Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 3, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”

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I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet about them.

Here are This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

The Importance of Project Based Teaching is from The Buck Institute, and provides a unique historical perspective on Project-Based Learning. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas.

Wake Your Class Up with Simulations! is from Ingenious Teaching. I’m adding it to The Best Online Learning Simulation Games & Interactives — Help Me Find More.

The Berlin Wall in the cold war and now – interactive is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Walls That Separate Us.

10 Tips for Delivering Awesome Professional Development is by Elena Aguilar at Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers.

Ask For Evidence is a very interesting new site based in the United Kingdom. Here is how it describes itself:

Ask for Evidence is a public campaign that helps people request for themselves the evidence behind news stories, marketing claims and policies.

We hear daily claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, treat disease or improve agriculture. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not.

How can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make? If they want us to vote for them, believe them or buy their products, then we should Ask for Evidence.

People come here to share their experiences of asking for evidence and to use the hub of resources and expertise to making sense of the evidence they receive.

It has potential to be an authentic audience for student projects, particularly for IB Theory of Knowledge classes.

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August 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”

'forged link chain (5)' photo (c) 2009, Kirsten Skiles - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet about them.

Here are This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

small things: increasing participation in classroom discussions is from Educating Grace.

No Time To Think is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Student & Teacher Reflection.

Free 2 Work is designed to:

Learn how your favorite brands relate to trafficking and other labor abuses. Free2Work provides consumers with information on forced and child labor for the brands and products they love.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Human Trafficking Today.

Google Wants To Improve Its Translations Through Crowdsourcing is from TechCrunch. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

Go Wild is an informative site about animals from the World Wildlife Federation (I learned about it via Richard Byrne). I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Animals.

Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Applying “Fed Ex Days” To Schools.

Researchers Discover “Superdialects” Through Twitter Study is from Read Write. I’m adding it to The Best “Language Maps.”

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.

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August 10, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”

'forged link chain (5)' photo (c) 2009, Kirsten Skiles - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet about them.

Here are This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Creating Infographics.

How to Talk About America’s Newest Arrivals is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States.

Smart Homework: Can We Get Real? is by Rick Wormeli at Middleweb. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

23 Incredibly Successful People Who Failed At First is from Business Insider. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality is by Nicholas Kristof at The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality.

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April 20, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”

'forged link chain (5)' photo (c) 2009, Kirsten Skiles - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet about them.

Here are This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

10 Reasons You Will Read This Medium Post is from…Medium. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Why We Like Lists.

The Power of Performance Assessments is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment.

What is a foreign language worth? is from The Economist. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual.

Syria crisis: Uplifting letters of hope is from The BBC. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.

18 Maps From When the World Thought California Was an Island is from Wired. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Historic Maps.

The What If’s of History is an interesting Storify. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons.

Welcome To Question Day 2014 has a lot of useful resources. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions.

Thinking Critically is from The University of British Columbia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Teaching & Learning Critical Thinking In The Classroom.

I’m adding these next two links to The Best Sites For Learning About Cesar Chavez:

What the New Cesar Chavez Film Gets Wrong About the Labor Activist is from Smithsonian Magazine.

The New Yorker has another critical take

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March 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t” — March (Part One)

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I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet about them.

Here are Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

The Vocabulary of Test Directions is from Vocabulary.com, and provides links to help students learn the academic vocabulary list that Jim Burke has developed. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.

Lex for EFL has created some interactive academic vocabulary activities that are useful. I’m adding them to the same list.

The World History Project has a nice “What Happened On” site. I’m adding it to The Best “Today In History” Sites.

Can 10,000 hours of practice make you an expert? is from The BBC. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The 10,000 Hour Rule & Deliberate Practice.

Mount Everest security guards to stop fights is from Breaking News English. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Mount Everest.

A Life Well-Lived is a short, and good, video on the first American who reached the Everest summit. I’m adding it to the same list.

I’m adding this video to The Best Resources For Lessons On Trayvon Martin:

Comcast Indefinitely Extends Low-Cost Broadband for Poor Families is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students.

Unexpected Africa: Investigating New Ways to Think About the Continent is from The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Africa.

Picturing hunger in America is from the PBS News Hour. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About World Food Day.


If You Need More Power, This Backup Battery Can Survive Even When Your Phone Can’t
is from TechCrunch. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas On How To Stay Electronically Connected When The Power’s Out.

