Google Alerts, mentioned in the previous post, is a handy web research tool. If there is topic that you or your students frequently search for, consider creating a Google Alert for that topic. You can create a Google Alert using any combination of search terms. Each time new content matching those search terms is indexed, the content or link (depending on your selection), is delivered to your choice of email or RSS reader.
Embedded below is a good video introduction to using Google Alerts.
Applications for Education
The most obvious academic use for Google Alerts is in a current events course. If your students are responsible for finding, tracking, and summarizing news stories, Google Alerts can help them find new stories.
For your own professional development, Google Alerts is a handy way to have new content brought to you rather than you searching for new content.