Letting the outside in by using RSS feeds in Moodle

One of the many lessons I have learned over my years of working in education, is to remember to bring the outside into the classroom.

There are lots of ways to do that, whether it be guest speakers, excursions, work experience, getting students to bring things in, all sorts! But an easy starting point is RSS feeds into your online classroom space.

I remember reading about RSS being old technology that was going out the window, but I have to say that news feeds are still incredibly powerful at helping connect what students are learning about with the real world.  They invite conversations that link theory with practice, and all too often give real examples of what can go wrong.

If you are using Moodle, it is very easy to add an RSS feed to your course (turn editing on, add a block, remote RSS feeds).

If you haven’t done it before but have a relevant news provider for the industry relevant to your teaching, you are looking for and you need to get the URL for the feed.

The URL (that is the web address) for the RSS feed will start with “http://” and usually ends with “.xml”.

Blogs often have RSS output, and there might be an RSS feed on one of your favourite industry websites, so go looking and bring the outside world into your classroom.

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Tabitha Parker

E-learning consultant at HRDNZ
I have been working with Stuart and HRDNZ for 10 years, and currently working as an elearning specialist at Unitec in New Zealand.
My interests include the One Laptop Per Child project, and I’ve been working a volunteer in this area since 2009.I’m also very interested in the way Moodle and e-learning is use in Primary and Secondary education.
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I have been working with Stuart and HRDNZ for 10 years, and currently working as an elearning specialist at Unitec in New Zealand. My interests include the One Laptop Per Child project, and I've been working a volunteer in this area since 2009. I'm also very interested in the way Moodle and e-learning is use in Primary and Secondary education.

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