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May 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Few More Mother’s Day Resources

Here are a few more additions to the lengthy The Best Sites For Learning About Mother’s Day:

May 9, 1858: Mother’s Day for Peace is from The Zinn Education Project.

Words of wisdom from mothers, recorded at StoryCorps is from the TED blog.

Map: The best (and worst) countries to be a mother is from The Washington Post.

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May 6, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The New Yorker Runs A Nice Piece On Legendary Organizer Ed Chambers

Last week, I posted R.I.P. Community Organizer Extraordinaire Ed Chambers, who had just died.

Ed was the National Director of the Industrial Areas Foundation, which had been founded by Saul Alinsky so long ago. I was an IAF organizer for twelve out of the nineteen years I worked in that profession.

The New Yorker has just published a nice piece on Ed, Edward Chambers, Community Organizing’s Unforgiving Hero.

Here’s a quote from Ernesto Cortes, the present co-National Director:


The New York Times also ran an obituary of Ed.

You can learn more about the IAF at The Best Sites To Learn About Saul Alinsky.

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May 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Some Final Cinco de Mayo Resources — For This Year, At Least

May 4, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best “Sound Maps” & Webcams For Teaching Geography

Over the years, I’ve posted about various “sound maps” (sites that share audio — live and/or recorded — from around the world) and webcams (sites that show live video, also from around the world).

To tell the truth, I haven’t developed any specific lesson plan for using them. Usually, I either just show or play them from areas we’re studying in geography or, for the ones that make it through our content filter to be available to students, I might give them a period to just explore and write a little bit about what they found most interesting and why. I’d certainly love to hear from readers who have development more engaging lessons, though!

I thought it would be useful to readers, and to me, to put them all in one place.

I was prompted by seeing a Google Maps Mania post today that shared some “Sound Maps,” including ones I’ve posted about before. So, first, here’s a list of “sound maps,” followed by a list of webcam sites:


Locustream SoundMap is a new one shared in the Google Maps Mania post. It provides live audio samples from around the world, though there aren’t that many of them.

I’ve previously posted about Nature Soundmap, which is a very nice site featuring recorded…nature sounds.

GBIF Soundscape  is another site from The Google Maps Mania post.  It has an interesting twist that you can read about there.

Sound Transit is the most intriguing “sound map” site.  You pick places you want to travel to in the world and, in addition to showing you your “route” on a map, you hear audio from those places.  It would certainly add a “twist” to my Geography class, though I haven’t tried it in this way yet —  English Language Learners could email the url of the “trip” they “booked,” post it on a website or blog, and then write a description of it.

Open Sound New Orleans is a fun Google Maps “mashup” with sounds from different areas of the city — ranging from music to birds.

PBS has a nice site that gives a Sound Map of China — it shows a map of China with various places to click.  When you click on the spot on the map, you see a picture of the place and a simple explanation, plus you hear audio from that location.

Open Sound New Orleans is a fun Google Maps “mashup” with sounds from different areas of the city — ranging from music to birds.


There are many live webcam sites, but I’ve found these to be the best ones:

For nature and animal views, nothing beats

Earthcam has a wide selection of views, and is particularly good for cities and famous landmarks.

Let me know what I’m missing!

I’m adding this post to The Best Geography Sites For Beginning & Intermediate English Language Learners.

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