Imagine having a folder with bookmarks to about 50 different related websites. This would be useful if you wanted an archive of things under one category, but it would not make it very easy to keep track of changes in these websites on a daily basis. You’d have to spend an hour opening each webpage, one at a time, trying to remember if you had read the most recent post or not.
This is where an aggregator comes in. An aggregator is an online folder that contains links to as many other webpages that you want…but it offers one specific and distinct advantage: just as your mailbox indicates when you have new mail, the aggregator indicates when one of those websites has a new post. And better yet, you can read that post from within the aggregator page without having to go to the other website. So you can determine if there are any posts to read in hundreds of different webpages with just a glance, and even preview those posts to see if you need to read them in full.
The best overall aggregator for years was Google Reader, but for some unknown reason they decided to discontinue it last year, which certainly frustrated a lot of people. So now the new popular (and useful one) is Feedly.
Everyone at HKIS, student and teacher alike, should create a Feedly account and use it to keep track of the webpages they are interested in, including this one!
Such pages would include: blogs (such as this blog), classblogs within myDragonNet, news pages (like CNN.com), video blogs (vlogs), podcasts and other pages with things that interest you.
TO SET UP YOUR FEEDLY ACCOUNT, go to www.feedly.com and click ‘Get Started’.
Be sure you are logging in with your hkis.edu.hk account…
and when you get to the home page, go to “add content” (top left corner).
Subscribe to this blog first. IN MOST CASES, you only have to put in the URL of the page you are subscribing to, but in some cases (with WordPress), you have to put in /feeds/ after the URL….for example, instead of https://bytesizedtech.wordpress.com put in https://bytesizedtech.wordpress.com/feeds/
You can figure out the rest yourself…it’s easy…but I would strongly consider using Feedly to follow your friends’ and students’ SLR blogs, Pat’s Portal, and others that you find interesting. You can even subscribe to the HS news page in DragonNet and see if there are any new announcements each day. To help you get started, here is a great resource for hundreds of education blogs from teachers of subjects such as your own. Take a few minutes and find some blogs that reflect your own subject matter and grade level, and subscribe!
Then, once every week or two, just open feedly.com and glance over your subscriptions to see if there is anything new. It only takes a few seconds, and you stay caught up without going crazy!