Could FriendFeed be used as StudentFeed?

A look inside friendfeed.

I've used friendfeed some, as much to keep all of my stuff “together” as anything else. There are things I like and dislike about the service, but this interview with the founder of Friendfeed by my favorite web guru, Jeremiah pretty much summarizes the service.

It really does a pretty good job of aggregating all of the stuff I do.

I've wondered if with all of the youtube channels, rss feeds, etc. what it would be like to set up a “studentfeed” of sorts. I wish I could compartmentalize it and remove it from the other things. I think this format is very easy and if the students put their feeds together for the teachers it would make it a bit easier.

I wouldn't want it to be publicly available, though. A big obstacle to more teachers using Web 2 is still the RSS reader that many teachers cannot get their arms around. It seems geeky and they don't get it until a great professional developer walks them through igoogle or netvibes set up. Still, some don't really understand how to add to their pages.

Part of why I am able to innovate in the classroom is that I do “play” with a lot of tools — sort of a personal R&D. I always believe that we must play before we produce.

This is one of those services I'm kind of tinkering with a little. Not ready to get hyper and excited yet, but it is kind of cool.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Mr. Byrne June 3, 2008 - 8:42 pm

Great idea, like you I wouldn’t want my students’ feeds public. Someone developed Youth Twitter so perhaps someone out there is developing a YouthFeed.
Coursefeed may be an option in some school districts, but the connection to Facebook is a limiting factor.

Richie Escovedo June 3, 2008 - 8:55 pm

What a cool idea for FreindFeed. Our district instructional technologists have been exploring Web 2.0 applications to help our teachers and you are not alone in having difficulties getting teachers (and some in our public) up to speed on things like RSS. We’ve had some success with showing the CommonCraft: RSS in plain English to our people.

Jeremiah Owyang June 4, 2008 - 4:02 am

ahhh thanks! that’s very cool of you!

kegill June 4, 2008 - 9:11 am

I teach higher ed, so the firewall issue is a non-issue for me.

I use bloglines to follow my student’s blogs — this quarter I started experimenting with FeedRaider:

I’ve not played around with FriendFeed a lot — I’m playing with

mpstaton June 4, 2008 - 8:49 pm

Gave this post a shout, Vicki:
Be well, do good work & keep in touch.®

Barbara Ling June 6, 2008 - 3:50 pm

I wouldn’t like my kids’ friendfeeds available, but there is an edublogger room over at .

It’s good for sharing educational posts.



kanter June 8, 2008 - 3:58 pm

Hi Vicky:

We’ve set up a nptech room and did an experiment this week – one structured and the rest unstructured. Uncovered some good resources and generated some reflections about likes and dislikes

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