When I initially learned that we were going to be covering the topics of RSS, Personal Home Pages and Feed Readers I was excited at the thought of resurrecting my iGoogle page that had been built and then neglected. But I soon found out as I tried to log in and then reading in the article, Dealing with Dashboard Decisions by Joyce Valenza, that my iGoogle page was no more. This really disappointed me as I found this program extremely easy to use.
The ability to access all the areas I’m interested in one location is what I love best about RSS Feed Readers. However, I’ll need to find some strategy with how to deal with all “unread” items without letting it stress me out. As with my email accounts, I like to see everything read and dealt with. I’ll never be able to do this as I add more and more RSS Feeds. I will just have to become comfortable with leaving things “unread.” As another participant in this class commented, I’m definitely getting that “overwhelmed” feeling—especially with this topic. It may be that I’m not as comfortable or familiar with RSS and Feed Readers. I’ve decided to dabble a little here and a little there so as to not get too overwhelmed.
I opened up an account with both Netvibes and Feedly. I’ve spent more time working with Netvibes and have found myself frustrated from time-to-time. Netvibes seemed sort of clunky, but it could just be my lack of experience with it. To make myself more comfortable with this and perhaps use it more often, I think I’m going to add Netvibes to my browser’s home page.
I decided to go back to my blog and experiment with adding some widgets such as a RSS feed (the Cool Tools feed) and my del.icio.us links, which I was able to do successfully!
Though I don’t feel as though I’ve mastered any one tool in this lesson, I’ve definitely explored a lot and feel a bit more comfortable with RSS feeds and personal home pages. I’ve also tried to think of ways that I could use this in my school library such as linking to RSS feeds that review teen and YA books. I think it would be great if I could add a feed reader to the library website to add these types of feeds too. What a great way to share new or great literature with my students! I’ll have to work on that….
I’ve only begun my search for some great blogs or RSS feeds, but I came across this and wanted to share: http://www.pinterest.com/jnase1/slms-blogs/