Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 19, 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 Fifty Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

QuizPedia lets you – or students – easily create…quizzes. You can learn more about it from Ed Tech For Beginners. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Create Online Tests.

I’ve written a lot about Zooniverse, the science and social science crowdsourced site (see “Zooniverse” Is One Of The Coolest Ed Sites On The Web – I Can’t Believe I’m Just Hearing About It!). One of their newest projects is having users look for planets. You can read more about it at this NPR article, Have Spare Time? Try To Discover A Planet.

Sketchboard is an online whiteboard where users can draw collaboratively. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

Chart Accent lets you create charts and then annotate them. Thanks to Flowing Data for the tip.

February 13, 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 Fifty Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Google Maps lets you save and share favorite places with launch of Lists is a post from TechCrunch. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Plan Virtual Trips.

Pinup is the latest addition to The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”).

Qzzr looks like a fun place for students to create online quizzes.  I learned about it from Creative Language Class and am adding it to The Best Ways To Create Online Tests.

Practical Ed Tech Handbook – 2017 Edition is another great resource from Richard Byrne.

February 8, 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 Fifty Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Stormboard, which is free for educators at least through July, 2017, is a nice new collaborative online “corkboard/bulletin board” where you can share “stickies,” including photos, videos and text. I’m adding it to the very popular The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”).

Creative Commons unveils a new photo search engine with filters, lists & social sharing is a TechCrunch post about a new…search engine from Creative Commons. I wouldn’t get too excited about it, though. It’s still pretty cumbersome to easily get attribution info – other tools on The “All-Time” Best Sources Of Online Images list let you access mostly the same images with much more automatic attribution appearing when you use the images. However, it was nice to learn this: New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art releases 375,000 digital works for remix and re-use online via CC0.

3 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR USING GOOGLE PHOTOS is by Sue Waters.

February 4, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Good Judgment” Is A Site Where Our Students Can Showcase Their Forecasting Skills

I’ve written some past posts about the work of Philip Tetlock (Quote Of The Day: “beliefs are hypotheses to be tested…” and The Best Resources On The Importance Of Knowing What You Don’t Know).  He’s particularly known for his work in developing a science of “forecasting.”

He recently unveiled a site called Good Judgment where users can forecast an answer to a question and, when and if the action takes place, is “scored” on their forecasting ability.  Users make a prediction, then share their reasoning, and you can link directly to individual’s forecasts.

Some of the questions are bit obscure, but others are very relevant.  The site says there is, or will be, a feature that allows users to submit their own questions (but they won’t be scored). However, that doesn’t seem to be operating yet.

This seems to me to be an excellent way for students to write for an authentic audience, which is why I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”

February 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 Fifty Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

The new Google Voice launches, bringing a modern look, group chat, photo sharing & more is from TechCrunch.

STUDENT BLOGGING IS NOW 100% FREE ON EDUBLOGS is from…Edublogs. I’m adding it to The Best Sources For Advice On Student Blogging.

7 Blogging Tools for Teachers Compared and Ranked – Updated for 2017 is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to the same list.

Online DocTranslator might be useful: “Upload your document and we’ll instantly translate it for your while preserving its delicate layout.”

Recap is a new tool designed to have students create short videos highlighting their reflections on the learning they’re doing in the classroom. I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

StepMap looks like a decent map-making site. I’m adding it to The Best Map-Making Sites On The Web.

January 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“SuperTeacherTools” Is An Excellent Site For ELL Beginners To Create & Play Games

I’ve been doing a series of posts this week about tools my English Language Beginners have been using to create online content. This process has included many barriers, including older tech, District content filters, ease-of-use, and ensuring that tech brings an added value to what we’re doing.

But it has gone well. The past posts have been:

“Little Bird Tales” Is An Excellent Web 2.0 Tool For Beginning English Language Learners

Video: “Adobe Spark” Is Excellent Tool For ELLs

“Write About” Is Another Great Tool For ELLs

SuperTeacherTools is the latest tool that my students have used.  It’s been on The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games for awhile.

Students (and teachers) can create three types of games (images of two of them are at the top of this post) without having to register with the site.  It’s simple and very user-friendly.  My students create the games, post the links on our class blog, and then classmates play them.

I especially like the one that has a “drag-and-drop” interface.

Go to our class blog to try them out.  I’d love to find a tool that lets students create audio quizzes.  I’ll be exploring The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games more deeply to see if I’ve missed that feature in any of those sites.

I’m adding this post to The “All-Time” Best 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners.

January 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Write About” Is Another Great Tool For ELLs

I written about the Write About site in the past (see “Write About” May Be The Education Site Of The Year).

It lets teachers create free virtual classrooms and visual prompts (or choose ones created by others) that students can write about, and it  also provides an audio recording feature.

After having my Beginning English Language Learners spend a lot of time this semester “consuming” content online, I’ve now moved them into “creating” content.

You can see one student example here.

And the Write About site is one of three primary tools I’m having them use.

I’ve previously posted about the other two:

“Little Bird Tales” Is An Excellent Web 2.0 Tool For Beginning English Language Learners

Video: “Adobe Spark” Is Excellent Tool For ELLs

“Little Bird Tales” lets them draw, type and record simple eBooks, while they can use Adobe Spark to create visual audio recorded videos.

Write About is a good place where they can write lengthier essays.

Next, they’ll be experimenting with creating easy online learning games for their classmates (see The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games).

.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

I’m adding this post to The “All-Time” Best 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners.

January 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Adobe Spark” Is Excellent Tool For ELLs

Adobe Spark is an excellent free online creation tool for all students, and last year I added it to The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education.

But it’s easy to lose track of what’s out there, and I hadn’t really thought about the site for a while.  Then, Tan Huynh sent out a tweet this morning about it and decided to explore it again.

We’re doing finals this week and I had my Beginning English Language Learners – among others things – write a about a cartoon story I gave them, then draw they own and, lastly, write about it.

I had a few students who finished early try using Adobe Spark to illustrate and record their story and it went fairly well (though some of our older computers wouldn’t cooperate with the audio recording function).

Here’s an example and you can see more on our class blog  in the comments section (I’m adding this post to The “All-Time” Best 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners):

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