Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

DogoBooks lets students write book reviews. I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Post Book Reviews For Authentic Audiences, which I just revised and updated.

JQBX lets users listen to the same Spotify music and chat about it. I’m not sure how useful it can be in the classroom, but there are some possibilities. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

Storyboard Generator looks like it has potential.  It’s like a create-a-storyboard tool with lots of bells and whistles.  I’m not sure if it’s too complicated.

Tozzil is like a collaborative Pinterest Board where you can collaborate with others. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time.

July 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

3D Avatar Chat is an Android app that has potential as a tool for encouraging ELLs to practice speaking. I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.

Flipanim lets users easily create short animations. I’m adding it to The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Animations.

I hadn’t even heard of chat stories until earlier this week when I read some TechCrunch posts about them (Amazon’s chat fiction app Rapids ties up with Amazon Studios with launch of ‘Signature Stories’ and Wattpad takes ‘chat fiction’ beyond text with launch of Tap Originals). Then, I saw this tweet from Shelly Terrell. I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online.

July 21, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

#BookSnaps – How-To-Videos and Examples is by Tara Martin. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

Late last month, I posted Popular “Book Creator” App Can Now Be Used On The Web.  I guess they’re still waiting until August to provide lots of new features, but they also just sent out an email saying that “Students can now sign in with their Google account and join a teacher’s library.”

The Keep Calm-O-Matic is another site that lets you create visually engaging quotations to share online. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Visually Attractive Quotations For Online Sharing.

Mozilla sponsors its own free, online collaborative whiteboard space. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration

July 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Richard Byrne shared a good example of how to use YouTube Live.  I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

FotoStars is an online photo-editing tool. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Online Photo-Editing & Photo Effects.

I’m adding this tweet to Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them:

July 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Easily Create Vocabulary Quizzes With “Wordsmyth”

Wordsmyth seems like an exceptional online dictionary that lets you create several different types of vocabulary quizzes. Teachers can get accounts for free. The site has many other features, as well.

I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Create Online Tests.

However, Bob Parks (its creator) tells me that they “are developing new functionality for teachers, including a full vocabulary study system.” When that happens, I might also add it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

July 4, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Flipsnack lets you easily turn a PDF file into an an online “flippable” book. I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online.

Unio – A Free Virtual Whiteboard for Broadcasting Lessons is a post from Richard Byrne worth reading.

At FakeMoviePoster.com, you can create a….fake movie poster.

I Heart Venn Diagrams lets you make…Venn Diagrams. I’m adding it to Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Mindmapping, Flow Chart Tools, & Graphic Organizers.

I’ve written at The New York Times Learning Network how I use collages as a language learning activity. In addition to the already-created collages I link to at that post, it’s easy for teachers and students to make their own. Here are a few free sites that let you do just that:

Photovisi

Fotojet

Be Funky

PhotoCollage

Fotor

Canva

I’m adding this info to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

July 1, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Bamboozle lets you easily create and play learning games. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

You can easily create simple email newsletters with elink.  I’m adding it to The Best Applications For Creating Free Email Newsletters.

Google Photos adds smarter sharing, suggestions and shared libraries is from TechCrunch.

Hypersay is another tool to encourage audience feedback during presentations.

SankeyMATIC lets you easily build a Sankey diagram builder. No, I don’t really understand what it is, either, but it’s apparently a popular and respected kind of infographic. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Creating Infographics.

The Ultimate Screencasting Guide For Teachers And Students is by Heather Wolpert-Gawron.

June 29, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Popular “Book Creator” App Can Now Be Used On The Web

The Book Creator app has been enormously popular in the classroom where students have iPads – it’s super easy for students to create…books and that’s why it’s been on the The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users list.

Big news at the ISTE conference earlier this week was that they have now come to the Web when using the Chrome browser!

Teachers can register now and make books. Students will be able to use the web version in August.

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress

The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online

Here’s a video about this new ability:

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