"Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day..." - 7 new articles
Broadcastr is a new site that lets you record audio for up to three minutes and then “attach” it to a map location. It also gives you the url address of your recording.
This could be a great resource for English Language Learners and all students. They could write, and then record, reflections from a field trip, describe their home countries, talk about something that happened in a particular place in a work of fiction, and then attach it to that geographical location. In addition to being there for an “authentic audience” (someone other than their teacher and classmates), the link to the recording can be posted on a student/teacher blog or website.
The site says it will soon offer the option of embedding the recording. I’ve also written to them asking if there was any chance of them adding the capability of grabbing images off the web (with its url address). Now you can upload image per recording.
I’m adding Broadcastr to to two “The Best…” lists:
Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip.
Now It’s New York City’s Turn To Show Us How NOT To Do Parent Engagement is a short piece I just posted at my other blog, Engaging Parents In School.
It’s about a pretty appalling effort by school district officials in New York City to organize parents against parents and parents against teachers.
The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students
For the past several years, until it was recently curtailed because of budget issues, our school worked with parents to sponsor a successful effort providing home computers and internet access to immigrant families. They, in turn, would use the technology to improve their English skills. I thought I’d bring together posts about that project, and additional links to articles about somewhat similar efforts around the country.
I’m sure there are programs I don’t know about so, if you know of others, please leave information in the comments section of this post.
You might also be interested in two other “The Best…” lists that are related to this topic:
The Best Sites That Students Can Use Independently And Let Teachers Check On Progress, which shares some sites we’ve had students in the program use at home.
The Best Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning, which shares a few of the same links on this list, and also additional ones.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students:
I’ll start off by sharing links to a few articles I’ve written about the project we had at our school:
Here are other articles and posts:
T.H.E. Journal has just published an article about a group called Computers For Youth.
$9 Million Program Gives Students Wireless Internet Access At Home, Not Just At School is about a new FCC program.
The UK has, or had, a major effort called the Home Access Initiative. One site says it’s closed now, but this article indicates it’s still going on, but at a reduced level. It would be great if any UK readers could provide accurate information in the comments section.
Of course, this post would not be complete without some links to the One Laptop Per Child program. You can visit their official website, along with a positive article about it from The Guardian. The Voice of America has just run a story critical of the program, and here’s a similarly critical post. I’d love to hear comments from readers on this, too.
Feedback is welcome.
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):
Japan observes a minute of silence as the search for missing people goes on is a slideshow from The Telegraph.
Japan’s History of Massive Earthquakes is a TIME Magazine slideshow.
Found In The Rubble of The Japanese Earthquake is another slideshow from TIME.
Teachers Respond to the Crisis in Japan is from The New York Times Learning Network.
The Wall Street Journal has put all their Japan interactives on one page now.
Here’s a wild video of when the tsunami hit:
Last year, I posted about the Starbucks Love Project. Starbucks was raising money to combat AIDS in Africa by having people from around the world sing “All You Need Is Love” and post it on the site (maybe they were contributing money everytime somebody sang it on the site? It wasn’t quite clear to me how that fundraising part worked). It was a fun excuse to get English Language Learners and other to sing.
Then they took the site off-line. However, I just discovered that it has a new web address where you can see a fun mash-up of people singing (sort of like the videos at Playing For Change), plus, you can still contribute your own performance.
It’s worth a visit just to see the mash-up, and it’s still a good opportunity to sing in English for an authentic audience.
Here are the newest additions to The Best Sites For Learning Beginning Photography Tips:
‘Chimping’ and Other Photo-Taking Tips is from David Pogue at The New York Times.
Improve your vacation snapshots is from the Los Angeles Times.
An article in today’s Education Week talked about a program called Word Generation that researchers in Boston developed to help middle school students learn academic vocabulary. The program is comprised of a series of daily fifteen minute lessons, and they all appear to be freely available on their site.
They seem like decent lessons, though I’m wary of “parachuting” daily lessons into a classroom that are not connected to the ongoing curriculum. I’m more inclined to using a standard template for short lessons that can be easily adapted and connected to the thematic units that are being used in class. It’s on my “to do” list to write more in-depth about our academic vocabulary lessons in a future post, and it’ll certainly be in a book I’m writing (with my colleague Katie Hull) that will be coming out next year.
That said, however, I also can’t blame busy teachers who might want to use what appears to be a high-quality series of free lessons that are all set to go.
The Word Generation site also has some other useful resources, including a page on Twelve Myths of Word Learning.
I’m adding the resource to The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary.
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