Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 27, 2014
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Amazing Video: 1980 Bush & Reagan Comments On If Undocumented Children Should Be Able To Attend Schools

This is amazing.

What has happened to the Republicans?

I’m adding this to The Best Resources About The New Push For Immigration Reform.

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July 27, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Breaking News” Is An Engaging Tool For Reading…News

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Breaking News is a current events news-reader designed in an intriguing way. You can type in whatever topic you want to read about — soccer, major news, refugees — and you’re provided with a list of headlines to stories about it. Clicking on the headlines will take you to the story. But the real interesting part of the site is that if you click on a globe icon on the upper right of the page, you’ll go to a world map showing you the location of the where the stories are originating. Clicking on the dots will also take you to the story.

I’m adding it to The Best Visually Engaging News Sites, which I just completely updated and revised.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

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July 24, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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NBC’s “30 Seconds To Know” Seems Like A Good “Explainer” Series

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NBC News produces an ongoing series of 30 Seconds To Know videos about current events and issues.

They’re videos that last…thirty seconds, with an expert who explains a topic. However, it’s not just a talking head — it includes action shots and graphics, and the narrator doesn’t speak too fast.

I’m going to add it to The Best Online “Explainer” Tools For Current Events.

Here’s an example of one:

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July 23, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Two Excellent World War One Resources From The Guardian

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The British newspaper The Guardian has recently produced two excellent resources about World Ward One that I’m adding to The Best Resources For Learning About World War I:

A global guide to the first world war – interactive documentary is an impressive multilingual…interactive documentary.

How to teach… the first world war is also from The Guardian.

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July 22, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Wash. Post Unveils New “Storyline” Site — Great Content, Confusing Lay-Out

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I’ve previously posted about The Washington Post’s announcement that they were joining the data-journalism party with a new site called Storyline (See The Washington Post Joins The Party Of Data-Journalism With “Storyline”).

Today, Storyline opened up for business.

The content looks great, and will be very accessible to students — unlike Vox (which I like a lot), Storyline’s pieces look like they’ll be very short — almost “bitesize.” They say they’ll be focusing on a few themes each day with several short pieces, including infographics, on each theme.

The only negative I see, and it’s a sizable one, is that the lay-out is atrocious. They have a separate post trying to explain it, but it’s all just too confusing. In fact, once you click on one story, I couldn’t even find a way to get back to the home page. I think this is an example of designers being too cute for their own good in a misguided effort to differentiate themselves from other sites.

However, I expect that they’ll get enough negative feedback to make corrections pretty soon.

I’m sure it will be a source of useful classroom material in the upcoming year.

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July 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good Overviews Of Israel-Gaza Crisis

Vox has created two useful resources for understanding the present Israel-Gaza crisis. I’m adding them both to The “Best” Resources For Learning About The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:

11 crucial facts to understand the Israel-Gaza crisis is from Vox.

And Vox has created this two minute video explainer:

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July 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Resources On Race & Racism

July 21, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Latest Resources On The Child Refugee Crisis

July 19, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Washington Post’s “Five Myths” Feature Is A Very Useful One

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The Washington Post regularly publishes a feature called “Five Myths.”

They’ll typically pick a topic that’s been in the news and list five myths with a short explanation about each one. It’s pretty useful to teachers and students alike.

I’m adding it to The Best Online “Explainer” Tools For Current Events.

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July 17, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Washington Post Joins The Party Of Data-Journalism With “Storyline”

I’ve previously posted about three new “data-journalism” sites that have opened-up shop this summer — Vox, Five-Thirty-Eight, and The New York Times “Upshot.”

Today, The Washington Post announced that they,too, are joining the party with a site called Storyline. It doesn’t actually have a web address yet (it’s officially launching next week), but it can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

The Post did release this preview video, which doesn’t really tell you much about Storyline is actually going to do, but it does give the impression it might be a little more narrative-driven then Five-Thirty-Eight and The Upshot. Vox’s emphasis on narrative is what is clearly making it the stand-out among this crowd, so it will be interesting to see what Storyline does….

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July 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Latest Resources On Child Refugees In The Southwest

July 14, 2014
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“What you can do to help the US’ 52,000 child migrants”

Vox has just published a very useful list of organizations that are helping the child refugees in the Southwest, and ways people can help them.

Check out What you can do to help the US’ 52,000 child migrants.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border.

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July 13, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Latest Resources On Child Refugees At U.S.-Mexico Border

July 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Cost Of Living Map” Is A Nice Interactive

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The Cost of Living Map lets you pick any two major cities in the United States and it compares their costs of living — overall and in specific categories.

It’s very, very easy to use, and could be very helpful to students. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning Economics & Practical Money Skills.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

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July 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Resources On The Child Refugee Crisis At U.S. Border

Here are some new additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border:

The Children Crossing Our Border Just Want a Better Life—Let’s Treat Them as Our Own is by Jose Luis Vilson.

Fleeing Gangs, Children Head to U.S. Border is from The New York Times.

Book Drive Seeks To Give Immigrant Kids Chance To ‘Daydream’ is from NBC News. You can also access a special section they have on all their stories about the refugee crisis.

What happens when deportation separates parents from their kids? is from Vox.

Here’s a short video explainer from Vox:

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