Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

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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August 5, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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July’s Most Popular Posts

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also have tried publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on.” I’m very behind on that one, though.

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of July:

  1. The Best Resources For Learning What Google+ Is All About

  2. The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011 — So Far
  3. The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual — Part One

  4. The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly In 2011 — So Far

  5. Interview Of The Month — Bill Ferriter

  6. Knovio Makes Creating An Audio/Visual Web Presentation As Easy As Pie

  7. What A Great Video To Get Students To Think More Carefully About Their Writing…

  8. The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures

  9. Who Are The Most Popular Education Twitterers & Bloggers?

  10. “Not everything that matters can be measured”

  11. The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner

  12. The People Who Want To Get Rid Of Tenure & Say Teacher Experience Isn’t That Important Should Read This Interview

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July 3, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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June’s Most Popular Posts

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also have tried publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on.” I’m very behind on that one, though.

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of June:

  1. Wow, This Is Really Useful: A Bloom’s Taxonomy For Student Reflection

  2. Have Some Time This Summer? Here Are 7,000 TEDx Videos You Can Watch

  3. Help Me Understand The Significance Of This New Study That “Finds Sudden Insights Key to Learning Words”

  4. A Couple Of Useful Bloom’s Taxonomy Videos

  5. The Best Language Learning Games (That Are Not Online)

  6. The Best YouTube Channels For Learning English

  7. I Don’t Like “Accountability”

  8. Making Book Trailers With Fotobabble

  9. Here’s A Video On Self-Control I’m Showing My Students First Thing Next Week

  10. Shortcuts, School Reform & Private Foundations

  11. Interview Of The Month On The Save Our Schools March

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June 11, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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A New Way To Access Your Blog’s PostRank Analytics

Many blogs, including mine, have a PostRank widget on our sidebars which track the level of “engagement” readers have with individual blog posts. It’s an excellent analytic tool, and I review those engagement levels each month to develop a public ranking of my most popular posts.

Before PostRank was purchased by Google earlier this month, you could find the engagement levels for posts from an individual blog by just typing the blog’s name into the PostRank search box. Unfortunately, though, many things on their site disappeared the day they announced the Google purchase.

I contacted PostRank earlier today, and Melanie Baker, their Community Manager, responded immediately to my question about how to access blog analytics. For now, all you have to do is enter:

http://www.postrank.com/feed followed by your blog’s url address

For example, for my blog, I’d enter

http://www.postrank.com/feed/http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/

That leads me to the ranking of all my blog posts.

Unfortunately, since the the Google purchase, PostRank is not accepting any new registrations, but I thought this information might be helpful to the many bloggers who already use the service.

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June 1, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Most Popular Posts Of The Month

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also have tried publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on.” I’m very behind on that one, though.

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of May:

  1. “What Can You Do To Stay Positive During The Last Seven Weeks Of School?”

  2. Yale Makes 260,000 Images Available Online — With No Limitations On Their Usage

  3. Wow, This Is A “Must-Read” Article On The Brain & Learning!

  4. New Study Says Homework Has No Impact…Except In Math

  5. The Best Resources For Learning About Osama bin Laden

  6. What Does Learning From Mistakes Do To Your Brain?

  7. Why Is It Important For Students To Learn About Bloom’s Taxonomy?

  8. The Best Resources For Adapting Your Textbook So It Doesn’t Bore Students To Death

  9. Surprise, Surprise! Study Says Cooperative Learning Is More Effective Than Lectures

  10. Oh, New Yorker Magazine, How Could You?

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May 3, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Most Popular Posts Of The Month

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also have tried publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on.” I’m very behind on that one, though.

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of April:

