Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

September 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “The Loneliest Tree in the World”

Here’s how this video is described:

Tucked away in a corner of London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, there is a very peculiar plant. At first glance, it resembles a stumpy palm tree, but this ancient specimen is incredibly rare. It is, in fact, the very last of its kind on Earth. Encephalartos Woodii is a cycad, a type of plant that once dominated the planet during the Jurassic Period. Over the millennia, the age of the cycad came to an end. And in the case of Encephalartos Woodii, we may have been left with only one—a single male specimen. This tree is the loneliest bachelor on Earth.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Trees.

August 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Zooniverse” Is One Of The Coolest Ed Sites On The Web – I Can’t Believe I’m Just Hearing About It!


Zooniverse is an amazing site where scholars put up projects that require “people-powered research” – for example, attempting to decode formerly secret Civil War telegrams.

It has many projects in multiple subject areas, along with very cool online tools for students to use when doing the research. The site also has lesson plans for teachers to use when introducing students to the site.

A site like this offers real purposes for student learning. I’m amazed that I hadn’t heard of it before today when Stephen F. Knott sent the tweet about the Civil War project. Further exploration led me to all the site’s other features.

I’m going to add it to Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience,” but it deserves to be on a lot of other Best lists.

Have any readers had experience with Zooniverse before?  Am I the only one around who didn’t know it existed?

August 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Climate Explorer” Lets You…Explore Future Climate Changes In Your Community


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has created The Climate Explorer.

Here’s how the describe it:

Explore maps and graphs of historical and projected climate trends in your local area. View data by topics to see how climate change will impact things you care about.

Type in your zip code and you get lots of info, along with accessible explanations for how to interpret it.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

August 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Pioneers Of Flight” Is A Nice Collection Of Smithsonian Interactives


Pioneers of Flight has several interactives, and comes from the Smithsonian.

The image at the top of this post provides more details on the activities.

I’m adding them to The Best Resources For Learning About Flight, and I took the opportunity to completely revise and update that list.

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