the world as well as receive updates from places I cannot even imagine possible. “As updates happen in online social network sites or news sites, for instance, RSS feeds enable learners to stay more attuned to friends or world events, respectively, through the range of multimedia information posted. Electronic invitations, group subscriptions, and other network elements
pushed to an individual user’s account permit learners to identify new resources and people to track or invite into their knowledge base and to deepen relationships with existing contacts". (Greenhow, p. 249)
I love having all this information on my home page because I can see everything in front of me along with my “to do” list I never thought I would use, my news subscriptions and blogs I now follow. It took me a while until I figured out that I could also watch Youtube videos and enter Facebook and Twitter form this site as well. I had my email contacts sent over to my Gmail account, but becaus even after sending out notices, I still receive most everything on my Hotmail account.
My Google Reader feed is also a lot of fun because as I mentioned in one of my posts, it’s like receiving Christmas mail along with gifts of information. I tend to read as many as I can, but because I subscribed to so many, and some were repeats, I found that when I had well over 1000, it was difficult to clear my shelf without reading them all. I had to unsubscribe to some feeds because I was receiving far more information than I could handle. When I don’t have the time to read them all, I like to go through them quickly and copy those onto work I think I will use in the future; if I don’t use them, I can always delete. when I get back to school, I will definitely get students to learn about RSS feeds in their English classes. As Richardson points out, "Reading literacy can no longer be how well students can decipher text on a page or screen. We have to begin to prepare them for this much more complex world." (Richardson, p. 77). I can’t wait to share with them, and then subscribe to my next group of feeds when I make more time.
Greenhow, C., Robelia, B., & Hughes, J. E. (2009, May). Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship in a Digital Age Web 2.0 and Classroom Research: What Path Should We Take Now? EDUCATIONAL RESEARCHER, 38(4), 246-259.
Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.