Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

September 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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
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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:

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
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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
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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:

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.

July 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources & Ideas For Using Sound Effects In ELL Lessons

I sometimes use sound effects with my English Language Learner classes as a game (playing sounds, let’s say, of animals and having groups having to identify its name) or as story-writing prompts (play some sounds in sequence and have students write parts of a related story).

Generally, I find Free Sound as the easiest place to find them, but I have lots of others sites at The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects.

Here are some posts other ELL (and non-ELL) teachers have written about how they’ve used sound effects with their students:

Teaching With Sound Effects by Hall Houston.

The Sound Book by Mike Harrison.

Using sound in the classroom is from Learn NC.

ESL Halloween Lesson Plan – Scary video and sounds

Here’s an animal sound quiz.

July 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Apollo 11 Launched On This Day In 1969 – Here Are Related Resources

Apollo 11 launched on this day in 1969.

You might be interested in:

The Best Sites To Learn About The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

The Best Resources For Learning About Neil Armstrong

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 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.

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