In his ‘EdTech Presentation for People Who Don’t Like EdTech Presentations‘, math teacher (and amazing presenter) Dan Meyer states that RSS feeds are part of his EdTech mission statement. I couldn’t agree more, and personally would be lost in a world of ‘information overload’ without my trusty Feedly feed.
For me, if Twitter is the fire hose of information, then RSS is the water cooler. It’s calm, organized and I can sip comfortably and carefully at the pace I want. So with this tranquil analogy, here are twenty five of the the best RSS feeds for educators.
Best RSS Feeds for Educators
1. Edutopia - Add feed
The perennial favourite, Edutopia dishes out practical classroom strategies and tips, lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving teaching practices.
2. Free Technology for Teachers – add feed
One of the most popular feeds created just for teachers, ‘Free Technology for Teachers’ does exactly what is says on the tin. Free… Technology… For… Teachers.
3. Mindshift – add feed
Created by KQED and NPR, MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions, covering cultural and technology trends, innovations in education, groundbreaking research, education policy, and more.
4. TED Ed – add feed
The education spin-off of the ever popular TED talks, these engaging animated videos can be used for lessons, supplementary material or even just a bit of ‘educational’ fun.
5. Fractus Learning – add feed
With a focus on technology in education, Fractus Learning publishes articles, insights and ideas for educators who are passionate about technology and learning.
6. TechCrunch – add feed
The original (and in some minds the best) Technology blog, TechCrunch is the most popular tech blog around, offering the latest technology news and information on startups.
7. The Next Web – add feed
The Next Web is my personal favourite of the technology blogs. Going a bit deeper than just the latest tech, the articles focus on international technology news, business and culture.
8. The Verge – add feed
Broadening the term of geek, The Verge looks at the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture, offering in-depth reporting and long-form feature stories of impeccably high quality.
9. Google Blog – add feed
This is the feed to follow for all you Google-heads, delving into insights from Googlers (Google employees) on their own products, technology, and the Google culture.
10. MacRumors – add feed
The place to be for everything Apple, MacRumors is something of an institution for finding out the latest whispers that have ‘leaked’ out of Apple HQ.
11. Brain Pickings – add feed
A real mix of anything and everything… As long as it has ‘interestingness’ and creativity. The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force of knowledge, insight, information and inspiration.
12. Adafruit – add feed
With a focus on technology and electronics, the Adafruit blog is the ultimate ‘makers’ feed. Covering 3D printing, engineering, DIY, open source hardware, arduino, raspberry pi, art, hacking there is something for every maker.
13. Recyclart – add feed
Recyclart combines two wonderful activities. Recycling and Art! This feed is chockablock full of creative ideas based on repurposed, recycled, reused, reclaimed, upcycled and restored things.
14. MAKE – add feed
One of the most popular feeds for makers and DIYers around, the Make blog is the digital home of the ever popular Make magazine.
15. Behance – add feed
One of my newest favourites, the Behance feed delivers amazing artwork submitted by some of the greatest artists (of any form) from around the web. Get ready to have your mind BLOWN!
16. 99u – add feed
Many of the best leadership insights from around the world are collated by 99u. With huge variety in content, every post still resonates for anyone looking to lead.
17. A Principal’s Reflections – add feed
The personal blog of principal and author (Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times) Eric Sheninger, this feed is the best of the best when it comes to leading in education.
18. Leadership – Fast Company – add feed
The Fast Company is one of the greatest publishers on any front, and their leadership stream is no exception, particularly if leading the digital frontier is your focus.
19. Seth Godin – add feed
One of the most well recognized leaders in business and digital, Seth Godin’s teachings are applicable and relevant to any forward thinking leader. Well worth investigating.
20. Zenhabits – add feed
A very different type of leadership feed, Zenhabits looks at leadership with a more holistic approach. Living well. Productivity. And finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives.
21. Lifehacker – add feed
If I could only subscribe to one feed for the rest of my life, this would be it. Lifehacker covers every little tip to make life just that little bit easier. Give it a try and I promise you will be addicted.
22. TED Talks - add feed
We all know TED Talks by now. But, with so many great speakers it is easy to miss the one that might just change your life. I find having them in my feed is the perfect way to make sure I don’t miss a beat.
23. Create RSS Feeds for Twitter - learn how
One more adventurous use for your RSS feed is to add in tweets. Twitter streams including search results, user timelines and even lists can be added to your feed with this little workaround.
24. Serious Eats – add feed
OK. I have just put this one in to prove a point. I love this feed. Why? Because it’s completely non-work related and makes me happy every time I see some delicious food in my feed. Broaden your reading and try adding something obscure.
25. Cute Overload – add feed
Yep! Cute cats and so much more!
What RSS feeds for educators would you be the first to recommend? Leave your top 3 in the comments below.
Feature image courtesy of Flickr, idovermani.