Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good Video For ELLs: “Red Octopus Face Off with a Swimmer Crab”

This would be a very good video to show Beginning English Language Learners while teaching them about animals. Students could watch it and then retell what happened, while at the same time learning the types of the animals in the film.

You’ll want to watch it until the end.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Animals.

February 19, 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 Fifty Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

QuizPedia lets you – or students – easily create…quizzes. You can learn more about it from Ed Tech For Beginners. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Create Online Tests.

I’ve written a lot about Zooniverse, the science and social science crowdsourced site (see “Zooniverse” Is One Of The Coolest Ed Sites On The Web – I Can’t Believe I’m Just Hearing About It!). One of their newest projects is having users look for planets. You can read more about it at this NPR article, Have Spare Time? Try To Discover A Planet.

Sketchboard is an online whiteboard where users can draw collaboratively. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

Chart Accent lets you create charts and then annotate them. Thanks to Flowing Data for the tip.

February 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A History Of The United States’ Fear Of Immigrants

I’m adding these new resources to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States:

America has always been hostile to immigrants is from The Washington Post.

A history of American anti-immigrant bias, starting with Benjamin Franklin’s hatred of the Germans is from Quartz.

We are a nation of immigrants and refugees. Yet we always fear who is coming next. is from Slate.
A Brief History of America’s ‘Love-Hate Relationship’ With Immigration is from The Atlantic.

February 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two):

DeVos criticized teachers at D.C. school she visited — and they are not having it is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

Conservatives keep comparing protests against Trump’s education secretary to segregation is from Vox. I’m adding it to the same list.

Here’s who Trump invited to the White House to talk about schools. The list says a lot about his education priorities. is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools.

Chicago school board sues state, alleges ‘separate and unequal’ funding is from The Chicago Tribune.

New Challenge to Teachers’ Union Fees Takes Up After Friedrichs Deadlock is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

What Works Can Hurt: Side Effects in Education is by Yong Zhao.

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