Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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!

September 30, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A List of Interviews With…Me

I’ve been interviewed a number of times over the past few years. And some of them, I believe, might have some useful stuff in them. So, I thought I’d bring them all together. Each one has a bit of a different focus, so I’ve divided them into categories.

If this post seems to be a self-written monument to my ego, then I won’t feel offended if you don’t give it a second glance :)

Here is A List Of Interviews With…Me:

Q&A: Books, blogs help teacher reach beyond Sacramento classroom is the headline of an interview with me that appeared in the Sacramento Bee.

Interviews Focusing On Working With English Language Learners:

TEFL.net, which is on The Best Ways ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Can Develop Personal Learning Networks list, interviewed me, and you can read it here. It was fun to do, and Tara Benwell asked some great questions. If you’re interested, you can read about why I became a high school teacher, what qualities I look for in the sites I post about it, and who and what I blame when my class lessons go wrong…

Colorin Colorado, which is on The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research list, published an interview they did with me

I was interviewed about using music with English Language Learners.

TEFL Logue published a two part interview with me: Part One and Part Two.

Interviews Focusing On Parent Engagement In Schools:

The national teacher organization “Teachers Count” interviewed me in the spring.

John Norton of the Teacher Leaders Network interviewed me and titled it Expert Advice about Parent Engagement: An Interview with Larry Ferlazzo.

Smart Bean published an interview with me about our book Building Parent Engagement In Schools. They’ve titled the piece Engaging With Your Child’s School: Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo.

I had the pleasure and honor of being interviewed by Lorna Costantini, Matt Montagne, and Cindy Seibel on Parents as Partners. You can read Lorna’s post about the conversation, and listen to the interview, which she titled Irritate or agitate – what’s your parent engagement like?

I was a guest at an Education Week-sponsored chat titled Engaging Schools, Engaging Parents: The School-Community Partnership. You can read the transcript here.

Hotchalk recently published an interview on parent engagement Pamela Moreland did with me.

Interviews Focusing On Educational Technology:

Game Classroom titled their interview with me “Organizing The Internet.”

David Kapuler has a great blog on educational technology that I’ve written about several times. He’s has a fun little feature he calls “Inside The Cyber Studio” where he interviews various people in the education world on how they use technology and he published an interview with me.

John Larkin did a nice, short interview with me on social media.

Audio/Video Interviews:

I had a fun interview and discussion with Steve Hargadon and many others in his Future of Education event. If you’re interested in hearing/watching it, which was focused on my book and teaching English Language Learners, the recording can be watched/listened to here.

Alice Mercer, a Sacramento colleague, has an interview show on the Webcast Academy called Alice’s Restaurant.  She interviewed me, and we had a good half-hour discussion on technology, classrooms, School Districts, the importance of relationships and community organizing.

I had the honor of being interviewed on the Seedlings podcast by Alice Barr, Bob Sprankle and Cheryl Oakes. You can listen to it here (and see the chatroom transcript).

John Norton has published an interview (at the Powerful Learning Practice blog) he did with me titled Interview: Larry Ferlazzo’s best picks for 21st century teaching and learning.

And here are two more general ones on education:

My Teacher Leaders Network David B. Cohen has just published an interview with me over at the Accomplished California Teachers blog.

Teachers must drive education reform – not just go along for the ride is the title of a profile/interview that Microsoft just published about me.

John Norton at Middleweb has posted a Middleweb interview with me.

If you found this post useful, you might want to look at the 480 other “The Best…” lists and consider subscribing to this blog for free.