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  1. “The Secret Annex Online” Is Not-To-Be-Missed Anne Frank Resource
  2. If You Go To College, You’ll Live Seven Years Longer?
  3. “I Spot A Story”
  4. Two Excellent Infographics
  5. New York City Webquests
  6. The World Cup Starts Today And…
  7. Open Clip Art Library
  8. Twitter Releases Their Own “How To” Videos
  9. Today’s Oil Spill Links
  10. Search Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

“The Secret Annex Online” Is Not-To-Be-Missed Anne Frank Resource

The Secret Annex Online is a 3D interactive of Anne Frank’s hiding place during World War II.

If you’re learning about Anne Frank in you class, this is a not-to-be-missed resource.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About Anne Frank.


If You Go To College, You’ll Live Seven Years Longer?

A new study says that going to college may add seven years to your life.

Here’s an excerpt from a blog post at The Center For Public Education:

…earning a college degree can do more than increase your bank account. According to a new study, a college degree can also add years to your life. The study found the mortality gap between males with and without a college degree rose 21 percentage points between 1971 and 2000. So in 2000, a 25 year-old male with a college degree would expect to live 7 years longer than a similar person with less education.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Showing Students Why They Should Continue Their Academic Career.



“I Spot A Story”

The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience” is filled with links to sites where students can write on the web and others can read their creations. Some of those links include news sites or others where they can leave comments on news content.

I Spot A Story is somewhat similar — users can leave comments on news stories from around the web.

It differs, though, in one key way that makes it potentially especially engaging to students — users can add a link to the site to any other article about a topic that they are interested in. Then, they can leave a comment about that news item.

Or, a teacher can choose a particular article that he/she wants students to comment on and, in addition to students comments, they can check to see what other people have said, too.

I’m adding I Spot A Story to that Best list.

Thanks to Mashable for the tip.


Two Excellent Infographics

I’ve recently learned about two excellent infographics that are very accessible to English Language Learners.

The first is called Africa In Perspective. It very vividly compares the size of Africa with the size of a number of other areas on the earth.

The second is Our Amazing Planet: Top To Bottom. You just have to see it to believe it. Thanks to Cool Infographics for the tip.


New York City Webquests

Michelle Henry has a great collection of Webquests/Internet Scavenger Hunts about New York City.

I’m adding the link to The Best Sites For Learning About New York City.


The World Cup Starts Today And…

…here are a few more additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The World Cup:

World Cup 2010: South Africa fans party in the streets of Johannesburg during a Bafana Bafana parade is a Telegraph slideshow.

World Cup 2010: Bangkok’s prison World Cup – in pictures is another Telegraph slideshow.

Here’s an interactive World Cup Schedule.

The World Cup’s Kick-Off is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.

MSNBC has an interactive map with information on all the teams.

I’m adding these next resources from The Wall Street Journal with some reluctance. They’re interesting, but they seem to me that they may play to the Western stereotype of the “African witchdoctor.” I’m going to share them, but I am very interested in hearing from people if you think I should keep them here, or remove them from the list:

A Magical Edge For South Africa

Some Africans Are Betting on World Cup Witchcraft


Open Clip Art Library

The great blog Free Technology For Teachers just wrote about the Open Clip Art Library, which has thousands of examples of clip art that can be downloaded and used for free.

I’m adding the link to The Best Online Sources For Images.


Twitter Releases Their Own “How To” Videos

Twitter Starts Teaching You How To Tweet With Videos is the title of a TechCrunch post that shares several new short videos Twitter itself has made to help people understand how to use the service.

I’m adding the link to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.


Today’s Oil Spill Links

Here are today’s additions to The Best Sites To Learn About The Gulf Oil Spill:

Here’s an updated Oil Spill Timeline.

The Sacramento Bee has a series of new images from the oil spill.

TIME Magazine has a slideshow titled “The Oil Spill Spreads.”

Mashable has a post sharing a several online video spoofs on BP and the spill.



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