Skepticism Reigns (Thing 7A)

Having dutifully read a week’s worth of content in my RSS feeder, I’m afraid that my skepticism of the blogoshere seems warranted.  When I weigh the value of what I’ve read against the time that it took to wade through it, it’s just not worth it.  I spent hours searching through blogs trying to find one that resonated, and have found little that I would characterize as useful.  Blogs with an individual author seem particularly prone to ramblings and narcissism.  I’ve had the best luck with blogs focused on sharing websites and tools, since these seem much more practical in their focus.  I particularly appreciate Instructify and Free Technology for Teachers.  A couple of recent examples are a post from Instructify explaining how to view YouTube videos without all of the advertising and other clutter around it, and a link on Free Technology for Teachers to a  claymation version of Plato’s allegory of the cave on YouTube.  I’ve also added Ethics Newsline to my RSS feeder.  This is a weekly online publication with brief posts about a wide variety of ethical issues in the news.  For example, “A Physicians’ Group Says Medical Personnel Who Monitored Terrorist Interrogations Violated Ethics.” This and Nina Totenberg’s segments about Supreme Court cases from NPR provide content that I can use to enhance my Ethics class.  Overall, I can see how useful an RSS feeder could be, but so much hinges on subscribing to the best content for your teaching.  I’m hoping that I can narrow down my list and make it less daunting to follow, but I was discouraged to find so much that seemed so pointless.

2 thoughts on “Skepticism Reigns (Thing 7A)

  1. I agree that reading through so many postings was a bit taxing. I also had trouble finding information that was relevant to what I needed for my classroom. There are a lot of things posted by elementary and middle school teachers, but not a lot of high school teachers. I’m hoping to find a blog that will help me, or at least I’ll get better at using that search engine.

    I found out in one of my searches that a geometry teacher from Alabama used an example of assassinating Obama in one of her lessons on angles. Again, not useful, but perhaps interesting.

    I also find that if a person’s page isn’t attractive or has too many words, then I usually skip it. 🙂
    Maybe it will get better the more we get used to it.

  2. I will agree with you on the overwhelming wave of information that come into the reader. Keeping a short list of interested topics and deleting those that have become old is the key I believe.

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