Some great RSS resources came across my Bloglines aggregator today, and it’s making me itch to get my school up to speed on the wonders of aggregation. First there’s TheFuss which is a wiki created by the learning object gurus north of the border who are without question way ahead of anyone else in thier thinking of how RSS might facilitate the distribution and sharing of learning objects. (And I have to tell you, when I think about how THAT might end up…sheesh. What an amazing vision.) And then there’s this cool experiment that shows away to combine a bunch of different feeds into a blogroll on a page. I’m sure there’s much more ahead.
Ironically the first call I got this morning was from a freshman English teacher who wanted to know how he could set up an e-mail list to send out homework assignments to parents…he’s been getting a lot of requests. I suggested he create a Web log and add the addresses to the notification list. That way he not only gets it online for reference and archiving, he also automatically notifies parents. Do I have to relate his reaction? Now the question is, do I broach RSS?
The possibilities here are almost limitless. If every teacher had an aggregator set up, he or she could be getting the relevant links from the tecHCentral site I’m building. And as we grow the Web log as Website, there would be more and more feeds to subscribe to. And if parents got the hang of it… I know, I’ve already dreamed this dream too many times to count. I’m just so impatient for it to become reality…and it will.