Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

March 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Type Your Text Into “SlideBot” & It Automatically Chooses Layout & Images For Your Slideshow

SlideBot lets you type the text you want to appear in each slide and then uses its software to design your slideshow in seconds.

It’s pretty neat, and they’ve just unveiled a free education version.

Unfortunately, if you want to be able to export it or use it in full-screen mode, it will cost $15. Those restrictions might make its use in education somewhat limited. However, I could also see some pretty major advantages, including eliminating the extensive time that some students spend on slide design. In addition, having students use SlideBot even a few times could be a good learning experience about good design of slides – its software appears pretty powerful based on my testing it out.

I’m going to purchase the $15 dollar license for myself because it seems to create slideshows that are a hell of a lot better looking than the ones I create manually.

In many ways, it’s a non-animated version of “My Simple Slideshow,” which automatically creates animations from text (see
Wow – “My Simple Show” Is An Extraordinary Tool For Creating Free Video “Explainers”).

I’m adding this info to The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows.

November 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

TIME Publishes “The Most Influential Images of All Time”


TIME has just published their choices for The Most Influential Images of All Time.

It includes a variety of features, including videos and a timeline.

I’ve added it to The Best Sites To See “Photos That Changed The World,” which I’ve just updated and revised.

August 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The “All-Time” Best Sources Of Online Images


I have nearly 1,600 “Best” lists and, though they’re all categorized and regularly updated, they can be pretty overwhelming – even to me!

That’s one reason why I have a small number, but growing, newer category of lists call “All-Time Best” ones. You can see All Of My “All-Time” Best Lists In One Place!

This post is another attempt at bringing a little more sanity to these lists.

I’ve just revised and updated The Best Online Sources For Images, but it’s still pretty massive – plus there are a zillion comments with even more recommendations from readers.

Here are my choices of the best – and easiest – sites to use for legally obtaining free images. They’re the ones I use the most. The links on this list are either direct links to the sites or links to my blog posts about the resources. In the case, those posts include the direct links:

“Photos For Class” Is My Favorite Site For Finding Images

“Unsplash” Is A Great Source Of Public Domain Photos & Just Got A Lot Better!

Getty Images Has Just Become The Number One Source For Images In Social Media — Choose From 40 MILLION!

You Can Now Embed Images From Imgur With Automatic Attribution

Pixabay is a good source of public domain images. Here’s a post from Richard Byrne some suggestions on how to use it.

ELT Pics is a project initiated on Twitter to collect photos helpful to English Language teachers.

Feel free to let me know if you think I’m missing any obvious ones that should be on this “all-time” list.


February 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Photos For Class” Is My Favorite Site For Finding Images


I have a huge The Best Online Sources For Images list (and one needing some revising and updating).

And, with all those resources available, Photos For Class has become my “go-to” site for blog and presentation images.

It’s free and, when you download the image (all Creative Commons licensed for public use), proper attribution is shown with it. It can’t get much easier than that….

January 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Latest NY Times Interactive For ELLs Is On “Reporting the News With Images”


My latest NY Times interactive for English Language Learners is on “Reporting the News With Images.” Students first read a passage about reporting the news online and choose the definitions for several academic vocabulary words. Next, they view a number of interactive news presentations, pick the one they like best, and write about why they like it.

You can see all my past seventy NY Times posts at All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions.

January 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New York Public Library Makes 180,000 Images Available In Public Domain


Thanks to Daniel Willingham on Twitter, I learned today that the New York Public Library has made 180,000 “digitized items” available in the public domain.

On top of that, they’ve created a number of cool tools to search the images and for using them (for example, users can create a virtual “trip planner”).

I’m adding this info to The Best Online Sources For Images.

September 14, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Images Of Refugees Throughout The Years

I’ve been sharing resources about the present refugee crisis and adding them to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.

Here are two new interactives that share images of refugees throughout the years:

Refugees in Europe – then and now is from The Guardian.

Great uprootings: Photographs of the world’s most massive migrations is from The Washington Post.

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