The headline that caught my eye was Miami Invaded By Giant, House-Eating Snails, and I immediately bookmarked it on Delicious, in fact even before I'd actually read the whole article. I'm not sure when I'll use it or with which class but it's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for…
What I'm thinking as I scan the headlines is that any story with a headline I want to click is maybe a text my learners are going to want to read; and any text they want to read is one I want to take to class.
And being on NPR, the article also comes with an audio version and a transcript (not to mention a photo to import to my interactive whiteboard).
Bloglines, a popular RSS reader [definition] is to close October 1, as it says "being locked in an RSS reader makes less and less sense to people as Twitter and Facebook dominate real-time information flow".
Thanks to Twitter and the like, people don't read use RSS readers any more, in other words (though over 70% of Mashable's readers do — or at least they did, a year ago).
To follow lots of blogs (and a huge etcetera), however, an RSS reader is indispensable — and has at least one huge advantage over Twitter and Facebook: you choose who or what you want to follow, and you don't finish up swamped by garbage.
Switching over to a different RSS reader is simply a question of exporting your feeds from Bloglines and importing them into a new one… but which one? The new, social media version of Google Reader was the obvious choice (though I much prefer Bloglines) — but further dependence on the Evil Empire aka Google, that's bad news, too.
What drives motivation? Great for a Business English class…
One of the great mysteries of the Internet: how on earth do people like Larry Ferlazzo find time to find so much amazing stuff?
I barely have time to read my RSS feed for Larry's Websites of the Day, so that when I eventually get round to it, my Bloglines account is overflowing with good stuff. Among what's been accumulating there:
An online game on How Wasteful Are You?, which would make a great starting point for learners to devise their own quiz (for which a Google Docs form is fantastic, apart from anything else as it can be embedded on a blog)
A PBS Newshour program on What Drives Motivation in the Modern Workplace? that would be great with a Business English class (or one of any adults). You might try getting them to predict what will be said, and see how much they got "right".