Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

October 29, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Easiest & Most Fun Tool On The Web For Creating Music Got Even Better — Again!

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I’ve previously posted about Incredibox, and I continue to think it’s the easiest and most fun tool on the web for creating music. You can save your creation, give it a title, and share it.

Today, they announced that they completely updated the site (again), including giving it a new url address.

Of course, it continues to be on The Best Online Sites For Creating Music.

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October 9, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“LSO Play” Is A Mind-Blowing Way For Students To Learn About Orchestras & Musical Instruments

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LSO Play is an interactive experience with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Students can learn about orchestras and musical instruments, but it’s hard to explain the many different aspects of the site.

Just check it out — you won’t be disappointed!

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September 25, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Lyrics Videos” On YouTube & English Language Learners

An article in today’s New York Times titled On YouTube, ‘Lyrics Videos’ Mark a New Genre highlights an excellent resource for English Language Learners and their teachers — creative music videos that emphasize displaying the lyrics as they are sung. Of course, there are many karaoke sites that ELL teachers use, as well as other tools specifically designed for ELLs (you can see lots of them at The Best Music Websites For Learning English) but, apparently, releasing videos that are more than just the lyrics scrolling down the screen is becoming a genre of its own. And that’s good news for ELL classrooms — not only does it mean that up-to-date songs will have their lyrics displayed, but that they will also show a little creativity to make it more interesting to students.

Also, one piece of new information for me was that if you searched “lyrics video” on YouTube, you’ll find a greater number of these than if you use some of the search terms I’ve been using to find them.

Here are a few examples from the NY Times article:

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August 14, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Getty Museum Makes Nearly 5,000 Public Domain Images Available Online — Will Increase In Future

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The Getty Museum just made an announcement:

The initial focus of the Open Content Program is to make available all images of public domain artworks in the Getty’s collections. Today we’ve taken a first step toward this goal by making roughly 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose.

I’m adding this info to The Best Online Sources For Images.

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August 1, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Using Music and Songs in EFL Classes” Is The New Blog Carnival That Has Just Been Posted!

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Using Music and Songs in EFL Classes is the theme of the 33rd ELT Blog Carnival, and it’s a good one!

Eva Buyuksimkesyan has gathered contributions from English teachers throughout the world on the topic, and it’s so good that I’m adding it to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

At the same time, Carissa Peck has announced the next Carnival will be published in early September and the theme will be pronunciation. Read her post to learn the details, including on how to contribute a post.

You can also send your post here, as well as express interest in hosting a future carnival.

You can see all the previous Blog Carnivals here.

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July 18, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Shocker To All Second Language Teachers: “Singing can help when learning a foreign language”

Results of a new study will come as no surprise to anyone who teaches a second language: “Singing can help when learning a foreign language.”

Of course, having a little more research to back you up if people question the melodic tones coming from your classroom can’t hurt. Even more info on the study is here.

I’m adding this to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

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July 17, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“ColAR” Could Be The Coolest Tablet App Out There, & Here’s How I Would Use It In Class

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ColAR is an extraordinary free app that TechCrunch just wrote about (see ColAR Uses Augmented Reality To Bring Your Kid’s Drawing To Life). It’s free, and lets you print out coloring pages from their site, color them in, look at them through the tablet app, and they come alive.

Watch this video and prepare to be mesmerized:

I could see English Language Learners, and other students, color in the pictures and then create a story based on the augmented reality version.

Other ideas?

I’m certainly adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users.

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June 22, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Bono Organizes Impressive Site Of Protest Songs

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The singer Bono has organized an impressive online collection of protest songs, including their video performances, lyrics and background information on each.

You can read about his new site in this newspaper article, and visit the site directly here.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History.

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