Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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February 4, 2011
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The Most Popular Stories On NPR

As I’ve explained in earlier pieces, 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 resources, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

Today, I’d like to talk about National Public Radio or NPR (though I believe they may officially only be called NPR now). You can find the most viewed, most commented, and most recommended stories over the previous 24 hours at their Most Popular page.

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December 31, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Rrrewind Lets You Find What’s Popular In Social Media

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 new site called Rrrewind. It’s 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.

It could be useful, especially as the years go by and if the site survives…

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December 27, 2010
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Amazon’s Bestselling Books of 2010

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 Amazon’s Bestselling Books of 2010. Only books published for the first time in 2010 are eligible for the list. It’s interesting to glance through.

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December 22, 2010
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CNN’s “News Pulse”

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 CNN’s “News Pulse.” It’s 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. It’s pretty neat.

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December 19, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Find The Most Shared Links On Facebook

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 learned about another interesting place to find “popular” items — All Things Now lists the most shared content on Facebook.

It looks like it could be useful.

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December 2, 2010
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Bitly News

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 learned about another interesting place to find “popular” items — Bitly News. It lists the most popular links that have used the Bit.ly url address-shortening service, primarily through Twitter.

It looks pretty useful.

Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip.

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November 20, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010

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 last year’s edition:

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 — 2010 (not listed in order of preference):

Popular Children’s Books: I originally had a nifty infographic here, but it’s no longer available. You can find the same info, though, here.

Popular Tweets: Favorious ranks Twitter’s most popular tweets based on how many times they have been “favorited.”

Popular Videos: Zocial TV shows videos, divided into categories, that are most popular on Twitter or Facebook at any given time.

Popular Stumbleupon Sites: if you want to see the top five StumbleUpon sites each week, you can read about them in The Independent.

Most Visited Sites On The Web: Here’s a list of “The 1000 most-visited sites on the web.” Number one is Facebook and number two is Yahoo. I can’t find Google anywhere on the list, though, and that seems pretty bizarre…

Most Shared Content On Facebook: “Its Trending” lists the most shared content on Facebook.

Most Shared & Saved Posts On Google Reader: Google launched Google Reader Play this year. As TechCrunch describes it:

It is a more visual way to browse through the most popular items being saved and shared on Google Reader. When you launch it, you are presented with a large photo, video, or text excerpt on the main part of the screen, and can flip through by clicking on arrows or selecting an item from the filmstrip at the bottom of the screen.

Most Popular Flickr Photos: Here’s a link where you can see a constantly changing slideshow of the most popular Flickr photos over the last seven days.

Most Highlighted Book Passages: Amazon has a feature called “Most Highlighted Passages Of All Time.” Here’s how Amazon describes it:

The Amazon Kindle, Kindle for iPhone and Kindle for iPad each provide a very simple mechanism for adding highlights. Every month, Kindle customers highlight millions of book passages that are meaningful to them. We combine the highlights of all Kindle customers and identify the passages with the most highlights. The resulting Popular Highlights help readers to focus on passages that are meaningful to the greatest number of people. We show only passages where the highlights of at least three distinct customers overlap, and we do not show which customers made those highlights.

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October 1, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Best-Selling Children’s Books Of All Time”

As I’ve explained in earlier pieces, 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 resources, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

Today’s “installment” in this series is a nifty infographic highlighting “The 20 Best-Selling Children’ts Books of All Time.”

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August 8, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What Makes Something Popular On The Web? And What Makes Something Popular In The Education Blogosphere?

As I’ve explained in earlier pieces, 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 resources, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

Related to all this, I have just read a memo from the head of the “Gawker” web media “empire” where he tells his staff what makes something popular on the Web. It’s of limited educational value (though it might be useful in my Theory of Knowledge class and I might refer to it when I teach writing in other classes), but it is interesting.

It got me wondering about what a similar list might look like for the education blogosphere. What makes something popular in our “neck of the woods”? Share your thoughts in the comments section by September 1st,and I’ll put everybody’s ideas into a post. I figured it would be a mildly interesting question to raise in the remaining weeks of our summer vacation. Obviously, that’s not the primary reason why we write, but it might be useful to know. I think most of us would like as many people as possible to read what we write, and if we can channel the essence what we want to communicate more into what people would like to see, it’s a win-win situation.

