I'm a BIG HUGE CRAZY fan of the power of RSS and aggregation. If you don't know what RSS or "real simple syndication" is - watch this cool Common Craft video.
RSS basically brings things from around the web to you. I've used it extensively and soon will have a new creation for English teaching jobs that will revolutionize our job hunting. But for teaching, I've used Pageflakes
and also Addictomatic
. But both are getting rather old and have also been going down the profit road - lots of ads and clunky! (you might also be interested in this "Simple Pie" rss to pdf newspaper maker
I came up with.)
Recently though, two new "newspaper" aggregation tools have been taking things up a knotch. Paper.il
. Both have their merits but in particular, for classroom use - I think Newscred is phenomenal.
allows you to use your twitter account to quickly and simply make a newspaper. That's its attraction - how simple it is. Just go there and put in your twitter username. Then you have a newspaper. Here's mine!
is much "fuller" but still simple. Here is the one I made
in under 3 minutes! It offers you attractive designs and you simply search for topics and then create a newspaper. Really simple and would be perfect to introduce students to issues/topics that you are studying at the moment in class. Even videos. You can add an rss of any site - say for example a youtube search term and Bingo - it is on your class newspaper. (but it is tricky to make an RSS from youtube - go here
for a playlist, Makes it simple!