Use RSS to store and retrieve information
Web feeds are a form of syndication in which a section of a website is made available for other sites to use. Commonly a regularly updated website will make a feed available so other people can subscribe to or display the content in another website, such as a personal news reader. This technology is mostly offered by news and web-log (blog) sites. Web feeds are very useful to people who obtain media and information from a number of online sources on a regular basis. The feeds help the reader to bring a wide variety of information sources into one place instead of having to manually go to each website to obtain the information.
Uses for web feeds
- Students can subscribe to a teacher's website and receive updated content to their personal web spaces (blog, start page, news reader).
- Teachers can subscribe to their student's personal web spaces and have student's work arrive centrally.
- Students can subscribe to each other's feeds enabling them to share resources and perspectives.
- Teachers and students can subscribe to other experts in the field, broadening their field of reference, building a personalised reading list, and bringing it back to their teaching and learning contexts.
- Librarians can subscribe to feeds relevant to topics taught by the school faculties, and filter information and offer quality assured resources to teaching staff.
- Professional development units can subscribe to feeds related to teacher training and filter information and build PD resources for their staff.
More information about web feeds
- Practical introduction to Web browsing and Web feeds
This unit is used in the following courses
- Digital information literacy
- Computer Literacy Resources for Teaching
- Peer tutoring
- Designing for flexible learning practice
- Understand the uses and applications of RSS
- Set up a news reader and subscribe to RSS feeds
- Use RSS in a start page, personal web page, or weblog
- Combine RSS feeds to create a unique set of information