RSS and Aggregators

RSS and Aggregators




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What happens when the information finds you?  Will Richardson


In 2007, everyone can participate, everyone can contribute.  Everyone can be a content provider.


How it works:

Content can be created in blogs, wikis, podcasts, and in sites such as Flickr.  Content can also be added/stored in social bookmarking Web sites such as and Furl.


This content can be syndicated through RSS (Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary) and distributed to other users.  Think of RSS as a pipeline that carries information.


That information is delivered to an aggregator (such as or Google Reader), which collects and displays the information delivered via RSS, all in one place.


flickr image courtesy jrhode



RSS connects information and people together…in what we might call a personally defined network.


Why do we want to do this?

Our network can deliver ideas, conversation, thoughts, and resources on a daily basis that challenge us, support us, and move us forward in terms of how we can approach our professional craft.


What happens when people subscribe to people?   Cisco Systems


Informal Learning

Informal learning takes place outside of traditional growth experiences such as trainings, workshops, and formal education.


I’ve learned more in the past two years than in the previous five by being connected.  David Jakes




Google Reader:


Portal which utilizes RSS


Netvibes:  similar to PageFlakes


Where to find feeds:

My public Bloglines account can be viewed at:

Search for feeds using, the Google Blog Search, or use the blogrolls of the edublogosphere for suggestions.


Student Learning Environments with RSS


The Critical Question(s)

Could we have students build personal learning environments using RSS?  Should we? Must we?


Should schools take advantage of RSS to distribute content to the school community?


RSS feeds can be delivered into a course management system like Blackboard or Moodle, to provide students with updated, real-time information feeds on a topic.


Students can obtain an account at Bloglines or some other aggregator, and then subscribe to course content, the teacher or each other.  What happens when people subscribe to each other?


What about Web pages?  Can you subscribe to “Web 1.0” web page or pages that do not by their nature produce an RSS feed.  Yes:


Use:  available at:   See Web page for instructions.


What about Google Searches?  Use GoogleAlert, available at:


See Web page for instructions.


What about accounts?

All tags in an individual’s produce an RSS feed, so it is possible to subscribe to individual topics.  It is also possible to subscribe to a feed on a particular tag for all users.



Where is this all going?

Yahoo Pipes:

From Yahoo:  “Pipes is a free online service that lets you remix popular feed types and create data mashups using a visual editor.”


SplashCast:  http://splashcastmedia  create and mix your own media channel


Finally:  …and were more powerful together than we could ever be apart…welcome to the human network.  Cisco Systems.



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