It Really Is Really Simple! RSS in Education

This wiki is meant to support a one hour concurrent session presentation at the 2008 CUE conference.

Mark Wagner
mark@edtechlife.com

Presentation Slides

ReallySimple.pdf (5.4 MB PDF, CUE 2007 version)

Read the It Really Is Really Simple article on the Infinite Thinking Machine blog.

How do you find these things?

How do you know all that?

The News Comes To Me


RSS Has Changed My Life!

Or

How To Process Much More in a Day Than Ever Before Possible.


Real Simple Syndication

Subscription is free!
Subscribe to the updates that are relevant to you!
Stop browsing the web!
Quickly skim updates:
River of news
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What makes subscription possible... even necessary?


The One-Way Web

Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
Information moves from publishers to consumers
Information cannot be edited
Read-Only Web (Web 1.0)

The Two-Way Web

It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
Anyone can publish, share, and change information
Read/Write Web (Web 2.0)
This is changing our world!

What can you subscribe to?

News Feeds
Blogs
Podcasts
Wikis
Social Bookmarking
Picture Sharing
And More...

News Feeds

CNN
Google News
Yahoo, MSN, and More...

Blogs

Web + Log = weblog
or “we blog”
Easily created
Easily updated
If you can email, you can blog.
Blogs allow visitors to comment.
RSS Feeds!
Free blogs for teachers - http://www.edublogs.org

Educational Blogs

Teacher web sites
Class web sites
Learning journals
Book Clubs
Connect with Authors and Experts
Pen pals
Professional Development
Reflective Practice
More on educational blogging - http://www.supportblogging.com

Podcasts

Podcasts are blogs with audio or video.
Podcasts are like Internet radio shows or TV shows.
Podcasts are consumed on demand.
RSS Feeds!
Free podcasts for all - http://www.podomatic.com

Educational Podcasts

Lectures & lessons
Just-in-time learning
School News
Classroom News
Final Projects
Presentations
Performances
Foreign Languages
Music
Find more educational podcasts - http://www.epnweb.org

Wikis

Websites anyone can edit!
If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki.
Visitors can see a history of changes and revert to earlier versions.
RSS Feeds!
Free wikis for teachers - http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers/

Educational Wikis

Collaboratively authored class texts
Writing projects
Group projects
Sharing resources
Grade level teams
Subject area teams
Professional Development

Other Services

FURL.net or del.icio.us - Annotate, save, and share bookmarks online!
Flickr.com - Upload, tag, and share images online!
Search Feeds - Notifications from Google, Technorati, and More!
  • Web Search: Run a search at MSN search. Add &format=RSS to the end of the search URL. Cut and paste this URL into your feed reader. You now have a feed for that search!
  • News Search: See the instructions for Custom News Feeds at Google News
  • Technorati: Run a search at Technorati, a blog search engine. Then click on the orange subscribe link near the upper right (above the search results).

Real Simple Syndication

Subscription is free!
Subscribe to the updates that are relevant to you!
Stop browsing the web!
Quickly skim updates:
River of news
Three panels

What Magic Is This?


RSS Feeds

HTML
RSS
Enclosures

RSS Readers


Web-based:
bloglines.com
reader.google.com

Applications:
NetNewsWire (OS X)
Feedreader (WinXP)

River of News


Three Panels


Using RSS

Find a favorite frequently updated site.
Does this site have a feed?
Copy the feed URL
Open Your Reader
Paste in the URL
Or… one-click?

Once Click Subscription


Live RSS Demo

Bloglines
NetNewsWire

Reflection

How might you use RSS in your work?
What might your first step be?

Discussion

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