I’ve chosen to explore the wonderful world of Feedly (although so far, I am really not a fan). I have been fooling around on the site and app for the past week, and have found it somewhat difficult to navigate. I don’t know if my frustration is with the site/app itself, or from learning to use so many different platforms at the same time. Regardless, there are a few sources I’ve chosen to follow that have supplied me with some interesting resources, blogs and news outlets — Free Technology for Teachers, Gizmodo, and MindShift.
Free Technology for Teachers is an excellent feed to follow because of how straight forward the articles and attachments are. If the title of the article is How to Use Microsoft Translator, that’s exactly what you will find. The layout of the articles are very straightforward, and have direct connections to applications in education — making it extremely relevant to our EdTech course, but also for teachers and education in general.
Gizmodo is a technology and science based feed, ranging from news outlets and social media, to product reviews and internet safety. Because there is such a variety of information in this feed, there is greater opportunity to find additional resources while you’re exploring the articles and linked websites. I have found it particularly beneficial to expand my knowledge and resource base in coding, (for my learning project). I didn’t realize how much coding is involved in EVERYTHING, and this feed has provided me with different avenues for understanding code, and even the language and jargon around coding, in a way that is slightly less dry than some other outlets.
MindShift has been my favourite feed so far. The articles and resources in this feed refer a more “humanitarian” sense of technology and education. As a pre-service teacher with a background in sociology, and as someone who is just learning about many of these technologies, I’ve found the posts on this feed are more relatable and accessible. The content that is covered has a lot to do with the processes we are going through in education courses and new technologies, but also the things we are reminded of, in regard to taking care of ourselves, mindfulness, meditation, and our own well-being — the best of both worlds.