Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Four years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post where I share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Game On! is a Quizziz/Kahoot-like game that is primarily, though not exclusively, focused on Geography. I learned about it from the Teacher’s Tech Toolbox. I was having some issues with it when I tried it out, but I assume it was just a temporary glitch. I’m adding it to The Best Online Geography Games.

You can easily create and embed a chatbox with Minnit. Thanks to Nik Peachey for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

How to Use Twitter is a great guide from one of The NY Times social media staff. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About, which is a list I definitely need to cull.

GCF Learn Free has a nice Typing Tutorial. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Learn Typing/Keyboarding.

November 23, 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 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Cities On Foot lets users create maps of favorite walking routes. I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience”

Standard Resume lets users easily create…resumes.  I’m adding it to The Best Places For Students To Write Their Resumes.

Googlink: Creating Interactive Posters with Google Drawings is from Eric Curts. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Using Photos In Lessons.

ReClipped seems like a neat new tool. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s post, ReClipped – Take Notes and Share Notes on Educational Videos. I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

November 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Make An Amazing Number Of Different Learning Games With “GameBuilder”

GameBuilder lets you create lots of different types of learning games – see the screenshot above to see the options.

Once you create it, anyone with its url address can play. The site also has a large collection of games created by its users.

The site is sponsored by Wisc-Online, which “is a creation of Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges and maintained by Fox Valley Technical College.”

And it’s free!

I’m adding this site to The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

November 15, 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 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Creatubbles lets teachers create free virtual classrooms where students can share their “maker” creations. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

LiveWorksheets lets teachers either create, convert, or borrow existing worksheets and make them “fillable” online. You can create virtual classrooms (called “interactive workbooks”) of assigned activities where teachers can monitor student progress. I’m adding it to the same list. Thanks to Nik Peachey for the tip.

Kialo is a simple online debate site. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Students To Create & Participate In Online Debates.

November 10, 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 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Web Poster Wizard lets teachers create free virtual classrooms with student assignments, primarily for “web poster” reports on specific projects. I’m adding it to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Word It Out is yet another tool to easily create word clouds from text. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About “Word Clouds”

Joomag lets you create interactive content, but you really want to go to Richard Byrne’s blog post to get a better understanding of what it is. It does offer a free education feature.

Apple updates its Clips video app with fancy selfie backgrounds and iCloud support is a TechCrunch post about the app I always recommend to my IB Theory of Knowledge students when they have to create videos for class.

Instagram now lets you add any photos or videos to your Stories is also from TechCrunch.

November 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 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Hangman.io has lots of hangman games.  More importantly, though, they make it super-easy for users to create their own.  I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games.

Let’s Enhance is a photo-editing tool. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Online Photo-Editing & Photo Effects.

Gimlet is a new online tool for making Kahoot like quizzes. You might also be interested in The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

Pastel Pad provides images and clip art usable for personal or commercial purposes without requiring attribution.  I’m adding it to The Best Online Sources For Images.

I’m adding this tweet to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites:

October 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“ActiveLit” Lets Students Play & Create Choose Your Own Adventure Games In Virtual Classrooms

 

I’m a big fan of Choose Your Own Adventure games (see The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories).

I just discovered ActiveLit (not to be confused with the excellent CommonLit site).  It lets teachers create free virtual classrooms where they can monitor student progress playing educational “Choose Your Own Adventure” games.

Students can also make their own games, though that process is a little more complicated than I would like.

It’s easy to sign-up and create the classrooms, and there is a huge selection of educational-related games.

I’m adding the site to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

October 22, 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 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Blended Play is a new free site that provides several types of games that teachers can add questions to and then display them on a computer projector for all-class play. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

One Chronicle lets many people upload images to the same slideshow, and they can be moderated. A tool like this can be useful when going on field trips. I’m adding it to The Best Web Applications That Lets Multiple People Upload Their Photos To One Place.

Stelum is a site that lets users write and read simple explanations of complex topics. I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”. Thanks to Richard Byrne for the tip.

Toonstar lets you bring cartoon characters to life thanks to facial recognition is a TechCrunch post about an intriguing new app. You might also be interested in The Best Ways For Students To Create Online Animations.

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