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June 24, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Teacher & Student Podcasting

 

I’ve had a bunch of podcasting resources at The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English, and thought it would be useful to move them over to their own “Best” list, as well as add new resources (please suggest more):

Winners of Our First-Ever Student Podcast Contest is from The NY Times Learning Network.

PodOmatic looks like an extraordinarily easy way to create a podcast. Sign-up and your class has your own channel — all you need is a computer microphone.

A teacher’s guide to using audio and podcasting in the classroom is a nice overview of applications to use in the classroom, including videos. It was created by Kit Hard.

SoundCloud lets you very easily record an audio message and then you can post the link or embed it where you like.

Spreaker seems like a pretty easy way to have your own Internet radio show.

Anchor is an easy tool for creating podcasts.  You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.

Anchor Launches A Neat & Easy Way To Create Videos Highlighting Text

THE EDUBLOGGER’S GUIDE TO PODCASTING is a great post from The Edublogger.

Project Audio: Teaching Students How to Produce Their Own Podcasts is from The NY Times Learning Network.

June 22, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Best” Lists Of The Week: Collaborative Learning

 

This is the twenty-fourth post in a series I’m creating that will highlight the Best “Best” lists in a particular topic I have posted over the years.

You can see all those lists at the bottom of this post.

These are lists I’ve also recently reviewed and revised,  so they are up-to-date.

You can find all my nearly 2,000 continually updated “Best” lists here.

Here are the lists I’ve revised and updated related to Collaborative Learning:

The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas

The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration

The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time

The Best Sites For Collaborative Storytelling

 

 

The previous posts in this series have been:

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Learning About Art & Creating It

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Teaching About Economics & Jobs

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching About Health

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Useful Multilingual Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Online Learning Games

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Writing Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Reading Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching & Learning About Race & Racism

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources On The Environment

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Vocabulary Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Math Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Social Emotional Learning Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Planets & Space

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Natural Disasters

Not Very “Best” Lists Of The Week: Gun Violence

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Education Research

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Thematic Lists For Beginner ELLs

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Active Citizenship

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Teaching With Movies

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Responding To Student Trauma

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Holidays, Anniversaries & Special Days

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Special Months

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Refugees & Immigrants

June 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Best” Lists Of The Week: Refugees & Immigrants

 

This is the twenty-third post in a series I’m creating that will highlight the Best “Best” lists in a particular topic I have posted over the years.

You can see all those lists at the bottom of this post.

These are lists I’ve also recently reviewed and revised,  so they are up-to-date.

You can find all my nearly 2,000 continually updated “Best” lists here.

Here are the lists I’ve revised and updated related to Refugees & Immigrants (links to additional “Best” lists on specific refugee crises can be found within these posts):

The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day

The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States

The Best Places Where Students Can Tell Their – And/Or Their Families – Immigration Story

The Best Posts On The Migration Policy Institute Report On Engaging Immigrant Parents

The Best Parent Engagement Resources For Immigrant Families

The Best Articles Explaining Why It Would Be Terrible To Add An Immigration Status Question To The Census

The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges

 

 

The previous posts in this series have been:

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Learning About Art & Creating It

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Teaching About Economics & Jobs

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching About Health

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Useful Multilingual Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Online Learning Games

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Writing Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Reading Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching & Learning About Race & Racism

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources On The Environment

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Vocabulary Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Math Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Social Emotional Learning Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Planets & Space

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Natural Disasters

Not Very “Best” Lists Of The Week: Gun Violence

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Education Research

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Thematic Lists For Beginner ELLs

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Active Citizenship

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Teaching With Movies

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Responding To Student Trauma

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Holidays, Anniversaries & Special Days

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Special Months

June 20, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ways To Help Parent Refugees & The Children Who Have Been Separated From Them

 

(Note: I originally shared some of these resources in a previous post.  I’ve added more here)

What the Trump Administration is doing to parent refugees and their children is terrible (see The Best Resources For Learning About The Terrible Practice Of Separating Immigrant Parents From Their Children, which has just been revised and updated).

Here are important resources sharing how people can help:

Here’s how to help immigrant children separated from parents at U.S. border is from Today.

Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border is from Slate.

They Wanted to Raise $1,500 for Immigrant Families at the Border. They Got Over $5 Million. is from The NY Times.

June 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Science Sites Of 2018 – So Far

 

Time for another mid-year “Best” list.

I’ll be adding this to All 2018 Mid-Year “Best” Lists – In One Place!

