Tuesday, September 2, 2014

9-2-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL:

Big Surprise — NOT!: Study Says Students Are More Successful With “Active Learning” Than With Lectures
© 2011 Ian Barbour, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio I’ve written a lot about how active learning is more effective than lectures (see The Best Research Demonstrating That Lectures Are Not The Best Instructional Strategy). A big New York Times article headlined Active Role in Class Helps Black and First-Generation College Students, Study Says discusses yet another study that reinforces that view. Her

New “Edu-Messaging” Firm Needs To Work On Their “Messaging” Skills
© 2009 Ben Sutherland, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Education Post is a new “edu-messaging” organization that is backed by the “Broad Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Walton Family Foundation and an anonymous donor” and led by the former spokesperson for U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The Washington Post says it has: the aim of encouraging a more “respectful” and fact-based national

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins On Sept. 15th — Here Are Related Resources
© 2013 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. You might be interested in The Best Resources For Hispanic Heritage Month.

The New York Times Learning Network Begins Another Year!
The New York Times Learning Network, one of the best resources out there for teachers (I said that before I began writing for it, and I’ll continue to say it), just published a useful post describing its upcoming activities for the new school year. Last year, I wrote a short weekly post about teaching activities for English Language Learners that included a student interactive. The previous year,
Online Presentation-Creator Powtoon Giving Away 50,000 Classroom Accounts
I just learned through Richard Byrne’s must-read blog that Powtoon, a unique online tool for creating presentations that is on a number of “Best” lists (including The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows), is giving away 50,000 classroom accounts to teachers. Each account provides 60 student accounts. You can read more about it the deal, and about how Powtoon works, at Richard’s post.
9-1-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Just Published! 42nd ELT Blog Carnival: Back To School!David Deubelbeiss has just published the 42nd edition of the ELT Blog Carnival (formerly known as the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival) and it’s a great one on back-to-school activities. Teachers from all around the world have contributed their ideas! I’m adding it to The Best