Dr. Scott McLeod has written two interesting blog posts on whether teachers should be required to establish and regularly follow RSS feeds. In his first post, McLeod sets the premise for his position that feeds should be a part of our daily professional responsibilities. In the second post he responds to his readers comments, mine included, and asks for more reader feedback. It is definitely a conversation worth having.
Personally, I have learned a lot using RSS feeds. I sincerely believe that the professional development I have gained through following RSS feeds just this year have been far more valuable than the cumulative value of all face-to-face experiences I have had in the past twenty years. Why? Well, likely because I get to choose the content that is most interesting to me, rather than topics imposed on me by others. I am looking forward to sharing RSS feeds with my colleagues this year. My hope is that five of my colleagues (at least) will be regular feed readers and will share what you learn with the rest of us, as I do through Brookhaven Technology Center.
In his second post McLeod asserts that my goal of having five of 40 teachers use RSS feeds regularly is short of what our aim should be. McLeod states, "