Teachers Changing the Way We Read, Write, Think, and Live
What is an RSS Feed?
First off, it stands for Rich Site Summary, or as others have been calling it lately, Really Simple Syndication. The main use of an RSS feed is to publish updated works such as blogs, audio and video posts, and articles. The RSS feed itself includes a summarized version of each of these texts. The reader is able to subscribe to certain feeds on blogs and other pages on many technological devices such as an mobile device, ipad, or laptop.
How can a teacher incorporate RSS Feeds into a curriculum?
Since RSS Feeds update daily on blogs or audio posts one follows, students will be constantly learning new things on the topics they are interested in. For instance, in a science classroom, a teacher can have multiple RSS Feeds on multiple blogs about photosynthesis or atoms and matter. With these feeds constantly coming in through an Ipad or laptop, the teacher can assign work based off specific topics of feeds. Each student could be assigned a certain topic and follow that feed for a specific amount of time. They then could collect the information found, determine which information showed up most frequently and which was most relevance, then discuss their findings to the teacher.
Should you pay attention to the content of the feed, or the author of the feed?
Depends on the teacher and the subject content. If the content of the feed is relevant and covers a lot of material, but the source isn't exactly reliable, then it’s up to the teacher on whether or not to use this information in class and share it to the students.
Give it a go!
RSS Feeds are a great way to bring a variety of information quickly and efficiently into the classroom. Having students follow or even design their own RSS Feeds is both educational and resourceful. So why not try it out!