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February 9, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t” — February (Part Two)

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I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet about them.

Here are Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

AL NBCT Network 21st Century Homework Success is a PowerPoint presentation by Rick Wormeli. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Homework Issues.

Here’s a very useful Slideshare Presentation by Donalyn Miller:

5 ways to teach kids about the California drought is from Southern California Public Radio. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On California’s Drought.

Shouldn’t Every Day Be ‘Black History Month’? is from The Root. I’m adding it to The Best Websites To Teach & Learn About African-American History.

Don’t Be Boring: A Surefire Approach to Engaging Your Audience — Part 1 is by Nancy Duarte. I’m adding it to The Best Sources Of Advice For Making Good Presentations.

10 Great Lesson Planning Templates and Resources is from The Teaching Channel. I’m adding it to The Best Places On The Web To Write Lesson Plans — Who Have I Missed?

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February 1, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t” — February (Part One)

'forged link chain (5)' photo (c) 2009, Kirsten Skiles - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet about them.

Here are Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

13 words of the year from other countries is from The Week. I’m adding it to The Best “Words Of The Year” Features For 2013.

Protest Songs, From Seeger to Sting to Springsteen is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History.

Workers of the World, Faint! is from The NY Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

Wealth gap: A guide to what it is, why it matters is from The San Francisco Chronicle. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality.

10 startling facts about global wealth inequality is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

How Americans really feel about the gap between rich and poor is also from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the list, too.

How Important is Grit in Student Achievement? is from MindShift. It gives a good overview of the research on the topic. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit.”

Stunning Before and After Photos of California’s Lakes Depleted by Extreme Drought is from The Weather Channel. I’m adding it to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On California’s Drought.

Jim Burke has just unveiled his new, extremely helpful, website.

I’m adding video to The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People. Thanks to Nancy Flanagan for the tip:

Here’s a useful worksheet and video on Nelson Mandela at Michelle Henry’s site. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Nelson Mandela.

If The World Were … An Infographic is from The ASIDE blog. I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Show Statistics By Reducing The World & The U.S. To 100 People.

Here Are All the Super Bowl Ads You Can See Before Sunday’s Big Game is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn About The Super Bowl.

The Dust Bowl is a PBS interactive using a “Choose Your Own Adventure” form. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories. Thanks to Richard Byrne for the tip.

National Flags Made From Each Country’s Traditional Foods is from is Marvelous. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

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January 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t” — January (Part Three)

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I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet them.

Here are Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

8 Essentials for Project-Based Learning is from The Buck Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas.

The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning is from Teach Thought. I’m adding it to the same list.

Infographic Flipped Classroom is from Education Journey. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea.

What listening to a story does to our brains is from Buffer. I’m adding it to The Best Digital (& Non-Digital) Storytelling Resources.

What’s New on StopBullying.gov: A Redesigned Training Center Plus 11 User Guides is from StopBullying.gov. I’m adding it to A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying.

Sticking With Students: Responding Effectively to Incorrect Answers is from Education Week Teacher.

Six Reasons Educators Say They Are Choosing Chromebooks Over iPads, Netbooks And PCs is from Forbes. It reinforces one of the education predictions I made for 2014.

Skills Practice | Persuading an Audience Using Logos, Pathos and Ethos is from The New York Times Learning Network. I’m adding it to The Best Online Resources For Helping Students Learn To Write Persuasive Essays.

Qi-Enabled Wireless Charger ARK Lets Mobile Users Cut The Cord is from TechCrunch. I’m adding it to The Best Ideas On How To Stay Electronically Connected When The Power’s Out.

Republican Ideas on Immigration Could Legalize Up to 6.5 Million, Study Says is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources About The New Push For Immigration Reform.

The Neuroscience Guide to Negotiations With Iran is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Compromise.

Google+ for Schools is by Eric Curts. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About.

Teachers stepping up when school violence erupts is from USA Today.

The Lure of the Technological Sublime: Morozov and the Makers is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Maker Movement.”

Rick Wormeli has just created a great website full of resources.

15 Technologies That Were Supposed To Change Education Forever is from Gizmodo. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology.

How Do Teachers Want Students to Cope with Boredom? is from ASCD. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Boredom & How Students & Teachers Can Deal With It.

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