BC: Christina Dietrich Hylton Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Education: Curriculum and Instruction: Instructional Technology
FC: Personal Learning Portals and Aggregators | Written by: Christina Dietrich Hylton
1: Table of Context | Chapter 1: Understanding RSS Chapter 2: Aggregators and Feed Readers Chapter 3: Locating Feeds
2: Chapter 1: Understanding RSS RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" which is a Web 2.0 tool that provides a way for users to subscribe to their favorite websites and receive updates without having to surf the web. These updates are called "feeds." As educators, the use of RSS feeds can be effective in collaborating with students, communicating with parents, sharing resources, and managing information. As a rule, there are three options in which users can grab or pull content from their favorite websites, blogs, wikis, etc.: directly from the site itself, by copy and pasting the RSS Feed link into their chosen aggregator/portal, or through email.
3: This is the universal RSS symbol, where you can quickly subscribe to the site feed. | You may also see buttons labeled "RSS" or "Subscribe" which provide the same options as does the symbol. By adding a 'feed' to his or her site, an author can easily keep all subscribed persons linked to content through automatic updates, sent when changes are made.
4: Chapter 2: Aggregators and Feed Readers Information from RSS Feeds is stored in a users chosen aggregator or feed reader (software or web site that tracks and stores feed subscriptions). There are a variety of free and paid aggregators and feed readers available to educators and students. The first step in choosing an aggregator or feed reader is to decide on the purpose for which RSS feeds will be used in the classroom and what types of tools and capabilities need to be available for use. The next step is to select an aggregator or feed reader and customize it according to the identified teaching and learning needs.
5: Ideas & Purposes for Use Stay Current on Topics of Interest Save Time Share Information and Resources Track Class Wiki Blogging Student Collaborative Projects Podcasting Emailing and Networking Calendar Reminders and Assignment Tasks Communicate with Students Parent-Teacher Collaboration Research Topic Source Index Web Searching News and Weather Updates Tag and Site Checker | Aggregators & Feed Readers for Educators Google Reader Bloglines My Yahoo iGoogle NetVibes Pageflakes
6: Google Reader
8: My Yahoo
12: Chapter 3: Locating Feeds Once the aggregator or feed reader has been created and customized according to the user preferences, it is time to begin adding and organizing content. As mentioned earlier, there are countless sites with RSS subscription tools. Surf the net for favorite sites and subscribe to their feeds! Most aggregators and feed readers have browsing and searching tools. Use this option to search for RSS feeds and widgets to subscribe to.
13: Interactive | Fun | Creative | Collaboration | Community | Engaging