Really Simple Syndication

One of the best ways to deal with “Infowhelm” is using a Really Simple Syndication reader or RSS reader. An RSS feed allows you to subscribe to a news feed and pull down updated stories to a news reader. A news reader will aggregate all of your news in one single place. The most popular news reader is Google Reader.

Where do I find an RSS feed? And how do I subscribe?

How do I add an RSS feed to a reader?

Problem: So, this was the primary way of filtering and organizing the web until last week, when Google decided to kill off the popular RSS reader. On July 1, 2013 Google reader will pass on into the realm of deceased Google applications. So, the challenge:

Challenge: What is the best way, in the post Google Reader world, to organize the web? To filter and organize your reading experience?

In pairs, or individually I want you to research, find, and sell the next great application for filtering and organizing web content.

1. Research the best application that connects across multiple platforms (iOS, Android, Web and Tablet).

Some options might be, but are not limited to,…

  • Feedly
  • Pulse
  • IFTT
  • Twitter lists
  • Newsblur
  • Google Currents
  • The old reader
  • NetVibes
  • Zite

2. Once you have your application, you have to sell it and market it to a large group of people who are looking for the next great application to organize their web experience.

  • Create a commercial
  • Create a screencast of features
  • Create a slideshow of images that tells a story about your application
  • Create something I haven’t listed

3. Presentations will happen on Thursday. Each presentation should address the following questions.

  • What does the application do? 
  • Why is it appealing?
  • How can it integrate across multiple platforms?
  • Highlight appealing user features.
  • How will you pitch this to people who are upset about losing Google Reader?
  • Why will your application make others forget about Google Reader?


25% Creativity

  • Product is unique and engaging.
  • Product’s design is intuitive
  • Creative risks were taken to produce this product

25% Collaboration

  • Team organized daily and effectively
  • Team communicated daily and beyond the classroom
  • There is evidence of consistent communication channels

25% Design

  • Product shows evidence of creativity, uniqueness and innovative thinking
  • Design is intuitive
  • Product is clean and error free

25% Spelling and Mechanics

  • There are no errors in spelling or grammar
  • Presentation or demonstration is thorough and engaging
  • Planning notes and timeline are organized and clear

About Andy Marcinek

Instructional Technologist at Burlington High School
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