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RSS in Education

This is a screencast of what RSS is, how to download an RSS aggregator to Chrome, and how to subscribe and unsubscribe to RSS in your news feed.  After creating my screencast, I used Camtasia Studio 8 to edit my video to remove the pauses for my project.  Below I have included three ways in which I would use RSS in my classroom.

How would I use RSS news feeds in my classroom?

  1. There is an added value for teaching social studies while using RSS.  Throughout the year, my students are introduced to different cultures around the world.  I could use RSS to gain a better understanding of the different cultures we have studied.  At the end of each unit, I would have my students search for RSS subscriptions that they can subscribe to.  When they are finished with their assignment, I would have them read their news feeds and take notes on each of the cultures we have learned throughout the year.  Finally, I would give them the opportunity to choose one of those cultures and create a PowerPoint or Prezi demonstrating what they have learned.  See Prezi for more information.
  2. Another way that I can use RSS news feeds will be in my science classes.  I want students to be able to connect to the real world for different science projects that I assign them throughout the year.  I will have them find different science RSS subscriptions that demonstrate experiments that they could reproduce for assignments.  I have done this, myself, in my classroom with the double stuffed Oreo experiment that a middle school conducted.  The students enjoyed connecting what we were learning to contemporary media.photo-of-the-day_15102010
  3. “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  I would add a photo of the day to my RSS feed to share with the whole class.  For the first 5 minutes, I would project the image with a projector.  I would have my students write a story about the picture, adding as much detail as they can to their story to make the picture come alive.  At the end of the five minutes, I would have the students turn to their partners and share what they have written.  Afterward, I would share the story (if available) to the class.
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