Preso by Will Richardson at MTI 2006 sponsored by MACE Kansas

email: weblogged at gmail dot com
presentation resources:

His free RSS guide (PDF)
Using his tablet and MS Office OneNote 2003 to teach this preso

Basic idea: is a technology that let’s you consume more content, instead of having to have you

2 pieces to RSS
– the feed (channel through which the info comes to you)
– the aggregator (news reader)

Graphic: thinking about lots of boxes coming into a larger box

A feed is an address, that is what you are looking for
– reason it says “XML” is because that is the programming language RSS is built on / written in

Every blog has a built-in RSS feed, many mainstream media outlets are now putting out RSS feeds (Smithsonian and NASA are examples)
– example you can google for: NYT RSS

you can subscribe to any file with RSS, depending on what someone is publishing

So that is what a feed is, now let’s explore what an aggregator is
– Example:
– this is all free, even though you have to “subscribe” to it

Book “Naked Conversations” is really good, author claimed he could track 1200 feeds

I now use the “flock” browser which has a built in aggregator, all kinds of cool stuff built into the browser instead of IE (free)

the “keep new” feature in bloglines is really cool, the clip/blog feature is not as great
– “keep new” allows it to stay in the displayed bloglines

Course Will teaches at Seaton Hall in NJ
– has all the students

My classes went paperless when all my kids had a blog

Weblogs in Education: are all the teachers, edublogers, about 70+ folks there

Even tho I’m a blogger, I’m a reader first
– this is a distintion that is important
– I am a blog snob: blogging really starts with reading
– blogging really starts with what you read, and how you synthesize it
– people writing about what they ate for lunch are journaling, really not blogging


Will doesn’t have all his feeds public on his bloglines account (students are not, “good reads” are not, etc.) is itself an aggregator, b/c it is tracking around 4500 news sources

DOPA is being considered in Congress, I want to follow this, so I do Google News search for DOPA, search by date— now can get customized RSS feed
– do a country search like Somalia, then limit to specific sources

Also mentioned in the keynote
– allows me to add annotated information to each saved link
– we’ve used taxonomies for a long time like the Dewey Decimal system, but those were used in a world where there were not too many content creators
— now we are in an environment where people self-organize (this is the shift from a taxonomy to a folksonomy: using tags)
– Will’s quotable link list:
– and you can subscribe to that


This is like “web goodness” now, we all share
– we are working for the betterment of each other

Go back to and look at the current cloud tag

Now on to flickr

Example: Alan Levine’s superglu page: example of all his content together online

Pageflakes is an interesting website and service
– can use this as a portal for yourself
– sort of like Netvibes
– if you want to create your own newspaper, this is sort of like how the Flock browser aggregates RSS content

Wikipedia now supports RSS feeds, you can subscribe to the history as an RSS feed (new in the last few weeks!)

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One Response to RSS: Connecting Ideas and Knowledge

  1. Mark Ahlness - Pros and Cons of Educational Blogging... says:

    Great blogging Wesley, thanks! If you still haven’t heard about DOPA, here’s what Andy Carvin is reorting:

    “Last night the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the
    Deleting Online Predators Act, 410 to 15. It would seem that educators
    had little to no impact on the outcome. Perhaps this is by lack of
    numbers, or because the MySpace panic that’s overtaken this country is
    so overwhelming that no amount of rational pleas from educators would
    have stopped it….”

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