Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

June 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Everything You Wanted To Know About Learning From The ISTE Conference Without Being There But Were Afraid To Ask

Thousands of educators attend the annual ISTE conference to learn and talk about ed tech, and it’s taking place this year from June 25th through the 28th in San Antonio.

Lots of us are not attending it in person, but there are about a gazillion ways to participate in – and learn from – it virtually.

And Sue Waters has you covered with #NOTATISTE? HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN ISTE 2017 REMOTELY.

Check it out!

June 6, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google Unveils New Online Safety Game & Curriculum

Be Internet Awesome is the name of a new online safety program created by Google and announced today.

It includes a downloadable curriculum and an online game. The game, “Interland,” seems to need a fairly high-speed internet connection to play.

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning Online Safety, which I’ve just revised and updated.

Here are a couple of videos about the new program:

May 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Google Expeditions Announces New Augmented Reality Program For Schools

I’ve written a lot about using virtual reality in education, including the Google Expeditions program. In addition, I’ve shared about the differences between virtual and augmented reality. You can find all those resources at A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education.

Yesterday, Google Expeditions announced they’ll be starting an augmented reality program for schools in the fall.

You can read more about it here, and watch this video about it:

May 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Chromebooks Are Everywhere

Today’s New York Times has a lengthy article headlined How Google Took Over The Classroom.

It seems pretty balanced and accurate to me, though I’d love to hear from those more familiar with ed tech about it.

Here’s an excerpt:

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

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources For Learning How To Use Google Docs/Google Drive

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Google Classroom

May 3, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Advice On Protecting Our Digital Info

This post was originally titled “Tech Danger Alert!” but I have since turned it into a “Best” list.

Readers are probably aware of the massive Google Docs Phishing effort going on, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to send this alert – read about it at:

The Google phishing attack: what we know and how it works is from Vox.

Did Someone Just Share a Random Google Doc With You? is from The Atlantic.

Hey: Don’t Click That Weird Google Docs Link You Just Got (and Tell Your Mom Not to Click, Either) is from New York Magazine.

Email Attack Hits Google: What to Do if You Clicked is from The New York Times.

And, while you’re at it, read this new Harvard Business Journal piece, Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi.

Protecting Your Digital Life in 8 Easy Steps

Public Wi-Fi Users Neglect Basic Security Precautions Against Hackers is from NBC News.

Free Wi-Fi Doesn’t Mean Safe Wi-Fi, And Neither Does Having the Password is from NBC News.


How to Protect Your Information Online is from The New York Times.

April 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Is Intriguing – Now Anyone Can Create A Class In Google Classroom

Last month, Google began letting people use Google Classroom even if they didn’t have G Suite for Education accounts.

Now, today, you can create your own class on Google Classroom just by having a personal Google acccount.

That creates a lot possibilities. Google itself in their announcement talks about adult education classes, after-school classes and other school groups.

It could also be very useful for educator professional development such as book discussions.

You can also read more about it at TechCrunch: Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else

I’m adding this info to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Google Classroom.

April 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Speak To Go” Could Be A Fun Tool For A Student-Centered Geography Lesson

Speak To Go is a new VR experiment from Google that lets users of Google Cardboard say the name of any landmark or address and then be able to view a 360 image of the location.

You can also use it online without a Cardboard Headset.

I’ve previously shared our experiments with VR (see Everything You Wanted To Know About How We’re Using Virtual Reality With ELLs, But Were Afraid To Ask) . I could see having students explore wherever they want some day and then explain and describe where they visited and why.  Plus, it’s great pronunciation practice for English Language Learners.

Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip.

I’m adding this info to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education.

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