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June 29, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2018 – So Far

 

Another day, another mid-year “The Best…” list…..

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

Ordinarily, I also publish a separate list for ELL students, but just didn’t have it in me to do that this month.  You can see links to all those past posts at The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – Part Two.  I’ve included resources that I would ordinarily put in that list in this post, instead.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2017 – Part Two

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

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers of ELLs in 2016 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far

The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2014 – Part Two

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 2018 – So Far:

Guest Post: Teaching the Language of Science

Video: My Thirty Minute Presentation On Teaching English Language Learners

“‘Every Teacher’ has to Help ELLs Meet Common Core Standards”

Guest Post: Supporting ELLs In Math Instruction

Guest Post: Teaching Math To English Language Learners

Guest Post: “Speaking of Math: It’s time to talk in class”

Guest Post: “Support Reading, Support Mathematics Understanding”

Highlights From Last Two Weeks Of The Online Book Chat About Our New ELL Book

Another Reason iSLCollective Is One Of Top Sites For ELLs – Their New Online Homework Feature!

“Four games for vocabulary development”

Highlights From First Two Weeks Of The Online Book Chat About Our New ELL Book

“Culturally Responsive Teaching in the ELL Classroom”

Video: Katie & I Share ELL Instructional Strategies

“How to Use Oral Presentations to Help English Language Learners Succeed”

ALL Student Reproducibles From Our New Book Are Now Available To Everybody!

How Our Intermediate ELLs Taught Our Beginner ELLs About World War One Today

“Micro-Writing for English Learners” Is My New Article In ASCD’s “Educational Leadership”

Three Videos Of English Language Learners Giving Advice To Teachers

“Active Listening: Using Times Videos, Podcasts and Articles to Practice a Key Skill”

Grading English Language Learners – A Perspective From Two Teachers

English Language Learners Tell Us What Helps Them Learn

Geography Writing Frames For ELLs (They Can Be Used In Other Subjects, Too)

Here’s My Tentative Plan For A Support Class For Long-Term English Language Learners – Tell Me How I Can Make It Better

Wow! Amazing New Video Created By Smithsonian Will Probably Be Used In A Zillion ELL Classes

“Fifteen ways to adapt your textbook so your students aren’t bored to death”

New Research Quantifies The Vocabulary Improvement Generated By Reading – Here’s How I Plan To Use It In Class

One Of My Favorite – & Easiest – ELL Activities To Practice Speaking (Links & Recordings Included)

The Best Resources On “Differentiated Grading” For English Language Learners

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners

It’s Christmas In May! Sac Library Now Lets Our Students Access Tons Of Online Resources By Student ID

Great Tool For Creating Sequencing Activities

Fun Activity For ELLs – Choose The MOST Correct Caption

Update On The Pilot Class Providing Support To Long-Term ELLs I’ll Be Teaching Next Year

Here Are Slides I Used In An Eight-Minute Presentation To Our Faculty – “Teaching ELLs”

New Study Finds That Teens Can Learn A New Language As Quickly As Younger Children

“How to Engage ELLs in Literary Conversations”

New Video: English Language Learners Share What Helps Them Learn

Ed Week Publishes Excerpt From Our New Book – Section On “Helping English-Learners End the School Year Strong”

Edutopia Publishes Excerpt From Our New Book – Section On “Activating Prior Knowledge”

Very Useful Twitter List For ELL/ESL/ELT Educators

“One Met. Many Worlds” Is A Cool Multilingual Art Gallery From The Met

English Language Learners Tell Us What Helps Them Learn

“Everything you Wanted to Know About Dual Immersion but Were Afraid to ask”

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

Langston Hughes Was Born On This Day In 1902 – Here Are Two Good Lessons For ELLs Using His Poetry

Padlet Now Lets You Record Audio – Zooms To The Top Of Most Useful Web 2.0 Tools For ELLs

If You Want To Know Who ELLs Are & Where They Are, This New Website Is For You

Using “The Diary Of Anne Frank” With ELL Newcomers!

A Fourth Step: “I Do, We Do, You Do” and then “You Teach”

Do You Want To Use This Survey With Your Intermediate & Advanced ELLs?

