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    1. 1. RSS for Educators Jennifer Carrier Dorman
    2. 3. What is RSS? <ul><li>Depending on who you talk to, RSS stands for Rich Site Summary or Real Simple Syndication </li></ul>
    3. 4. Web 1.0  Web 2.0
    4. 5. RSS – Really Simple Syndication
    5. 6. Ask an Expert . . . <ul><li>Excerpts from Will Richardson’s publication, RSS: A Quick Start Guide for Educators </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will’s Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will’s Book </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. What is RSS? <ul><li>Blogs, podcasts, news sites, and an ever-growing number of other media site generate a behind-the-scenes code in a language similar to HTML called XML. </li></ul><ul><li>This code, usually referred to as a &quot;feed,&quot; makes it possible for readers to &quot;subscribe&quot; to the content that is created on a particular website so they no longer have to visit the site itself to get it. </li></ul>
    7. 8. RSS – Really Simple Syndication
    8. 9. RSS – Really Simple Syndication
    9. 10. RSS Syndication <ul><li>As is true with traditional syndication, the content comes to you instead of you going to get it, hence “Real Simple Syndication.” </li></ul>
    10. 11. Applications for RSS Feeds <ul><li>An RSS aggregator checks the feeds you subscribe to and it collects all the new content from those sites you are subscribed to. </li></ul><ul><li>Then, when you’re ready, you open up your aggregator to read the individual stories, file them for later use, click through to the site itself, or delete them if they’re not relevant. </li></ul><ul><li>In other words, you check one site instead of dozens of individual websites </li></ul>
    11. 12. RSS – Really Simple Syndication
    12. 13. RSS in Plain English
    13. 14. Subscribing to RSS Feeds
    14. 15. Finding Feeds <ul><li>Blogs, podcasts, news sites, and many other media services syndicate their content through RSS feeds </li></ul>
    15. 16. Options for Subscribing <ul><li>Option 1- Manual Subscription </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Right-click on the RSS or Atom link/icon and select Copy Link Location </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paste that feed URL into your RSS reader </li></ul></ul>
    16. 17. Options for Subscribing <ul><li>Option 2 – Automatic Browser Subscription </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Firefox </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Explorer 7 </li></ul></ul>
    17. 18. Automatic Subscribing in Firefox <ul><li>Tools > Options </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the Feeds tab </li></ul><ul><li>Select your preferred RSS reader </li></ul>
    18. 19. Automatic Subscribing in IE7 <ul><li>Click on the Feed icon </li></ul><ul><li>Click subscribe to this feed </li></ul><ul><li>Select the folder and click subscribe </li></ul>
    19. 20. Automatic Subscribing in IE7 <ul><li>Read your subscriptions through IE7 </li></ul>
    20. 21. Options for Subscribing <ul><li>Option 3: Automatic Feed Reader Subscriptions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many sites now offer one-click subscriptions targeted to popular feed readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on the icon for the reader you use and the subscription feed will automatically be added to your reader </li></ul></ul>
    21. 22. Options for Subscribing
    22. 23. RSS Aggregators Feed Readers
    23. 24. Bloglines
    24. 25. Bloglines <ul><li>Save Time, Read it Your Way </li></ul><ul><ul><li>View all your subscriptions by clicking on the My Feeds tab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modify display preferences in feed Options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>View articles by selecting from the links in your Feeds folder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modify individual subscription options using the Edit feature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose a Notifier for Bloglines alerts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>View Bloglines on your mobile device </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read Bloglines in your favorite language </li></ul></ul>
    25. 26. Bloglines <ul><li>What interests you? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs , News , Podcasts and more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weather forecasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Package tracking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>View the 200 Most Popular Feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Track future web articles by creating a search subscription </li></ul></ul>
    26. 27. Bloglines <ul><li>Subscribe to it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe with one click from your browser toolbar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe from search results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for RSS enabled sites with 'Subscribe with Bloglines' or XML/RSS buttons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you don't see an RSS button, use the 'Add' link and enter the URL and Bloglines will find all available feeds for you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage mailing list clutter by creating unique email addresses </li></ul></ul>
    27. 28. Bloglines <ul><li>Publish, Share & Save </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish your own blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post a 'Subscribe with Bloglines' button on your blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share your blogroll </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email articles to any address using the 'Email This' feature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Save articles with the 'Keep New' or 'Clip/Blog This' features </li></ul></ul>
    28. 29. Bloglines <ul><li>My public Bloglines feeds are available at </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    29. 30. Google Reader
    30. 31. Google Reader <ul><li>Stay up to date </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Share with your friends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Google Reader's built-in public page to easily share interesting items with your friends and family. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use it anywhere, for free </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader is totally free and works in most modern browsers, without any software to install. </li></ul></ul>
    31. 32. Sharing Feeds with Google Reader
    32. 33. Importing and Exporting
    33. 34. Added Functionality
    34. 35. Added Functionality
    35. 36. Added Functionality
    36. 37. Added Functionality
