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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Frengly - Free Online Translator

Frengly.com is a free online translation tool. Frengly translates text into your choice of twenty four languages. To use Frengly, type or paste a chunk of text into the box at the top of the page, select the language you would like the text translated into then press the translate button. The translation happens quickly and the translated text appears on the same page as the original text.

Applications for Education
Frengly could be a useful
tool for foreign language teachers and students. ESL/ EFL teachers and students might also find Frengly to be a handy free resource.

What Should I Read Next? - Recommendation Service

This One Next is a simple, but potentially very useful service. Simply type in the name of the book you're reading and This One Next recommends the next book or books you might like. The service gets its recommendations from real people who submit their recommendations. The service also works for movies and music.

Applications for Education
This One Next could be a good resource for reading and literature teachers that are looking for books for students to read that match a student's interests.

Joining With Local Radio Stations in a Tradition

Many local radio stations play Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant on Thanksgiving. According to the Wikipedia entry the song is based on a true story that took place in 1965. Whether or not that is true is for you to decide by checking the entry.

Here is Arlo Guthrie performing Alice's Restaurant.


Applications for Education
If you teach US History, this video could be the starting point for a conversation about the culture and political climate of the 1960's in the United States.

History of the Macy's Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition dating back to 1924. To learn more about the history of the parade visit Macy's interactive timeline of the parade. ABC News also has a video about the parade that you can watch here. Happy Thanksgiving!

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