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October 18, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Check Out Slideshare’s Most Popular Presentations

Slideshare, the online presentation site, has an enormous number of slideshows. They also have a feature highlighting their most popular ones — both overall and by categories (including education).

Here’s a nice one I found after taking a quick look:

You might also be interested in The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators.

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March 11, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators

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I’ve been posting annual lists of The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators for a number of years. 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 thought it would be useful for readers, my students, and me to review them all and identify my choices for the “all-time” best ones.

I’ve begun creating a number of these “All-Time” Best list, with The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly being the first ; The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education second;  The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators third;  The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games was the fourth one; The “All-Time” Best Social Studies Sides was fifth; and The “All-Time” Best Science Sites was sixth.

Look for quite a few more “All-Time” Best lists over the next couple of months.

There are nearly 1,300 Best lists now that are categorized and updated regularly.  You can see them all here.

Here are my choices for  The “All-Time” Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators These are not listed in any order of preference):

What We Watch:a geographic exploration of popular YouTube videos is from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and lets you use a map to see and compare which YouTube videos are most popular in countries around the world.

Google hosts “Top Charts,” which show the top things that people are searching for in multiple categories on a monthly basis.

Here are a couple of examples:

USC Rossier Online, associated with the University of Southern California,  has a rating system for education blogs that they call The Teach 100.

The YouTube Trends Map shows which videos are popular in different regions of the United States and in many countries of the world, along with further filtering by the age of viewers.

The Internet Map shows you the most popular websites in the world, and in each country.

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.

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 “Ten By Ten” 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.”

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

Again, please let me know what sites I’ve missed….

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December 4, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (Part Two)

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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 – 2013 (So Far)

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2012 (So Far)

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011

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 — 2013 (Part Two):

Digg Video is a new site that  is supposed to find and showcase the most popular online…videos. You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

What We Watch:a geographic exploration of popular YouTube videos is from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and lets you use a map to see and compare which YouTube videos are most popular in countries around the world.

The New York Times published What It Means to Be Popular (When Everything Is Popular), which includes “most popular” lists of a variety of topics, including:

Top Pet Names in the USA
Top Baby Names in NYC
Most-Stolen Author
Top-Rated Shakespeare
Most Pirated Movie

The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy is a new “popular” listing that has been created by Mike Petrilli. It’s worth a look.

I’m adding this list to Here Are All Of My “Best Of 2013″ Lists (So Far).

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November 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Find Popular — & Potentially Useful — Videos At “Digg Video”

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I periodically post places to find resources that are supposedly the “most popular” of something or other. I might or might not agree with the criteria used to determine that popularity, but I nevertheless find some useful pieces of information.

You can find a collection of these sites at The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (So Far).

Today, I want to post about the new site Digg Video, which is supposed to find and showcase the most popular online…videos.

You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

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September 24, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Site: “What We Watch: a geographic exploration of popular YouTube videos”

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What We Watch:a geographic exploration of popular YouTube videos is from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and lets you use a map to see and compare which YouTube videos are most popular in countries around the world.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

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September 7, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What’s “Popular” Via The New York Times

'Most popular page is the cafeteria menu' photo (c) 2010, Jacob Bøtter - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

I periodically post places to find resources that are supposedly the “most popular” of something or other. I might or might not agree with the criteria used to determine that popularity, but I nevertheless find some useful pieces of information.

You can find a collection of these sites at The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (So Far).

Today, The New York Times published What It Means to Be Popular (When Everything Is Popular), which includes “most popular” lists of a variety of topics, including:

Top Pet Names in the USA
Top Baby Names in NYC
Most-Stolen Author
Top-Rated Shakespeare
Most Pirated Movie

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August 14, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy”

I periodically post places to find resources that are supposedly the “most popular” of something or other. I might or might not agree with the criteria used to determine that popularity, but I nevertheless find some useful pieces of information.

You can find a collection of these sites at The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (So Far).

The Top Twitter Feeds in Education Policy is a new “popular” listing that has been created by Mike Petr1lli. It’s worth a look.

