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September 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week In Web 2.0

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In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Kozmos is a new tool for saving bookmarks. You need an invitation to join, but I got one very soon after registering. It isn’t ready for The Best Social Bookmarking Applications For English Language Learners & Other Students list, but it did give me an excuse to revamp and update it.

Stitcht lets many people upload videos from a similar event to one place and puts them all together.  I’m adding it to The Best Web Applications That Lets Multiple People Upload Their Photos To One Place.

Shabaam lets you record audio to accompany a huge selection of GIFs. It could be a good tool for ELL speaking practice. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

#BookSnaps and Book Creator is from Book Creator. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

September 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Three New & Unique Geography Games

Here are several new Geography games I’m adding to The Best Online Geography Games (thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tips).

They stand out from the ones presently on the list, which are all good – but very, very similar:

My Name Is Hunt uses maps, but is also a text-based “choose your own adventure” style of game (see more of them at The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories). It’s only accessible to advanced English Language Learners, but definitely is unusual.

urbanopticon is a game that incorporates the idea of “citizen science.” Here is how they explain it:

This game will show you randomly selected urban scenes and ask you where they are. In so doing, we capture your mental map – that is, which parts of the city you tend to correctly recognize. By combining your answers with other people’s, we are able to draw the collective mental map of the city. The collective map is important because it is associated with happiness. In his “The image of the city”, Kevin Lynch showed that the happiest areas are those that are easily recognized and, as such, are prominent in people’s minds. By knowing which areas are difficult to recognize, we are able to recommend urban interventions to different stakeholders, including local government, urban planners and artists.

Where In the World Looks like a very good game for students. Here is its description:

Play the game to explore country landmarks all over the world, from royal palaces to historical attractions. See if you can figure out where in the world you are!

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