Jeremy Hiebert is starting to see what I see about search feeds:
The idea is this: if students created a planning portfolio that contained their interests, plans and results of various activities they had done, couldn’t we infer that they might be interested in a few very targeted online resources that related to those interests and plans? So I imagined that I’m in Grade 12 and I’m planning to take biology at Brown University next year. Would this custom feed interest me enough to want to keep coming back to check it occasionally?
Exactly my thinking. And for as much as I see this as a natural classroom research tool, I feel it would be even more effective as a tool for teachers to stay abreast of current events that might be relevant to the curriculum or to their own professional development. (I’ve been doing some more playing around with this idea for teachers who may not want to go the full aggregator route.) What we need is one search tool that covers blogs, news sources, Websites, and news groups all in one and spits out RSS feeds. I know that probably would kick out a whole bunch of stuff, but I’d really like to have the chance to tweak the search to see if I could make it specific enough to be manageable. That is the key to all of this, obviously: the ability to make the vast majority of the results relevant. It won’t work if over half of it is random blather.