Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 5, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Webby Award Nominees Announced This Morning – Here Are Six Best Sites For Learning


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!

March 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Four New Additions To “The ‘All-Time’ Best Science Sites” List


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

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

March 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Neat Online Exhibit On “Discoveries That Changed The World”


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.

March 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

NPR Videos On Serendipity In Science


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:

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