Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 22, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Create And/Or Translate Online Books For An Authentic Audience With StoryWeaver

StoryWeaver looks like an amazing site that is designed to create and translate children’s books into a ton of different languages and make them accessible online for free.

Users can translate books that are already there into different languages or easily create there own books. It’s a great site for students to write for an authentic audience.

ELL teachers and their students could get a lot out of the site, and it seems to me that other language teachers could have their students use it, too.

Google wrote a blog post about it today, and here’s a video:

 

I’m adding this info to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”

February 18, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

 

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Pexels is a free site where you can find photos to use that don’t require attribution. It looks good. I’m adding it to The “All-Time” Best Sources Of Online Images.

Floatbot lets you create chatbots, including ones you can make for free.  I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Chatbots.

Pinterest will finally let you rearrange your pins is a post from TechCrunch. I’m adding it to The Best Guides To Figuring Out Pinterest , which I have to revise and update.

Pixorize lets you annotate online images. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog and watch the video below.  I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Using Photos In Lessons.

February 18, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Rocketium Is Like A Video-Creation Tool For Dummies (& I Include Myself In That Description)

 

Less than one week after I posted Wow, “Lumen5” Looks Like An Amazingly Easy Way To Turn Blog Posts & Articles Into Videos!, another free tool came online that almost does the same thing (though it might be a bit less “automatic” than Lumen5).

Rocketium, too, lets you create those types of videos you see everywhere with images that have text laid on top of them. Rocketium refers to them as “Buzzfeed-style” videos.

I’m adding it to The Best Tools That “Automatically” Create Presentations, even though I wouldn’t call it “automatic.” It sure is easy, though. I am just not sure where else to put it right now.

Here’s a video describing the tool:

February 17, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“One Met. Many Worlds” Is A Cool Multilingual Art Gallery From The Met

 

One Met. Many Worlds is a cool online interactive gallery from The Metropolitan Museum Of Art.

You can explore how certain words/themes have been illustrated in different works of arts across many cultures, and also “pair-up” your own preferred images to share online.

I’m adding it to The Best Ways For Students To Create Their Own Online Art Collections.

February 14, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Webjets” Is A New Padlet-Like Tool That Has Potential

 

Webjets is new free online tool that’s similar to others on The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”) list.

Though it doesn’t have as many bells-and-whistles as Padlet does (see Padlet Now Lets You Record Audio – Zooms To The Top Of Most Useful Web 2.0 Tools For ELLs), in some ways it seems a little easier to copy-and-paste images and organize them.

I’m looking forward to playing around with it.

Here’s a video explaining Webjets:

February 12, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Wow, “Lumen5” Looks Like An Amazingly Easy Way To Turn Blog Posts & Articles Into Videos!

Short videos from jounalistic sites (including Ed Week and Edutopia) have included images overlaid with text, accompanied by music. They’re very engaging, and I’ve wondered how they create them.

Now, I don’t have to wonder any longer, because there’s a free web tool called Lumen5 that – up to this point – may be my favorite new Web 2.0 tool of the year (yes, I know it’s only February).

With the assistance of Artificial Intelligence, you just paste in the url address of a blog post or article, highlight the text you want to see in the video, identify the images you want to go along with the text, along with choosing music, and your video is done!

If any blogger wants to expand his/her audience with video, I can’t imagine a better tool available to help make it happen.

Thanks to Nik Peachey for making me aware of the site.

Here’s a video explaining its features. Oh, did I mention that you can use the tool for free?

 

Though it’s not as “automatic” as some of the other tools on the list, I’m still adding it to The Best Tools That “Automatically” Create Presentations.

February 12, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

 

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I post a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Kapwing is a video editor. I’m adding it to Not The “Best,” But A List… Of Online Video Editors.

Snappa and BeFunky offer infographic-creating templates.  I’m adding them to The Best Resources For Creating Infographics.

Jot Form lets you easily create online…forms.

Archivarix lets you download multiple days worth of webpages from The Wayback Machine, which archives the web.

Imagine Forest is a site where students can upload stories they’ve written. I’m not ready, though, to add it to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience” until I check it out further.

February 8, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Beautiful[AI]” Uses Artificial Intelligence To Create Your Presentations

 

It’s pretty wild – it appears that using Artificial Intelligence to help people create their presentations could a next Big Thing.

I posted The Best Tools That “Automatically” Create Presentations two days ago.

Yesterday, a new tool was announced that I added to that list: Google Photos Will Automatically Create Music Videos With Your Pictures.

Today, yet another one was unveiled.  Beautiful [AI] functions similar to other ones on that list.  And it’s free.

Here’s a video about it:

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