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December 27, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Research On Why Some Students Ask For More Or Less Help Than Others

There has been some relatively recent research on why some students ask for more or less help than others, primarily based on socio-economic background. I’ve been thinking about this lately, and thought I’d bring together some resources for other educators who might be reflecting on it, too (feel free to suggest additional items):

Studying the Ways Students Get Help with Classwork is by Sarah Sparks and appeared in The American Educator.

Asking for help isn’t easy for some students appeared in The Chicago Tribune.

Middle-Class Kids Benefit from ‘Pushing’ for Teacher Help, Research Suggests is from Ed Week.

Want Students to Ask for Help? Talk to Parents. is also from Ed Week.

Poorer Kids May Be Too Respectful at School is from Scientific American.

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December 25, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Wash. Post Publishes My Annual “Best and worst education news” Of The Year

The Washington Post has just published my annual Best and worst education news of 2014 — a teacher’s list.

My adding it to both The Best Education “Year-In-Review” Round-Ups For 2014 and to All My 2014 “Best” Lists — So Far — In One Place.

The Post will also be publishing my annual 2015 predictions within the next few days, too.

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December 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Education Predictions For 2015

Along with multiple reviews of major education news from the past year (see The Best Education “Year-In-Review” Round-Ups For 2014), there are also various predictions being made for 2015. I thought I’d begin a collection here.

I usually do my own, and expect to publish it here or elsewhere next week. You can see my previous predictions and assess my qualities of foresight:

Nine educated education predictions for 2014!

10 education predictions for 2012

Education-Related Predictions for 2011

Here are ones I’ve seen so far for 2015 that are worth viewing:

Arne Duncan’s Edu-Predictions for 2015 is from Education Week. Needless to say, they didn’t including anything about stopping the Value-Added Measures attack on teachers.

Education thought leaders forecast 2015 trends is from District Administration. God, I hate the term “thought-leader.”

eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015
Courtesy of: TalentLMS

I’m adding this post to All My 2014 “Best” Lists — So Far — In One Place.

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December 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2014 – Part Two

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This list focuses on sites that ELL students would use directly. Of course, many other sites on my other lists can also be used effectively with ELL’s.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2014 – So Far

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2013 – So Far

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2012 — Part One

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2011

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students — 2010

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students — 2009

The Best Internet Sites For English Language Learners — 2008

The Best Internet Sites For English Language Learners — 2007

The Best Web 2.0 Applications for ESL/EFL Learners — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2014 – Part Two:

ClipDis a new web and smartphone app that lets you type in any sentence and then provides it to you in a short video with actors from popular movies speaking it. Even better, you don’t have to register in order to create one and be provided a unique url address for linking to it. Here’s one I made.

Incredibox, the incredibly easy music-creating site that’s been on The Best Online Sites For Creating Music list for years, has just announced its annual update. Version Four has even more sounds to mix, and will only make it more fun for students to use. I have my English Language Learners create their tracks and then describe — verbally and in writing — why they made their particular composition and what they want people to visualize when they listen to it.

Write About is a new site co-founded by educator John Spencer (his name may be familiar with readers since I’ve previously shared his work many times here). His co-founder is Brad Wilson. Write About provides many (and I mean many) images with writing prompts. Students can write their response and do an audio recording of it. Teachers can create virtual classrooms and provide individual written feedback to student writing. Student creations can be shared publicly or just with their classmates. Teachers can change prompts or upload their own photos. There’s a lot more, too. Plus, you can’t beat the cost (or non-cost):

Teachers can sign up and participate in the Write About community for free. Up to 40 free student accounts can be created with up to 3 posts each. Unlimited posts can be added with a Classroom account for $4.95/month. Teachers with multiple classes can add up to 250 students with unlimited posts for $7.95/month.

The Emoji Finder invites you to “Search for emoticons, then copy & paste.” I tried a number of words, and it came up with a variety of emoji icons for all of them. I wouldn’t make it a central tool for my teaching, but I could see inviting my Beginning English Language Learners to have fun with it sometime if we had a few minutes left in the computer lab.

The “You Say Potato” accent language map has people all over the world saying the word…”potato.” You can easily add your own voice to it.

Leap.it is a new search engine that portrays search results in a visually attractive way.  One feature that could come in handy for students doing research is that you’re supposed to be able to create something called a “perspective” which appears to just be your own personal collection of sites that could be shared with other. I like that idea, but couldn’t figure out how to make it work.

Thanks to a tweet from Barbara Sakamoto, I learned about site called Unite For Literacy. It has over one-hundred simple books in English that the reader can choose to have narrated in English or their choice of many other languages.

Breaking News is a current events news-reader designed in an intriguing way. You can type in whatever topic you want to read about — soccer, major news, refugees — and you’re provided with a list of headlines to stories about it. Clicking on the headlines will take you to the story. But the real interesting part of the site is that if you click on a globe icon on the upper right of the page, you’ll go to a world map showing you the location of the where the stories are originating. Clicking on the dots will also take you to the story. I’m adding it to The Best Visually Engaging News Sites, which I just completely updated and revised.

 

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December 23, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Tools For Creating “Word Frequency Charts” For Books, Articles & Movies

Google’s Ngram Viewer is the “granddaddy” of tools for creating charts showing the frequency that words are used over time in books. You can see lots of information about that particular tool at The Best Posts To Help Understand Google’s New “Books Ngram Viewer.”

