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An intro to RSS with ideas for integration in the classroom.

An intro to RSS with ideas for integration in the classroom.

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    RSS via KISS RSS via KISS Presentation Transcript

    • RSS ( Acronymn for Really Simple Syndication ) KISS Methodology ( Acronymn for Keeping It Simple, Silly ) Presented in the
    • RSS
      • What is RSS?
      • How to use RSS – in and out of the classroom!
      • Why you should be a believer…
    • RSS and Feeds (Don’t let the terminology scare you!)
      • RSS is a “ format for delivering regularly changing web content .” (www.whatisrss.com)
      • You get the latest content from the web that you are interested in, delivered to one site, organized how you want it, ready to read whenever it is convenient for you!
    • What??
      • Think of it like this:
      • Traditionally if you’re interested in a periodical or newspaper, or a newsletter you subscribe to it and it gets delivered to your mailbox. You then read it at your leisure.
        • RSS is the same thing but for the internet. And instead of receiving info daily, weekly or monthly it can be constant and up to date.
    • But, What are “Feeds”?
      • You set up a mailbox or (techie term here) “aggregator” to collect your subcriptions –aka “feeds”.
      • Where do I find aggregators and how easy is it to set one up?
      • Let’s “google” it and find out.
    • Aggregators aka “Readers”
    • Which one to use?
      • As you can see there are many different aggregators.
      • In keeping with our KISS philosophy we will use Google Reader.
      • It’s free, easy to use and most importantly accessible from any computer with an internet connection.
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    • Let’s take a look at my sub-scriptions aka “feeds”
    • Finding Feeds
      • Search from within Google Reader
        • Click add a subscription
        • Type in search word(s) i.e. “weather” or if you know the feed url paste it in.
    • To add the feed you would click on “subscribe”
    • OR
      • If you are on a site that interests you – look for the RSS symbol or the xml symbol.
        • This indicates that it is a feed you can subscribe to.
        • Right-click on the symbol and cut and paste the url into the “add subscription” line.
    • Remember, not every site has a feed.
      • But many, many do.
      • If your having problems finding feeds here a couple of sites to get you started.
      • http://www.rss-syndication.com/find-feeds.htm
      • http://www.wikihow.com/Find-RSS-Feeds-on-the-Web
      • http://tinyurl.com/olf7t
    • A few ways RSS can help you in and out of the classroom
    • Professional Development
      • Setting up an RSS feed is a great way of collecting information regarding your field.
      • Benefits include staying up to date and informed.
      • Time saver – instead of going to several different sites to find information, the info comes to you.
    • TEACHER USE
      • Many teachers have students create weblogs.
      • With RSS instead of checking each weblog individually all the feeds can be gathered by your reader. -What a time saver!!
      • 3.2.12.C.7 Create a multi-page document using word processing software that demonstrates the ability to format, edit, and print .
    • PERSUASIVE ESSAY
      • Have students set up RSS search feeds on their particular topic.
        • i.e. position paper on vaccines
        • Student will have access to up-to-date information from various sources
        • STANDARD 3.2 (WRITING) ALL STUDENTS WILL WRITE IN CLEAR, CONCISE, ORGANIZED LANGUAGE THAT VARIES IN CONTENT AND FORM FOR DIFFERENT AUDIENCES AND PURPOSES . .
    • CURRENT EVENTS
      • News searches
        • Students can create feeds from Yahoo News and Google News
        • Using the Advanced Search feature students can choose their topic(s) and choose their publication(s) and choose from locations around the world enabling a global perspective on current events.
      • C. Living with Media
      • 3.5.12.C.1 Use print and electronic media texts to explore human relationships, new ideas, and aspects of culture (e.g., racial prejudice, dating, marriage, family and social institutions, cf. health and physical education standards and visual and performing arts standards).
      • 3.5.12.C.2 Identify and discuss the political, economic, and social influences on news media
    • Website Searches
      • Using Google Reader students can create specific RSS Feeds from a search of Google web sites. Advantages include the ability to specify within domains i.e. edu sites, gov. sites.
      • C. Living with Media
      • 3.5.12.C.1 Use print and electronic media texts to explore human relationships, new ideas, and aspects of culture (e.g., racial prejudice, dating, marriage, family and social institutions, cf. health and physical education standards and visual and performing arts standards).
    • Bibliography
      • Richardson, W (2009). Blogs, wikis, podcasts,:and other poweful web toos for classrooms . Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
      • What is RSS? RSS Explained. (2009). Retrieved March 03, 2009 from What is RSS: http://www.whatisrss.com/.