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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.

(Click on the image for a better view of the diagram) 

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  • Doug Belshaw
    October 28th, 2006 | 3:30 pm

    I like what you’ve done here in expanding my initial thoughts, Quentin. The diagram’s especially useful in getting the message across. Perhaps someone who’s actually using RSS feeds with their students could give it a try? :-)

  • Quentin D'Souza
    October 28th, 2006 | 8:30 pm

    This is one of those times that I wish I was back in my old classroom again.

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