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July 29, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here’s The Slide Deck For My SEL Presentation At Today’s CA Teachers Summit


Later today, I’ll be speaking at the California Teachers Summit in Sacramento (at California State University).

My topic will be Social Emotional Learning and the Common Core.

Here’s the slide deck of my presentation. My talk is being videotaped, though I don’t know when it will be available. I may also just end up creating and posting a narrated version of the slideshow.

You might also be interested in The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

July 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

PBS Announces A Week Of Special Programming on Teaching & Learning


PBS has just announced “‘Spotlight Education,’ A Special Week of Programming Featuring Reports About America’s Students and New Models of Learning, September 12-17.”

You can read all about it here and see the schedule.

With the info on the announcement, it’s hard to tell what will be worthwhile and what would be a waste of time. But there’s so much of it, one would have to assume that at least some of it will be good.

July 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Wow – “My Simple Show” Is An Extraordinary Tool For Creating Free Video “Explainers”


My Simple Show lets you create free audio “explainers” – about biographies, chemical reactions, you name it.

What makes it truly exceptional is the scaffolding and support it provides each step of the way, plus so much of it is automated – down to the selection of images (which you can easily change). You can provide your own audio narration or choose its computer generated voice.

I spent five-to-seven minutes creating the video below – I just let the site create the images and their sizes (though you can change them easily when creating a video) and also didn’t take the time to provide my own voice narration. I think you’ll agree it’s pretty impressive for five-to-seven minutes of work.

It’s very, very simple to use and accessible to English Language Learners.

I’m certainly adding it to The Best Online Instructional Video Sites and, if it works out as well with my students in the fall as I expect it will, it could very well be the newest addition to The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education.

Here’s my example:

July 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

July’s (2016) Best Tweets – Part Four

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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.

July 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video & Transcript Of President Obama’s Speech – Plus Writing Prompt on “Making Mistakes”

I’ve previously shared Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic Convention and a writing prompt to use with it (see Video & Transcript: Michelle Obama’s Speech To The Democratic Convention (Plus Writing Prompt!) ).

You can read the transcript to President Obama’s speech here, and I’ve embedded the video at the bottom of this post.

I thought what he said about making mistakes could be particularly useful in the classroom.

Here’s that excerpt, followed by a writing prompt:


Writing Prompt:

What does President Obama (and former President Roosevelt) think about making mistakes and those who make them? To what extent do you agree with what she is 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.

I’m adding this post to:

The Best Posts on Writing Instruction

The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures

July 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

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 In 2016 – So Far and Ninth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

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

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