Building Resources to Research Self-Driven Topics
1 Introduce & Explore Apps
There are a variety of apps available to help students search for information and articles on topics through RSS feeds. I've listed some of them- the best way to get them "into it" is to either assign a project to them and have them use one of the apps to research, OR to have students select one of the apps to do a presentation on.
In this flow: I'll assume people haven't experienced the apps so we'll have students select one of the above and then do a presentation on the app to explain it to other students.
The teacher will assign an app. Download and explore this app, using a topic of your choice as the research focus.
2 Teach the class about the app
Have the students explore the apps and then present/teach the other students about how it works, the pros and cons of each, what they liked and didn't like, etc.
A fun way of doing this could be to have the class present to a group of other students or teachers- and have the teacher "vote" at the end on which product seemed the most useful for research.
After this step, or if you skip this step, the goal would be to have students use this resources more often when doing research for projects or general class information gathering.
These are also great ways for teachers to stay on top of current information like technology, news, etc.
Put together a presentation showing how this tool can be used for other students.