Elizabeth Perry of Pittsburgh is giving a presentation on “Helping the Internet to Surf Itself: RSS and You” at the Technology in the Arts conference at Carnegie Mellon. She’s giving a well thought-out overview of RSS, introducing concept to novices in an effective manner.
She does a smart thing. Asks us to pair up with someone else and talk for five minutes about our lives while the other person writes down tags that might be of interest. These will be used to populate an RSS reader like Google News, the one I use.
I like the design of this workshop. Elizabeth gave an efficient, clear overview of RSS and feeds, then set the class loose to create a Google Reader account and start adding feeds. She then simply wanders the room, helping those who need it. By the end of the workshop, she is going to really help people understand this powerful tool. Bravo!