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RSS Feeds

RSS has been around for quite a while now and I use it religiously to get all my ‘feeds’ for my soccer, AFL, and teams news. Below is a little definition of what are RSS feeds and why RSS feeds are used. What do you use RSS feeds for? Feel free to leave a comment below.

What is RSS?
RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.

Why RSS?
RSS solves a problem for people who regularly use the web. It allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually. You ensure your privacy, by not needing to join each site’s email newsletter. The number of sites offering RSS feeds is growing rapidly and includes big names like Yahoo News.

Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling has a place in educaton as it provides a way of stimulating learning through digital words, songs and stories. It allows for greater engaging and motivating students in delivering ideas and concepts of different web 2.0 tools.

Feel free to visit http://www.cap.nsw.edu.au/digital_storytelling/digital_storytelling.htm for more information on digital storytelling, and feel free to leave a comment in the comments section.

Delicious Bookmarking

Delicious (formerly del.icio.us, pronounced “delicious”) is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. The site was founded by Joshua Schachter in 2003 and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. By the end of 2008, the service claimed more than 5.3 million users and 180 million unique bookmarked URLs. It is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

In my opinion Delicious is a fantastic tool in order to find and search for bookmarks in your chosen topic. In delicious most of the legwork is already done for you and all you need to do is search for the websites that you are after. You can add more to the delicious site as you find more bookmarks which you are interested in. Delicious is a quasi social network, because it allows you to ‘view’ other peoples profiles and see what they have bookmarked.