Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

February 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other related “Best” lists:

The most important skill for middle class workers isn’t being taught in American schools is from Quartz. I’m adding it to The Best Info On Skills Employers Are Looking For In Job-Seekers.

Is Mindset Theory Really In Trouble? is from New York Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

Sesame Street Plans Social-Emotional Learning Program for Refugee Children is from Ed Week.

Two studies have come out recently reinforcing what we already know about the negative effects rewards have on intrinsic motivation. Unfortunately, both are behind paywalls. Nevertheless, I’m adding those links to the abstracts to The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students.

Teacher training programs urged to increase focus on social-emotional skills is from Ed Source.

February 20, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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February’s (2017) Best Tweets – Part Three

'Twitter' photo (c) 2010, West McGowan - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Every month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog.

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page.

You might also be interested in The Best Tweets Of 2015 – Part Two.

February 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good Video For ELLs: “Red Octopus Face Off with a Swimmer Crab”

This would be a very good video to show Beginning English Language Learners while teaching them about animals. Students could watch it and then retell what happened, while at the same time learning the types of the animals in the film.

You’ll want to watch it until the end.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Beginner ELLs Learn About Animals.

February 19, 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 Fifty Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016). I also sometimes include tech tools or articles about them that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

QuizPedia lets you – or students – easily create…quizzes. You can learn more about it from Ed Tech For Beginners. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Create Online Tests.

I’ve written a lot about Zooniverse, the science and social science crowdsourced site (see “Zooniverse” Is One Of The Coolest Ed Sites On The Web – I Can’t Believe I’m Just Hearing About It!). One of their newest projects is having users look for planets. You can read more about it at this NPR article, Have Spare Time? Try To Discover A Planet.

Sketchboard is an online whiteboard where users can draw collaboratively. I’m adding it to The Best Online Tools For Real-Time Collaboration.

Chart Accent lets you create charts and then annotate them. Thanks to Flowing Data for the tip.

February 19, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A History Of The United States’ Fear Of Immigrants

I’m adding these new resources to The Best Sites For Learning About Immigration In The United States:

America has always been hostile to immigrants is from The Washington Post.

A history of American anti-immigrant bias, starting with Benjamin Franklin’s hatred of the Germans is from Quartz.

We are a nation of immigrants and refugees. Yet we always fear who is coming next. is from Slate.
A Brief History of America’s ‘Love-Hate Relationship’ With Immigration is from The Atlantic.

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