Lots Of Good Tidbits On Teaching English Language Learners

Here’s How I’m Trying To Incorporate More Retrieval Practice In Class – Let Me Know How I Can Improve

Second Statistic Of The Day: Many Cartoon Villains Speak in Foreign Accents

Using “Quick, Draw!” With ELLs & Other Students

Interview With Eddie Williams, ELL Teacher Featured In “The Newcomers”

“‘The Newcomers’: An Interview with Helen Thorpe”

iCivics Adds Bilingual Social Studies Game

LyricsGaps Gets Even Better – Now ALL Existing Songs Can Be Assigned & Student Progress Monitored

Four New Additions To Best Sites For English Language Learners

How refugee children make American education stronger is from The Conversation. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits.

Family Separations at the Border: What Educators Need to Know is from Colorin Colorado. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Terrible Practice Of Separating Immigrant Parents From Their Children.

VirtuEL is a free online professional development event for teachers of ELLs that took place last Saturday (I have a session, too). You can learn all about it here, including watching the video presentations at your leisure.

Why Teaching English Through Content Is Critical for ELL Students is from MindShift. I’m adding it to Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Emotional Scaffolds: Reducing Barriers to Comprehension is from Tan Huynh.

How to teach conversational lessons is a great post from CECILIA NOBRE ELT BLOG. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Developing English Conversational Skills. You might also be interested in The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

Focused Error Correction – how you can make a time-consuming necessity more effective and manageable is by Gianfranco Conti. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On ESL/EFL/ELL Error Correction.

Supporting English Language Learners Through Station Rotation is from ASCD. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Planning “Learning Stations” – Please Add More.

7 Things to Do NOW for Our ELL Writers is by Valentina Gonzalez.

Beyond Delivering Lessons: Engineering Student Interactions is from Tan Huynh.

Usable Knowledge at Harvard has published an impressive guide to Welcoming Newcomers.

Wait Time Can Make or Break Your Lesson is by Valentina Gonazalez. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Idea Of “Wait Time”

Why You Need to Try Tourbuilder with Newcomers is by Wendi Pillars.

Seven Step Vocabulary is a video from The Teaching Channel. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

Don’t Underestimate, Shortchange ELLs With Disabilities, Researcher Argues is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Assisting ELLs With Special Needs – Help Me Find More.

Unlocking Learning II: Math as a Lever for English Learner Equity is a new report from West Ed. Ed Week also has a good summary. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching Common Core Math To English Language Learners.

The Teaching Channel has a nice video on Scaffolding Text Structure for ELLs, though it’s useful for everybody. I’m adding it to The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students.

Engaging Newcomers in Language and Content is a new series of videos from The Teaching Channel. I’m adding it to The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom.

The British Council has what appears to be a relatively new feature called the Video Zone. It has videos and, importantly, accompanying interactive games. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents is a very useful site from the U.S. Department of Education.

The British Council has math glossaries in several different languages, including Persian. I’m adding them to The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science.

How to Teach English to Beginners Using Art is from Think English. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Using Art As A Way To Teach & Learn English – Help Me Find More.

Voice Tube looks sort of like a not-as-sophisticated English Central, though I don’t mean that as an insult.  It has a limited collection of videos, but seems to have several, though not all, of the features at English Central.  Nik Peachey writes about it here. It’s web-based, but also has phone apps, so I’m adding it to The Best Mobile Apps For English Language Learners

18 WAYS TO SUPPORT ENGLISH LEARNERS IN YOUR CLASSROOM IN 2018 (OR EVER!) is by Valentina Gonzalez.

The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools has developed an incredible collection of multilingual glossaries for just about every academic subject area and grade.

Gap-fill, Sentence Writing or Composition – Which Task Leads to Better Vocabulary Learning? is from ELT Research Bites. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Clozes (Gap-Fills).

You’ll want to check out all of Carol Salva’s podcasts on teaching ELLs:

June 28, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2018 – So Far

 

It’s time for another of my mid-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,900 “The Best…” lists here).

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

You might also be interested in:

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far

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

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, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2018 – So Far (let me know what you think I’m missing). These are not listed in any order of preference:

First off, here are ed policy-related “Best” lists I posted this year:

The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis

No, Secretary DeVos, Schools Cannot Choose To Call ICE On Students – Here Are The Best Rebuttals To Her False Claim

The Best Resources For Learning About The Terrible Practice Of Separating Immigrant Parents From Their Children

The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis

The Best Reports On The New “Lost Einsteins” Study

The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs & Janus Cases

The Best Posts On The Nature/Nurture Debate

The Best Reports On North Carolina Teacher Walkouts

The Best Videos & Articles About The Arizona and Colorado Teacher Walkouts

The Best Videos & Articles On The Kentucky & Oklahoma Teachers Strikes

The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of Ninth-Grade For Students – & How To Support Them

