Today, I caught up on my RSS reading. This fed my FaceBook and Twitter streams while also growing my Diigo library.
100 posts and days after starting this blog, I feel that I have a good footing on which I can build my technological education practice.
Since my desktop is running again, I haven’t used my iPad as much, and I certainly haven’t read through my RSS feeds. I find it so much easier to do from the Mr. Reader app than on my computer. However, like dishes in the sink, once there is a critical mass of unread posts, I find it too daunting to plow through them. Not wanting to miss one gem, I am reluctant to click, “Mark all as Read,” but that is a fallacy of a bygone era. It is a mindset inherited from a time when you could keep up with the reading. Now, it is more of a stick-your-mouth-in-the-fire-hose attitude. When you want info, you can get inundated as much or as little as you want. What you can’t do is drink all the water. You have to let some go past untasted, unknown.
So I’ll go pick up the iPad, skim what I want, read what I want, and mark them all as read. If I don’t, I’ll miss out on some gems instead of all of them. Too bad I can’t apply this same strategy to my email!
Earlier I blogged about the RSS reader I now use, Mr. Reader, and the feeds I read. Several feeds are of local events in the Boston area for children and arts related. Today, I finally went to an event I read about in one of these posts, a display of glass flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. See more on that in my other blog.
However, in this blog, I’d like to focus on how wide ranging and useful RSS feeds really are. Aside from finding neat activities for my family to enjoy in the local community, there are endless interests and ideas being generated, recirculated, and refreshed by the minute in blogs and other websites with regularly refreshed content. If you have not already done so, start an RSS reader. I recently got my head of school fired up about using her iPad to read some feeds and will shortly train any faculty interested (and lured by free lunch) on the topic. I think it is one of the easier powerful ways to harness the Internet.