Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

September 4, 2014
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Three New — & Good — Guides To Twitter

March 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Two New Twitter Apps — One Very Useful, But I’m Not Sure About The Other One

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Today, I learned about two new Twitter apps.

The first one, which I think could be very useful, is called Nuzzel. Once you log-into the site using your Twitter (or Facebook) account, you’re shown a list of the articles that the people you follow on Twitter are sharing the most. The link is shown first, and then the tweets from the people you follow about it. I think it could really save a lot of time. You can read more about it in The New York Times.

The other site, which is intriguing but I’m not sure how much added-benefit it could bring, is called Nurph. You can read more about it at TechCrunch, but it appears to turn a hashtag conversation into a sort of chatroom (and also lets you replay the tweets in video form). It might, or might not, be an alternative tool for use in Twitter Chats.

I’m adding both to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

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November 9, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here Is Who I Recommend You Follow On Twitter

'Tweeting down Twitter Lane, Waddington, Lancashire' photo (c) 2013, Duncan Hull - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

 

Over the years, I’ve posted two “Best” lists for who I recommend people follow on Twitter:

The Best Twitterers For Sharing Resource Links

The Fifteen “Twitterers” Whose Tweets I Read First

Many, if not most, of those recommendations still hold true.

However, here is “latest and greatest” list of my recommendations that I’ve collected in a Storify. I’ll also be adding to it over the coming months:

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October 1, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Easily Create A “Portrait” Of Your Twitter Connections

I’ve previously used Vizify to make a thirty-second “greatest hits” animation of your time on Twitter

You can read about it at Read Write Web, and check mine out below:

 

Now, it lets you create an interactive “circle of Twitter connections.” I can’t embed it, but I’ve uploaded a screenshot below. You can see mine here, and create your own here.

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September 7, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Finally, You Can Search All Your Tweets (& Everybody Else’s, Too)

'twitter' photo (c) 2012, hank Mitchell - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Topsy now lets search all the tweets ever sent!

You can read more about it at The New York Times (If Google Could Search Twitter, It Would Find Topsy) and at NBC News (You can now view (almost) every tweet ever).

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

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August 20, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ll Be Co-Hosting A Combined #engchat & #sschat Next Monday

'hashtag' photo (c) 2011, Dan Moyle - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

I hope you’ll join me at a combined #engchat & #sschat next Monday at 7 PM EST. It’s called #engsschat, and the topic will be broad — “Teaching social studies and English to English Language Learners.” Melissa Seideman will be my co-host.

Here are some resources on how to participate in a Twitter Chat:

How to Participate in a Twitter Chat

How to Participate in a Twitter Chat Session

Over the weekend, I’ll be publishing four questions we’ll be using to focus the discussion. Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments section of this post.

It should be fun!

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August 14, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy”

I periodically post places to find resources that are supposedly the “most popular” of something or other. I might or might not agree with the criteria used to determine that popularity, but I nevertheless find some useful pieces of information.

You can find a collection of these sites at The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (So Far).

The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy is a new “popular” listing that has been created by Mike Petr1lli. It’s worth a look.

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July 18, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Easy New Way To Subscribe To Twitter Via RSS

Last month, Twitter unfortunately killed-off RSS feeds for users of the service. Subscribing to your own Twitter feed is a great way to archive your tweets and make them searchable through whatever RSS Reader you’re using. Of course, now that Google Reader, too, has been killed-off, most of the other readers available right now don’t have a search feature. However, most are promising to deliver that ability soon.

Even though Twitter doesn’t provide an RSS feed for your tweets, there’s a new site that’s been created to do just that. Go to RSS 4 Twitter, type in your Twitter user name (or, for that matter, any user name) and you’re immediately given an RSS feed. Add it to your RSS Reader and your tweets will start showing up there. RSS 4 Twitter will also create a feed for a hashtag.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

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March 13, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Twitter Now Lets You Create A Tweet Widget For Your Website Or Blog

I’m not sure how new this is, but it’s certainly new to me. I just went to my Twitter profile and saw a message saying Embed Your Timeline In Your Website. I clicked on it and it took me to my settings under widgets. After one click I got the code for a widget, which I have put on my sidebar and shows my timeline. Is this brand new, or have I just missed it earlier?

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December 10, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Uploading Twitter Profile, Header, & Background Photos

This is a minor issue, but Twitter has announced that by December 12th, all users will have the ability to upload a “header and background photos” on their profile page.

