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Newsmart uses articles from the Wall Street Journal to promote learning English as a second language. It's a slick site, and it's free. Users pick an article, and then there are color-coded portions in it for vocabulary and grammar. Click on it, and you are given a question about the in-context grammar or vocabulary issue. You then accumulate points and badges.
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9Slides one of the best sites/apps around for "flipping a classroom" is now available for the Windows App store! This is a excellent educational tool for adding audio/video narration to a presentation (PDF, Keynote, PPT) Some of the ways educators are using this in the classroom are for: Guided learning, Pecha Kucha style presentations, and even Flipping a classroom. [Written by dkapuler on Dec 09, 2013]. Also, 9Slides is nominated for "Best new Startup of 2013" for the annual Crunchies Awards.
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NetClick is a wonderful new site that I found out about from TXTNLRN, an innovator in using mobile phones in the classroom. NetClick is a great way to make existing slide presentations interactive. The way this works is simple a user uploads a presentation (must be in PDF format) then NetClick converts it to be interactive. Students then enter a code on the web or mobile device to connect to that presentation. Then students can interact w/ the slides to answer questions given by the teacher, tap specific items on a slide, or indicate which parts of a presentation are confusing. Teachers can then get real-time instant feedback. [Written by dkapuler on Feb 20, 2013 09:38 am]
Nine Slides or '9Slides' is a wonderful site for adding narrations/video to a presentation. This is very easy to do, supports a wide variety of files (PPT, Keynote, etc), and works great on mobile devices. Also, a finished presentation can be embedded into a site or blog.
9Slides one of my favorite Web 2.0 websites for adding video/audio narration to a wide variety of presentations has just launched a free iPad app. This is ideal for mobile learning and any district that uses iPads. This can be used by either a teacher or student to create a stunning presentation and engage their audience by providing an actual video narration to their presentation. The free app works w/ a wide variety of presentation styles such as: Adobe, Microsoft PPT, Google Drive, and more. Another nice feature is the ability to share and track analytical data of your presentation. [Written by dkapuler on Feb 12, 2013].
Narrable is a nice site for creating a dynamic slideshow by adding audio to photos. This is done by uploading photos and either calling into Narrable to add a narration or uploading an audio file. A finished slideshow can then be embedded into a site/blog or shared via Facebook or email. For a more detailed review check out Richard Byrne's award winning blog. [Written by dkapuler on Feb 12, 2013]. For his Pinterest board on Presentations/Slideshows click here.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress conducts national assessments in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, eco-nomics, geography, and United States history for the U.S. Department of Education.
The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future is focused on closing the student achievement gap by calling on policymakers and Ksj education leaders to provide every child in America with twenty-first-century teaching.
The National Commission on Writing for America's Families, Schools, and Colleges was established by the College Board to focus national attention on the teaching and learning of writing.
The National Council of Teachers of English is a professional association of educators in English studies, literacy, and language arts.
The Conference on College Composition and Communication of the National Council of Teachers of English supports and promotes the teaching and study of college composition and communication and is an advocate for language and literacy education nationally and internationally.
The National Staff Development Council is a nonprofit professional orgaÂnization that organizes adults into learning communities to support adult learning and collaboration.
The National Writing Project is a network of sites anchored at colleges and universities, serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels, that focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.
The National Writing Project's Digital Is Web site is a teaching-focused knowledge base exploring the art and craft of writing, the teaching and learning of writing, along with provocations that push on our thinking as educators and learners in the digital age.
The National Writing Project's E-Anthology is a national online forum dedicated to supporting invitational summer institutes, providing participants a safe online space to publish their writing and reflections during the institute.
The National Writing Project's Technology Initiative provides opportunities for Writing Project sites to better understand the impact of new If digital tools and information and communication technology on the teaching of writing and literacy learning.
The National Writing Project's Technology Liaisons Network provides opportunities for local Writing Project sites and leaders to consider the impact technology is having on the teaching and learning of writing and on the general work of Writing Project sites.
NeverEndingSearch is a blog by Joyce Valenza, a teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School and a technology writer at the School Library Journal.
New Media Literacies is a research initiative based within the USC's Annenberg School for Communication that explores how we might best equip young people with the social skills and cultural competencies.
