Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 20, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Scientist’s “Explanimations” Is A Useful Animated Video Series

New Scientist has a series of short videos that call “Explanimations”:

Ever wondered if space is actually infinite? Or what exactly reality is? Our animation series explains big ideas and abstract concepts in just a few minutes.

You can see the entire playlist here, and I’ve embedded an example below:

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February 14, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video Of The Day: Simon’s Cat Does Valentine’s Day

I’ve previously posted about using Simon’s Cat videos with English Language Learners (see “Simon’s Cat” Videos Are Perfect For English Language Learners).

Its creator has just posted a new one for Valentine’s Day, which I’m adding to The Best Sites To Learn About Valentine’s Day.

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February 13, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video Of The Day: Jimmy Fallon Plays A Good Game For ELLs With Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

I’ve previously published many posts sharing great games that Jimmy Fallon plays on The Tonight Show that are ideal for English Language Learners.

One of them is called Catch Phrase, which I explained in one of those posts.

He played it again last night, and I couldn’t resist posting the video since one of the players was Triumph The Insult Comic Dog.

It’s probably not a good one to show students as a model since the words used that particular night are probably not going to be familiar with them (plus, one off-color word got “bleeped-out”).

Nevertheless, it’s pretty funny to watch:

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February 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: NASA’s Best Images Of The Sun

This is from NASA’s YouTube description of this video:

February 11, 2015 marks five years in space for NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which provides incredibly detailed images of the whole sun 24 hours a day. Capturing an image more than once per second, SDO has provided an unprecedentedly clear picture of how massive explosions on the sun grow and erupt ever since its launch on Feb. 11, 2010. The imagery is also captivating, allowing one to watch the constant ballet of solar material through the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.

In honor of SDO’s fifth anniversary, NASA has released a video showcasing highlights from the last five years of sun watching. Watch the movie to see giant clouds of solar material hurled out into space, the dance of giant loops hovering in the corona, and huge sunspots growing and shrinking on the sun’s surface.

I’m adding it to The Best Images Taken In Space.

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February 11, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video Of The Day: “Mathematics: Invented or Discovered?”

The question, “Was Mathematics invented or discovered?” is discussed in almost every IB Theory of Knowledge class.

I’ve previously posted about a a TED-Ed video on this topic that I didn’t think was a very good one.

The World Science Festival has just published a much better video responding to this question, and which I’ll definitely be using in class:

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