You might also be interested in:

The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2017 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2015

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – Part Two

The “All-Time” Best Science Sites

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part One

The Best Science Sites Of 2011

The Best Science Sites Of 2011 — So Far

The Best Science Websites — 2010

The Best Science & Math Sites — 2009

The Best Science & Math Websites — 2008

The Best Science Websites For Students & Teachers — 2007

Here are my choices for this year – so far:

Here’s how Smithsonian Magazine describes NASA’s new “Exoplanet Travel Bureau”:

NASA has launched the Exoplanet Travel Bureau, a visualization tool that allows users to explore the surfaces of three exoplanets: Kepler-16b, Kepler-186f, and TRAPPIST-1e. The 360-degree visualizations, which can be seen on your computer, phone, tablet or using a virtual reality headset, are artists’ renderings—there are no photographic images of these planets, so the graphics are based on hypotheticals. You can change the scene by adding or subtracting hypothetical atmospheres, creating skies, clouds and weather.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Planets & Space.

Climate change and life events is an interactive that lets you show how your personal life events correspond to global climate changes. I’m adding it to  The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Planets & Space

The European Space Agency has just released an amazing interactive map of 1.7 billion stars. You can check it out at here and read more about it at A mesmerizing new atlas of the Milky Way has 1.7 billion stars in it. I’m adding it to The Best Images Taken In Space.

I’ve previously posted some of the group OK Go’s music videos, and was pleased to read that they had teamed-up with Google to create the OK Go Sandbox, a collection of classroom activities connected to their music.

This is one of the more amazing videos of Rube Goldberg machines you’ll see.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines.

No, President Trump, Just Because It’s Cold Outside Today Doesn’t Mean Global Warming Isn’t Happening

National Geographic has a series called 101 Videos that are engaging and accessible, and cover a variety of topics.

Here’s how they describe it:

Explore and experience some of nature’s most intriguing phenomena in the 101 series, a science class unlike any other.

There are forty-nine clips now, and they regularly add new ones.

This new animated video would be good for IB Theory of Knowledge classes, as well as others.

It echos the famous Richard Feynman quote about ““The Difference Between Knowing The Name Of Something & Knowing Something.” I’ve embedded that video at the bottom of this post.

June 19, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ed Tech Resources Of 2018 – So Far

 

I publish a regular series called Ed Tech Digest, and I thought it would useful to readers and to me to review them and highlight the ones I think are the best of the year.

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

I’m adding this list to All 2018 Mid-Year “Best” Lists – In One Place!

Here’s what i have so far:

The Four Questions I Always Ask About New Technology in Education is by Dan Meyer. I’m adding it to The Best Advice On Using Education Technology.

Edcamps: The ‘Unconferences,’ Where Teachers Teach Themselvesis from The NY Times.

The Theranos Story and Education Technology appeared in Inside Higher Ed. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech.

How to Add Points of Interest to Virtual Reality Tours in Google’s Tour Creator is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to the post where I have other Tour Creator resources: Now This Is VERY Intriguing: Students & Teachers Can Now Create Their Own Google Virtual Reality “Tours”

Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting is from Ed Surge. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

OLPC’S $100 LAPTOP WAS GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD — THEN IT ALL WENT WRONG is from The Verge.

CONNECT WITH THE WORLD THROUGH SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOMis from The Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects.

Applied Digital Skills is a free tech curriculum from Google.  You can read about a teacher’s experience with it here.

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”

RESEARCH REVIEW: Impacts and Implementation of Blended Learning is an infographic from Mathematica. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

How to Use Flipgrid – A Guide for Getting Started is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to  A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

“Iris.ia” Seems Like A Very Useful Research Tool

KQED Begins What Looks Like A Great Site For Teachers To Create Virtual Classrooms

Study Shows Positive Impact Of Ed Tech On ELLs & Students With Special Needs

Am I The Only Teacher In The World Who Had Not Heard Of The “Stapleless Stapler”?

June 18, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Best” Lists Of The Week: Special Months

 

This is the twenty-second post in a weekly series I’m creating that will highlight the Best “Best” lists in a particular topic I have posted over the years.

You can see all those lists at the bottom of this post.

These are lists I’ve also recently reviewed and revised,  so they are up-to-date.

You can find all my nearly 2,000 continually updated “Best” lists here.

