Written by Sequoia Abbott-Saulteaux
I’ve been trying to move away from just following one news source for a while now, in an attempt to become more open-minded and informed. I previously found a lot of my news sources from Facebook, but I have heard of problematic aspects with their algorithm and criticism of it being a “echo chamber” that only reinforces your existing beliefs. Then I tried to download a couple of news apps on my phone but I wished there was an easier way that took up less memory and time spent navigating between multiple platforms. Finally, I was introduced to Feedly in my #edtc300 class.
Feedly is a news organization website that allows you to customize your feed in different categories to personalize what you information you are receiving. The great thing about it is that you are entirely in control over what sources you want to see, but it encourages the use of multiple sources because of how easy it is to organize and categorize them. I especially like the fact that Feedly uses both news sources and verified blog posts, which are useful for me as an educator to connect with others in education. The first thing that happens when you create an account is that feedly asks which content you want to follow. This was a process that I had to think about a little bit and I found that my categories and sources grew the longer that I had my account. I asked myself what would be the most useful to myself as an educator and ended up searching multiple keywords before I organized my thoughts.
The keywords that I searched included: education, secondary education, educational technology, education pedagogy, Indigenous education, Indigenous, reconciliation, treaty education, saskatchewan, saskatchewan education, regina, treaty four, and some others. When searching for keywords, Feedly will pull up relevant news or blog sources and it gives a short description, as well as the subscriber count and the number of articles posted per week. As the image above shows, I tried to follow sources that had around 10 articles a week and were fairly recent. I did give some leeway to certain blog sites that I didn’t feel needed to post everyday, for those I tried to find out if they had posted in the last couple of months. After searching for a while, I decided to make several categories that further organized the new and blog sources that I chose to follow.
The categories that I chose included (General) Education, Educational Technology, Reconciliation, and Local news. I feel like all of these categories will be useful for my educational career as well for helping me practice #LifeLongLearning. Like I previously mentioned, I appreciate the fact that Feedly gives a platform to blog users as well, which can be such valuable resources especially for those who voices are not always heard. Blog forums help give a voice to the everyday person as well as individuals who specialize in a certain field. Two blog forums that I follow are Educational Technology and Mobile Learning in the “Ed Technology” category and Ojibwe Confessions: Indigenous View Point in the “Reconciliation” category.
Educational Technology and Media Learning is a blog run by Dr. Med Kharbach a researcher and classroom teacher with ten years of experience. The blog is a resource hub for educational technology for educators with a 21st century pedagogy. This blog is more relevant than ever in our increasingly tech and distance learning world. They post 14 articles per week, making it so that they are constantly searching for free and meaningful resources that teachers can use today. Ojibwe Confessions: Indigenous View Point is a blog run from Sagkeeng Reserve in Manitoba since 2009. These stories don’t stray away from hard truths and are an excellent insight into modern and systematic Indigenous issues in Canada. This blog is more relevant than ever as educators attempt to navigate treaty education and Reconciliation in a colonial society.
All in all, Feedly is an excellent tool for Educators to use to access modern, reliable, and relevant information for meaningful lessons.