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  1. Book Trailers
  2. Surprise, Surprise! Study Finds Achievement Gap Progress Stops In Eighties (When Poverty Rates Begin To Rise)
  3. “ELT and Technology”
  4. The Best Sites For Learning About The Russian Fires
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Book Trailers

Book Trailers For Readers is a wiki that provides examples and how-to instructions on how students can create multimedia presentations about the books they read.

In addition to the tools they recommend, you could also start out with much more simple online presentation applications like Bookr.

Student presentations can then be added to class blogs and other students can comment on them. I’m sure I’ll have students try doing them on our Intermediate English and Ninth Grade English blogs.

I’ll be adding this post to My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

Thank to Free Technology For Teachers for the tip.


Surprise, Surprise! Study Finds Achievement Gap Progress Stops In Eighties (When Poverty Rates Begin To Rise)

The Washington Post has a report on a new study from The Educational Testing Service.

It finds that:

“…there was a steady narrowing of the achievement gap from the 1970s until the late 1980s. Scores essentially remained the same since then.”

That’s about the same time the poverty rate in the U.S. began to rise after a steady period of getting lower.

Here’s another quote from the article from the study’s author:

Restarting progress in closing the achievement gap must be addressed on multiple levels, Coley said.

“Entire neighborhoods may have to be uplifted in terms of their economic capital, school quality, safety and health structures,” he said.

Obviously, a report like this does not remove a school’s responsibility to do everything it can to reduce the achievement gap. But it does point to other things that have to be done…



“ELT and Technology”

ELT and Technology is the title of a wiki created by David Deubelbeiss of EFL Classroom 2.0. It’s chock-full of useful information.

I’m adding the link to The Best Sources For Ideas On How To Use Technology With English Language Learners.

And, speaking of David Duebelbeiss, he has also written an excellent post titled “The Teenaged Language Learner.” It’s a must-read for any secondary teacher of English Language Learners.


The Best Sites For Learning About The Russian Fires

The images of the countless fires in Russia are terrifying, and they don’t expect rain anytime soon.

I’m also adding this list to A Compilation Of “The Best…” Lists About Natural Disasters.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About The Russian Fires (and are accessible to English Language Learners):

Russian wildfires are photos from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture.

Fires Rage Across Russia is an MSNBC slideshow.

Wildfires Rage in Russia is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.

Wildfires Ravage Russia is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.

CNN has several videos about the tragedy.

Forest fires in Russia is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

Wildfires Burn In Russia is a TIME Magazine slideshow.

Fires Burn Across Russia is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.

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