Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

March 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About World Wildlife Day

Today is World Wildlife Day.

Here’s how the United Nations describes it:

World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

This is going to be a very short “Best” list, since I already have two previously published lists that are applicable:

The Best Wildlife Photographs Of The Year

The Best Resources For World Biodiversity Day (& Endangered Species Day)

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February 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Scientist’s “Explanimations” Is A Useful Animated Video Series

New Scientist has a series of short videos that call “Explanimations”:

Ever wondered if space is actually infinite? Or what exactly reality is? Our animation series explains big ideas and abstract concepts in just a few minutes.

You can see the entire playlist here, and I’ve embedded an example below:

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February 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: NASA’s Best Images Of The Sun

This is from NASA’s YouTube description of this video:

February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which provides incredibly detailed images of the whole sun 24 hours a day. Capturing an image more than once per second, SDO has provided an unprecedentedly clear picture of how massive explosions on the sun grow and erupt ever since its launch on Feb. 11, 2010. The imagery is also captivating, allowing one to watch the constant ballet of solar material through the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.

In honor of SDO’s fifth anniversary, NASA has released a video showcasing highlights from the last five years of sun watching. Watch the movie to see giant clouds of solar material hurled out into space, the dance of giant loops hovering in the corona, and huge sunspots growing and shrinking on the sun’s surface.

I’m adding it to The Best Images Taken In Space.

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February 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “The Worst Nobel Prize Ever Awarded”

This new video from The SciShow on YouTube is about the Nobel Prize for medicine given to the developer of the lobotomy.

It’s of particular interest to me since my Uncle was one of a number of immigrant children from low-income families who were diagnosed with so-called behavior disorders and lobotomized. This practice took place in the 1940’s. He was institutionalized for the rest of his life following the procedure. I have vivid memories of his visits to us — from the moment he entered our home he was always looking at his watch concerned about getting back to the hospital on time.

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