^required to become full participants in the emergent media landscape.
The New Tech Network works nationally with schools, districts, and communities to develop innovative high schools.
The New Youth City Learning Network is a group of cultural institutions
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middle and high school-aged youth in New York.
Nexplore is an interesting search engine that allows users to search a few different ways. Also, a user can filter through different categories such as: blogs, videos, images, podcasts, etc.
NEWSPAPERS ONLINE, PROGRAMS FOR CREATING AN IN-CLASS NEWSPAPER
Trove.com enables one to create online personalized newspapers to read and to share. In other words, sites that let you create topics that then provide daily attractive webpages to read, along with sending you daily email updates. See other The Best Sites For Creating Personalized Newspapers Online. Owners of The Washington Post created what looked to be an excellent tool for this purpose earlier this year called Trove.
selects texts on popular current events and rewrites them at different levels. The content is the same, but you can divvy up the texts according to the strengths of your students!
News 360 lets you easily create a personalized newspaper. One difference it appears to have from several of the other personalized virtual newspaper sites is that it's "smart." In other words, it will analyze your Google Reader or Facebook feeds to determine interesting stories in addition to letting you determine your subjects of interest. Among The Best Sites For Creating Personalized Newspapers Online.
9 Slides is an innovative new (beta) site for creating presentations/slideshows. This is done by uploading slides/photos and video and then syncing them together. The video and picture can by synced together and played side by side in the same window which makes presenting much more effective. Once a presentation is completed it can then be shared online w/ others or embedded into a site or blog.
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Watch one of the most popular online TV channels available today. Over 80 channels offer you news, entertainment, music, sport and more. Please note that all the streaming media contents are property of their respective owners. The streams are played using your Windows Media Player software.
Nearpod is a site that I just found out about from Free Technology 4 Teachers. Nearpod is a mobile platform pilot program that teachers can apply for. If they get accepted they then have access to the Nearpod tool which allows them to create dynamic interactive presentations. Students then receive the presentation on their mobile device which they can submit responses to. This is ideal for teachers as they can engage their students and track/monitor their students' progress.
US National Park Service site with interactive activities focusing on national parks in the areas of animals, people, history, nature, science, and the parks themselves. No need for a log-in to use the site, but students can become "Web Rangers" with an account.
NEWSPAPERS AROUND THE WORLD
ThePaperboy.com deliveries any online Newspaper in any language you'd like to read that has one!
Google AJAX Search API - Google Code
NewsShow Wizard - Put Google News on Your Web Page. Embed a NewsShow on your web page and let your users see rotating headlines and previews about themes you choose.Google Notebook Video Demo
A user-created page of most interesting current news clips. Join free and add your own to the collage! With your free account, you can: Pop your favorite clips to the top or Create your own page of clips; Collect and Comment on other people's clips; and Follow your favorite clippers and topics.
All Newspapers from Around the World
Thoora is a tool to create a daily personalized virtual newspaper, and you can read more about it at a TechCrunch post. The interface is clear and clean, and easy to use. Others are at The Best Sites For Creating Personalized "Newspapers" Online.
American Family News and Blogs
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This is the search headquarters of the New York Times
Create Your Own Online Newspaper!
ThePaperboy.com deliveries any online Newspaper in any language you'd like to read that has one!
ESL / EFL Current Events Lesson Plans: November 2004 - February 2009
See 1,000+ earlier current events lessons (listed by month). All free!
Newstin is the newest addition to The Best Visually Engaging News Sites. Click on "Click to open Newstin Map - Visual Navigation" and you'll get an eye-opening interactive table of contents.
Sean Banville is the creator of several excellent websites for English Language Learners and their teachers. "FREE Handouts, Listening & Quizzes in Simple English - Read About the Latest News and Learn English - It's Easy." Current news materials that are even more accessible to English Language Learners than on his Breaking News site. (See also Breaking News English).
Knotebooks was a great collaborative site for teachers and students for taking notes and then sharing w/ others. Not only can student take notes but they can create study guides and share them online. Also, teachers can create educational resources and share them as well. But since itÕs no longer supported, go to Kapuler's top 10 sites for other note taking programs by clicking here.
