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  1. Fascinating Interactive Showing College Graduates In U.S. Counties Between 1940 & Now
  2. Now That Teachers Can Access YouTube In Our District, Here Are Two Great Music Sites For ELL’s
  3. Daylight Savings Time Resources
  4. Useful Updates On Japan Earthquake — Part Two
  5. Today’s “Round-Up” Of Good School Reform Articles & Posts
  6. Search Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...
  7. Prior Mailing Archive

Fascinating Interactive Showing College Graduates In U.S. Counties Between 1940 & Now

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a fascinating interactive showing the number of college graduates between 1940 and now. You can also break it down by ethnicity and gender.

Students doing demographic research could have a field day tracing the changes, and then identifying the historical factors they the changes could be attributed to…

 

Now That Teachers Can Access YouTube In Our District, Here Are Two Great Music Sites For ELL’s

About two months ago, our District changed its policy and allowed teachers to access many previously-blocked site, including YouTube. It really expands learning opportunities for our students in so many ways. I wanted to share two great music sites we can now use with our students. I’m adding both to The Best Music Websites For Learning English.

One is Lyrics Training. It shows YouTube videos of the latest popular songs, and provides subtitled “clozes.” In other words, it will show the words as they are sung, but it will periodically show a “blank” where a word has been removed. The video will stop at the end of that line, and listeners have to type in the correct word that they heard. The “blank” also shows how many letters there are in the missing word. You’re given the option of watching the video with a few blanks, more blanks, or none (which is great after you complete the whole song). It’s great to project it up on the screen and then have students — either individually or in small groups — use small whiteboards to write down their answers. It’s simple to use — no registration is necessary — and you can learn more about it at Teacher Training Videos.

Batlyrics has been on The Best Places To Find Lyrics On The Web list for awhile. It shows the lyrics on the side while playing a YouTube video of the song at the same time. Now that we can access YouTube, it’s great to have a full sing-along.

Thanks goodness for lightening up on content filters!

 


Daylight Savings Time Resources

I’ve just updated The Best Sites For Learning About Daylight Savings Time.

Additional suggestions are welcome.

 

Useful Updates On Japan Earthquake — Part Two

NOTE TO READERS: All new updates to The Best Sites For Learning About The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami list after March 11th will be found on this post. For some reason, every time I updated the original list, the embedded videos were disappearing. Instead of continuing to re-embed them, I decided to just start a second part for the list.

Here are the newest additions to The Best Sites For Learning About The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami:

Here are some good sites that have set-up webpages on the quake updated regularly with multimedia reports:

BBC Special Report on Japan

Disaster In Japan, MSNBC

Disaster In Japan, CBS News

Here’s a video of an explosion at a nuclear plant:

The LA Times has a slideshow.

Breaking News English has a lesson for ELL’s on the earthquake.

How Shifting Plates Caused the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan is a good interactive from The New York Times.

Here’s another amazing animation from NOAA’s Environmental Visualization Laboratory showing the tsunami wave height:

Here are Before and After Images of the Quake Zone:

How the nuclear emergency unfolded is an interactive from The Washington Post.

The tsunami’s destruction: Before and after is a good series of images from CNN.

A Closer Look at the Damage From the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan is an interactive from The New York Times.

Here’s an MSNBC clip on the nuclear meltdowns:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

The Wall Street Journal has an interactive on the nuclear plant, as well as a history of major nuclear accidents.

The Crippled Japanese Reactors is an interactive from The NY Times.

 

Today’s “Round-Up” Of Good School Reform Articles & Posts

Here are a few good articles and posts on school reform issues that I’ve read over the past couple of days:

Nelson Lichtenstein: ‘A governor like Walker is completely correct that it’s in his self-interest to ignore public opinion.’ comes from Ezra Klein’s Washington Post column. I’m adding the link to The Best Resources For Learning About Attacks On Teachers & Other Public Sector Workers In Wisconsin.

Fact-Challenged Policy is by Richard Rothstein, and is a longer version of a previous piece of his I’ve shared. I’m adding the link to The Best Posts Responding To Bill Gates’ Appallingly Clueless Op-Ed Piece.

The Education of Diane Ravitch is a nice question and answer session with Diane Ravitch. It appeared in Mother Jones.

Gates spends millions to sway public on ed reform is by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post. I’m adding the link to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

 


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