What exactly is RSS?

  • Reader options - An online newsreader (ie Google Reader) vs an offline newsreader application (ie Vienna) vs an aggregator (ie Netvibes) vs a mobile RSS “repackager” (ie FlipBoard)
  • How to find the RSS feed on a page? How to know when RSS is available by finding the orange RSS icon, or other clues.
  • How to subscribe to feeds.
  • Creating Bundles. In Google Reader, you can create "bundles" of blogs and publish them as a package. Here's an example. To start a Bundle, go to Home and Browse for Stuff
  • Using RSS to help you manage your student projects. If your students are producing work that can be represented with an RSS feed, use it to pull their work to you so you don't have to constantly be checking what they've done.
  • Do your students already blog? Setting up Bundles to follow their updates.
  • Helping your students use RSS to manage their own information flow for learning

You might also try Google Alerts for a simplified concept of what RSS does.

Activity 1: Select 5-10 interesting looking education focused blogs, subscribe to them, and turn them into a bundle. Share your bundles with the rest of the YISTNE group.

Activity 2: Create a page using either Netvibes or iGoogle focused on a topic you are currently teaching. Add feeds from Google News Alerts, Blog Search, Diigo, Flickr Images, Google Scholar, etc. (whatever is appropriate for you)

How can you use this with your classes?