  1. The Best Resources For Google Earth Beginners Like Me
  2. Interview Of The Month: Sean Banville, One Of The Hardest Working People In The ESL/EFL World
  3. Tutorials On Making Interactive Infographics
  4. First Chapter of My Book, Hand-Outs & Links Are Now Online For Free
  5. “Why Use Games in the Language Classroom?”
  6. “The Beauty Of Maps”
  7. Ben Franklin’s Daily Schedule
  8. Why Do So Many Ordinarily Thoughtful Columnists “Lose It” When They Write About Schools?
  9. L.A. Times Doesn’t Model Learning From Mistakes — Set To Publicly Rank Thousands Of More Teachers
  10. Study: Reading Books Is Only Out-Of-School Activity That Helps Students Get Better Job Later
  11. Wordlings Is A New Word Cloud Generator
  12. Excellent Info On “Value-Added” Approach To Teacher Evaluation
  13. How We Can Help Our Students Deal With Stress
  14. Why The Start Of The School Day Might Be So Important…
  15. A Collection Of “The Best…” Lists On Infographics
  16. Multiple People Can Upload Images to PhotoCollect
  17. New Marzano Study On “Effort & Recognition”
  18. New Bloom’s Taxonomy Resource
  19. “As The Stakes Go Up, The Validity Goes Down”
  20. Asking “Why Not?” & “What If?” As Well As “Why?”
  21. Another Great Daily Show Video Clip
  22. What Is The “Zeigarnik Effect” & How Did I Apply It In The Classroom Today?
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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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April 2, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Most Popular Posts Of The Month

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also have tried publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on.” I’m very behind on that one, though.

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of March:

  1. The Best Ways For English Language Learners To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly
  2. Jon Stewart & Diane Ravitch Knock It Out Of The Park!
  3. I Think This AASA Speech By Diane Ravitch Is The Best Commentary On Education I’ve Read Or Heard
  4. The Best Sites For Learning About The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami
  5. Useful Updates On Japan Earthquake — Part Two
  6. Here’s Jon Stewart’s Great Piece On Teachers From Last Night
  7. The Best Online Virtual “Corkboards” (or “Bulletin Boards”)
  8. Transcript (& Selected Highlights) From President Obama’s Town Hall Meeting On Education Today
  9. Broadcastr Will Be A Hit With English Language Learners (& Other Students)
  10. The Arrogance Of Bill Gates — Part Three
  11. Excellent Video Explaining Problem-Based Learning
  12. Create A Message With Letters Bouncing To Your Music
  13. The Best (& Easiest) Ways To Record Online Video Interviews
  14. How Stress Affects Our Students (& Their Parents) — Plus, How We’re Trying To Help
  15. “Hot Spot” Interview With An EFL Teacher — In The Middle Of The Japanese Disaster
  16. The Best Posts & Articles About “Erase To The Top”
  17. “Hot Spot” Interview With An EFL Teacher In The Tunisian Revolution
  18. The Best Ways To Make A Map Showing Your Facebook Friends (& Twitter Followers)
  19. “How to Raise the Status of Teachers”
  20. You Can Now Use Posterous For Email Newsletters
  21. Three Good Questions For Teachers To Ask Themselves (& Answer Them Here If You Feel Like It)
  22. Teaching Academic Vocabulary
  23. Good Blogging Advice
  24. The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy
  25. Story Corps Launches National Teachers Initiatve
  26. “Why Teachers Like Me Support Unions”
  27. The Difference Between “Curating,” “Aggregating” & “Creating”
  28. The Best Resources For Learning About Schools Providing Home Computers & Internet Access To Students
  29. The Best Learning Games For Advanced ELL’s & Non-ELL’s
  30. Wisconsin Update — Republicans Issue Arrest Warrants

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March 2, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Most Popular Posts Of The Month

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also have tried publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on.” I’m very behind on that one, though.

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of February:

  1. The Best Resources For Learning The Advantages To Being Bilingual
  2. The Best Resources For Learning About Attacks On Teachers & Other Public Sector Workers In Wisconsin
  3. The Best Resources To See Who Might Fall Next After Mubarak…
  4. Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Problems
  5. The Best Tools For Creating Fake “Stuff” For Learning
  6. The Best Sites For Learning About Protests In History
  7. The Best Places To Find Research On Technology & Language Teaching/Learning
  8. The Best Sites To Learn About The Christchurch Earthquake
  9. You Can Now “Pre-Order” My New Book On Helping Students Motivate Themselves
  10. Very Important Post On The Effect Of Teachers Unions On Student Achievement
  11. The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data
  12. The Best Posts About Michelle Rhee’s Exaggerated Test Scores
  13. The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America
  14. “Two Steps Back” Is A This American Life Episode Everybody Should Listen to — Especially Superintendents & Principals
  15. “Edge” Is Somewhat Like TED Talks
  16. Nice Collection of Web 2.0 Tools
  17. Why Teachers Shouldn’t Blog….And Why I Do
  18. Google Makes It Easier To Import Delicious Bookmarks
  19. Contribute To The Next ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival!
  20. Today, A Reporter Asked Me What I Thought Of Michelle Rhee. This Is What I Told Him…
  21. Dilbert’s Commentary Might Relate To Teachers & Schools, Too
  22. The Best Sites For Learning About China
  23. Today’s Wisconsin Update — It’s Not About Money, It’s About Power
  24. Talking To Students About Their Reading (& Their Data)
  25. Exchange That Highlights What’s Going On In Wisconsin
  26. On Storytelling…
  27. “Little Bird Tales”
  28. “TED Conversations” Looks Like It Has Potential
  29. The Best “World Press Photo” Winners
  30. The Best Resources For Learning Why The Parent Trigger Isn’t Good For Parents, Kids Or Schools
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January 29, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Most Popular Posts Of The Month

