I read an excellent post for using rss feeds in order to post and download homework content through the use of an rss feed from del.icio.us, through Doug's blog . Doug call's it homework-casting, I'm not so big on the name, but that isn't really important to me. The idea is great!
Just to build off of that idea, I thought of pulling in loosely joined content from many places to add together into a homework feed. This would be the remixing of a number of feeds with tags included on items. My recipe for building a homework feed.
- Audio instructions could be recorded online using Odeo.com.
- Video instructions created and then posted through YouTube.com.
- Web Pages, audio, video and files posted over the web could be bookmarked through del.icio.us and downloaded. (As Doug points out)
- The teacher posts their own files through box.net – PPT, Word, PDFs …
All these services support the tagging of materials that have been posted, as well as an rss feed. You could just use the date of the posts to associate it with the students homework or you could tag the materials with the appropriate homework dates, as all these services support tags.
Next, you take these feeds to your favourite RSS remixer to create a single feed. Some of these remixers support a web page preview of your remixes.
Students could look at this web page preview for their homework or grab the rss feed for their aggregators.
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