I Love My Feed Reader! – Thing 13

I was excited to investigate this topic because I had tried using an RSS feed on my class website but had been unsuccessful because I didn’t really understand how it worked.  After reading through Thing 13 and its links I set up a Feedly account and began looking for sites to follow.  I started perusing the Edublog Award winners blogs and found some that I loved and definitely wanted to follow.  I also searched by categories in Feedly and found a few more.  I did all this about two weeks ago and meant to write my blog about my experience right away.  The problem was each time I started I kept getting sidetracked by articles on the sites I am following. An hour or two later I would realize I still hadn’t put together my blog, but I had new things I wanted to try in my classroom instead!

Microsoft_clip_art-3As a professional development tool I love the feed reader.  I could not seem to create a tool that would work for my students, though.  In 5th grade social studies we have been studying Native American tribes as well as the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas.   I was hoping to create a feed reader that would funnel current articles on these topics such as new discoveries or blogs on current digs but I could not find what I was looking for.  I also tried the same type of thing for my 6th grade students.  Hopefully I will eventually find what I am looking for.

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2 Comments

  1. I know what you mean about getting sidetracked by feedly! I end up going off in so many directions, I can’t remember why I started. 🙂

    As for the articles you want to pull together for the student projects, are you actually searching for articles and then trying to share them? Or are you hoping for something that will auto-magically find stuff for them?

    If you’re finding things and sharing them, you could use something like a diigo group to save the articles and share them. A bookmarklet in your browser toolbar would make it quick to add anything you find to the diigo group.

    Similarly, you could add things to a listly list, a flipboad magazine, a pinterest board… any of those curation tools. Then you can either direct the students to those resources. Diigo has the added advantage of producing an RSS feed that you could use to embed the stream of articles into your website. And with diigo, you could also add the students and/or teachers as contributors. They could then add good stuff that they find.

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