TxDLA 2007 Annual Conference
Galveston, TX

Presentations by: Dr. Rhonda Blackburn and Mr. Chris Bigenho



Speak Like a Digital Native: RSS and Podcasting 101



Hands-on workshop:

Description: The explosion of social software has created a host of new tools for today's educator. Podcasting and RSS are just tow of these tools. This hands-on session will provide the opportunity for you to explore the ease of use and power of teaching with RSS and Podcasting technologies.

Presentation Matierials:

  • Slides (Impatica Format)



Blogs, Wikis and Social Bookmarking- Oh My!



Hands-on workshop:

Description: Blogs and Wikis are wonderful wayt so promote learning within your class. Include social bookmarking and you have created an environment where students can participate in the construction of knowledge. This hands-on session will take you through the understanding and the use of blogs, wikis and social bookmarking.

Presentation Matierials:


Blog Resources

Blogging Tools

  • Blogger: Free blog engine with no download required
  • Bloglines: Free blog engine. Also has RSS feed aggregator capabilities.
  • Edublogs: Free blogs for teachers. Run by Wiki Spaces
  • Live Journal: Free-Blog, Private Journal and Social Network
  • Movable Type: Powerful blogging software for purchase. Very flexible.



Podcasting Resources

How to:


  • Audacity: Free audio editing software. This is great for preparing your files for posting on the web.

Podcast From Phone

Sample Podcasts and Blogs



Wiki Resources

Wiki Tools

  • Workshop Wiki "Sandbox-PHP": Feel free to play in the sandbox. Test out PHP Wiki with very simple coding. Check the bottom of the wiki for tips on editing wiki and to view key to simple coding language.
  • Workshop Wiki "Sandbox-GUI": Feel free to play in the sandbox. This wiki uses a familiar interface that looks a lot like MS Word.
  • Wiki Spaces: Free and powerful wiki using WYSIWYG technology. You also have space for threaded discussions, notification (subscription) password protection and history.
  • Seed Wiki: Free WYSIWYG wiki. Similar to Wiki Spaces but not as many bells and whistles.
  • PBWiki: Free and as they say, as easy as making a PB and J sandwich.

RSS Resources

How to:

RSS Feed Learning Object: This learning object was created to instruct about RSS feeds and how to create one in the WebCT 4.X environment. You can follow these same instructions for CE 6 and Vista 4 but place the copied code in the header of any folder.

JAVA Script Writers: These programs will write about 10 lines of code that you can copy and paste into any html page or text box in WebCT. You can find additional JAVA writers in search engines using the search term "feed2js".

Aggregators: These are programs and web resources you can use to subscribe to a feed.

Other Resources

  • Feedster: This is a search engine for RSS feeds
  • Google Notebook:

Sample Feeds: These feeds were constructed using a simple html editor and an automatic JAVA script writer- Feed2JS.


Other Internet Tools


Social Book Marking


Social Note Taking


Additional Reading

Marc Prensky

Research Papers and Internet Usage Trends

Learning in the Digital Age

Suggested Books

  • Collins, J. (2001). Good to Great
  • Pink, D (2005). A Whole New Mind
  • Weinbergerskip to next title, D. et.al. (2001). The Cluetrain Manifesto
  • Wink, J. and Putney, L. (2002). A Vision of Vygotsky
  • Wiske, M. (1998). Teaching for Understanding
  • Meier, D. (2002). The Power of their Ideas
  • Bransford, J. (2000). How People Learn
  • Papert, S. (1993). The Children's Machine
  • Barabasi, A. (2003). Linked
  • Weinberger, D. (2002). Small Pieces Loosely Joined
  • Gardner, H. (2000). The Disciplined Mind