When I was in the classroom everyday working with students, I commonly would hear others mention articles they read on various educational blogs and websites. Sure, over long breaks or over the summer I did all kinds of educational reading, but rarely during a typical five-day week: I was too consumed with teaching five periods a day; planning lessons for each of my three preps; connecting with parents; attending IEP meetings, staff meetings, PLC meetings, BLT meetings, department meetings... I consistently found myself wondering, Where do they find the time?
As we approach Thanksgiving, I find it fitting to share one resource that I now find invaluable: a resource that has made it manageable for me to stay on top of my online professional reading (even during those busy five-day weeks). This resource, introduced to me last year by one of our Instructional Technologists, is called Feedly, and I am extremely thankful that it has found its way into my life.
This both application and online-based resource compiles news feeds from a wide variety of online sources so that users can access recently posted content all in one spot. It also makes it easy for users to categorize their feeds, save articles for reading later, and to share items out via social media tools or email. Accessible online, via Andriod and iOS, I have Feedly booked-marked on my computer, as well as uploaded onto my phone and my iPad: this allows me to check my feed from pretty much anywhere at any time, no matter what device I have with me. Plus, I often find myself simply glancing at headings on the quick while I wait in a long line, while waiting for a meeting to start, or while getting the occasional pedicure and then using Feedly’s “save for later” feature: this allows me to return to these articles when I have more time available to sit down, focus, and actually read each one.
The images above show how Feedly varies depending on which device it's being accessed from.
Left is my computer view, middle is my phone view, and right is my iPad view.
With Feedly in my life no longer is my computer's bookmarks bar filled with all the blogs and educational websites that I intend to read but rarely get to. Now, all my online professional reading is stored in one spot. Indeed, Feedly, with the befitting moto “never stop learning,” is a tool that this educator is glad to have in her toolbox.
Below, find a short tutorial on Feedly, outlining the basics as well as highlighting some of my favorite functions (this tutorial views Feedly from a desktop computer).
You can access Feedly by clicking on any of the three buttons below.
If you’re interested in exploring Feedly further, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or one of our Instructional Technologist. Trust me, this resource will minimize how often you find yourself asking, Where do they find the time? (Well, at least when it comes keeping on top of online professional reading.)
This post brought to you by Heather Lyke, Secondary Implementation Associate
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