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This is for a "How-To Tuesday" workshop sponsored by CITES Academic Technology Services.

This is for a "How-To Tuesday" workshop sponsored by CITES Academic Technology Services.

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  • I use Google Reader to teach this workshop because I already use it for my own RSS feed. I’ve found it to be fairly user-friendly, customizable, and it has some social features which could be beneficial for professional information sharing and pedagogical purposes alike. However, there are many other RSS readers if you want to explore non-google alternatives. [Insert third-party disclaimer: CITES does not support GR; use common sense regarding privacy issues, as you would with any other form of social media.] The Ultimate RSS Toolbox offers an extensive list of readers at http://mashable.com/2007/06/11/rss-toolbox/
  • For sites that don’t offer feeds, copy & paste the URL into Page2RSS http://page2rss.com/ then plug the RSS-friendly URL into Google Reader.
  • How to turn off the Social feature in GR: Try this if you never want to “follow” people or get feeds of the blog posts they share. To turn off Shared Items, type the following javascript command into your browser address bar and hit Enter, then reload the page:javascript:antisocial('true') This operates as a cookie, so the social features will turn on again if you delete your cookies or use another browser.
  • There is a LOT of text here! I’m adding these notes to the slides more for future reference on the ATS blog than for people to look at during the workshop.
  • There is a LOT of text here! I’m adding these notes to the slides more for future reference on the ATS blog than for people to look at during the workshop.
  • There is a LOT of text here! I’m adding these notes to the slides more for future reference on the ATS blog than for people to look at during the workshop.

Rss for teaching, learning, and research Rss for teaching, learning, and research Presentation Transcript

  • RSS For Teaching, Learning, & Research
    CITES Academic Technology Services
    Anne McKinney
  • Before RSS
    Websites had to be checked individually
    for new content
  • RSS: Really Simple Syndication
  • A Few Professional Uses
  • A Few Pedagogical Uses
  • GoogleReader
    Q: Why Google?
    A: Convenience (many people already have a google/gmail account)
    Go to http://www.google.com/reader/ to get started
  • Next: Add Subscriptions
    Two methods
    In Google Reader (GR), select Add Subscription & enter URL
    On a website, look for RSS icons or indicators
  • Adjusting Settings: Folders
    Click on the utility wheel Select Reader Settings
    Subscriptions tab Change Folders New Folder
  • Social Features
    Folders and Tags  lets you make folders public or private
    People you follow (main page)  Sharing Settings  find people with whom you can share items; set to public/private
  • Advanced Tweaking: Subscriptions
    Page2RSS http://page2rss.com/
    Use for websites that don’t offer feeds (static pages, some blogs).
    WizardRSShttp://www.wizardrss.com/
    If a blog only shows you part of the post in your feed and you would rather see the whole post without clicking through to the site, WizardRSS will convert it for you.
    ChangeDetectionhttp://www.changedetection.com/
    Sends updates as email notifications rather than RSS.
  • Advanced Tweaking: Social Media
    Twitterfeedhttp://twitterfeed.com/
    Will automatically feed your blog posts to Twitter, Facebook, other social networks.
    Twitter Search http://search.twitter.com/
    Set up an RSS feed of tweets that mention any hashtag or search term. Once you enter a search on this page, it will not only show you the relevant posts but offer to send the feed to your RSS.
  • Advanced Tweaking: Embedding Feeds
    Reader Settings  Folders and Tags 
    First make the feed public
    “add a blogroll to your site”
    Copy the code and paste into an HTML editing window.
    Google AJAX Feed API http://www.google.com/uds/solutions/dynamicfeed/index.html
    Offers a variety of display formats
  • Advanced Tweaking: Going Offline
    Zinepalhttp://www.zinepal.com/
    Convert your RSS feed into a printable PDF or eReader-friendly format.
    Print to PDF in Google Reader http://joliprint.com/2010/10/07/print-to-pdf-google-reader/
    Convert a single feed item to a PDF format by means of a browser bookmarklet.
  • Additional Resources
    UIUC Library’s Current Awareness Tutorial http://www.library.illinois.edu/learn/research/current.html
    Explains how to follow updates to database searches
    Links to other feed readers & RSS tools
    Ultimate RSS Toolbox (Mashable) http://mashable.com/2007/06/11/rss-toolbox/  
    Offers an extensive list of RSS readers for different operating systems.
    Tips and tools fur RSS users
  • About the Presenter
    Anne McKinney
    CITES Academic Technology ServicesUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign(217) 244-8642amckinn@illinois.edu