Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

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In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

I learned about Quizalize from David Kapuler. It seems like a simple and useful tool for creating an online quiz, though it also seems like a clone of Kahoot. Unfortunately, it also has Kahoot’s big drawback — when students are taking the quiz, though teachers can see the results, students cannot see how they are “ranking” compared to their classmates, which eliminates one of the best potential game features. Fortunately, Quizziz does have that element which, obviously, has to be used with care so that students facing more challenges don’t feel bad if they are not “winners.” I usually handle that by pairing students up. But I’m still adding Quizalize to The Best Ways To Create Online Tests because you never know what sites will be blocked by District filters and it’s always helpful to have options.

Animaps is a new tool for created an sequential series of points on a map — in another words, an animated video of a trip, a series of events & where they took place from literature or history, etc. It seems very easy to use. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Map-Making Sites On The Web.

Chisel is a simple way to create visually attractive quotations to share online. Here’s a sample of one I created in seconds:

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I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Visually Attractive Quotations For Online Sharing.

June 18, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“BeeClip.Edu” Looks Great

Thanks to David Kapuler (I’d recommend you subscribe to his blog), I’ve learned about a new site called BeeClip.Edu.

It lets you set-up a virtual classroom where students can create a “scrapbook” or other products using a very simple “drag-and-drop” interface. Text can also be added. One teacher with up to thirty students is free, but you have to pay if you want to add more.

The teacher and other students in the class can see all the student-created products, but it doesn’t appear — at least to me — that there is any way to make links to them public. I’ve sent a question in to the site to see if I’m missing the feature. If there isn’t, I hope they’ll add it so that parents and others can view it.

I’m adding BeeClip.Edu to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

March 2, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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MentorMob Is A New Versatile Web Tool

It’s always nice to find a web tool that can be used for a number of purposes, and David Kapuler (whom I have previously nominated for an Edublogs Award) has found one with MentorMob.

It 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. I’m adding it to the following “The Best…” lists:

The Best Places To Create (And Find) Internet Scavenger Hunts & Webquests

The Best Ways To Create Online Video Playlists

The Best Social Bookmarking Applications For English Language Learners & Other Students

The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows

June 5, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”

I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in this blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet sharing them.

Here are This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

18 Charts Reveal All You Need to Know About Facebook is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Facebook.

Global food crisis – interactive is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About World Food Day.

LinkCloud is a new tool to create homepages. It’s got a lot of excellent features, but it might be a little too complicated for some. I’m tentatively adding it to The Best Personal Home Page Creators.

Trulia has created an impressive interactive crime map showing neighborhoods in different cities around the United States. Unfortunately, Sacramento isn’t one of the cities included in their list yet. It could be helpful to our annual Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits activity — if and when they add our city. You can read more about the tool at Read Write Web.

19 Pencils is a beta site that offers the promise of being able to easily create quizzes, share online content, create class websites, and track student content. However, many of the features are not yet activated. It’s certainly worth a look, but I’m not ready to place it on any “The Best…” lists yet. Maybe soon, though. I learned about the site from David Kapuler and Kelly Tenkely.

Freedom Riders remember is a slideshow from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Freedom Riders.”

Here are some other regular features I post in this blog:

“The Best…” series (which now number 691)

Best Tweets of The Month

The most popular posts on this blog each month

My monthly choices for the best posts on this blog each month

Each month I do an “Interview Of The Month” with a leader in education

Periodically, I post “A Look Back” highlighting older posts that I think are particularly useful

The ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival

Resources that share various “most popular” lists useful to teachers

Interviews with ESL/EFL teachers in “hot spots” around the world.

Articles I’ve written for other publications.

Photo Galleries Of The Week

Research Studies Of The Week

Regular “round-ups” of good posts and articles about school reform

January 1, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Corkboard Me” Looks Easy & Useful

Corkboard Me is sort of Wallwisher-clone that is even simpler to use but has fewer features. You just paste virtual sticky-notes on a virtual bulletin board. One nice feature it has is by pasting the url address of an image link, the image will show up on the sticky note. No registration is necessary.

