearl Harbor — December, 2008

The Best Online Resources For Teachers of Pre-Literate ELL’s — December, 2008

The Best Sites For Grammar Practice — December, 2008

The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects — December, 2008

The Best Life Expectancy Calculators — December, 2008

The Best Fun Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — December, 2008

The Best Ways For Students Or Teachers To Create A Website — December, 2008

Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Social Network Sites — December, 2008

The Best Applications For Annotating Websites — December, 2008

The Best Ways To Access Educational YouTube Videos At School — December, 2008

The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King — December, 2008

The Best Posts Of 2008 The Best Sites For Learning About The Presidential Inauguration — December, 2008

The Best Temporary Email Address Sites For Students (Or Anyone) — December, 2008

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2008

The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging — December, 2008

The Best Posts From Other Blogs That Made Me “Think” In 2008

The “Best” Resources For Learning About The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict — December, 2008

The Best “Year-In-Review” Features That Aren’t Photo Collections 2008

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2008

The Best Collections Of Educational Links — January, 2009

The Best Sites That Use Movie Trailers To Teach English — January, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About Street Gangs — January, 2009

The Best Resources About President’s Day — January, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About Valentine’s Day — January, 2009

The Best Sites For News & History Videos That Won’t Be Blocked By Content Filter (At Least, Not By Ours!) — January, 2009

Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Music Sites — January, 2009

The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History — January, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About U.S. Presidents — January, 2009

The Best Sites For K-12 Beginning English Language Learners — January, 2009

The Best Places To Learn About President Obama’s Life — January, 2009

The Best Sections On My Website — January, 2009

The Best Places To Learn About Education Grants — January, 2009

The Best Resources For Chinese New Year — January, 2009

The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn About The Super Bowl — January, 2009

Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Search Engines For Social Media — February, 2009

The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About The Dangers Of Smoking — February, 2009

The Best Resources For Groundhog Day — February, 2009

The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet – February, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About San Francisco — February, 2009

The Best ESL/EFL Software — February, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About The Hudson River Plane Crash — February, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The Fires In Australia — February, 2009

The Best Places To Buy ESL/EFL Books. Software & Multimedia — February, 2009

Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Mindmapping, Flow Chart Tools, & Graphic Organizers — February, 2009

The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms” — February, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The Recession — February, 2009

The Best Educational Web Resources Worth Paying For… — February, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About St. Patrick’s Day (and April Fool’s Day) — February, 2009

The Best Places To Create (And Find) Internet Scavenger Hunts & Webquests — February, 2009

The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets — February, 2009

The Best Non-Web Resources, Online Tools, & Websites I Use Most Often With My Students — February, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About Mardi Gras & Carnivals — February, 2009

The Best Tools To Make Online Flashcards — February, 2009

The Bests Places To Find Good Education Blogs — February, 2009

Have You Ever Taught A Class That “Got Out Of Control”? — February, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About Women’s History — February, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About Diego Rivera — February, 2009

The Best Articles That I’ve Written — February, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About Cesar Chavez – March, 2009

The Best Online Slideshows About Current Events — March, 2009

The Best Online Science, Nature, & History Slideshows — March, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About Easter & Passover — March, 2009

The Best Places To Find Theatrical Movies On Science, Math & History — March, 2009

The Best Tools To Help Develop Global Media Literacy — March, 2009

The Best Sites For K-12 Intermediate English Language Learners — March, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The Hindu Festival of Holi — March, 2009

The Best “Cause-Related” Online Learning Games — March, 2009

The Best Collections Of Web 2.0 Tools For Education — March, 2009

The Best Resources For Researching & Writing Biographies — March, 2009

The Best Places For Students To Write Their Resumes — March, 2009

The Best Resources For Learning How To Write Response To Literature Essays — March, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The Tongan Volcano & Earthquake — March, 2009

The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About World Water Day — March, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning Which Consumers Electronics To Buy — March, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About “Earth Hour” — March, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About Yosemite & Other U.S. National Parks — March, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About North Dakota Flooding — March, 2009

The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience” — April, 2009

The Best Earth Day Sites — April, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About Planets & Space — April, 2009

The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience” — April, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The Earthquake In Italy — April, 2009

The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners — April, 2009

The Best Sites For Panoramas — April, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About Volcanoes & Mount Redoubt — April, 2009

The Best Sites For Teaching & Learning About Cinco de Mayo — April, 2009

The Best Websites For Learning About Modern & Historical Pirates — April, 2009

The Best Sites To Teach ELL’s About Libraries — April, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About Mother’s Day — April, 2009

The Best Digital Storytelling Resources — April, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About The Afghanistan War — April, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About Mexico’s Drug War — April, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust — April, 2009

The Best Sites Sites For Discussing The Morality of Torture — April, 2009

The Best Resources For Learning About World Malaria Day — April, 2009

The Best Online Examples of My Students’ Work — April, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About The Swine Flu Outbreak — April, 2009

The Best Places To Find New Educational Websites — May, 2009

The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories — May, 2009

The Best Websites For Learning About Memorial Day — May, 2009

The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom — May, 2009

The Best Online “Chatbots” For Practicing English — May, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The California Wildfires — May, 2009

The Best “I Spy” (Hidden Object) Games For Vocabulary Development — May, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About New York City — May, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The Hubble Telescope — May, 2009

The Best “Week In Review” Sites For English Language Learners — May, 2009

The Best Ways For Students To Create Their Own Online Art Collections — May, 2009

The Best Images Taken In Space — Mary, 2009

The Best Ways To Make Awards & Certificates Online — May, 2009

The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About — May, 2009

The Best Sites For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month — May, 2009

The Best Collections Of Online Educational Games — May, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About The Statue Of Liberty — May, 2009

The Best Magazine/Newspaper Websites For Useful News & Intellectual Stimulation — May, 2009

The Best Father’s Day Sites — May, 2009

The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom — May, 2009

The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations — May, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The U.S. Supreme Court — May, 2009

The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects — May, 2009

The Best Sources Of Ideas For Simple Classroom Science Experiments — May, 2009

The Best Places To Find Online Video Games For Language-Learning — May, 2009

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Facebook — June, 2009

The “Best” Blog Carnivals — June, 2009

The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers — June, 2009

The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” — June, 2009

The Best Websites For Learning About The Fourth Of July — June, 2009

The Best Sources For Advice On Using Flip Video Cameras — June, 2009

The Best Teacher Resources For “Foldables” — June, 2009

The Best Sites Where Students Can Learn About Inventions — June, 2009

The Best ESL/EFL Blogs — June, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About The Protests In Iran — June, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day — June, 2009

The Best Sites To Help ELL’s Learn Idioms & Slang — July, 2009

The Best Images Of Weird, Cool & Neat-Looking Buildings (& Ways To Design Your Own) — July, 2009

The Best (& Most Thoughtful) Blogs On “Big Picture” Education Issues — July, 2009

The Best Guides To ESL/EFL/ELL Terminology — July, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The Apollo 11 Moon Landing — July, 2009

The Best “Language Maps” — July, 2009

The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary — July, 2009

The Best “Practical” Ed Tech Blogs — July, 2009

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About Advertising — July, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About Nelson Mandela — July, 2009

The Best Twitterers For Sharing Resource Links — July, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning How To Tell Time — July, 2009

The Best Sources For Free & Accessible Printable Books — August, 2009

The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About Ramadan — August, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning Online Safety — August, 2009

The Best Resources For Learning About The Warsaw Uprising — August, 2009

The Best Resources For Learning About The Atomic Bombings Of Japan — August, 2009

The Best Resources To Learn About Copyright Issues — August, 2009

The Best Teacher Resources For Online Student Safety & Legal Issues — August, 2009

The Best Resources For Finding And Creating Virtual Field Trips — August, 2009

The Best Websites For Learning About Labor Day — August, 2009

The Best News/Current Events Websites For English Language Learners — 2009

The Best Sites For Students To Record Audio By Phone — August, 2009

Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Ways To Convert PDF & Word Documents — August, 2009

The Best Online Learning Games — 2009

The Best Online Carbon Calculators — September, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The September 2009 California Wildfires — September, 2009

The Best Online Interactive Exercises For Writing That Are Not Related To Literary Analysis — September, 2009

The Best Sites Where Students Can Plan Virtual Trips — September, 2009

The Twenty Blogs I Read First… — September, 2009

The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues — September, 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009 — September, 2009

The Best Resources For Learning About Mexico’s Independence Day — September, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About Georgia’s Floods — September, 2009

The Best Online Resources To Teach About Plagiarism — September, 2009

The Best Resources For Learning Research & Citation Skills — September, 2009

The Best Web Resources For Learning About HIV & AIDS — September, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The Tsunami In American Samoa — September, 2009

The Best Websites For Learning About Multiple Holidays & Anniversaries — October, 2009

The Best Resources To Learn About World Teachers Day — October, 2009

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2009 — October, 2009

The Best Online Resources For Drivers Education & Car Information — October, 2009

The Best Websites To Learn About The Hmong — October, 2009

The Best Resources For Using Puppets In Class — October, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About The Nobel Peace Prize — October, 2009

The Best Sites For Images Of Fall Foliage (& For Teaching About The Season) — October, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About World Food Day — October, 2009

The Best Resources To Learn About The Loma Prieta Earthquake — October, 2009

The Best Online Personality, Career, Political & Just Plain Fun Quizzes — October, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About Robots — October, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About Diwali — October, 2009

The Best Sites For Students To Create & Participate In Online Debates — October, 2009

The Best Ways To Back-Up Your Computer & Online Work — October, 2009

The Best Sites For Teachers Of English Language Learners — 2009

The Best Sites To Learn And Teach About The Hajj — November, 2009

The “Best” Articles (And Blog Posts) About Education Policy — 2009

The Best Tools For Making Screencasts — November, 2009

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice — 2009

Part Forty-One Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — November, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About Walls That Separate Us — November, 2009

The Best Ways ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Can Develop Personal Learning Networks — November, 2009

The Best Tools For Keeping Your Own Website Or Blog “Healthy” — November, 2009

The Best Online Resources For Teaching & Learning About World War II (Part One) — November, 2009

The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners — 2009

The Best Online Resources For Helping Students Learn To Write Persuasive Essays — November, 2009

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students — 2009

The Best Resources To Learn About The Convention On The Rights Of The Child — November, 2009

The Best Lists Of “Best Places To Live” — November, 2009

The Best Resources For Learning About World Toilet Day & The Issue Of Public Sanitation In The Third World — November, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning & Teaching About The Day Of The Virgin Of Guadalupe — November, 2009

The Best Places To Find Lyrics On The Web — November, 2009

The Best Online Resources To Learn About Charles Darwin — November, 2009

The Best Sites For Teaching About Latitude & Longitude — November, 2009

The Best Sites For Learning Spanish Online — November, 2009

The Best Places To Find Quotations On The Web — November, 2009

The Best Online Resources For Learning About Eid al-Adha — November, 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change — December, 2009

My Best Posts & Articles About Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2009

The Best Collections Of “The Best” Pieces Of Art Ever Created — December, 2009

The Best Spelling Sites — December, 2009

The Best Online Health Assessments For ELL’s — December, 2009

The Best Social Studies Websites — 2009

The Best Science & Math Sites — 2009

The Best Interactive Infographics — 2009

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers — 2009

The Best “The Best…” Lists Of 2009

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2009

My Best Posts In 2009 (That Weren’t “The Best…” Lists)

Part Forty-Three Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — December, 2009

The Best From “Interviews Of The Month” 2009

The Best “Decade In Review” Sites

The Best Sites To See “Photos That Changed The World” — December, 2009

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators — 2009

The “Best” TED Talks (Well, Really, The Ones I Use With My Classes) — December, 2009

Part Two Of The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best Ways To Find Fun (& Somewhat Useful) Videos On The Web — December, 2009

The Best Resources To Learn About The Indian Ocean Tsunami (On Its Five-Year Anniversary) — December, 2009

The Best “Year In Review” Features That Aren’t Photo Collections — 2009

The Best Blogs For Sharing Resources/Links — 2009

The Best Resources To Learn About The Forced Return Of 4,000 Hmong Refugees By Thailand — December, 2009

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2009

Best “Tweets” Of 2009

The Best Sites For Learning About The Winter Season — December, 2009

The Best Art & Music Sites — 2009

The Best Sites To Learn About Los Angeles — January, 2010

The Best Sources For Interactive Infographics — January, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About The World’s Tallest Buildings — January, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Weird-Looking Creatures (And For Making Your Own!) — January, 2010

The Best Sites For Online Photo-Editing & Photo Effects — January, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About The Vancouver Winter Olympics — January, 2010

The Best Resources For Learning About Human Trafficking Today — January, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About The Earthquake In Haiti — January, 2010

