This week in Edtech 501, we learned another useful way to collect and organize information using Google Reader. In the past, I have dabbled with Google Reader a little, but not to the extend of this week. I now see how valuable this resource is in so many ways, especially for teachers and students.
As a student, you can search and subscribe to feeds about topics that you need to learn more about for research or projects. Many sites constantly update feeds with new information as it becomes available. For example, students who are studying current events or government could subscribe to news media sites so that they can stay up to date on events taking place around the world. Or, if you are studying World War 2, you can search feeds for information that will help you with your research. Students however, must be made aware that not all information on the internet is always accurate.
Teachers who use Google Reader can share bundles of feeds with students to help their students research projects and obtain information. I think this is valuable because it allows the teacher to control the sources or feeds that his or her students are obtaining essentially guaranteeing that the information is accurate and legitimate. Another great tool Google Reader provides for teachers is that it helps them to stay current in their area of expertise. For example, I am now subscribed to professional organization feeds that will relay information, ideas, and suggestions for using best teaching practices in my classroom.
My RSS Bundle contains feeds that will help me stay current on educational topics that relate to me. I am excited to begin using Google Reader on a regular basis. For me, I look forward to reading feeds about topics that interest me and that will help me be a more effective music teacher to my students.
This assignment covers AECT Standards: 3.1 Media Utilization, 4.3 Delivery System Management, and 4.4 Information Management.