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This was shared with programs in the Feb. 2010 DESE mailing:
Free Technology for Teachers: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2009/10/significance-of-2010-census.html.  The Thursday 10/29/2009 blog entry has a video on the 2010 Census.    But if you go back to the root http://www.freetech4teachers.com you'll find this daily blog that is  "A review of free technology resources and how teachers can use them. Ideas for technology integration in education" you can become a fan of this blog using facebook so you get a daily message from the site.  This is a great way for you to keep abreast of ways to use technology in your class. You can also get the folloing paper "The Twelve Essentials for Technology Integration" that list recommended FREE resources you can use in your class.  

Pixar's short Videos: http://www.pixar.com/shorts/index.html  I'm posting this link after attending the SABES Film Festival workshop @ 2009 MCAE network given by Sandra Darling and Lou Wollrab from SABES.  At the above link they have a number of video shorts but this story they featured , "Geri's Game" is a great 5 minute, funny, short video that you can use in your ESL class.    At the link about it just has a preview of the video but if you check "you tube" and search for these "Pizar shorts" they have them there. You can also purchase a DVD with a number of "shorts" or just borrow the DVD from the SABES library.   i.e.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41YvePxDBl4.

Larry Ferlazzo creates "best of" list of web links. His recent post on NIFL Technology lists "Best sites for ELL's to learn vocabulary"


I was playing on some of the sites he recommended.  These were my favorites:
Splashr: http://splashr.com/ This site takes flicker posted photos and created a slide show based just on a Tag : or keyword.  The site gives you different tool that you can choose from. My try with the key word "Butterfly": http://splashr.com/show/leaves/butterflies/25/
For the higher level ESL student this site - Word Ahead - http://www.wordahead.com/ 

is a video dictionary that has word definitions, parts of speech and the chosen word is used in a sentence with pictures for clues. If this inspires you can upload your own words


When is ?? http://www.when-is.com/ "Dates of Religious and Civil Holidays Around the World" I knowmany programs plan curriculum around holidays.  From year to year you need to figure out when their happening, especially those that change calendar dates.  This weblink will give you those dates.

Thanks to Marth Jean for sharing both these cool sites for students to make videos and posters with me.
Animoto: http://animoto.com/ - They "make killer video's from your images automatically. Fast. Free. Shockingly easy"
Glogster: http://www.glogster.com/ - "Mix graphics, photos, videos, music and text into slick Glogs. Glog yourself every day! Have fun browsing Glogs, comment on other people's Glogs and get inspiration"

Delicious is a social bookmark location
http://delicious.com/ How this makes sense is it is used to store your Web "favorites" in an online location that you and other can access.  Internet Explorer Favorites are only available on the PC their save on.  So with these social bookmark locations you have access from where ever you are. CMA SABES has this location: http://delicious.com/SABES Another site like is www.mybookmarks.com, I've used them both and prefer Del.icio.us. For more do a google search for "social book marking"

Teaching Math Thru Culture: http://www.rpi.edu/~eglash/csdt.html This web activities that use culture to demonstrate the math concept.  There is software, teaching materials, tutorials, a little bit on of the cultural background related to the math concept. 

Thank you to the Worcester Public Library Volunteer Tutors for the lovely plant and informative dinner chat.  I'm posting this web link that was share with all http://www.idiomconnection.com/ .  Please be sure to check out all the features of Thinkfinity.  I hope you find when you have a chance to explore the site more on your own that it has more resources that you might use with your students.   Here is the handout in digital format that you can download to your own PC's for future reference.  Be patient as this file takes a while to load.

Thinkfinity - http://www.thinkfinity.org Brought to you by Verizon.  It is a one stop shop for educational resources.  Best of all it's search able and it's FREE

Thank you to the Volunteers @ Framingham Library‘s Literacy Unlimited for sharing with me the following web links that you use with your students.

News for You: America’s weekly paper for Adult Learners http://www.newsforyouonline.com/

Hope Link:  Talk time http://www.eastsideliteracy.org/tutorsupport/ESL/ESLTalkTime.htm

Amherst Public Library: http://www.joneslibrary.org/  This page of the Library’s site is their list of Web Links: http://www.joneslibrary.org/esl/tutors/tutors.html

US Citizenship Podcast:  http://www.uscitizenpod.com/  **NEW** Naturalization test USCIS questions and answers for Citizenship.
ESOL Hands on English http://www.handsonenglish.com/ is an amazing publication. You just pull it out and use it. Great crossword puzzles, games, activities for multi-level classes. Here's their website.