The Best Resources Explaining The GAO Report That Finds Racial Disparities In School Discipline

The Best Resources For Learning About “The March For Our Lives”

The Best Articles & Videos Explaining Why Arming Teachers With Guns Is A Bad Idea

The Best Resources For Learning About The National Student Walkout On March 14th

The Best Articles & Videos Showing How Parkland’s Teens Are Responding To Tragedy

New & Revised: The Best Resources For Understanding Why We Need More Teachers Of Color

7 Things to Know About the Supreme Court Decision That Just Slammed Teachers’ Unions is from Ed Week and gives an excellent overview of this terrible decision.

We Need To Talk More About Schools As Mediating Institutions

After Spending $575 Million On Teacher Evaluation, Gates Foundation Says, “Oops” is a post I wrote about this big news. I’m also including it here because it received 200,000 hits within a week.

Bottom-Up School Reform: Teachers (Part 1) is from Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On “Teacher Leadership” — Contribute More!

I’ve been long-concerned about The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning and what can often be its lack of connection to racial equity issues. The Aspen Institute just published a report raising those issues very eloquently: Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action. I have questioned the value of some of the reports Aspen has put out about SEL, but I think this one should be studied by every school that thinks they are emphasizing SEL at their site. I’m adding this info to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

DeVos Might Eliminate Federal ELL Office

“Paired Text” Of The Day: Hiring Investment Bankers As School Superintendents

We Can’t Graph Our Way Out Of The Research On Education Spending is from the Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Has Your School Been Investigated for Civil Rights Violations? is from ProPublica.

This is an impressive CNN piece titled These charts show why America’s teachers are fired up and can’t take any more.

Why the school spending graph Betsy DeVos is sharing doesn’t mean what she says it does is by Matt Barnum. It’s related to NAEP scores, but the terrible graph he discusses shows up all the time. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Effect Sizes: How Big is Big? is by Robert Slavin.

From Policy to Classroom Practice: The Macro and Micro at Work is by Larry Cuban.

In Education, If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is….

Santa Fe High School & Illusion Of An American “Can Do” Spirit

Fifteen newsletters you need to know about if you really love education journalism is an extremely useful post by Alexander Russo. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current Education Issues.

She Breaks Rules While Expecting Students to Follow Them is an excellent commentary on Eva Moskowitz and her charter schools. It appeared in The NY Times.  I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

What School-Funding Debates Ignore is an important article that appeared in The Atlantic. It’s written by Jack Schneider. I’m adding it to: The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy

Researchers Find That African-American Students Punished More Severely Than Whites For Same Behavior

Less money for schools after the recession meant lower test scores and graduation rates, study finds by Matt Barnum in Chalkbeat provides a good summary of the research, co-authored by Kirabo Jackson.

I Have Zero Tolerance for Advocates of Zero Tolerance Discipline is by Justin Cohen. I’m adding it to We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity.

What Makes a Good School? is from Slate.

How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most is an intriguing interactive from The NY Times.

Did new evaluations and weaker tenure make fewer people want to become teachers? A new study says yes is from Chalkbeat.

What Really Happened At The School Where ‘Every Senior Got Into College’ is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Posts About Attrition Rates At So-Called “Miracle” Schools, since there’s a definite connection.

Tax Cut Terrible For Us, Our Students & Their Families, But At Least The Onion Was Able To Get An Ed-Related Laugh Out Of It

Brainwaves Videos on YouTube is a great channel to find short videos of educators discussing important topics (in fact, you can find one of me talking about helping students develop intrinsic motivation).

This new video on “Why Teachers Quit” is a great one to watch. I’ve shared Richard Ingersoll’s work at The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions, and he provides an important summary of it all here….

You may have seen Betsy DeVos on 60 Minutes (you can see the interview here and read reactions here).

Saturday Night Live aired this spoof of the interview:

Dylan Wiliam, who may have written the best piece I’ve ever seen on formative assessment (see This ASCD Article By Dylan Wiliam May Be The Best Article You’ll Ever Read On Giving Students Feedback) has written – if not the best, one of the best – articles on education research.

It’s headlined Getting educational research right, with a subtitle of “Research can guide teachers, but it cannot determine what will work in their classrooms.”

Here’s an excerpt:

 

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

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”?

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