Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

March 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Great Updated Video Search Engine

I have previously posted about Richard Byrne’s fabulous search engine for video sites other than YouTube (see If You Don’t Have Teacher Access To YouTube At Your School, Then This Search Engine is a “Must”).

He’s just updated it. Now, with the limitations YouTube’s Safety Mode is putting on teachers whose schools have been allowing YouTube, his search engine will be a “go-to” tool for many of us who haven’t needed it previously.

You can read about the Safety Mode issue at my unfortunately very popular previous post, Our District Just Activated Awful YouTube Safety Mode – What’s Been Your Experience?

August 25, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“” Could Be A Useful Search Engine For English Language Learners

leapit is a new search engine that portrays search results in a visually attractive way (see the above image and compare it to the image below from Google searching the same topic: Christopher Columbus).

I don’t really understand how — apart from the display — that it’s different from Google or Bing, but TechCruch explains it in this post, though after reading it I still don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.

One feature that could come in handy for students doing research is that you’re supposed to be able to create something called a “perspective” which appears to just be your own personal collection of sites that could be shared with other. I like that idea, but couldn’t figure out how to make it work.

Nevertheless, because of the display itself, I’m adding it to The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners.


August 13, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo

If You Don’t Have Teacher Access To YouTube At Your School, Then This Search Engine is a “Must”

'Video Flag' photo (c) 2008, Cliff - license:

Richard Byrne has created a nice list of 47 Alternatives to YouTube.

Yes, it’s nice and useful. However, the killer part of what he’s done is create a custom search engine for those 47 sites.

If you don’t have teacher access to YouTube at your school, you’ll definitely be using this search engine a lot.

Richard has also created a helpful guide for anyone to create their own custom search engines.

I’m adding this info to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

July 10, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Qwant” Search Engine Has Unique Useful Feature

Qwant is a search engine that offers a unique useful feature: With a click of your mouse, it lets you save, tag, and organize sites into public or private lists.

This can be useful for students who are researching information on the Web (I’m particularly thinking of my IB Theory of Knowledge students). It can also be useful for any of my students who are creating “picture data sets.” That’s an inductive learning activity where they have to collect and write about images, which they then organize into categories. Virtual corkboard sites are ideal for that activity, but Qwant could be another option.

I’m adding it to The Best Social Bookmarking Applications For English Language Learners & Other Students.

Thanks to Robin Good for the tip.

July 17, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Mobento Lets You Search For Words In Videos

Mobento is a new site that lets you search for words spoken in videos. For now, they have indexed ones from Khan, TED and Stanford, and plan a lot more.

It’s pretty straightforward — you type a word into the searchbox, and it shows you the videos where it has appeared. click on the video, and under the screen there’s a mark where the word is spoken. Click on each mark, and you hear it and its context.

It could be useful, especially as they expand their collection.

You can search the videos without registering, but have to sign-up if you want to leave a comment.

Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip.

June 5, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Qwiki Is Back! (Though It Never Really Went Away)

Qwiki has been on a number of my “The Best…” lists — it’s sort of a multimedia search engine that provides audio support for text, and it’s very engaging.

I was “bummed-out” last month when I read in TechCrunch that they were changing their focus and instead were going to emphasize themselves as a new platform to create presentations. I then went to the usual Qwiki link, and found that yes, they were now a presentation platform. It wasn’t open to the public yet, but you could request an invitation.

So, I went to some of my “The Best…” lists and removed Qwiki from them.

I just received an invite to try out their new service, and wasn’t that impressed (though Richard Byrne has a more positive take on it). Just as I was going to click-off, though, I saw a small line at the bottom of the site asking “Looking for Qwiki Reference?”

I clicked on it, was brought to a new url address and there it was — the old excellent Qwiki (the url is now

So, now, that site goes back to being on The Best Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced English Language Learner Sites and The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners lists.

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