Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Everyday People” By Playing For Change

I’ve posted many videos from the nonprofit community development organization Playing For Change.

Their new one is great!

Here’s what they write about it:

Turnaround Arts is proud to present “Everyday People,” produced by Playing For Change.

Thousands of Turnaround Arts students from across the country perform alongside Turnaround Artist mentors including Jack Johnson, Chad Smith, Jason Mraz, Elizabeth Banks, Tim Robbins, Yo-Yo Ma, Keb’ Mo’, Josh Groban, Bernie Williams, Misty Copeland, Paula Abdul, Trombone Shorty, Alfre Woodard, Citizen Cope, Doc Shaw, Frank Gehry, John Lloyd Young, Carla Dirlikov and more. In the video, produced by Playing For Change, students and their artist mentors sing, play and dance to Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People,” making the case that all people deserve to experience the power of arts and music in school.

Turnaround Arts, the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities empowers high-need, low performing schools with innovative arts, dance, theater and music programs, arts integration across subject areas, arts resources, musical instruments, and high-profile artist mentors, as a proven strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap.

Learn more:

March 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Radiooooo” Is A Cool Music Site That Crosses The World & The Decades


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.

You can develop a list of “saved” songs, but I wasn’t able to figure out if and how you could share them.

It’s a great addition to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

February 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Amazing Interactive Of Bosch’s “Garden Of Earthly Delights”


Every day I learn how little I know…

Yesterday, Katherine Schulten, the extraordinary editor of The New York Times Learning Network, sent out a tweet about an amazing interactive of the Netherlandish artist Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden Of Earthly Delights.”

It is indeed amazing, and provides audio support for the text, which makes it even more accessible to ELLs.

And, to my embarrassment, I had never heard of the artist or the painting, which is obviously very famous.

What will I learn, that I don’t know today, tomorrow?

October 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Jukedeck” Is A Super-Simple Way To Create Royalty-Free Music For Online Projects


Jukedeck lets you specify the kind of music you want and the length of track you need, and then it creates the music for you, which you can download for free. The entire process takes a minute or two.

You still have to request early access to be able to use the service, but I received mine pretty quickly.

I’ve embedded a short video about the service at the end of this post.

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

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