Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

April 17, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Repinly Shows What’s Popular On Pinterest

Repinly shows you what boards, “pinners,” and categories are most popular on Pinterest. They don’t seem to have an Education category — not yet, at least. It does seem somewhat interesting, though. Boy, some of the most popular boards have over three million followers.

I’m adding it to The Best Guides To Figuring Out Pinterest.

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April 5, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PostRank’s Newest Listing Of The “Most Engaging” Education Blogs

As regular readers know, I periodically publish posts sharing what some organizations list as the “most popular” sites or services. I find them interesting and sometimes useful (see The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011).

Every six months or so, I also publish Postrank’s listing of their determination of the “most engaging” education blogs (it changes weekly). I take all these lists with a grain of salt, but it can’t hurt to see a list of who might have important roles in the online discussion about education. Obviously, the usefulness of Postrank’s criteria is very debatable. At the very least, it’s a source of potential new blogs to read.

You can see the entire PostRank list here. And here are the “top ten”:

1. Teacher Lingo

2. EduDemic

3. Free Technology For Teachers

4. New York Times Education

5. MindShift

6. Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of The Day

7. Joanne Jacobs

8. Angela Maiers Educational Services

9. Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog @ LeadershipNow

10. Big Education Ape

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April 3, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“MSN.now”

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011.

Today, I’d like to share about MSN.now.

Here is how it describes itself:

We scour the most interesting trends from real-time sources like Twitter, Facebook, Bing, YouTube and BreakingNews.com, so you’ll always know what’s happening with the hottest social trends and stories on the Web. Then our expert editors add key insights on why a story is trending, if it’s true and where to find out more…. We summarize trends in 100 words or less…

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March 20, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Viral Videos

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011.

Today, I’d like to share about The Guardian’s “Viral Video Chart.” Each week, they post a list of the most popular ten videos on the Web.

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March 15, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Most Popular “Fast Company” Articles

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011.

Today, I’d like to share a magazine website.  I often find articles on the Fast Company magazine website useful and interesting, and just discovered that they have a weekly list of their top ten most popular stories.

I think it’s worth checking-out periodically.

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March 7, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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How To Find The Most Popular Smithsonian Magazine Articles

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011.

Today, I’d like to share the page where you can find a constantly updated list of the most popular articles from one of my favorite magazines, The Smithsonian.

I hope you find it useful.

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January 15, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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How To Find Popular Stories On The Huffington Post

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011.

Today, I’d like to share a new related resource I recently found — The Huffington Post’s “Most Popular” page. There you’ll find the stories, videos and slideshows that readers of the Huffington Post, one of the most visited sites on the Web, have shared or visited the most.

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December 31, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Show Me Trend”

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010.

Today, I’m posting about Show Me Trend. It lists the different “trending” topics on Twitter divided by country. There are actually several other applications that do the same thing. Show Me Trend, though, stands out because the topics are links to newspaper articles and other sources giving background on the topic.

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December 18, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PostRank’s Listing Of The “Most Engaging” Education Blogs

As regular readers know, I periodically publish posts sharing what some organizations list as the “most popular” sites or services. I find them interesting and sometimes useful (see The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011).

Every six months or so, I also publish Postrank’s listing of their determination of the “most engaging” education blogs (it changes weekly). I take all these lists with a grain of salt, but it can’t hurt to see a list of who might  have important roles in the online discussion about education. Obviously, the usefulness of Postrank’s criteria is very debatable.  At the very least, it’s a source of potential new blogs to read.

You can see the entire PostRank list here. And here are the “top ten”:

1. Free Technology For Teachers

2. Mindshift

3. New York Times Education

4. Teacher Lingo

5. Voice of San Diego

6. Angela Maiers

7. Big Education Ape

8. Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day

9. Joanne Jacobs

10. Cool Cat Teacher

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November 30, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

I’ve made quite a few posts that fit into this category, and thought I’d highlight which ones I thought were the best and most useful for educators.

You might also be interested in previous editions:

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2009

Here are my choices for The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators — 2011 (not listed in order of preference):

The Most Popular Subjects On Twitter: “What’s Up” is a fascinating tool that lets you easily explore the most popular subjects on Twitter for any day or for any hour of that day. The Information Aesthetics blog has more information about the site.

