What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Feedly is a way to organize your favorite websites, blogs, and other online content into a single convenient place on the Internet. If your kids are already responsibly and maturely using the Internet, they might benefit from Feedly; for example, if your daughter loves The Lord of the Rings and has a million fan sites bookmarked, Feedly can help her access them more easily by saving them in one place. However, most kids probably won’t need Feedly unless they're very active Internet users.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- using supporting evidence
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
- collecting data
- combining knowledge
- social media
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
It can be fun and thought-provoking to pick your favorite sites and gather them in one place, but engagement ultimately depends on what kinds of sources and articles you choose to have in your feed.
It takes strategy and critical thinking to tinker with a feed so it brings up the exact content you're looking for. You're also encouraged to share your feed with other interested parties through social media.
When you click the Support link, it takes you to a page where you can sign up for FeedlyPro. There's a tutorial, but it's buried deep within the blog.
What's it about?
FEEDLY is a website that allows users to organize, read, and share the content of their favorite sites. It's a content aggregator, which means you tell it which websites you like and want to follow, and it tracks their content and makes it viewable on one page. You can access blogs, news sites, podcasts, and YouTube channels -- basically anything on the Internet. To add a source to your Feedly feed, just click on the plus icon in the upper left. To organize sources in terms of importance, click Personalize. You can save articles across devices or share them on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Evernote, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.
Is it any good?
Since Google Reader was discontinued in early 2013, people have been searching for a new way to organize their favorite websites. Feedly has been the most popular choice so far, and it's a pretty solid replacement. The interface can initially be a bit difficult to navigate, and help is not readily available. But after experimenting with settings, you should be able to set up a feed based on your interests.
The only negative is that Feedly can grab content from any website on the Internet, meaning that kids have access to potentially inappropriate stuff. Although you have to specifically search for inappropriate subjects for them to appear in your feed, Feedly probably isn’t a good idea for kids who aren't mature enough to use the site for its intended purpose, which is to simplify the browsing experience. It may be useful for older teens who could use it to gather up-to-date information for school assignments or other projects.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how technology has changed their lives. Getting overwhelmed by too many online options is a real issue, and Feedly can address it by streamlining content.
Talk to your kids about organization. How does it feel to have everything in neat categories, whether it's in their rooms or online?