They have a short and sweet video showing how to do it. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

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November 18, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Fifteen “Twitterers” Whose Tweets I Read First

Last month I posted The Eight Blogs & Four Email Newsletters I Read First. This is a companion list sharing the fifteen Twitter accounts I follow and which I make sure not to miss a tweet:

@nytimes

@alexanderrusso

@BBC_Future

@ezraklein

@DianeRavitch

@DanielPink

@middleweb

@Roxanna_Elden

@ChrisWejr

@TeachMoore

@chrislehmann

@ddmeyer

@NYTimeslearning

@CohenD

I’m adding this post to My Best Posts Related To Twitter.

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November 3, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Subscribing To Twitter Via RSS Feed

Subscribing to one’s own Twitter feed is a great way to have them available in a searchable archive. And it’s also a way that people who are not on Twitter can still subscribe to your tweets.

I know a number of people have been subscribers to my RSS Twitter feed. However, for some reason, it recently stopped working. So, if you are interested in re-subscribing, here’s the new RSS feed.

An easy way to subscribe to anyone’s Twitter RSS feed is to use this url:

api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.rss?screen_name=xxxxx

Instead of the “xxxxx” at the end, just type in the Twitter user’s name (that they use on Twitter). For example, my is “larryferlazzo”.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

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August 6, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Twitter Experiment With Our Book Begins Today!

As I’ve previously posted, our new book, “The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide: Ready-to-Use Strategies, Tools, and Activities for Teaching English Language Learners of All Levels,” (co-authored by Katie Hull Sypnieski), was published last week.

Beginning today, Monday, we’re trying an experiment with our book on Twitter. Each day for the next thirty days I’ll be sending out tweets with two different key sentences from our book using the hashtag #eslsg (“ESL Survival Guide”). If you’re on Twitter and not already following me, you can find me at @Larryferlazzo. Feel free to respond to those sentences with questions or comments, too, using that same hashtag.

For readers who are not on Twitter, I’ll be compiling the quotations each week and posting them here. I’ll also be including Twitter questions or comments — and our responses to them — in those weekly summaries. Readers should feel free to leave comments on those summaries, too, and Katie and I will be responding to them.

We’ll see how it goes….

By the way, our editor is hopeful that all the downloadable resources will be posted on our book’s website by early this week, and they will be available to anyone — whether you purchase the book or not. They may be a bit unclear, though, if you’re not looking at them in the context of the book’s narrative.

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October 28, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Wow, Storify Has Just Made Some Great Changes!

I’ve mentioned Storify on this blog in passing as an easy way to display “tweets.” In fact, I did just that in my post, Using Storify For “Poverty Matters When…”, when I displayed multiple tweets that began with that phrase. I had thought its use was pretty limited.

Yesterday, though, Storify announced some major changes, and its now one of the easiest tools to use to create a multimedia digital story. You can search the web for just about anything, including images, tweets, webpages, photos and videos, and use their “drag-and-drop” interface to add your own text and create a story (or a collection of labeled images, or just about anything). It’s really become quite versatile, and it would be difficult to find a tool that’s easier to use. You can also read this post from Read Write Web sharing other uses for the tool.

I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows and to The Best Digital Storytelling Resources.

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October 24, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I’ll Be A Guest On #UrbanEd Next Sunday (Plus Some Neat Twitter Tools)

This is an all-in-one post on Twitter:

First, I’ll be a guest on #urbaned Chat on Twitter next Sunday at 6:00 PM Pacific/ 9:00 PM Eastern time, and will be discussing motivation.

Second, if you want to know how to participate in a Chat on Twitter, Read Write Web just posted How to Get Started With Twitter Chats.

And, thirdly, 10 New Twitter Tools That Will Get You Tweeting is a useful post worth checking-out.

I’m adding the last two resources to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

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October 19, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“What’s Up: Exploring the Most Popular Subjects on Twitter”

“What’s Up” is a fascinating tool that lets you easily explore the most popular subjects on Twitter for any day or for any hour of that day. The Information Aesthetics blog has more information about the site.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

In addition, I’m including this post in a category where I list web tools that help you identify “most popular” items on the Web.

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August 18, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Twijector” Is A Nice Way To See Hashtags On Twitter

Twijector displays tweets using a particular hashtag on an attractive screen that can be displayed at conferences. It can also be used by people who just want to view tweets using a hashtag, like in one of the many educational chats.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

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August 12, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Twtrland” Is A Neat Twitter App

With Twtrland, all you have to do is type in a Twitter username and you get back a pretty neat profile of the person, their tweets, how many times they’ve been retweeted, and a bunch of other info attractively displayed.

I’m adding it to The Best Third-Party Twitter Apps That Don’t Require Your Password.

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