Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

May 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

Two 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:

What a Decade of Education Research Tells Us About Technology in the Hands of Underserved Students is from EdSurge. I’m adding it to The Best Advice On Using Education Technology.

Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class is a Washington Post report on a recent study that I’ve previously discussed. I’m adding it to the same list where you can find those earlier posts – The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

Robo-reader redux: Can a curious computer improve student writing? is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Computer-Graded Essays. This article has a somewhat different take on the issue than others on that list, and it’s worth considering.

Lower income families less likely to use online learning tools is a Eureka Alert summary of a new study.

Using computers widens the achievement gap in writing, a federal study finds is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction. After reading it, you might want to explore what I consider to be the three best tools for teaching keyboarding:

My students like Dance Mat Typing because it teaching typing with text and audio support.

Typing Web is a great site for learners. You have to register for the site and it tracks your progress.

AlfaTyping looks like a nice tool for students to develop typing skills, and you can read all about it at Richard Byrne’s post.

May 29, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Funny, & I Think Effective, Video On Islamophobia: Cure It With Chewing Gum!

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has published this great video ad for “Islamophobin gum” to cure Islamophobia. You can even buy it at their website.

Their tagline says it all:

Islamophobin is funny. Islamophobia is not.

You can see my previous posts on Islamophobia here.

I’m adding this post to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism.

May 29, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Wash. Post Publishes Excerpt From Our Book on ELLs & The Common Core

Under the headline Strategies for teaching the Common Core — no matter what you think about the standards, The Washington Post has published an excerpt from our book, Navigating The Common Core With English Language Learners.

The excerpt focuses on Social Emotional Learning and critical thinking.

Here’s an excerpt:

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You can see other excerpts here.

May 29, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Three years ago I began this regular feature where I share a few posts and resources from around the Web related to ESL/EFL or to language in general that have caught my attention.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELLs In 2015 – Part Two and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – Part Two.

Here are this week’s choices:

Elementary Podcasts are from The British Council. There are tons of English-learning podcasts out there, but this one stands out because each one includes web-based interactive exercises. I’m not aware of any other one like it – am I missing them? I’m adding it to The Best Listening Sites For English Language Learners.

The Seven Best Short Films for ELT Students is from Kieran Donaghy. I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

The Benefits of Teaching in Two Languages is from The Atlantic.

Robots Might Be Able to Help Germany Integrate Refugees is from NBC News.

Refugee children’s academic outcomes similar to non-refugee peers despite learning challenges is from Science Daily.

It’s time to move: Energy breaks for the language classroom (by Marc Helgesen) is from Teaching Village.

Adapting materials for mixed ability classes and Teaching mixed-ability classes 2 are both from The British Council. I’m adding them to The Best Resources On Teaching Multilevel ESL/EFL Classes.

Say what you see – vocabulary and images is from TEFL Geek. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons.

Steve Smith has written a series of posts about learning strategies in learning a new language. Here are Parts One, Two, Three and Five.

Nine major shortcomings of L2 grammar instruction and how to address them is from The Language Gym. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Grammar Practice.

10 commonly made mistakes in vocabulary instruction is from The Language Gym. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target comes from The Hechinger Report.

Researchers are using an app to crowdsource how the English language has changed is from Quartz.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Teaching The Next Generation Science Standards To English Language Learners:

May 29, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two):

Changing The Narrative: Leveraging Education Policy To Address Segregation is from The Shanker Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Recycling Poverty, Segregated Schools, and Academic Achievement: Then and Now is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to the same list.

Now is the time to experiment with inspections for school accountability is from The Brookings Institution and, as its written, is a terrible idea. However, our former principal, Ted Appel, and I have spoken about the advantages of the kind of “inspections” done by the WASC (Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges), which has a group visiting over a period of days and which is combined with months of self-reflection by school faculty, administrators, students and staff as a potentially viable alternative for accountability.

“Transforming” Public Schools: Enough already with an Overhyped Word! is by Larry Cuban.

What Guides My Thinking on School Reform: Pulling the Curtain Aside is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy.

Leaked Questions Rekindle Debate Over Common Core Tests is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Lesson Study: When Teachers Team Up to Improve Teaching is from MindShift. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.
‘The idea that strong teacher unions impede education quality is ludicrous’ is from TES. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

States that tie higher education funding to performance have it all wrong, report says is from The Washington Post.

I’m adding these next two resources to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments:

Teacher Evaluation That Goes Beyond Check Boxes is by David Edelman

REASSESSING TEACHER ASSESSMENTS is a series of five articles (of mixed quality) at Ed Week.

I’m adding these next two articles to The Best Resources On The No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Process (yes, I’ve got to update the title of that post):

Education Department proposes rules for judging schools is from The Washington Post.

U.S. Dept. of Education releases draft regulations for new federal law is from Ed Source.

I’m adding this Ed Week series to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy:

Silver Bullets and Solutionism in Education Philanthropy

‘There’s an App for That’: Philanthropy’s Billion Dollar Bets

Getting In: The Challenges of Access to Elite Foundations

Into the Classroom: A Lesson on Philanthropy and Economic Inequality

May 29, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Classroom Instruction Resources Of The Week

Each week, I publish a post containing three or four particularly useful resources on classroom instruction, and you can see them all here.

You might also be interested in The Best Articles (And Blog Posts) Offering Practical Advice & Resources To Teachers In 2015 – So Far and The Best Resources On Class Instruction – 2015.

Here are this week’s picks:

Performance-Based Assessment: Reviewing the Basics is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment.

New Report Reveals How to Keep School Attendance, Enthusiasm High in June is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Finish The School Year Strong.

I don’t think I agree with everything Doug Lemov writes here, but a lot of it sounds useful: Positive Reinforcement: Distinguishing Praise from Acknowledgment in the Classroom. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students

I’m adding these next two resources to The Best Posts On Metacognition:

Metacognition is from The Center For Teaching at Vanderbilt.

I’ve got questions about some of these recommendations, but I’m still adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students:

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