Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“One Met. Many Worlds” Is A Cool Multilingual Art Gallery From The Met

 

One Met. Many Worlds is a cool online interactive gallery from The Metropolitan Museum Of Art.

You can explore how certain words/themes have been illustrated in different works of arts across many cultures, and also “pair-up” your own preferred images to share online.

I’m adding it to The Best Ways For Students To Create Their Own Online Art Collections.

February 8, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Best” Lists Of The Week: Tools For Learning About Art & Creating It

This is the first post in a new weekly series I’m creating that will highlight the Best “Best” lists in a particular topic I have posted over the years.

These will be lists I’ve also recently reviewed and revised so they are relatively up-to-date.

You can find all my nearly 2,000 continually updated “Best” lists here.

Here my “Best” Best lists sharing Tools For Learning About Art & Creating It:

The Best Art Websites For Learning English

The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Animations

The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online

The Best Sites To Learn About Diego Rivera

The Best Ways For Students To Create Their Own Online Art Collections

The Best Collections Of “The Best” Pieces Of Art Ever Created

The Best Sites For Learning About Famous Art Thefts

The Best Examples Of “Unusual” Art

The Best Resources Discussing The Importance Of Art In Education — Help Me Find More

January 20, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Draw.Chat” Looks Like A Nice New Collaborative Tool

Draw.chat looks like a nice new collaborative drawing too. And it’s free.

Here’s how they describe it:

Draw.Chat is anonymous, online drawing board. You can create your paint chat in one click – without any registration. Every whiteboard has a unique, randomly generated URL which you can send to other people to start a real-time collaboration.

Get your personal chat room with the whiteboard where you can drop and paste Screenshots, Images and PDF’s. Use your camera to start a secure P2P video conference. You can also drag and drop images from your camera directly to the canvas. Use the bell for offline notification – when someone else open or write in the chat room. Draw.Chat delivers tools for annotating PDF’s, Maps, and Screenshots.

 

I’m adding it to:

The Best Art Websites For Learning English

The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration

January 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Check Out The Number One Song In 3,000 Locations Around The World

 

The Pudding created an interactive map – with audio – where you can see and listen to the number one song (in December, 2017) in 3,000 locations around the world.

It’s pretty cool.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

At that same list, you can find related worldwide music sites, including:

Radiooooo is one of the coolest music sites around. You can click a country on a world map and then click a decade from the past 120 years, and it will then play music from that area and from that time period.

Radio Garden is an online interactive map of radio stations that you can listen to from around the world. It’s pretty nifty, and you can read more about it at The Atlantic’s article, The Map That Lets You Listen to the Radio Everywhere.

Check Out “The Global Jukebox” For Folk Music From Around The World

You can learn about different musical instruments at the Glossary of Folk Musical Instruments & Styles from Around the World and the World Instrument Gallery.

Rare Early Photographs of Musicians Around the World is from Brain Pickings. The post has links to even more great photos.

Musical Map: Cities of the World is from Spotify.

World Music Composer is a nice tool from the National Museums of Scotland to learn about musical instruments and how they sound from around the world. You can mix-and-match them to create your own collection but, unfortunately, you can save it.

December 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Using “Quick, Draw!” With ELLs & Other Students

Quick, Draw! is a tool from Google that tells you an object and then gives you twenty seconds to draw it. People have drawn one billion images using it, and Google uses them to make its “machine learning” better. You are given six items to draw and then it shows them all, along with providing you the ability to compare your creations with others.

Quick, Draw! with Google is a post from the TechNotes blog that offers lots of different ideas on how to use Quick, Draw! with English Language Learners.

Personally, I would just use it as a high-interest way for students to learn new vocabulary (they can figure out what the word means before they start the twenty seconds limit), as well as a nice opportunity for listening practice (the game provides automatic audio narration for the words and sentences it says).

I say I would use it that way because our district content filters presently block the site, and I haven’t yet gotten around to exploring if they would unblock it for us.

Another interesting way it could be used is by exploring the similar and different ways the same objects are drawn in different cultures. You can read about that possibility at today’s post at Google’s blog, A look at one billion drawings from around the world.

I guess Google has been in an artistic mood this year, since they also released a second cool drawing tool. You can about it at Google’s Brand New “AutoDraw” Is Likely To Become A Favorite Place For Those Of Us Who Are Artistically-Challenged.

I’m adding this post to:

The Best Art Websites For Learning English

The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

December 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Big Collection Of Free Music To Use With Facebook & Instagram Videos

 

Today, Facebook unveiled Sound Collection, a large and growing selection of free music to use with Facebook and Instagram videos.

Obviously, it won’t be very useful for school if you’re using them on Facebook because of district content filters, but many teachers – including me – have students create videos on Instagram and then upload them to unblocked platforms (see The Best Resources For Learning To Use The Video Apps “Vine” & Instagram).

You can read more at TechCrunch’s post, Facebook Sound Collection lets you add no-name music to videos.

I’m adding this info to The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects.

November 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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LyricsGaps Gets Even Better – Now ALL Existing Songs Can Be Assigned & Student Progress Monitored

 

I’ve previously shared about how teachers can create music clozes (gap-fills) for students to complete while they listen to – and watch – popular music videos at LyricsGaps (see Create Customized Exercises & Monitor Student Progress At “LyricsGaps”).

Now, though, you can -in seconds – assign any existing exercise on the site. All you have to do is click the “Share This Exercise” button (see screenshot at the top of this post).

My students have to do five hours each week of homework from any of the sites at The Best Online Homework Sites For English Language Learners – Please Offer Your Own Suggestions.  I’m sure that LyricsGaps will now become a very popular option.

November 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Create Customized Exercises & Monitor Student Progress At “LyricsGaps”

 

LyricsGaps has been on The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites list for awhile.  It’s a great (and free) site that lets students watch/listen to music videos and then fill-in-the-blanks.

Since a fair number of the videos are blocked for students by our District’s Internet content filters (but accessible to teachers), I will show the video on the screen and then students write the word on mini-whiteboards.  They, of course, can also use the site at home.

I recently discovered they added a feature for teachers to create customized exercises. Click “play” for any video and you go to a screen that looks like the image at the top of this post.  You can then click on any words you want left blank (it literally takes seconds).  Next, you’re given a url address you can provide students and your account will list the users that have used your exercise and their scores.

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Online Homework Sites For English Language Learners – Please Offer Your Own Suggestions

The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress

 

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