•Ways RSS is being used.
•Ways to use RSS in Education.
What is RSS?
What is RSS?
RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary
Very simply, it is a web page with a .xml file type that can be
subscribed to and read by a newsreader(aggregator). The
aggregator will find the new content and display it when it
Newsreaders(sometimes called aggregators) are very easy to
find and use.
Stand Alone Applications
Through a Web Browser
In essence, it is content that comes to you, instead of having to
search for it. It will save you an infinite amount of time.
The Ways RSS is
Ways RSS is being used:
Newsfeeds Blogs Wikis Podcasts
News and other content waiting
Getting Started with Newsfeeds
1. Decide upon a web-based aggregator or a
desktop(stand alone) aggregator.
A few examples:
Web based: bloglines.com
Browser: Opera 9, Safari, Firefox Plug-in
2. Start subscribing to feeds!
This can be done in a few ways. Generally
anytime you see these symbols,
it means the web site you are on has a
newsfeed. Find the icon and copy the link
location. Then go back to your newsreader
and paste it in the appropriate place. If you
want help finding newsfeeds, go to:
Technorati.com or Feedster.com
• Opera 9 and Safari make this VERY easy.
Updated information from the
people and topics you’re
Many blogs are now offering syndicated
material. Once you subscribe to the
newsfeed, anytime the blog has a new entry,
your newsreader will detect the new content
and make it available to you.
Be a part of actively creating
As with blogs, a syndicated Wiki would just
be a standard Wiki, but anytime any of the
content changed on the Wiki, all the
subscribers would be notified.
Audio content on the go.
Audio/Video Content Awaits
Podcasts and Video Podcasts(vodcasts) are
becoming increasingly more popular, much
as blogs did about 3 years ago.
Basically, a podcast is an audio or video blog.
It has limitless possibilities of content.
Go to itunes music store and subscribe for
free. (You can also use other applications to
subscribe to and download podcasts.)
Create your own
It’s not hard!
You can be the source!
As long as you have a website or a blog of your own, you can create
your own newsfeed. In reality you can also find websites that will
enable you to create a feed.
Feeder: Excellent software to publish your own newsfeeds or
Garageband: Probably the simplest way to create your own podcast.
Using Feedburner.com, you can turn any blog or feed address into a
working feed. This is extremely easy!
FeedYes.com makes it VERY easy to create your own feed or to
make a feed from any website.
U. of Mississippi has a great tutorial on adding an RSS feed to your
Ways to use RSS for
Create bookmarks of internet sites and then syndicate
Great for groups researching a topic together or an
instructor that wants to share great websites they have
Others can subscribe to your bookmarks and receive
them whenever the publisher adds a new bookmark.
Use furl.net or de.lic.io.us to set up social bookmarking.
Using de.lic.io.us you can just subscribe to a bookmark
feed of any tag.
Citeulike.org allows you to search academic papers and
then subscribe to feeds on academic topics.
Students can keep their own blogs with their own rss
Blogger.com, etc. Offer free services.
Others can subscribe to the blog and keep up to
date with content.
Comment on each others blogs
Teachers can easily find individual student content
by subscribing to individual feeds or by combining all
the student feeds into one class feed.
Classroom, School, or
Classroom or School Blogs. Parents/Students will
receive new content as it is made available.
Classroom calendars of events
Assignments sent to your news reader.
server.com/communityapps/discussionapp This is a
great place to set up a learning community. It will send
out newsfeeds of discussion amongst a community of
Using a service such as Flickr, it is possible
to syndicate photos.
As new photos are added, newsreaders will
Subscribe to feeds of photos with certain
tags, such as “yosemite”.
Auditory Learners Rejoice!
It is possible to transform a textual feed into
audio using talkr.com or feed2podcast.com
A great way to reach learners with a variety
Post notes into a blog and then can receive
searchable RSS feeds
Create an RSS feed based upon a any topic or even
combinations of topics.
This is EXTREMELY COOL!
Get up to the minute news on any topic as it becomes
Or just go to Yahoo, Google, MSN
Combine your feeds
Combine feeds to receive one feed.
Go to: feedshake.com or rssmix.com
Useful for a variety of purposes.
Syndicate your Calendar
Keep a calendar and have new events sent
to your newsreader.
Set up a newsfeed that will let you know
what events you have scheduled for that day.
Google Calendar, Trumba.com,
To Do Lists
Have your to do lists sent to you through a
feed. Reminders to be more productive.
Remberthemilk.com or Tadalist.com