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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, 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!

RSS feeds for Students HomeworkJust 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
  • Video instructions created and then posted through
  • Web Pages, audio, video and files posted over the web could be bookmarked through and downloaded. (As Doug points out)
  • The teacher posts their own files through – 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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100+ Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators: A Guide to RSS and More

As part of my presentation for the K12 Online Conference I am publishing this 50 page document. It is a combination of the 50+ RSS Ideas for Educators document and the Teaching Hacks wiki. It is geared towards an introduction to RSS, but carries on a bit further into topics such as tagging, social bookmarking, wikis and more.

As always, I appreciate your valuable feedback – through a comment, email me or leave me audio comments through Vaestro.

Please stop by my session today and join in the conversation around RSS and its many uses.

Archiving Feeds Using RSS (Social Bookmarking) (part 2)

Just to clarify the idea behind creating my own aggregator at , I do realize that there are other (much better) online aggregators out there.

I just wanted to see what I could do with a few open source tools(joomla), some extensions, a little php and some inspiration.

So far the features of this aggregator are:

  1. Archived growing list of resources listed through 53 edubloggers feeds.
  2. I can leave comments for myself.
  3. Tagcloud to see popular terms for all edublogger feeds (right now the most popular are "podcasts, dopa, wiki, students, online, web, digital, blog, technology, education, writing, teachgps, wikis, learning" but this changes as the content changes)
  4. Ajax based search suggestions through meta-keywords from the database.
  5. Hit tracking for most popular and based on individual items, and filters to know where I have been and where I want to go.
  6. Links out to other social bookmarking tools if I want to tag and store these resources somewhere else.
  7. Related items based on phrases (This isn't working to well, as I can't get it to ignore categories and section titles, but hope to get that going soon)
  8. Online access anywhere/anytime.
  9. 1556 edublogger tagged resources.

So here is a sample of the results when filtering for ""


Item Title


Sunday, 03 September 2006 for Teachers
Saturday, 02 September 2006
Managing Web Bookmarks with – Productivity Portfolio
Saturday, 02 September 2006
The Several Habits of Wildly Successful Users Slacker Manager
Saturday, 02 September 2006 Audio Visual Tutorial
Wednesday, 30 August 2006
Alan November Weblog : Getting Started With Social Bookmarking Using

Sunday, 03 September 2006
Tracking Down Educators that Use Social Bookmarking ( | Teaching
Tuesday, 01 August 2006
Tuesday, 25 July 2006
i d e a n t: A study
Tuesday, 25 July 2006
HubLog: Graph related tags

Neat – I'm sure I would have received broader results with a search, but this ended up more like rollyo for social bookmarking edublogger feeds.

Archiving Feeds Using RSS (Social Bookmarking)

I thought I would get a jump on the K12 Online 2006 conference materials by relooking at the RSS for Educators document with a little twist. I hope to present something fresh.

I have taken 53 RSS feeds from edubloggers listed in the under Social Bookmarking tools, and archived the content into my own reader/aggregator. ( This allowed me to populate my database with 1439 links to resources from these edubloggers. I can do basic searches through these resources, browse through the categories that I have defined and update new resources when they become available. Resources are attributed to the author by their or furl username and dated.

You can watch this area develop up to the K12 Online 2006 by visiting The social bookmarks are found in a seperate section and I will be adding various feed sections with a focus on other Web 2.0 tools.

Update: Added a commenting feature so that I can leave feedback on the resources, if I need to.

Update: Added tagcloud of links based on popularity.

Update: Added Ajax based search suggestions in search form.

RSS Ideas For Educators Presentation and Handout

I have included my full presentation in the form of a flash screencast. The video times are posted beside the links. I seperated the presentation into two parts to reduce the files size.

I would appreciate any feedback on it.

Part 1 (Time 26 min 22 sec)

Part 2 (Time 17 min 37 sec)

Web sites I referred to in the presentation . (1 page – PDF – 14 kb)


RSS for Educators Reflections

Thank you for all the positive responses about the 50+ RSS for Educators document and the feedback for improving it, and even translate it. (If you would like to translate it, please do, just let me know and send me a copy I would love to see it, just follow the Creative Commons License)

It was the first time I have been called a meerkat and it really made me smile. It also opened my eyes to a thriving community of edubloggers all over the world who connect together through the power of words not just packets of 1’s and 0’s. I recognized a few of the names, some I have met in person, others through conversations in their blogs and emails, and even more through introducing themselves to me through this blog.

Some of the other projects that I have started before I started blogging early in 2005 were geared to getting free resources into the hands of Canadian educators; I expanded that into teaching tools by learning some coding, then added education news and other tools.

I have learned quite a bit since I started working on those projects six years ago, and I will share just a few ideas for now:

  • Always keep your passion close to your heart and share it with those who are willing to listen
  • There is always a way around a roadblock, be persistent, and use failures as learning experiences
  • You will NEVER get rich from giving things away for free, but you will touch other educators’ lives, and in doing so enrich your own

My hope through all my online work is that you find what I have created useful, and it helps you help those you teach.

“The Aggregator”

I am really encouraged by all the feedback for the RSS Ideas for Educators document. I continue to prepare for the upcoming conferences and was trying to find an interesting way to explain aggregators. I came up with a comic book format-something different. I was experimenting with “Comic Book Creator” because I don’t have a Mac and can’t use “Comic Life.” I did a little remixing from Stock.xchng and now …. “The Aggregator”

The Aggregator – Issue 1 (4 pgs – PDF – 2.94 MB) Sorry about the file size
I got inspired and came up with the first issue of “The Aggregator.” Don’t hold your breath for a second issue though.

Canadian Newspapers With RSS Feeds

I was glad to see that a few Canadian newspapers have started to offer RSS feeds. There seem to be so many more offered in the US. And RSS would seem to be the obvious medium for syndication or perhaps they might be afraid of losing a little control.

This is a large list of US newspapers which have an RSS feed.

And a few Canadian Newspaper websites.

The Toronto Star feeds page
The Globe and Mail feeds page

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