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July 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Contribute A Post To The Next ELT Carnival — It’s On Humor In Language Teaching

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The next ELT Blog Carnival, formerly known as the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival, will be hosted by Carissa Peck at her blog.

She writes:

I am a teacher who strongly believes that humor makes classrooms better! This Blog Carnival is designed to let other teachers share how they use humor in the class, so that other teachers may be inspired from them!

To submit your blog you have three options:

1. Tweet it to Carissa Peck (@eslcarissa)
2. Use the general ELT Blog Carnival submission form.
3. Leave your link in the comments of her post on the Carnival

You can see all the previous Blog Carnivals here.

And you can express your interest in hosting a future edition of one here.

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June 2, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What A Great Idea! – “Use #edublogs to Share Your Best Posts”

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Edublogs, my favorite blogging platform, has just made an announcement encouraging Edublogs users to tweet their favorite posts using the #edublogs hashtag on Twitter and they’ll share a number of them on Twitter.

It’s a great way to get exposure for your posts (since, at this writing, Edublogs has over 31,000 followers).

You can read all about it here
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It’s somewhat similar to how the Teaching English – British Council Facebook page works with ESL/EFL bloggers.

Just another reason why I think so highly of Edublogs!

I’m adding this info to The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers.

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March 17, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Parent Engagement Blog Has Been Growing In Popularity — You Might Want To Check It Out

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I publish one new post everyday at my Engaging Parents In School blog, and it’s been rapidly-growing in popularity.

In comparison to this blog, of course, it’s tiny, but I do think that blog is a one-of-kind resource on the Web.

You might want to check it out if you get a chance…

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January 25, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Tons Of Resources On My Blog’s Sidebar

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Between five and seven thousand readers visit my blog each day, so they see the very extensive resources listed on my sidebar — organized links to all my “Best” lists; free materials from my books; links to my favorite posts and much, much more.

However, thousands more read my posts on RSS Readers (I make my entire posts readable on them and don’t just have “teasers”) and don’t have to go to my blog.

So, if you’re reading this post on an RSS Readers and haven’t visited my blog in awhile, you might want to check it out….

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January 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Important Info For All Email Subscribers To This Blog (& To Everyone Who Uses Edublogs)

As the nearly 3,000 people who subscribe by email to this blog know, I’ve been using Feedblitz for the past seven years to send out my posts daily by email. Feedblitz is a great tool, and I highly recommend them on The Best Applications For Creating Free Email Newsletters list.

However, in order to use the free Feedblitz service, you need to allow them to put ads in the emails, which is reasonable.

However, thanks to a little nudging from reader Sylvia Duckworth, I re-checked with Edublogs about their email subscriber options. In the past, their system hasn’t let you track the numbers of people who subscribe and only let you send out an email for each post — not a daily post including them all.

So, I just checked with Edublogs and discovered they added both those email subscribers features — and more — a few months ago. All you have to do is go to the Subscriptions tab in your dashboard.

Just another reason why I can’t understand why anyone would use any other tool besides Edublogs to set up their blog.

It seems pretty easy to do, but since I am prone to mess-up even the easiest of technological moves, I’m asking them to “hold my hand” as I make this change. I’m hopeful that I can migrate all the Feedblitz subscribers seamlessly to Edublogs and set it up so new subscribers can easily subscribe to new ad-free daily emails.

I think, though, I’ll need to continue to use Feedblitz for my monthly email newsletters.

I may make this change as quick as today, or may wait a week or two until I can fit it in.

Please, though, let me know if you stop receiving daily emails with the blog posts!

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January 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Infographic: “Word Science”

As regular readers know, I spend very little time and thought into writing the typically bland headlines in my blog posts. I just figure my reputation for useful content, and the content itself, will do the job of encouraging people to read it.

However, I found this infographic from Short Stack pretty interesting, not so much because I’ll be using it to craft future headlines, but because I think it makes for an interesting part of a lesson on language in my IB Theory of Knowledge classes.

Nevertheless, I’ll still add it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers.

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Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

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December 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Voting is open! Check out the 2013 Edublog Awards nominees!

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Between now and December 18th, you can vote for nominees listed at the Edublog Awards site.

As I’ve said in previous years, I feel honored by being “shortlisted” in several of the categories and greatly appreciate those who nominated me.

Nevertheless, instead of voting for me, I’d ask that you vote for those who I nominated — if they made the shortlist. If not, vote for one of the other worthy nominees.

I think the Edublog Awards are one of the best ways to learn about countless great blogs and other education resources out here.

In case you missed my previous post, here are my nominations for the awards:

Best Individual Blog — This was a tough one. I tried to think about which blogs I make a point of reading every one of its posts and that post regularly (there are quite a few bloggers I wish would write more). There are only a few of them, and most fit in other categories. So, I’m nominating Alexander Russo’s “This Week In Education” here.

Best Group Blog — Middleweb has to be my choice.

Best ed tech / resource sharing blog — Richard Byrne at Free Technology For Teachers is an easy choice.

Best teacher blog — The Center For Teaching Quality Blogs are written by teachers. It could fit in the Group Blog category, but I figure it could fit here, too.

Best administrator blog — Chris Wejr doesn’t believe in rewards, but I’m nominating him anyway

Most influential blog post of the year — Saving the Poor With Science by Mike Rose is an eloquent piece on how the new emphasis on “character education” is not enough….

Best individual tweeter — Diane Ravitch is a must-follow to keep up-to-date on what’s going on in the world of education

Best twitter hashtag — I’m more of a “lurker” on both, but I think it’s a tie between #ELTchat and #ELLchat.

Best free web tool — Screencast-o-matic, which easily lets you upload presentations to the Web and provide audio narration. It’s been around awhile, but I just tried using it regularly this year. You can read how I use it here.

Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast — Joe Mazza hosts an excellent show on BAM Radio about parent engagement.

Best educational use of a social network — The Teaching English – British Council Facebook page has got to be one of the fastest-growing education sites in social media today. It has nearly one million Likes and is a go-to resource for English teachers throughout the world. You can read my interview with Ann Foreman, the person behind the site’s success, here.

Best mobile app — Instagram’s fifteen second video feature. You can read how I use Instagram in the classroom here

Lifetime achievement — Sue Waters, the most helpful person on the Web to educators…

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November 21, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here Are My Nominees For The 2013 Edublog Awards

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It’s that time again — to make nominations for the 2013 Edublog Awards.

As I’m always said, I like the Edublog Awards because they’re great opportunities to learn about new blogs, people and resources that are out there.

You can see my list of nominees from last year here.

Here are my new ones (and I hope you make time to make your own):

Best Individual Blog — This was a tough one. I tried to think about which blogs I make a point of reading every one of its posts and that post regularly (there are quite a few bloggers I wish would write more). There are only a few of them, and most fit in other categories. So, I’m nominating Alexander Russo’s “This Week In Education” here.

Best Group Blog — Middleweb has to be my choice.

Best ed tech / resource sharing blog — Richard Byrne at Free Technology For Teachers is an easy choice.

Best teacher blog — The Center For Teaching Quality Blogs are written by teachers. It could fit in the Group Blog category, but I figure it could fit here, too.

Best administrator blog — Chris Wejr doesn’t believe in rewards, but I’m nominating him anyway :)

Most influential blog post of the year — Saving the Poor With Science by Mike Rose is an eloquent piece on how the new emphasis on “character education” is not enough….

Best individual tweeter — Diane Ravitch is a must-follow to keep up-to-date on what’s going on in the world of education

Best twitter hashtag — I’m more of a “lurker” on both, but I think it’s a tie between #ELTchat and #ELLchat.

Best free web tool — Screencast-o-matic, which easily lets you upload presentations to the Web and provide audio narration. It’s been around awhile, but I just tried using it regularly this year. You can read how I use it here.

Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast — Joe Mazza hosts an excellent show on BAM Radio about parent engagement.

Best educational use of a social network — The Teaching English – British Council Facebook page has got to be one of the fastest-growing education sites in social media today. It has nearly one million Likes and is a go-to resource for English teachers throughout the world. You can read my interview with Ann Foreman, the person behind the site’s success, here.

Best mobile app — Instagram’s fifteen second video feature. You can read how I use Instagram in the classroom here

Lifetime achievement — Sue Waters, the most helpful person on the Web to educators…

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November 20, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Nominations Open! The 10th Annual Edublog Awards Are Here!”

It’s that time again — Nominations Open! The 10th Annual Edublog Awards Are Here!

These awards recognized education blogs from around the world, and I think they’re great opportunities to learn about blogs and great work that is out there that all of us might not know about.

You can read about my past nominations (and past winners) in my previous posts about the awards.

I’ll be offering my nominees for this year in a future post….

Go the above link to learn about how you make your own nominations!

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November 11, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The Ten Ways Blogs…Are Used In Schools”

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Sue Waters has just published a very useful post over at The Edublogger titled The Top 10 Ways Blogs and WordPress Are Used in Schools.

If you are a blogger, are considering starting a blog, or just want to learn more about blogging, that’s the post where you should start.

You might also be interested in these resources:

Resources From All My Blogs

The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers

The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging

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October 17, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Resources From All My Blogs

In addition to this blog, I regularly post at several other sites:

Engaging Parents In School:

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Weekly Posts At Classroom Q & A With Larry Ferlazzo:

Weekly Posts At The New York Times Learning Network on Teaching English Language Learners:

New York Times Learning Network
Periodic Posts at Edutopia:

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All My Class Blogs:

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August 30, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Two Days Left To Contribute A Post To The ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival!

There are only two days left to contribute a post to the 34th edition of the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival (also called the ELT Blog Carnival).

The theme for this month is pronunciation.

Carissa Peck has announced the hosting it. Read her post to learn the details, including on how to contribute a post.

You can also send your post here, as well as express interest in hosting a future carnival.

You can see all the previous Blog Carnivals here.

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July 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Pretty Good “Credo” For Education Bloggers

Dan Meyer has written an excellent post on how math educators can blog and tweet (and there are over thirty quality comments there now, too), and I think it holds true for all edubloggers.

Here are a few snippets of what he says he tries to do as a blogger (though I would strongly encourage you to go over to his post and read it all), and it sounds good to me:

I try to turn interesting opportunities into blog posts.

I answer every email.

I try to highlight the best of new blogs.

I try to create more value here than I’ve captured.

I’m adding this info to The Best Sources Of Advice For Teachers (And Others!) On How To Be Better Bloggers.

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June 23, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Contribute A Post To The 33rd EFL, ELL, ESL Blog Carnival

Eva Buyuksimkesyan is hosting the next EFL, ELL, ESL Blog Carnival on August 1st, and the theme will be Songs in ELT Classrooms.

You can learn more it at her blog post and contribute a post though this submission form or through contacting her directly on Twitter.

You can see all the previous Blog Carnivals here.

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June 11, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Reminder: Google Reader Shuts Down Soon & You Can Subscribe To This Blog By Many Other Ways

Many readers subscribe to this blog using Google Reader, which is being shut-down on July 1st.

There are plenty of alternatives to Google Reader if you still want to subscribe using an RSS Reader (see The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down).

In addition, you can always subscribe for free by email. You can quickly sign-up here. If there are multiple posts in one day you will still only receive one email containing all of them.

Of course, I also publish links to post on Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook (and sometimes Pinterest), so those are other ways to access this blog’s content, too.

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