Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

November 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New & Updated: Recommendations For Who To Follow On Twitter In 2018

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As I do every year, I’ve updated my recommendations for who to follow on Twitter.

I’m adding it to All 2017 “Best” Lists – In One Place!

Let me know who you think I’m missing.

November 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Pins Of The Week

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I’m fairly active on Pinterest and, in fact, have curated over 12,000 resources there that I haven’t shared on this blog.

I thought readers might find it useful if I began sharing a handful of my most recent “pins” each week (I’m not sure if you can see them through an RSS Reader – you might have to click through to the original post).

November 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Pronounce Students’ Names Correctly!

I’ve shared a lot about the importance of pronouncing students’ names correctly, including sharing commentaries from my students on the topic (see The Best Resources On The Importance Of Correctly Pronouncing Student Names).

Today, Ed Week ran a good op-ed on the subject, Pronouncing Students’ Names Correctly Should Be a Big Deal.

Here’s how it begins:

November 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Very Beginning List Of “Best” Videos Using Emotion To Manipulate – Please Suggest More

As part of our IB Theory of Knowledge class, we’ve been studying how emotion can help and hinder our search for knowledge.

One of the areas we study is how emotion can be used to manipulate us.

I’ve typically shown these two videos and had students write and discuss how they use emotion, but I thought it was time to expand the list.

Please let me know your suggestions in the comments section!

November 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Make An Amazing Number Of Different Learning Games With “GameBuilder”

GameBuilder lets you create lots of different types of learning games – see the screenshot above to see the options.

Once you create it, anyone with its url address can play. The site also has a large collection of games created by its users.

The site is sponsored by Wisc-Online, which “is a creation of Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges and maintained by Fox Valley Technical College.”

And it’s free!

I’m adding this site to The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games.

November 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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:

Creatubbles lets teachers create free virtual classrooms where students can share their “maker” creations. I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

LiveWorksheets lets teachers either create, convert, or borrow existing worksheets and make them “fillable” online. You can create virtual classrooms (called “interactive workbooks”) of assigned activities where teachers can monitor student progress. I’m adding it to the same list. Thanks to Nik Peachey for the tip.

Kialo is a simple online debate site. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Students To Create & Participate In Online Debates.

November 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A Look Back: A Simple & Effective Classroom Lesson On Gratitude

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This post originally appeared in 2013, and it’s a timely one with Thanksgiving approaching.  I teach this lesson every year…

I’ve written in my books and here on my blog how I use the concept of “gratitude” in class (see The Best Resources On “Gratitude”).

My colleague Katie Hull did a simple and powerful lesson using one of the resources on that “Best” list and I thought I’d share it here.

It’s based on an experiment and video that “Soul Pancake’ did (the video is on that list, but I’ve also embedded again in this post).

Katie gave her students this writing prompt (which is very similar to the question used in the video):

Close your eyes and think of somebody who is really influential in your life and/or who matters to you. Why is this person so important?

She also shared what she had written about her father as a model. After students wrote it, and shared in partners, she showed the video. Then, she encouraged people to to share what they wrote with the person they wrote about — in fact, some students felt they wanted to share it right then by calling.

Tears were shed.

One girl insisted on calling her mother in class, and then the class pushed Katie to call her father right then and there and read what she wrote.

A powerful lesson to kick-off Thanksgiving break….

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