Wednesday, July 29, 2009

RSS Feeds - What are RSS feeds?

Okay, I would have to say that I thought I was up with the modern computer language but alas there are a few holes where the information is not present. In one of our first lectures we were told to add in a RSS feed into our Blog. I had never heard of this feature before so I "Googled" it and found that RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication". I found that it was a format for distributing and gathering content from sources across the Web, including newspapers, magazines, and other blogs that can be displayed onto your own blog. I discovered that you can use RSS feeds to create and distribute feeds that include links, headlines, and summaries. I decided to go to Yahoo 7's Australian world news feed and add it into my blog. As this sort of information interests me, I also believe that news articles are relevant to link to teaching in the classroom. For example, if you have an upper level learning group you could get the students to create their own blog information page on school happenings as well as things going on in the community and Australia. On their page you could get them to write articles and post RSS feeds for different news sources to show different points of view and perspectives.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

E-Learning... What is this about?

This course that I am undertaking is enabling me to explore technological and connected societies in the 21st century. I will be looking at how e-learning technology provides a platform for creativity and innovation. This course will look into reflecting on cultural and critical dimensions of technological literacy's. I will also endeavour to enhance and expand my existing technological skills. So sit back and enjoy a good read with a nice warm cup of coffee.