So I’m trying to draw some colleagues into the instructional technology blogosphere and had to write up a primer for folks who are new to the area… like I was a month or two ago. So, as long as I had to write it, I figured I’d throw it up on autounfocus.
Getting In the Game
First things first. You’re going to need an Aggregator. Really. I promise. You’ll drown otherwise. Thanks to Brian for teaching me this.
If you’re using Windows, download and install Syndirella
If you’re using MacOs X, download and install NetNewsWire
There are free versions of both available. Next, download this OPML file and then Import it into the Aggregator you just installed. You’ll get something that looks like this:
And voila! Much of the fast-paced discussion surrounding educational applications of bleeding edge technology is delivered to your door in one easy to swallow capsule. Click around through the feeds in the left pane to see the latest bits published on each site in the top right panel. Click on a title in the top right to see the first 40 words or so of each snippet of content, with the option to link out to the full story.
Don’t be deceived; the list of sites in the OPML file I’ve provided is far from complete - but it should get you started.
There are really four big things I’ve learned in my first couple of weeks in this community, and the sooner you know them, the better off you’ll be.
That’s my brain dump for now. Hope to see you in the blogosphere, and hope that this helps you get here sooner rather than later.Posted by david at April 17, 2003 03:05 AM | TrackBack