Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

June 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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June’s Updated “Best” Lists

 

I am constantly adding new resources to my over 1,700 categorized “Best Lists.

I also regularly “cull” through the lists to weed-out dead links, but haven’t been very systematic about doing that task.

So, I’ve started to go through them and highlight the ones that I’ve gotten around to completely cleaning-up and revising. I’ve completed this process well over 300 lists over the past eighteen months.

Here are a list of them from this month (you can see previous compilations here):

The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms”

The Best Sites To Learn About Canada

The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows

The Best Sources For Free & Accessible Printable Books

The Best Resources For Learning About Juneteenth

The Best Resources For Learning About Our World’s Population Of 7 Billion

The Best Sites To Learn About Anne Frank

The Best Sites For Learning About The Summer

The Best Sites For Images Of Fall Foliage (& For Teaching About The Season)

The Best Sites For Learning About The Winter Season

The Best Sites For Learning About The Spring Season

The Best Resources For The World Day Against Child Labor

The Best Sites For Learning Online Safety

The Best Father’s Day Sites

The Best Sites To Learn About The World’s Tallest Buildings

The Best Sites For Developing English Conversational Skills

June 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Top Posts From This Blog

 

I regularly highlight my picks for the most useful posts for each month — not including “The Best…” lists. I also use some of them in a more extensive monthly newsletter I send-out. You can see older Best Posts of the Month at Websites Of The Month (more recent lists can be found here).

You can also see my all-time favorites here. I’ve also been doing “A Look Back” series in recognition of this blog’s tenth anniversary this pastFebruary.

Here are some of the posts I personally think are the best, and most helpful, ones I’ve written during this past month (not in any order of preference). There are a lot of them this month:

“Support Curriculum Innovations by ‘Failing Forward’”

New Study On Cellphones Helpful To Teachers Everywhere

Using The “Curiosity Gap” To Enhance Student Motivation

Students & Teachers Can Transcribe Ads From Former Slaves Looking For Their Families

“Make 1:1 Programs ‘About the Learning, not the Device’”

Study Suggests That Simple Writing Exercise Gets Big Results

What Are Your Rules About Students Eating In Class?

Harvard Business Review Lays-Out A Good Three-Step Process To Introduce A Lesson

Video(s): My #VirtuEL17 Session On SEL & ELLs (Plus Supporting Links) & Everyone Else’s Session, Too!

This Is A Must-Watch Video For Any Volunteer Or Peer Tutor Working With ELLs

Here’s What I Will Do Differently (& The Same) Next School Year – Share Your Own “Resolutions”

This Is Interesting: Hattie Says Jigsaw Strategy Hits a Homerun

Google Supports Development Of New “Lynching In America” Interactive

“Advice on Making a Mid-Career Change to Teaching”

I Suspect That Many ELL Teachers Will Want To Use These Personal Stories As Models For Their Students

“Author Interview: ‘Learn Better’”

New TED Talk From Anne Lamott With Great Excerpt On Writing – Here’s How I’m Using It In Class

Intriguing Research On How To Increase Intrinsic Motivation

Now THIS Is An Example Of Writing For An Authentic Audience: Writing For History

Important Video: Martin Luther King, Jr. Address To Junior High School Students, “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”

Google Unveils New Online Safety Game & Curriculum

“Genius Hours can be ‘Transformative’”

“Today I Learned” Is Great Series Of Short Videos From National Geographic

Lots Of Lessons In These Two Articles About How To Teach – & How Not To Teach – About Controversial Issues

“Teaching Advice To Remember – Part Three”

No, No, No! Do Not Grade SEL Skills!

Here’s What I’m Doing As “Part Two” For My ELL Beginner Finals

“Words Without Borders” Looks Like An Excellent New Source Of International Texts & Teaching Ideas

NY Times Publishes Best Summary Of Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough….

New National Academies Of Science Report Identifies Three Qualities Key To Student Success

 

June 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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June’s “Best” Lists – There Are Now 1,736 Of Them

Here’s my regular round-up of new “The Best…” lists I posted this month (you can see all 1,736 of them categorized here):

The Best Resources For Learning About The Seasons Of The Year

A Beginning List For Learning About The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

A Beginning List For Learning About The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

The Best Suggestions On Ways Teachers Can Sanely Approach PD Over The Summer & Still Have Time To Relax

A Collection Of Resources On “Tricky” Teacher Topics

The Best Resources For Examining “Privilege”

The Best Resources For Learning How Repeal Of Obamacare Will Affect Students & Schools

The Best Articles I’ve Written In 2017 – So Far

The Best Theory Of Knowledge Resources In 2017 – So Far

My Favorite Posts In 2017 – So Far

“The Best Q&A Posts of 2017 – So Far”

My Ten Best BAM! Radio Shows In 2017 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far

The Best Articles (& Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2017 – So Far

 

 

 

June 25, 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 2017 – So Far):

Inside Connecticut’s Education-Funding Turmoil is from The Atlantic. Here is how it ends:

“My classrooms are full of wonderful people, who are the equal of anybody anywhere. We should invest in them,” he said. “Not investing in them doesn’t just diminish them, it diminishes us.”