Others now have been implementing their own versions. Here are three that began this year, and I assume more are on the way:

chronicle

The New York Times has created the Chronicle. It’s their version of the Google Books Ngram Viewer, which charts word use over the years in the books they’ve indexed. The Times, though, indexes word usage in its own history. The image at the top of this post shows the results of my charting “love” and “hate.” It looks like love is winning! The Chronicle is very easy to use and no registration is required. It, and the Ngram Viewer, can be used with English Language Learners and other students in a number of ways, ranging from just being a fun and simple way for them to play with words to being a tool to correlate certain word usage with political attitudes (as I did in a recent column at Education Week Teacher).

sacto

london

The same day The New York Times announced their own version of Google’s Ngram Viewer, the online review site Yelp unveiled their own. It’s called Yelp Trends and you can compare how often different words are used in reviews at cities around the world. It’s very easy to use and no registration is required. You can see two examples above that I created – comparing soccer, basketball and jogging in Sacramento and in London. Obviously, soccer isn’t going to be mentioned much in London since they call it football there. I wonder if I shared these with students how many would figure that out? Have students create their own and then challenge their classmates to explain the reason for the differences (after they figure it out themselves) could just be one fun way to use it in class — that is, if Yelp isn’t blocked by school district content filters. You can read more about Yelp Trends at Slate.

bookworm

Bookworm is another addition to this list. Despite its name, it focuses on word use in the movies, and operates in a similar fashion to the other sites I mentioned. Type in a word or phrase and it will search the dialogue in thousands of movies and TV shows and trace differences over the years.

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources For Creating Infographics.

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December 23, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Collections Of Infographics, Charts & Maps – 2014

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I still have to post my choices for The Best Infographics of 2014 but, in the meantime, lots of other people are publishing their own choices. So I thought I’d create a separate annual “Best” list of those collections (they also include some that try to explain the year in charts and infographics).

In addition to exploring these lists from others, you can check out my last from last year (which also includes links to those from previous years) — The Best Infographics Of 2013 – Part Two. You can also see A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Infographics.

Look for my choices sometime next week.

Here are The Best Collections Of Infographics, Charts & Maps – 2014:

The Eighteen Best Infographics Of 2014 is from Fast Company/Co-Design.

Our Favorite Maps of the Year is from Wired.

The Best Data Visualization Projects of 2014 is from Flowing Data.

14 Maps That Explain 2014 is from The Atlantic.

14 striking findings from 2014 is from Pew Research.

Four Charts That Defined the World in 2014 is from The New Yorker.

2014: The year in graphics is from The L.A. Times.

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December 23, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2014 – Part Two

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Another day, another  “The Best…” list…..

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2014 – So Far

The “All-Time” Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of English Language Learners

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2013 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2012 — Part One

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2011 — Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2011 — Part One

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s — 2010

The Best Sites For Teachers Of English Language Learners — 2009

Here are my choices for The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s In 2014 – Part Two:

All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions — there are three year’s worth, and there are many of them!

Language Travel Tips: How to Talk to Someone Who Doesn’t Speak Much English is from Slate, and could be a very helpful piece for ALL teachers to read.

Picture Word Inductive Model with Highschool Newcomers by Wendi Pillars is an exceptional step-by-step description of how to use one of my favorite ELL teaching strategies.

I’ve written A LOT about the advantages of inductive over deductive learning, and how I also use both in my classroom (You can see many posts here). The British Council shared a short post that Paul Kaye wrote six years ago that does a great job explaining the difference between inductive and deductive, and he provides a number of practical examples from the language-learning classroom. Check out his article, Presenting New Language.

Here’s an extensive list of excellent classroom activities from The British Council.

Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners is from Edutopia.

Unlocking Language for English-Learners is an excellent article at Education Week by Justin Minkel.

Teaching learning strategies to ELLs: What, why, when, how is an excellent article from Multi Briefs.

Making reading communicative is a very good post from The British Council.

Interview With People Behind The Most Popular English Language Learning & Teaching Sites In The World

Adam Simpson has also written an excellent three-part series on Socratic Circles.

Do you understand? is from TEFL Reflections.

Here’s a useful post from Ana Cristina on flipping an ESL class. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea.

Julie Goldman, the Coordinator of the great WRITE Institute that creates curriculum for English Language Learners, has written an excellent article on “Research-Based Writing Practices For English Language Learners,” which you can download for free here. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Lizzie Pinard – Course books in the language classroom: friend or foe? is from The British Council.

Core and Quirks has some intriguing ways to diagram verb tenses.

One of my Education Week posts brings together all my pieces posted there from the past three years on teaching English Language Learners — in one place!

Katherine Bilsborough – Taking the stress out of homework: 5 tips and 5 tasks is from The British Council.

To Get Fluent in a New Language, Think in Pictures is from The Wall Street Journal. It might be behind the Journal’s paywall. However, if you do an internet search for the headline and click on it from the search results, you’ll gain access to it. It’s a quirk in how The Journal handles its paywall.

The Disabled Access Friendly Site is for teachers of English Language Learners and “provides teachers with free teaching material that can be used in class, for projects or examination practice, but at the same time stimulates students to put themselves in the shoes of someone with a mobility disability, for a better understanding of their needs and feelings.”

Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners is a website collecting all the resources, including PowerPoints and materials, from a big conference on this topic in July, 2014.

Information gap activities: what does it take to design a successful task? is from A Different Side Of EFL. I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources For “Information Gap” Activities.

The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners

I’ve been posting monthly at Teaching English-British Council on very practical issues related to teaching ELLs.

Getting The Least Motivated Students More Motivated By Working With The Most Motivated is a post about an activity that’s been working quite well in my class this year.

