When I was in high school all classes were taught content through teacher’s direct knowledge on their subject and student information on their lesson(s) were printed on chalkboards. Resources that were available consisted of the school library or the public library, and if you were lucky, you had an encyclopedia set at home. Then what would you do if you forgot to write down the assignment? You would have to hope that you knew someone who wrote the assignment down and could tell you over the phone. I view RSS feeds as the chalkboard from days of old, only better, because instructors can include research sites that would help in completing student assignments.
Today my granddaughter forgot what she was supposed to do for her history assignment. She sits down on the couch with her iPod and proceeds to look up the assignment on the classroom website, I assume. No, she was looking at her email. It is apparent that students live in the 21st century and know how to get what they need and when they want it. Her email is set up to receive RSS feeds from all her classes; now how awesome is that! Personally, I envy students today … no longer do they have to sit and take notes. Those, students can not only get current information and access to real world events as they happen. In addition, students can participate in blogging with their friends and on their classroom website. Clearly, communication has improved and RSS have greatly improved this.
Using RSS Feeds in the Classroom
Through research and using Google Reader, I can see how instructors could use RSS feeds in their classrooms for assignments. For educators, it is a way to make announcements, provide lessons, content resources, and even read students blogs.
From a librarian’s point of view in taking advantage of using RSS feeds, I came across a blog that provided ten ways to do this. “The Moxie Librarian” (Wolfe, 2008) blog gave her ideas and I thought that I could not have written them better. They are:
As a librarian, it seems perfectly natural for libraries to use RSS feeds for library services. Here are my ten ideas for how libraries can us RSS:
- Create an RSS feed for new additions to the online catalog. Create an RSS feed tied to a library card account for hold notifications and/or overdue materials.
- Create an RSS feed for new programs and events posted on the library website.
- Create an RSS feed for the library’s electronic newsletter.
- Create an RSS feed for press releases and other media advisories.
- Create an RSS feed for library closings, including emergency closings.
- Create an RSS feed for library job openings.
- Subscribe to a few RSS feeds, such as local news websites, and share the content on the library’s website. This could be included on a page containing other local resources and local links.
- Subscribe to RSS feeds of interest to library customers and share the content on the customer’s personalized library webpage.
- Customers can choose to access selected RSS feeds, their library account information, subscription databases, and email/chat with a librarian all in one spot.
- Subscribe to a few professional RSS feeds and share with library staff on the library intranet.
For this week’s assignment, we gathered a list of RSS feeds that were important to our field of work. I am a Librarian and work for a county office of education as the, library media center director and work with K – 12 teachers. Here is the link for my select list of classroom resources’: Cox RSS Classroom Resources.
Wolfe, Cheryl. (2008, February 7). 10 Ways Libraries Can Use RSS. The Moxie Librarian. Blog. Retrieved May 5, 2012, from http://moxielibrarian.wordpress.com/2008/02/27/10-ways-libraries-can-use-rss/