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  1. 1. RSS Bringing Current Information to Your Online Class
  2. 2. What is RSS? <ul><li>Syndication of web content from news organizations, web logs, online magazines, journals, and other websites that offer RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Rich Site Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Real Simple Syndication </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is RSS? <ul><li>RSS Can be indicated in a variety of ways </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Use an RSS Feed? <ul><li>No more surfing to multiple sites for the news </li></ul><ul><li>Will not clutter your email box </li></ul><ul><li>Spam free </li></ul><ul><li>Pop Up free </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic content </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic updates </li></ul>
  5. 5. How Do You Know if there is RSS?
  6. 6. General & Specific Topics
  7. 7. Putting All the News in One Place <ul><li>Use an Aggregator to gather multiple feeds together in one place. </li></ul><ul><li>Two Types: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Desk top: FeedReader (Windows) NetNewsWire (Mac) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web: Bloglines NewsIsFree </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Advantages <ul><li>Organize all feeds together in one place </li></ul><ul><li>Scan updated content </li></ul><ul><li>Save content for later reading </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregators update feeds approximately every hour </li></ul>
  9. 9. Next Step: Subscribe
  10. 10. Bring the News to You <ul><li>Copy the link into the subscribe area of the aggregator. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Locating Feeds <ul><li>There are many places that are gathering connections to sites with RSS content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Syndic8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AllRSS </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Using an RSS Feed with Blackboard <ul><li>Select your source </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the URL for the feed </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to generate a java script to pull the information in. </li></ul><ul><li>Stop do not run from the room there is a site that will do it for you </li></ul>
  13. 13. Java Script Made Easy <ul><li>Brought to you by Virginia Community College System </li></ul>
  14. 14. Bring the Feed to Your Site <ul><li>Procedure is browser specific </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the java script </li></ul><ul><li>Create your item in BB </li></ul><ul><li>Explorer open the HTML window </li></ul><ul><li>Netscape & Mozilla switch the textbox choice </li></ul>
  15. 15. Explorer <ul><li>In the HTML window type in this code </li></ul><ul><ul><li><P>&nbsp;</P> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Paste your java script underneath this line of code </li></ul>
  16. 16. Netscape & Mozilla <ul><li>Below the text editor switch from Smartext to HTML </li></ul><ul><li>Paste the Java Script in and click submit. </li></ul>