Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

July 31, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “What if America Was Never Colonized?”

Having both my English Language Learners and my IB Theory of Knowledge students create “What If?” history projects are some of my, and their, favorite lessons of the year (see The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons).

Today, I discovered a popular YouTube channel called Alternate History Hub that has tons of short videos exploring various “What If?” scenarios.

Even better, they provide evidence that supports their conjectures (though it would be nice if they gave a little more of it), so the videos are just the meanderings of a creative mind. That “evidence” idea is what makes school What If? projects the great learning experience that they can be….

Here’s an example of one of their videos:

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July 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Tons Of Resources On Both The Milgram & Stanford Prison Experiments

You probably know by now that two films have just been released about famous psychological experiments — The Milgram Experiment and The Stanford Prison Experiment.

I think most IB Theory of Knowledge courses teach about both of them, and I have accumulated tons of related resources at our class blog.

Here are trailers to both of the new movies:

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July 25, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Over 2,000 Categorized Resources For IB Theory Of Knowledge Classes

As regular readers know, in addition to teaching various classes to English Language Learners and to mainstream ninth-graders, I teach the International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge course. I also regularly share TOK resources here on the blog, and I think it’s pretty popular among TOK teachers around the world.

In addition, I accumulate links to articles and resources on the Delicious bookmarking site, and now have over 2,000 categorized into the all the TOK “Ways of Knowing” and “Areas of Knowledge.”

You can find most of them here.

However, for some weird reason, not quite all of the “tags” are visible at that link. Here are direct links to the WOK and AOK resources not listed in the above link:

Logic and Reason (They’re separate, but all related. I think I first started using the logic tag and later switched to reason)

Indigenous Knowledge Systems

Imagination

Intuition (though most are still in the Emotion category)

Human Sciences

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June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PBS News Hour Video: “International Baccalaureate changes outlook for Seattle school”

Last night, the PBS News Hour did this segment called “International Baccalaureate changes outlook for Seattle school.”

Our 100% free breakfast and lunch school began an IB program over ten years ago and, along with other changes we’ve made and which my colleagues and I recently shared in The Washington Post, our school has been transformed.

As regular readers know, I’m lucky enough to teach the very fun IB Theory of Knowledge class, along with my ELL courses.

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June 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Don’t Judge Too Quickly” Is A Great Series Of Videos For TOK & ELL Students

I’ve previously shared a lesson, and a collection of videos, I use for a lesson on perception in my Theory of Knowledge class (see Videos: Here’s The Simple Theory of Knowledge Lesson On Perception I Did Today).

Today, I discovered a great series of short commercials with the theme “Don’t Judge Too Quickly” that would make a great addition to that lesson. Plus, they would good for English Language Learners to watch and describe what they see, along with learning the critical thinking lesson that it’s dangerous to make assumptions.

First off, here’s a group of them together. The second to the last one, however, is probably not appropriate to show in class:

Here’s another one:

There are others on YouTube, too, but, like the one I cautioned about in the first collection, they are a little “iffy” to show in class.

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June 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Illusion Of The Year”

I’ve written in my New York Times column about how I use optical illusions with English Language Learners, and I certainly use them when teaching perception in my Theory of Knowledge class. You can many that I’ve previously posted here.

The 2015 Illusion Of The Year has just been announced, and here it is:

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June 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Communicate Vision By “Using Image Based Words”

I spend a lot of time working with my IB Theory of Knowledge students on the importance of illustrating each point they make, both in essays and in presentations, with stories. In fact, many highlight that fact in their end-of-year class evaluations as one of the most important things they have learned. You can see many of the resources I use to back-up my hammering on that concept at The Best Digital (& Non-Digital) Storytelling Resources (especially in the bottom-half).

Adam Grant shared an article this morning on Twitter that is a nice addition to that collection. It’s titled People Remember What You Say When You Paint a Picture.

Here’s an excerpt:

Messages-laced-with-data

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June 16, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video Trailer: “The Stanford Prison Experiment”

The Stanford Prison Experiment is a staple of IB Theory of Knowledge classes around the world, and it was news to me that a major theatrical film was being released about it. Here’s the video trailer, and you can read more about, including recent debate about the experiment itself, at Slate.

I’m adding this info to The Best Movies For IB Theory Of Knowledge Classes – What Are Your Suggestions?

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