Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 21, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“What The Trend”

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010.

Today, I’d like to share about a site called “What The Trend.” It monitors thousands of “hashtags,” the words following the “#” sign, on Twitter. They are used to help Twitter users follow all tweets on a particular topic. What The Trend will help you understand what particular hashtags mean, which are the most popular at any given moment, and which are popular in what country. It actually looks pretty interesting.

Thanks to 10,000 Words for the tip.

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March 26, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ways To Make A Map Showing Your Facebook Friends (& Twitter Followers)

Before I began my “hot spot interviews” ESL/EFL teachers around the world, I thought it would be helpful to see both my Facebook Friends and Twitter Followers on a map. The Facebook sites were particularly helpful. The problem with the Twitter tools was that I could not find any that would show all followers at the same time — they’d only show a limited number at once. But that information was useful, just slightly less convenient.

Here are my choices for The Best Ways To Make A Map Showing Your Facebook Friends (& Twitter Followers):

FACEBOOK:

Where My Friends Are

My Friend Map

Placebook is new app that I didn’t know about until yesterday, when it was shared by Information Aesthetics. It looks interesting.

Here are three new ways to map your friends on Facebook: Map My Friends; Social Mine; and Friends Density. Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

Uwemi shows your Facebook friends on a map.

I’ve previously posted about Tripline, which is an excellent application that students can use for making maps of field trips, historical events, etc.They’ve now just announced new tools that let you create maps of your Facebook friends. They not only do they let you make maps of where your friends live, but you can also make maps of their most recent “check-ins” and where they grew up.You can read all about it at Tripline.

TWITTER:

Your Twitter Followers Mapped

Map My Followers (you can read more about the site at Read Write Web)

TweepsMap

You might also be interested in My Best Posts Related To Twitter and A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Facebook.

Feedback is welcome.

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January 18, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Twitter “Chats” For ESL/EFL Teachers (& How To Participate In Them)

There are two regularly scheduled Twitter “chats” for ESL/EFL teachers, and they’re both great professional development opportunities to connect with colleagues from afar.

One is #ELLCHAT, which has a Facebook page. Those take place on Mondays.

The other is #ELTCHAT, which takes place on Wednesdays. It has a webpage. (You can read more about it at this post written by Marisa Constantinides)

Here are two resources offering simple details on how best to participate in these kinds of Twitter Chats:

How to Participate in a Twitter Chat

How to Participate in a Twitter Chat Session

I’m adding these resources to The Best Ways ESL/EFL/ELL Teachers Can Develop Personal Learning Networks.

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

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January 18, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Twitter’s Advanced Search Options

In another example of my many ed tech blindspots, I didn’t even know that Twitter had an Advanced Search Option until I read a post by Richard Byrne.

You can go to his post to see a video about how to use it, as well as see other links he has about maximizing Twitter use.

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

You might also be interested in My Best Posts Related To Twitter.

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