Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Three years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Interactive Video Tool Evaluation is from the University of Colorado. It compares different video tools. I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

Alternatives to YouTube’s Video Editor – It’s Going Away is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to Not The “Best,” But A List… Of Online Video Editors.

How to Create Virtual Reality Panoramas is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education.

Should kids be taught in schools using Minecraft? seems like a pretty well-balanced article.

Welcome to your first day of Classroom is from Google Ed. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Google Classroom.

No Begging Required: Teachers Share 5 Creative Ways to Fund Classroom Technology is from Ed Surge. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn About Education Grants.

I’m adding this first tweet to The Best Resources For Learning How To Use Google Docs/Google Drive:

August 6, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Three years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

The redesigned Google Earth app arrives on iOS is from TechCrunch. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me.

What We Still Don’t Know About Digital Reading is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to  The Best Resources On Which Is Best – Reading Digitally Or Reading Paper?

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Learning How To Use Google Docs/Google Drive:

July 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Three years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

5-Minute Film Festival: Teaching With 360-Degree Videos is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education.

Capture More Than Just a Visible Screen With Nimbus Screenshot is a useful post from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Create Simple Screenshots.

I have concerns about using ClassDojo as a classroom management system (see posts in Best Posts On “Motivating” Students) for details, but it does have some other helpful features.   9 Features of ClassDojo’s Digital Portfolio Platform – Coming Soon is another good post from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Developing Student Portfolios.

4 Ways to Upload to Google Drive is from Jake Miller. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Use Google Docs/Google Drive.

I’m adding this next video to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About:

July 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Three years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Technology is transforming what happens when a child goes to school is from The Economist. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

The Five Most Popular Ed Tech Tutorial Videos of 2017 So Far is from Richard Byrne.

Literacy XPRIZE starts field tests of semifinalist apps in LA, Philadelphia and Dallas is from TechCrunch. I was particularly intrigued by Lyriko, which teaches languages through music.

The Global Trend Tracker is an interactive globe that lets you see the most popular Google Search subjects in each country. Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip. You might also be interested in The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators.

Google opens Expeditions VR education app to the public is from TechCrunch. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education.

Mobile classroom brings education to the hardest-to-reach students is from Ed Source.

Typing.com lets teachers create free virtual classrooms to teach…typing. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

July 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Three years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Why Do Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School? is from Ed Tech Strategies. This is why I think “personalized learning” needs to include tech AND non-tech components. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

Personalized Learning: Modest Gains, Big Challenges, RAND Study Finds is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

I thought this was an interesting concept: “Highbrow is an email subscription service that brings bite-sized courses straight to your inbox every morning. All courses are 10 days long (so you don’t get bored) and are broken down into 5-minute lessons to make sure you can read them with your morning coffee.”

Google launches a new Backup & Sync desktop app for uploading files and photos to the cloud is a TechCrunch post. I had no idea that Google offered this kind of service that would back up your files to Google Docs. I’ve been using Dropbox (and Mozy) for years. What advantages or disadvantages do you see to using Google’s service? I’m adding this info to The Best Ways To Back-Up Your Computer & Online Work.

Free Wi-Fi Doesn’t Mean Safe Wi-Fi, And Neither Does Having the Password is from NBC News. I’m adding it to The Best Advice On Protecting Our Digital Info.

July 10, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Three years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Explee lets you make animated videos. It costs $30 per year for teachers, but doesn’t list a price if you want to create a virtual classrooms and monitor student progress (I’m always wary when a site says contact them for a quote). I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

Many low-income families get on the Internet with smartphones or tablets. That matters. Here’s why is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students.

Tired Edtech Trends That Teachers Wish Would Retire: From the Floor of ISTE 2017 is from EdSurge.

One School’s Quest for Personalized Public Education is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”

July 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Three years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Instant Virtual Field Trips is from Ditch That Textbook. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Finding And Creating Virtual Field Trips (which I just revised and updated).

Two Programs Providing Internet Access to Low-income Homes is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students.

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms is from The New York Times.

Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans comes from TechCrunch. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me.

Ten Ways to Use Google Earth In Your Classroom – Handout is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to the same list.

30 Hands Learning is yet another site that lets you create virtual classrooms and monitor the progress students are making in creating projects. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.  By the way, that list is now getting so lengthy that I think it will be the next topic of an “All-Time Best” list where I can narrow it down a bit.

ClassCraft also lets you create virtual classroom and supposedly turn learning into some sort of adventure game. I’m adding it to the same list.

June 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Three years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

The number one resource here has to be this new multi-article report from Education Week: Technology Counts 2017: Classroom Tech: Where Schools Stand.

Read Oasis lets teachers create a free (for one school term) virtual classroom for up to 50 students and provides tons of reading resources. Teachers can monitor student progress. I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

SCHOOLS TAP SECRET SPECTRUM TO BEAM FREE INTERNET TO STUDENTS is from Wired. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students (thanks to Alexander Russo).

Do classroom clickers improve learning? It depends. is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

Students sat in cubicles using computers. It wasn’t popular. is from The Hechinger Report.

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