A site like this is very useful when I’m going to have students look for images in certain categories and then describe them. In the The Best Social Bookmarking Applications For English Language Learners & Other Students list (where I’m going to place Corkboard Me) and in my ELL book, I explain in some detail how to use these types of picture data sets as a language-learner lesson that incorporates higher-order thinking skills of categorization.

Thanks to David Kapuler for the tip.

December 13, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Edublog Awards Announced This Week

Voting for the Edublog Awards (vote here)  will end on Tuesday the 14th of December (11:59 PM EST USA)! – Click here to check the time voting finishes in your local time!

Winners will be announced at the live awards ceremony on Wednesday the 15th of December at 7pm EST USA – Click here to check your local time!

Learn more about the awards show here.

Thanks to many who nominated me in five categories:

Best Individual Edublog

Best Resource Sharing Blog

Best Individual Tweeter

Best Educational Tech Support Edublog

Lifetime Achievement

I’d also encourage you to consider voting  for the people I nominated:

Best individual blog: Bill Ferriter’s “The Tempered Radical”

Best individual tweeter: Shelly Terrell

Best group blog: TLN Teacher Voices

Best new blog: InterACT from Accomplished California Teachers

Best resource sharing blog: David Kapuler’s Technology Tidbits

Best teacher blog: David Deubelbeiss

Best school administrator blog: Connected Principals

Best educational tech support blog: The Edublogger

Best educational use of audio: Sean Banville’s Breaking News English

Best educational use of video / visual: Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos

Best educational use of a social network: EFL Classroom 2.0

Lifetime achievement: Sue Waters

No matter who you vote for, though, please take the time to explore the nominations in all categories.  It’s a great way to learn about new great blogs and other resources that are out there!

December 5, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Voting Begins For Edublog Awards

Voting has just begun for this year’s Edublog Awards. Voting ends on December 14th.

Thanks to many who nominated me in five categories:

Best Individual Edublog

Best Resource Sharing Blog

Best Individual Tweeter

Best Educational Tech Support Edublog

Lifetime Achievement

I’d also encourage you to consider voting  for the people I nominated:

Best individual blog: Bill Ferriter’s “The Tempered Radical”

Best individual tweeter: Shelly Terrell

Best group blog: TLN Teacher Voices

Best new blog: InterACT from Accomplished California Teachers

Best resource sharing blog: David Kapuler’s Technology Tidbits

Best teacher blog: David Deubelbeiss

Best school administrator blog: Connected Principals

Best educational tech support blog: The Edublogger

Best educational use of audio: Sean Banville’s Breaking News English

Best educational use of video / visual: Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos

Best educational use of a social network: EFL Classroom 2.0

Lifetime achievement: Sue Waters

No matter who you vote for, though, please take the time to explore the nominations in all categories.  It’s a great way to learn about new great blogs and other resources that are out there!

Nominated Best Individual Blog

Nominated Best Individual Tweeter

Nominated Best Resource Sharing Blog

Nominated Best Ed Tech Support

Nominate Life Time Achievement

November 11, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Nominees For The 2010 Edublog Awards

The Edublog Awards are a great place to learn about education-related blogs. You can see all the previous nominees and winners here.

Here are my nominations for this year’s awards (The url address is visible because it makes things easier for the Awards’ sponsors):

Best individual blog: Bill Ferriter’s “The Tempered Radical” http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/

Best individual tweeter: Shelly Terrell http://twitter.com/ShellTerrell

Best group blog: TLN Teacher Voices http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/tln_teacher_voices/

Best new blog: InterACT from Accomplished California Teachers http://accomplishedcaliforniateachers.wordpress.com/

Best resource sharing blog: David Kapuler’s Technology Tidbits http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/

Best teacher blog: David Deubelbeiss http://ddeubel.edublogs.org/

Best school administrator blog: Connected Principals http://www.connectedprincipals.com/

Best educational tech support blog: The Edublogger http://theedublogger.com/

Best educational use of audio: Sean Banville’s Breaking News English http://breakingnewsenglish.com/

Best educational use of video / visual: Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/

Best educational use of a social network: EFL Classroom 2.0 http://eflclassroom.ning.com/

Lifetime achievement: Sue Waters http://theedublogger.com/

Nominations close on December 3rd — Make your own!