Thursday, March 31, 2005

"Blogging and RSS — The 'What's It?' and 'How To' of Powerful New Web Tools for Educators"

Blogging and RSS — The "What's It?" and "How To" of Powerful New Web Tools for Educators
by Will Richardson, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Hunterdon Central Regional High School

"The internet has long been valued by teachers and librarians as a powerful research and communications tool, and in the last 10 years, it has brought about a sea change in the way students find, manage, and use information. But the promise of the Web as more than just a readable, searchable resource has been slow to be realized ... until now. Two new Internet technologies, Weblogs and RSS (Real Simple Syndication), are redefining the way students and teachers use the Internet, turning them from mere readers into writers to the Web as well, and making it easier to filter and track the ever-growing number of resources coming online each day. In fast-growing numbers, educators across the country and throughout the world are finding just how powerful this new interactive Internet can be."