If you're working with students who have very little technology experience, and you just want them to have an easy place where they can paste their work (and where other students can view it, too, after the links to all student sites are posted on a teacher page), Note Pub might just be the web application to use.
Easy Notecards is a new (beta) site for creating notecards. What makes Easy Notecards stand out from other notecard creation sites is the ability to link cards to text books. This is a very handy feature and makes the studying process a lot easier. For a much more detailed review check out Free Technology 4 Teachers. Click here for Kapuler's Top 10 sites on Note taking.
MRCTV is a fantastic new video sharing site for right-minded Americans. With channels like NewsBusters, Liberals Behaving Badly, CNSNews.com, and The Hollywood Channel, MRCTV.org will quickly become your go-to place to view the latest videos, and an excellent place to post your own videos. Several prominent conservative websites and blogs have already signed on to use MRCTV to host their videos instead of YouTube.
19 Pencils is a new (beta) site from the great, iLearn Technology. This site is ideal for creating and sharing resources such as, quizzes and websites. Also, teachers can track student progress through a unique URL that is generated. Finally, this is a very easy site to use w/ a nice polished/innovative look.
Zapaday is a new (alpha) site for getting news on the web. What makes Zapaday so special is it tries to bring you news of the future rather than current news. Stefan Hoevenaar, founder of Zapaday: "The internet makes most news old news, instantly. Journalism is now finding new roles, focusing on background stories, opinions and news previews. An open news agenda supports that change. We believe news agendas should be open and free." The way this is done is by Zapaday bots that scan the internet for news on over 4000 sites. Then the content is created by "us" the users. Actual, this is kinda like a giant wiki that people can edit and share by way of creating calendars and other type of news events.
Newsy.com is a multi-perspective online news source that analyzes world news and produces 2-to 3-minute, streaming video clips. Newsy is a site that - in short videos - compares how major news events are covered by media throughout the world. It's similar to Link TV. Since the speaking is pretty fast and relatively high-level, so it's probably only accessible to advanced English Language Learners. It does provide a transcript to the audio, but it's not actually closed-captioned. That doesn't make it particularly useful to ELL's.
NetVibes.com: combines Web Tools like online chat, Text-to-Speech, Whiteboard, etc. for excellent learning of English, French or Spanish.
Newscred looks like a great way students (and anyone else) can create their own personalized online newspaper. The site has 2,500 news feeds. It's simple as pie to set-up your paper, and you can create multiple papers on different topics. Since it's on the topics they choose, and shown in an attractive form, it will certainly provide high-interest reading material that one can hope they'd want to 'fight-through' a bit to comprehend. See more at The Best News/Current Events Websites For English Language Learners Ñ 2009.
(Online English Transcripts, TOEIC Levels 450~600)
Cast is sort of a "one-stop shop" for online video news. It's easily searchable, and you can set-up your own newsfeed on any topic that will be automatically updated and accessible. It looks good. In many ways, it's like a NewsCred for video news (Demo Girl has just created a screencast on how to use that web application). Also see The Best News/Current Events Websites For English Language Learners.
The New York Times Skimmer, a visually engaging way to read the paper online, is now officially released.
This is sort of a version of BBC News designed for younger people. The lay-out, writing, and choice of stories is very inviting.
Features one historical event each day; includes what happened, what led up to it, what has happened since, and places the event in today's context including links to the best research on the subject.
12 Rugged Adventures Through Exquisite National Parks has some beautiful pictures and short text. For others, see The Best Sites For Learning About Yosemite & Other U.S. National Parks.
EFL / ESL/ English Lesson Plans for Teaching Current Events
2. Spectra Visual Newsreader
3. Yahoo News Globe
4. Visual Headlines
5. News Map
6. World News Map
8. Newsmap Virtual Earth
11. World News Today
12. Discovery Earth Live
13. Breaking News Map
1. BBC Learning English News
2. Voice Of America Special English News
3. International Herald Tribune (click on headline, then click on "Listen to Article")
4. Reuter's Slideshows
5. CBBC News Round
6. Breaking News English
7. Voice Of American Special English Webcasts
8. English Club
Best "Today In History" Sites
1. The History Channel: This Day In History
2. BBCs On This Day
3. MSN Encarta On This Day
4. The New York Times: On This Day
5. Jump Back In Time
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NEWS IN ENGLISH LINKS
A global news service providing the latest in business, politics, sport, technology and current events. With news available in 20 languages, they offer instant access to most of the world's leading news sources as well as a number of specialist publications and radio channels. Stay up-to-date with the latest news in Afrikaans, Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish .
from Australia with great photo-journalism
Explains how to use English News pages to improve your reading skills.
