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RSS in Plain English -

By Lee and Sachi Le Fever. This really is an explanation for dummies like me. It makes it sound so simple with some very clear instructions on how to set up RSS. Thanks to Nancy White for pointing to it in her Full Circle Online Interaction Blog

RSS as Glu - -

a very simple but powerful slideshow by Alex Hayes on how RSS can transform the classroom experience

RSS in action - Capturing Blog and Wiki posts using Google Reader:

Some instructions on how to capture blog and wiki posts using Google Reader.

Using RSS - -

Excellent overview by Leigh Blackall on how he centralises his information flow in bloglines using RSS.

Understanding RSS Better:

(Submitted by Steven Parker)
RSS, enables users to pick and choose which data sources are of interest and remain educated and informed when sources are updated i.e newspaper, encylopedia (, educational website (

Blogs, Wikis and many contemporary websites publish their content in the RSS file format. For example go to and look for the orange RSS symbol, click on it, you’ll find useful instructions on RSS. .

The orange RSS symbol represents what is known as an RSS feed, which simply means content from the BBC website can be pushed directly to you without you having to visit the website. First you need a tool to be able to subscribe right? This is known as a newsreader, aggregator. Once you choose your newsreader of choice and create an account ( I use you can pull in data in. Check out for an explanatory drawing.

Data can be video, audio, text. What this means is that teachers and students can subscribe to useful educational data relevant to their education context.

Understanding RSS and Social Bookmarking
Screencast: Using RSS to manage the flow of useful information and remain up to date

Using Bloglines to subscribe to podcasts and webfeeds

Innovate and Integrate

An excellent resource resulting from research undertaken by Marie Jasinski for the Framework. It includes a set of tools to support the embedding of innovation in your organisations.

'How To'

Recordings from the e-Tools and Tips September 'How to' Sessions hosted by the Framework's Networks Community. These recordings include how to sessions on
  • wikis and blogs,
  • moblogs,
  • podcasts,
  • social bookmarking with Frappr, and Flickr,
  • establish personal learning environments (PLEs),
  • digital storytelling
  • using video in e-learning, and
  • participate in virtual worlds (second life).

Second Life:

These links are fantastic - they give you great examples of Second Life being used for education and so much more.

Second Life in Education Wikispace

Second Life Educational Uses (Examples)

Virtual Worlds - Real Learning - a 2006 Australian Flexible Learning Framework Project - a wonderful resource that covers everything including facilitation techniques, technical requirements, and real case studies in VET.

Designing e-Learning

Designing e-Learningis a fantastic resource available for you to work through implementation strategies, different assessment approaches and much more.


Thanks to Carole McCulloch (Framework Facilitator and Coach) for her slides on setting up iGoogle.

A social bookmarking tool. Thanks to NSW LearnScope for their **'How-to Guide'**.


Check out both Sue Waters' (Challenger TAFE, WA) and Stephan Ridgeway's (Sydney Institute - TAFE NSW) Wikis. Both Sue and Stephan have been recognised for the expertise in podcasting and sharing their learning.

Web 2.0/Social Software:

Thanks to Janet Hawtin from Teach and Learn Online Group for pointing to this Web 2.0 - Best friends or worst enemies? presentation by Dr Ken Price from a recent EdNA Workshop. Gives and excellent overview of different social software tools and their use in education contexts and also asks some interesting questions about their adoption by education institutions. Social media software developed by a New York company.

Glossary of Social Media -

Great resource for understanding the language of social media.

7 Things You Should Know About... at

"The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About... series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices. Each brief focuses on a single technology or practice and describes:
  • What it is
  • How it works
  • Where it is going
  • Why it matters to teaching and learning"

Online Newsletters and Journals:

Australian Flexible Learning Framework – You can access the many resources and research papers developed by the Framework since its inception as well as find out more about each of the Framework’s projects.

Elearnspace - George Siemens weekly newsletter, a rich source of links, insights, information and knowledge sharing exploring elearning, knowledge management, networks, technology, and community.

Stephen Downes’ OLDaily or OLWeekly are rich sources of links, insights, information and knowledge sharing about technologies related to education. You can subscribe to his OLDaily (a daily newsletter) or his OLWeekly (a weekly newsletter).

The Knowledge Tree – a journal of e-learning innovation released quarterly by the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. You can comment through the blog, subscribe and syndicate through its RSS feed.

An Introduction to Social Media

by Trevor Cook and Lee Hopkins - this is version 1 so feedback to Trevor is appreciated