The Most “Engaged” Education Blogs: Many people are familiar with PostRank (recently acquired by Google), which ranks blogs by an engagement level. You can see their complete ranking of education blogs here

Most Popular TED Talks: Check out the 20 Most-Watched TED Talks.

Popular Websites: Top Web is a new site that supposedly will show you the top ten most popular sites for any topic. In some quick testing, it appeared to me that their algorithm worked relatively well.

Most Popular Education Twitterers: Mike Petrilli published a list of the most popular twitterers (tweeters?) on Twitter (see All A-Twitter about Education). He used the ranking system called Klout to make his determination. He also received a lot of “pushback” from key folks left off the list, so take it with a grain of salt.

YouTube Videos: YouTube Trends describes itself like this:

Created by YouTube, YouTube Trends is a new destination for the latest trending videos and video trends on YouTube and a resource for daily insight into what’s happening in web video. By making use of viewership data and aggregating the wisdom of top curators across the web, YouTube Trends surfaces popular videos in real time, and provides a blog of broader trends developing within the YouTube community.

It seems pretty useful and interesting.

Twitter Hashtags: “What The Trend” monitors thousands of “hashtags,” the words following the “#” sign, on Twitter. They are used to help Twitter users follow all tweets on a particular topic. What The Trend will help you understand what particular hashtags mean, which are the most popular at any given moment, and which are popular in what country. It actually looks pretty interesting.

NPR: National Public Radio or NPR (though I believe they may officially only be called NPR now)lists the most viewed, most commented, and most recommended stories over the previous 24 hours at their Most Popular page

Social Media Trends: Rrrewind is like a “Today In History” site for social media. Here’s how TechCrunch describes it:

[It] lets you see what was hot on Delicious, Digg, Hacker News, Reddit, Hulu, Yahoo Videos, YouTube, Dribbble, Flickr, Amazon and Yahoo Buzz for any day in 2010 and some in 2009. Like a snapshot in virality or a Popurls with a history focus, Rrrewind allows you to go back in time and see an archive of the most viewed items on the Internet.

CNN Stories: CNN’s “News Pulse” is a new and very sophisticated section of their website where you can identify what stories are the most popular. That kind of feature, obviously, isn’t new. But at News Pulse you can identify the criteria you want — which subject area and in what period of time.

Facebook: All Things Now lists the most shared content on Facebook.

Bitly: Bitly News lists the most popular links that have used the Bit.ly url address-shortening service.

While you’re at it, you might be interested in seeing some “year-end” popular lists:

Top searches 2011 from Yahoo

Top Bing Searches in 2011

Facebook’s Most Shared Articles of 2011 List

Most Popular Searches of 2011 from LIFE

Feedback is always welcome.

If you found this post useful, you might want to consider subscribing to this blog for free.

You might also want to explore the 800 other “The Best…” lists I’ve compiled.

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October 19, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“What’s Up: Exploring the Most Popular Subjects on Twitter”

“What’s Up” is a fascinating tool that lets you easily explore the most popular subjects on Twitter for any day or for any hour of that day. The Information Aesthetics blog has more information about the site.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Beginning To Learn What Twitter Is All About.

In addition, I’m including this post in a category where I list web tools that help you identify “most popular” items on the Web.

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September 14, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What Are The Most “Engaging” Education Blogs, According To PostRank?

August 31, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Most Popular TED Talks

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010.

Today, I’d like to share a list of the 20 Most-Watched TED Talks.

I’m also adding it to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

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August 24, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Top Web” Is Supposed To Show Most Popular Sites For Any Topic

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010.

Today, I’m posting about Top Web, a new site that supposedly will show you the top ten most popular sites for any topic. In some quick testing, it appeared to me that their algorithm worked relatively well.

Let me know what you think.

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July 22, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“VideoInBox” For Viral Videos

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010.

Today, I’d like to share about VideoInBox, which will send you a daily email filled with the day’s top viral videos. It’s a project of Google, though you have to sign-in with a Facebook ID. You can read more about it at TechCrunch’s post, VideoInbox, Another Google/Slide Production, Brings Viral Videos To Your Inbox.

