Feedly has changed my life in the best way possible. It has all the blogs, articles, news, and information that I could ever ask for, and I can tailor it to my specific taste – yes please! I had no idea that apps like Feedly, which bring together all the sources on the internet into one convenient space, even existed.
I used to begin my mornings reading the likely fake news I managed to find on Facebook, but now I turn to Feedly where it houses the articles I want to read. Not only does it replace my morning and night social media cruises that I would take daily, but the low data usage allows me to browse through articles on the bus.
The first few days with this amazing app were spent with strictly education and technology based blogs and articles filling my news feed. I was scared to venture out into the endless possibilities that were just waiting to be read, but with a very small selection of articles on my home screen I decided I needed to include my other interests in life on this app in order to have a better experience. Once I discovered LaineyGossip could be available at the simple opening of an app I fell down the Feedly rabbit hole.
One of the first blogs I followed, partly because of the name, was Cool Cat Teacher Blog. The title was quirky and the articles were relevant to a future teacher who would be in a regular classroom one day. The articles are both optimistic and obtainable, and also realistic. The problem I have with many teacher blogs is that they get so personal on the classroom and the resources available to the teacher that the tips and ideas given are often not applicable to my life as a future educator. What’s great about Cool Cat Teacher Blog is that the ideas and theories presented are not complicated and can easily be modified to fit different age groups and schools.
Another source that I find very useful to follow was Buzzfeed. This one was more for personal entertainment, but I believe that it is important to peak all your interests in as many ways possible. I enjoy Buzzfeed videos, I love taking Buzzfeed quizzes, so why not add reading their entertaining mind candy articles to the list. Staying relevant in the world of pop culture is just as important as reading educational material. After all, just because I’m becoming a teacher doesn’t mean my personal life has to die.