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also have tried publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on.” I’m very behind on that one, though.

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of January:

  1. “Voki For Education” Launches Today
  2. The Best Resources For Maximizing The Use Of Dropbox
  3. Spelling City Becomes Even Better
  4. The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea
  5. “Calvin and Hobbes” Treasure Chest!
  6. How I Milked A Lesson For Every Last Ounce Of Learning And Why I’m An Idiot For Not Thinking Of It Earlier
  7. The Best Sites For Learning About The Protests In Egypt
  8. The Best Education-Related Books Visitors To This Blog Read In 2010
  9. “Mom, This Is How Twitter Works”
  10. The Best Sites For Learning About Earthquakes
  11. The Best Sites For Learning About The One-Year Anniversary Of The Haiti Earthquake
  12. Individualized Computer Support For Students Facing Challenges
  13. Thirty-Seven “Best Of 2010″ Lists
  14. Twitter “Chats” For ESL/EFL Teachers (& How To Participate In Them)
  15. The Best Resources For Learning About Handwriting & Learning
  16. The Best Places For Students To Learn About…Their Names
  17. Special Extra “Interview Of The Month” With Diane Ravitch
  18. Great CNN Interview On Class Size Reduction
  19. Two More Video Sites Like TED Talks
  20. Has Sandra Day O’Connor’s Site Just Added A Weird & Insulting Game On Immigration? Or Am I Being Too Sensitive?
  21. The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses
  22. The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy
  23. Amazing Collection Of Interactives Showing World Data
  24. Alternatives To Collective Punishment
  25. The Best Resources For Teaching About The Arizona Shooting
  26. Popplet Looks Like A Winner — It’s Wallwisher On Steroids
  27. “Projeqt” Looks Like It Could Good For Creating Interactive Slideshows
  28. The Best Sites For Learning About The Vote In Southern Sudan
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January 22, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Most Popular Posts On Parent Engagement This Quarter

I use PostRank to determine the most popular posts from my blog, Engaging Parents In School, and post a list every quarter. This quarter, PostRank is acting a little strange, so I’m just going to use the number of “hits” on posts to determine this quarter’s ranking.

You might also be interested in these collections:

My Best Parent Engagement Posts

My Most Popular Parent Engagement Posts

I also have these links on the sidebar of my engaging parents blog.

Here are My Most Popular Posts On Parent Engagement This Quarter:

1. What Parent Engagement Posts Did Readers Find Most “Engaging” This Quarter?

2. The Power Of A Positive Phone Call Home

3. Parent Trigger Supporters Attack PTA, Compare Schools To Batterers

4. What Do Parents Want?

5. Teachers Have Got To Stop Blaming Parents

6. My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2010

7. “Adults blame parents for education problems” (Interesting Poll, But Can We Stop The Blame Game?)

8. Bill Proposed To Grade Parents — What’s In Florida’s Drinking Water?

9. Parent “Trigger” Is Parent “Involvement” At Its Worst

10. What Is With All These Proposed Punitive Measures Against Parents?

Hope you find them useful!

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December 29, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Most Popular Posts Of The Month

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also have tried publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on.” I’m very behind on that one, though.

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of December:

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy — 2010

The Best Guides For Helping Teachers Develop Personal Learning Networks

My Most Popular Blog Posts Of The Year — 2010

My Book On Teaching English Language Learners Is Now Available For The Kindle

Make A Cool-Looking Message With “Message Hop”

“Speak Truth To Power” Curriculum

The Best Year-End Collections Of Images — 2010

Michelle Rhee Ups Her Arrogance Level

The Best Sites For Learning Beginning Photography Tips

The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students — 2010

Being Present

“Meltinpop” Could Be A Gold Mine For ESL/EFL Teachers

There Are Some Right Ways & Some Wrong Ways To Videotape Teachers — And This Is A Wrong Way

More iPhone Apps

Bitly News

New Study On “The Influence of Positive Framing”

Who Doesn’t Love Pictures Of Baby Animals?