News Links: VOA CM UPI ABC CBS NBC FOX CNN BBC CBC MNN - news in more than 50 languages
Excellent alternative world news source covering many human rights abuses not revealed in most major media.
with great reading and vocabulary lessons with answers provided.
It allows students to study using current news articles. He paraphrases current news into a one-page Word or PDF along with various activities for teachers to create a lesson with. Maintained by Sean Banville, who also supplies an audio file of him reading the article allowing each lesson to be made into either a listening or reading focus.
Give it a listen in your native or Target Language!
Create your own free newspaper!
by Charles Kelly
(great for those aiming at TOEIC 300~500)
(Transcripts with Podcasts) Quick Guide and Transcripts
from Voice of America Learner Pages
Aichi Institute ofTechnology
Extensive teacher and learner sections.
CNN San Francisco - ideal for self-paced learning.
(similar to CNN SF)
audio archives of 20th century speeches (no text)
text archives ofpopular movie scripts
Challenging editorials on real news behind the news. Excellent online bookstore.
Newscom.com offers a lot of Video Content together with Reuters. Their Entertainment Subscription contains a comprehensive collection of images from international providers including Ace Pictures, AdMedia, Fashion Wire Daily and PhotoLink. Coverage includes celebrity sightings, red carpet stars, musicians and concerts, the latest in fashion, and much more.
One of Chinas top sites for news in English, Chinese or with Yahoo translation.
Parallel Version of The Nikkei Weekly
Often not covered in the US, Mapped by Alisa Miller on Public Radio.
ALTERNATIVE NEWS SOURCES
An online newspaper with the motto "every citizen is a reporter". The majority of articles are written by freelance contributors.
Covers Issues of Persecution and Political Pressure
Pixcetra has a huge amount of photos and slideshows about current news and other topics. Their images are great and the captions are accessible to English Language Learners. For lack of a better place, there is a link under Multimedia Resources From News Outlets.
ENGLISH VERSIONS OF JAPANESE NEWSPAPERS
BBNBI NEWS INSPIRATIONAL RADIO
ENGLISH NEWS READING TO IMPROVE READING SKILLS
Links to several British English newspapers and cultural websites at different levels.
Try reading real news online to improve your English reading skills!
Software for Language Learning with free demos.
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English as a Second Language
(University of Utah)
(University of Florida)
(University of Illinois)
uses Microsoft's audio streaming format
free guest areas
NEWS READING PRACTICE
Use for speed-reading or practice in getting the gist of news stories quickly.
Easy News Stories with full bilingual Support in Japanese, Chinese or Spanish.
Students design their own newspapers and can write their own stories.
Note-taking Programs Online
The free, open-source way to automatically synchronize notes with video.
What is Evernote? | Evernote Corporation
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information available from anywhere. On the web. Create, clip, and share notes on the web and see them everywhere. Create account Sign In. Use Evernote on Mobile Phones too.
A free online reference management system.
Zotero runs in your Firefox web browser, which must be open in order for you to access your research collection. You do not have to be online, however to use Zotero; features such as notes, search, organization will work perfectly well offline, although obviously you will not be able to view some online items in your collection or to acquire other online materials. The Zotero window contains your entire collection: bibliographic references and whole documents and files, your notes, and other items like images and snapshots of web pages.
JAPAN-RELATED LINKS OF INTEREST
from Kampo in Japanese.
by Frantisek Staud
ALTERNATIVE NEWS SOURCES
Free news sources from non-free countries and peoples
AssistNews.Net great international news service (ANS) for free World News that you won't get elsewhere. Alternative networks.
