Okay, so it’s kind of a cheesy tag line, but don’t you sometimes just feel “hungry” for new ideas? With the constant updates that are being made to technology and with the vast array of information available online, we have the option of having a “buffet” spread before us each day using resources such as Google Reader. My husband is our high school principal, and he has really pushed me to utilize Google Reader to stay updated. If you are new to RSS feeds, the idea is that you sign up for information from certain providers, and the information comes to you on a regular basis. In order to access it, you need to utilize a reader (such as Google Reader) to collect the information in the form of “feeds.”
One nice aspect to Google Reader is that you see a list of articles and their summaries in a row. You may then either “graze”–or skim–over the articles looking for those that interest you, or you may actually “eat up” by carefully reading through the feeds that catch your interest. One feed that I particularly love is Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne. As a Media Specialist, I frequently forward his feeds to teachers at various levels because the resources that he shares are incredibly useful. Regardless of your subject area or grade level taught, Free Technology for Teachers has resources that will enhance your curriculum… for FREE!
So, if you are one of those people who is hungry for information and would like it spread before you like a mouth-watering buffet (work with me here), consider checking out Google Reader and setting up RSS feeds for some of your favorite resources. You might just discover that you are quite the information connoisseur!