For this project, the assignment was to start an RSS feed page. This summer, I became interested in following several blogs. I had trouble managing them all and often missed some very good posts, until I found out about Google Reader. Google Reader incorporates blogger blogs that you "follow" as well as other websites that have RSS feeds. I added the Google Reader gadget to my iGoogle homepage for quick access and to see the most recent posts easier.
|RSS feed displayed on my iGoogle homepage|
|Blog about being a teacher in Room 5|
As I was researching RSS feeds and trying to find out some more information about Google Reader, I came across a great post about Google Reader from The Whiteboard Blog by D. Nicholson from the UK. I used this blog to post my comment (assignment requirement). Remember to re-read your comments more than 3 times before posting. As you can see, I needed to proofread one more time.
|Comment regarding post about Google Reader|
Recently added feeds for this assignment:
- ISTE connects blog (professional organization)
- Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (online journal)
- The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Radio (radio show)
I also added the following feeds per the portfolio directions:
- Technology and Learning (http://www.techlearning.com/)
- NPR Topics: Education (http://www.npr.org/rss/)
- Weblogg-ed (http://www.weblogg-ed.com/) * although Will Richardson has a new blog
- Literacy Education Updates (http://ncteblog.blogspot.com/)
I have learned so much from the sites I have added to my feeds. I have several sites that are my "go to" links for special education information, especially for finding online activities for my students who need adapted access to computers. As a teacher, I am also looking for new activities to do with my students to also incorporate motor goals. Your Therapy Source has been a great resource to find some new ideas to do just that. I truly feel that the use of my RSS feeds (in conjunction with my other social media avenues) has made me a better teacher.
I think that the contents of an RSS feed is great to use as a resource for professional development. The information and solid content that is posted has helped me grow as an educator. I was really excited to figure out the ability to "bundle" my feeds and share by embedding them into my blog (see My RSS feeds page of this blog). I think this would be great way to create a list of resources for my paraprofessionals. I could create a blog, add blogs to the feed, and they could read over blog topics when they had a chance. In addition, if they had comments, concerns, or questions, they could post in comments section of blog and I could respond accordingly. This would also be a great idea for sharing information with parents as well as with other teachers. Currently, my district is working towards creating and implementing one PBL/STEM lesson in each of the grades. I have found that most teachers have limited knowledge of PBL/STEM. Creating a RSS feed of PBL/STEM resources would be extremely beneficial. It would be a great way to provide some guided learning on the topic without overwhelming them with a ton of handouts or emails of websites.
Additional resources about using Google Reader:
The Whiteboard Blog
Google Support for Google Reader
Official Google Reader blog