Organizing Student and Teacher Learning with RSS

RSS is an amazing tool that can allow teachers and students to funnel in specific information from around the world while also sharing best practices and engaging student work with a global audience. Imagine the possibilities of researching 24/7 – even while sleeping. In this session, teachers will learn how RSS works, how to set up an RSS aggregator within Google Reader and how to make RSS work for them.

In this session, we cover what RSS is and how to locate it on a Web site. We discuss ways RSS can be useful (to follow bloggers, to find information from sites that match up with curriculum, following topics in Google News, following articles in Wikipedia, etc.). Generally, we teach Google Reader as the aggregator.

Notes from GDoc

  1. Sign up for Google Reader
  2. Add a blog feed -- everyone? (Free Tech 4 Teachers, Google Blog, Make Use of...)
  3. Search for blog feeds...
  4. Newspaper Feeds (e.g. New York Times, go international)
  5. Dynamic News Feeds (Custom?)
  6. Delicious/Diigo Feeds
  7. Wikipedia History Page Feeds
  8. Flickr Feeds
  9. Podcast Feeds (NPR is a good place)
  10. Fun Feeds (comics, daily factoids, sports teams, videos, visual blogs (like Unhappy Hipsters)
  11. Generate a YouTube Feed -

You can show participants how to follow changes on a Web site even if it doesn't have an associated feed.

Cool and unusual RSS apps...
10x10 -
What else?

Use RSS to track student work
  • Follow student blogs
  • Track changes in a wiki or spreadsheet
  • Additions to shared delicious tag
  • What else?

Feedly extension for FireFox

Advanced: Post Rank Filtering a la Howard Rheingold

Howard didn't talk about the new PostRank addon for Google Reader, get them to add it in.

SP - I am interested in having them do a Netvibes topic portal for organizing their own or student learning - a la the H Rheingold vid Darren lists above.
(Or perhaps offer as an alternative for those who are already versed in Google Reader).