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2006- Basic Advanced Training

Basic/Advanced Training”RSS for Educators (Advanced)”

Quentin D’Souza
Ajax, Ontario, Canada
Blog: http://www.teachinghacks.com/

Presentation Title
“RSS for Educators (Advanced)”

Quentin D’Souza is an Elementary Resource Teacher in the Academic Information and Communication Technology Department at the Toronto Catholic District School Board, which is responsible for over 80,000 students in Toronto, Canada. He helps teachers and administrators to improve the quality of education that they can deliver to their students through the use of technology. Quentin has written numerous articles that have appeared in print and online. He has presented focused technology seminars, workshops, and multi-day events both locally and provincially. He has developed curriculum and resources for the Ontario Ministry of Education, ILC/TV Ontario, Harcourt Canada, The Learning Partnership and other organizations. Quentin has worked as an online mentor, developed/taught online and blended courses, and moderated online discussions.
You can keep up with Quentin’s activities and writing by visiting his blog at http://www.teachinghacks.com./

This presentation will discuss the use of Rich Site Summary (RSS) feeds in classroom situations as both teaching and learning tools. Starting from the basics of setting up an online feed reader, we will move to the use of RSS in weblogs, collaborative bookmarks, content sharing, for research, and audio and video delivery to the classroom.

There are three components to this session:

  1. The main content of this session will be a 45 minute screencast presentation – RSS Ideas for Educators.
  2. This session is supported by a PDF document (48 pgs, 741 KB), which builds upon the screencast presentation and extends it into a number of Web 2.0 applications.
  3. Visit the wiki for this session which outlines the ideas identified in the PDF document. Attendees are encouraged to add ideas to the wiki or develop ideas that are already there.


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  1. Doug Belshaw

    It’s a shame that both Quentin and Jeff Utecht’s presentations are only available in a format which means they have to be viewed online. I liked the way earlier videos and screencasts were available for download so that I could put them on the school network… 🙁

  2. Chris Higgins

    I enjoyed the way that the presentation related all of the different forms of RSS and made sure to include websites like Bloglines and Technorati. These are the type of sources that students and parents have no idea even exist. Eventually, it seems like teacher webspaces are going to turn into wikis, with links to blogs, and all of the assignments/files are through RSS feeds. Quite a vision for education.

  3. Floyd Geasland

    I also would like to have copies of the presentations. I found them extremely helpful at pulling together what I’ve learned from others. It really filled in some gaps in my personal knowledge base. Is there anyway they could be posted longer than 7days? I have to get that site unblocked by my district to be able to access and they move slower then turtles answering requests.

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  6. frank fernandis

    The overwhelming number become student aids. Seniors get their schedule totally chaged for release time. Some whine their way into AP Psychology. These students never needed my AP class to graduate. They merely wanted an AP course or two on their transcripts without any real risk of a bad grade.

  7. Michael Richards


    I know that I’m late to the game but thank you for showing me some tools that I hadn’t found that expands the use of RSS.

    Do you invision the day when people’s business cards feature their RSS feed or mashup site based on their RSS feeds? That would be an interesting concept. I might have to add that to my summer list of things to do.

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