Use RSS to store and retrieve information

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RSS webfeeds

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

This unit is used in the following courses


  • 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