Good alternative news source for Muslim majority countries.
for free Indonesian news in English or Bahasa Indonesia.
Helpful links comparing faiths
Free counsel about life's deepest questions from Book of Hope
Debates on philosophical religious questions
This site is part of the Telling the Truth Project: telling the truth at the speed of life!
Explores essential questions about life. Deals with college life questions like: sex, relationships, binge drinking,meaning in life, eating disorders, stress, pornography, security in the face ofterrorism; compares religious faiths and experiences, etc.
Problem of suffering and evil: where is God when it hurts? Disasters,tsunami, earthquakes, war and more: why do people suffer so? Find some answers here!
LIVE AMERICAN FAMILY NEWS NETWORK
A division of the American Family News Network.
American Family News and Blogs
Nota is casual collaboration.
Nota is a unique, cutting-edge collaborative web platform that allows users to create, share and collaborate on presentations and virtually any other form of online material. Using Notas proprietary toolset, users can instantly integrate text, video, maps, clip art, photos from web album or on the local computer, or license-free images from Flickr, and material from an ever-expanding array of sources. Users can then instantly embed their work in Facebook or blogs, and can share and collaborate with friends. Mash your ideas and media together with friends in a dynamic whiteboard wiki. Using photos, videos, and other web content you can instantly create brainstorms, presentations, scrapbooks, and enjoy an interactive chat with more than 50 friends.
(Online English Transcripts, TOEFL 450~600)
Possibly the best known of qualitative analysis packages. Handles vast quantities of data. Supports Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Free 30 day download. Best to download the free 30-page Guide to Get Started.
Many examples of Visualizing Network Dynamics from Queens, NY competition.
National Association of Japan-American Studies
An educational website for students and teachers whose aim is to motivate students for lifelong learning. It provides resources for teachers on how to integrate technology into the classroom by means of project based and experiential learning using WebQuests. The site provides many educational resources, articles, lesson plans, evaluation rubrics, reading practice and collaborative writing ideas.
How blogs and podcasts can be used to provide powerful learning.
Negroponte, Nicholas. Founder of MITs Media Lab and One Laptop Per Child.
Persecution.in covers human rights abuses in India.
Create your own Social Networks! An online service to create, customize, and share a social network.
Learn English vocabulary and grammar while having fun! (explained in 10 languages!)
You can test your English grammar and vocabulary with online exercises. The tests are intended to practice English vocabulary and grammar not only to test your English but to have fun while using the internet and educating yourself using the internet. Instant scores are available for all exercises, which are all grouped into 7 Levels. After submitting a page for evaluation you can go to the keys page to see the answers to vocabulary and grammar tests. Practicing English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) has never been easier and more fun. You can quickly improve your English grammar, vocabulary knowledge and skills.
Football: America's #1 Game! History of College and NFL Football.
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All Widgets available are filed and categorized here.
Netvibes lets individuals assemble their favorite widgets, websites, blogs, email accounts, social networks, search engines, instant messengers, photos, videos, podcasts, and everything else they enjoy on the web - all in one place.
Audio practice to help you improve your listening skills as you hear about the news. Listen-and-write.com is free listening practice.
(for Japanese students)
for Japanese students of foreign languages.
for use with teacher trainers in Morocco - Moroccan Learning Technology and ELT Network for developing expertise in ELT and learning technology.
Learning Technology Consultant, Writer, Trainer, Teacher Development
Nik's Daily English Activities site is for EFL | ESL students. Each day you can find a new simple online activity to help you improve your English.
ComputersFile.com is a blog updated daily with desktop computers, notebooks, laptops news and reviews by Dell, Apple, HP and more.
Internet-based, interactive audio-visual English learning center with instructions in 21 languages.
Free Demo and great online Business Opportunity!
Click on a flag to choose a language.
Free ESL Lesson Materials for teachers. Grammar, worksheets, song lyrics, board games, pronunciation and more. All free and printable.
Nellies English Projects is an educational website for students and teachers whose aim is to motivate students for lifelong learning. It provides resources for teachers on how to integrate technology into the classroom by means of project based and experiential learning using WebQuests. The site provides many educational resources, articles, lesson plans, evaluation rubrics, reading practice and collaborative writing ideas.
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