Video: My English Language Learners Did A “One-Sentence Project” explains a lesson I did just before winter break that resulted in this video:

The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners

Here’s a video of a simple activity my Beginning ELL students did to learn to tell time in English. They created a poster explaining their daily schedule and then explained to the class and on video. You can see more examples at our class blog.

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part Two

I learned about the free Shadow Puppet Edu (what appears to be a premium version of the more commercial Shadow Puppet app) through an article in  ASCD Educational Leadership, and am very, very impressed. It has a bunch of bells and whistles that I haven’t even explored yet but, at its core, it’s an iPhone/iPad app that lets you pick photos and super-easily (and I do mean easily) lets you add audio narration to each photo and create a slideshow.

The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”

Jimmy Fallon from The Tonight Show keeps on playing new games that are perfect for the language-learning classroom, and I’ve posted about quite a few of them.

Oh, Boy, This Is Great! Researcher’s Scans Show Brain Connections Growing When Learning New Language

Quote Of The Day: “Traditional grammar instruction isn’t effective. Period.”

Here’s A New Reading Activity I Tried Out Today That Went Pretty Well…

Video: Here Is How I Used The Shadow Puppet App Today To Teach Verb Tenses

Here Are Forms My Students Are Using To Evaluate Themselves & Me

A Simple Lesson On Climate Change For English Language Learners

My extraordinarily talented teacher colleague at our high school, Dana Dusbiber, along with the extraordinarily talented bilingual aide Alma Avalos, teach a class of adult English Language Learners once-a-week at our school in the evening. With support from the University of California at Davis, their students have published a “must-read” book that I’m sure will be a model for ESL classes around the country and the world. And the University has made it available free! You can download an eBook version here.  The stories in it are so moving and so well-written. You couldn’t ask for more engaging, and better-written, models for student-writing.

Dreamreader is a new reading site for English Language Learners created by Neil Millington, an English teacher in Japan.

Here’s how he describes it:

There are 25 lessons on the site right now and they cover a variety of topics. I’ll be updating with more free lessons on a regular basis, and by the end of the year I intend to have over 50 free readings on the site. Teachers can have their students read the articles online and do the quizzes or, if they want to use them in their class, they can just download the PDFs and print/copy them. There are also downloadable vocabulary worksheet PDFs that students can use for vocabulary study. The lessons are all graded across a wide range of levels (from beginner through to advanced) and I’ve done my best to develop them by using academic-based criteria (JACET 8000, Flesch Kincaid, etc.) and testing them out with EFL learners. I am planning on adding feedback videos to the site too, and hopefully they will be up and ready next month. I hope that students and teachers will find the site useful.

I’m quite impressed with what he’s done, and I suspect you will be, too….

The Atlantic has published some great pictures at “A Visual History of Kids Being Unimpressed with President Obama.” They’d be perfect to use with English Language Learners to have them talk and write about them.

FluencyTutor For Google is a web app only usable with a Chrome browser that provides a large selection of leveled reading passages that students can read, record, and store on Google Drive. Teachers can then listen at their convenience and correct and note students’ reading fluency. The reading passages provide quite a few supportive features that make them particularly accessible to English Language Learners.

Most of the features are free, but teachers have to pay $99 per year for some “dashboard” services like tracking student progress.

If I was teaching an online class of motivated adult English Language Learners, I could see FluencyTutor’s whole package as an excellent tool.

However, I definitely wouldn’t recommend a classroom teacher using it as a way to track a readers’ progress. I have the same concerns about using it for that as I have about Literably, a web tool in the same vein — having students read to us is as much about building the relationship (if not more so) than getting the data.

On the other hand, though, a site like FluencyTutor could be a super tool for students to practice on their own and compare their reading progress during a school year. It’s less about them tracking exactly how many words they read each minute and more about them seeing how their reading prosody — expressiveness, smoothness — improves. Just having the free features should be enough for accomplishing that goal.

Readers might be interested in three class blogs I maintain for English Language Learners:

English and Geography

United States History

World History

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December 23, 2014
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The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2014 – Part Two

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I continue my end-of-year “The Best…” lists…

The title of this “The Best…” list is pretty self-explanatory. What you’ll find here are blog posts and articles this year (some written by me, some by others) that were, in my opinion, the ones that offered the best practical advice and resources to teachers this year — suggestions that can help teachers become more effective in the classroom today or tomorrow. Some, however, might not appear on the surface to fit that criteria, but those, I think, might offer insights that could (should?) inform our teaching practice everyday.

For some, the headlines provide enough of an idea of the topic and I haven’t included any further description.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2014 – So Far

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2013 – So Far

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2012 — Part One

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers In 2011

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers — 2010

The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice To Teachers — 2009

In addition, you might find these useful:

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice In 2011

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice — 2010

The Best Reflective Posts I’ve Written About My Teaching Practice — 2009

Here are my choices for The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2014- Part Two:

I think teachers will find posts at my Education Week Teacher column very useful, including The Ten Best Classroom Q & A Posts Of 2014. They are all categorized here. My related BAM! Radio show might also be helpful.

Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities is from Edutopia.

How to Read Professional Development Books: 7 Tactics You Might Not Be Using is from Teaching The Core.

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing is from The New York Times Learning Network.

56 Examples of Formative Assessment is by David Wees.

Effective teaching: 10 tips on what works and what doesn’t is from The Guardian. It’s a very interesting summary of a meta-analysis on research done over the years.

