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By: Scott, Maggie, and Katie

What is RSS?

RSS is the abbreviation for Rich Site Summary or Real Simple Syndication. RSS is "a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs, and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS feed to whoever wants it" ("What is RSS? RSS explained," n.d.).

Wikipedia defines RSS as "a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content including, but not limited to, blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts. An RSS document (which is called a "feed" or "web feed" or "channel") contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays."

How can Educators use RSS?

Monitor student wikis and/or weblogs

As the world of computer technologies moves into the 21st century and working, shopping, dating and studying are all changing because computers technologies are getting faster and smaller and we can carry the Internet on our phones with us everywhere we going. The high school campus even the college campus is all changing to meet these needs, and teachers work differently, students study differently by turning in assignments on the Wiki page or Weblog post, no more paper reports in folders. Years ago most of us only read information that was written on the Internet web site but in today’s ever changing world we all can become online web writers/critics, web page designers, news reporters, singers, performer or a daily bloggers who write about their daily experiences online for all the world to read.

So now even the students or teachers who might have been afraid of talking or presentation in front of the entire class now might have the confidences to create a video, design a web page, post a blog and share it with all the class. Students with crippling disabilities, emotional anxiety, family problems, deep depression or other diseases such as cancer, can still go to school or college without being left out or feeling out of place or being harassed by other students, the students can now study online on their own schedule, time and place from home or anywhere.

Teachers can work with their students during school classroom time, during the evenings or weekends by using the Wiki, or Weblogs to monitor or help the students learn throughout the week, months or during school year. Teachers can work with the students parents so that the parents can also use the Wikis and Weblogs to see what their child is doing in school and how their child is progress in their school work. All of this 21st century technology is changing the future of online learning, online teaching and education can only improve the life’s of the people who will learn this way and it is sure to help give students the skills, knowledge and the confidences they will need to success in 21st century work place and the technology life.

School News

At The University Of Maryland A.James Clark School of Engineering is using RSS feeds to share the latest News. You can get the Clark School News RSS feed which will show the 10 most recent headlines and a brief summary of each article and the links to the full story. Click Here to view their web site.

RSS feed are taking hold around the world in many different country such as India here is a quote from a news story I found.

"The Sansthan is affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological wellspring of the Sangh Parivar. For the RSS, the ascent of the Narendra Modi-led BJP to power is a signal that it's time for the culture wars to be taken to the next level.
Among the various weapons in the arsenal that are being unleashed, one is a campaign to catch them young. Under the Har Prakhand Mein Vidyalaya project, the RSS wants to set up a model school in every block of the country before 2017. Toward this end, organizations affiliated to the RSS have a new assignment--to check the growth of convent schools and educational institutions run by missionaries." (2015)

As the world is changing right in front of us, so are the educational tools that we all using to learn with or to teach our students with. I see the use of the RSS helping to increase the learning of many different classroom in mortar schools as well as the virtual schools online.

Professional development

Professional development is easy and convenient with RSS feeds. As educators, it is important to stay current with what is going on in education, learn about how other teachers are teaching content, and find out about new technology and how to utilize it in the classroom. If teachers go to individual websites or blogs, it may be time consuming. This is where subscribing to RSS feeds comes in. When educators find a website that they find informative or helpful, they can subscribe to the website so that the reader (educator) receives an update when a new article is released. This way, the educator does not need to go to each website to see if there are any new articles, posts, etc.

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Click here for ways that students can use RSS

RSS Links

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Video: RSS in Plain English [Video file]. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://youtu.be/0klgLsSxGsU
What Is RSS? RSS explained. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.whatisrss.com/
Blogs, Wikis and text Messaging @2015 WETA http://www.idonline.org/article/27426/
RSS wants to set up a model school in every block of the country before 2017, Vasudha Venugopal, ET Bureau Jan. 2, 2015, http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-01-02/news/57611578_1_convent-schools-rss-rashtriya-swayamsevak-sangh/