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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  1. I agree Phil, what a great time saver, no longer wasting time chasing your favourite news websites, as the name states, its simple and it simply feeds into your blog and you have the top stories at your finger tips everymorning before you go to school, arming you with relevant news stories for the day. A short lesson each morning could involve 2- 3 students each day coming to school with their own current affair/news story to share with the class. What better way to keep up to date with world events and bringing it to the students attention for discussion.

  2. That sounds like a good lesson idea Tash. You could also have a class blog and get the student to write about the days happenings (previous days) and the students can quickly glance at the news headlines and talk about this for a few minutes at the start of the day. However, this would be mainly relevant for older learners.