Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: There are 725,000 Undocumented Students In K-12 Schools

These Undocumented Teens are Silent No More is an article in Bright where I found that statistic.

As the quote says, the source of that number is Pew. Children of unauthorized immigrants represent rising share of K-12 students from The Pew Research Center also points out that:

About 3.9 million kindergarten through 12th-grade students in U.S. public and private schools in 2014 – or 7.3% of the total – were children of unauthorized immigrants.

Ed Source just published an article specifically about our state: 1 in 8 children in California schools have an undocumented parent

With these numbers, the heightened anxiety because of President Trump’s immigration policies can obviously create classroom challenges.

You might be interested in:

The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges

The Best Resources On The Trump Administrations New Immigration Enforcement Policies

April 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “The Life-Saving Weaving of Bolivia’s Indigenous Women”

Here’s the description of this video:

In the high-altitude city of La Paz, Bolivia, rates of heart problems dwarf those of cities at sea level. But an unexpected partnership between medicine and art is helping address this problem. Doctor Franz Freudenthal is a pediatric cardiologist who created a device that fixes abnormal openings in the heart through a non-invasive procedure. But these tiny, intricate devices cannot be made by machine, so Freudenthal enlisted help from the country’s indigenous Aymara women. With their traditional weaving skills, they knit these life-saving devices by hand. It’s the perfect blend of technology and artistry.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For International Day Of The World’s Indigenous People.

April 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google Unveils Virtual Reality Tours Related To Alexander Hamilton

From a post today in Google’s blog:

Using Google Expeditions, students can explore places like Alexander Hamilton’s home in Uptown Manhattan, Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, and the infamous site of Aaron Burr–Alexander Hamilton duel in Weehawken, New Jersey.  In addition, using Google Arts and Culture, the Gilder Lehrman Institute is bringing online dozens of rare archives and artifacts related to Hamilton’s era including early printings of the U.S. Constitution and a letter to his wifeexpressing his love.

You can read more about it at:

VR puts Oakland students in the rooms where Hamilton happened at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Google brings students to Hamilton, in VR and IRL at CNN.

I’m adding this info to:

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education

The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”

I’m looking forward to seeing “Hamilton” in San Francisco (my wife got tickets for me as a birthday present!)

April 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Check Out “The Global Jukebox” For Folk Music From Around The World

The Global Jukebox is an amazing repository of folks songs from all over the world. They’re organized in a couple of ways, including geographically.

Here’s how they describe themselves:

The Global Jukebox pays tribute to the expressive styles of all peoples within the framework of cultural equity and the diversity which is crucial to our survival as a species.

You can read more about it at Open Culture’s post, New, Interactive Web Site Puts Online Thousands of International Folk Songs Recorded by the Great Folklorist Alan Lomax.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

You might also be interested in:

“Radio Garden” Is A Curated Interactive Map Of Thousands Of Radio Stations Around The World

“Radiooooo” Is A Cool Music Site That Crosses The World & The Decades

April 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google Earth Unveils Big Redesign Today

Google unveiled a huge redesign of Google Earth today.

The changes include being now completely browser-based, letting you see the world in 3-D, and providing guided “Voyager” tours.

You can read more about the changes at:

Introducing the New Google Earth, Google Maps Mania

Redesigned Google Earth brings guided tours and 3D view to Chrome browsers and Android devices, The Verge

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me, which needs to be updated one of these days…

April 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The San Francisco Earthquake Hit On This Day In 1906 – Here Are Related Resources

The San Francisco Earthquake hit on this day – just down the road from here – in 1906.

You can find related resources at:

The Best Sites To Learn About San Francisco

The Best Sites For Learning About Earthquakes

April 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Former CEO Of Microsoft Unveils Data Lollapalooza Today Called “USA Facts”

UPDATE: The site is now live. However, it’s pretty “sluggish” because, I assume, of the large amount of traffic it is receiving. One would have expected the former CEO of Microsoft would have anticipated this problem…

Steven Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, is unveiling a treasure chest of accessible on Tuesday called USA Facts.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s New York Times article on it (titled Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove):

On Tuesday, Mr. Ballmer plans to make public a database and a report that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.

Want to know how many police officers are employed in various parts of the country and compare that against crime rates? Want to know how much revenue is brought in from parking tickets and the cost to collect? Want to know what percentage of Americans suffer from diagnosed depression and how much the government spends on it? That’s in there. You can slice the numbers in all sorts of ways.

The site hasn’t opened for business at the time I’m writing this post (the page says it’s opening soon and asks you for an email address), but I assume they’ll unveil it in a few hours.

We’ll see if it meets the hype – I suspect it will….

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