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EDU 271

Group Project

Toni Ryan

Mary Scriven

Stacy McAllister

Keiletha Sutton








     You’ve heard of RSS? You’ve seen those small funny tags on websites? You’ve heard co-workers and acquaintances swear by it, but still have no idea what RSS is? Well don’t worry, according to a recent survey you’re still in the majority, but this is changing rapidly. In the information world, RSS is not only revolutionizing the way news, media and content creators share information, but it also is swiftly changing the way everyday users are consuming information.
      RSS stands for "Rich Site Summary", but is often defined as, “Really Simple Syndication”.  It is a file format for delivering regularly updated information over the web.  Updated content is organized by RSS feeds for users to retrieve.  This content could be blog posts, photos, articles, PowerPoint Presentations, PDF documents, video files, audiio files, or other applications.  (Teaching Hacks)
     Just think about the websites and news information sources you visit every day. It takes time to visit those sites and scour the ad-filled and image-heavy pages for just the text you want to read, doesn’t it?  Now imagine if you could visit all those information sources and web pages in just one place and all at the same time … without being bombarded with advertising… without having to search for new information on the page you’d already seen or read before… and without having to consume a lot of time visiting each site individually. Would that be valuable to you? Well, it’s available now through a newsreader and RSS.

      RSS could be an excellent tool in education in which teachers and students can stay informed of changes made in the course curriculum or ideas could be exchanged between the two. You can also easily stay informed by your favorite websites without having to visit them all the time.  There is no need to sign up to a websites' newsletter to compromise your privacy.  This could be a potential asset students can take with them through their careers. (RSS in Education)


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      RSS allows users to subscribe to online information using an "RSS Reader" or a piece of software called an "Aggregator".  These check subscribed web pages and automatically download new content.  An aggregator may be a browser, mail application extension, web based, or desktop application.  Some are freeware and others are commercial products.  A few applications that have aggregators built into them are the Opera Web browser, Apple's Safari browser, and the Internet Explorer7(beta).  There are rumors that the next version of Microfoft Outlook will support feeds as well.  (Teaching Hacks)

      You can have too many feeds.  You don't want adult news feeds coming in from CNN, ABC, CBS, etc. RSS feeds do not display graphics for the websites. RSS feeds only provide a brief summary of the entry. Many sites still do not support RSS feeds. (RSS Feeds advantages and disadvantages)

      An example for it's classroom use is, a teacher can have a blog for students on a site and can add RSS feeds to that blogsite.  RSS feeds deliver updated web content to subscribed users.  The teacher would have the students subscribe to all of the feeds in the course.  He or she could have the students work in groups of about five.  They could have their own blog that they work together on.  Example:  If the children were to be working on an experiment together; when they've finished, they could report their results in their blog.

 Nancy Bosch, a retired teacher after 25 years, recommended that the following RSS feeds are appropriate for kids:

"CBBC Newsround" - Frontpage

"Science Buzz" - Science

"Why Files" - Science

"Cybils" - Literature Books

"Discovery Channel Headlines" - Science News

"Nova Science Now" - Science News

"Patent Pending Inventions" -  (Blog written by a 15 year old boy)

"PBS Newshour" - News

"Wands and Worlds" - Fantasy Book Reviews

"Surfing the Net With Kids"



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     By introducing RSS to our students and staff, we provide them with a tool which will aide them in having their information delivered right to their door. (Carol)





Le Feever, L. (2007). RSS in Plain English. Common Craft. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU>

RSS Feeds For Elementary Students (2007) http://anotsodifferentplace.blogspot.com/2007/01/rss-feed-for-elementary-students.html

7 Things You Should Know About RSS <http:net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELi7024.pdf 

What is RSS?<http://www.whatisrss.com>

RSS Feeds advantages and disadvantages<http://www.samirkamble.com/rss-feeds-advantages-and-disadvantages/>

Quentin D' Souza, http://www.TeachingHacks.com

Carol, (2008).  http://teaforweb2.blogspot.com

Comments (23)

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 5:25 pm on Jan 28, 2011

How does the Barak Obama video explain RSS? The video previously on the site was RSS in Plain English. Did you watch it to get an idea about what your topic is?

Stacy McAllister said

at 9:31 pm on Jan 28, 2011

Yes i watched it so we are to put something up explaining what RSS is? Are we suppose to edit the information that is written in the information space... ill edit the RSS again and please let me know if the inforamtion concerning the introduction is suppose to be changed.....

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 9:44 am on Jan 29, 2011

Stacy: Please go back and read the directions for the assignment again if you are unsure about what you should be doing. I also sent out an e-mail/announcement yesterday with additional explanation. Your group can edit anything on this page as long as the information is accurate and appropriate for educators. Perhaps you need to contact your group members for their input before you start changing things further. I provided their contact information as an Excel file in the Bb TLR Wiki Sign-up page.

Stacy McAllister said

at 9:44 pm on Jan 28, 2011

Ive put the original video back up and added another rss feed video to it...now do i explain what i did or edit the information already writte? Im trying but this part i know im gonna need help.

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 9:39 am on Jan 29, 2011

In order to add a video to the wiki, you will need to go up to the Insert tab. Then scroll down to Insert YouTube video. Follow the directions. You can either use the embed code (select old code option) or the URL. I have had better luck with inserting the embed code. The video will not show up in edit mode. Instead, you will see a green box. Remember, if you are not sure HOW to do something in the wiki, check out the HELP pages.

mary scriven said

at 10:18 pm on Jan 31, 2011

Hello guys this is Mary and I am wondering how you guys want to edit this page

Toni Ryan said

at 10:52 pm on Feb 1, 2011

Hi, this is Toni. I've been bouncing between blackboard, teaching and learning, and e-mail trying to understand this stuff, and trying to figure out how to do it.

Toni Ryan said

at 5:47 pm on Feb 2, 2011

I've added something for "Examples of Classroom Uses", and I've e-mailed something for "Resources for Classroom Use" to you all. Tell me what you think. Let me know if you didn't recieve it ok?

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 8:35 pm on Feb 2, 2011

Toni: Just post it to the page. Then your group can discuss it via the wiki. That way I can keep up with the conversation and provide feedback and I can also trace group participation.

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 8:39 pm on Feb 2, 2011

Need to include reference information for the sources accessed. Also, these need to be actually referenced in the body of the article; they aren't just the resources accessed. The Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines require that you cite the quotations, summaries, paraphrases, and other material used from sources within parentheses typically placed at the end of the sentence in which the quoted or paraphrased material appears. The in-text citations refer the reader to the full bibliographic information in the References/Works Cited area. Check this website for examples of in-text citations: http://library.duke.edu/research/citing/within/mla.html I provided a link to Valencia College's webpage on citing electronic sources last week: http://www.valenciacc.edu/library/doc_mla_electronic.cfm

Toni Ryan said

at 9:54 pm on Feb 6, 2011

I added some things, but I don't know how to communicate to my group other than e-mail or the phone. I don't think any of our group really understands what to do with this info.

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 1:44 pm on Feb 7, 2011

This is first, a research project and second, a group project. As I have said before, if you were assigned this research project to complete on your own, what you have done? I don't see that anyone has done much research at all. I even provided some links to get you started. Toni, you created a copy of the RSS page. You and your group members can use that to communicate/add resources before putting items onto the final product page. See how the Blogs and Educational Games groups used their discussion pages. You will need to check your e-mail often for notifications so you can keep up with what's being done.

Since I feel that the process is most important at this point, I am willing to allow this group to continue working on adding and revising the information on this page--unless you feel this is the best you can do. I will give you one more week to complete the project. Let me know today if you accept the assignment and how you suggest that this group could accomplish its goals more effectively. I don't want to see that you are communicating via E-mail or or phone since I am out of the loop then.

Toni Ryan said

at 11:00 pm on Feb 7, 2011

Ladies, we have a second chance. Does anyone know how to make it so that the information we are considering, shows up on pbworks in our e-mail? I can provide info. but I don't know how to get it on pbworks. Toni

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 8:03 am on Feb 8, 2011

Toni, make sure you are logged in to PBworks. Then just click the edit button at the top of this page. If you are not sure of how to do something, consult the HELP pages--top right corner.

Toni Ryan said

at 6:50 pm on Feb 8, 2011

Thank you for the info. Dr. Keesee.

mary scriven said

at 9:49 pm on Feb 8, 2011

Hello guys this is Mary. I forgot we had an RSS and a Copy RSS page. I added a couple of things to the RSS page but you delete it or add to it whatever you want to do.

Toni Ryan said

at 10:06 pm on Feb 8, 2011

Thank you Mary. I'm working on it too, but I still don't know how to get things to show up on with PB works on our e-mail. Dinosaurs really do still exist. I'm one of them!

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 9:15 am on Feb 9, 2011

Click on the Help button in the top right. Scroll down and click on the Notifications link on the left. Then select Educational/Free Editions. You should be able to find the information you need there.

Toni Ryan said

at 11:48 pm on Feb 8, 2011

Ms. Keesee, we're just going to work on the original RSS from now on ok? Mary and I both added to it tonight.

Gayla S. Keesee said

at 9:13 am on Feb 9, 2011

Sounds good to me. Do you want me to delete the copy?

Toni Ryan said

at 6:21 pm on Feb 13, 2011

Toni Ryan said

at 6:22 pm on Feb 13, 2011

Toni Ryan said

at 6:30 pm on Feb 13, 2011

Ok, Ms. Keesee, it is finished. With so many assignments going at the same time, this is the best I could do. I know you're a good teacher, but why do you give so many assignments every week? Every one of them is such a challenge.

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