Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

September 22, 2017
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 Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Goose Chase is an app for creating real-life “scavenger hunts.”  It looks intriguing, though I’m not entirely clear how useful it is.  They have an education-related page with lots of school-related examples and templates.

WebRoom lets you create free onine video and audio online meetings for up to eight people at a time. You can learn more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

Speaking of Richard, I also read in his great blog about a new ClassTools…tool for creating online games challenging students to put historical events in the correct order. It’s called Play Dates Right. ClassTools is on The “All-Time” Best 2.0 Tools For Beginning English Language Learners list.

Zipnote is an an intriguing site that provides templates for online note-taking and then automatically turns them into a system for studying. Here’s a video about how it works:

Zipnote Beta from Zipnote Beta on Vimeo.

You might also be interested in The Best Resources On Effective Note-Taking Strategies – Help Me Find More.

September 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Annotator Tool” Is A Good…Tool For Online Annotation

Annotator Tool is an easy and accessible feature from the Maryland Public Television’s Thinkport.

All a teacher has to do is create a name for the project and a password, copy and paste any text, provide instructions for annotation and – voila – you’re done. Students then go to the Annotator Tool site, type in the name of the project, register, and do all the required annotations. The next time the teacher sings-in, he/she will see all the student submissions and comment on them, which students can access.

It really can’t get more simple.

The only question I have is wondering how long bot the teacher and student work is saved on the site.

I’m adding it to The Best Applications For Annotating Websites.

September 3, 2017
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 Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Queeky is a free online drawing tool. I particularly like their MultiDraw feature, which lets you create private virtual rooms where users can collaborate in drawing. I’m adding it to The Best Art Websites For Learning English and to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

Taleship is a new simple site designed to promote “slow” collaborative writing.  You write something, and then you invite a new person to continue the story. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Collaborative Storytelling.

I’ve previously posted about Amazon’s new site for teachers (Amazon Makes Its Teacher Resource-Sharing Site Public Today). It’s called Amazon Inspire. This week, they announced that educators can now post their own materials and resources on the site. It will be interesting to see how it all goes.

Instagram Stories are coming to the web is a post from TechCrunch covering an announcement made by Instagram this week that should create another tool educators and students can use. You can find more information about its potential classroom use at The Best Resources For Learning To Use The Video Apps “Vine” & Instagram.

September 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Time.Graphics” Is A New, Free & Useful Tool For Creating Online Timelines

 

Time.Graphics looks like an easy (and free) online tool for creating timelines.

It takes seconds to register, and it has a sophisticated, yet simple, interface, and you can easily add multi-media features.

I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Making Online Timelines.

August 30, 2017
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 Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

Author Path is a free tool to help university students write theses or journal articles. I had my daughter check it out (she just completed her Masters Thesis), and she says it would have been very helpful to her. Unfortunately, I can’t remember who told me about it on Twitter.

Obtaining Permission to Blog With Students is from The Edublogger. I’m adding it to The Best Teacher Resources For Online Student Safety & Legal Issues.

Silk lets you create “data visualizations.”  I’m adding it to  The Best Resources For Creating Infographics.

Stockio has photos and videos that are free to use.  I’m adding it to The Best Online Sources For Images, but it doesn’t make The “All-Time” Best Sources Of Online Images list.  Thanks to Richard Byrne for the tip.

FlipGrid: A Platform to Crowdsource Reflection, Metacognition and Perspective is from Langwitches. I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites. That list contains several other links related to FlipGrid.

August 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Playbuzz” Has Become A Remarkably Versatile Free Tool For Creating Online Games & Presentations

Playbuzz appeared in 2015 as a tool for creating online games, and I praised it at that time – along with sharing some concerns (see “Playbuzz” Is A Great Place For Creating Learning Games – If It Doesn’t Blocked By Your District’s Content Filters).

They have added tons of new features, including being able to easily create some nice-looking presentations and sharing snippets of videos.

In fact, if it isn’t blocked by District content filters, it could join Adobe Spark and Classtools as the most versatile – and easy to use – tools for students to create online content.

I’m looking forward to trying to log-on next week at school to see if it’s usable.

August 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quizlet Gets Even Better – You Can Now Create “Interactive Diagrams”

Quizlet, the amazing site that’s already on The Best Tools To Make Online Flashcards, has just unveiled the ability for users to create and study “interactive diagrams.”

Basically, these are annotated images that can be used for study that also include audio.

They are easy to make, and English Language Learners could use them to label images. There are quite a few other tools that let you do this (see The Best Online Tools For Using Photos In Lessons ).  However, none of the others include the features of being able to record audio and use them as a studying tool.  Students could create them as “games” that their classmates can “play.”

Here’s an example of a simple one on the site.  Below it you can view a short video from Quizlet about this new feature.

August 5, 2017
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 Twenty-Five Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

DogoBooks lets students write book reviews. I’m adding it to The Best Places Where Students Can Post Book Reviews For Authentic Audiences, which I just revised and updated.

JQBX lets users listen to the same Spotify music and chat about it. I’m not sure how useful it can be in the classroom, but there are some possibilities. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

Storyboard Generator looks like it has potential.  It’s like a create-a-storyboard tool with lots of bells and whistles.  I’m not sure if it’s too complicated.

Tozzil is like a collaborative Pinterest Board where you can collaborate with others. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Collaboration — NOT In Real Time.

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