Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

Nominations Now Open For The 2014 Edublog Awards


Nominations for the eleventh annual Edublog Awards are now open. You can learn about the Awards and the nominations process here. The deadline is November 24th.

Its purpose is to recognize effective uses of social media for educational purposes.

I view them, as I view all of these types of awards, as great opportunities to learn about new resources out there, and that’s been the case for the past eight years of my following the Awards.

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August 3, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

How Useful Is The LinkedIn Publishing Platform & LinkedIn Generally?

LinkedIn has now opened up its publishing platform to 15 million people. In other words, if you’re a LinkedIn member, you can now blog with it.

I have no idea how important or useful that is, and hope that readers will enlighten me.

In fact, though I’m a LinkedIn member and connect back to anyone who requests one — as long as they have some relationship to education — I’m still not clear what LinkedIn “does.”

The only thing that I have found useful on it is David Deubelbeiss’ ELT Professionals Around The World group, which seems to have some useful conversations (I’m just a lurker there).

Tell me what I’m missing, if anything. Should I share posts from this blog there? Should I write some original articles on their platform? Are the people on LinkedIn really different from those on Twitter, Google Plus, or Facebook?

Is the advice in this piece, LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform: Pros, Cons and Generating more Content, good or bad?

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July 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo

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

What A Great Idea! – “Use #edublogs to Share Your Best Posts”


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

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

My Parent Engagement Blog Has Been Growing In Popularity — You Might Want To Check It Out

Larry Ferlazzo's Engaging Parents in School Site

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

Tons Of Resources On My Blog’s Sidebar


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

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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