Part Forty-Four Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly – January, 2010

The Best Places To Learn About (And View Video Clips Of) Teachers In The Movies — January, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Nutrition & Food Safety — January, 2010

The Best Online Collections Of PowerPoints For Teachers — January, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About Australia — January, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About The Greensboro Sit-Ins (It’s The Fiftieth Anniversary) — January, 2010

The Best “Tech” Blogs For Learning About New Web Applications — January, 2010

The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development — February, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About “Cool” Cars (& Designing Your Own!) – February, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About Pandas — February, 2010

Part Forty-Five Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly – February, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About Canada — February, 2010

The Best Online Resources To Learn About King Tut — February, 2010

The Best Resources For Showing Students Why They Should Continue Their Academic Career — February, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About The Earthquake In Chile (& Possible Tsunami) — February, 2010

The Best Resources For Learning About Multiple Intelligences — March, 2010

The Best Resources To Learn About The U.S. Census — March, 2010

The Best Resources For Learning About “Word Clouds” — March, 2010

The Best Sites For Gaining A Basic Understanding Of Adjectives — March, 2010

The Best Images Of Spectacular Bridges (& How Students Can Make Their Own) — March, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Animals — March, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About The Internet — March, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Prehistoric Cave Paintings — March, 2010

A Compilation Of “The Best…” Lists About Natural Disasters — March, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Human Evolution — March, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Daylight Savings Time — March, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The War In The Pacific — March, 2010

The Best Online Resources For Learning About Health Care Reform — March, 2010

The Best Images Of Scary Views — March, 2010

The Best Sites For Creating Sentence Scrambles — March, 2010

Not The “Best,” But A List… Of Online Video Editors — March, 2010

The Best Sites For Walking In Someone Else’s Shoes — April, 2010

The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas — April, 2010

My Best Posts On How To Prepare For Standardized Tests (And Why They’re Bad) — April, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Spring Season — April, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About…Happiness? — April, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About Genocide In Rwanda — April, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About Anne Frank — April, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The American Civil War — April, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Nuclear Weapons — April, 2010

The Best Sites For Creating Personalized “Newspapers” Online — April, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Possible Life On Other Planets — April, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Volcano In Iceland — April, 2010

The Best Online Applications For Creating Panoramas — April, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Penguins — April, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The World Cup — April, 2010

The Best Sites That Show Statistics By Reducing The World & The U.S. To 100 People — April, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About Arizona’s New Immigration Law — April, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About The Gulf Oil Spill — April, 2010

Part Forty-Six Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — April, 2010

My Best Posts On Parent Engagement So Far This Year — May, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About The Times Square Car Bomb — May, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn About Trees — May, 2010

The Best Resources To Learn About The Vietnam War — May, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Flooding In Tennessee — May, 2010

My Best Posts On Students Evaluating Classes (And Teachers) — May, 2010

The Best Collections Of Funny Signs (For Use In English Classes) — May, 2010

My Best Posts On “Motivating” Students — May, 2010

My Best Posts On Students Setting Goals — May, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Mount St. Helens Eruption — May, 2010

The Best Sites For Ideas On Making Simple Musical Instruments — May, 2010

The Best Resources For World Biodiversity Day (& Endangered Species Day) — May, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States — May, 2010

My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them — May, 2010

My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control — June, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Flag Day — June, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Korean War — June, 2010

The Best Online Resources For Teaching & Learning About World War II (Part Two) — June, 2010

“Part Forty-Seven Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly” — June, 2010

The Best Tools For Cutting-Out & Saving Portions Of Online Videos — June, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology — June, 2010

The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons — June, 2010

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation — June, 2010

My Best Posts For Tech Novices (Plus One From Somebody Else) — June, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Spies — June, 2010

The Best “When I Say Jump” Online Sites For Practicing English — July, 2010

“Part Forty-Eight Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly” — July, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Summer — July, 2010

The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments — July, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Famous Buildings — July, 2010

Part Forty-Nine Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — July, 2010

My Best Posts On Classroom Management — July, 2010

The Best Resources For Learning About Genocide — July, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The London 2012 Olympics — July, 2010

The Best Applications For Sending Online Video Messages — July, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Flooding In Pakistan — July, 2010

A Beginning “The Best…” List Of Free & Decent Online Practice Sites For State Tests — Help Me Add More! — August, 2010

The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People — August, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Russian Fires – August, 2010

Part Fifty Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — August, 2010

The Best Resources For Helping Teens Learn About The Importance Of Sleep — August, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Northern Lights — August, 2010

My Best Posts On “School Reform” – August, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Constitution Of The United States — August, 2010

The Best Web Applications That Lets Multiple People Upload Their Photos To One Place — August, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures — August, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Meteor Showers — August, 2010

Part Fifty-One Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — August, 2010

The Best Posts About The LA Times Article On “Valued-Added” Teacher Ratings — August, 2010

The Best Third-Party Twitter Apps That Don’t Require Your Password — August, 2010

The Best Posts About Getting Our Students To Attend College — August, 2010

The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment — August, 2010

My Best Posts Related To Twitter — August, 2010

The Best Ways To Create Online Video Playlists — August, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Trapped Miners In Chile — August, 2010

The Best Resources For Learning About Women’s Suffrage — August, 2010

A Collection Of The Best Sites For Learning About The Seasons — August, 2010

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Learning Games — August, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Hurricanes — August, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Polar Bears — September, 2010

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers — 2010 (And Earlier) — September, 2010

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2010 – September, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Graphic Recording — September, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Birth Of Lord Krishna — September, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Famous Art Thefts — September, 2010

The Best Online Learning Games — 2010 — September, 2010

Part Fifty-Two Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — September, 2010

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Encouraging Students To Attend College — September, 2010

The Best Rubric Sites (And A Beginning Discussion About Their Use) — September, 2010

The “Best” Sites For Helping Students Write Autobiographical Incident Essays — September, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Yom Kippur – September, 2010

The Best Science Websites — 2010 — September, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Dinosaurs — September, 2010

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Space — September, 2010

The Best Posts & Articles About The Teacher-Bashing “Waiting For Superman” Movie & Associated Events — September, 2010

A List of Interviews With…Me — September, 2010

The Best Sites To Learn “Feelings” Words — September, 2010

The Best Infographics — 2010 — October, 2010

My Best Posts On Parent Engagement Over The Past Six Months — October, 2010

The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me — October, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Oceans — October, 2010

The Best Social Studies Websites — 2010 — October, 2010

The Best Posts About The Appalling Teacher-Bashing Column Superintendents Wrote In The Washington Post — October, 2010

The Best Examples Of “Unusual” Art — October, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Historic Maps — October, 2010

The Best Sites Showing The Most Popular Tourist Destinations In The World — October, 2010

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2010

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Blogs & Blogging — October, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About United Nations Day — October, 2010

Part Fifty-Three Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — October, 2010

The Best Sites Where Students Can Upload PowerPoint Presentations To The Web — October, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About The Volcano & Tsunami In Indonesia — October, 2010

The Best Resources For Learning About How Class Size Does Matter — October, 2010

A Collection Of The Best “Laugh While You Cry” Videos — Contribute More! — October, 2010

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources — 2010 — November, 2010

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s — 2010

The Best Articles/Blog Posts On What The Election Results Mean For Schools — Contribute More — November, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About Various “Seven Wonders” — November, 2010

The Best “The Best…” Lists Related To Social Studies — 2010

Part Two Of The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers — 2010

The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality — Help Me Create A Simple Lesson Plan Using Them
— November, 2010

The Best “The Best…” Lists Offering Practical Classroom Advice To Teachers — 2010

The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students –November, 2010

The Best Applications For Creating Free Email Newsletters — November, 2010

The Best Blog Posts & Articles About Joel Klein’s Departure & The Question Of Who Should Be Leading Our Schools — November, 2010

My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2010

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2010

The Best “The Best…” Lists On Technology — 2010

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010

The Best Quotes About Education — Contribute Your Own Favorites

The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools — November, 2010

The Best “The Best…” Lists On School Reform Issues — 2010

The Best “The Best…” Lists For English Language Learners — 2010

Part Fifty-Four Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — November, 2010

The Best From “Interviews Of The Month” — 2010

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy — 2010

Best “Tweets” Of 2010

The Best “The Best…” Lists Related To Science — 2010

The Best Health Sites — 2010

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice — 2010

The Best “The Best…” Lists About Disasters — 2010

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers — 2010

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2010

The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery — December, 2010

All My “The Best Of 2010″ Lists In One Place!

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2010

The Ten Best Videos For Educators — 2010

Part Two Of The Best Videos For Educators — 2010

The Best “Year In Review” Features That Aren’t Photo Collections — 2010

The Best Resources For “Bill Of Rights Day” — December, 2010

The Best Posts To Help Understand Google’s New “Books Ngram Viewer” — December, 2010

The Best Sites For Figuring Out What To Do If Delicious Shuts Down — December, 2010

Part Fifty-Five Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — December, 2010

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students — 2010

The Best Guides For Helping Teachers Develop Personal Learning Networks — December, 2010

The Best Sites For Learning About A Lunar Eclipse — December, 2010

The Best Posts & Articles About Providing Students With Choices — December, 2010

Part Fifty-Six Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly (Holiday Edition!) — December, 2010

The Best Art & Music Sites — 2010

My Best Posts On Helping Students “Visualize Success”

The Best (& Worst) Education News In 2010

The Best Sites For Learning Beginning Photography Tips — December, 2010

Part Fifty-Seven Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — December, 2010

The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System — December, 2010

The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement — December, 2010

The Best Sites For Collaborative Storytelling — December, 2010

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2010

My Most Memorable Classroom Moments In 2010 — Please Share Your Own

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2010

Part Fifty-Eight Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — January, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Australian Floods — January, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools– January, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About Cartograms — January, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Vote In Southern Sudan — January, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The One-Year Anniversary Of The Haiti Earthquake — January, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About Earthquakes — January, 2011

The Best Resources For Teaching About The Arizona Shooting — January, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Brazilian Mudslides — January, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy — January, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses — January, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea — January, 2011

The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Quora Is All About… — January, 2011

The Best Resources For Creating Infographics — January, 2011

The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Why Teacher Tenure Is Important — January, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important — January, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles About Videotaping Teachers In The Classroom — January, 2011

The Best Resources For Maximizing The Use Of Dropbox — January, 2011

The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names — January, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Handwriting & Learning — January, 2011

The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards — January, 2011

The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven” — January, 2011

The Best (& Most Intriguing) Resources For Learning About The State Of The Union Message — January, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Protests In Egypt — January, 2011

The Best Tools For Creating Fake “Stuff” For Learning — February, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About China — February, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The “Blizzard Of Oz” — February, 2011

A Collection Of My Most Unusual “The Best…” Lists — February, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History — February, 2011

The Best Multimedia Celebrating Mubarak’s Downfall — February, 2011

The Best Resources To See Who Might Fall Next After Mubarak… – February, 2011

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Egypt & Beyond — February, 2011

The Best “World Press Photo” Winners — February, 2011

Part Fifty-Nine Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — February, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning Why The Parent Trigger Isn’t Good For Parents, Kids Or Schools — February, 2011

The Best Posts About Michelle Rhee’s Exaggerated Test Scores — February, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America — February, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual — February, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Attacks On Teachers & Other Public Sector Workers In Wisconsin — February, 2011

The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data — February, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About Volcanoes — February, 2011

The Best Tools For Printing Out Webpages — February, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea — February, 2011

The Best Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning — February, 2011

The Best Sites To Learn About The Christchurch Earthquake — February, 2011

The Best Sites For Seeing “Pictures Of The Year International” Winners — March, 2011

The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading — March, 2011

The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics — March, 2011

The Best Posts Responding To Bill Gates’ Appallingly Clueless Op-Ed Piece — March, 2011

The Best Ways For English Language Learners To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — March, 2011

The Best Learning Games For Intermediate English Language Learners — March, 2011

The Best Ways For Advanced ELL’s & Non-ELL’s To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly (For Their Classmates & Teacher To See) – March, 2011

The Best Resources On The Importance Of Building Positive Relationships With Students — March, 2011

Part Sixty Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — March, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami — March, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami, Part Two — March, 2011

The Best Sites To Learn About Tsunamis — March, 2011

The Best Websites For Learning About Bob Marley — March, 2011

The Best Learning Games For Advanced ELL’s & Non-ELL’s — March, 2011

The Best — And Easiest — Ways To Use YouTube If, Like Us, Only Teachers Have Access To It — March, 2011

The Best Posts Debunking The Myth Of “Five Great Teachers In A Row” — March, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students — March, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About What’s Happening In Libya — March, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire — March, 2011

The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy — March, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions — March, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The New York Times Paywall — March, 2011