10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds is from Teach Thought. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment.

8 Formative Assessment Data Sources that Help Students Become Better Learners is from Teach Learn Grow. I’m adding it to the same list.

Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle is from NPR, and I think it’s very good.

50 Ways to Teach With Current Events is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Road Tested / Lesson Closure: Stick the Landing is from ASCD and offers several good idea about ending lessons.

The New York Times Learning Network, one of my long-time favorites for teaching resources (it was the first site listed on The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet — long before I started writing about teaching ELLs for them) has published a list of their most popular posts.  It’s a gold mine!

Talking to Learn is by Elizabeth A. City.

Bryan Goodwin has written an excellent piece in  ASCD Educational Leadership. It’s titled Research Says / Which Strategy Works Best? It’s a concise description of the differences between short-term memory, working memory and long-term memory, with teaching hints for all three.

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned appeared in Grant Wiggins’ blog.

Speaking Volumes is by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.

Deeper Learning Described and Defined is a useful post from Learning First.

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies is a very good post by Maurice Elias over at Edutopia.

Carol Ann Tomlinson has written a great post over at Peter DeWitt’s Education Week blog. It’s called Inventing Differentiation.

Formative, Summative, Interim: Putting Assessment in Context is from Teach Learn Grow. I’m adding it to A Collection Of “The Best” Lists On Assessment.

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing is from Edutopia.

It’s Not Just Words: 10 Smart Word Choices of Smart Athletes
is from The Huffington Post, and offers some good advice on word choices that teachers can use, too.

Teaching and Learning with Science Media is from PBS affiliate KQED. I really like some of the PDFs that they offer, and they could be very useful to classes other than science.

Rick Wormeli has a typically great article that’s titled Motivating Young Adolescents. It includes a list of “Top 12 Demotivators” that I think should be taped to every teacher’s desk.

New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement.

Twelve Alternatives to “How Was Your Day?” is by John Spencer. It’s designed as a list of questions for parents to ask their children, but can easily be adapted by teachers for reflection activities. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Student & Teacher Reflection.

Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths is by Suzie Boss at Edutopia.

Reader Idea | Personal Writing Based on The Times’s Sunday Routine Series is a very useful post at The New York Times Learning Network. It’s a simple teacher-suggested lesson plan that includes some very useful student hand-outs.

Two Good Videos On How We Learn & How I Plan To Use Them In Class

Reminder: All Student Hand-Outs From My Student Motivation Book Available Free To Download

Smart Homework: How to Manage & Assess It is by Rick Wormeli. Smart Homework: 13 Ways to Make It Meaningful is also by Rick Wormeli. I’m adding them both to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

No More Language Arts and Crafts is a must-read post by the one-and-only Donalyn Miller, The Book Whisperer.

Combining Creativity and Standards-Driven Instruction is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice On Helping Students Strengthen & Develop Their Creativity.

The Best Posts, Articles & Videos Explaining Why Punishment Is Often Not The Best Classroom Strategy

Two New Good Writing Prompts For My Students

It Doesn’t Matter If It’s “Effective” If Students Won’t Do It

Scott McLeod  sent out a tweet about a forty page PDF document titled “Bloom’s Taxonomy: What’s Old Is New Again.” It’s written by Cecelia Munzenmaier, MS, with Nancy Rubin, PhD.  I’ve got a lot of resources on The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom list, but this document provides the best overview and must up-to-date history — and how to implement it in the classroom, that I’ve seen anywhere.  Granted, it’s forty pages, and that might be more than many want to read, but it is clearly worth the time and the effort.

The Best Fun Videos To Teach Language Conventions — Help Me Find More

Extrinsic Motivation In My Classroom

The Best Posts & Articles On How To Teach “Controversial” Topics

The Best Resources On Ferguson For Use In The Classroom

The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”

The Best Resources For Learning About “Flow.”

Promoting Student Metacognition is a very nice chart of questions students can ask themselves.

Here’s The Form I Have Students Complete When They’re Listening To Their Classmate’s Presentations

Stress management is a critical skill for our students to learn, not to mention being an important one for us teachers, too! I have a pretty good lesson it in my Self-Driven Learning book (you can download the hand-outs for free), and I also have a popular related “Best” list — The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress. The Harvard Business Review has published a short and concise piece sharing various stress management strategies, and it’s excellent. I will certainly be adding How to Handle Stress in the Moment to my lesson and to that Best list. It talking bout stress in the work context, but is easily applicable to any stressful situation.

Quote Of The Day: “When Will I Ever Use This?” (& How I’ll Use It In Class)

Quote Of The Day: “Traditional grammar instruction isn’t effective. Period.”

The Best Resources Sharing The Best Practices For Fruitful Classroom Discussions

The Best Resources On The Idea Of “Wait Time”

Good Classroom Management Advice: “The Person Who Asks The Questions Controls The Conversation”

Excellent List Of Eleven “Classroom Discipline Mistakes”

The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Apparently, long ago when, for awhile, I moderated a classroom management forum at Edutopia, I invited readers to share their best classroom management tips. Well, Edutopia put them all together in a a nice slideshow that I think readers will find useful.

 

In The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom, which is — by far — the most popular post I’ve ever published, I include videos using Star Wars, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean, and other movies to teach Bloom’s. Here’s another such video, and this one uses scenes from Harry Potter. Unfortunately, it has embedding disabled, so you’ll have to go to the link on YouTube. Of course, I’ll be adding it to that list.

“Oh, I Get It! If You Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Bad; If I Send Me Out, Then I’m Being Good!”

