Let's get activated! Linking to prior knowledge is a great way to activate thinking. Using current and relevant information can help students make connections between classroom content and their lives. Learn to use RSS and a personalized home page to harness information that will hook your students and get them more engaged in the classroom. Once created, your personal home page can give you ideas for using KWL, wordsplashes, brainstorming, and other activating strategies.



(Book 1, Blue Tab)

Activating Strategies

Research Based Strategies

Make Predictions
KWL Plus
Humor or Mystery
Anticipation Guide/Prediction Guide.....................
Exploration or Experience
Role Play or Simulation
Brainstorm or Categorize
Video Clip, Music, Literature, Art..................
Draw a Picture or Diagram

2060971275_fcb62399ca_o.gifWhat is RSS?

RSS = Really Simple Syndication
RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.
RSS.doc - Note Sheet


How can RSS be used to activate thinking?
-Activating Strategies
-Research Based Strategies
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Collecting Feeds

Learn about Aggregators

What is iGoogle?

It's Your Turn!

  1. Create a Pageflakes, Netvibes or Google account.
  2. Add flakes, widgets or gadgets to get started.
  3. Find a site you want to subscribe to. (Learn more in the Finding Feeds section below.)
  4. Look for the RSS icon or the add to Google button.
  5. Click the icon or Add to iGoogle button.
  6. It may be necessary to copy the 'feed' url and paste it onto the iGoogle page.
  7. iGoogle - Click Add Stuff and then Gadgets.
  8. iGoogle - The Add feed box is on the lower left side.
  9. iGoogle - Paste the URL in the box and click Add.

Finding Feeds

Google Blog Search

RSS Links

(Click the popout arrow to open link in a new window.)
Mmkrill's Favorite Links on rss from Diigo

Preview Video

iGoogle Guide



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What is RSS?
Discussion - How can RSS be used to activate thinking? Enter your thoughts here and see results here.
What is iGoogle? (Pageflakes, Netvibes)
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Activating Strategies Review

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