    37. 38. Google Reader <ul><li>Take a tour of Google Reader at </li></ul><ul><li>Create a personalized homepage with iGoogle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrates with Google Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learn more about Google Resources for Educators at </li></ul>
    38. 39. Netvibes
    39. 40. Netvibes <ul><li>Netvibes is a personalized page – you can now modify everything: move modules, add new RSS/ATOM feeds, change the parameters for each module, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Your modifications are saved in real-time and you'll find your page when you get back on </li></ul><ul><li>If you want to be able to access your page from any computer, you can sign in with your email and a password. </li></ul>
    40. 41. Netvibes <ul><li>NetVibes can pull content from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS or web feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widget and applications modules </li></ul></ul>
    41. 42. Pageflakes
    42. 43. Pageflakes <ul><li>Pageflakes is your personalized start page on the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Your address book, local weather information, to-do-list, news, blogs and much more – all on one page that you can access from anywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>You can also use Pageflakes to keep up with your favorite blogs and news feeds. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Flake&quot; is our word for those little modules which you can see on the screen. </li></ul>
    43. 44. Pageflakes in Action
    44. 45. Pageflakes in Action
    45. 46. Customizing – Content <ul><li>Click on the Flake button in the upper right </li></ul>
    46. 47. Customizing – Layout <ul><li>Click on the Flake button in the upper right </li></ul>
    47. 48. Customizing – Themes <ul><li>Click on the Flake button in the upper right </li></ul>
    48. 49. Pagecasting with Pageflakes <ul><li>“ Pagecasting” means publishing your Pageflakes page for others to see. </li></ul><ul><li>You can share your Pagecast with the world or with a private group. </li></ul><ul><li>You can even let others edit and contribute to your Pagecast! </li></ul>
    49. 50. Pagecasting <ul><li>Click on the Flake button in the upper right </li></ul><ul><li>Select Make Pagecast </li></ul><ul><li>Designate sharing permissions </li></ul>
    50. 51. Pagecasting <ul><li>Broadcast the URL address and invite others to collaborate to maintain dynamic page content </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful hint: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can shorten your Pagecast URL with the following applications: , , </li></ul></ul>
    51. 52. Public Pagecast
    52. 53. Sharing Pagecasts <ul><li>Users can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the Pagecast by clicking “Watch this Pagecast” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy the Pagecast into their account and modify the content for their purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail the Pagecast to others </li></ul></ul>
    53. 54. Interesting Read <ul><li>Visit to read a July 2007 interview with Dan Cohen, the CEO of Pageflakes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our focus is on trying to do this for everybody and that’s evidence in the fact that we don’t even call them widgets, we don’t talk about RSS, we talk about flakes. Flakes, that go on your page. A page of flakes. They are really lightweight applications that go on a page. </li></ul></ul>
    54. 55. Grazr <ul><li>Grazr is a free and easy way to gather and organize information from all over the Web. </li></ul><ul><li>Use our drag and drop editor to collect feeds and links to Web pages, and then share them with others on this site, or place them on your own pages with our free widget. </li></ul>
    55. 56. RSS Reading Lists with Grazr
    56. 57. Creating Widgets with Grazr
    57. 58. Grazr <ul><li>Embedded Grazr feed reader </li></ul>
    58. 59. Grazr Widget <ul><li>Reading feeds through embedded Grazr widgets </li></ul>
    59. 60. Using RSS in Education Pedagogy and Research
    60. 61. Why use RSS in education? <ul><li>RSS has transformed the way that content is distributed, accessed, and processed </li></ul><ul><li>21 st century students are no longer faced with the challenge of “finding” enough information – rather, they are faced with an avalanche of information </li></ul><ul><li>RSS is one way for students to locate information more efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>Of course, they still need to be taught how to process, analyze, and evaluate </li></ul>
    61. 62. Why use RSS in education? <ul><li>It is also a way to leverage the talent of millions of individuals to identify truly useful information in the tidal wave of data the internet has become. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mary Harrsch, “RSS: The Next Killer App for Education” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
    62. 63. Using RSS is Research-Based <ul><li>Dr. Henry Jenkins </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21 st Century” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Participatory culture and its implications for learning in the 21 st century (RSS is all about participation, networking, and community) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>21 st century skills and literacies (applied skills students need to be school, work, and life ready) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    63. 64. 21 st Century Participatory Culture <ul><li>Relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others </li></ul><ul><li>Some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices </li></ul>Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century
    64. 65. 21 st Century Participatory Culture <ul><li>Members believe that their contributions matter </li></ul><ul><li>Members feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created) </li></ul>Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century
    65. 66. Implications <ul><li>A growing body of scholarship suggests potential benefits of these forms of participatory culture, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a changed attitude toward intellectual property, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the diversification of cultural expression, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the development of skills valued in the modern workplace, and a more empowered conception of citizenship. </li></ul></ul>Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century
    66. 67. Implications <ul><li>Participatory culture shifts the focus of literacy from one of individual expression to community involvement. </li></ul><ul><li>The new literacies almost all involve social skills developed through collaboration and networking. </li></ul><ul><li>These skills build on the foundation of traditional literacy, research skills, technical skills, and critical analysis skills taught in the classroom. </li></ul>Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century