The Best Ways To Make A Map Showing Your Facebook Friends (& Twitter Followers) — March, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles About “Erase To The Top” — March, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles To Learn About “Fundamental Attribution Error” & Schools — March, 2011

The Best (& Easiest) Ways To Record Online Video Interviews — March, 2011

The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”) — March, 2011

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Infographics — April, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The International Day For Street Children — April, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About Mount Everest — April, 2011

My Best Posts On Parent Engagement Over The Past Six Months — April, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning How To Use The Dictogloss Strategy With English Language Learners — April, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About Leonardo Da Vinci — April, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About Taxes — April, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Texas Fires & Forest Fires In General — April, 2011

The Best Posts About The Power Of Light Touches In The Classroom — April, 2011

The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me — April, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Achievement Gap” — April, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The Tornadoes That Hit The South (& Tornadoes In General) — April, 2011

The Best Of The Sony World Photography Awards — April, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Osama bin Laden — May, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Freedom Riders” — May, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Mississippi River Flooding — May, 2011

The Best Photos From The White House News Photographers Association — May, 2011

The Best Travel Photographs Of The Year — May, 2011

The Best Sites Remembering Bob Marley Thirty Years After His Death — May, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit” — May, 2011

The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death — May, 2011

A Beginning “The Best…” List On The Dangers Of Privatizing Public Education — May, 2011

The Best Resources For Helping Students See They Might Not Always Be The Best Judges Of Their Behavior — May, 2011

The Best Posts Discussing Arrogance & School Reform — May, 2011

The Five Best Articles I’ve Written About Education — May, 2011

The Best Sites For Using Aesop’s Fables In The Classroom — May, 2011

Part Sixty-One Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — May, 2011

The Best Sites About The Latest Volcano In Iceland To Erupt — May, 2011

The Best Posts/Articles On National Research Council Finding That Carrots & Sticks Don’t Work — June, 2011

The Best Posts About Attrition Rates At So-Called “Miracle” Schools — June, 2011

The Best Resources On Students Using Gestures & Physical Movement To Help With Learning — June, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The Four School Improvement Grant Models — June, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing — June, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Puyehue Volcano Eruption in Chile — June, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Arizona Fire — June, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress — June, 2011

So, You Want To Write A Book? Here’s The Best Advice… — June, 2011

The Best Resources On The “Summer Slide” — June, 2011

The Best YouTube Channels For Learning English — June, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles About Curation — June, 2011

The Best Sites For Showing Sacramento Destroyed By Floods — July, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The Phoenix Dust Storm — July, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About South Sudan’s Independence — July, 2011

The Best Infographics Of 2011 — So Far — July, 2011

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2011 — So Far — July, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Machu Picchu — July, 2011

The Best Posts Responding To David Brooks Criticism Of Diane Ravitch (& Many Of The Rest Of Us) — July, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Small Learning Communities — July, 2011

The Best Posts For Learning About The NEA’s New Policy Statement on “Teacher Evaluation and Accountability” — July, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles About The Atlanta Testing Scandal — July, 2011

My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2011 (So Far) — July, 2011

The Best Posts About Public Officials (& Non-Elected “Reformers) Sending Their Children To Private Schools — July, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles About Compromise – July, 2011

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2011 — So Far — July, 2011

The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures — July, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles On The Save Our Schools March — July, 2011

Part Sixty-Two Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly – July, 2011

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011 — So Far — July, 2011

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2011 — So Far — July, 2011

The Best Online Teleprompters — July, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About The Space Shuttle — July, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines — July, 2011

The Best Science Sites Of 2011 — So Far — July, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About — July, 2011

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2011 — So Far — July, 2011

The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One — July, 2011

The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner — July, 2011

The Best Sites (& Videos) For Learning About Jazz Chants — July, 2011

The Best Posts On Students Reading Aloud Individually In ESL Class — But I Need Your Help Finding Research On The Topic — July, 2011

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011 (So Far) — August, 2011

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2011 — So Far — August, 2011

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2011 — So Far
— August, 2011

The Best Sixteen Basic Sites For Beginning English Language Learners (Revised) — August, 2011

The Best Sites To Download Free ESL Board Game Templates — August, 2011

The Best Sites For Helping ELL’s Learn About Completing Forms & Applications — August, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Common Core Standards & English Language Learners — August, 2011

The Best Art & Music Sites Of 2011 — So Far — August, 2011

A Beginning List Of The Best Folklore & Myth Sites — August, 2011

The Best Tools For Analyzing Census Data — August, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Martin Luther King Memorial — August, 2011

The Best Web Resources About Somalia’s Drought & Famine — August, 2011

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice In 2011 — So Far — August, 2011

The Best Posts About Trust & Education — August, 2011

The Best Resources For Planning The First Day Of School — August, 2011

The Best Sites For Finding Folktales To Teach “Life Lessons” — August, 2011

The Best Resources For Helping Students (& The Rest Of Us) Learn The Concept Of Not Blaming Others — August, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles About The New York Court Decision Releasing Teacher Ratings — August, 2011

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2011 — So Far — August, 2011

The Best Commentaries On Steven Brill’s Book, “Class Warfare” — August, 2011

The Best Online “Countdown” Timers — August, 2011

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2011 — So Far — August, 2011


The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2011 — So Far
— August, 2011

The Best Posts/Articles On This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll — August, 2011

The Best Articles Describing Alternatives To High-Stakes Testing — Help Me Find More — August, 2011

The Best Posts On Attracting The “Best Candidates” To Teaching — August, 2011

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2011 — So Far — August, 2011

The Best Ways To Upload A Video To The Web — And A Question — August, 2011

The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools — August, 2011

The Best Videos For Educators In 2011 — So Far — August, 2011

Part Sixty-Three Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — August, 2011

Best “Tweets” Of 2011 — So Far — September, 2011

The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction — September, 2011

The Best MATH Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress — September, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Alphabet — September, 2011

My Best Posts On Why It’s Important To Be Positive In Class — September, 2011

The Best Resources On “Instructional Coaching” — September, 2011

The Best Resources For Helping Students Deal With Grief — September, 2011

My Best Posts On The Basics Of Small Groups In The Classroom — September, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Grade Retention, Social Promotion & Alternatives To Both — September, 2011

The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites — September, 2011

The Best Sites For Learning Strategies To Teach ELL’s In Content Classes — September, 2011

The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes — September, 2011

The Best Online Resources For “Information Gap” Activities — September, 2011

The Best Resources On ELL’s & Standardized Tests — October, 2011

The Best Resources On Parent/Teacher Conferences — October, 2011

The Worst Parent Engagement Ideas — October, 2011

“The Best Examples Of Parent Engagement Through Community Organizing” — October, 2011

The Best Sources Of Parent Engagement Advice For Teachers — October, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles For Learning About Newark’s $100 Million From Facebook — October, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Teacher Home Visits — October, 2011

The Best Resources To Learn About High School ID’s & The Scarlet Letter — October, 2011

The Best Resources To Learn About Alabama’s Awful Immigration Law (& Its Impact On Schools)
— October, 2011

The Best Posts & Articles On Recent Study About Student Anxiety — October, 2011

The Best Articles On The New Study Showing That Intelligence Is Not “Fixed” — October, 2011

The Best Posts On The NY Times Ed Tech Article — October, 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Our World’s Population Of 7 Billion — October, 2011

The Best Resources To Help Students Learn About Occupy Wall Street — October, 2011

The Best Historical Photo + Video Map-Based Sites — October, 2011

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists For Sites Where ELL’s Can Create Art — November, 2011

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists For Online Books Accessible To ELL’s — November, 2011

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists For Online ELL Video Sites — November, 2011

The Best Visualizations Of Poverty In The U.S. & Around The World — November, 2011

The Best Resources On “Gratitude” — November, 2011

The Best Posts About The Khan Academy — November, 2011

The Best Resources On “Becoming What We Read” — November, 2011

The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research — November, 2011

The Best Resources On Teaching & Learning Critical Thinking In The Classroom — November, 2011

“The Best Research Available On Parent Engagement” — November, 2011

The Best Reasons Why Parents Should Be Looked At As Allies & Not Targets Of Blame — November, 2011

The Best Overviews Of Parent Engagement — November, 2011

My Best Posts, Articles & Interviews On Parent Engagement — November, 2011

The Best Resources On Parent Engagement In Countries Other Than The U.S. — November, 2011

The Best Ideas On How Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed Academically — November, 2011

The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About Punctuation — November, 2011

The Best “Fun” Online Video Games For English Language Development — November, 2011

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2011 — Part Two

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2011

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011

The Best Art & Music Sites Of 2011

The Best Resources For Learning About Higgs Boson, The “God Particle” — December,2011

The Best Science Sites Of 2011

The Best Sites For Learning About The Mars Rover Curiosity — December, 2011

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2011

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2011

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2011 — Part Two

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On School Reform Issues — 2011

The Best Tweets Of 2011

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2011

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2011

The Best Videos For Educators In 2011

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Parent Engagement — 2011

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2011

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice In 2011

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2011

The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning — December, 2011

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2011

The Best (and Worst) Education News of 2011

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Technology — 2011

The Best Good, Inexpensive & Simple Classroom Technology Tools — December, 2011

The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Holiday Content Quickly & Easily — December, 2011

The Best Summify & Paper.li’s On ESL/EFL/ELL — January, 2012

The Best Online “Explainer” Tools For Current Events — January, 2012

The Best Resources For Learning About Protests In Russia — January, 2012

The Best Commentaries On The President’s Proposal For Students To Stay In School Until They’re Eighteen — January, 2012

The Best Critiques Of Ruby Payne — January, 2012

The Best Posts On The Gates’ Funded Measures Of Effective Teaching Report — January, 2012

The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources — January, 2012

The Bests Posts & Articles About Why We Like Lists — January, 2012

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2011

The Best Resources On Differentiating Instruction — January, 2012

The Best Posts On The NY Times-Featured Teacher Effectiveness Study — January, 2012

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2011 — January, 2012

All My “Best Of 2011″ Lists In One Place — January, 2012

The Best Resources On Teacher/Student Use Of Social Media — January, 2012

The Best Guides To Figuring Out Pinterest — January, 2012

The Best — And Easiest –Tools To Use For Embedding A Document — January, 2012

The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users — January, 2012

Part Sixty-Three Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — January, 2012

The Best Resources For World Book Day — March 1st — February, 2012

The Best Photos — In The World? — March, 2012

The Best Resources For Learning About Leap Year — February, 2012

The Best Resources For Learning About What’s Happening In Syria — February, 2012

The Best Resources On Japanese Internment In World War II — February, 2012

The Best Sites For Keeping An Eye On The Future (Help Me Identify More) — February, 2012

The Best Sites To Learn About Saul Alinsky — February, 2012

The Best Resource Sites For Scholarship Information — February, 2012

The Best Resources To Help Students Write Research Essays — February, 2012

The Best Education Articles From “The Onion” — February, 2012

The Best Resources For Learning About the Health Care Debate — March, 2012

The Best Fun Videos About Books & Reading — March, 2012

The Best Resources For World Read Aloud Day — March, 2012

The Best Sites To Learn About James Cameron’s Record-Setting Dive — March, 2012

The Best Sites For Learning About Solar Storms — March, 2012

The Best Posts & Articles On The Education & National Security Report — March, 2012

The Best Wildlife Photographs Of The Year — March, 2012

The Best Sites For Learning About The Titanic — March, 2012

The Best Resources On The One Year Anniversay Of Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami — March, 2012

The Web 2.0/Social Media Tools I Use Everyday & How I Use Them – March, 2012

The Best Photos & Videos Of The Space Shuttles’ Final Flights

The Best Displays Of Just-Released New York City Historical Photos

The Best Resources For Learning About The Great Depression

The Best Resources For Learning About “Flow”

The Best Resources For Learning About World War I

The Best Advice For New Teachers

The Best Posts On Helping Students Teach Their Classmates — Help Me Find More

Part Sixty-Four Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

A Quasi “The Best” List On TPRS (TPR Storytelling) For Teaching ESL

The Best Posts About The Most Bizarre Standardized Test Question Ever

The Best Posts & Articles On Building Influence & Creating Change

A Beginning List Of The Best Posts & Articles On Accelerated Reader

The Best Posts On Computer-Graded Essays

The Best Resources On How Exercise Helps Learning — Please Contribute Other Resources

The Best Resources On The Idea Of Extending The School Day

The Best Of Military Photography

The Best Resources To Remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s Death (& Life)

The Best Resources For Lessons On Trayvon Martin

The Best Resources For Learning About May Day

The Best Images Of The Ring Of Fire Eclipse

The Best Nature Photographs Of The Year

The Best Web Tools That Show You Objects To Scale

The Best Sites For Learning About The Golden Gate Bridge

The Best Resources For Learning About The Maya

The Best Sources Of Advice On Helping Students Strengthen & Develop Their Creativity

The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions — Help Me Find More

The Best Tools For Creating Clozes (Gap-Fills)

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

The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons

My Best Posts On Metacognition

The Best Tools For Displaying Instagram Photos On The Web

The Best Sites For Learning To Write A Story

The Best Writing Advice From Famous Authors

The Best Places For ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers To Get Online Professional Development

The Best Sites For Learning About The Colorado Wildfires

The Best Resources For Learning About The 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

The Best Resources For Learning About The European Financial Crisis

The Best Resources For The World Day Against Child Labor

The Best Resources To See Connections (or Disconnections) In The World Before & After The Internet

The Best Resources On The Obama Administration’s Plan To Partially Implement The DREAM Act

The Best Sites For Learning About Voyager 1 & Its Departure From Our Solar System

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Venus Transit”

The Best Resources On The Importance Of Knowing What You Don’t Know

The Best Resources For Learning About Parent Fundraising & Equity Issues

My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2012 (So Far)

The Best Resources On “Race To The Top”

The Best Posts On The Weirdest School Reform Story Of The Year (So Far, At Least)

The Best Resources For Applying “Fed Ex Days” To Schools

The Best Resources On Bringing Students To Nature (& Nature To Students)

The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate

The Best Resources On Using Improvisation In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom

The Best Ideas To Help Students Become Better Listeners — Contribute More

The Best Resources For Learning About The Drought Of 2012 (& Beyond)

The Best Interactives Showing How Long Our Non-Renewables Will Last

The Best Places On The Web To Write Lesson Plans — Who Have I Missed?