Here are Gawker’s main criteria:

* Explanation — “There’s too much news on the web; and way too little explanation.”

* “Readers enjoy strong opinion”

* “They like photographs”

* “video”

* “great yarns”

* “stories featuring teenagers”

* “female trumps male”

* “Youth also trumps age”

Do any of these carryover into the education blogosphere? What are your ideas?

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July 21, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What Does PostRank Say Are The Top Ten “Most Engaged” Education Blogs?

Post Rank uses a variety of ways to measure level of “engagement” that readers have with specific blog posts. I thought that readers might find it interesting to see the top ten education-related blogs based on that engagement ranking (You can see the entire list here). It also changes every day.

Here they are, in order:

1. LiveScience.com

2. Inside Higher Ed

3. Teacher Lingo

4. Free Technology for Teachers

5. NYT > Education

6. BlogHighEd.org

7. apophenia

8. Catatan Sawali Tuhusetya

9. Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

10. Cool Cat Teacher Blog

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July 17, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Zocial TV

As I’ve explained in earlier pieces, 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 resources, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

Zocial TV is the newest site to this expanding list. It shows videos, divided into categories, that are most popular on Twitter or Facebook at any given time.

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June 5, 2010
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Most Popular StumbleUpon Sites

As I’ve explained in earlier pieces, 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 resources, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

I recently discovered that StumbleUpon, the popular web discovery site, published a list of The Most Stumbled Sites of 2009. That link will take you to the top three in various categories. You can see the complete list here.

In addition, if you want to see the top five StumbeUpon sites each week, you can read about them in The Independent.

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May 28, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The 1000 most-visited sites on the web”

As I’ve explained in earlier pieces, 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 resources, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

Today, I’d like to post a link to a list of “The 1000 most-visited sites on the web.”

Number one is Facebook and number two is Yahoo.  I can’t find Google anywhere on the list, though, and that seems pretty bizarre…

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April 28, 2010
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“Its Trending”

As I’ve explained in earlier pieces, 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 resources, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

Today, I’d like to highlight a new site called “Its Trending.” It lists the most shared content on Facebook. It might be worth a look now and then.

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March 10, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Google Reader Play”

Google launched Google Reader Play today.

As TechCrunch describes it:

It is a more visual way to browse through the most popular items being saved and shared on Google Reader. When you launch it, you are presented with a large photo, video, or text excerpt on the main part of the screen, and can flip through by clicking on arrows or selecting an item from the filmstrip at the bottom of the screen.

You can read more about it at TechCrunch’s post. It seems like an interesting way to find new items of interest.

I’m adding it to The Best Places To Get Blog, Website, Book, Movie & Music Recommendations.

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February 14, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Most Popular Flickr Photos

As I’ve explained in earlier pieces, 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 resources, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

Today, I’d like to share a link where you can see a constantly changing slideshow of the most popular Flickr photos over the last seven days.

It’s pretty neat.

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December 25, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Ways To Find Fun (& Somewhat Useful) Videos On The Web

There are zillions of videos on the Web, and very few of them are fun and enjoyable, and even fewer are useful in the classroom. This post is not going to be about how to find videos that are obviously useful in the classroom. For those, you should look at these “The Best…” lists:

The Best Sites For News & History Videos That Won’t Get Blocked By Content Filters (At Least, Not By Ours!)

The Best Sites That Use Movie Trailers To Teach English

The Best Online Video Sites For Learning English

The Best Online Instructional Video Sites

The Best Online Videos Showing ESL/EFL Teachers In The Classroom

The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks”

Instead, this post is about the best places to find videos that are on these lists:

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2009

The Best “Fun” Sites You Can Use For Learning, Too — 2008

In other words, where can you find just plain fun videos which can either be used by English Language Learners as a language-development activity (I describe how in these last two “The Best…” lists) or, even if they might not necessarily have the kind of action that would be good for these types of learning activities, might just bring a smile or laugh to a teacher after a hard day at the classroom.

