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Pssss… Have You Heard About RSS?

Just posted to the web is our newbie article “Pssss… Have You Heard About RSS?”. This is one of the features in the Fall 2003 issue of our mcli Forum, a twice a year publication published by our office for print distribution inside our college system, and electronic everywhere else (continuously published since October 1992-200 as the Labyrinth-Forum and since then as the mcli Forum).

It’s about a 2.5 month process for our office to draft, assemble, proof, edit, and get this off to the printers– and it is about 2 days of HTML-izing to get the web version up. This is actually one of my more favorite web layouts, and while I reallly should get around to doing it fully with modern XHTML, I really like it’s look as a HTML table/CSS hybrid.

But about that RSS stuff-

The RSS article is nothing ground-breaking and others have written more comprehensively (or more passionately as Brian has done), but to be honest, this is all very new stuff to just about everyone in our system, so we start off with the basics:

To keep abreast of the latest developments from the top 50 web sites in your field, you would have to bookmark them in your web browser and manually visit them on some regular basis to see their latest information. With RSS, you can “subscribe” to these sites and quickly scan the titles of their most recent updates in a simple desktop application. But keeping up with news is just the beginning of what RSS can offer educators.

It goes on a bit about what RSS is, how to view it, how it is created, and touch on aggregators plus Bloglines. Then the arm-waving at the end on what it might mean for educators.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.

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