Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Former CEO Of Microsoft Unveils Data Lollapalooza Today Called “USA Facts”

UPDATE: The site is now live. However, it’s pretty “sluggish” because, I assume, of the large amount of traffic it is receiving. One would have expected the former CEO of Microsoft would have anticipated this problem…

Steven Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, is unveiling a treasure chest of accessible on Tuesday called USA Facts.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s New York Times article on it (titled Steve Ballmer Serves Up a Fascinating Data Trove):

On Tuesday, Mr. Ballmer plans to make public a database and a report that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.

Want to know how many police officers are employed in various parts of the country and compare that against crime rates? Want to know how much revenue is brought in from parking tickets and the cost to collect? Want to know what percentage of Americans suffer from diagnosed depression and how much the government spends on it? That’s in there. You can slice the numbers in all sorts of ways.

The site hasn’t opened for business at the time I’m writing this post (the page says it’s opening soon and asks you for an email address), but I assume they’ll unveil it in a few hours.

We’ll see if it meets the hype – I suspect it will….

April 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Important NY Times Column On Importance Of African-American Teachers

There has been a lot of media coverage about the new study demonstrating the impact having one African-American teacher can have on African-American young people.

You can see links to that coverage at Another Study Highlights Importance Of Teacher Diversity.

The New York Times, though, may have just published the best piece on it by New York City teacher David Jackson. It’s titled The Real Reason Black Kids Benefit From Black Teachers.

Here’s an excerpt:

April 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Four Links About The World’s Different Cultures

Here are new additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures:

Measuring The Cost Of Living Worldwide is a chart from The Economist.

Global House Prices is another Economist chart.

The best and worst places to be a working woman is one more Economist chart.

How to Respond to Sneezes Around the World - - Infographic

April 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Good Models & Ideas For Student-Created Lists Of Important Events & More

In The Best “Lists Of Lists” Of History’s Most Influential People, Events & Ideas, I share good models that I use for models – or just ideas – for student projects.

Here are a few additions:

25 Moments That Changed America is from TIME.

Ancient World Maps that Changed the World: See Maps from Ancient Greece, Babylon, Rome, and the Islamic World is from Open Culture.

April 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Speak To Go” Could Be A Fun Tool For A Student-Centered Geography Lesson

Speak To Go is a new VR experiment from Google that lets users of Google Cardboard say the name of any landmark or address and then be able to view a 360 image of the location.

You can also use it online without a Cardboard Headset.

I’ve previously shared our experiments with VR (see Everything You Wanted To Know About How We’re Using Virtual Reality With ELLs, But Were Afraid To Ask) . I could see having students explore wherever they want some day and then explain and describe where they visited and why.  Plus, it’s great pronunciation practice for English Language Learners.

Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip.

I’m adding this info to A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education.

April 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On The Famine Threatening 20 Million People & How To Help

You may have heard about the recent desperate plea from the United Nations to help 20 million people in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen who are on the brink of famine.

Here are accessible resources on the crisis (you might also be interested in (The Best Sites To Learn About World Food Day and  The Best Visualizations Of Poverty In The U.S. & Around The World):

Why 20 Million People Are on Brink of Famine in a ‘World of Plenty’ is a very good explainer from The NY Times.

Running on Empty is a well-done interactive from The Age.

Starving To Death is an infographic from The Washington Post.

Help famine victims in Africa, Yemen is from CNN.

How to donate: South Sudan famine and Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria food crises is from The Guardian.

U.N.’s Famine Appeal Is Billions Shy of Goal is from The New York Times.

Famine ‘largest humanitarian crisis in history of UN’ is from Al Jazeera.

20 million people in 4 countries on the brink of famine is from CBS News.

With famine threatening 3 nations, Trump aims massive cuts at foreign aid is also from CBS News.

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