Thanks to technology, it is easier than ever to stay up to date about current events. One way that I stay informed is by using Feedly, an RSS reader, to subscribe to a variety of blogs, newspapers, and magazines. Feedly allows me to easily access a variety of viewpoints on a diverse range of topics with several easy clicks.
Along with staying up to date about current events, Feedly (or any RSS Reader) is a great tool for teachers to use to conduct their own professional development. Teachers can follow the blogs of other educators and look for possible lesson ideas, activities, and resources.
But Feedly is not just for adults. With Feedly, students can..
- Follow a series of articles relating to the same current event and then develop a point of view argument on the topic that uses specific evidence. These written arguments could be submitted to a newspaper/magazine OP/ED and lead to a discussion on citizenship.
- Compare and contrast articles on the same topic to discuss viewpoint, perspective, and bias.
- Become more informed about current events for classroom discussions.
I will be facilitating training sessions for Feedly on Tuesday, October 7th and Wednesday, October 8th in the library at various times throughout the two days. These sessions will help you set up your own Feedly account, introduce you Feedly’s tools, and offer you some suggestions of initial sources to follow based on your content area and interests. Please let me know if you plan to attend by filling out this short form.
If you would like to learn Feedly on your own, please feel free to use these directions.
Being informed is an important responsibility of a citizen and a teacher. How are you staying up-to-date?