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January 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Most Popular New York Times Stories In 2014

The New York Times has just published a list of their most popular content in 2014.

They’ve done it in a bit of an odd way. They have a short announcement here, and then a link that leads you to a PDF. The PDF has live links to all the stories and they are easy to access.

The Atlantic has an interesting piece about The Times list, along with a more “normal” listing of links to them.

I just can’t understand why none of my regular Times posts on teaching English Language Learners made the list :)

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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

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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, 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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