Now that I have finished graduate school, I find myself needing to work a little harder on researching the latest innovations and trends when it comes to educational technology, and technology in general. I no longer have courses that provide me with the latest articles and research, so I've had to find tools to help me do it on my own.
On thing I've done is use an RSS feed to generate a list of articles from a variety of #edtech blogs and websites. I use feedly, to collect all of the latest posts from sites likeedutopia, freetechforteachers, edsurge, etc. What I really like about feedly is that it has amobile application as well as a chrome extension. This allows me to access articles from any device I use.
In addition to reading articles (or at least skimming them), I listen to podcasts that are focused on technology and educational technology. Primarily,I focus my listening on non-education related stories that allow me to keep a pulse on the technology world in general. I find that the tech world often informs what happens in edtech and vice-versa. Here is a list of podcasts I listen to and what they are about.
Below is one of my favorite Note to Self episodes, which focuses on creativity in children and adults.
Here is a great episode of Reply All, which talks about the app, Yik Yak and how it has impacted college campuses.
And last, but not least, here is an episode of the EdSurge podcast that interviews the Executive Director of the #edcamp foundation.
How do you keep up with the #edtech world? Please share your insights and resources in the comments below!
Mattea Juengel is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools.