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Rss for teaching, learning, and research


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This is for a "How-To Tuesday" workshop sponsored by CITES Academic Technology Services.

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Rss for teaching, learning, and research

  1. 1. RSS For Teaching, Learning, & Research<br />CITES Academic Technology Services<br />Anne McKinney<br />
  2. 2. Before RSS<br />Websites had to be checked individually <br />for new content<br />
  3. 3. RSS: Really Simple Syndication<br />
  4. 4. A Few Professional Uses<br />
  5. 5. A Few Pedagogical Uses<br />
  6. 6. GoogleReader<br />Q: Why Google? <br />A: Convenience (many people already have a google/gmail account)<br />Go to to get started<br />
  7. 7. Next: Add Subscriptions<br />Two methods<br />In Google Reader (GR), select Add Subscription & enter URL<br />On a website, look for RSS icons or indicators<br />
  8. 8. Adjusting Settings: Folders<br />Click on the utility wheel Select Reader Settings<br />Subscriptions tab Change Folders New Folder<br />
  9. 9. Social Features<br />Folders and Tags  lets you make folders public or private<br />People you follow (main page)  Sharing Settings  find people with whom you can share items; set to public/private<br />
  10. 10. Advanced Tweaking: Subscriptions<br />Page2RSS<br />Use for websites that don’t offer feeds (static pages, some blogs).<br />WizardRSS<br />If a blog only shows you part of the post in your feed and you would rather see the whole post without clicking through to the site, WizardRSS will convert it for you.<br />ChangeDetection<br />Sends updates as email notifications rather than RSS.<br />
  11. 11. Advanced Tweaking: Social Media<br />Twitterfeed<br />Will automatically feed your blog posts to Twitter, Facebook, other social networks.<br />Twitter Search<br />Set up an RSS feed of tweets that mention any hashtag or search term. Once you enter a search on this page, it will not only show you the relevant posts but offer to send the feed to your RSS.<br />
  12. 12. Advanced Tweaking: Embedding Feeds<br />Reader Settings  Folders and Tags  <br />First make the feed public<br />“add a blogroll to your site”<br />Copy the code and paste into an HTML editing window.<br />Google AJAX Feed API<br />Offers a variety of display formats<br />
  13. 13. Advanced Tweaking: Going Offline<br />Zinepal<br />Convert your RSS feed into a printable PDF or eReader-friendly format.<br />Print to PDF in Google Reader<br />Convert a single feed item to a PDF format by means of a browser bookmarklet.<br />
  14. 14. Additional Resources<br />UIUC Library’s Current Awareness Tutorial<br />Explains how to follow updates to database searches<br />Links to other feed readers & RSS tools<br />Ultimate RSS Toolbox (Mashable)  <br />Offers an extensive list of RSS readers for different operating systems. <br />Tips and tools fur RSS users<br />
  15. 15. About the Presenter<br />Anne McKinney<br />CITES Academic Technology ServicesUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign(217) <br />