The Best Posts On “Loss Aversion” & Schools

The Best Resources For Learning About The 10,000 Hour Rule & Deliberative Practice

The Most Useful Resources For Implementing Common Core — I Hope You’ll Contribute More

The Best Sites For Smartboard Resources (& For Other IWB’s)

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2012 — So Far

Part Sixty-Five Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2012 — So Far

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2012 — So Far

The Best English-Language News Sites With An “Ethnic” Focus — Help Me Identify More

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — So Far

The Best Resources For Learning About Neil Armstrong

The Best Visualizations Of How People Spend Their Days

The Best Sites For Learning About The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

The Best Infographics Of 2012 — So Far

The Best Video Collages Of Natural Disasters

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2012 — So Far

The Best Sites For Learning About Oscar Pistorius

The Best Sites For Learning About The War Of 1812

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2012 — So Far

The Best Multimedia Resources For Introducing Students To The Advantages Of Charts, Graphs & Infographics

The Best Posts/Articles On This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll — 2012

“The Best Posts & Articles On Parent Trigger Movie “Won’t Back Down””

The Best Funny Movie/TV Clips Of Bad Teachers

The Best Resources On Using Drama In The Classroom

The Best Education Week Posts From My First Year Blogging There…

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — So Far

The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea

The Best Online Videos Showing Teachers In The Classroom

The Best Places On The Web To Find Documentaries (Non-YouTube)

The Best Videos For Educators In 2012 — So Far

The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources On Punctuation

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2012 — So Far

The Best Resources On GIFs — Please Contribute More

The Best Places Where Students Can Post Book Reviews For Authentic Audiences

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2012 (So Far)

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2012 — So Far

The Best Resources For Learning About “Psychological Effects” Useful To Teachers

The Best Geography Sites For Beginning & Intermediate English Language Learners

The Best Resources On The Newly-Released California Educator Excellence Task Force Report

The Best Resources On The Chicago Teachers’ Strike

The Best Resources For World Literacy Day

All My “The Best….” Lists Related To Science

A Sampling Of The Best Tweets With The #SaidNoTeacherEver Hashtag

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2012 — So Far

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2012 — So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2012 — So Far

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (So Far)

The Best Posts & Articles About Why Book “Leveling” Is A Bad Idea

The Best Resources For Learning About Felix Baumgartner’s Jump From The Edge Of Space

A Beginning List Of The Best Online Resources About Hurricane Sandy

The Best Geography Sites For Learning About The United States & Canada

The Best Sites For Introducing English Language Learners To Geography

The Best Online Activities For Learning About Time Zones

The Best Sites For Introducing Maps To English Language Learners

The Best Posts On “Gamification” In Education — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources On “Brain-Based Learning” — Help Me Find More

The Eight Blogs & Two Email Newsletters I Read First

The Best Multimedia Resources For Learning About Fallacies — Help Me Find More

The Best Online Tools For Using Photos In Lessons

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2012 — So Far

Best Tweets Of 2012

The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”

The Best Ways For Advanced ELL’s & Non-ELL’s To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — REVISED

All My “The Best…” Geography Lists In One Place!

The Best Reports On Education-Related 2012 Election Results

The Best Videos I’ve Shared On Google Plus In 2012

The Best Resources On How Hurricane Sandy Is Affecting Schools

“My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2012 (Part Two)”

”The best — and worst — education news of 2012″

The Fifteen “Twitterers” Whose Tweets I Read First

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2012

The Best Videos To Help Students Visualize Success

My Best “Pins” On Pinterest In 2012

The Best Screenshare Tools To Help Others With Computer Problems

The Best Ideas On How To Stay Electronically Connected When The Power’s Out

A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites

A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Writing

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Web Tools For Teaching Irregular Verbs & Verb Tenses — Contribute Your Suggestions!

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two)

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part Two

A Collection Of Resources On The Sandy Hook Shooting (Including Video Of President Obama’s Speech)

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2012 — Part Two

The Best Resources On Learning About “Right To Work” Laws

The Best “Year In Review” Features That Aren’t Photo Collections — 2012

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2012

The Best Short Video Clips About Hurricane Katrina

The Best Sites For Learning About Mexico, Central & South America

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2012

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2012 — Part Two

All My 2012 “The Best…” Lists On Education Policy In One Place

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Analyses Of Today’s Release Of TIMSS and PIRLS International Student Test Results

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More

The Best Videos For Educators In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Resources On Talking With Children About Tragedies

My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume Five

My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume Four

My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume Three

My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume Two

My Best Posts Over The Years — Volume One

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2012

All My Math-Related “The Best…” Lists In One Place

A Collection Of “Best…” Lists On Vocabulary Development

The Best Sites To Learning About This Month’s Fires In Australia

The Best Resources On President Obama’s Gun Control Proposals

The Best Sites For Learning About President Obama’s Second Inauguration

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On The Seattle Standardized Test Boycott

A Beginning List Of The Best Posts On Gates’ Final MET “Effective Teaching” Report

The Best Videos On Parent Engagement

The Best Resources On Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) Programs

The Best Resources On Grading Practices

The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2012

The Best Ways To Help Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Succeed

My Best Posts Of The Year — 2012

The Best Posts & Articles On The “Motivation Trumps IQ” Study

All My “Best Of 2012″ Lists In One Place!

The Best Posts On Student Cellphone Use In Class — Please Contribute More

The Best Resources For International Mother Language Day

The Best Multimedia On The Russian Meteor

The Best Resources For Learning About The Next Papal Election

The Best Info On Skills Employers Are Looking For In Job-Seekers

The Best Resources On Why Raising The Minimum Wage Is Important

The Best Resources About The New Push For Immigration Reform

The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Europe

The Best Resources For Learning About Flight

The “Best” Multimedia News Content In The World

My Best Posts On Parent “Academies” & “Universities”

The Best Posts On The Annual MetLife Survey Of The American Teacher

The Best Resources On The Value & Practice Of Having Older Students Mentoring Younger Ones

The Best Ways To Deal With Rudeness In Class

The Best Sports Videos To Use With English Language Learners

The Best Resources For Learning To Use The Video App “Twine”

The Best Tools For Creating Visually Attractive Quotations For Online Sharing

The Best Resources On Teens & Hearing Loss

The Best Resources For Images From The Planck Satellite

A Beginning List Of The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Africa

The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement

The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

The Best Resources For Learning About Ability Grouping & Tracking — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Doing A “One-Sentence Project”

The Best Posts & Articles On MOOC’s — Help Me Find More

My Choices For The Best Posts From The Shanker Blog

The Best Resources For Learning About The Concept Of “Transfer” — Help Me Find More

The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down

The Best Places To Create Funny Subtitles For Silent Movies

The Best Pink Panther Fight Scenes For English Language Learners

The Best Overviews Of The Boston Terror Attack

A Beginning List Of The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Asia & The Middle East

The Best Of The Hashtag #SaidNoEducationVendorEver

The Best Evidence For Why Giving Schools “Report Cards” Is Bad — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources On The Memo Warning Rhee About Cheating (“It seems to me a responsible executive really ought to have looked further”)

Part Sixty-Six Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More

The Best Multimedia For Learning About The Midwest & Oklahoma Tornadoes

A Beginning List Of The Best Sites For ELLs To Learn About The Pacific Region

The Best Posts On LA’s Banning Of Suspensions For “Willful Defiance” (Along With Commentary From An LA Teacher)

“The Best Multilingual Resources For Parents”

The Best Sources Of Advice On How To Get A Teaching Job

The Best Of “TED Talks On Education”

The Best Posts & Articles On….School Lunches?

“The Best Resources For Learning About Community Schools”

A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More

“A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Using Technology To Help Engage Parents”

The Best Tablet & Smartphone Apps For English Language Learners

“My Best Posts On Parent Engagement In 2013 — So Far”

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2013 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – So Far

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 — So Far

The Best Online Geography Games

The Best Resources For Learning About The Summer Solstice

The Best Resources For World Environment Day

The Best Resources About The “Supermoon”

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – So Far

The Best Infographics Of 2013 – So Far

The Best Resources On Chemical Weapons

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2013 – So Far

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 — So Far

A Beginning List Of The Best Posts & Articles On The Charter School CREDO Study

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Maker Movement” — Help Me Find More

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – So Far

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2013 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 – So Far

The Best Videos For Educators In 2013 – So Far

The Best “Quotes Of The Day” In 2013 – So Far

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (So Far)

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2013 — So Far

“The Best Resources On Pre-School Parent Engagement”

The Best Video Collections For Educators

The Best Posts & Articles On The New NCLB Reauthorization Bill

The Best Tweets Of 2013 – So Far

My Best Posts On Writing Instruction

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2013 – So Far

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2013 – So Far

The Best Resources For “Moon Day”

All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) Related To Social Studies In One Place

The Best Sites For Learning About The Battle Of Gettysburg

The Best Examples Of School Reformer Irony

All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) On Education Policy In One Place

The Best Examples Of Turning Problems Into Opportunities — Help Me Find More

The Best Posts & Articles About The Role Of Economists In Education

The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality

Results Of Important Poll Of Parents Released Today

“The Best Resources To Help Engage Parents Of Children With Special Needs – Help Me Find More”

The Best Video Clips Demonstrating “Grit” – Help Me Find More

The Best Advice On Using Education Technology

The Best Videos & Articles Where Athletes Explain How Reading & Writing Well Has Helped Their Career – Help Me Find More

The Best Video Clips On Goal-Setting — Help Me Find More

The Best Resources For Learning About Scotland’s Schools – Help Me Find More

All My “Best Of 2013 – So Far” Lists In One Place

The Best Posts & Articles About Why High School Exit Exams Might Not Be A Good Idea

My Favorite Posts In 2013 — So Far

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — So Far

All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) Related To Web 2.0 In One Place

The Best Tools For Making Internet ” Memes”

The Best Resources For Learning About The Fire Near Yosemite Valley

The Best Resources About The March On Washington

The Best Articles About The Study Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

All My Education Week Teachers Posts From Past Two Years In One Place

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2013 — So Far

The Best Commentaries On The New IB Theory Of Knowledge Teaching Guide

“The Best Infographics About Parent Involvement In Schools”

A Collection Of “The Best” Lists On Assessment

The Best Posts About The New York Testing Fiasco

The Best Posts & Articles On The NCLB Waiver Given To Eight California School Districts (Including Ours)

The Best Resources On Student & Teacher Reflection

The Best Resources On Being A Teacherpreneur

The Best Posts & Articles On The Tony Bennett Scandal

“The Best Education Blogs For Parents”

Best and Worst Education News of 2013 — So Far

The Best Three Sites On The Web For ESL/EFL/ELL/ELT Teachers

The Best Infographics About Teaching & Learning English As A Second (or Third!) Language

The Best Resources For Learning About The Birmingham Church Bombing

The Best Questions To Use For Class Closing Activities — What Are Yours?

