Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

June 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week In Web 2.0

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In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Prisma is a new free app that lets you turn your photos into manga. I could see this being a very attractive tool for reluctant writers to use — they can create their own web comics. You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

Richard Byrne writes about a revamped version of Google Sites that will be appearing in the near future.

Speaking of Richard, he’s now up to 300 practical videos explaining how to use different ed tech tools!

Here’s an example focused on Adobe Spark, which is on my “Best” list (see link at top of this post) for web tools and which may end up ranked number one new tool at the end of the year:

The Roll looks like it could be a useful app for automatically organizing photos on our phones.

June 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Around The Web In ESL/EFL/ELL

Two 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 – So Far and The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students In 2015 – So Far.

Here are this week’s choices:

Here’s another nice review of our book on English Language Learners and the Common Core.

The impact of BREXIT on ELT is from TEFL Geek.

What English-Language Learners Wish Teachers Knew is an excellent article by Wendi Pillars.

My favourite end of term activities is from Lesson Plans Digger. I’m adding it to What Do You Do On The Last Day Of Class (Part Two)?

Ten Lessons for Language-Immersion Programs is from Ed Week.

Dual Language Learner Toolkit is from Head Start.

June 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

More Resources On The “Hamilton” Musical

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Here are new additions to The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”:

100,000 Students Across The U.S. Will Probably See ‘Hamilton’ Before You Do is from The Huffington Post.

‘Hamilton’: A Story Of US is from NPR.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute has a ton of teaching resources on Alexander Hamilton. Their interactive features are best (scroll to the bottom of this page). You can only access them, however, if you register with a school email address.



The inside story of how the biggest show on Broadway teamed with two nonprofits to immerse high school students in American history—and challenge them to create their own performances. is from Scholastic.

“Hamilton” actresses on how Broadway show empowers is from CBS News.

What ‘Hamilton’ Forgets About Hamilton is from The New York Times, and provides and important perspective.

June 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

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, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – So Far):

The Tragedy in Oaxaca Really Puts America’s Squabbles Over Education Reform in Perspective is from Slate.

How California Gov. Jerry Brown Fought the Federal Government on Education Policy — and Won is by Matt Barnum.

California in the Age of ESSA: Can Schools Be Held Accountable Without Real Consequences is also by Matt Barnum.

America’s Not-So-Broken Education System is by Jack Schneider. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More.

No Panacea: Diagnosing What Ails Teacher Professional Development Before Reaching for Remedies is a report from New America. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

Michigan governor signs $617 million Detroit schools bailout is from The Associated Press.

Teacher pay around the world is from Brookings.

Teacher Unions Are ‘Bargaining for the Common Good’ is from The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

June 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this every-weekend feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in The Twenty Most Popular Posts In 2016 – So Far and Ninth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

1.The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016 – So Far

2. The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – So Far

3. The Best Science Sites Of 2016 – So Far

4. Wealthiest Person In World Unveils Online Learning Platform

5. The Best Videos For Educators In 2016 – So Far

June 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Harms Students & Their Families


As you’ve probably already heard, the United States Supreme Court deadlocked on President Obama’s immigration plans – this lets the lower court ruling opposing it stand.

It’s a huge blow to many of our students and their families.

Vox’s article, A Supreme Court tie all but kills Obama’s plans to protect millions of immigrants, provides a good analysis of what has happened and what might occur in the future.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources On President Obama’s Executive Order On Immigration.

June 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Bloom’s Taxonomy According To “Monsters Inc.”


I have several videos on The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom list that are of the “Bloom’s Taxonomy According to _______” genre (The Simpsons, Star Wars, etc.).

Here’s a new one using the Disney movie, Monsters Inc. (it’s not as good as some of the others, but still useful):

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