If you currently utilize Google Reader to follow all of these amazing classroom blogs, please make sure to take a few minutes to check out this quick tutorial on a great alternative service:
Feedly is a free RSS reader subscription service that is seeking to fill the impending void of Google Reader.
To make the transition seamless for current Google Reader users, Feedly has created a quick transition link system. To utilize this service, simply enter your Google Reader account information when prompted and Feedly will import all of your existing blogs. Conveniently, Feedly even maintains any organizational system that you may have applied within Google Reader. I am not going to lie, I spent more than an hour over spring break organizing all of my blog feeds into folders for easy reference- thus the REAL source for my Google Reader related heartbreak. I know, dorky, but super helpful. Now, if I want to see tips and tricks from my favorite tech bloggers, they're all in one folder. If I want to keep current on trends in the field of reading, I can just check my reading folder. Simple.
So, never one to linger in heartache, I did some research and decided to give Feedly a chance. I have to tell you, this has taken a bit of adjustment for me. The user interface is much different than Google Reader, but truthfully, I feel like Feedly is much more aesthetically appealing. It just takes a bit of getting used to.
Even better, Feedly offers a bookmarklet for your browser so that you can access all of your updates quickly and easily. They also have a great mobile app feature to keep apprised of currently bloggy happenings on the go.
Be sure to check it out!
They have created a FAQ and tutorial for new Feedly users, if you're still unsure or want more information, check it out here.
Also, in your haste and excitement to set up your feeds, be sure to add the Technology Tailgate and my blog, Purely Paperless, for more tips on integrating technology into the primary classroom. (End shameless plug... )