“The Best Resources For Talking To Parents About The Common Core Standards”

 

The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom

 

The Best Interactives Showing How Obamacare Works

 

The Best Resources For Learning About The Fires In Australia

 

The Best Resources For Learning About Teens In The News

 

The Best Resources On Malala Yousafzai

 

The Best Resources For Understanding The Debt Ceiling

 

The Best Resources To Help Understand The Federal Government Shutdown

 

The Best Sites For Learning About Brazil

 

“Put The Gun In My Hand” — Stories Of Teacher Bravery

 

The Best Resources On The Importance Of Saying “I’m Sorry”

 

The Best Resources For Connected Educators Month

 

A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools

 

The Best Online Resources For Teaching The Difference Between Correlation & Causation

The Best Ways To Modify The Picture Word Inductive Model For ELLs

The Best Videos Of Tom Lehrer’s Songs

The Best Sites For Learning About Italy

The Best Sites For Learning About France

The Best Online Resources About President John F. Kennedy

The Best Resources For Geography Awareness Week

The Best Resources For Learning About Typhoon Haiyan

The Best Hans Rosling Videos

The Best Online Resources For Learning About The Gettysburg Address

“My Best Posts On Parent Engagement In 2013″

The Best Posts On Curiosity

A Collection Of The Best Fun, Yet True, “Said No Teacher Ever” Resources

“The Best Resources For Learning About The ‘Word Gap’”

The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box” — Help Me Find More

The Best Posts Interpreting This Year’s NAEP Scores

Here Is Who I Recommend You Follow On Twitter

The Best “Mind-Blowing” Videos About Technology That I’ve Seen — Help Me Find More

The Best Ways To Use Mistakes When Teaching Writing

The Best Web Tools For English Language Learners (In Other Words, The Ones My Students Regularly Use)

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Sites For Learning About The United Kingdom

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources Honoring Nelson Mandela At His Passing….

The Best Resources For Learning About Rosa Parks

The Best Year In Review Features — 2013

The Best Infographics Of 2013 – Part Two

A Collection Of My “Best” Lists On The Common Core

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 — Part Two

“My Best Posts On Parent Engagement In 2013″

The Best “Quotes Of The Day” In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources On The Sandy Hook Tragedy

The Best Tweets Of 2013

The Best Videos For Educators In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2013

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (Part Two)

The Best Posts & Articles On 2012 PISA Test Results

All Of My “Best Of 2013″ Lists In One Place!

My Favorite Posts In 2013 — Part Two

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Posts On Teaching TOK “Knowledge Questions”

The Best Posts On Study Finding That Standardized Tests Don’t Measure Cognitive Ability

“The Best Resources — Specifically For Parents — On Bullying”

The Best Posts & Articles On Boredom & How Students & Teachers Can Deal With It

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2013

The Best Scenes From (& Spoofs Of) “It’s A Wonderful Life”

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2013

The Best Sites For Learning About The International Space Station

The Best Sites For Learning About South Africa

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On California’s Drought

The Best Fun Sesame Street Songs — Contribute Your Own!

The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights

The Best Videos Documenting The History Of The English Language

“My Best Posts On The Harlem Children’s Zone & Other ‘Promise Zones’”

“The Best Articles Questioning The View That Single Parents Are A Problem”

The Best Posts & Videos On “Hope” — Help Me Find More

The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2013

The Best Resources For Identifying Qualities Needed In Order To Be “Successful”

The Best Ways To Receive Questions Electronically While Leading A Workshop

The Best Mobile Apps For English Language Learners

The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games

The “All-Time” Best Social Studies Sites

The Best Resources On The Protests In Ukraine

The Best Posts, Articles & Lesson Plans On The Jordan Davis Tragedy & Verdict: Our “Classrooms Are Full Of Him”

The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators

Help Me Make A List Of Student Projects That Require Parent Engagement

“The Best Posts On The inBloom Data Fiasco”

The Best Resources On “One-To-One” Laptop/Tablet Programs — Please Suggest More!

The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education

The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

The “All-Time” Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of EnglishLanguage Learners

The “All-Time” Best Science Sites

The Best Resources For Learning About Mudslides

The Best Sites For Learning About Japan

The Best Sites For Learning About India

The Best Sites For Learning About The 2014 World Cup In Brazil

The Best Resources On The Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More

The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On “Teacher Leadership” — Contribute More!

The Best (Or, At Least, The Most Interesting) Posts On Teacher Attire

The Best Resources On The Dangers Of Multitasking

The Best Video Clips & Full-Length Movies For Helping To Teach Persuasive Techniques (Help Me Find More)

The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators

The Best Posts & Articles On The Florida Teacher Evaluation Fiasco

“My Best Posts On Parent Engagement Over The Past Three Months”

It’s Oscar Night! Here’s A Special Collection Of My Movie-Related “Best” Lists

 

March 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “All-Time” Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of English Language Learners

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I’ve been posting annual lists of The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers of ELLs for a number of years. In addition, I’ve also been publishing separate lists of The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students, which mainly focuses on self-access student sties.

I thought it would be useful for readers, my students, and me to review them all and identify my choices for the “all-time” best ones for teachers. I’ll be following-up with one for students, soon. Later today, I’ll also be publishing the first post in a series on teaching ELLs over at my Education Week Teacher column, and wanted to share this resource there.

I’ve begun creating a number of these “All-Time” Best list, with The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly being the first ; The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education second;  The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators third;  The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games was the fourth one; The “All-Time” Best Social Studies Sides was fifth; The “All-Time” Best Science Sites was sixth; and The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators was number seven.

Look for quite a few more “All-Time” Best lists over the next couple of months.

There are nearly 1,300 Best lists now that are categorized and updated regularly.  You can see them all here.

I’ve included several of my “The Best” lists on this list.  Those lists mainly link to resources developed by other teachers.  For those topics, there are just so many excellent resources I just couldn’t pick one or two to highlight here.

Here are my choices for  The “All-Time” Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of English Language Learners (These are not listed in any order of preference). Be sure to let me know what I’m missing:

I have to start by sharing what I think are the Best Three Sites On The Web For ESL/EFL/ELL/ELT Teachers. These three sites provide large quantities of high quality resources for teachers and students, and they’re free. They’re my “go to” sites that I check check daily, and typically more often, to see what’s new.

The Teaching English – British Council Facebook page. This site is probably the most popular — and deservedly so — site for ESL/EFL/ELL teachers in the world.  Ann Foreman does an extraordinary job inviting and sharing resources from teachers throughout the world.

EFL Classroom 2.0. I’ve posted countless times already about this site, and the great work by its founder, David Deubelbeiss.

Ressources Pour Le College En Anglais is another site I’ve mentioned often. Michelle Henry does an incredible job of curating resources for students and teachers.

I’m obviously biased, but I think the weekly posts I write for the New York Times Learning Network on teaching ELLs are one of the best resources on the Web for both students and teachers.

ELT Chat and ELLchat on Twitter are excellent ways to learn from and connect with other English teachers.

Readers of our book, The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide, know that there’s a lesson plan in it helping students learn the qualities of a successful language learner and that they do a self-assessment as part of it. Part of that lesson includes use of The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner. Marisa Constantinides has created a quiz called Are You A Good Language Learner (completely separate from our lesson), which would be great to give to students. And the EFL Smart Blog has turned Marisa’s quiz into an interactive one that could be taken online. It’s an excellent activity to use on its own or as part of our lesson plan.

Kate Kinsella has a collection of hand-outs to assist in academic language instruction. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.

English Agenda is a site from the British Council which offers a wealth of language-teaching research and online professional development.

Teaching English at the British Council features a “blog post of the month” from English teachers throughout the world. It’s a great collection.  The entire Teaching English site has a wealth of useful resources.

Maximising Learning in Large Classes and Teaching Large Classes are both from The British Council. I’m adding them to The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes.

The Best Ideas For Using Games In The ESL/EFL/ELL Classroom

Alex Case has put together a list of his most popular blog posts/shared resources from the TEFLtastic blog.

The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons

Sean Banville has an “empire” of nine excellent free websites that have to be bookmarked by an teacher of English Language Learners. Check them all out here.

Get Organized Around Assets is the title of an article I wrote for  ASCD’s Educational Leadership. I think it’s the best piece I’ve written on teaching ELLs. It’s subtitled:

The steps community organizers use to help change people’s lives can help teachers improve English language learners’ reading.

The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death

The Best Sites For Free ESL/EFL Hand-Outs & Worksheets

The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL

The Best Music Websites For Learning English

March 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators

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I’ve been posting annual lists of The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators for a number of years. There are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

I thought it would be useful for readers, my students, and me to review them all and identify my choices for the “all-time” best ones.

I’ve begun creating a number of these “All-Time” Best list, with The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly being the first ; The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education second;  The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators third;  The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games was the fourth one; The “All-Time” Best Social Studies Sides was fifth; and The “All-Time” Best Science Sites was sixth.

Look for quite a few more “All-Time” Best lists over the next couple of months.

There are nearly 1,300 Best lists now that are categorized and updated regularly.  You can see them all here.

Here are my choices for  The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators These are not listed in any order of preference):

What We Watch:a geographic exploration of popular YouTube videos is from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and lets you use a map to see and compare which YouTube videos are most popular in countries around the world.

Google hosts “Top Charts,” which show the top things that people are searching for in multiple categories on a monthly basis.

Here are a couple of examples:

USC Rossier Online, associated with the University of Southern California,  has a rating system for education blogs that they call The Teach 100.

The YouTube Trends Map shows which videos are popular in different regions of the United States and in many countries of the world, along with further filtering by the age of viewers.

The Internet Map shows you the most popular websites in the world, and in each country.

Amazon has a feature called “Most Highlighted Passages Of All Time.” Here’s how Amazon describes it:

The Amazon Kindle, Kindle for iPhone and Kindle for iPad each provide a very simple mechanism for adding highlights. Every month, Kindle customers highlight millions of book passages that are meaningful to them. We combine the highlights of all Kindle customers and identify the passages with the most highlights. The resulting Popular Highlights help readers to focus on passages that are meaningful to the greatest number of people. We show only passages where the highlights of at least three distinct customers overlap, and we do not show which customers made those highlights.

BBC News has a neat Live World Map that shows what news is popular in what part of the world at anytime. Here is a good explanation about how it works.

Richard Byrne has described “Ten By Ten” perfectly. So I’m going to quote from his post, and I would encourage you to go there to read his ideas on how to use it with students: “Ten by Ten is a unique program that links images with news stories. Every hour the top 100 news stories from around the world are linked to images on a ten by ten grid. The stories are ranked.”

Most Popular Educational Videos – All Time comes from a site called eduTube. It looks like there are some pretty interesting ones in the mix.

Again, please let me know what sites I’ve missed….

March 1, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “All-Time” Best Science Sites

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I’ve been posting annual lists of The Best Science Sites for a number of years.

I thought it would be useful for readers, my students, and me to review them all and identify my choices for the “all-time” best ones.

I’ve begun creating a number of these “All-Time” Best list, with The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly being the first ; The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education second;  The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators third;  The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games was the fourth one; and The “All-Time” Best Social Studies Sides was fifth.

Look for quite a few more “All-Time” Best lists over the next couple of months.

There are nearly 1,300 Best lists now that are categorized and updated regularly.  You can see them all here.

Here are my choices for  The “All-Time” Best Science Sites (let me know which ones I’m missing — I’ll also be adding to this list after I do a complete review of Science sites I’ve published on this blog. Also, these are not listed in any order of preference):

The New York Times has begun producing one minute “Science Takes” videos on its website. You can see them all here.

Big Facts On Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security is an extremely impressive new interactive site on the effects of climate change. It shows its effect in a variety of ways on every region on the earth.

Here’s how it describes itself:

Big Facts is a resource of the most up-to-date and robust facts relevant to the nexus of climate change, agriculture and food security. It is intended to provide a credible and reliable platform for fact checking amid the range of claims that appear in reports, advocacy materials and other sources. Full sources are supplied for all facts and figures and all content has gone through a process of peer review.

The Guardian has  published an interactive infographic that lets you see the temperature change over the past one hundred years in most locations in the world. Just type in your city and country and, voila, you see it graphed for your location.

100,000 Stars is a new interactive from Google that is an amazing visualization of the universe.  I liked “taking a tour,” which you can click on in the upper left hand corner.

Science Friday, the popular NPR program, has an amazing amount of resources for teachers, and everybody else, online.

Planet Quest: The Search For Another Earth is an “out of this world” site from NASA.

CronoZoom is a wild browser-based history of the universe — about 14 billion years worth.

If you were as amazed as I was by the original Scale Of The Universe, you have to check out Scale Of The Universe 2. This interactive shows you — literally — the scale of the universe.

McDougal Littell’s Class Zone site is on many of my Social Studies related “The Best…” lists — their interactives are incredible (the links I have in this post may, or may not, bring you directly to the interactives. If you get sent to a map, just click the subject you’re interested in and click on California. That will lead you to different textbooks — then click on one of them. That will lead you to the interactives). However, I realize I’ve never written about their equally as impressive high school biology sites. It, too, has plenty of interactive, and most provide audio support for the text.

The Exploratorium has reorganized all their interactives into one Explore page.

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has a site with a number of excellent science interactives which provide audio support for the text.

A Journey Through Climate History is a very, very impressive interactive from ABC in Australia. It highlights key events affecting climate change over the past one hundred ten years.

Curiosity is a website — and a television series — from the Discovery Channel. People send in their questions — and there are some fascinating questions — and get accessible multimedia answers in return. You can also apply to become an expert to help answer questions, too.

A couple of years ago, Richard Byrne posted about a neat BBC interactive on rocks. I was pretty impressed, because it had subtitles and was relatively accessible to English Language Learners. So I explored the site a little further and found that the BBC Schools Bitesize KS3 site had a whole series of similarly accessible activities.

First, go to their main Science page. Next, click on any of the four primary categories:

Organisms, behaviour and health

Chemical and material behaviour

Energy, electricity and forces

The environment, the Earth and the universe

Each of these four sections has multiple “activities,” which are animated exercises that have audio and subtitles.

Universcale compares various microscopic entities. That description does not do justice to the site — you need to go there to check it out. It can be a bit confusing, and much of the language will not be accessible to English Language Learners. However, the images can be used effectively by teachers of all students.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of National History has a website from their Human Origins program called “What Does It Mean To Be Human?” It’s an amazing multimedia site on human evolution.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History sponsors its “Ocean Portal.” You can find just about anything about our oceans there, including slideshows, videos, interactive timelines, etc.

Before and After Humans is an intriguing interactive with images from MSNBC that forecasts various paths human evolution might take in the next few million years.  The vocabulary is going to be challenging — even for advanced Intermediate English Language Learners — but the images and potential paths are going to be intriguing enough, I think, for students to “fight through” for understanding.

NASA At Home & City is a terrific interactive where NASA shows the practical implications of how space travel has affected out lives.  It’s very well done, and audio support is provided for the text. It’s quite accessible to English Language Learners.

Planet Quest is a pretty amazing multimedia timeline of space exploration that begins at 500 B.C. In addition, it provides audio support for the text.

Ology is from the American Museum of Natural History.  It has numerous excellent activities on topics like biodiversity, archeology, and astronomy.

Harcourt’s online activities to support its Science Up Close textbooks are available free online. These are great interactive activities on numerous topics.

BBC Science Clips  are numerous, and well-designed, virtual science experiments.

Houghton Mifflin Science’s Discover! Simulations are extraordinary interactives covering many areas.  It also has a good glossary with audio support.

Learning Science has a great collection online science activities.

FOSSweb is the online component of the exceptional curriculum created by the University of California. It has a series of science experiments students can explore online (click on “enter as a guest.”  The activities are based on grade levels – from kindergarten to middle school.

California Science from MacMillan/McGraw Hill has some great online activities.  However, what makes this site stand-out (and my ESL/EFL bias is clear here) is that it contains translations in many languages (including Hmong!) of the science concepts taught in the textbooks.

February 28, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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February’s “The Best…” Lists – There Are Now 1,268 Of Them!

February 27, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “All-Time” Best Social Studies Sites

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I’ve been posting annual lists of The Best Social Studies Sites for a number of years.

I thought it would be useful for readers, my students, and me to review them all and identify my choices for the “all-time” best ones.

I’ve begun creating a number of these “All-Time” Best list, with The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly being the first ; The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education second;  The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators third; and The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games was the fourth one.

Look for quite a few more “All-Time” Best lists over the next couple of months.

There are nearly 1,300 Best lists now that are categorized and updated regularly.  You can see them all here.

Here are my choices for  The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games  (let me know which ones I’m missing — I’ll also be adding to this list after I do a complete review of Social Studies sites I’ve published on this blog. Also, these are not listed in any order of preference):

I’ve previously posted about Trulia’s visualizations showing information (crime, home prices) for some cities in the United States. Now, they have dramatically expanded the information they share (flooding and earthquake hazards, schools, etc.) and the number of neighborhoods they cover. In fact, it seems they do it for just about everywhere in the U.S., but perhaps I’m overstating it.

The Great Divide: Global income inequality and its cost is a project by a group called The Global Post, done in partnership with The Pulitzer Center with support from The Ford Foundation.

Here’s how they introduce the project:

Income inequality is surging, and there are few countries where it is rising faster than the United States. The distance between rich and poor is greater in America than nearly all other developed countries, making the US a leader in a trend that economists warn has dire consequences. GlobalPost sets out on a reporting journey to get at the ‘ground truth’ of inequality through the lenses of education, race, immigration, health care, government, labor and natural resources. The hope is to hold a mirror up to the US to see how it compares to countries around the world.

TIME Magazine has an ongoing series of short TIME Explains videos on current events. Here’s a link to most of them.

Reading Like A Historian is an impressive collection of almost ninety U.S. and World History lessons from The Stanford History Education Group. Here’s how they describe the lessons:

The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities.

This curriculum teaches students how to investigate historical questions by employing reading strategies such as sourcing, contextualizing, corroborating, and close reading. Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on historical issues. They learn to make historical claims backed by documentary evidence.

They look good to me. You have to register to gain access to them (though you can get a “quick view” of them without registering), but registering is a pretty painless process. The same organization also sponsors Beyond The Bubble, a history assessment site that I have previously posted about

The Google Cultural Institute has multimedia online exhibits on a variety of historical topics, including apartheid in South Africa and the Holocaust.  It’s really quite an impressive site.

Manifest Destiny – The Story of The US Told in 141 Maps is an impressive interactive that does exactly what the title says….

The Victorians: Learn to work like a historian is a site from The National Archives of the United Kingdom. With a very accessible video guide, you….work like a historian investigating multiple artifacts and take notes in an online notebook. You can then save or print-out your notes.  I was particularly impress by its simple, yet sophisticated, instructional guidelines, which can be easily used away from the site on just about any photo or artifact — historical or not — as a tool for higher-order thinking.  The site uses the acronym “LACE”:

Look

Ask

Conclude

Expand

In other words, it goes something like this:

Look: Describe what you see

Ask: What questions do you need to ask, and answer to make sense of what you have seen?

Conclude: What do the things you have discovered from this source tell about what it was like to be…….

Expand: What more would you like to know? How can you find out?

Google hosts The World Wonders Project. Here’s how they describe it:

The World Wonders Project enables you to discover 132 historic sites from 18 countries, including Stonehenge, the archaeological areas of Pompeii and the ancient Kyoto temples. In addition to man-made sites, you can explore natural places: wander the sandy dunes of Australia’s Shark Bay or gaze up at the rock domes of Yosemite National Park in California.

The Smithsonian, in conjunction with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, created Preparing For The Oath. Not only is it now probably the best site out there for preparing people to take the U.S. Citizenship exam, it’s also just a great site to learn about U.S. History. Audio is available to support all the text, and it includes a practice exam.

Stanford has created what I suspect is one of the coolest things you’re going to see today — a Google Maps-like tool that lets you map the fastest and cheapest ways (by donkey is one option) and routes to travel (including how the time of the year affects it) in the ancient Roman World. You can read a very useful review of the tool, called Orbis, here.  They released a new version just this month.

Mapping America: Every City, Every Block is an amazing interactive from The New York Times that displays U.S. Census data from…everywhere. The New York Times Learning Network also has a simple lesson plan related to it. Connecting the Dots: Interpreting U.S. Census Data is a New York Times Learning Network lesson.

Google has created a gallery where you can visit historic areas around the world using its Street View feature.

A History of Poverty is an animated world map showing where poverty (and prosperity) have been most present over the past two hundred years. You can narrow it down by continent or county, too. It’s from the Christian Aid charity.

ViewChange.Org has some pretty amazing short videos from around the world. This is how it describes itself: Using the power of video to tell stories about real people and progress in global development. Believe me, that doesn’t even begin to tell you what’s there.

Pearson has relatively new U.S. History textbooks and one on Ancient Civilizations. Big deal, right? Well, I don’t really care about the paperbound versions, but they has made the book’s online companion sites freely available. They both have some nice interactives.

Go to the sites and then click on each chapter. There are good interactives for each one:

American: History of our Nation

Ancient Civilizations

I’ve previously highlighted Glencoe’s online videos for social studies, but have now discovered that offer many more free resources to support all their social studies textbooks. They’re useful even if you don’t use their books, though, and they’re freely available. You can start off at their main Social Studies site or at their main site for all their textbooks. From there, it’s easy to navigate to their U.S. History, World History and Geography books. They all have links to videos, “in-motion animations” like this one, interactive maps like this (I especially like these maps because they offer audio support for the text), and different games (I especially like their categorization activities).

“If It Were My Home” is a neat interactive that compares the standard of living in the United States to any other country of your choice. The site also has some other neat features.

SAS Curriculum Pathways has a huge amount of interactives in all subjects. In many of them, students complete the activity online, and then send their work electronically to their teacher (it can also be printed out).  And it’s free.

The teacher signs-up and is give a log-in name for all the students in a school. It doesn’t appear that students need their own individual log-in because they have to type in their name before beginning any activity. Let me tell you, that will make using this site immeasurably easy — students won’t have to remember — or forget — individual passwords!

Numbeo shows the cost-of-living in just about every country in the world, and many cities in the United States.

The Time Map Of World History is a super-cool interactive and accessible way to learn about…world history. Using a map and accessible text, it starts at 3500 BC.

Docs Teach from the U.S. National Archives lets you easily create online activities using primary sources. Plus, you can access the interactives that others have created, too. It’s super-easy to register. Creating the interactives is not as intuitive as I would like, but it’s still pretty easy.

“Timelines: Sources From History” is a nifty interactive from the British Library that lets you explore items from its collection using text, video and images. It’s very engaging. The only negative I see is that you can save favorites, but only to a PDF that you can then print-out. There doesn’t appear to be anyway to save it online. That seems a little strange, but maybe I’m missing something.

The BBC’s “A History Of The World.” is a neat interactive timeline display of historical objects with images and commentary. Not only is it an accessible and engaging way to learn more about world history, but after a quick site registration you can contribute your own historical object choice to the collection and write about it.

Zinn Education Project: Teaching a People’s History is  a collaboration between Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change! It’s an excellent resource for social studies educators.

Newsy is a site that — in short videos — compares how major news events are covered by media throughout the world. I’m adding it to The Best Tools To Help Develop Global Media Literacy list.  In some ways, it’s similar to Link TV, which is also on the list.  Newsy, though, isn’t quite as interactive, though you can leave comments if you’re registered.  For that reason, I’m also adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”. The speaking is pretty fast and relatively high-level, so it’s probably only accessible to advanced English Language Learners.

The BBC hosts an exceptional new History site. It targets primary learners, and, to quote their description:

“It covers 6 primary history topics – Ancient Greeks, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Children in Victorian Britain and Children of WW2 – with a photo and video library and an interactive timeline, plus quizzes, activities and games.”

It’s very accessible to English Language Learners, and the games have audio support for the text.  The only disappointment is that the videos aren’t available to watch if you’re in the United States.

Culture Crossing is a unique resource for information about different countries. It provides some basic demographics, but it also shares details about communication style, dress, gestures, etc. It’s unlike any other source of information about countries that’s on the web.

Here’s a companion site to a textbook by Pearson titled World History: Connections To Today. If you go to each chapter, you’ll find what they call a History and Geography Interactive. Most of these short slideshows provide text support for the narration, as well as good graphics.

Here is another companion site to a textbook by Pearson called America: History of Our Nation. If you use the drop-down menu, each chapter has excellent multimedia related to that era. I particularly like the link to “exploring each chapter’s essential question.” When you click on it, you’re taken to a short slideshow that provides audio support for the text.

“History Snapshots”  is a series from Pearson. These short slideshows, which include accessible text, support the study of United States History.

“The Digital Vaults” is an entry into the vast resources of the National Archives, and allows you to use those resources to create your own movies, posters, and what it calls “Pathway Challenges” to… challenge others to find connections between a series of images, documents, and other resources you put together.

Here is an extraordinary collection of short online videos offered by the textbook publisher Glencoe.  I personally think their two U.S. History series are the best, but they also have quite a few accessible ones on Government (actually, two groups of them), World History, and Geography.

McDougal Littell’s Class Zone is one of my favorite sites. It has animated maps, online activities, animations — all with text support for audio. Just click on a subject and a state, and you’ll be amazed at what they offer online.

Holt, Rinehart Winston Social Studies Home Page has great free online activities to support their textbooks. Here are two examples. Click on any of the textbooks, then click on any of the chapters, and then go to “Interactive Features” to see the best online exercises. Many of their textbooks also have great multilingual features.

Awesome Stories is a favorite of many teachers, and provides accessible texts for countless topics.

HippoCampus  has great (and complete) online and accessible textbooks for many subjects, including History and Government. Their resources include extraordinary multimedia presentations.  You can read more about it here.

February 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games

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I’ve been posting annual lists of the The Best Online Learning Games for a number of years.

I thought it would be useful for readers, my students, and me to review them all and identify my choices for the “all-time” best ones.

I’ve begun creating a number of these “All-Time” Best list, with The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly being the first ; The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education second; and The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators third.

Look for quite a few more “All-Time” Best lists over the next couple of months.

There are over 1,200 Best lists now that are categorized and updated regularly.  You can see them all here.

Here are my choices for The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games (let me know which ones I’m missing — I’ll also be adding to this list after I do a complete review of games I’ve published on this blog. Also, these are not listed in any order of preference):

Mission US, which is funded by the Corporation For Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment For The Humanities, has three great U.S. History-related “Choose Your Own Adventure” games.

Zondle is a pretty darn impressive for online learning games. It has tons of content in different subjects, and, if you can’t find what you need, it’s easy to just add your own. The ingenious part is that once you pick the topic you study, you have the option of studying the info in forty different games! Plus, teachers can create their own virtual classroom and track student progress. And, it’s free.

VocabularySpelling City is already on several of my “The Best…” lists for learning games.  Its title speaks for itself.

Jeopardy Labs lets teachers and students create their own online games of Jeopardy. No registration is required, and each game has its own unique url address. Most other apps to create Jeopardy games require a software download, which makes Jeopardy Labs really stand-out since none is required.

Headline Clues from Michigan State University  is a great idea that can be adapted for using in the classroom with paper and pen. In the game, you’re shown the lead paragraph, but letters from two words in the headline are missing. Players have to use clues in the first paragraph to identify what the missing words should be. As you play the online version, you can ask for clues. One of the great things about using this game in the classroom is that students can create their own and have classmates trying to figure out the answers, as well as giving them clues if needed.

Mia Cadaver’s Tombstone Timeout is a BBC game that asks questions related to Math, Science and English, and you can choose which subject you want to use.  The Math and Science sections are divided into levels of difficulty.  That makes it more accessible to a larger number of students.   In “Mia Cadaver”  you can create a private “virtual room” where only your students compete against each other.  Everybody just types in the name you’ve given the room, and the questions begin.  After each question is answered the screen shows the overall ranking of everybody in the room.  Students love it!

Gut Instinct is very similar to Mia Cadaver’s game.

What 2 Learn  has a variety of templates, and a fairly easy process, that teachers and students can use to create and play learning games.

Questionaut is an online video game from the BBC where players have to answer questions related to English, Science and Math. As you answer the questions correctly, a little “questionaut” in a balloon gets to continue on his journey.

Two older music games by the same creator — Luke Whittaker are personal favorites.  One is called Sound Factory  and the other is A Break In The Road. I’m not going to even going to try to describe these wonderful games here.  You can read my post and try them yourself.

I think Wordmaster at the BBC Learning English site is the best “word game” out there.

Of course, I have to include the famous Free Rice game.  It’s great that they donate rice to the United Nations food program for every correct answer, but that’s not why it made my list.  It’s here because it’s a neat vocabulary-building exercise for anyone.  It stands-out becauses it only increases its difficulty level based on how well you’re doing in the game.

Philologus  uses recent television games shows as templates for teacher and student created exercises.

Launchball is from the British Science Musuem.  Students can create a sort of video game (and learn scientific concepts in the process), title it, and post the url.

February 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators

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I’ve been posting annual lists of the Best Videos For Educators for a number of years.

I thought it would be useful for readers, my students, and me to review them all and identify my choices for the “all-time” best ones.

I’ve begun creating a number of these “All-Time” Best list, with The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly being the first and The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education second.

Look for quite a few more “All-Time” Best lists over the next couple of months.

There are over 1,200 Best lists now that are categorized and updated regularly.  You can see them all here.

Here are my choices for The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators (let me know which ones I’m missing — I’ll also be adding to this list after I do a complete review of videos I’ve published on this blog):

Of course, the “graphic notetaking” video of Daniel Pink’s speech about his book, Drive, has got to be on this list:

Alfie Kohn has written several books, including “Punished By Rewards.”. Dwight Schrute is the well-known character in the television comedy, “The Office.” What might the connection be between the two of them? Watch this two minute video clip to find out:

Here’s Bloom’s Taxonomy According To The Pirates Of The Caribbean:

The PBS News Hour produced this segment on self control and young people. It uses financial literacy as an initial hook, but it’s mainly about the famous marshmallow test and a recent updated study:

Watch the full episode. See more PBS NewsHour.

This is a great video to get students to think more carefully about their writing:

Thanks to an excellent post by Jennifer Brokofsky, I learned about this short video of Sir Ken Robinson. He makes an excellent point about the importance of helping students motivate themselves (and I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students):

“Farmers and gardeners know you cannot make a plant grow….The plant grows itself. What you do is provide the conditions for growth. And great farmers know what the conditions are and bad ones don’t. Great teachers know what the conditions for growth are and bad ones don’t.”

In this video, some ducklings were able to get over the curb on their own. However, several found that it was just too high. Look at how someone provides assistance to those having trouble, and how he doesn’t tell them what to do. Instead, he offers it as an option, as a choice they can make. It’s an example of an old community organizing axiom, “If you don’t give people the opportunity to say no, you don’t give them the opportunity to say yes, either.”

Jason Flom shared this great video on the importance of making mistakes. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

This TED Talk video from the late Rita Pierson on “Every Kid Needs A Champion” is a great one:

Perseverance (grit) is one of the key qualities researchers have found to be essential in a successful language learner, as well as other learners.

Here’s a video demonstrating that quality that I’m adding to The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner:

This is from Yahoo News and is a great illustration of “thinking outside the box”:

I’m adding this next video to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”:

February 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Using “Dvolver Moviemaker” With English Language Learners

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Dvolver Moviemaker has been a longtime favorite of many English teachers around the world.

Students can very, very easily create short animation — with music and dialogue bubbles — to tell a short story. The final creation can be embedded in a blog (though its embed code is not very elegant) or, as I usually do, just post the link.

I’ve used it in many ways. We’ve been learning how to write a persuasive essay and, after studying gangs, today students used Dvolver to demonstrate their understanding of “What I Think; Opposing Position; and Counter-Argument.”

It was a useful, and fun, formative assessment. I’ve embedded one example below (actually, I wasn’t kidding about their embed code — it messed up my entire blog, so I’m just including the link here), and you can see more here at our class blog.

Here are examples some of my previous students have created.

Dvolver is already on The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly list, and I’ll add this post to The Best Web Tools For English Language Learners (In Other Words, The Ones My Students Regularly Use).

February 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education

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I’ve been posting annual lists of the Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education for seven years.

I thought it would be useful for readers, my students, and me to review them all and identify my choices for the “all-time” best ones.

I’ve begun creating a number of these “All-Time” Best list, with The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly being the first one. Some of the sites there could easily be on this list, too. However, I’ve put all sites that don’t require registration over there.

Look for quite a few more “All-Time” Best lists over the next couple of months.  I think readers might find these lists helpful, but I’m primarily creating them for my students to experiment and help me decide if all these tools should stay on this list or not.

There are over 1,200 Best lists now that are categorized and updated regularly.  You can see them all here.

In order to make this “All-Time” list and, in fact, to make any of my annual Web 2.0 lists, a site has to be:

* accessible to English Language Learners and non-tech savvy users.

* free-of-charge.

* appropriate for classroom use.

* completely browser-based with no download required.

These sites are not listed any any order of preference.  These are also ones for students to use — I’m not necessarily including ones I that I use regularly — those are for another list.

Let me know if you think I’m missing some…I know I am. Even though I’ve reviewed many of my previous lists, I didn’t do an exhaustive search, so I’ll be adding more tools to this list in the coming weeks (and years!).

Here are my choices for The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education:

I use Pinterest daily. However, in the vast majority of schools, it is never going to make it past Internet content filters for students. eduClipper is basically a Pinterest for schools. It has the potential of sort of being an “all in one” tool for the classroom, serving the same purposes as sites on The Best Social Bookmarking Applications For English Language Learners & Other Students list and on The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”) list, as well as serving other functions.

Haiku Deck, an iPad app which now has a Web version, may very well be the best tool for creating online slideshows that are out there. It’s  on The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows list.  Richard Byrne has made a tutorial explaining how to use the web version.

I’m a big proponent of the Picture Word Inductive Model as a strategy for English Language Learners to develop reading and writing skills (I describe it in detail  in my article in ASCD Educational Leadership, Get Organized Around Assets). It begins with the teacher labeling items in thematic photos with the help of students. The webtool Thinglink could be a great deal to help ELL’s maximize the advantages of this instructional strategy. Thinglink lets you upload or grab an image or video off the web and annotate items with the image or video super-easily. It basically looks like a photo in the Picture Word Inductive Model, just online.  Thinglink recently unveiled the ability for teachers to create virtual classrooms.

MarQueed is like a Thinglink  on steroids and allows collaborative annotation.  You can read more about it here.

Meograph is a cool web tool that lets you create an audio-narrated digital story with an integrated map.  You can also grab images off the web.

Easel.ly  is hands-down the easiest tool I’ve seen on the Web to create infographics. You just “drag-and-drop” a variety of themes, type in your data, and you’ve got a great infographic.

Lesson Paths (formerly MentorMob) lets you very easily create a slideshow. Webpages, videos and photos can be grabbed from the web and added, along with notes. It’s easy to use, very intuitively designed so just about anyone can figure it out, and attractive.

The free web tool Inklewriter is, without a doubt, the easiest way to write a choose your own adventure story. I’m tentatively putting it on this “All-Time” list, thought I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it here.  I’m going to have my students experiment with it a little more this year.

Magisto is an Animoto-like service that lets you upload several short videos and it then somehow “recognizes” the most important parts and turns it into a magically-produced one minute video.

Popplet is an app that is like Wallwisher on steroids. You can make an online “bulletin-board” with virtual “post-its” (called “popplets), just like in Wallwisher. And, except for the fact you have to register to use it, Popplet is just as easy and, in some ways, easier to use with a lot more functionality. With Popplet, you search for images and videos on the Web directly within the “popplet” instead of copying and pasting the url address (as you need to do in Wallwisher). You can draw within the “popplet” and it doesn’t appear to have an limit on the number of characters you can use. You can connect the “popplets.” You can also embed the whole thing.

educaplay is a great free tool where you can easily create a ton of different kinds of educational interactives that you can link to or embed in your site. These include Riddles, Crosswords, Wordsearch Puzzle, Fill in the texts, Dialogues, Dictations, Jumbled Word, Jumbled Sentence, Matching, Quizzes, and Maps. For at least some of the them, including dictation, it provides the ability to record audio.

Scoop.it lets you “scoop it” into your own personalized newspaper (that’s what I’m calling it, not them) which you can then share. It’s an ongoing process.

Fotobabble, is a neat application where people can post photos along with an audio description.

Sitehoover is an application that lets you create a personal homepage showing thumbnail images of your favorite websites. You can also organize them into separate “folders. It can be very useful to students doing research, or identifying their favorite language-learning site.

Tripline is a great map-making application. You just list the various places you want to go in a journey, or a famous trip that has happened in history or literature, or a class field trip itinerary, and a embeddable map is created showing the trip where you can add written descriptions and photos. You can use your own photos or just through Flickr. Plus, you can pick a soundtrack to go with it as it automatically plays through the travels.

Quizlet is  on The Best Tools To Make Online Flashcards list.  In addition to letting you create and study flashcards, it also lets you study the words in “game” forms.  Plus, it allows voice recording for some features.

Zunal is an easy way for teachers (and students) to create webquests. I know there are some specific parameters involved in using the term “webquest,” so you can also use Zunal to create much simpler “online scavenger hunts.” At their most basic, it can be a series of questions students have to answer, along with links to websites where the information can be found. Zunal also acts as the host for the webquest or scavenger hunt after its been created.

“The Digital Vaults”  is an entry into the vast resources of the National Archives, and allows you to use those resources to create your own movies, posters, and what it calls “Pathway Challenges” to… challenge others to find connections between a series of images, documents, and other resources you put together.

ESL Video is a super-easy to take pretty much any video off-the-net and create a quiz to it. It’s designed for ESL/EFL students, but it can also be used by and for mainstream students.

VoiceThread lets you upload pictures and create an audio narrative to go along with them. In addition, audio comments can be left by visitors.

Animoto lets you easily create musical slideshows.

Screencast-o-Matic lets you easily upload PowerPoints and provide audio narration.

