Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google Docs Expands Voice-Typing Ability Expanding Language-Learning Possibilities


Last September, Google introducing the ability to type by voice to Google Docs, and I wrote about its possibilities for language learning (see The New Voice Typing Feature In Google Docs Is Great – I Wonder If ELLs Can Use It For Pronunciation Practice?).

Today, Google announced an expansion of those features, and you can read about it at TechCrunch’s post, You Can Now Edit And Format Your Google Docs By Voice.

You can also see the official list of available commands at Google.

February 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Kids Without Internet & What Can Be Done About It

I’ve written a lot about the challenges facing low-income families without high-speed Internet (see The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students).

The New York Times has just covered the topic in an article headlined Bridging a Digital Divide That Keeps Schoolchildren Behind.

Here’s a statistic from the article that will be no surprise to many teachers:


February 17, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google Translate Announces Addition of 13 Languages For A Total Of 103


Google Translate made a big announcement today:

In 2006, we started with machine learning-based translations between English and Arabic, Chinese and Russian. Almost 10 years later, with today’s update, we now offer 103 languages that cover 99% of the online population. The 13 new languages — Amharic, Corsican, Frisian, Kyrgyz, Hawaiian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Luxembourgish, Samoan, Scots Gaelic, Shona, Sindhi, Pashto and Xhosa — help bring a combined 120 million new people to the billions who can already communicate with Translate all over the world.

Pretty impressive!

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning About Google Translate & Other Forms Of Machine Translation.

January 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Google Expands Its “Expeditions” Virtual Field Trips For Schools


I’ve previously written posts about Google’s “Expeditions” program for bringing virtual reality field trips to schools (see Google’s New “Expeditions” Looks Like An Insanely Cool Way For Students To Take A Virtual Field Trip  and Google Rolls-Out The Coolest Way – Ever – For Students To Take Virtual Field Trip.

Today they announced a further expansion. Here’s how TechCrunch explains it (read their post for more info):

Google is expanding its Expeditions program, the company’s effort to bring virtual reality-based field trips to the classroom, with the launch of a dedicated Android application for schools and educators who want to take their students on virtual adventures by way of mobile devices. Additionally, Google says it’s rolling out two more “Expeditions” – that is, the virtual experiences enabled by the program: the Great Barrier Reef and Buckingham Palace.

I think it’s particularly cool that Sir David Attenborough designed and produced the Great Barrier Reef trip.

You can visit the Google Expeditions site for more information and to register for the program and gain access to the new app.

December 4, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Two New Sites Where Teachers Can Create Virtual Classrooms & Monitor Student Progress


Sites that let teachers create virtual classrooms and then monitor student progress can be very helpful. Here are two new ones that I’m adding to various “Best” lists:

Zearn is focused on math, and was suggested by reader Lynn. I’m adding it to The Best MATH Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

AlfaTyping looks like a nice tool for students to develop typing skills, and you can read all about it at Richard Byrne’s post. I’m adding it both to The Best Eleven Websites For Students To Learn About Computers (where you can find other typing sites) and to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

December 4, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Chromebooks Are Number One In Schools

This probably won’t be a big surprise to most people, but Chromebooks are now the number one device used in American classrooms.

Here’s a statistic from NBC News, Education 101: Google Chromebooks Multiply in U.S. Classrooms:


I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Using Chromebooks In The Classroom – Help Me Find More.

November 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google To Expand Virtual Reality Project To Schools In Several More Cities


Last month I wrote about Google’s new program to provide virtual reality “field trips” to students (see Google Rolls-Out The Coolest Way – Ever – For Students To Take Virtual Field Trip).

They now just announced an expansion
to schools in Alexandria, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Washington DC.

You can sign-up here.

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