RSS Feeds for Education

RSS feeds offer a way for people to directly receive information from numerous websites into one, easily accessible place (Beldarrain, 2006, pg. 140).  In other words, instead of going to different websites to see if they have been updated, an individual can subscribe to an RSS feed and be immediately notified when new information has been posted.  Specifically, individuals use a RSS reader to collect the information and display it in one location.  In the end, the utilization of these technologies can save everyone valuable time.

How might teachers use RSS in the classroom?

There are many ways that teachers can use RSS feeds in the classroom.  First, by utilizing a classroom blog, the teacher could provide students with classroom news and information through an RSS feeds.  In other words, teachers could easily share information with students by simply requiring all students to subscribe to the classroom blog’s RSS feed.  Next, the teacher could utilize RSS in the reverse manner by requiring all of his or her students to create a blog for classroom assignments and projects.  In short, instead of trying to keep up with numerous papers, reports, essays, and projects; a teacher could use an RSS reader to check the status and progress of each individual student in one place.  Lastly, RSS technology could be used to make announcements on assignments and events for the entire class.  In essence, by utilizing RSS technology, a teacher could greatly enhance his or her efficiency in the class

What other benefits might you gain from knowing how to use RSS?

Basically, I believe RSS technology could be a great benefit to every individual because of its inherited simplicity.  In short, RSS feeds can save time and increase efficiency within any organization.  Essentially, within the ever-changing workplace, creating any type of competitive advantage is imperative for success.  Whether the advantage is providing higher quality products through more experienced employees or reviewing important information through an RSS feed, an organization should see RSS technology as a huge part of its future.  Ultimately, the changing characteristics of the work force and work environment make the need for RSS technology evident.  At its core, it simply allows individuals the ability to learn how to effectively manage change.


Beldarrain, Y. (2006). Distance education trends: Integrating new technologies to foster student interaction and collaboration. Distance Education, (27)2, 139-153.


About heidismith3

My name is Heidi Smith, and I am looking forward to continuing my education at Boise State University. Currently, I work for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen in Texas, where I am a Special Projects Coordinator. In short, I am a consultant and trainer to engineers needing appeals for arbitrations between the railroad companies and the railroad union. We are presently trying to integrate more technology into this process to speed up our current workload. I know that having a Masters degree in Educational Technology will aid me in teaching and training our staff more effectively.
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