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November 30, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PostRank’s Top Posts For November From This Blog

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on” (though I’m a bit behind on that one).

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of November:

  1. The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2010
  2. The Best “The Best…” Lists For English Language Learners — 2010
  3. The Best Quotes About Education — Contribute Your Own Favorites
  4. What Was The Best Education-Related Book You Read In 2010?
  5. Wow! Wylio Is An Amazing Photo Site
  6. “My twitter challenge: Ten people I follow on twitter and why”
  7. “ookaboo” Is A New Site For Free Images
  8. The Best “The Best…” Lists On School Reform Issues — 2010
  9. My Post-Thanksgiving Letters To Students
  10. My Best Posts On Building Parent Engagement In Schools — 2010
  11. The Best Resources, Articles & Blog Posts For Teachers Of ELL’s — 2010
  12. Student Metacognition & Instructional Strategies
  13. The Best Articles/Blog Posts On What The Election Results Mean For Schools — Contribute More
  14. The Best Applications For Creating Free Email Newsletters
  15. The Best “The Best…” Lists Related To Social Studies — 2010
  16. There Are Now 550 “The Best…” Lists
  17. “25 Important Twitter Guides and Apps For Teachers”
  18. The Best “The Best…” Lists Offering Practical Classroom Advice To Teachers — 2010
  19. Storytelling Apps For The iPhone
  20. The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students
  21. “Webcam Research Helps Kids Improve Reading Fluency”
  22. The Best Places To Find The Most Popular (& Useful) Resources For Educators –2010
  23. “The Most Beautiful Words In The English Language”
  24. My Nominees For The 2010 Edublog Awards
  25. Snip.ly Is Interesting
  26. “ESL TED Talks”
  27. Important Research For Writing Persuasive Essays
  28. Tips For Setting-Up A Class Blog With Edublogs
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November 8, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“What Parent Engagement Posts Did Readers Find Most “Engaging” This Past Quarter?

A few months ago, I began to have PostRank index posts from my other blog, Engaging Parents In School. 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. Good Parent Engagement Video
  2. My Book On Parent Engagement Is Now Available On The Kindle
  3. Wow! What A Study On School Leadership…
  4. “Have parents been shut out of education reform?”
  5. What A Terrible Video About Parents & Schools With A Terrible Message
  6. Obama’s Blueprint For Reform Is Very Weak On Parent Engagement/Involvement
  7. Unusual — And Important — Parent Engagement Study Validated
  8. “How to Strengthen Parent Involvement and Communication”
  9. Another Example Of What “Parent Involvement” Should Not Look Like…
  10. “Teaching Secrets: The Parent Meet and Greet”
  11. Edutopia Offers Free “Home-to-School Connections Guide”
  12. More States Recognizing October As “Parent Involvement Month”
  13. My Best Posts On Parent Engagement Over The Past Six Months
  14. “Too often, students’ parents get lost in the equation”
  15. Good Collection Of Parent Involvement Research
  16. Parents & The Controversy Over The LA Times Story On Evaluating Teachers
  17. “As Parents Protest, Chancellor and Panel Leave”
  18. What Do Latino Parents Say About Schools?
  19. Student Mental Health Needs & Parent Engagement
  20. Another Bad Parent Engagement Strategy: Delaware District Wants To Pay Parents To Come To School Events
  21. “Community Organizing for Stronger Schools”
  22. Public Says More Involved Parents Is Number One Schools Need
  23. “Student-led conferences benefit parents, kids”

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October 30, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PostRank’s Top Posts For October From This Blog

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on” (though I’m a bit behind on that one).

