Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 15, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Google+ Features For Photo-Editing, Panoramas & GIFs

Google+ Photos Can Now Automatically Create Animated GIFs, Panoramas, HDR Images And Better Group Shots is a TechCrunch post sharing details on a ton of new Google+ photo-editing tools, including creating panoramas and GIFs.

I’m adding the info to three lists:

The Best Resources On GIFs

The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About

The Best Sites For Online Photo-Editing & Photo Effects

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May 8, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I Agree With David Pogue: “Feedly Is What You Needly” To Replace Google Reader

With Google Reader closing down on July 1st — and clearly losing some functionality as that day grows near — David Pogue has published a good article recommending that people switch to Feedly.

I agree.

I also like his article so much that I’m adding it to my How To Subscribe To This Blog tab.

And I’m adding it to The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down.

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May 3, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Tablet & Smartphone Apps For English Language Learners

I had originally published this post as a request for suggestions, and had planned to turn them into a “The Best…” list. For now, though, I’m turning it into a Best list itself and suggesting that readers check out the recommendations left by others in the comments. I’d also suggest you look at this post at Ask A Tech Teacher.

I’m going to compose a new “The Best…” list that’s more specific than The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users.

Please leave a comment with your suggestions. I’d like to divide them into the categories of reading, writing, speaking, and listening (obviously, some apps will overlap).

I’ll credit you for your suggestion when I publish the new list. Thanks!

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March 25, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Update On My Search For A Google Reader Replacement

I’ve been exploring various alternatives to Google Reader (see The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down).

Right now, I’m primarily trying out two tools, Feedly (which is on that list and has gotten 500,000 new downloads in the past few weeks) and a new-to-me site called Feedspot.

I’d like to try out The Old Reader, but it’s been five days and I’m still in line for them to accept my subscriptions from Reader. They transferred to Feedspot and Feedly effortlessly.

And I am looking forward to see what Digg comes up, since it appears they are putting a lot of time and effort into developing an RSS Reader.

What about you?

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March 23, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Is Hard For Me To Believe — Fewer Teens Get Their Drivers Licenses Because Smartphones Serve The Same Function As Cars?

I am very open to being corrected, and I’m looking forward to asking my students  about this, but I think The Los Angeles Times this week has provided a perfect example of mistaking correlation with causation (which makes it a great topic for my TOK class) in their article, Who needs a car? Smartphones are driving teens’ social lives.

It says that since 28% of 16 year-old’s have drivers licenses today compared to nearly 50% thirty years ago, and since there has been a huge rise in teens using smartphones in that period, then the two are directly connected.

Though I’m not interested at this point in paying the $44 required to read the study the Times article is based upon, other reports on the same research seem to suggest that, though the research is solid on the lower percentage of teens getting licenses, it’s more conjecture than hard facts about the reasons behind the decline.

I’d be far more inclined to believe that the recession and increased expenses involved in driving are the primary factors behind the decline.

Let me know what you think, and/or if you have more info on the study….

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March 13, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down

With Google Reader closing down on July 1st — and clearly losing some functionality as that day grows near — David Pogue has published a good article recommending that people switch to Feedly.

I agree.

Check the comments for even more alternatives

Also, check out Update On My Search For A Google Reader Replacement

And read Facebook May Unveil Google Reader Replacement.

Digg Announces Their Google Reader Replacement

Flow Reader looks like a nice alternative to Google Reader, and you can read more about it at Richard Byrnes’ blog. For a person like me who gets stuck in his ways, it’s particularly nice since it seems to look and function like Google Reader, and it has even easier sharing functions.

Google has just announced they are shutting down Google Reader, many people’s favorite RSS Reader, on July 1st.

This does not make me a happy camper.

There are alternatives, however, that make it very easy to transfer Google Reader subscriptions — generally with a click of a button.

They include:

Newsblur

Feedly

Pulse

HiveMined

The Old Reader

You can read about others here.

Educators’ Guide to RSS and Google Reader Replacements is another great post by Sue Waters. It’s probably the best review of alternatives that I’ve seen.

AOL Unveils RSS Reader That Isn’t Half-Bad

What alternative do you suggest?

I just hope that closing down Feedburner — the Google service that actually creates RSS feeds — is not next.

Of course, there is always the option of also subscribing to most blogs by email. You can subscribe to this blog here, for instance.

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February 28, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My New Article “Technology: Moving from No to Yes”

ASCD Educational Leadership has just published a new article I’ve written titled Technology: Moving from No to Yes. For some weird reason, they put a “@” sign in the url address to the article, so if you want to share the link on Twitter it gets broken up. Sharing the link in all other ways is fine, though.

I’ve been using a Tiny Url link for sharing on Twitter – http://tinyurl.com/chpb9wh — but a link from any other url shortener, except for the one Twitter uses, works fine.

By the way, my last article for Educational Leadership, Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and Do, has now entered its fifth month as the most popular article on ASCD’s site.

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February 19, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Free Super-Easy “Create A Harlem Shake App” Comes To iPhones Today

My post, The Harlem Shake As A Language-Learning Activity, has certainly become a popular one.

And, if you thought it was easy to make a Harlem Shake video before today, it’s now become even easier!

The app creator hitcents.com released a free iPhone app today that takes even the minimal video-editing work that was required before out of the task. Anyone — no matter how technologically inept (I include myself in that category) can use it.

It’s so new, though, I couldn’t even find it listed on their website or on the web iTunes store. However, if you search “Harlem Shake” in the app store on your phone it will come up.

I think it’s particularly neat that hitcents.com came up with it, since they also created one of my favorite games for English Language Learners, Draw A Stickman.

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