Thursday, May 03, 2007
Fun with RSS in my classroom - Twitter and Tumblr
I want to use Tumblr in a classroom as a class log, but there is real possibility that the site is blocked through the ISD server. There's a widget on the Tumblr site that allows Mac users to update their tumblelog without actually logging on and now I've found a pair of similar option for Windows' users. Except that these desktop tools, called TriQQr and Twitteroo, are for twitter, and that's where Tony's twitter/Tumblr RSS setup comes in handy. Soooo.....
In my classroom I want to have a PC or Mac that constantly runs either the Tumbler Widget or TriQQr/Twitteroo. Every so often I want a student (I have several ideas for procedures) to create an entry using these tools about what is going on in the classroom. I'd like to windup with about 10 entries a day from different students. I don't view the fact that students can't read the tumblelog at that time as a negative. In fact, I think it would be an incentive for the digital kids that I'm going to teach to go home and see what their peers are saying. In Addition, I will be able to update the tumblelog with some my information, and hopefully that will get the parents involved.
Anyways, I have this setup with Triqqr/Twitteroo and Twitter working. It can be viewed at here and I hope to start putting some more interesting info up shortly.
Update: Twitteroo is a little nicer, IMHO, than TriQQr.