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  1. List Of Special Sites Set-Up By News Organizations To Cover Japan Disaster
  2. Two Weeks Left To Contribute To The Next ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival!
  3. “Your field guide to alien invaders”
  4. Japan Update
  5. Today’s Collection Of Good School Reform Posts, Articles & Studies
  6. March’s Best Tweets — Part One
  7. MailVU Makes It Pretty Darn Easy To Send A Video Message
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  9. Search Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...
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List Of Special Sites Set-Up By News Organizations To Cover Japan Disaster

Many major news organizations have set-up webpages on the quake that are updated regularly with multimedia reports:

BBC Special Report on Japan

Disaster In Japan, MSNBC

Disaster In Japan, CBS News

TIME Magazine has a special page for quake coverage.

The Wall Street Journal has their coverage here.

CNN’s main quake page.

Disaster In The Pacific comes from ABC News.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami shows the Guardian’s complete coverage.

Japan coverage from The Telegraph.

I’ve added them to Part Two of my “The Best…” list on the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (you can see Part One here

 

Two Weeks Left To Contribute To The Next ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival!

David Deubelbeiss at EFL Classroom 2.0 will be hosting the April 1st edition of the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival. Any posts related to teaching or learning English, including examples of student work, are welcome. You can contribute a post to it by using this easy submission form. If the form does not work for some reason, you can send the link to me via my Contact Form.

Alice Mercer hosted the Twenty-First Edition of the ESL/EFL/ELD Blog Carnival, and it was a fabulous one.

There will be a special May 1st edition focusing on Young Learners and hosted by Shelly Terrell. The following edition will be published by Eva Buyuksimkesyan on September 1st. Let me know if you might be interested in hosting future editions.

You can see all the previous editions of the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival here.

 


“Your field guide to alien invaders”

Your field guide to alien invaders is a fun slideshow from Slate examining how alien life has been portrayed in movies.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About Possible Life On Other Planets.

 

Japan Update

Here are the newest additions to Part Two of my “The Best…” list on the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (you can see Part One here):

Here’s more footage of the tsunami actually going through a town:

Earthquake Shakes Japan comes from TIME for Kids.

The Sacramento Bee has a good collection of photos.

Japan Earthquake: Rescue, Recovery, and Reaction is a series of photos from The Atlantic.

Second Explosion at Japan Nuclear Plant is a lesson for ELL’s from Breaking News English.

The Los Angele Times has an animated timeline of the first quake and after-shocks.

MSNBC has a similar animation

Japan tsunami – before and after pictures comes from The Guardian.

The BBC has a Q & A on the nuclear meltdowns.

The Tale of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

Japan – Vast Devastation is from The Big Picture.

CNN Student News has a report on the disaster:

The Weekly Reader has free materials on the disaster.

 

Today’s Collection Of Good School Reform Posts, Articles & Studies

Several good school reform pieces have appeared over the last couple of days (or they’re older and I’ve just discovered them). They include:

A List Of Education And Related Data Resources from The Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data.

Here is a study demonstrating the benefits of class size reduction in eighth grade. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About How Class Size Does Matter.

The Folly of Merit Pay is by Alfie Kohn. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea.

Merit Pay Is Not Merited is by Walt Gardner at Ed Week. I’m adding it to “The Best…” list on merit pay, too.

Student Test Score Based Measures of Teacher Effectiveness Won’t Improve NJ Schools is an excellent article on the problems of Value Added Assessment. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation.

 

March’s Best Tweets — Part One

Every month I make a short list highlighting my choices of the best resources I shared through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog. Now and then, in order to make it a bit easier for me, I may try to break it up into mid-month and end-of-month lists (and sometimes I’m a bit late).

I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to those from whom I learned about them. Those are not included again in this post.

If you don’t use Twitter, you can also check-out all of my “tweets” on Twitter profile page or subscribe to their RSS feed.

Here are my picks for March’s Best Tweets — Part Two (not listed in any order):

“Schools Feeling New Immigration Pressure” NY Times feature

Bhoogolvidya is a simple online geography game

“Why Angry Birds is so successful and popular: a cognitive teardown of the user experience”

List of sites providing free animated e-cards

“What Education SHOULD be learning from Businesses”

“Your brain while multitasking, illustrated”

Samantha Bee of Daily Show highlights the extravagant lifestyle of teachers

Miccam is a strange/interesting site where you record/write words & people use them to make sentences

New TED Talk “The Birth of a Word”

“$9 Million Program Gives Students Wireless Internet Access At Home, Not Just At School”

In 1931, The NY Times published lots of predictions for 2011. Read them here

Funny “Facebook Comment Flowchart”

“Flailing After Muslims” by Bob Herbert, NY Times

“Bodies in motion: Dancing around the world” Great photos from Boston Globe

You might also be interested in seeing a list of favorite tweets at:

Shelly Terrell’s blog

Kalinago English

Eye On Education

 

MailVU Makes It Pretty Darn Easy To Send A Video Message

MailVU is a super-easy way to send a free video message by email, and no registration is required.

I’m adding it to The Best Applications For Sending Online Video Messages.

 

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