What is RSS?   and  Why Should You  (teacher, librarian, student)  Care?” Jo Ann Ponville  EBRPSS  Instructional Technolog...
RSS <ul><li>Rich Site Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Lets view a  short video on RS...
Advantages  <ul><li>Save time and bandwidth--You are notified when a website is updated </li></ul><ul><li>Alerts you when ...
WHAT TYPES OF SITES  PROVIDE RSS FEEDS? <ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>News Services </li></ul><ul><li>Magazines </l...
EDUCATOR & STUDENT  USE OF   RSS <ul><li>Keep track of current events or topics of interest (coastal erosion, global warmi...
Finding a Feed <ul><li>Not all websites provide feeds </li></ul><ul><li>2 Formats for syndicating a website </li></ul><ul>...
HOW DO I KNOW IF A SITE CONTAINS A FEED? <ul><li>Look around the site for icons </li></ul>
 
<ul><li>Find text on the site that says  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ RSS Feed”  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ ATOM Feed”  </li>...
Branded icons Add  to  MyYahoo button  Add to   NewsGator button   Subscribe  with  Bloglines button  Feedburner   XML  bu...
Browser Based <ul><ul><li>Internet Explorer 7  FEED  tab lights up </li></ul></ul>
SEARCH ALERT <ul><li>EBSCO or other Database </li></ul>
WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBSCRIBE TO A FEED? <ul><li>A news aggregator  </li></ul><ul><li>A feed reader  </li></ul><ul><li>RSS R...
Sample RSS Readers <ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>NewzCrawler  </li></ul><ul><li>FeedDemon  </li></ul><ul><li>Net...
HOW DO I SUBSCRIBE TO A FEED? <ul><li>Click the &quot;RSS&quot; button and copy the web site address </li></ul><ul><li>Pas...
OR Simply click on the “add to ____ ”  button
LETS LOOK AT GOOGLE READER
GOOGLE READER  RECOMMENDS FEEDS <ul><li>Click the  Browse for stuff   link on the left </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations t...
GOOGLE READER RECOMMENDS FEEDS
<ul><li>The Advocate newspaper </li></ul><ul><li>A blog  </li></ul>LETS ADD SOME SUBSCRIPTIONS
<ul><li>Click RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Click </li></ul><ul><li>Adds this feed to your Internet Explorer 7 reader </li></ul><u...
LETS LOOK AT   EBSCO ALERTS   http://search.ebscohost.comlogin.aspx?authtype=uid
RESOURCES <ul><li>Mary Harrsch “ RSS: The Next Killer App For Education ”  </li></ul><ul><li>Fagan Finder “ Explanation of...
Questions? <ul><li>Presentation will be posted at </li></ul><ul><li>http://ebritrss.wikispaces.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Cont...
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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.

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  • What is RSS

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