I’m a big believer in helping students develop metacognitive skills, and have included related lesson plans in my books and have an extensive The Best Posts On Metacognition list. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a free book, along with a short blog post, on the topic. It’s specifically geared toward using metacognition in math class, but the advice is pretty universal.

Why A Teacher’s Willingness to Say “I’m Sorry” Matters….

Warm-Ups, Bell-Ringers, Exit Tickets and…Vitamins?

Teaching Tolerance, the organization justifiably well-known for developing very good social-justice oriented teaching resources, has unveiled: “Perspectives for a Diverse America… a literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice content with the rigor of the Common Core State Standards.”  It’s a very ambitious site, and I think most teachers will find the highlight to be 300 great texts, often from larger works, all set-up to print out and copy for students. Those are a gold mine!  I hate to say it, but I generally found the site’s set-up to be fairly convoluted and confusing to navigate, though others may very well feel differently. But, whether you agree with me or not on that, I’m sure you’re going to agree that the texts are a wonderful resource. You do have to register in order to access the site, but it takes a minute to do so.

 

I’m adding this very useful infographic to The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations:

A 9 Step Cheatsheet for Becoming a Public Speaking Expert

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December 22, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Collection Of The Best Education-Related “Most Popular” Lists For 2014

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, many educators and organizations are putting together various “most popular” lists.

I thought I’d bring together the best of them in one place, and will be continuing to add to this post over the next couple of weeks. Feel free to let me know which ones I’m missing:

I’ll start with my own: My Most Popular Posts In 2014.

The Most Popular Classroom Q & A Posts In 2014 highlights posts from my Education Week Teacher column.

Edutopia’s Top 10 for 2014

10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year is from Edudemic.

The 5 Most Popular Educational Apps of 2014 is from Common Sense Media.

The 5 most viewed posts on Edublogs in 2014 (nice to see that one of my posts is on the list :) )

ASCD EDge Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

Our five most popular posts of 2014 is from Scholastic.

Again, please let me know what I’m missing!

I’m adding this post to All My 2014 “Best” Lists — So Far — In One Place.

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December 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For International Migrants Day

December 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The Ten Best Classroom Q & A Posts Of 2014″

I’ve just posted The Ten Best Classroom Q & A Posts Of 2014 over at my Education Week Teacher column.

I thought readers might find them useful.

Here’s an excerpt from one of them:

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I’m adding it to All My 2014 “Best” Lists — So Far — In One Place.

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December 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Education “Year-In-Review” Round-Ups For 2014

The Washington Post has now published my Best and worst education news of 2014 — a teacher’s list

In what has become a tradition, my “Best and Worst Education News” of the year will be appearing soon in The Washington Post (you can see my mid-year edition here, and previous year’s round-ups here).

I’m putting the finishing touches on my piece, so let me know if you think there’s a big story that might not be on my radar.

But I’m not the only doing these kinds of education “year-in-review” posts.

Here are a few others, and I hope readers will share more in the comments section:

2014’s Best and Worst Players in Public Education is from NEA Today.

Five big education stories in 2014 is from Scholastic.

Top Ed-Tech Trends 2014 is by Audrey Watters.

The 5 Biggest Education Stories of 2014 is from NEA Today.

2014: One Educator’s Year in Review is by Vicki Davis in Edutopia.

What Didn’t Happen in 2014 is by Peter Greene in Ed Week.

A 2014 Recap, and Common-Core Headlines You Probably Won’t See in 2015 is from Curriculum Matters at Ed Week.

I’m adding this post to All My 2014 “Best” Lists — So Far — In One Place.

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December 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Christmas Videos For English Language Learners – Help Me Find More

I had created a previous “Best” list titled The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween that I found very useful for my students, and thought I’d do the same for the holiday season.

I’ll be adding a link to this post over at The Best Places To Learn About Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanzaa.
You can learn about ideas for using these videos in language-development activities at The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

Please suggest ones I’m missing:

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December 15, 2014
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December 14, 2014
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The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two

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It’s time for another of my annual end-of-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,400 “The Best…” lists here).

You might also be interested in:

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2014 – So Far


The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 — Part Two

All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) On Education Policy In One Place

All My 2012 “The Best…” Lists On Education Policy In One Place

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2011 — Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Polcy In 2011 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy — 2010

The “Best” Articles (And Blog Posts) About Education Policy — 2009

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2008

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two (let me know what you think I’m missing):

The Los Angeles Times just published a great article headlined, Can collaboration between schools, unions fix failing campuses?

I Used to Think … That Experts Understood the World is by Rick Hess at Ed Week and he followed that post up with Wait A Minute...

Returns to Teacher Experience: Student Achievement and Motivation in Middle School is the title of a new study at The National Center For Analysis Of Longitudinal Data In Education Research.

How to reframe the education reform debate appeared in The Washington Post.

Teachers Are Not Superhuman is by Walt Gardner at Ed Week.

Gates Scholar, Tom Kane, Continues the Fight to Prove He Is Right is by John Thompson.

Teacher Evaluations Need to ‘Support, Not Sort’ was one of my posts at Education Week Teacher.  In Part One of a three-part series, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, California Teachers Association President Dean Vogel, and 2012 National Teacher Of The Year Rebecca Mieliwocki shared their thoughts on teacher evaluations.

What Education “Reformers” Do Not Understand About Teaching and Learning is by Daniel Katz.