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June 20, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2013 (So Far)

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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 – 2012 (So Far)

The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2011

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 — 2013 (So Far):

Google has just unveiled “Top Charts,” which show the top things that people are searching for in multiple categories.

Here are a couple of examples:

You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

The YouTube Trends Map shows which videos are popular in different regions of the United States and in many countries of the world, along with further filtering by the age of viewers. Thanks to Flowing Data for the tip.

TED-ED is the K-12 video “arm” for the famous TED Talks, and they’ve recently published a list of their “Top 10 most popular TED-Ed lessons!”

USC Rossier Online, associated with the University of Southern California,  unveiled a rating system for education blogs that they call The Teach 100.

Another organization just published their own updated list of the “top 100 influential education blogs,” ranked by their “Onalytica Influence Index.”

Five years ago, Flickr and the Library Of Congress joined forces to create Flickr Commons — a compilation of public domain photographs. Since that time, other institutions have also joined in. They just released a collection of their most viewed photos during that time, and it’s pretty neat.

Here are various presentations of them that have appeared throughout the Web:

Flickr celebrates Commons’ fifth year and 250k photos with galleries of most viewed pics is from The Next Web.

Flickr Commons’ most-viewed or most-favourited photos of the last five years is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

Flickr Commons marks 5-year anniversary with galleries of most-viewed pics is from DP Review.

The pictures we love best: Flickr celebrates fifth birthday with its most viewed images is from The Mail Online.

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 1100 other “The Best…” lists I’ve compiled.

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May 22, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Google’s New “Top Charts” Looks Pretty Interesting

Google has just unveiled “Top Charts,” which show the top things that people are searching for in multiple categories.

Here are a couple of examples:

You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and photos 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 resources, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

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May 7, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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See the most popular videos by city and region (& by age of viewers)

The YouTube Trends Map shows which videos are popular in different regions of the United States and in many countries of the world, along with further filtering by the age of viewers. Thanks to Flowing Data for the tip.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and photos 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 resources, and find it interesting to see which ones might be particularly “popular.”

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February 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Interesting List Of “Top” Education Blogs

Less than one month after USC Rossier Online, associated with the University of Southern California, unveiled a rating system for education blogs that they call The Teach 100, another organization has come up with their own list The 100 most influential education blogs.

This is how they explain the process they used:

At a basic level the index is built using Onalytica’s sophisticated data analysis tools, which are used by companies like Microsoft, Samsung, SAP and HP.

Based on the number of links that each blog receives, we developed three measures: Influence Index, Popularity and Over-Influence.

The Onalytica Influence Index is the impact factor of a blog, or how much that blog matters.

Popularity represents how popular or well-known the blog is among other education blogs.

Over–Influence seeks to capture how influential a blog is compared to how popular it is. There is a strong correlation between how popular or well-known a blog is and its influence. However some blogs carry more influence than their popularity leads us to believe; this is what we call over-influence.

I don’t really understand what that means. However, these kinds of lists are always interesting to see if there are blogs that I’m missing.

For what it’s worth, they found that my blog was the most popular one, but it was not the most influential one.

Here’s a direct link to their PDF of the list so you can see who was…

Thanks to Sean Banville for the tip.

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January 19, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Most Viewed Flickr Commons Images

Five years ago, Flickr and the Library Of Congress joined forces to create Flickr Commons — a compilation of public domain photographs. Since that time, other institutions have also joined in. They just released a collection of their most viewed photos during that time, and it’s pretty neat.

Here are various presentations of them that have appeared throughout the Web:

Flickr celebrates Commons’ fifth year and 250k photos with galleries of most viewed pics is from The Next Web.

Flickr Commons’ most-viewed or most-favourited photos of the last five years is a slideshow from The Telegraph.

Flickr Commons marks 5-year anniversary with galleries of most-viewed pics is from DP Review.

The pictures we love best: Flickr celebrates fifth birthday with its most viewed images is from The Mail Online.

I periodically post “most popular” lists of websites (and photos 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.”

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January 9, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Is The “Teach 100″ A Worthy Successor To PostRank?

