Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Multimedia Resources On The Zika Virus

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I haven’t added much to The Best Resources For Learning About The Zika Virus since I posted it in February.

Here is an interactive, a cartoon, video and infographic:

What Zika means for you: Assess your risk is a very well done interactive from The Washington Post.

MIND in Pictures: The Zika Virus is from Scientific American.

Click to see the entire infographic:

What is Zika Virus? [Infographic]

From Visually.

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June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Google Unveils Lots Of New Ed Projects, Including Opening “Expeditions” To Everybody

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Google unveiled a bunch of new education projects today, the most interesting (at least to me) is their opening the virtual field trip “Expeditions” program to everybody (you can see several past posts on that tool at The Best Resources For Organizing & Maximizing Field Trips – Both “Real” & “Virtual,” as well as watching the video below).

Instead of re-inventing the wheel here, I’m just going to suggest you visit two other posts:

Google opens up its Virtual Reality field trips for all, debuts new apps and services for teachers is from TechCruch, and covers all of Google’s announcements from today.

Google Cast for Education Gets Your Students on the Same Page is from Richard Byrne, and focuses on one of the new tools.

June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“American English” Site From U.S. Department Of State Has Developed Into Great Resource For ELL Teachers

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Four years ago, the U.S. Department of State unveiled American English, a site for teachers and learners of the English language.

I was not impressed at the time.

However, things have changed over the past few years.

It’s turned into a treasure trove of free resources, a YouTube channel and a Facebook page with nearly 3 million “likes.”

I need to spend more time exploring the site, but it’s certainly a candidate to join The Best Three Sites On The Web For ESL/EFL/ELL/ELT Teachers list.

June 27, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Amazon Officially Announces Its Education Platform & Gives It A Name

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A few months ago, I posted about Amazon beginning a resource-sharing site for teachers, and that you could sign-up for early access (see Amazon Is Setting Up A Free Site For Educational Resources – Here’s Where You Register For Access).

Today, they made a big media splash by officially announcing their site and naming it Amazon Inspire.

It’s still in “beta,” so you still have to register in order to get early access. According to media reports, it will be made public in late August or early September.

Here are the best articles about it from this morning:

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers is from The New York Times.

Amazon grows its education footprint with Amazon Inspire, a free platform for learning materials is from TechCrunch.

It will be interesting to see how it is welcomed by educators. It seems to me like it’s generally not a wise idea to bet against Amazon.

June 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Video About A Lonely Chameleon Would Be Fun For ELLs & Everybody Else

This video about a “a lonely chameleon who struggles to stay visible while seeking the attention of his crush” would be good for English Language Learners to watch and then, afterwards, write and talk about what happened in it.

You might also be interested in The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – So Far.

Invisible from Invisible Film on Vimeo.

June 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other related “Best” lists:

The California Teachers Summit will take place on July 29th. I’ll be giving a talk that day in Sacramento on Social Emotional Learning and the Common Core.

Beliefs Come First: Untangling The Knot of Student Motivation is by Daniel Greene. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

Avoid Burnout by Asking This Question is from The Harvard Business Review. I’m adding it to the same list.

DELIBERATE PRACTICE: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT ISN’T is from 3 Star Learning. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The 10,000 Hour Rule & Deliberate Practice.

Should Grit Be Taught and Tested in School? is from Scientific American. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit”



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June 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: A Problem With Book “Leveling”

Literacy expert Timothy Shanahan published a very useful post today titled Further Explanation of Teaching Students with Challenging Text.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Why Book “Leveling” Is A Bad Idea.



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June 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Studies: Attendance & Passing Classes More Important Than Test Scores

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Can ‘early warning systems’ keep children from dropping out of school? is a useful Washington Post article reviewing research about what factors accurately predict high school graduation.

And standardized test scores aren’t one of them.

Here’s another important quote in the article that clearly justifies our school’s heavy emphasis on ninth-graders’ success (as does previous research – see Important Article — “Ninth Grade: The Most Important Year in High School”):

Allensworth’s research on the strong correlation between the number of courses ninth-graders pass and the high school graduation rate persuaded Chicago school officials to begin closely tracking the passing rate of freshmen, going to new lengths to make sure that students were coming to school regularly and engaging in class.

Of course, as the article indicates, doing this right requires resources – which are not always available….

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