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February 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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February’s (2016) Best Tweets – Part One

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Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2015 – Part Two.

February 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Ed Secretary Apologizes To Teachers

I never got around to posting about the new Ed Secretary’s remarks awhile back, but Greg Toppo’s article today in USA Today (Acting Ed. Secretary: Educators ‘unfairly blamed’ for schools’ challenges) about them gives me an excuse to post it as a “Quote of the Day.”

Here’s an excerpt:

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Words are a nice start. Let’s see how his actions measure up….

February 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Disappointing New TED-Ed Video & Lesson On Henrietta Lacks

As regular readers know, I’m a huge fan of TED-Ed videos and lessons – if you search this blog, you’ll find 145 posts sharing them.

For any organization with such a prodigious output, there are going to be some hits and misses, but TED-Ed has maintained a very high standard.

Which is why I was very surprised and disappointed at their newest video and lesson on “The immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks.”

You probably are somewhat familiar with the story of the young African-American woman whose cells were taken from her (without her knowledge) and are now used around the world for medical research and which have generated huge profits for drug companies. Shockingly, the video only spends seconds on these issues and the lesson itself only briefly touches on those ethical and racial issues.

Check the video and lesson out and let me know if you think I’m over-reacting. Below the video, you can find additional resources on the issue that can be used to help students learn more…

Henrietta Lacks’s cells were priceless, but her family can’t afford a hospital is from The Guardian.

Ethical Justice, But No Financial Rewards, For The Henrietta Lacks Family is from Forbes.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the Sequel is from The New York Times.

Henrietta Lacks: the mother of modern medicine is from The Guardian.

February 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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More Resources For Chinese (Lunar) New Year

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Here are new additions to The Best Resources For Chinese (Lunar) New Year:

Getty Images has some nice photos of the Year of the Monkey.

A Colorful Look Behind Chinese New Year Celebrations is from Week.

Lunar New Year 2016: Facts, Dates, And Ancient Traditions is from The Huffington Post.

Chinese New Year traditions: a brief guide is from Vox.

February 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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NY Times Launches Spanish-Language Site

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The New York Times has just launched a Spanish-language site.

It offers both articles translated from English versions and original content.

Having good Spanish translations of their English articles can be great tools for English-language development, and the Spanish articles can also be used by ELLs to help develop background knowledge on a specific topic being studied.

I’m adding this info to The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Math, Social Studies, & Science.

Thanks to FishBowl/NY for the tip.

February 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Latest NY Times Student Interactive Is On Chinese New Year

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E.L.L. Practice + Prompt | Chinese New Year
is my latest student interactive for The New York Times Learning Network. Students watch a video, read a passage, choose the correct meanings for several words, and then respond to a writing prompt about their own new year traditions.

I’m adding the link to All My NY Times Posts For English Language Learners – Linked With Descriptions, where you can find my previous seventy posts for The Times.

I’m also adding it to The Best Resources For Chinese New Year.

February 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Students Prefer Paper Books

92 Percent of Students Prefer Paper Books Over E-Books: Survey is the headline of an article from NBC News.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Anytime I ask my classes, certainly a big majority (perhaps not 92 percent) say the same thing.

I’ll be covering this topic in a future Education Week Teacher column.

What is your experience talking to students?