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Articles on the web have become the resource for informed discussion on technology news and reviews. To keep current with what’s going on around you, becoming a regular reader of feeds is important. RSS is a free web service that allows you to subscribe to your favorite sites and receive their content directly as soon as it’s posted, either via a desktop newsreader or an online service.
RSS readers — Rich Site Summary. An RSS Feed is made from frequently updated information like blog entries, and news headlines. Feed readers allow you to aggregate all of your content into one spot so instead of having to go and check all of your favorite sites individually to see what’s new, it puts all the new information in one place.
Most sites that update frequently have a little RSS symbol on their homepage that you can click on to subscribe to their feeds. Since some large sites update a ton, when you click on the RSS symbol it will ask you which category of posts you would like to subscribe to (i.e. robotics, apps, new technology, diy projects, etc.) or if you just would like to subscribe to all posts.
We are going to set up a RSS reader account on theoldreader.com and subscribe to a few technology blogs. Your assignment will be to read at least one article from these blogs a week (but let’s get serious, you should be reading a lot more of them) and then do a write-up based on your reading. These article write-ups will be due every Monday and will be graded with the following break down of points.
20 points total
5 points — A brief summary of article. This doesn’t need to be terribly long, but it must be formatted in complete sentences (not a bulleted list)
13 points — Thoughtful reflection of at least five sentences.
2 points — a link to the article you read
Remember! It’s -1/2 point for each spelling and grammar error.
Here are a few sites I would recommend subscribing to. You may choose other ones that you find, but they must be appropriate and checked off with me or your parents first. Everyone needs to subscribe to at least three technology blogs, plus this class blog.
Hey guys, I’m obviously absent today, please be on best behavior for the substitute.
Learning to type well is an important skill to have in today’s society. There is no reason to not type well, and it makes you work more quickly and more efficient. At the end of the semester we also take a test for the state to see your testing abilities. They will test you in three categories: Words per minute, accuracy, and technique. We are going to work every day on each of these things for a few minutes at the beginning of class, so when you come in from now on, just log into your typing account and start typing.
To log in:
Normally you will just jump into the lessons, but today we are going to start with a pre-test. this just helps me to see where you are at currently and it doesn’t go on your grade at all. After you log in, up at the top of your screen there is a bar, and one tab that says test. click on this and it will start the pre-test for you.While you do this test, do your best to use correct fingers for every key, and DO NOT LOOK AT YOUR HANDS.