How do you stay up-to-date on the latest news in education? The industry is not only fast-paced, but also evolving quickly with the use of new technologies. Our ability to receive real-time news from around the world also adds to the volume of information we can access 24/7. The thought of trying to keep up with it all can make your head spin.
There are more sources available than we can realistically consume, making aggregated services helpful assistants in the process. Over the summer I featured “4 Awesome Aggregators for Education News,” and since that time have discovered several others you may want to explore in your quest to stay current in your area of expertise.
- Education Dive promises “The education industry in 60 seconds.” From an easy to use and visually appealing dashboard interface, you’ll find tabs with featured news, trending topics, and industry press releases, as well as job postings, stock market information (including for-profit universities and education publishers), and upcoming conference events. The library tab also links to larger reports from organizations like Cengage and Google. The items included in Education Dive are selected by an editorial staff that also provides quick article summaries and “handpicked tweets” to bring your attention to those that are “the most relevant and insightful” in the education industry. If you don’t want to bookmark the website, or download the app, you can subscribe to the daily newsletter via email.
- Topix Education News is “continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.” One of the unique features of this site is the tie-in to local news and events from newspapers and television stations, in addition to national publications and websites. Like many of the other aggregators, there are sharing functions so you can add a link to an article you’ve read on this site to a tweet or post it on your Facebook wall. One drawback to Topix is the interface, which is heavily populated with ads, but there is some interaction among educators through online comments and discussions in the Education Forum, and nine education editors are currently monitoring the site.
- Learnist is a new tool with multiple options for use. You can curate your own collection with an individual account, but you don’t need to register to view the education category’s compilation of posted articles from other users. A quick look at images and headlines, as well as the Learnist user who posted each article, allows you to click through to further explore the information and boards. Each item also displays details related to the number of views and “likes” it has received, and reader comments, which work together to provide a kind of crowdsourcing approach to curation.
- Yahoo! Education News culls the latest education headlines from multiple wire services including The Associated Press and Reuters, primarily focused on U.S. stories. You’ll find not only a list of headlines, but also quick snip-its, links to the full articles, and information about when the item was posted. This site offers little in the way of customization, but is continuously updated and provides easy access to further search capabilities.
A gentle reminder: following too many aggregators can be a bad thing, and only replicate the existing problem of having too many items on your reading list. Your goal should be to find one source covering the trends, events, and topics that are most relevant to you and your work as a student or instructor, and start there. And this resource needs to be one that is easy, even engaging, to use so that you will return to it frequently.
What are your news needs? Here are some of the types of information you may want to consider as you review existing aggregation tools:
- Research reports: Look for sites that announce the latest research studies in your field, ranging from white papers and blogs to academic journals and presentations.
- Professional development opportunities: Are you interested in hearing about upcoming webinars, training sessions, and conferences? Some aggregators include lists of special events.
- Current trends and events: What is happening at schools like yours? Whether you are at the K-12 level or in higher education, for-profit or non-for-profit, press releases and news coverage of these institutions and their latest initiatives can inform your work.
- Resources for students: Bringing current events into the classroom is not a new concept for instructors working on course plans or for students completing class assignments. Think about how an aggregator may be helpful in your next project.
What else would you like to see in your daily newsfeed? Share your favorite ways to keep up with the latest trends in the education industry.
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