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Presented at LLA 2009. An introduction to using RSS for teachers and librarians. Focused on using subscripotion databases and search alerts.

Presented at LLA 2009. An introduction to using RSS for teachers and librarians. Focused on using subscripotion databases and search alerts.

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  • What is RSS? and Why Should You (teacher, librarian, student) Care?” Jo Ann Ponville EBRPSS Instructional Technology Facilitator
  • RSS
    • Rich Site Summary
    • Really Simple Syndication
    • Lets view a short video on RSS
  • Advantages
    • Save time and bandwidth--You are notified when a website is updated
    • Alerts you when a search finds new results
    • Gives you control over information you receive
    • Content comes directly to you at specified interval (daily, weekly)
    • Website owners do not have access to your email address or personal information
    • NO possibility of spam or junk mail
  • WHAT TYPES OF SITES PROVIDE RSS FEEDS?
    • Newspapers
    • News Services
    • Magazines
    • Databases and database aggregators
    • Websites
    • Blogs
    • Wikis
  • EDUCATOR & STUDENT USE OF RSS
    • Keep track of current events or topics of interest (coastal erosion, global warming, presidential appointments…)
    • Read favorite newpapers, journals, magazines
    • Subscribe to blogs and websites from other educators, political or professional organizations, or based around a hobby or topic of study
    • Search alert from subscription databases
    • Subscribe to podcasts
  • Finding a Feed
    • Not all websites provide feeds
    • 2 Formats for syndicating a website
      • RSS– older
      • ATOM—newer form of syndication
    • Search Google for a term plus RSS (example: louisiana +rss)
    • Use Technorati -- a search engine that searches only blogs
    • Search4RSS
    • Your reader may suggest feeds based on your subscriptions or by category
  • HOW DO I KNOW IF A SITE CONTAINS A FEED?
    • Look around the site for icons
  •  
    • Find text on the site that says
      • “ RSS Feed”
      • “ ATOM Feed”
      • “ Syndicate this Site (XML)"”
      • “ Grab my XML feed”
      • “ Subscribe to Feed”
      • “ Add New York Times RSS feeds”
    Text Links
  • Branded icons Add to MyYahoo button Add to NewsGator button Subscribe with Bloglines button Feedburner XML button
  • Browser Based
      • Internet Explorer 7 FEED tab lights up
  • SEARCH ALERT
    • EBSCO or other Database
  • WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBSCRIBE TO A FEED?
    • A news aggregator
    • A feed reader
    • RSS Reader
    • Aggregator features are frequently built into
      • Portal sites such as My Yahoo! and iGoogle
      • Web browsers (Internet Explorer 7, Firefox)
      • and email programs (Outlook 2007)
  • Sample RSS Readers
    • Google Reader
    • NewzCrawler
    • FeedDemon
    • Netvibes
    • Omea Reader
    • Bloglines
    • NewsGator
    • FeedReader
    • Awasu Personal Edition
    • News Fire
    • Blog Navigator
    • SharpReader
    • Internet Explorer 7
    • Outlook 2007
    • Yahoo!
    • FireFox Live Bookmarks
    • Safari (Mac OS X)
    • NetNewsWire Lite (Mac)
  • HOW DO I SUBSCRIBE TO A FEED?
    • Click the "RSS" button and copy the web site address
    • Paste the address in the “subscribe” area of your feed reader
    • OR…
  • OR Simply click on the “add to ____ ” button
  • LETS LOOK AT GOOGLE READER
  • GOOGLE READER RECOMMENDS FEEDS
    • Click the Browse for stuff  link on the left
    • Recommendations tab on the left suggests new feeds based on your existing subscriptions
    • Browse tab on right suggests pre-compiled bundles of feeds by topic, or search by keyword or category
  • GOOGLE READER RECOMMENDS FEEDS
    • The Advocate newspaper
    • A blog
    LETS ADD SOME SUBSCRIPTIONS
    • Click RSS
    • Click
    • Adds this feed to your Internet Explorer 7 reader
    • OR for Google Reader
    • Copy URL
    • In reader click
    LETS ADD SOME SUBSCRIPTIONS
  • LETS LOOK AT EBSCO ALERTS http://search.ebscohost.comlogin.aspx?authtype=uid
  • RESOURCES
    • Mary Harrsch “ RSS: The Next Killer App For Education ”
    • Fagan Finder “ Explanation of RSS, How You Can Use it, and Finding RSS Feeds ”
    • *Will Richardson RSS Quickstart Guide for Education
    • Brian Mull http://brianmull.wikispaces.com/RSS
    • Tutorial http://www.rssgov.com/rssworkshop.html
  • Questions?
    • Presentation will be posted at
    • http://ebritrss.wikispaces.com/
    • Contact Jo Ann Ponville
    • [email_address]