Sunday, April 09, 2006

Feed Windows

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You probably know about Alan Levine's outstanding contribution to education on the net: Feed2JS. If you don't you can learn about it here. Tonight I just learned of a new service called Feedo Style. I'm using it to add feed windows to the sidebars of my classroom blogs. It's a free service. You don't even have to register for an account. Just pick one of their prepackaged feeds or provide your own. I'm using "my own" feeds.

The feeds I've chosen are feeds from other classes using blogs as educational tools. I'd like to foster a greater sense of community between my students and others that are learning similar material across the world. Hopefully this will provide yet another level of motivation for my students to learn hard. By seeing what other students are learning and writing I'm hoping they will feel a little competitive. Maybe they'll want to work a little harder in order to impress their global peers. Time will tell.

Tonight I've added one feed window. It's on the Ap Calculus AB blog. The feed comes from Ms. German's class blog: 42S AP Calculus. Ms. German is another Winnipeg teacher. She had attended my Rip, Mix, Learn workshop in October. Her blog started as an experiment, went dormant for a while and about two and a half weeks ago started churning out some interesting material. At least it's interesting if you're learning or teaching calculus. ;-)

I plan on opening several feed windows on my niece's blog. I know of five grade seven blogs (Dave Reece and Jeanne Simpson) and four grade 8 blogs (Chris Harbeck). The material they are posting might be helpful for her.

If you know of any other teachers who blog with their calculus, precalculus or Applied Math classes please let me know. If they're sharing their learning then I'd like to open feed windows to them on my other class blogs. Thanks.

4 comments:

Mr. H said...
10/4/06 10:36  

This a a great feature for any educators blog. Since I have 4 class sites up and am constanly changing links to the featured project of the month. Feedo allows me to post at my home site and all the posts are already at the class sites. Awesome. Thanks for the tip.

Chris

Darren said...
10/4/06 12:37  

That's a great idea Chris! Y'know, it might also be a good way to integrate your Taking Math to the Next Level blog into the others. ;-)

Anonymous said...
18/4/06 16:54  

I use rss-to-javascript for feed conversion on my web pages. They offer some nice javascript based marquee and scroller options as well in addition to some helpful tutorials.

Darren said...
18/4/06 18:43  

Thanks for the link. That looks like a handy tool. ;-)

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