Showing posts with label RSS in Plain English. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RSS in Plain English. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Free Webinar - Behind the Scenes at Common Craft

Common Craft burst onto the explainer video scene way back in 2007 with RSS in Plain English. That video demonstrated a new way for students and professionals to create effective and engaging explanatory videos. In the ten years since RSS in Plain English hit the web, many teachers, students, and creative professionals have created their own explanatory videos using the Common Craft model.

On June 21st, for the first time ever, Lee Lefever (the voice of Common Craft videos) will host a free webinar in which you can go behind the scenes of a Common Craft video. You'll learn how he and his wife Sachi craft engaging and effective explanatory videos.

Learn more and register here. I'll be there and I hope that you will be there too.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Still Crazy After All These Years - Crazy About RSS

I still remember the first time I saw Google Reader in action. I was instantly in love it! Without a doubt RSS feeds and Google Reader are the most important tool that I use on a daily basis. Sure I could subscribe via email to all 300+ of my favorite websites, but who wants more email? And I certainly don't want to open 300+ sites individually. Subscribing to RSS feeds in Google Reader lets me keep up with my favorite sites. So while tech blogs like to make claims that Twitter, Google+, and other platforms will make RSS feeds redundant, I still love my RSS feeds.

What is RSS?

What is Google Reader?

More and more I'm consuming RSS feeds through Feedly instead of Google Reader, learn more about Feedly in the video below.

Feed Your Mind On The Go from Feedly on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Do You Use RSS? Where are Your Bookmarks?

This morning Tom Daccord and I are introducing a group of educators to RSS, Google Bookmarks, Diigo, and blogging. I like to start with RSS because it then gives us content we can use for social bookmarking activities. One of my favorite resources for introducing RSS continues to be Common Craft's RSS in Plain English (embedded below).


And, of course, one of my favorite resources for introducing social bookmarking is Common Craft's Social Bookmarking in Plain English. (embedded below).


Applications for Education
Some of the ideas we'll share this morning regarding RSS is to keep up to date on the sites and blogs you use for professional learning. We also discuss the idea of creating folders in Google Reader in which you subscribe to a set of blogs that you want students to read and sharing that folder with students through email or a widget on a classroom blog. For example, if every student in your classroom has a blog that he or she maintains you could create a folder that contains all of those blogs' feeds.

The reason that we introduce teachers to online/ social bookmarking services is for the fairly obvious benefit of being able to access your bookmarks from any computer. More importantly we introduce teachers to sharing bookmarks with other professionals and with students. By sharing bookmarks everyone can benefit from a community's bookmarking activities.