Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

June 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – So Far

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Here’s my latest my-year list.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Science Sites Of 2015

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – Part Two

The “All-Time” Best Science Sites

The Best Science Sites Of 2014 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2013 – So Far

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part Two

The Best Science Sites Of 2012 — Part One

The Best Science Sites Of 2011

The Best Science Sites Of 2011 — So Far

The Best Science Websites — 2010

The Best Science & Math Sites — 2009

The Best Science & Math Websites — 2008

The Best Science Websites For Students & Teachers — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – So Far (not in any order of preference):

The Best Videos Explaining Gravitational Waves (In An Accessible Way)

Videos & Lesson On Rube Goldberg Machines From Our School’s Physics Teacher

The Best Resources On The Recent “Discovery” Of A Possible Ninth Planet

Who isn’t going to see “Finding Dory”? So, it’s likely that by the fall, many educators and students will have viewed it at least once, and will be more than eager to see it – or scenes from it – again when it comes out in DVD or streaming a few months later. Disney has published an extensive “Finding Dory” Educator’s Guidethat looks like it could be useful. It’s science-oriented, though I suspect there will be some opportunities to connect Social Emotional Learning to the film, too. And, speaking of Nemo and Dory, Film Education has an equally extensive series of science-based lessons for the original “Finding Nemo,” and Teach With Movies has a broader teaching guide.

bioGraphic is a “new-to-me” site from The California Academy of Sciences. It has great collection of accessible science articles and multimedia, and appears to be regularly updated.

Ice and Sky is an interactive describing the history of climate change. It’s a good complement to A Journey Through Climate History, a site I’ve previously shared.  I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

Apollo 17 is a multimedia interactive letting you experience – in real time – that moon-landing mission.

Mawahtale is an interactive on Ebola.  I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ebola Virus.

How Much Warmer Was Your City in 2015? is a new NY Times interactive that shows how recent temperatures in over 3,000 cities compare with historical highs. I think it would be a better resource if the differences were displayed a bit more clearer than they are, but students should be able to figure it out with a little teacher guidance.

NBC Learn has created excellent free video resources for quite awhile. Their new resources are series on the Science of Innovation andMysteries of the Brain. But the new one I think will be really be useful is their new ten video collection titled When Nature Strikes: Science of Natural Hazards.

The Online Star Register takes you a virtual tour of outer space. It’s pretty impressive, especially if you click “Take A Tour” at the top. I like it better than Google’s Sky site.

The Curious Engineer offers free monthly video animation “explainers” about different topics.

Here are four free online science textbooks which all have lots of interactives that I added to The “All-Time” Best Science Sites this year:

CK-12, which I’ve described in a previous post (see “CK-12” Has Free Resources In All Subjects & Individual Student Progress Can Be Easily Tracked).

Science Book

Open Educational Resources from UEN, which also has a separate page for online science interactives.

Scott Foresman Science

I’m adding this video to The Best Sites To Learn About Trees, which I’ve also just revised and updated:

Lines Of Thought: Discoveries That Changed The World is a new online exhibit from the Cambridge University Library. You can read more about it at the NBC News article, 600-Year-Old Cambridge Library Offers Rare Glimpse of Collection, and watch a short video about it below:

I’m adding this info to The Best “Lists Of Lists” Of History’s Most Influential People, Events & Ideas.

I’m adding this video to The Best Sites For Learning About Human Evolution, which I’ve also just updated and revised:

When we study science in IB Theory of Knowledge, one of the ideas we consider is that not all scientific breakthroughs come through rigidly following the scientific method. NPR recently did a short series of videos examining just this: “modern examples of serendipity in science – happy accidents/mistakes/coincidences from the last few years that have led to discoveries and insights.” They’ll be useful in TOK class, and here they are:

Fig. 1 by University of California is a YouTube Channel offering short, accessible science animations with closed-captioning. Here are some samples:

June 10, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Finding Dory” Educator’s Guide

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Who isn’t going to see “Finding Dory” when it comes out next week?

So, it’s likely that by the fall, many educators and students will have viewed it at least once, and will be more than eager to see it – or scenes from it – again when it comes out in DVD or streaming a few months later.

Disney has published an extensive “Finding Dory” Educator’s Guide that looks like it could be useful.

It’s science-oriented, though I suspect there will be some opportunities to connect Social Emotional Learning to the film, too.

And, speaking of Nemo and Dory, Film Education has an equally extensive series of science-based lessons for the original “Finding Nemo,” and Teach With Movies has a broader teaching guide.

By the way, I’ve got a great clip from the original movie at The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual Or Multilingual — Part One. It shows the advantages of Dory being able to speak “whale.”

June 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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It’s World Oceans Day – Here Are Even More Related Resources

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It’s World Oceans Day! Here are new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Oceans:

There are 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in our oceans. This map shows you where. is from Vox.

World Oceans Day is a photo gallery from the Boston Globe.

Here’s a TED-Ed lesson and video:

April 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Active Learning” In Science (& Other!) Classrooms

NPR has just published a story on Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman’s efforts to get universities to use “active learning,” instead of lectures, in their classrooms. It’s headlined A Nobel Laureate’s Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching.

I’ve previously posted a lot about Professon Wieman’s work (you can read and see those videos here) and he even wrote a guest post for my Education Week Teacher column, A Nobel Laureate Writes About Becoming A “Science Coach.”

Here’s an excerpt from the NPR piece:

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April 5, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Webby Award Nominees Announced This Morning – Here Are Six Best Sites For Learning

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Nominees for the twentieth annual were announced this morning (go here and click on “view all categories to see them). I think you have to kiss a lot of pigs before you find the princes, but there are a few excellent learning resources there that I haven’t already shared.

Here they are:

Ice and Sky is an interactive describing the history of climate change. It’s a good complement to A Journey Through Climate History, a site I’ve previously shared.  I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Climate Change.

Google Feud and PhotoBomber would be fun games to play with English Language Learners.  In the first one, which is a Webby nominee, you’re given a phrase and have to guess the ten most likely words to complete it in a Google search.  The downside, however, is that it’s possible you might end up with something inappropriate.  The second one is a sister site, though did not actually receive a nomination.  It would work for advanced ELLs – you’re given a combination of pictures and words and have to guess the common expression it represents.

Apollo 17 is a multimedia interactive letting you experience – in real time – that moon-landing mission.

Mawahtale is an interactive on Ebola.  I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ebola Virus.

The Studio from Giphy lets you easily create GIFs and animated slideshows. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On GIFs — Please Contribute More, which I just updated.

Check out the nominees and let me know if you think I missed any!

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