Friday, 24 July 2009

RSS Feeds (Google Reader)

Hi all,

I have now been able to construct my RSS feed. The use of the acronym of RSS is defined as Really Simple Syndication. This system enables the user to subscribe to different websites such as news, blogs, audio and video. Regular updates from these sites are read using an RSS reader or aggregator. This reader checks the subscribed feeds for new works and updates automatically to allow the user to read the feeds from one simple location. A RSS feed symbol can be found on many websites and often is able to be accessed on the Internet Explorer task bar. There are many different reader programs, but the one that I have used for this assignment is Google Reader. Every time I join a new blog, it enables me to view it through this program.

A part of this assessment task is to comment on peers’ blogs. Google Reader provides a simple and effective way of checking if new posts have been made. This also provides a quick link to blog addresses where responses can be posted.

The incorporated of ICT in the classroom is fast becoming a desired pedagogical tool. Kearsley and Shneiderman (1999) discuss that technology can aid the engagement level of students. The intent of the Learning Engagement Theory is to provide a conceptual framework for teaching and learning in the area of technology. The use of this technology within the classroom could extend to students setting up their own RSS reader and subscribing to websites that are relevant to their academic work. Using this technology would allow the Learning Manager to equip students with the last information and resources pertaining to the content knowledge required for their current unit of work.

Personally, I believe that this technology is valuable within the classroom. As technology grows and the opportunity for students and teachers to use blogs to post homework and other classroom tasks increases, it would allow students to stay connected with each other and promote collaborative learning (Kearsley & Shneiderman, 1999). The question that I have with the use of this specific piece of technology is the minimum age it would be appropriate. Children in the Early Years may not be able to understand this form of technology, however, I believe that it could be shown using a generic class page in these years, and this knowledge built upon as the students progress in their learning journey.

I look forward to your thoughts on this topic.



Kearsley, G., & Shneiderman, B. (1999). Engagement Theory: A framework for technology- based teaching and learning. Retrieved July 10, 2009, from


  1. Hi Melissa,

    Do you think that the ever increasing need to implent technology in classrooms makes teaching more or less complicated, for the emerging learning mananger?

    Kindest regards,

  2. Hi Megan,

    Thanks for the comment. Technology is always changing, so it is our role to continually upskill ourselves so that we can train the next generation. It may be more time consuming, especially when technology doesn't work and a Plan B is required!
    Nevertheless, I believe that this is the future, so we need to embrace change and make the lessons engaging for our students.

    Thanks again,