Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 4, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Kidy” Looks Like A Good Search Engine For ELLs

Kidy is a new search engine for children.

I experimented with it for a little bit, including using the “go to” search engine topic I always use on these kinds of search engines: “gladiator.”

I was impressed.

It makes it a lot easier for English Language Learners when they are researching if they can just choose among a series of accessible sites instead of going to Google and getting a ton of results that they can’t understand.

I’m adding it to The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners.

June 22, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google Unveils System To “Verify” Who You Are

Taking a page from Twitter’s “verified account” tool (but, one can hope, they will better apply), Google just unveiled a “verify” feature.

You can read all about it here.

It’s, at least for now, a bit limited, but I don’t really know how many people or organizations have these “Knowledge Panels”:

Individuals and organizations with Knowledge Panels can use our verification process to claim their panels and provide authoritative feedback on the information and images presented. Now we’re updating that process as well as extending verification eligibility to more entities.

They tout these as the benefits to getting verified:

Once you’re verified, you can suggest factual changes to information in your Knowledge Panel and suggest a featured image.

It took me a few minutes to answer the questions.

In my way of thinking, it seems that the primary benefit might be to make things a bit easier to regain control of your gmail account if it’s hacked, which is the same reason I chose to get verified on Twitter.  But that’s just a gut feeling – neither Google or Twitter say that….

March 9, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Iris.ia” Seems Like A Very Useful Research Tool

I just learned about Iris.ia from Nik Peachey, who is always an excellent source of resources.

Iris.ia lets you paste the url address of any academic paper or TED Talk and then, in return, it provides you with a free interactive mosaic of related research papers.

I tried it with Dan Pink’s TED-Talk on motivation, and none of the papers that it linked to (and that I checked) were behind a paywall.

It seems like it would be very useful research tool.

And, in case you are looking for additional research tools, here are a few more that I’ve posted about in the past:

Author Path is a free tool to help university students write theses or journal articles. I had my daughter check it out (she just completed her Masters Thesis), and she says it would have been very helpful to her.

“Google Scholar” Alerts Could Be Very Helpful For Research

The Best Commentaries On Sci-Hub, The Tool Providing Access to 50 Million Academic Papers For Free

Sci-Hub Loses Domain Names, But Remains Resilient

“Unpaywall” Is New Tool For Accessing Research Papers For Free

Let me know what I’m missing!

March 4, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

KQED Begins What Looks Like A Great Site For Teachers To Create Virtual Classrooms

KQED, the monster public television and radio station for Northern California, is beginning a new project on March 15th called KQED Learn (I assume it’s open to any school anywhere).

You can sign-up for information on the launch here.

The site exists now for what I assume to be teachers and students who were testing it out.

It looks like it could be a very useful tool. I’ve embedded a video below that explains it further.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

March 3, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Useful Resources On Using Tech With Students

I was a guest this morning on the #EduGoalsMooc Twitter chat, and thought readers here might be interested in some of the resources I shared there (you can find all the tweets from the chat by searching the hashtag on Twitter).

I adding this post to The Best Advice On Using Education Technology:

February 12, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Study Shows Positive Impact Of Ed Tech On ELLs & Students With Special Needs

A new study has found what much previous research has concluded – good use of ed tech can have a positive impact on all students, but especially on ELLs and students with special needs.

Here’s an excerpt from Web-based teaching can improve science understanding for struggling pupils:


I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

January 25, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Burger King Makes A Video Explaining…Net Neutrality?

Yes, Burger King made a video about net neutrality.

You can read about it in the Verge article Burger King made a surprisingly good ad about net neutrality.

Here’s an excerpt:

When we asked the company why it decided to make this ad, it said, “We believe the internet should be like Burger King restaurants.”

I’m adding it to The Best Videos For Learning & Teaching About Net Neutrality.

December 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Am I The Only Teacher In The World Who Had Not Heard Of The “Stapleless Stapler”?

I recently heard about a stapler without staples (I apologize for not remembering where I first learned about it) and didn’t have a clue what it could be.

I searched and found it on Amazon, ordered it, and it just arrived.

It seems like magic, and uses the paper itself to bind them together.

Since it makes a small hole in the paper, you wouldn’t want to use it for professional presentations. But it seems perfect for schoolwork!

I’m not sure how well it will hold up to classroom use, but there also appears to be versions that are more heavy-duty.

Have you used them?

I’m adding this info to The Best Good, Inexpensive & Simple Classroom Technology Tools.

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