I, and many others, found PostRank to be a very helpful way to evaluate, and learn about, blogs in many areas, including education. However, it joined the ranks of many worthy online tools that were bought by Google and then shut down.

Now, USC Rossier Online, associated with the University of Southern California, has unveiled a rating system for education blogs that they call The Teach 100.

They change the rankings daily, and use this formula to rank engagement:

There are four major components of the Teach100 score, which are aggregated when calculating a blog’s Teach100 ranking. These four components are:

Social (40%) – Engagement as determined through its combined Facebook shares, Tweets and StumbleUpon visits to the blog and its most recent posts. Ranking weighs shares pointing back to the blogs 10 most recent posts as well as for its main domain.

Activity (20%) – The frequency of a blog’s updates. The more frequently a blog is updated, the higher its activity score

Authority (20%) – The overall authority and influence relative to the rest of the web as determined by the number of sites linking to the blog. This methodology is one of the foundations of the Google Search Algorithm and is a commonly used measure of a website’s authority.

Teach Score (20%) – This is the single subjective factor in the evaluation of the Teach100. The Teach Score considers how media is used throughout a blog, how topics in education are discussed, the timeliness of blog content, the capacity to inform, and the overall presentation of the blog.

They presently rank Inside Higher Ed at number one; The New York Times Learning Network at number two, and Edutopia at number three.

This blog is ranked number twelve.

I’m always wary of “engagement” rankings and formulas, but lists like these are always useful for discovering new blogs and resources.

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November 12, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Top 10 most popular TED-Ed lessons!”

TED-ED is the K-12 video “arm” for the famous TED Talks, and they’ve recently published a list of their “Top 10 most popular TED-Ed lessons!”

Thanks to Amy Erin Borovoy for the tip.

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

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November 7, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Version Of Delicious Unveiled

Delicious, the popular social bookmarking site that is also one of The Web 2.0/Social Media Tools I Use Everyday, has just unveiled a new version (though you can still use the old version).

It seems to me like a “Back to the Future” kind of look — at least to me, it seems to be the layout that had for years. I think it will primarily be useful by making it more clear what the most popular bookmarks on the web are at any given moment. That feature will make it very handy.

You can read more about it at TechCrunch.

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September 19, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators – 2012 (So Far)

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 –2011

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 — 2012 (So Far):

The Internet Map shows you the most popular websites in the world, and in each country.

Yahoo News has a page that regularly updates their list of most popular articles.

I’d like to share a page from one of the biggest newspapers in the United Kingdom, The Guardian, that is regularly updated andshares a ranked list of their most popular stories.

This is from Smithsonian Magazine: Our Most Popular Videos of All Time.

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.

Here is how  MSN.now 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…

The Guardian’s “Viral Video Chart” posts a list of the most popular ten videos on the Web each week.

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.

Here’s  the page where you can find a constantly updated list of the most popular articles from one of my favorite magazines, The Smithsonian.

The Huffington Post’s “Most Popular” page shares 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.

The Huffington Post has just begun “Huff Post Highlights,” which…highlights the most popular sentences in The Huffington Post:

there are two ways a reader can “vote” for a sentence: either by selecting the text and clicking the new “Highlight” button that will start appearing on Huffing Post today, or by simply copying the selection.

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 900 other “The Best…” lists I’ve compiled.

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August 29, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Huff Post Highlights” Looks Interesting

The Huffington Post has just begun “Huff Post Highlights,” which…highlights the most popular sentences in The Huffington Post:

there are two ways a reader can “vote” for a sentence: either by selecting the text and clicking the new “Highlight” button that will start appearing on Huffing Post today, or by simply copying the selection.

It could be useful/interesting. Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip.

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.

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July 10, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Most Popular Articles On “Yahoo 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 –2011.

Today, I’d like to share a site I recently found — Yahoo News has a page that regularly updates their list of most popular articles.

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May 15, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Most Popular Articles In The Guardian Newspaper

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 page from one of the biggest newspapers in the United Kingdom, The Guardian, that is regularly updated and shares a ranked list of their most popular stories.

I really like The Guardian, and I’d encourage you to check them out if you don’t already.

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