(via Innovation Weblog) I thought this pull quote from the article in Business 2.0 would be more interesting if you substitute the word “education” for the word business:
Blogs will soon become a staple in the information diet of every serious business [education] person, not because it’s cool to read them, but because those who don’t read them will fail. In short, blogs offer an accelerated and efficient approach to acquiring and understanding the kind of information all of us need to make business [education] decisions.
That’ll be the day, huh? But when you think about it, there is a lot of truth here. I really wish I had more time to explore the use of RSS and Weblogs as a research and information tool for pedagogical purposes. I know it’s neither difficult or especially time consuming to set up say an English Department page that aggregates search feeds on English type stuff. Even better, what if it was course specific?
Take our Modern American Literature class, for instance. There could be a feed for “teaching literature,” and one for “Secret Life of Bees.” It might look like this. It took me 10 minutes, and look at these pretty interesting nuggets that I found that could inform my teaching in that class: Student sculpture uses tiles to represent key themes and Palimpsest. (I also did something similar to this for the Holocaust class a couple of weeks ago.)
Now I know the results need to be tweaked, but wouldn’t it be cool to offer this to teachers?