Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

October 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Newseum Unveils New Education Site


The Newseum, the museum well-known for its daily collection of front-pages from throughout the world, has just unveiled a special site for educators and students called NewseumEd (thanks to Emily Hanford for the tip).

It has tons of materials, much of which looked fairly decent.

However, as far as I’m concerned, the “jewel” of the resources there are its EDCollections. They are in-depth teaching units on specific topics. Right now they have two: on the Civil Rights Movement and the other on women’s suffrage.

They have upcoming ones on September 11th and another on the elections.

I’m adding this info to The Best Places To Find Free (And Good) Lesson Plans On The Internet.

October 9, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

October’s (2015) Best Tweets — Part Two

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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 – So Far.

October 8, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Online Learning Game Site Quizalize Adds New Feature I Like A LOT


Quizalize is a relatively new addition to The Best Ways To Create Online Tests. It’s very similar to Kahoot.

My big critique of both Quizalize and Kahoot has been that neither have allowed students to see how they are faring against their classmates in answering the questions, which is an important component (used appropriately) in using them as games. That’s why I’ve featured an alternative called Quizizz on my The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games list over the first two. Quizizz lets students see their standing in the competition.

Even though I don’t think it’s been a problem in my classes for low-scoring students to see their low-standings because of the super-strong culture we develop around student challenges being around learning the English language and not about intelligence, I can see that problem potentially being an issue in many content classes.

Quizalize has just announced a new feature that I think deals with that problem — now students are automatically grouped in teams and the teams compete against each other, plus students see how their teams are doing.

This is how I typically organizing learning games in the classroom, and I think it’s simple, yet ingenious, that Quizalize figured out how to do it automatically online.

October 8, 2015
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 Most Popular Posts In 2015 – So Far and Eighth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

Here they are:

1. The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom

2. The Best Websites For Learning About Halloween

3. He Did It! Gov. Brown Eliminates High School Exit Exam Retroactively!

4. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

5. The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

October 8, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

My Latest BAM! Radio Show Is On Using Reflection In The Classroom


Using reflection in the classroom is the topic of my latest ten-minute BAM! Radio Show. I’m joined by educators Barry Saide and Mary Tedrow, both of whom have also contributed written responses to an upcoming Education Week Teacher column.

You can see a list of all my sixty previous shows at All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions.

October 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

PBS Unveils New Useful Teacher Tools


PBS Learning unveiled an iPad app today, but I think the teacher tools they announced are what educators will really find useful.

Once you register, you go to tools. There, you’ll see a screen like the image at the top of this post. The Storybuilder and Puzzle Builder are okay, but lots of other sites provide them (for example, see The Best Sites For Making Crossword Puzzles & Hangman Games).

But its the Lesson Builder that looks like it might have some real potential. It seems pretty easy to mix-and-match a nice lesson with quizzes that you can monitor.

Even more importantly, teachers will be able to share the lessons they create with other people registered on the site (though it’s not really clear to me how you can access them, perhaps because there aren’t any yet since they just opened for business today). So, it looks like I will be able to search for already-created lessons and use them with my own students, including seeing how they do on them.

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress.

October 7, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Dreamdo Schools” Is A Platform To Share Project-Based Learning Projects Internationally


Dreamdo Schools
lets teachers and students document project-based learning projects, share them internationally, and communicate with other classes around the world about what everybody is doing. They say it’s being used in twenty-five countries.

It’s free, and looks like it has some potential.

I’ve embedded a video about it below.

I’m adding this post to:

The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas

The Best Ways To Find Other Classes For Joint Online Projects

The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress