Why This Quest
There are lots of blogs out there. Imagine that you knew that there were ten blogs that you wanted to keep up with. How would you do it? Would you keep a list of them and try to remember to go look at them every day? That would be frustrating, because it is a good bet that if it is a single-author blog, there are not new posts every day. So you would go to the blog and see the same thing that you read the last time. Or, worse, you would read half of it and then realize that you had seen it before.
No one wants that.
The solution is called a feed reader. A more formal name is an “RSS aggregator.” (I used to almost think that it was important for people to know what RSS stood for and a little about how it worked, but now I think that it is probably no more important to understand than SMTP is, and you use SMTP dozens of times every day.) There are lots of feed readers. When you start doing searches for feed readers, you will come across many people bemoaning the demise of Google’s feed reader, “Google Reader,” which shut down July 1, 2013.
What to do
Do a search and see which feed reader is likely to be best for you.
I am inclined to think that a web-based feed reader, or, better, a web-based reader that has an app for your mobile device is the way to go, but there are a host of feed readers that run on your computer. An advantage of those, especially if you have a slow internet connection, is that the information is downloaded to your computer periodically, so you can scroll through it very quickly.
There are two parts. It is a chicken and egg problem. You really can’t make sense of blogs without a feed reader, but you don’t need a feed reader if you don’t have a list of blogs to read.
Actually, there are three parts, and the third part might solve the chicken/egg problem, at least in this context.
Part 1: Find ten blogs
Find at least ten blogs that are interesting to you professionally. As you do, make notes about the searches that you did and how you chose them. Put them in your feed reader. I recommend that you include http://www.freetech4teachers.com/. If you are an instructional designer, you might check out https://community.articulate.com/.
Part 2: Choose a feed reader
You should try Feedly first. In the real world, you will probably take some reviewer’s word to decide which to go with. Enter your ten blogs into your feed reader.
Part 3: Follow your fellow travelers
People in your group should add their links to a page like this one for EDM510 summer 2016. You can use that list to add them to your Feedly link.
You can also add links like this: https://literatecomputing.com/c/edm510-2016/edm510s16-completions.rss and https://literatecomputing.com/c/edm510-2016/edm510blogs2016.rss to your feedly.
Evidence of Completion:
Put your post in the appropriate completions category and tag with #feedreader.
Include screen shots that show that you configured your feed reader and that it has at least 10 blogs that you are following and that you have added your co-travellers’ blogs as well.
It might be hard to tell which blogs you followed from the screen shot. If there are a few that you think others might be interested in, please mention them (with links!) in your response.
If your course has a Blog page (like EDM510 Summer 2016) add your blog there.
Include in your response anything interesting that you learned along the way, or things that you wish you had known when you started.