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  • 1. Julie Hannaford Director, Information Resources & Services OISE, University of Toronto [email_address] Image credit to:
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    • In a nutshell, RSS is “automated web surfing” – Dave Winer ( );
      • The content comes to you, instead of you going to it!
    • Subscribing to an RSS feed means that you can easily track changes and additions; it’s a great way to stay current with blogs or other RSS-enabled content
    • For a little RSS history, check here:
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    • RSS newsfeed(s)
      • On Web pages or blogs, look for “subscribe” links, an orange square: , an XML symbol: , an RSS symbol: or
    • RSS feed reader or aggregator
      • A reader will store all of your feeds, automatically check for feed updates and allow you to read or hear the new content
      • Examples:
        • Bloglines
        • Google Reader
        • Microsoft Outlook
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    • Edtechpost :
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  • 7.  
  • 8. Note: you can use Manage subscriptions to organize your feeds into folders
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  • 10.
    • Right click on the RSS Feeds heading
    • Select Add a New RSS Feed…
    • Then paste the URL into the box
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    • RSS feeds in U of T’s databases:
      • Scholars Portal example
        • Be alerted when new content is added – follow specific journals or be alerted when content matches your research interests
        • Popular Databases
        • Scholars Portal Search
        • Run search, then go to Alert Me
        • use My Research to save alert
      • Similar capabilities can be found in Scopus, WilsonWeb, etc.
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    • Tagging (adding keywords) websites, videos and photos, in a way that is meaningful to you
    • Sharing those sites and tags with others
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    • Social bookmarking/tagging of websites
    • A good introduction:
    • Store favourites in ways that are meaningful to you
    • Create a network of colleagues/collaborators
    • Subscribe to tags in subject areas that are of interest to you
    • Search hints:
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    • Individual/institutional tagging
      • Researching and storing of sites:
    • Build a learning community
      • Class chooses one tag and contributes to delicious using that tag
      • Class members recommend sites to one another
      • Build a class archive:
    • Use for group work
      • ‘ notes’ field in delicious allow for commentary/quality notes about sites, sharing of sites during collaborative research
    • Use code to add list of sites or tags to Blackboard course
      • Course readings
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    • Go to: Settings – Blogging to get code so that you can display your Delicious websites or tags in Blackboard (or any other website)
      • Link Rolls allows you display your bookmarks
      • Tag rolls allows you to display your tags
    • Adjust the settings to match your preferences
      • Choose a title
      • Choose the number of sites/tags to display
      • Decide whether to use bullets or not
      • Decide how to sort your content
    • As you make these choices, code is automatically generated for you
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    • Copy the code from Delicious into Blackboard
      • Within Blackboard, you MUST use Source mode
      • Choose the <> icon to toggle Source mode on
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    • Site that allows you to upload, share and tag images
    • Find useful images
    • Flickr works with: fd’s flickr toys
      • Display images in new ways
    • Use Flickr code so that your photos are displayed on your blog or website
      • Follow the selections to generate the code
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    • Use to explain and illustrate:
      • Allows for analysis via the ‘notes’ feature
      • Allows student commenting to build discussion
    • Search for images to support presentations – an alternative to Google Images:
      • Creative Commons
    • Virtual fieldtrips or any type of visual portfolio:
      • UI Design Samples
    • Book displays: Clemens & Alcuin Book Displays
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    • A service that allows users to upload and tag videos that they would like to share with others
    • Search for relevant content to use in lectures/presentations
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    • Record events/lectures, allow students to comment, provide analysis
    • Tutorials :
        • Formatting a Research Paper in APA Style:
        • Information Literacy: Identify Your Sources:
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    • Social Software: You Are an Access Point by Daniel Chudnov:
    • Using in Education by Gabriela Grosseck:
    • Using Flickr in the Classroom by David Jakes:
    • Web2.0 & Libraries: Best Practices for Social Software by Michael Stephens: