Information Diets: Healthy Snacks to Consider Adding

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This week in CEP812, we took a look at information and our access to it.  This information is coming at us in larger quantities, much quicker and before thanks to Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feeds, and having access to the Internet at our fingertips.  The information that we are consuming is known as our “information diet.”  In CEP810, I was introduced to Professional Learning Networks via media and an RSS feed, something new to me.  Prior to CEP810, I was consumed by “junk food” in my information diet, rather than clean and healthy information intake.  I was on Twitter all the time, gouging myself on junk such as entertainment news, keeping up with the Kardashians, and reading tweets about other meaningless information.  It was during CEP810 that I made a lifestyle change, one that I am proud to say that I’ve stuck to ever since.  I set up a completely separate Twitter account that I use solely to connect with other educators, share educational resources with my followers, and read up on recent educational trends and news.  You can read all about my dieting transition in CEP810 here.

This week in CEP812, we were challenged to add three new sources of information to our PLN feed for sustained “energy and nutrition.”  After watching the TED Talk Eli Pariser: Beware Online “Filter Bubbles”,  I knew this was important for me.  I needed to get outside my “filter bubble” and explore things that challenged my perspectives, views, and ideas, but also to actually engage and reflect on those new sources (Pariser).  Here’s what I found.

Filter Bubble

TED was added to my diet because TED is constantly leading the way for innovation with the speakers it features.  Although I don’t always agree with some of the ideas of its featured speakers, TED’s slogan definitely holds true with “Ideas Worth Spreading.”  Even though many of the TED Talks are related to the field of education and are highly beneficial for educators, they also bring new information from outside the “filter bubble” that I find to be interesting, whether it be business related, environmental ideas, artistic/cultural innovations, etc. These genres are all extremely interesting, and something I don’t typically read up on normally, exposing me to new ideas outside of my comfort zone.

Edudemic is a resource that I’ve followed on Twitter since I launched my professional Twitter account, but recently just added it to my RSS feed so I am reading published articles every day.  It does tie in Education Technology, which is something in my “filter bubble”, but it does so in a way that pulls in a variety of other educational buzzwords and phrases such as blended learning, ELL, special education, gamification, and so on that I may not be as familiar with.  The articles on Edudemic push me outside the Ed Tech boundaries and expose me to a variety of resources, articles, and view points that may or may not be supported.

Teaching Channel has a blog and a Twitter account that you can follow as well.  It has several Common Core related resources and videos that many of us as educators are looking toward as a support system as we dive in to this new way of teaching and assessing our students via CCSS.  Common Core is still very difficult for many teachers to understand and there is so much controversy that surrounds it, that exposure in a positive light is the best way to tackle the beast.  It also has content that allows us to step out of the walls of our own classroom and into others for a new perspective.

References:

Carr, N. (2011). The dark side of the information revolution [Web]. Retrieved from http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid57825992001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAADXaozYk~,BawJ37gnfAnGoMxEdQj_T9APQXRHKyAC&bctid=1128986496001

Jenkins, H. (Performer) (2011). Media scholar henry jenkins on participatory culture and civic engagement [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgZ4ph3dSmY&feature=youtu.be

Pariser, E. (Performer) (2011). Beware online “filter bubbles” [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html

Creative Commons licensed “Filter Bubble” by TED2011, used under CC BY

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2 responses »

  1. Chelsea,
    It seems that you have done a great job overhauling your information diet to make your social media exposure more valuable! I also am huge fan of TedTalks, and I find the ideas presented to be quite revolutionary. As you said, I don’t always agree with the presentations, but they are certainly “food for thought.” I too will be adding the Teaching Channel to my RSS feed. I often feel quite negative about the Common Core and confused at how to implement it in my classroom. Thank you for writing about an information source that shows these standards more positively!
    Beth

  2. Chelsea,

    I really enjoyed reading your post!! It really looks like you took some time to change your information diet! I too enjoy the TED talks but I can’t seem to pull myself fully into academia… (LOL) I don’t know why. I loved the visuals that accompanied your posts as well. They really pull the reader into your post!

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