RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary)
1. Links to the sources that were used:
RSS - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Basic definition of RSS as well as some interesting histroy of how these feeds were developed.
Introduction to RSS | WebReference This site provides some of the specific html codes that make RSS possible.
What Is RSS? RSS Explained - www.WhatIsRSS.com Explains what someone would need to do in order to start utilizing this technology.
Video: RSS in Plain English - YouTube Great visual representation for RSS
What is a RSS?
In a nutshell, RSS feeds bring information to you. You no longer have to waste time searching all of your different on-line calendars, blogs, and websites. All of this can be sent to you in one, simple to use, location. (*If this still seems confusing, I have attached an additional clip at the bottom of this page)
Benefits to Educators and Students:
The first benefit to educators is to help in keeping information organized. As an educator who uses multiple on-line calendars to keep track of school related activities, personal activities, sport schedules, etc.., RSS feeds have allowed me to sync all of this information to one central location. So when our Athletic Director updates a sport schedule on the school calendar, that update is directly sent to my Google Calendar. If my wife schedules something on her calendar, it automatically is scheduled on my calender as well. If my professor adds an assignment on CANVAS, that addition will be sent directly to me. Sadly this eliminates the excuse, "I didn't know about that meeting, assignment, date, etc.." But the good news is that it also eliminates those same excuses from your students.
The second benefit can be found in the way you have your students collect information. A Social Studies teacher could have his/her students set up RSS feeds to local, state, national, and global newspapers in order to track current events. An English teacher could have his/her students set up RSS feeds to follow current journalists to map stylistic choices in their writing based on the audience they are writing for. An Art teacher could assign a current artist for students to follow, and every time that artist updates his/her blog, places a new piece of work on their website, or shares a collection with a musuem that student will know about it immediately without searching for it. The possiblities are endless.