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I’ve previously posted in generaly about Russel Tarr’s Classtools site (see This Is The Best Web 2.0 Site For ELLs & May Be The Best One For All Students).
And I’ve also posted individually about several of the free tools available there for students to use for creating projects.
Today, he unveiled yet another new feature called that lets users create a “3D Gallery” with captions. I tried to take a screenshot (see at the top of this post) which gives you a sense of what he means by “3D.” It’s a pretty neat effect.
I’ll certainly be having students using it. One way is to use it for creating Picture Data sets, with each “Wall” being a category.
The Hidden Costs Of Teacher Turnover is a new, and very important, report from NPR.
Here’s an excerpt:
The NPR piece has a number of important links worth exploring, too.
You might also be interested in a three-part series I published on this topic at Education Week Teacher last year. I’ll be following-up with a new series of posts later this month.
I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.
Wow, you’ve got to check out this interactive map of 6400 languages from around the world. It’s called Langscape, and is from the University of Maryland.
I learned about it from an article in The Week, which is worth reading. Arika Okrent, who wrote the article, also created this video tour of the site:
I’m adding this post to The Best “Language Maps.”
One activity I do with English Language Learners is teach several idioms; then have students use them in sentences of their own creation; and, finally, create literal posters illustrating what they have written.
So, let’s say they write “Please, keep it a secret – don’t let the cat out of the bag!” (note that they use the idiom correctly and include its meaning in the sentence). They would then draw a picture of a cat in a bag with someone talking to another person, along with their caption.
Then, they show it and share it verbally to the class. It can be a lot of fun.
Now, in addition to my drawing a simple model to show to students, I’ll be showing them this wonderful short video called “Confessions Of An Idiom.”
I’ll be adding this post to The Best Sites To Help ELL’s Learn Idioms & Slang.
You don’t see this everyday — the Passover story told through a Rube Goldberg Machine.
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