Week 5: RSS Feeds & Custom Home Pages
Posted by kabery on December 3, 2009
What is an RSS feed?
Enjoy and learn from RSS in Plain English, a Commoncraft Show, on YouTube. You may also want to check out Feed Me: A Gentle Introduction to Internet Feeds a good tutorial from PALINET that covers Bloglines, Feed Reader and Google Reader.
What is a widget?
A widget is a symbol that contains html code that you can just click on to navigate the web. You’ll see them all over the internet, including web pages, blogs & wikis.
These are pictures of some common widgets:
How is the State Library using RSS feeds
Look for the RSS feed widgets at each of these sites:
- News from CSL blog
- The DLD sponsored Continuing Education Calendar of Events
- Patrick Smith’s Connecticut Invents blog
How can we keep track of all our RSS feeds?
You can use a “reader” to aggregate all your RSS feeds into one place. Here are two examples of sites where you can create your own reader, and check out the Bloglines section under “Learning 2.0 Examples and see all the links that were created.
|Google Reader Tutorial,
a Commoncraft video on YouTube
|Site for searching, subscribing, creating & sharing news feeds, blogs & the web.|
Customized Internet Start Pages
Using a reader is fine for just your blogs, but for one-stop shopping for all your blogs, bookmarks, wikis, photos, web pages and everything else you do on the web,you can create a personalized home page.
1. Follow the resources above to learn more about RSS and newsreaders.
2. Create a Bloglines account & subscribe to at least 3 newsfeeds to your reader (see Using Bloglines Tutorial steps 1-3 for instructions).
3. Create a customized web page using any of the above.
2. Add at least 5 gadgets or modules to your page.
3. Create a post in your blog about these exercises. What do you like about RSS and newsreaders? How can libraries use RSS or take advantage of this new technology? How can you or your library use customized home pages? What kind of gadgets or modules did you add to your customized home page?