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July 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“‘The New Teacher Revolution': An Interview With Josh Stumpenhorst”

‘The New Teacher Revolution': An Interview With Josh Stumpenhorst is my latest Education Week Teacher post.

I interview… Josh Stumpenhorst, author of “The New Teacher Revolution: Changing Education For A New Generation Of Learners.”

Here are some excerpts:



July 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google Translate Announces Another Big Update Today


Last January, Google Translate updated big-time with support for (not quite) real time voice translation and translation of text through camera images (see “Google Translate” Starts A Big Time Update Today).

Today, they announced another big update – adding a ton of new languages to the feature that translates images of text, along with what they say are improvements that will make the voice translation ability work better:

We started out with seven languages—English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish—and today we’re adding 20 more. You can now translate to and from English and Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian. You can also do one-way translations from English to Hindi and Thai. (Or, try snapping a pic of the text you’d like translated—we have a total of 37 languages in camera mode.)

I’ve embedded a cute video below where they’re showing off using the new languages in the visual mode.

I’ve found the real-time voice translation feature not very workable in classroom situations, but perhaps these new updates will mitigate those problems.

The visual text feature, on the other hand, has come in quite handy for some students. As the video shows, you just set the language of the text you want translated and the language you want it translated into, click the camera icon, point it at the text, and it shows you the translated image. As the video also shows, it works great with large text. It works well with small text when I’m using my iPhone 6, but students have found in the past it doesn’t work nearly as well with lower-end smartphones. I don’t know if this new update will fix that issue or not.

I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

July 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More

As a companion “Best” list to The Best Resources For Learning Research & Citation Skills, I thought it would be useful to create this one.

I’m using the term “information literacy” here to describe assisting our students developing critical thinking skills to evaluate both web and content in other media forms. I’ve seen the term used to describe broader skills, too. Let me know if you think I’m off-based with my definition.

So, using that definition, here is a beginning Best list, and I hope readers will contribute more:

Show Me Information Literacy Modules


Sarah Bolanos made a great suggestion – Education Resources For Web Literacy from November Learning.

July 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Key & Peele – TeachingCenter”

The amazing Key & Peele team has produced this education segment that seems a little “off,” in my humble opinion, but its language is appropriate enough for me to share here (they’ve done some better ed-related ones that contained off-color language). Be sure to watch the last commercial:

July 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Writing Personal “What If?” Moments For Class & For….Scientific American Magazine

As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of students writing about “What if?” scenarios in our history classes, as well as in IB Theory of Knowledge courses. I’ve also used it in English when have students write alternative endings of stories. You can read more about this strategy at The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons.

Today, Scientific American published a nice piece summarizing research on the benefits of “What if?” thinking and also highlighting as aspect that I’ve never really considered in the context of teaching — the idea of personal “What if?” moments and stories.

I think that could be a fun writing activity in class.

As part of the article, the magazine is invited readers to submit their own personal “What if?” moments:

Share a couple sentences about a moment from your past that you often revisit and think, “What if…?”

You can submit it here by August 2nd.

July 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

July’s Infographics & Interactives Galore

There are just so many good infographics and interactives out there that I’ve begun a new semi-regular feature called “Infographics & Interactives Galore.”

You can see others at A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Infographics and by searching “infographics” on this blog.

I’ll still be publishing separate posts to individually highlight especially useful infographics and interactives, but you’ll find others in this regular feature.

Here goes:

Visualoop has a nice gallery of infographics. I’m adding it to The Best Sources For Interactive Infographics.

How We Share the World is a really interesting series of Cartograms. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Cartograms.

Check out the Esri Storytelling with Maps Contest 2015 winners.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for sharing those first three sites.

This chart shows how Americans spend every single minute in the average day is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Visualizations Of How People Spend Their Days.

‘From Atoms to Bits': A Brilliant Visual History of American Ideas is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Learn About Inventions.

Where Instagrammers love food, mapped is from Vox. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

Here’s a fun and potentially useful one:

50 Inspirational Quotes from Literature