    67. 68. The New Literacies <ul><li>Play — the capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving </li></ul><ul><li>Performance — the ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Simulation — the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriation — the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content </li></ul>Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century
    68. 69. The New Literacies <ul><li>Multitasking — the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details. </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed Cognition — the ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities </li></ul><ul><li>Collective Intelligence — the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal </li></ul><ul><li>Judgment — the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources </li></ul>Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century
    69. 70. The New Literacies <ul><li>Transmedia Navigation — the ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities </li></ul><ul><li>Networking — the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiation — the ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms. </li></ul>Confronting the Challenges of a Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century
    70. 71. 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>National Educational Technology Standards for Students </li></ul><ul><li>Communication and Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts or others employing a variety of digital environments and media. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    71. 72. 21 st Century Skills <ul><li>National Educational Technology Standards for Students </li></ul><ul><li>Research and Information Fluency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>plan strategies to guide inquiry. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>process data and report results. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    72. 73. RSS for Teaching and Learning Practical Applications
    73. 74. Professional Learning Communities <ul><li>Educators are professionals who, by nature, are always learning </li></ul><ul><li>Through RSS feed readers and personalized home pages educators can create their own learning network and learn from other educators </li></ul>
    74. 75. Join My Learning Network <ul><li>Subscribe to my Cliotech Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Join my Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My Diigo Group – Engaging Digital Natives </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My EdTech Blog Pagecast </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My Google Reader Blogroll </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    75. 76. <ul><li>As of Jan. 1, 2008, my learning network included individuals from over 80 countries </li></ul>My Learning Network
    76. 77. Classroom Applications for RSS <ul><li>Have students subscribe to each other’s blogs and/or the teacher’s blog </li></ul><ul><li>Have students and parents subscribe to your blog, podcast, or wiki feed to keep abreast of what is going on in class </li></ul>
    77. 78. Classroom Applications for RSS <ul><li>RSS Feeds for News, Blog, and Website Searches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a feed for what’s in the daily news about a particular topic, you can make a syndicated feed of search results of Google News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregate targeted news feeds with a shared (published) feed reader (Pageflakes, Grazr, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This basically creates a constantly updating targeted “current events” text for students </li></ul></ul>
    78. 79. Targeted News Feeds
    79. 80. Classroom Applications for RSS <ul><li>RSS Feeds for Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers can create a social bookmarking account and publish the list for their students (instant hotlists) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers can create a class account and all students can add to the content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students can create accounts to collaborate with group members and share resources more effectively </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All the feeds can be aggregated with the same feed readers used for blogs, podcasts, news, and other media sites </li></ul>
    80. 81. Classroom Applications for RSS <ul><li>RSS Feeds for Bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>The following social bookmarking applications allow for publishing Internet bookmarks through RSS feeds: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    81. 82. Social Bookmarking in Plain English
    82. 83.
    83. 84. Furl
    84. 85. BlinkList
    85. 86. BlinkList
    86. 87. Digg <ul><li>Find an article, video, or podcast online and submit it to Your submission will immediately appear in “Upcoming Stories,” where other members can find it and, if they like it, Digg it. </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to RSS feeds of particular topics, popular/upcoming sections, individual users, and the search terms of your choice </li></ul><ul><li>Digg. Participate in the collaborative editorial process by Digging the stuff that you like best. </li></ul><ul><li>Build a friend list; then your friends can track what you’re Digging. They can also subscribe to an RSS feed of your submissions and/or your Diggs. </li></ul>
    87. 88. Diigo
    88. 89. Diigo Group
    89. 90. Classroom Applications for RSS <ul><li>RSS Feeds for Media </li></ul><ul><li>Media hosting sites (e.g. YouTube, Flickr, etc.) organize individual media content (images, video, audio) with tags </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tags are one-word descriptors that users can assign to pretty much all online content help organize, aggregate, and remember </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds can be created to track new submissions of media by tags </li></ul>
    90. 91. Syndicating Your Content <ul><li>Most blogs, podcasts, wikis, and other media hosts embed their own RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>Users can also use a third-party feed distributor to widen their syndication, create easier-to-use syndication buttons, and track usage statistics </li></ul>
    91. 92. Syndicating Your Content <ul><li>Feedburner is a free syndication tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FeedBurner is the leading provider of media distribution and audience engagement services for blogs and RSS feeds. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools help bloggers, podcasters and commercial publishers promote, deliver and profit from their content on the Web </li></ul></ul>
    92. 93. For More Information and Research <ul><li>RSS in Education Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>