Monday, August 17, 2009

Really Simple Syndication Aggregator

Hello everyone,

There are over 50 million blogs available on the internet, which increases everyday. In order to be able to follow and keep up with all of the information on the internet, Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Aggregators were developed. RSS aggregators are an easy tool which allow for easy access to new information. Through subscribing to blogs or other sites using RSS, notifications are sent every time new content is added (Pandya, 2009). When I had begun my own professional blog, I hadn't learnt about RSS. I was wasting a lot of time going into every single blog that my colleagues had written and following them. There were new windows opening up everywhere. I soon gave up after following about five different people. When I learnt about the RSS tool I was very pleased. It is so easy to use and to subscribe to people. While following people showed the new blogs as they were posted, the RSS aggregator does this but also shows whether the blog has been read or not. 

The RSS aggregator will therefore be a fantastic tool for e-learning in the classroom. In a classroom where learners don't have easy access to computers and only have specific time allocated in the computer lab, the tool will be very effective in saving time. Learners will be able to have the opportunity to easily and readily follow their classmates blogs and comment them. They will also be able to discover blogs from other people from all over the world which they are interested in or which relate to their learning, and be up to date with their posts. Also, the RSS aggregator is a wonderful tool for the learning manager to monitor learners' postings and to be able to comment them promptly. RSS neatly fits into the Connectivism theory. Connectivism is a learning theory for the digital age. It is based upon the belief that; "computer networks, power grids, and social networks all function on the simple principle that people, groups, systems, nodes, entities can be connected to create an integrated whole" (Siemens, 2004). Learners will be able to form connections with other blogs and so enhance their learning. Being aware of the new posts will enable learners to comment others efficiently and effortlessly therefore increasing their connections.  

Individual learner needs are catered for through the use of blogs as learners are able to use their creativity. The RSS aggregators allow learning managers to embrace the diversity within the classroom and to provide opportunities for learners to discover that everyone is different with differing opinions and beliefs. Higher-order thinking skills may also be addressed as learners question and comment others. 


Thanks for reading,

Kira. 


References

Pandya, G. (2009). SEO Glossary. Retrieved August 13, 2009, from http://www.searchenginecity.org/seo-glossary/

Siemens, G. (2004).Connectivism. Retrieved August 13, 2009, from http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm



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