Stay is a great tool for students to plan virtual trips. I use it a lot in my Geography classes.

Since Slideshare is blocked for students in my District, I favor Authorstream as the preferred tool that students use to upload and then post PowerPoints on our class blogs.

And, speaking of class blogs, of course, Edublogs needs to be on this list!

February 23, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

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I’ve been posting annual lists of the Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly for seven years.

I thought it would be useful for readers, my students, and me to review them all and identify my choices for the “all-time” best ones. These web tools are excellent ways for English Language Learners, and others who might not be very tech-savvy, to have a good experience working with technology.

In order to make it on this list, web tools must be:

* accessible to English Language Learners.

* able to provide a learning opportunity.

* available at no-cost.

* able to be used to easily create engaging online content within minutes.

* willing to host user-created work indefinitely on the website itself.

* appropriate for classroom use.

* accessible without requiring registration.

Here are my choices for The “All-Time” Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly:

Pinwords allows you to create attractive illustrated quotes and lets you grab images off the web to use. Quozio is a similar site. And you can find others at my recent post, The Best Tools For Creating Visually Attractive Quotations For Online Sharing.

Phrase.it lets you easily add speech bubbles with your text to photos. You can upload your own, or choose a random image from the site. You’re then given a link to your creation.

Google’s Peanut Gallery  lets you create subtitles for a variety of old silent movies. The special twist, though, is that you create the subtitles by speaking into a computer microphone and they will then magically appear. You have to speak very clearly though, so it may, or may not, work well for English Language Learners.  One negative, however, is that it only works in the Chrome Browser.

I Wish You To lets you easily draw and create your own Ecards, which you can post, embed, and/or send to someone — and no registration is required.

Google has a tool called “Story Builder.” Without having to register, you can create a “dialogue” of sorts, add music, and end up with a link to a video-like presentation that you can share.

I Fake Siri lets you create a fake conversation — in text — with the new iPhone voice feature Siri. You can then link to, or embed, your creation. It’s just another fun opportunity for ELL’s to practice writing, reading, and speaking.

QikPad lets you write collaboratively with anyone you want, and you can then link to, or embed, whatever you come up with….

Our Mother Tongues is a very impressive site that’s designed to support and preserve Native American languages. It’s very engaging, and includes a “language map,” videos and more. One of its very neat features is that it allows you choose a virtual audio postcard with a Native American greeting that you can send to someone. You can also write a personalized message on it. You’re given a unique url address, and it can be posted on a student/teacher website or blog.

With News Jack, all you have to do is paste the url address of any website and you’re immediately given the tools to easily transform its homepage into looking however you want it to look. Without having to register, you can make the New York Times highlight photos and articles of your great basketball-playing ability; have CNN focus on covering what was happening in 1776, or The Huffington Post reporting on the first Thanksgiving dinner. You can easily grab images off the web or your computer to insert, as well as text. You can then click “publish” and you’re given the url address to your creation so it can be shared with the world.

Croak.it lets you easily record a thirty second message with a computer microphone. You then get a unique url address that you can share. No registration is necessary.

Try out Google Docs new demo that lets you write collaboratively with your favorite dead famous writers. Then you get to save and share your creation. As Next Web explains:

A “famous writer” will start typing and then it’s your turn. Once you’ve typed in the next line, the writer takes over
tildee lets you very easily create a simple step-by-step tutorial for just about anything. You can add text, maps, videos and photos.

Cardkarma is a neat eCard site for many occasions. Without registering, you can search Flickr for any photo and turn it into an eCard you can send and post.

Fakebook is a tool over at the excellent ClassTools site (Russel Tarr is the creative genius behind the site). Teachers and students can use it to:

- chart the career of a historical character
- create a timeline of important events
- outline the main plot of a book, play or film
and so on!

At Isle Of Tune, you create music by creating a city. Yes, that’s right, you “drag-and-drop” different parts of a city — homes, cars, trees, etc. — and each one has a musical tone. Then click “Go” and the car prompts the different elements to do their thing. No registration is required, and you’re given the url address of your creation to share. As a bonus to English Language Learners, the different parts of the city are labeled, so students can pick up vocabulary at the same time. Plus, they can describe their musical creations.

With Picture Book Maker, you can easily create a…picture book (including text). It can be saved online or printed out. It’s super-easy to use, plus no registration is required. The url of your creation can be posted on a student/teacher blog or website.

Bounce lets you virtually annotate webpages. Just type in the url address, make notes on it (perhaps students can demonstrate their use of reading strategies like making a connection or asking questions) and then post the link on a student/teacher blog or website.

Five Card Flickr Story lets you pick five photos from a group of pre-selected images from Flickr and then write a story about them. It saves your selection and story, and provides you with a link to it. No registration is required.

Phreetings lets you search for an image (it appears to use Flickr, but I can’t be sure), drag and drop it on a virtual card, and then write something below it (it looks like you can write a lot there). You’re then given the url to copy and paste. During our study of natural disasters, for example, I can see my students finding an image labeled “Katrina” and writing a short report on what they’ve learned so far about the hurricane.

You can use the Propaganda Film Maker to combine images and audio to try convincing the public to support World War II.

Many ESL Teachers are familiar with Bombay TV, Futebol TV and Classik TV, which let you create subtitles for various clips (you can guess what kind of clips by each of their names).

Szoter doesn’t require registration, you can upload or grab images off the web (just insert its url address), and the final product looks just like an image would look like using the Picture Word Inductive Model (learn more about the PWIM at The Best Online Tools For Using Photos In Lessons).

Bubblr is a super-easy tool to use for adding “speech bubbles” to online photos.

Create a slideshow with Bookr.

The Art of Storytelling is a site from the Delaware Art Museum that allows you pick a painting (they don’t use photos, but the site is so good I decided to include it in this list anyway), write a short story about it, record it with your computer microphone, and email the url address for posting on a student website or blog. It’s extraordinarily simple, and extraordinarily accessible to any level of English Language Learner. No registration is required.

PixiClip is a neat drawing tool that lets you make a drawing and record either audio-only or a video to go along with it. It also lets you upload an image from the web and “mark it up.” The audio-plus-drawing capability could really come in handy for English Language Learners. .

Here’s an example:

TxtBear is great — you can create a document using Word, for example, and upload it to the Web for free. TxtBear create a url address for it.

Testmoz is an app that lets you create an online, self-correcting quiz without having to register.

Jeopardy Labs lets you easily create an online Jeopardy game without having to register. Maybe I’m the only teacher who feels this way, but I’ve always found that playing Jeopardy the way they do on TV — giving players the answer and then they have to come-up with the question — to be overly confusing for students in the classroom. When I’ve played it in class, I’ve just given the questions and had students have to say the answers. Given my feelings about this, even though it’s super simple to use this tool to create the game, I tell my students to ignore the site’s instructions and just write the questions first and the answers second so that the board displays the question.

Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) lets you make a virtual wall of “sticky notes” where you can include images, text, and/or videos. Inductive learning is a key part of our teaching at Burbank, and we use what are called “data sets” as a major component of those lessons.  After students categorize the info in these data sets, they can summarize them and use them to create Padlets, as our students did in our Nelson Mandela unit. You can see many examples of their creations in our class blog.

My students have been completing Internet Scavenger Hunts, which are basically a series of questions along with links where they can find the answers. We’ve just been grabbing ones we find on the Web and putting them on our class blog for students to complete, but there’s no reason why students now can’t start making their own. Their classmates can then complete them. Even though there are relatively simple sites that are solely devoted to the creation of scavenger hunts and more sophisticated Webquests (see The Best Places To Create (And Find) Internet Scavenger Hunts & Webquests), I think, for our purposes, just having students come up with a few questions, then list a url address where they can find the answers, and then list a few more questions, etc. would be sufficient for what we want to do. For that purpose, I don’t there’s anything easier than a site like Copytaste ( Others include Loose Leaves, Dinky Page, Just Paste It, and Page O Rama ). Students just have to make the list of questions and websites and the page is automatically converted into a website whose url address can be pasted on our class blog.

Create an online poster with Tackk.

Use Dvolver Moviemaker to create short animations with text bubble dialogue. You can see many examples of these films on my Examples of Student Work page.

Create a cartoon at MakeBeliefsComix and the Toronto Public Library Tell-A-Story Builder.

Zee Maps lets you create maps, mark places, and add media.

Scribble Maps is a neat application that lets you create maps — with markers and images that can be grabbed off the Internet — and you can draw on it, too. Plus, no registration is required.

Let me know if you think I’m missing ones that should be on the list. I’ve posted about many more, but just included the ones that I thought were the very best….

You can see all 1,200 “The Best” lists here.

December 27, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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December’s “The Best…” Lists – There Are Now 1,245 Of Them!

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Here’s my monthly round-up of new “The Best…” lists I posted this month (you can see all 1,245 of them categorized here):

The Best Web Tools For English Language Learners (In Other Words, The Ones My Students Regularly Use)

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Sites For Learning About The United Kingdom

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources Honoring Nelson Mandela At His Passing….

The Best Resources For Learning About Rosa Parks

The Best Year In Review Features — 2013

The Best Infographics Of 2013 – Part Two

A Collection Of My “Best” Lists On The Common Core

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 — Part Two

“My Best Posts On Parent Engagement In 2013″

The Best “Quotes Of The Day” In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources On The Sandy Hook Tragedy

The Best Tweets Of 2013

The Best Videos For Educators In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2013

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (Part Two)

The Best Posts & Articles On 2012 PISA Test Results

All Of My “Best Of 2013″ Lists In One Place!

My Favorite Posts In 2013 — Part Two

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Posts On Teaching TOK “Knowledge Questions”

The Best Posts On Study Finding That Standardized Tests Don’t Measure Cognitive Ability

“The Best Resources — Specifically For Parents — On Bullying”

The Best Posts & Articles On Boredom & How Students & Teachers Can Deal With It

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2013

The Best Scenes From (& Spoofs Of) “It’s A Wonderful Life”

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2013

December 12, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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All Of My “Best Of 2013″ Lists In One Place!

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Here are my nineteen end-of-the-year “Best…” lists. I do have three more to do — one highlighting infographics, another listing Theory of Knowledge resources, and other one listing my personal favorite posts — but I might not get to them for a week or two. I thought readers would find it helpful to gather all of the rest in one place:


The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Infographics Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Year In Review Features — 2013

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2013

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2013

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (Part Two)

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 – Part Two

My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 – Part Two

The Best “Quotes Of The Day” In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Tweets Of 2013

The Best Videos For Educators In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2013

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 — Part Two

“My Best Posts On Parent Engagement In 2013″

Best and worst education news of 2013

You might also be interested in my mid-year lists, which you can find at:

All My “Best Of 2013 – So Far” Lists In One Place

And, of course, you can find all 1,250 of the Best lists here…..

December 12, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2013 – Part Two

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This list (a not particularly long one) brings together what I think are this year’s best ways to create online content easily and quickly — at least, the ones that have become available since Part One of this list was published six months ago. These web tools are excellent ways for English Language Learners, and others who might not be very tech-savvy, to have a good experience working with technology.

In order to make it on this list, web tools must be:

* accessible to English Language Learners.

* available at no-cost.

* able to be used to easily create engaging online content within minutes.

* willing to host user-created work indefinitely on the website itself.

* appropriate for classroom use.

* accessible without requiring registration.

In addition to Part One of this year’s list, You might also be interested in:

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2012 — Part One

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2011

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2010

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2009

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2008

A very small number of the applications that have made it on this list are viral marketing tools. You can read this article about how I use these in the classroom.

Here are my choices for The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2013 – Part Two (Not in any order of preference):

I’ve previously posted about Incredibox, and I continue to think it’s the easiest and most fun tool on the web for creating music. You can save your creation, give it a title, and share it. Last month, they announced that they completely updated the site (again), including giving it a new url address. Of course, it continues to be on The Best Online Sites For Creating Music.

On my The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration list, I have quite a few tools that let you create documents with others, including some that allow instant text chat.  Notepad is a new tool that has both of those features and, unlike most other sites, also provides an audio chat feature. No registration is required to use all its features.

Class Tools lets you easily create a Map “treasure hunt” with no registration necessary.

Make A Word Cloud is an easy word cloud generator.

This next one is a “runner-up,” but I thought I’d share it anyway:

Graffit Map lets you choose a Google Street View from anywhere in the world, draw graffiti on it, and then save and share the image. I think it could have been a useful tool for students studying geography or planning a field trip so they could label things, and it could also be helpful to English Language Learners for learning new vocabulary (sort of like a freehand “Thinglink” that doesn’t require registration. I say “could have been” because the brush size is too thick and unwieldy for labeling use — at least, it was for me. If you can figure out a way to make it more usable, please let me know.

Feedback is welcome.

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