I did it. I joined Feedly.
I’ve noticed the presence of RSS feeds online for quite some time now, but never took it upon myself to get one because I did not really understand what I would use it for. I appreciate how EDTC300 encourages the class participants to explore different ways to use web based applications to make them relevant to learning, and to teaching.
I took to Feedly like a fish takes to water. As soon as I finished my super easy registration (seriously, like two steps- sign up, confirm registration by email) I prioritized my “feeds”. It is as simple as putting in topics I’m interested in. In this case….comics and animals. Oh yeah, and education of course 😉 . I have a special place in my heart for cute animals videos though.
Seriously though, the education feed is really handy. I can see myself using it as a teacher regularly. It is a quick, efficient way to weed through the fluff on the internet for teaching resources. Case in point: life-based math lessons. Math was never my strong subject as a student. So, as a student teacher, embracing mathematics lessons and making them engaging is a new process for me. I feel like Feedly has the potential to evolve into an application that I can count on heavily for free content and teaching resources.
For now though, The Daily Otter is one of my top pages.
Do you remember back in the early 2000’s where chat rooms were the cool thing and being computer savvy meant you were able to change the colors on your screen name? Well, that was me. Key word: WAS. I think it was right around the mass hysteria of Y2K that my technological skills stopped developing.
I can use my smartphone to scroll through Instagram and Facebook, create PowerPoints with animated slide transitions, but that is about it.
It’s not that I’m averse to technology, but I feel like unless coding and blogging and stuff like that is something I will be using on a daily basis, then why would I need to know how to do it? Yes, yes, I agree with the argument that it is necessary as a teacher to know these things (“You can’t drive the car if you don’t know the way”), but the pace at which technology moves is just so overwhelmingly fast. Now I’m hearing that teens these days don’t even use Facebook because “it’s for old people”?! Am I, at the tender age of twenty-nine, now considered old because I still diligently use Facebook as a primary means of communication? Side note: I have never, probably will never, have Snap Chat. I see Apple products in most of the schools that I have done practicums in, does anyone use Microsoft anymore? Has it gone the way of Oregon Trail and All The Right Type?
Photo Credit: joshtasman Flickr via Compfight cc
…..I’m really surprised I was able to do successfully insert an image AND give proper credit. There is still hope for me yet!
Anyway, check out my twitter, which I use for school quite often. Twitterverse is still a new concept to me and I mostly use it to check up on how far Donald Trump has his foot in his mouth on any given day. I am a loud and proud YNTEP student so you will see some of my tweets from courses past about oppression, lesson planning, backwards unit design (ack!), and so on: My Twitter Account.
I have learned how to do two new things in this post. Progress!
Up next…adventures in RSS feeds.