Monday, October 18, 2004

RSS Feeds & Wiki's - Steven Downes

RSS - Really Simple Syndication, Rich Site Summary???

RSS can actually be explained in three words: list of items

Rather than visiting a series of web sites every day, ICT savvy individuals are installing news aggregators on their desktops and configuring it to pull RSS feeds from their favorite web sites.

News aggregators are dedicated programs which allow you to read RSS files.
It's being able to make your own “newspaper” of topics that interest you!
RSS is a text-based format.

In other words, the news comes to you, rather than you having to go to the news. This saves a tremendous amount of time. explains it all - in plain english!

Thanks for the introduction Steven Downes!

Steven Downes - Head Shot!
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A Wiki is a Web site with one distinguishing feature:
Anyone can edit any Web page on a Wiki. Every page has an "Edit" button.

Think of a Wiki as a collaborative website in which anyone can add or edit the content. Wikis provide a blank page, and leave the rest up to you.
Wikis are more like public spaces than blogs.

Most Wikis haven't had a problem with vandalism. When you think about it, this isn't so surprising. There's no challenge in breaking into a site with unlimited access.

Wikipedia is a free content encyclopedia written collaboratively by contributors from around the world.

Steven Downes - OLDaily Newsletter

OLDaily - short for Online Learning Daily - is Steven's contribution to the growing world of email newsletters. You might ask, does the world need another online newsletter, especially in the field of online learning? His answer - obviously - is yes.

What makes OLDaily different from other email newsletters, then? Three things: content selection, value-add, and website support

I featured in the International limelight on 20/10/04 !!

Tanya Wooley - Flexible Learning Leader 2004
Another educational technology blog that may be new to many readers, though the blog itself isn't that new. Based in Alice Springs, Tanya Wooley introduced me to the people in Alice's Aboriginal Development community (and also to the best Chinese tea-house in town). Readers will appreciate not only her insights into online learning - you may want to look at her PowerPoint game, A Town Like Alice - but also the clear connection she draws between this and a philosophy of diversity. By Tanya Wooley, October, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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