Of course, Twitter is a great place to hear about these kinds of fun (and clean) videos, too.

But there are some other places that I periodically check to see what’s out there. And since some content is not appropriate for the classroom, these are recommendations only for teachers.

Once I find a useful classroom video, I use one of the options on The Best Ways To Access Educational YouTube Videos At School list to be able to show it at school.

Here are my choices for The Best Ways To Find Fun (& Somewhat Useful) Videos On The Web:

Magma, among other things, shows you a continually updated listing of the most viewed videos on YouTube, Stumbleupon, Twitter, Delicious and a bunch more sites. In addition, you can collect your own lists of the ones you want to save.

Vidque is another site that shows the most popular videos. It seems to be well-organized into different categories.

The Viral Video Chart uses a variety of measuring instruments to determine the most popular videos for every 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, and one year, and they do it in a variety of categories. It looks quite thorough.

Buzz Feed is another place to find what are supposedly the most popular videos on the Web.  I don’t know how they determine their selection — it’s obviously using a different methodology than the others.

bitly TV shows you a screen full of thumbnail images of the most popular videos on the web at that very moment. I like it because you can quickly see them all. If something looks intriguing, you can place your cursor over it. If you want to watch it, you can click on it and see it within the bitly TV window.

Blinkx looks like an impressive video search engine. In my testing, the search results were better than any other video search engine I’ve tried.

Zoofs will show you the most popular videos being discussed on Twitter.

Zocial TV shows videos, divided into categories, that are most popular on Twitter or Facebook at any given time.

“Who Went Viral?” shows you the most popular online videos. Like similar sites, they’re divided into categories, like “education.” However, unlike other similar sites, Who Went Viral? lets you sort them by country and period of time, too.

Feedback is always welcome.

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December 22, 2009
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The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators — 2009

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.

Here are my choices for The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators — 2009 (not listed in order of preference):

ANIMAL VIDEOS: I’ve found that short funny animal videos are great to show to English Language Learner students and then — together — we write about what we saw. In addition, I”ve used an exercise called “back to the screen” (see The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL for more information on how it works) with these types of videos.

Animal Planet is a great source for these kinds of videos. They have a page where you can see their most-watched videos of “all time.” You can see videos of “talking birds, water-skiing squirrels, and multi-talented dogs…”

NEWS: BBC News has a neat Live World Map that shows what news is popular in what part of the world at anytime. Here is a good explanation about how it works.

Richard Byrne has described the second resource in this category perfectly. So I’m going to quote from his post, and I would encourage you to go there to read his ideas on how to use it with students: “Ten by Ten is a unique program that links images with news stories. Every hour the top 100 news stories from around the world are linked to images on a ten by ten grid. The stories are ranked.”

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS: Most Popular Educational Videos – All Time comes from a site called eduTube. It looks like there are some pretty interesting ones in the mix.

EDUCATION BLOGS: This category is a bit tricky. There is, of course, The Edublog Awards list. PostRank also has their own list of the “most engaged” blogs in the education category. There’s controversy about their rankings (see Sue Waters’ blog post Latest Statistics Say My Blogs Are……?), but I do think it’s a nice place to visit now and then to learn about new blogs, especially for people new to the education blogosphere.

EDUCATION WEBSITES: A site called eBizMBA compiles a monthly ranking of websites in various categories, including:

Top 55 Reference Websites

20 Most Popular Health Websites

Top 20 Science Websites

EDUCATION ARTICLES: ASCD SmartBrief is on The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current Education Issues. This very widely-circulated daily newsletter is published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), a national organization of educators. It consistently provides thought-provoking articles from around the country. You can see a regularly updated list of its “most-clicked-on” stories here.

MUSEUM WEBSITES: Here’s a list of the two hundred most popular museum websites, including links to them.

ZOOS & THEIR WEBSITES: Check-out this list of USA Top Zoos & Favorite Parks.

Feedback is always welcome.

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