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RSS Feeds

Tools

  • Computer with Web Browser and an RSS aggregator (These instructions focus on Google Reader)
  • Internet

Procedures

In order to get started with RSS feeds, you must first be able to identify a feed.

Ideas for using RSS feeds to Support Informal Learning

  • Use a RSS Feed aggregator – Use a RSS feed aggregator to read all your interesting posts in one place rather than spend time going to multiple places.
  • Avoid losing feeds in your email – Use a RSS feed aggregator as a one stop source for reviewing your feeds rather than risk losing messages in your email.
  • Find a RSS Feed aggregator that fits your style – There are many different types of RSS feed aggregators, find one that fits your comfort level.
  • Add RSS feeds from your news sites – Follow the feeds from your favorite news sites; often, you can zero in on a specific section.
  • Add RSS feeds from your favorite blogs – Follow the feeds from your favorite blogs to stay up to date on the latest ideas from leaders in your field.
  • Add RSS feeds from your favorite bookmarking sites – See what new links are being posted to your favorite social bookmarking site like Diigo or Delicious.
  • Add RSS feeds from your favorite podcasts or vodcasts – When a new podcasts or vodcasts becomes available, you will have immediate access.
  • Add RSS feeds from your favorite wikis – Use RSS feeds to track changes to wikis you are following.
  • Add RSS feeds from your favorite photo sites – Use RSS feeds to see new photos posted on sites such as Flickr.
  • Add RSS feeds from library search queries – See what new information is posted on a topic by subscribing to search queries through your libraries journal section.
  • Add RSS feeds from your institutions Website – See new announcements as posted to your institutions Web site.
  • Add RSS feeds from calendar sites – Use RSS feeds to stay current on events posted to calendars such as Google Calendar.
  • Track the work of people important to you – You can create search queries focusing on specific people and have the results automatically come to you.

Ideas for using RSS Feeds to Support Business

  • Advertise promotions and special events – You can create an RSS feed that will promote your specials and promotions that customers can subscribe to.
  • Announce new products – With an RSS feed, you can announce new products.
  • Extend your newsletter – With an RSS feed, you can also make your newsletter articles available.


Ideas for using RSS Feeds to Support Education

  • Gather student blog feeds to one area – If you have 20 to 30 students, you can subscribe to all of their feeds, and bring them to one easy place to read their posts.
  • Subscribe to blog comments – by subscribing to blog comments, you can follow the discussion of many blogs in one place.
  • Teach students how to follow trends – By teaching students how to follow blog discussions, they can report back on current trends and ideas.
  • Teach students how to do news searches – By teaching students how to follow a news topic through RSS feeds, they can report back on current trends and ideas.
  • Share a feed list with students – If you have a relevant list of feed, you can share them with your students using bundles or OPML files.

Useful Additional Resource

Here are some learning guides developed by the University of Wyoming.

Learning Guide: RSS | Learning Guide: Google Reader


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