Here’s an excellent video of Dana Goldstein discussing “As if teachers’ jobs aren’t hard enough, they’re asked to fix poverty, too”:

‘The Teacher Wars’: An Interview With Dana Goldstein is another one of my posts at Education Week Teacher.

The Original Charter School Vision is an excellent Op-Ed in The New York Times, written by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter.

Education Is Not ‘Moneyball’: Why Teachers Can’t Trust Value-Added Evaluations Yet is an excellent Ed Week piece by William Eger.

For Reformers: An Important Paper on Worker Compensation and Incentives is by Paul Bruno, and is a very important piece.

The Teach Like a Champion Paradigm is a very interesting post about Doug Lemov’s methods. It’s by Ben Spielberg.

Seven things teachers are sick of hearing from school reformers appeared in the Washington Post.

Teaching Is Not a Business is the title of David Kirp’s op-ed in The New York Times .

Educational Movements, Not Market Moments is an important post by Mike Rose.

Gary Ravani has written a great post that appeared in The Washington Post titled School reforms that actually work.

“Stupid, absurd, non-defensible”: New NEA president Lily Eskelsen García on the problem with Arne Duncan, standardized tests and the war on teachers is from Salon.

The New York Times published a column that highlights all of what is wrong about merit pay. However, they talk about it in the context of doctors and the medical profession and not teachers. It’s titled The Problem With ‘Pay for Performance’ in Medicine.

Do Students Learn More When Their Teachers Work Together? is an excellent post by Esther Quintero at The Shanker Blog.

The New Yorker, two months after publishing an excellent article on the school reform fiasco in Newark which made The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2014 – So Far list)  published an extraordinary feature on the Atlanta testing scandal — Wrong Answer: In an era of high-stakes testing, a struggling school made a shocking choice — by Rachel Aviv.

Lily Eskelen Garcia, the National Education Association President spoke at the American Federation Of Teachers Convention.

It’s definitely worth watching:

Donna Brazile announced the formation of Democrats For Public Education at the American Federation of Teachers Convention in Los Angeles. It’s designed to support effective and teacher-supported education efforts.

You’ve got to watch this video of her speech at the Convention:

The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Gates’ Excuse for Poor Results of Educational Technology: “Unmotivated Students” and A Question for Bill Gates: How Can We Motivate Students When Their Futures Are Bleak? are both by Anthony Cody at Ed Week.

We Need Teachers of Color is from Education Week.

The Best Resources For Learning About Balanced Literacy & The “Reading Wars”

Ten Reform Claims That Teachers Should Know How to Challenge is by Jack Schneider at Ed Week.

America’s Unspoken Education Issue: Black Kids Need Black Teachers is by Melinda Anderson.

When Educators Understand Race and Racism is by Melinda D. Anderson.

Accountability vs. What We Want for Our Children is an excellent post at Education Week. It’s written by Marc Tucker at his Top Performers blog.

Pedro Noguera Defends Teacher Tenure in Wall Street Journal is from Diane Ravitch’s blog.

There Is Probably No “Crisis” In American Education is by Paul Bruno.

How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution is from The Washington Post.

The Best Posts & Articles About OECD’s Survey Of Teacher Working Conditions

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December 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2014

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This list (a not particularly long one) brings together what I think are this year’s best ways to create online content easily and quickly. These web tools are excellent ways for English Language Learners, and others who might not be very tech-savvy, to have a good experience working with technology.

In order to make it on this list, web tools must be:

* accessible to English Language Learners.

* available at no-cost.

* able to be used to easily create engaging online content within minutes.

* willing to host user-created work indefinitely on the website itself.

* appropriate for classroom use.

* accessible without requiring registration.

You might also be interested in:

The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2013 – So Far

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2012 — Part One

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2011

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2010

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2009

The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly — 2008

Here are this year’s choices (not listed in order of preference):

ClipDis a new web and smartphone app that lets you type in any sentence and then provides it to you in a short video with actors from popular movies speaking it. Even better, you don’t have to register in order to create one and be provided a unique url address for linking to it. Here’s one I made.

ClassTools has created Twister, which lets you create fake tweets. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog, and I’ve added it to The Best Tools For Creating Fake “Stuff” For Learning.

Class Tools lets you easily create a Map “treasure hunt” with no registration necessary.

The Rand McNally Trip Maker easily lets you design a trip anywhere in the United States, and you can add sites of interest along the way.

As mentioned earlier, I have a fairly popular The Best Tools For Creating Fake “Stuff” For Learning list. The fake “stuff” I’m referring to includes newspaper articles, sports “trading cards,” iPhone conversations, Facebook pages etc. These can be used for conversation practice, to create reports on historical figures (or on natural disasters or on just about anything) and for numerous other learning activities. Simitator is another one I’m adding to the list. It lets you create “fake” Facebook pages, Twitter threads and more. Unfortunately, though, you have to download your creation — it won’t let you link to it (most of the other tools on my Best list let you save them as Web pages.

Incredibox, the incredibly easy music-creating site that’s been on The Best Online Sites For Creating Music list for years, has just announced its annual update. Version Four has even more sounds to mix, and will only make it more fun for students to use. I have my English Language Learners create their tracks and then describe — verbally and in writing — why they made their particular composition and what they want people to visualize when they listen to it.

The New York Times has created the Chronicle. It’s their version of the Google Books Ngram Viewer, which charts word use over the years in the books they’ve indexed (see The Best Posts To Help Understand Google’s New “Books Ngram Viewer”). The Times, though, indexes word usage in its own history. The image at the top of this post shows the results of my charting “love” and “hate.” It looks like love is winning! The Chronicle is very easy to use and no registration is required. It, and the Ngram Viewer, can be used with English Language Learners and other students in a number of ways, ranging from just being a fun and simple way for them to play with words to being a tool to correlate certain word usage with political attitudes (as I did in a recent column at Education Week Teacher).

