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The News Tool allows a Sakai/Isaak courses to display an RSS feed. RSS is a data format that allows users to view continuously updated content from another site. In addition to news, some websites use the RSS format for information that is updated often, such as blogs, events listings, or the revision history of a book. Instructors can customize their News feature by putting in a web address for any RSS feed.


[edit] Viewing a news feed

If your site has a link to a news feed, you will find it in the site's menubar. To view news, simply click the title of the news feed from the menubar. The title will vary, depending on what the site owner has chosen for your site's news feed. You may see News in the menubar, or something more descriptive, e.g., New York Times, CNN, or Yahoo! News. The News tool in a course or project site is an RSS "news aggregator" (or newsreader) that reads and displays continuously updated online content from RSS news feeds. RSS is an application of XML, a markup language for creating web documents. In addition to news, some websites use the RSS format for information that is updated often, such as blogs (web logs that serve as publicly accessible personal journals), events listings, or the revision history of a book. You can usually identify an RSS feed URL by the .xml or .RSS in the URL (e.g., or If you have the necessary permissions, you can customize your course or project site's News feature by adding a web address for any RSS news feed. You can find many feeds by searching Google for RSS feeds in your area of interest or for a particular online publication or news source.

[edit] Video

YouTube/Podcast - News

Find more videos for instructors at the Welcome To Sakai Webinar article, or look in the Video Category

[edit] Example of use

Spanish language BBC service being added to a undergraduate Spanish classes in order to have new Spanish language content for students to work with always being added to the course space.

[edit] Sites with RSS feeds that might spark ideas for your course

[edit] Journals

[edit] Stock information

[edit] News sources

[edit] Brock Information

[edit] Website updates

More articles can be found in the Category:News

Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content

Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

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