Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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!

September 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Eid al-Adha Is Being Celebrated Now – Here Are Related Resources

Eid al-Adha, which takes place at the end of the Hajj (see The Best Sites To Learn And Teach About The Hajj) took place yesterday in the United States and still continues in many countries.

I’ve just revised and updated The Best Online Resources For Learning About Eid al-Adha.

September 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

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:

There’s a lot to unpack in this NY Times article: Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech.

Learning software in classrooms earns praise, causes debate is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

How to Share a Portion of a YouTube Video is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Cutting-Out & Saving Portions Of Online Videos (I just updated that list).

I’m adding this tweet to a very out-dated Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Ways To Convert PDF & Word Documents:

August 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Neil Armstrong Died On This Day In 2012 – Here Are Resources About His Life

Neil Armstrong died on this day in 2012.

I’ve just revised and updated The Best Resources For Learning About Neil Armstrong.

August 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license:

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:

DogoBooks lets students write book reviews. I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Post Book Reviews For Authentic Audiences, which I just revised and updated.

JQBX lets users listen to the same Spotify music and chat about it. I’m not sure how useful it can be in the classroom, but there are some possibilities. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

Storyboard Generator looks like it has potential.  It’s like a create-a-storyboard tool with lots of bells and whistles.  I’m not sure if it’s too complicated.

Tozzil is like a collaborative Pinterest Board where you can collaborate with others. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time.

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