Here is more information about what is going on in Connecticut.

Growth plus proficiency? Why states are turning to a hybrid strategy for judging schools (and why some experts say they shouldn’t) is from Chalkbeat.

GOP Health Care Proposals: What Educators Should Know is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How Repeal Of Obamacare Will Affect Students & Schools.

As Government Retrenches, Philanthropy Booms appeared in The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Oakland charters more likely to enroll higher-performing students than district schools is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

June 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Most Popular Posts Of The Month

As regular readers know, at the end of each week I share the five most popular posts from the previous seven days.

I thought people might find it interesting to see a list of the ten most popular posts from the previous thirty days.

You might also be interested in Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017 – So Far; Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One) and Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

  1. Two New & Very Useful Writing Frames For Teachers & Students

  2. The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them)

  3. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

  4. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

  5. What Do You Do On The Last Day Of Class? (Part Two)

  6. The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”)

  7. The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2017 – So Far

  8. Using “Google Story Builder” To Encourage Students To Study English Over The Summer

  9. Study Suggests That Simple Writing Exercise Gets Big Results

  10. New Study On Cellphones Helpful To Teachers Everywhere

June 25, 2017
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 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:

Powtoon, the popular presentation creator that’s on The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows list, has recently announced a new tool called Slides.  The more important Powtoon-related news is that they now have an education program that lets teachers create virtual classrooms.  It does cost about $100 per year, but I’m still adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

EdVisto is another presentation tool where it appears that teachers can create virtual classrooms for their students. I learned about it from the CristinaSkyBox blog. There’s a cost involved after an initial free trial, but I can’t figure out the amount.

I’ve met a number of educators who are doing research for graduate degrees, and transcription of interviews appears to be a regular challenge. This week, The Atlantic ran an article headlined When AI Can Transcribe Everything which talked about two transcription tools: Trint and SwiftScribe.

Sharalike is an Animoto-like app.

Crello is a new graphic-creation site I learned about from Richard Byrne. It seems like it might have the potential for creating visually attractive quotations and infographics but, oddly, they don’t appear to have any templates or examples showing those options.  So I’m not ready to add it yet to either The Best Tools For Creating Visually Attractive Quotations For Online Sharing or The Best Resources For Creating Infographics.

Simpleshow Foundation Seeks Volunteers to Help Educate Through Video is a post from Richard Byrne, and seems like it could be a good student project.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About:

June 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Four years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two and The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – So Far.

By the way, today is the day Katie Hull and I officially began writing our next book on teaching ELLs.  It’s going to be a crazy summer, so I’ll probably be posting less than I have in the past….

Here are this week’s choices:

Drawception is an online site where users play a weird but fun combination of Pictionary and the Telephone game. It’s been around for awhile, but they now finally added the ability to create private virtual rooms so that you can control who you get to play with – a must if teachers are going to use it with students. I’ve added it to The Best Online Games Students Can Play In Private Virtual “Rooms” and just updated the entire list.

In reviewing some of my older posts, I rediscovered The British Game from the British Council. It has a lot of nice videos, but its key quality is having many follow-up interactives for each one. I’ll definitely have my Intermediate students try it out next year.

Another site I revisited is Scott Thornbury’s index at his blog, An A-Z of ELT. Check it out!

Eight Characteristics of Effective (& Awesome) ESL Teachers is from Valentina Gonzalez.

Netflix has begun creating online video “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories. Unfortunately, they only work on a touch screen for now, not within the browser of a computer. These kinds of stories are great for ELLs, though, and I’m adding the info to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.

Google has allowed Voice Dictation for awhile on Google Docs (see Google Docs Expands Voice-Typing Ability Expanding Language-Learning Possibilities). Microsoft is now late to the party and offers an extension to do something similar for Word.

Too Few ELL Students Land in Gifted Classes is from Ed Week.

LingoKids is a new online English program for younger children. They have a supposedly free program for teachers, but you can’t try it out without giving your contact information and then have a representative contact you. You can read more the company at TechCrunch.

North Jersey teen, among first Syrian refugees in U.S., graduates near top of class is from a New Jersey newspaper. Thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip.

Four Teacher Collaboration FAQs is from Tan Huynh.

I recently posted What’s Your Best Lesson For Beginning Or Intermediate English Language Learners? and the two first responses I received were from great teachers:

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…But How Do We Get Those Words Out? is from Valentina Gonzalez.

Summer Vacation! is from David Deubelbeiss.

Here’s a video from Carol Salva:

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