Here are the lists I’ve revised and updated related to Special Months:

 

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month:

The Best Resources For Learning About Human Trafficking Today

 

February is Black History Month:

The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History

 

March is Women’s History Month:

The Best Sites For Learning About Women’s History

 

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

The Best Sites For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

 

June Is Immigrant Heritage Month:

June Is Immigrant Heritage Month – Here Are Related Resources

 

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th:

The Best Resources For Hispanic Heritage Month

 

November is National American Indian Heritage Month:

The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People

 

The previous posts in this series have been:

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Learning About Art & Creating It

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Teaching About Economics & Jobs

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching About Health

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Useful Multilingual Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Online Learning Games

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Writing Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Reading Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching & Learning About Race & Racism

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources On The Environment

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Vocabulary Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Math Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Social Emotional Learning Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Planets & Space

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Natural Disasters

Not Very “Best” Lists Of The Week: Gun Violence

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Education Research

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Thematic Lists For Beginner ELLs

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Active Citizenship

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Teaching With Movies

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Responding To Student Trauma

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Holidays, Anniversaries & Special Days

June 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Best” Lists Of The Week: Holidays, Anniversaries & Special Days

 

This is the twenty-first post in a weekly series I’m creating that will highlight the Best “Best” lists in a particular topic I have posted over the years.

You can see all those lists at the bottom of this post.

These are lists I’ve also recently reviewed and revised,  so they are up-to-date.

You can find all my nearly 2,000 continually updated “Best” lists here.

Here are the lists I’ve revised and updated related to Holidays & Anniversaries:

The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween

The Best Online Resources About Christopher Columbus

The Best Sites To Teach and Learn About Thanksgiving

The Best Websites To Learn About Veterans Day

The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa

The Best Sites For Learning About Pearl Harbor

The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11

The Best Sites For Learning About New Year Celebrations

The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King

The Best Resources About President’s Day

The Best Sites To Learn About Valentine’s Day

The Best Resources For Chinese New Year

The Best Resources For Groundhog Day

The Best Sites For Learning About St. Patrick’s Day (and April Fool’s Day)

The Best Sites To Learn About Mardi Gras & Carnivals

The Best Sites For Learning About Cesar Chavez

The Best Sites For Learning About Easter & Passover

The Best Sites To Learn About The Hindu Festival of Holi

The Best Resources For Teaching & Learning About World Water Day

The Best Sites To Learn About “Earth Hour”

The Best Earth Day Sites

The Best Sites For Teaching & Learning About Cinco de Mayo

The Best Sites For Learning About Mother’s Day

The Best Resources For Learning About World Malaria Day

The Best Websites For Learning About Memorial Day

The Best Father’s Day Sites

The Best Websites For Learning About The Fourth Of July

The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day

The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About Ramadan

The Best Websites For Learning About Labor Day

The Best Resources For Learning About Mexico’s Independence Day

The Best Websites For Learning About Multiple Holidays & Anniversaries

The Best Sites To Learn About World Food Day

The Best Sites For Learning About Diwali

The Best Sites To Learn And Teach About The Hajj

The Best Resources To Learn About The Convention On The Rights Of The Child

The Best Resources For Learning About World Toilet Day & The Issue Of Public Sanitation In The Third World

The Best Sites For Learning & Teaching About The Day Of The Virgin Of Guadalupe

The Best Online Resources For Learning About Eid al-Adha

The Best Resources For World Biodiversity Day (& Endangered Species Day)

The Best Sites For Learning About Flag Day

The Best Resources To Learn About World Teachers Day

The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People

The Best Sites For Learning About Yom Kippur

The Best Sites For Learning About United Nations Day

The Best Resources For “Bill Of Rights Day”

The Best Resources For World Book Day — March 1st

The Best Resources For Learning About May Day

The Best Resources For International Mother Language Day

The Best Resources For Learning About The Summer Solstice

The Best Resources For World Environment Day

Apparently, Today Is Both “World Book Night” & “UN English Language Day” – Here Are The Best Resources For Both

The Best Resources For World Humanitarian Day

The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Holidays

 

 

The previous posts in this series have been:

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Learning About Art & Creating It

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Teaching About Economics & Jobs

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching About Health

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Useful Multilingual Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Online Learning Games

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Writing Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Reading Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Teaching & Learning About Race & Racism

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources On The Environment

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Resources For Vocabulary Instruction

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Math Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Social Emotional Learning Resources

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Planets & Space

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Natural Disasters

Not Very “Best” Lists Of The Week: Gun Violence

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Education Research

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Thematic Lists For Beginner ELLs

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Active Citizenship

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Teaching With Movies

“Best” Lists Of The Week: Responding To Student Trauma

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