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  1. “Newspaper Map” Is Really Neat
  2. DropEvent Looks Like An Easy Place To Have Many People Upload Photos From Single Event
  3. The Best (& Most Intriguing) Resources For Learning About The State Of The Union Message
  4. Super Bowl Resources
  5. Reading Research
  6. “What If We Treated Doctors The Way We Treat Teachers?”
  7. Another Useful Study On Self-Control
  8. Qwiki Is Now Open To The Public
  9. Search Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...
  10. Prior Mailing Archive

“Newspaper Map” Is Really Neat

Newspaper Map shows you the front pages of newspapers from around the world, displayed on a Google Map. If it just stopped at that, it wouldn’t be much different from the well-known Newseum display of the same thing.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Unlike the Newseum, Newspaper Map lets you click on the front page to gain access to the entire newspaper. And, even better, with one quick click, you can choose the language you want the paper translated into. It’s very simple and easy to access.

I’m adding it to The Best Tools To Help Develop Global Media Literacy.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

 

DropEvent Looks Like An Easy Place To Have Many People Upload Photos From Single Event

After you register (it’s free and easy to do so) at DropEvent and create an “event,” anyone can upload photos to the identified url address, and they can even email them there.

These kinds of sites are great for students to use for uploading photos from field trips or other events.

I’m adding DropEvent to The Best Web Applications That Lets Multiple People Upload Their Photos To One Place.

 

The Best (& Most Intriguing) Resources For Learning About The State Of The Union Message

President Obama will be giving the yearly State Of The Union Message tonight.

It’s a little late, but I thought I’d bring together a few resources on this annual speech given by U.S. Presidents. Some sites have done interesting things with word clouds and analyses of previous speeches. Somewhat ironically, the BBC has some of the best resources on the topic.

Here are my choices for The Best (& Most Intriguing) Resources For Learning About The State Of The Union Message:

The BBC identifies a handful words that have been used most often in State of the Union speeches since they began at State of the Union: The rise of ‘we’

The BBC also has an accessible article titled What is the State of the Union speech?

Here are four sites that have related Word Clouds — all somewhat different:

The Daily Beast has Word Clouds From Wilson to Obama.

Patterns of Speech: 75 Years of the State of the Union Addresses comes from The New York Times.

US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud include all the State of the Union addresses ever given.

President Obama in Words: Speeches of the Presidency Visualized comes from ABC News.

The President’s State of the Union Message: Frequently Asked Questions comes from the U.S. Senate, and would have to be modified for ELL’s.

State of the Union: The crafting of a speech is from The Christian Science Monitor, and would also have to be modified.

Notable addresses: From Lincoln to Bush is an interactive from CNN.

Additional suggestions are welcome.

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You might also want to explore the over 600 other “The Best…” lists I’ve compiled.

 

Super Bowl Resources

I’ve just revised The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn About The Super Bowl.

Additional suggestions are welcome.

 

Reading Research

Thanks to a post in Mr. English 101, I found two good links to studies on the importance of extensive reading (also known as Sustained Silent Reading or Free Voluntary Reading). Stephen Krashen, of course, is the person many of us cite, but it’s also good to have other sources demonstrating its success.

Extensive reading: why it is good for our students… and for us, by Alan Maley, is from The British Council, and cites multiple studies.

Extensive Reading: Why? and How? and is another study on extensive reading and ELL’s.

Do you recommend any other good related research sources?

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

 

“What If We Treated Doctors The Way We Treat Teachers?”

What If We Treated Doctors The Way We Treat Teachers? is the headline of a good piece in The Huffington Post by Shaun Johnson, an associate professor of education.

Here’s an excerpt:

What if we indeed held doctors and other professionals to the same bloat and condescension that we currently hold teachers? I can predict some of the responses that physicians might make: “We can’t control what our patients do or eat outside of our offices to maintain minimum levels of health…. And one other thing, you can’t expect us to be evaluated based on all patients equally, regardless of family history, poverty, and other complications.”
His points make sense to me. I’d be interested in hearing from readers what you think of what he wrote….

 

Another Useful Study On Self-Control

“Childhood Self-Control Predicts Adult Health and Wealth” is the headline reporting on a new study on self-control (here’s a much more extensive analysis of the study). Here’s an excerpt:

A long-term study has found that children who scored lower on measures of self-control as young as age 3 were more likely to have health problems, substance dependence, financial troubles and a criminal record by the time they reached age 32.

I think I’ll incorporate a short read aloud from this report or the study itself into my lesson on self-control, specifically on the famous marshmallow study.

I’m adding this link to My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control.

 

Qwiki Is Now Open To The Public

Qwiki, the number-one ranked site on The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students — 2010, opened to the public today (you might want to check out TechCrunch’s post — Video Search Engine Qwiki Is Now Available To The Public).

Here is how I described Qwiki on the “The Best…” list:

I first read about Qwiki in Newsweek. Qwiki is described very accurately by TechCrunch:

Qwiki is somewhere in between a visual search engine and a highly interactive and entertaining Wikipedia. It assembles information on the fly for millions of topics, bringing together images and text in a truly magical way.

One thing that TechCrunch didn’t mention, and I learned when I snagged an invite, was that the text is not only very accessible, audio support for it is provided, too. Even though it’s not open to the public yet (but will be soon), I’m adding it to The Best Search Engines For ESL/EFL Learners and making it number one on this list. Students are going to love it.


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