The same day The New York Times announced their own version of Google’s Ngram Viewer, the online review site Yelp unveiled their own. It’s called Yelp Trends and you can compare how often different words are used in reviews at cities around the world. It’s very easy to use and no registration is required. You can see two examples below that I created – comparing soccer, basketball and jogging in Sacramento and in London. Obviously, soccer isn’t going to be mentioned much in London since they call it football there. I wonder if I shared these with students how many would figure that out? Have students create their own and then challenge their classmates to explain the reason for the differences (after they figure it out themselves) could just be one fun way to use it in class — that is, if Yelp isn’t blocked by school district content filters. You can read more about Yelp Trends at Slate.

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Transitmix lets you easily create a mass transit system for any city or town in the world, including how much it would cost to run. No registration is required, and you’re given a link to your creation. You can read more about it at Gizmodo.

Sketch Toy is a simple and useful online drawing tool.

Thanks to Katherine Schulten, I learned about the Hemingway app, a fun site that will evaluate your writing and tell you how to change it to Hemingway’s style.

It’s A Message lets you send a personal holiday message, along with images of snow falling on the address of your choices.

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December 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part Two

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I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them). In short, there are many ways to use them that promote speaking, listening, writing and reading.

I’ve posted quite a few of them during the first six months of this year, and I thought it would be useful to readers — and to me — if I brought them together in one post.

I’ve also published quite a few during the previous seven years of this blog. You can find those in these lists:


The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 – Part One

The Best Videos For Educators In 2014 – So Far


The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2013 — So Far

The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part Two)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2012 (Part One)

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2011

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2010

Part Two Of The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2008

The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development

The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One

The Best Pink Panther Fight Scenes For English Language Learners

The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner

The Best Sports Videos To Use With English Language Learners

The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters

The Best Videos Showing “Thinking Outside The Box” — Help Me Find More

The Best Fun Videos To Teach Language Conventions — Help Me Find More

The Best Funny Videos To Help Teach Grammar – Help Me Find More

The Best Movie Scenes For Halloween

Okay, now here are my choices for The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2014 — Part Two:

Here are some fun videos that English Language Learners could watch and then describe what they saw in writing and verbally:

This year’s John Lewis Christmas ad tells an story that would be engaging to English Language Learners and it’s very accessible to them. They can watch it and then describe — verbally and in writing — what they saw:

I have a lot of chase scene movie clips in The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development (along with suggestions on how to use them for language-development) and have to add this one to the list:

American’s Funniest Home Videos, whose DVD collections have been a great tool in my English Language Learner classes, turned twenty-five years old, and The New York Times marked the occasion with a lengthy article, A Generation of Unintended Laughs: ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ Turns 25.

The program, which now also has a very popular YouTube channel is a great source of videos to use in the many language-development activities I describe in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them).

I do think that some of them are in poor taste and a bit cruel, but the vast majority are good clean fun.

Here’s their YouTube playlist for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday (I still think it’s worth investing in the DVDs, though):

I have a fun collection of videos titled The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters. They’re great to have English Language Learners watch and then describe — both verbally and in writing — what they saw.

Here’s a new one I’m adding to that list:

These two compilation videos would be great for English Language Learners — they’re entertaining and in slow motion, so neither they or the teacher has to worry about it going to fast. Students can easily describe what they are seeing.

I think they’re all appropriate for classroom use though have to admit I didn’t get a chance to watch all of either of them.

I’m adding the two clips to The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development.

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December 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles I’ve Written About Education In 2014

I haven’t written as many articles this year about education as I usually do since I’ve been focused on my next book on student motivation (coming out in March) and the sequel to The ESL/ELL Teachers Survival Guide (coming out a year from now).

However, I have published a few, and thought I’d bring them together in one “Best” list.

Of course, these articles are in addition to the one-hundred-fifty posts I write each week for this blog, the six-or-seven each week I publish at my Engaging Parents In School blog, the two teacher advice columns I post each week at Education Week Teacher, and my monthly posts at The New York Times about teaching English Language Learners.

You can see all the hundred-plus articles I’ve written over at this link, and you might want to explore The Fourteen Best Articles I’ve Written About Education.

Here are The Best Articles I’ve Written About Education In 2014:

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December 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Online Learning Games Of 2014

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Time for another annual ”The Best…” list (you can see all of this year’s lists at All My 2014 “Best” Lists — So Far — In One Place).

As usual, In order to make it on this list, games had to:

* be accessible to English Language Learners.

* provide exceptionally engaging content.

* not provide access to other non-educational games on their site, though there is one on this list that doesn’t quite meet this particular criteria.

* be seen by me during 2013. So they might have been around prior to this time, but I’m still counting them in this year’s list.

You might also be interested in:

The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2013 — So Far

The Best Online Learning Games Of 2012 — So Far

The Best Online Learning Games — 2011

The Best Online Learning Games — 2010

The Best Online Learning Games — 2009

The Best Online Learning Games — 2008

The Best Online Learning Games — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Online Learning Games Of 2014:

Destination Unknown is a very slick online geography game using Instagram photos. It’s particularly good because it offers hints. Unfortunately, since it utilizes Instagram, there’s probably no guarantee that all the photos will be classroom appropriate, though I didn’t see anything bad when I played the game. Because of that potential issue, and because it may not be around for the long-term (since it’s sponsored as a promotion by a company), I’m not going to add it to The Best Online Geography Games. But it still might be worth a visit.

