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March 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week In Web 2.0

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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:

YouTube rolls out a new feature that lets you ‘go live’ from the desktop without an encoder is a TechCrunch post. This info could be useful if you want to broadcast live on YouTube.

Botreach lets you easily create chatbots. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Creating Chatbots.

ZapSplat – Thousands of Free Sound Effects is a post from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Get Royalty-Free Music & Sound Effects.

March 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Collection Of “Best” Lists Related To Schools, Students & The Fight Against Gun Violence

The Washington Post just published an impressive – and awful – feature headlined Scarred by school shootings.

Here’s how it begins:


It seems like a good time to bring several related “Best” lists together in one place:

The Best Resources On Talking With Children About Tragedies

A Collection Of Resources On The Sandy Hook Shooting

Florida School Shooting Tragedy Resources, Including Advice On Talking With Students

The Best Articles & Videos Showing How Parkland’s Teens Are Responding To Tragedy

The Best Resources Sharing The History Of Teens Organizing For Justice

The Best Resources For Learning About The National Student Walkout On March 14th

A Compilation Of Resources To Support Student Organizing

The Best Resources For Learning About “The March For Our Lives”


March 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

If You Want To Understand This Week’s Huge Study On Race, Inequality & Gender, You’ll Want To Watch This Video

The PBS NewsHour just aired this segment on the recently released study on race and inequality (see The Best Commentaries On The Huge New Study On Race, Inequality & Gender).

I think watching it is the best -and easiest – way to understand what it says and what its possible implications might be…

Vox also just came out with a good text explanation: The massive new study on race and economic mobility in America, explained

March 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

“How Smart Do You Make Others Around You?” Has Been A Useful Question For Me To Ask In Class


Several days ago, I saw a tweet from Amy Fast sharing a quote from author/researcher Shawn Achor:

Before, we could only ask questions like “How smart are you?” or “How creative are you?” or “How hard do you work?” But now, we can ask the bigger questions: “How smart do you make others around you?” “How much creativity do you inspire?” “How much does your drive become contagious to a team or family?”

In other words, according to his research,  a person’s future individual success depends on one’s effectiveness with those last three “bigger questions.”

The concept is obviously attractive to me, and fits into other ideas I’ve shared at The Best Resources On Developing A Sense Of Community In The Classroom.

That was the first time I had heard of Achor, though, and I’ve ordered his book to more carefully examine his concepts and research.

However, I didn’t wait to try out this idea in class.

One student (let’s call him “John”) is very intelligent, likable, and viewed as a leader by his classmates.  He is often very unfocused, though, and can easily distract others because of his leadership role.  He and I have been talking about this issue for three years, and there has been little or no change.

A few days ago, I shared this snippet of research with him and asked him, once again, if he wanted to use his leadership ability for “good” or for “less-than-good” purposes.  He seemed intrigued by the idea of his future success being based on how much he helped others around him and we decided that instead of doing the regular warm-up each day, he would write about what he had done the day before and what he was planning to do that day to help make other people “smarter” in our class and elsewhere.  We discussed what that might look like – modeling focus by not coming in singing, helping others who were less proficient in English, etc.

He and I would meet briefly once or twice a week to review what he had been writing and doing.

It’s certainly too early to call this intervention a success.  However, it has clearly been far more effective so far than anything else we’ve done during the past three years.  He has been exceptionally focused, respectful and helpful.

I’ll give a progress report in a few weeks and, depending on how it goes, might see if he wants to write about it for this blog, too.


March 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo

Now There’s A Full-Fledged Music Video Of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s New Song To Support “March For Our Lives”

Three days ago I posted  “Tomorrow there’ll be more of us”: Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases Song To Support March For Our Lives.

That post included the lyrics and the audio of the song.

He just released this new music video.

You might also be interested in The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton”

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