When I look back to the start of my teaching career, finding a solid group of teacher blogs and reading them often was critical to how I taught, what I taught, and how I developed my views on education in general and edtech in particular.
After following these blogs for a while, I realized that there had to be a more efficient way to consume this information than to pull up each blog, check to see if there had been any new posts since my last visit, read it, then move on to the next blog, pull it up, check, read, etc. So I searched and discovered RSS readers. These are tools where you add your blog list, each blog has an RSS feed which allows it to send any new posts to this tool. This lets you open up one site, and read all your blogs there while also giving you piece of mind that any new posts not slip under your radar. I used the now defunct Google Reader. When it was terminated, I searched for another reader and tried to make the switch. I explored Flipboard, and although I loved the way it brought all my social media feeds into one place (and made them look beautiful), the RSS reader part wasn't the greatest. I tried out feed.ly but never really got into a groove with it. And to be honest, that led to spending a continually decreasing amount of time reading blogs. ...Wow, this post seems like a bit of a downer now. Actually though, at that time my job changed to one more similar to what I do currently and, along with that, Twitter began taking a more lead role in my professional development as blogs receded. I now follow some of the authors of those teacher blogs on Twitter, so I am still staying current with the content they are producing.
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