Show.me, the popular site that collects interactives from museums throughout the United Kingdom, has unveiled a brand-new (and sorely needed) redesign. You can find many great games there.

The BBC has produced a very impressive online “interactive episode” — really, a “choose your own adventure” story — about World War One. Here’s how The Telegraph describes it:

The interactive episode…. tells the story of the 1st South Staffordshire Battalion in one of the most deadly conflicts during the Battle of the Somme – the fight for control of High Wood on 14th July 1916.

Rather than passively watching the action unfold, the viewer is put in control of the choices that Corporal Arthur Foulkes must make to complete his mission. Like in a video game, on-screen buttons will appear when the viewer needs to make a decision to carry the story on.

Some of the situations will pose moral dilemmas and tricky tactical choices. For example, if the Corporal comes across a wounded enemy soldier on the battlefield, the viewer must decide whether to leave him, take him prisoner or shoot him.

Because of violent imagery, it requests that you verify that you’re over sixteen years old before you begin playing it.

Man vs. Wild: The Game is a choose-your-own-adventure story from The Discovery Network.

You can find many games at The Best Online Learning Simulation Games & Interactives.

Smarty Pins is a new online geography game from Google. It’s similar to some of the better ones on The Best Online Geography Games — you’re asked a question, provided a hint, and then have to put a “pin” on your guess for the answer. One of the nice things I found — at least, in the questions that I answered — is that you’re only shown the region of the world where the answer can be found.

Spacehopper is a new online geography game that isn’t easy but, after showing you a Google Street View image of a location, provides clues that make it less difficult. You’re shown a map with various dots on it, as well as the map outline of the country. After three guesses, you’re given the answer along with information on the location.

I’m a big fan of “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories, and have a very lengthy collection of them at The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories.

I recently learned about two new well-done online games in that genre that were nominated for awards at the Games For Change Festival:

The first one is Start the Talk: A Parent Learning Tool. It’s designed as a role-playing exercise for parents so they can practice speaking with their children about under-age drinking. Surprisingly — at least to me — it seems to offer some very good advice, and I can see it being useful to both parents and children. I’ll be sharing it at my Engaging Parents in School blog.

The other game that caught my eye is called Migrant Trail.

It’s from PBS. Here’s how they describe it:

The Migrant Trail is a video game that introduces players to the hardships and perils of crossing the Sonora Desert. Players have the chance to play as both migrants crossing the desert from Mexico to the United States and as U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling the desert. As migrants, players are introduced to the stories of the people willing to risk their lives crossing the unforgiving Sonoran desert to reach America. By playing as Border Patrol agents, players see that the job goes beyond simply capturing migrants to helping save lives and providing closure for families who lost loved ones in the desert.

Through the use of real-time resource management and by integrating characters, stories, and visuals from the film, The Undocumented, with intense gameplay choices, The Migrant Trail gives players another way to experience and understand the human toll of our border policies.
Citizen Sort creates free online video games where players sort and identify items as part of a serious science investigation. One of their series of games is called “Happy Match” where you have to describe various images. You can see the screenshot above. It appears to me that it could be useful for English Language Learners to learn some vocabulary, plus learn a little science, too. They have some other games on the site, and say they’re coming out with another one that looks particularly interesting called “Mark With Friends” that might also have ELL potential.

Each year for the past two years I’ve posted about a new online “choose your own adventure” U.S. History game created by Mission US, which is funded by the Corporation For Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment For The Humanities. First, there was one on the American Revolution, then on slavery. They unveiled a third one in the series, this one focusing on Native Americans, and it looks great. You can play A Cheyenne Odyssey here, and all the games here. You can read more about the new game here.

 

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December 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2014

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My annual lists continue…

Here are the best comic strips that have appeared since The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2013 — So Far.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2013 – Part Two

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2012 — So Far

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2011

Part Two Of The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers — 2010

The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers — 2010 (And Earlier)

Of course, teachers and students can also make their own comic strips. Check out The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online.

Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section of this post.

Here are my picks for The Best Comic Strips For Students & Teachers In 2014– Part Two(if you’re reading this on an RSS Readers, you’ll probably have to click through to see them):

I’m adding this Frazz comic strip to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech:

Frazz on language learning:



Frazz on “Why Did You Become a Teacher?”:

Frazz on the importance of having a vision:

How many of us have said this to students:

Frazz teaches Social Emotional Learning:

Dilbert on ed reform:

Frazz on school start times:

Frazz on teacher improvement:

Frazz on goal-setting:

True social change comes about through community, Batman:

Frazz on how adults teach children to think about the world:

Where some view problems, others see opportunities:

Pickles on mental imagery:

Pickles again on mental imagery:

Frazz on optimism:

Pickles on the importance of prior knowledge:

Frazz on word meaning:

Frazz teaches similes:

Frazz on math:

Frazz on history:

Pearls Before Swine uses tweets to teach history:

Frazz on attention span:

Frazz on grit:

Even babies might like literary variety:

Pickles on the value of making mistakes:

Zits on Philosophy class:

Frazz on what is on the test:

Frazz on fractions:

Zits on brain-based learning:

Dilbert show how NOT to give feedback:

Pearls Before Swine on testing and No Child Left Behind:

Zits does Shakespeare:

How we sometimes come across to our students:

Teaching word roots can be dangerous:

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