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July 8, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Most Popular Videos On Mobile Devices

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010.

Today, I’d like to share about a site called Vuclip, which tells, and shows, you the most popular video clips seen around the world on mobile devices.

You can read more about it at the TechCrunch blog.

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July 6, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Who Are The Most “Popular” Education Twitterers & Bloggers?

Mike Petrilli has just published a list of the most popular twitterers (tweeters?) on Twitter (see All A-Twitter about Education). He uses the ranking system called Klout to make his determination.

And, if that’s not enough education popularity news for you, you can also visit Post Rank’s analysis of the education blogs that have the highest “engagement” rankings.

For what it’s worth, I’m number six on Mike’s list and number nine on the list at Post Rank.

Obviously, you always have to wonder a bit about the data involved in these rankings, but, nevertheless, they are always useful to find new sources of information, resources and thoughtful commentary.

That’s why I publish an ongoing series of posts where I highlight various popular site lists that I think teachers might find useful.

You might also be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010.

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June 12, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“YouTube Trends”

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010.

Today, I’d like to share about a site called YouTube Trends.

Here is how it describes itself:

Created by YouTube, YouTube Trends is a new destination for the latest trending videos and video trends on YouTube and a resource for daily insight into what’s happening in web video.

By making use of viewership data and aggregating the wisdom of top curators across the web, YouTube Trends surfaces popular videos in real time, and provides a blog of broader trends developing within the YouTube community.

It seems pretty useful and interesting.

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May 21, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“What The Trend”

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and books) that I think educators might find useful. Of course, there are a number of ways to gauge “popularity.” I just view these lists as opportunities to check-out some new sites, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

You might be interested in The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010.

Today, I’d like to share about a site called “What The Trend.” It monitors thousands of “hashtags,” the words following the “#” sign, on Twitter. They are used to help Twitter users follow all tweets on a particular topic. What The Trend will help you understand what particular hashtags mean, which are the most popular at any given moment, and which are popular in what country. It actually looks pretty interesting.

Thanks to 10,000 Words for the tip.

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May 1, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“What Parent Engagement Posts Did Readers Find Most “Engaging” This Past Quarter?

Many readers know I have written a book about parent engagement in schools and have a separate blog on the topic. I thought readers of this blog might be interested in seeing the most popular posts from that other blog.

Post Rank uses a variety of ways to measure level of “engagement” that readers have with specific blog posts. I have a constantly updated “widget” on my blog’s sidebar that lists these posts, but I thought a quarterly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here’s a listing of the “most engaged” posts from the previous quarter.

Here are their rankings for this past quarter:

  1. My Best Posts On Parent Engagement Over The Past Six Months — April, 2010
  2. If It Quacks Like A Duck — Thoughts On The “Parent Trigger”
  3. Rahm Emanuel’s “Transactional” Perspective On Parent Involvement/Engagement
  4. Why It’s So Important To Speak Positively To Parents About Their Kids
  5. Good Middle School Journal Article On Parent Involvement
  6. Again, Let’s Not Blame Parents
  7. Annenberg Starts “Center For Education Organizing”
  8. Update On Ridiculous Florida Bill To Give Parents Grades
  9. Memo To Tennessee: I Don’t Think Requiring Students To Document Their Immigration Status Is Going To Enhance Parent Engagement
  10. Newark’s Outreach Effort Appears To Have Been A Sham
  11. More On Star Wars & Parent Engagement
  12. Q & A With Florida Legislator Who Wants To Grade Parents
  13. “What ‘Star Wars’ Can Teach Educators About Parent Engagement”
  14. Now It’s New York City’s Turn To Show Us How NOT To Do Parent Engagement
  15. L.A. District Receives Parent Engagement Recommendations
  16. Mayor Bloomberg Appears Tone Deaf…
  17. “John Muir Elementary SF gets parents more involved”
  18. More On Florida Legislator’s Plan To Grade Parents
  19. “Title I and Parent Involvement: Lessons from the Past, Recommendations for the Future”
  20. “Schools can learn from program that puts parents in classrooms”
  21. PTA Calls For Changes In “Parent Trigger”
  22. Parents Upset In North Carolina
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