ESL / EFL Podcasts on Current Events http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/podcast.html


Interactive Math and Science simulations: http://www.explorelearning.com/ Trick for learning Math: "I am interested in compiling a list of teaching tricks for remembering math concepts. What are some tricks you have used?" http://mathforum.org/t2t/faq/faq.tricks.html


Online Banking for Beginners: http://www.onlinebanking.org.au/This website is for people who want to learn more about internet banking.


Meet Amazing Americans: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/aa Discover the inventors, politicians, performers, activists and other everyday people who made this country what it is today.


Google for educators: http://www.google.com/educators/index.html


Wanna learn: http://www.wannalearn.com/Fitness_and_Health/ Over 350 categories of free, first-rate, family-safe online tutorials, guides and instructionally oriented Websites!


Mr Piccasso Head: http://www.mrpicassohead.com/create.html You can have students give direction to another student and create their "painting"

See my attempt:



Dvolver: www.dolver.com. This site gives you and your students an opportunity to produce their own movie using step by step templates along the way. Here’s my attempt. http://www.dvolver.com/live/movies-123705


ESOL Ship or Sheep http://www.fonetiks.org/shiporsheep/page2.html

Perfect your English pronunciation with Minimal Pair Practice. These are words that sound alike and can be mis-used. I like that the students activates the pairing they’d like to hear and they can repeat only that pairing over and over again. It also has a visual graphic that lets them see as well as hear the item. Each pairing is grouped by phonic alphabet symbols.


ESOL Internet Picture Dictionary: http://www.pdictionary.com/ Pictures with the items name: AS an example here’s what you’ll get / Clock Radio


ESOL, ABE, Pre-GED, GED Online Book Pageonlinebooks.Library.Upenn.edu à http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/  Listing over 25,000 free books on the Web

The Biography Maker: http://fno.org/bio/biomak2.htm  A 4 step process to have students follow to create a good biography not just a bunch of boring facts.

Digital Story telling: http://www.storycenter.org/index1.html


Example by Deneen Frazier Bowen http://www.digitales.us/story_details.php?story_id=31

Conversation Questions: http://iteslj.org/questions/
Voice Thread: Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice and text commenting. http://voicethread.com/

How Everything Works: http://www.howeverythingworks.org/home.html This site wasn’t what I had in mind but finding this site it’s looks pretty good. This is what I was thinking about:  How Stuff Works: http://www.howstuffworks.com/

E-How: How to do just about anything: http://www.ehow.com/

Story Corp: http://www.storycorps.net/ this link to WFCR Radio 88.5 has western MA stories: http://www.wfcr.org/ look right below WFCR NEWS FEATURES it has all the stories listed.

San Francisco Museum of Art: http://Thinker.org been changed to http://www.famsf.org/ but it will re-direct you automatically.  Search the Image base for a topic or an artist.

Movie Lines: http://www.englishdaily626.com/movie_lines_1.html Some with Audio Clips some just the written script.
Great Literature online: http://www.classicauthors.net/ . This website lists great Authors of the great literature.  Each authors page lists to many of their works as well as a time line on the Author lifes work. Link to additional resources as also listed.
ESL through Music: "… there is strong evidence supporting the use of music in the ESL classroom. Language and music are tied together in brain processing by pitch, rhythm and by symmetrical phrasing. Music can help familiarize students with connections and provides a fun way to acquire English." From Music and Language Learning by Bob Lake

L2-Caslt /ACPLS – Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers http://www.caslt.org/resources/english-sl/classroom-resource-links-music_en.php;

Songs and Music: http://www.ac-nancy-metz.fr/enseign/anglais/Henry/chans.htm; Musical English Lessons International, England http://www.musicalenglishlessons.org/index-ex.htm#rules

ESL HQ: Discussion Post: Question “I know music and songs are a great and fun way to teach grammar or vocabulary. But exactly HOW do you do it?” with Answers: http://www.eslhq.com/forums/esl-forums/teaching-esl/songs-esl-class-11015/

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