Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 13, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Four years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech.

You might also be interested in The Best Ed Tech Resources Of 2017.

Here are this week’s choices:

Lalilo is designed to teach literacy to students in the K-2 range and could also be used with Beginning ELLs. Teachers can create virtual classrooms for students to access activities. I learned about it from David Kapuler. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Digimix lets you create personalized music playlists, along with writing individual comments about each song.

Fugue is a source of free music for videos.  I’m adding it to The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects.

Copy edit This! No. 12 Quiz is the latest cool NY Times grammar interactive.  I’m adding it to The Best Interactive “Copy-Edit This!” Grammar Quizzes In The New York Times.

Kinemaster is an online editing tool for Android.  I’m adding it to Not The “Best,” But A List… Of Online Video Editors.  Thanks to Nik Peachey for the tip.

UPDATED LIST: CHECK OUT THESE CLASS BLOGS! is from The Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers.

Lensoo Create – Create Whiteboard Videos on Your Phone or Tablet is from Richard Byrne.

Share This Letter With Students to Show Them the Cost of Copyright Infringement is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About Copyright Issues.

Capsure – Share Collections of Images With Audio Notes is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Using Photos In Lessons.

February 20, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Four years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech.

You might also be interested in The Best Ed Tech Resources Of 2017.

Here are this week’s picks:

Web-based teaching can improve science understanding for struggling pupils is from Eureka Alert. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

HOW TO USE QUOTES IN YOUR BLOG POSTS is from The Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Visually Attractive Quotations For Online Sharing.

BLOGGING WITH HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: ROSLYN GREEN’S STORY is from The Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging.

Late last year, Twitter began testing a “bookmark” feature where you could save tweets you wanted to read later (instead of having to “like” them with the heart icon).  It became available on my Twitter Mobile app last night and seems useful.  I’m not sure, though, how widely available it has become.  I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

Jury is still out on personalized learning approaches taking hold in California and across the country, research finds is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

ThinkFluency is a new app to help assess student reading fluency. I learned about it from David Kapuler. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It).

Modern Chalkboard offers a lot of resources for Smartboards.  I also learned about it from David.  I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Smartboard Resources (& For Other IWB’s).

September 10, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Three years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

I don’t know much about math, but GeoGebra certainly provides some edtech tools for teaching it.

TenMarks is Amazon’s math and writing online program. I don’t know about the math program, but I was unimpressed with its writing lessons. Check out other more useful resources at The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay. . Thanks to David Kapuler for the tip.

The Practical Ed Tech Handbook for 2017-18 is from Richard Byrne.

Edublogger’s Guide To Involving Parents With Blogs is from the Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging.

Think you’re doing digital portfolios? Think again. is by Matt Renwick. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Developing Student Portfolios.

June 10, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

We Transfer is a super-easy tool for sending large files to someone. My Theory of Knowledge students love it – when they have to create videos for an assignment, they can use the website or smartphone apps to easily send them to me. They find it easier to use than uploading a video to Google Drive.

I’ve previously posted about the Buncee tool that lets you compose multi-media creations (it’s on The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2013 list). I’ve learned from David Kapuler that they’ve developed a feature for teachers to create virtual classrooms at a cost of $100 per year. I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Richard Byrne now has 500 videos on his YouTube Channel teaching how to use different web tools. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn Web 2.0 Basics, which I have to revise and update one of these days.

Richard Byrne has also posted Six Types of Classroom Video Projects – And 18 Video Creation Tools. I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

Muro is a simple online drawing tool.  I’m adding it to The Best Art Websites For Learning English.

Culture Street lets you make and save comic strips online. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online.

September 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It)

I’ve published a zillion “Best” lists that are reading-related. I’ve also published quite a few posts on reading fluency, though I’ve never gathered them together.

So, first, I’ll share some of the most useful lists about reading. Then, I’ll share links to my fluency-related posts.

Here goes:

Now for posts on reading fluency:

“Webcam Research Helps Kids Improve Reading Fluency”

Measuring Reading Fluency

“FluencyTutor” Could Be A Useful Tool For Students To See Their Reading Progress

Literably Is An Excellent Reading Site — If Used With Caution

Talking To Students About Their Reading (& Their Data)

Reservations About Christian Science Monitor Column On “Slow Reading Movement”

Latest Results Of Our Home Computer Project

Assessments Are In For The Home Computer Project

Latest Assessment Results From Family Literacy Project

Reading Recs is a new feature of the extraordinary site, SAS Curriculum Pathways. It’s a new tool that allows students to orally read and record passages that teachers can listen to at a later time.

 

Fluency Instruction: Building Bridges from Decoding to Comprehension is another useful post from Russ on Reading.

Using CBMs for Quick Assessment of Progress in English Language Development is a useful article by Rita Platt and John Wolfe about fluency assessments for ELLs.

ELLs and Reading Fluency in English is from Colorin Colorado.

I Knew Encouraging Oral Reading Fluency Was Important, But I Didn’t Realize It Was This Important….

Oral Reading In The Mainstream & ELL Classroom

From 8 to 80 in Two Years: How Fluency Drives Students Toward Comprehension is from Teach Learn Grow.

Study: “You are more likely to remember something if you read it out loud”

Fast Talkers: Are Kids Getting the Right Message About Good Reading? is from Teach Learn Grow.

When Readers Struggle: Fluency is from Russ On Reading.

Think Fluency is a new app to help assess student reading fluency. I learned about it from David Kapuler.

Making Decisions about Which Intervention is Best: A Case Study is by Timothy Shanahan.

Reading Fluently Does Not Mean Reading Fast is from The International Literacy Association.

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

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

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

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

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