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March 24, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What Should Be The Fate Of The Zillion Starred Posts On My Google Reader?

The upcoming demise of Google Reader has left me with a decision to make — What do I do about the untold zillions of backlogged posts I’ve “starred” and saved? Do I just export them to another RSS Reader, or should I take this opportunity go through them?

I’ve chosen the latter option.

So between now and the summer shutdown of Google Reader, I’ll be doing one of three things:

1) “Unstarring” the ones that I think are of no interest to me or to anyone else, and letting them drift into the oblivion of the RSS netherworld.

2) Since it’s so easy to share content to Google Plus with Google Reader (an aspect I wonder if Google gave as much consideration to in their decision — I suspect there may very well be less content shared in Google Plus with Reader’s demise), I’ll be sharing posts there that are useful, but probably not useful to me enough to add to some “The Best…” list. So expect a blizzard of Google Plus posts from me over the coming months (you can follow me on Google Plus here).

3) I’ll be sharing the “cream of the crop” on Twitter (so expect even more tweets from me than usual over the next few months), and create a series of collections of those tweets on Storify. Eventually, I’ll post about them on the blog and add them to various “The Best…” lists, but who knows when that day will come. In the meantime, if you want, you can subscribe to my Storify posts here. I may also post them on this blog.

At least, this is my intention. Let’s see how well I do in my follow-through….

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February 12, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Next ELT Blog Carnival Coming Up!

As I’ve previously mentioned, after 31 editions of ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival, it was time for it to be refreshed. So I’ve worked with other bloggers to “re-brand” it as The ELT Blog Carnival and it now has its own permanent site!

You can see links to all previous Carnivals there, along with plans for future ones.

Here’s the announcement for the next Carnival:

The next ELT Blog Carnival will be hosted by EFL Classroom 2.0 on March 01.

You can send your entry HERE or directly to [email protected]

The Theme for this month’s carnival is

Using Your Students’ Lives: Personalizing Your Teaching.

The site also has this announcement about future hosts:

Want to host a blog carnival on your blog? Please contact us! We hope to have blog carnivals each month and hosting on your own blog will help share so many valuable blog posts written each month by teachers all over the world.

Check it out!

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December 16, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More On Sandy Hook

October 30, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Only Two Days Left To Contribute To The Next ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival!

Adam Simpson is hosting the 31st ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival over at his blog, One Year In The Life Of An English Teacher.

He’s asking people to leave a comment there sharing ‘a blog post you want more people to read.’

You can also send it to him here or send it to me.

Please do it by November 1st.

Let me know if you might be interested in hosting future editions.

You can see all the previous editions of the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival here.

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October 12, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Special Edition Of “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”

(Usually, I just post a weekly version of this regular feature. However, sometimes I post an extra “Special Edition” when I have more good links than usual)

I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in this blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing. Instead of letting that backlog grow bigger, I regularly grab a few and list them here with a minimal description. It forces me to look through these older links, and help me organize them for my own use. I hope others will find them helpful, too. These are resources that I didn’t include in my “Best Tweets” feature because I had planned to post about them, or because I didn’t even get around to sending a tweet sharing them.

Here is a Special Edition of “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t”:

EDUBLOGS TEACHER CHALLENGES is from Edublogs. I’m adding it to The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging.

‘Beam Us Up, Mr. Scott!’: Why Misquotations Catch On is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Find Quotations On The Web.

Top 10 Tips For Better iPhone Photos has useful advice. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me.

Dropbox: A Superb Classroom Tool is from PLP. I’m adding it to
The Best Resources For Maximizing The Use Of Dropbox.

Documentary seeks to explain why Albanians saved Jews in Holocaust is from CNN. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The Holocaust.

A Brief History Of Computers That Changed The World is from Make Use Of. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The History Of Technology.

12 Ways to Know if You’re in a Project-Based Learning Environment or Merely Having Kids Create Projects in Your Classroom provides helpful advice. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas.

On Students’ Needs And Team Learning: A Conversation With William Glasser is an oldie but goodie.

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September 23, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Use “Nulu” To Learn Spanish

Nulu is a relatively new site for learning Spanish. You can pick a variety of news stories to have read to you, and the English translation is shown. You can also easily create flash cards for words that you want to study.

Unfortunately, it’s all text-based and has no visuals. It has potential, but I don’t feel like I can add it to The Best Sites For Learning Spanish Online.

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