Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 2, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“View From Above” Is Nice Geography Interactive


View From Above is an interactive globe that allows you to identify various locations leading to pretty cool arial views.

I’d put it on a “Best” list, but it’s an advertisement for an airlines, and those kind of things don’t usually stay online for long.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

January 31, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Really Impressive Interactive Traces The World’s Population Over The Last 2,000 Years


World Population History has a very impressive interactive that traces the world’s population over the past two-thousand years. It not only highlights where population decreases or increases occurred, but also provides explanations behind the changes.

They also have created a less interesting, though still useful, video summary of that same history:

I learned about these resources from Vox, which also provides more detailed descriptions of them.

I’m adding this post to:

The Best Resources For Learning About Our World’s Population Of 7 Billion

The Best Websites For Teaching & Learning About World History

January 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Check Out The BBC’s Video “News Explainers”


The BBC creates excellent one-to-three minute video “news explainers” about current events.

Here’s an example:

You can find them in one of three locations (depending on what your school’s content filter blocks):

The Explainers section on the BBC site itself appears to be the one updated most frequently.

The BBC has some of them on their Vimeo account.

They have a Playlist on YouTube.

I’m adding this info to The Best Online “Explainer” Tools For Current Events, and also took the opportunity to revise and update that entire list.

January 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Three New Resources On The Presidential Campaign


Here are three new additions to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections:

Where Do You Stand is an excellent interactive from the Associated Press where you can take a quiz and find which candidates with whom you are most aligned.

Of The People is from The New York Times and has short, accessible vignettes from different voters.

Lesson Plan | Election 2016: Understanding Primaries and Caucuses is from The New York Times Learning Network.

January 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Wow! The Wash. Post’s “The Waypoint” Interactive Could Open Any Lesson On The Refugee Crisis


The Waypoint, from the Washington Post, is an amazing interactive published today. It examines the journey of refugees to the Greek island of Lesbos, and is a pretty impressive piece of work.

I think it would be an ideal tool to open just about any lesson on refugee crisis.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day.