Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

January 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Check Out The Number One Song In 3,000 Locations Around The World

 

The Pudding created an interactive map – with audio – where you can see and listen to the number one song (in December, 2017) in 3,000 locations around the world.

It’s pretty cool.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

At that same list, you can find related worldwide music sites, including:

Radiooooo is one of the coolest music sites around. You can click a country on a world map and then click a decade from the past 120 years, and it will then play music from that area and from that time period.

Radio Garden is an online interactive map of radio stations that you can listen to from around the world. It’s pretty nifty, and you can read more about it at The Atlantic’s article, The Map That Lets You Listen to the Radio Everywhere.

Check Out “The Global Jukebox” For Folk Music From Around The World

You can learn about different musical instruments at the Glossary of Folk Musical Instruments & Styles from Around the World and the World Instrument Gallery.

Rare Early Photographs of Musicians Around the World is from Brain Pickings. The post has links to even more great photos.

Musical Map: Cities of the World is from Spotify.

World Music Composer is a nice tool from the National Museums of Scotland to learn about musical instruments and how they sound from around the world. You can mix-and-match them to create your own collection but, unfortunately, you can save it.

January 16, 2018
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, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – Part Two):

I Have Zero Tolerance for Advocates of Zero Tolerance Discipline is by Justin Cohen. I’m adding it to We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity.

Fact-check: Weighing 7 claims from Betsy DeVos’s latest speech, from Common Core to PISA scores is by Matt Barnum.

Department Of Education Finds Texas Violated Special Education Law is from NPR.

BPS plan would eliminate middle schools is from The Boston Globe.

Gov. Brown proposes ambitious education agenda in his final state budget is from Ed Source.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research:

January 16, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Teachers Can Learn About Ed Research At The “Learning Zone”

 

I learned through a tweet by Dylan Wiliam about the Learning Zone.

It’s a UK-based site that offers information about education research. Here’s an excerpt from their site:

We have neuroscientists and psychologists who carry out research on a broad range of topics, from maths and anxiety to memory and language. Each fortnight we will focus on a particular topic.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

January 16, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Using Videos to ‘Enhance Learning Experiences for Students'”

Using Videos to ‘Enhance Learning Experiences for Students’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Amber Chandler, Jen Schwanke, Dawn Wilson, Katie Alaniz, Laura Greenstein, Russel Tarr, and Sarah Thomas share their ideas on using video as a teaching tool.

Here are some excerpts:

 

I’m adding it to The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL.

January 16, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study History

 

A few days ago, in anticipation of Semester Finals next week, I shared The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study Geography.

In addition to videos, it included a description, other links, and a prompt I’m going to use for my ELL Geography Final.

In looking over previous Finals I’ve done for my ELL History classes, I realized they contained some dead links, so I thought it would be worth preparing a new similar list for those classes.

For them, I’m expecting to share the materials from these two sites:

7 REASONS WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO STUDY HISTORY …

Top 10 Reasons to Study History

Then, have students watch one or more of the videos on this list.

Next, they’ll respond to this writing prompt:

Watch the videos, and read the two lists. In your own words, please share some (at least three) of the reasons they say it’s important to study history. To what extent do you agree with what they are saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

Feedback is welcome!

January 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Study Finds That Reduced School Funding Negatively Impacts Students

To the surprise of not a single teacher anywhere, a new study has found that reduced school funding during the Great Recession had a negative impact on students.

Less money for schools after the recession meant lower test scores and graduation rates, study finds by Matt Barnum in Chalkbeat provides a good summary of the research, co-authored by Kirabo Jackson.

Here’s an excerpt:

 

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

January 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

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

You might also be interested in The Twenty Most Popular Posts From This Blog In 2017 ; Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? (Part One) and Part Two: Tenth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Here are this week’s top posts:

1.Statistic Of The Day: To The Surprise Of No Teacher, New Study Finds That Class Size Matters

2. The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study Geography

3. We [White] Teachers Should Look At This Research When We Feel We Don’t Show Bias In The Classroom

4. Suggestions For Assisting Students To Develop Intrinsic Motivation To Learn

5. I’m Not Sure This Big Meta-Analysis On Direct Instruction Says What Its Authors Think It Says

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