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of October:

  1. The Best Social Studies Websites — 2010
  2. Be Prepared To Laugh With Tears Flowing After Watching “Collaborative Planning” Video
  3. QuizBreak!
  4. “Simple Booklet” Is A New Tool Many Teachers Will Want To Use
  5. What Our Superintendent Says About “Waiting For ‘Superman’”
  6. Results Of My Survey On Tech Use In Schools
  7. What Are These Superintendents Thinking?
  8. The Best Infographics — 2010
  9. Interview Of The Month: Washington Post Journalist Valerie Strauss
  10. Now, This Is What A Useful & Effective Teacher Assessment Might Look Like
  11. Google Search Has Just Gotten Better For English Language Learners
  12. Screentoaster Is Back!
  13. The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me
  14. Slideshow On Bloom’s Taxonomy Using Digital Tools
  15. Keeping Our Eyes On The Wrong Prize
  16. The Ethics of “Priming” The Brain (& A Question)
  17. October’s Best Tweets — Part One
  18. The Best Sites Where Students Can Upload PowerPoint Presentations To The Web
  19. “The Visual History Of Halloween”
  20. The Best Sites For Learning About The Volcano & Tsunami In Indonesia
  21. Two Infographics On Technology In The Classroom
  22. The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Oceans
  23. Being Bilingual Builds “a More Resilient Brain”
  24. Teaching ELL’s The “Unplugged” Way
  25. “Some Awesome Free Tools To Make Infographics”
  26. “School Librarians And English Language Learners”
  27. Emphasizing What Students Can Do, Instead Of What They “Can’t”
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September 27, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PostRank’s Top Posts For September From This Blog

August 29, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PostRank’s Top Posts For August From This Blog

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on” (though I’m a bit behind on that one).

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of August:

The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment

Do You Keep Plants In Your Classroom?

L.A. Times Prints Cheap Shot At Teacher

I Think “Tripline” Is Going To Become a Student & Teacher Favorite

Great Presentation Advice!

Five Quotes That All Of Us (Including Self-Righteous School Reformers) Should Keep In Mind

The Best Third-Party Twitter Apps That Don’t Require Your Password

The Best Posts About The LA Times Article On “Valued-Added” Teacher Ratings

Very Good & Very Bad PowerPoint Presentations

The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures

Now We Know How To “Fix” Schools — Fire 80% Of All New Teachers

The Best Sites For Learning About The Constitution Of The United States

Sharendipity

Great Short Video Explaining The Problems With “Value-Added” Teacher Assessment

Dropbox Works Nicely

“18 formats for handmade thinking in the classroom”

“Threaded Adventures”

Help Me Find A Short Story I Can Use To Teach Bloom’s Taxonomy

What Makes Something Popular On The Web? And What Makes Something Popular In The Education Blogosphere?

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July 31, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PostRank’s Top Posts For July From This Blog

I regularly share my picks for the most useful posts of each month. I also publish a list of the month’s most popular posts, based on the number of times they are “clicked-on” (though I’m a bit behind on that one).

I also share a list of Post Rank’s analysis of each month’s top posts. 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 monthly post would be helpful/interesting to subscribers who don’t regularly visit the blog itself.

Here are their rankings for the month of July:

My Best Posts On Classroom Management

Useful Bloom’s Taxonomy “Pie” Chart

What Does PostRank Say Are The Top Ten “Most Engaged” Education Blogs?

The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments

When & Why Is It Important To Have Silence In The Classroom?

“Computers at Home: Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality”

The Best “When I Say Jump” Online Sites For Practicing English

Easily Create Activities With “Docs Teach” From The National Archives

July’s Best Tweets — Part One

“Background Music Can Impair Performance, Cites New Study”

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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 20, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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What Parent Engagement Posts Did Readers Find Most “Engaging” This Quarter?

A few months ago, I began to have PostRank index posts from my other blog, Engaging Parents In School. I began that blog a year ago to support my book, Building Parent Engagement In Schools.

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 that 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.

I’ll also be posting a list of the “most popular” posts from that blog over the past year.

Here are their rankings for this past quarter:

Interview With Ed Secretary Duncan On Parent Involvement

“Engaging Immigrant Parents”

Our High School Will Be Making One Thousand Home Visits….This Summer

“School to Parents: Volunteer or Else!”

National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement

A Missed Opportunity By Secretary Duncan…

Dept. Of Ed Hosts Meeting To Discuss Family Engagement

Update On Proposed Michigan Law To Jail Parents Who Don’t Attend Parent Conferences

National PTA Convention Happening Now

Don’t Attend A Conference With Your Child’s Teacher? Then Get Fined Or Go To Jail!

“Schools Must Work For Parent Involvement”

“Should Parents Be Punished For Truancy?”

“A New Era of Family Engagement”

Secretary Duncan’s Speech To The NAACP

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