RSS for Education

The concept of RSS feeds is a new tool for me believe it or not. I had an idea of what it was but had never contemplated using it in my classroom and had never used it personally.   So, how can I use it in my own classroom and in my own school?

  1. The creation of my Learning Log has convinced me to have my own Computer Science students create a blog for reflection and turning in their work.  Beginning next week, I am going to teach students how to create a WordPress blog and have them create a post for each assignment.  They are to link their assignments and reflect on the purpose of the particular assignment.  Where do RSS feeds come in?  I can subscribe to the RSS feeds of each student’s blog and I will have all of their assignments in one place (instead of having to go to each blog).  I can see all assignments in one place by grouping the feeds accordingly.
  2. As our school webmaster, I absolutely need to put a RSS feed link on my website.  It is crazy I haven’t done so as of yet!  This feed will allow parents/readers to check all new updates of the website in one place instead of having to browse through the entire website all the time.
  3. RSS feeds can be used to keep up to date on the most recent world events.  For classes such as Social Studies, this concept can be utilized very well to have students keep up on current events by having feeds to their favorite news websites.
  4. If students have a particular project in class that they are required research to complete, they can use a RSS feed to help them.  This will give them the most up-to-to-date information they can get as the feed will be available as soon as the article is posted.

RSS Feed Link

How does this assignment align to AECT standards?

This assignment utilizes 1.1.3 which has developed a skill using electronic communication (sharing feeds).  It also uses 2.3 and 2.4 by organizing information found online into a database to create a singular location to find information needed on a particular topic.

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Posted on September 22, 2012, in 1.1 Instructional Systems Design, 2.3 Computer-Based Technologies, 2.4 Integrated Technologies, 4.4 Information Management and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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