Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Sites Where Students Can Learn Typing/Keyboarding

I’ve previously had some “learn-to-type” sites on The Best Websites For Students To Learn About Computers, but I thought it would be useful to expand and update that collection to its own “Best” list.

Here are my choices – let me know what you think I’m missing (there are a lot of these kinds of sites out there – I focused on ones that didn’t seem to have a lot of distracting ads and ones that were free):

The audio support that the BBC’s Dance Mat Typing provides makes it the best site for English Language Learners – by far. It doesn’t let you create virtual classrooms to monitor student progress, but I guess you can’t have everything! lets you create virtual classrooms to monitor student progress, and it’s free.

Turtle Diary also lets you create virtual classrooms and is free for teachers.

Ditto for Alpha Typing, which is similar to the last two sites.

Typing Club is similar, but is only free for up to three classes.

July 10, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Chart: It Doesn’t Look Like Teachers’ Jobs Are At Risk Of Being Automated

Bloomberg has just published an intriguing interactive chart showing the risks of different jobs being automated in the coming decades.

It can’t get much lower-risk than for high school teachers – you can see their report on the screenshot at the top of this post.

However, elementary teachers are even less at risk:

So even though a few extreme ed tech enthusiasts might be thinking that we can be replaced by robots, it looks like they should be betting on it happening….

June 24, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Everything You Wanted To Know About Learning From The ISTE Conference Without Being There But Were Afraid To Ask

Thousands of educators attend the annual ISTE conference to learn and talk about ed tech, and it’s taking place this year from June 25th through the 28th in San Antonio.

Lots of us are not attending it in person, but there are about a gazillion ways to participate in – and learn from – it virtually.

And Sue Waters has you covered with #NOTATISTE? HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN ISTE 2017 REMOTELY.

Check it out!

June 6, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Google Unveils New Online Safety Game & Curriculum

Be Internet Awesome is the name of a new online safety program created by Google and announced today.

It includes a downloadable curriculum and an online game. The game, “Interland,” seems to need a fairly high-speed internet connection to play.

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning Online Safety, which I’ve just revised and updated.

Here are a couple of videos about the new program:

May 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: Google Expeditions Announces New Augmented Reality Program For Schools

I’ve written a lot about using virtual reality in education, including the Google Expeditions program. In addition, I’ve shared about the differences between virtual and augmented reality. You can find all those resources at A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education.

Yesterday, Google Expeditions announced they’ll be starting an augmented reality program for schools in the fall.

You can read more about it here, and watch this video about it:

May 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: Chromebooks Are Everywhere

Today’s New York Times has a lengthy article headlined How Google Took Over The Classroom.

It seems pretty balanced and accurate to me, though I’d love to hear from those more familiar with ed tech about it.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Using Chromebooks In The Classroom – Help Me Find More.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Resources For Learning How To Use Google Docs/Google Drive

A Beginning List Of The Best Resources For Learning About Google Classroom

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