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CRBSLS session :: iGoogle &  


Notes added after the session:

There were questions about how to make a Pageflakes page public without kids needing to sign up for their own accounts.


Pageflakes makes this very easy through their pagecast option.


  • Create a page of information
  • Click on the big round MENU button on the top right of your Pageflakes page.
  • Look for the Make Pagecast option on the left
  • Select the Publish to the World option.
  • Your page will now have a URL that lets anyone see the content. They don't need to be Pageflakes member. The URL is for that specific page of content.
  • If you you've created a bunch of public pages and you want users to get to all of them at once, use the base URL for your Pageflakes account ie:




Use iGoogle as a web browser start page or research organizer for students and faculty. Select content from iGoogle gadgets and add RSS feeds for customized content.



  • Email
  • Google docs – create documents in school, work from home, share with other students, share with teachers
  • Shared Calendars – school/class events
  • Personal Calendar – for planning
  • To do lists
  • Google notebook (use firefox extension to quickly save to notebook) 
  • Links to a few of your favorite sites


Research updates via RSS feeds from:

  • Database searches
  • Keyword searches in Google News
  • Keyword searches in Yahoo web search results. RSS feed takes this form: WebSearchService/rss/webSearch.xml? appid=yahoosearchwebrss& query=keyword

  • Latest updates on topics from news sites (npr, cnn, nytimes, international newspapers)
  • feeds from other students, teachers, librarians, others.
  • Multimedia – video from YouTube, photos from flickr – all available via RSS feed.




Search & Library Tools


Fun – let students make their pages their own

  • Customize the pages to make them their own
  • Games, cartoons and more



  • Create multiple tabs for different topics, classes, interests
  • A new tab with a popular name will have instant content with the “I’m feeling lucky” option. Try:  Soccer, Astronomy, Cooking, Travel
  • Each tab can have a different theme.
  • Tabs can be shared with others from the drop down arrow on the tab. Send email to others to let them know about the tab. Doesn’t seem to be a way to make a tab completely public.
  • Use the Edit Tab option on that same drop down arrow to rearrange layout of the tab, change the order of the tabs and so on.


Other Notes:

  • iGoogle gadgets for RSS feeds only keep latest 9 headlines available. Students need to check their page frequently to keep up. Google Reader or Blogllines might be better for students who don't check their feeds often or are reading several dozen feeds.
  • Pageflakes and Netvibes are great alternatives.

Web based bookmarking service. Access your bookmarks from any web browser, wherever you are. Share your bookmarks with others, explore what others are bookmarking. Add bookmarks to iGoogle via RSS feeds.


Work smarter

  • Add links with the click of a toolbar button
  • Add tags to organize your links
  • Descriptions to help you remember why you added them to begin with!


Create a network

  • Find others who share your interests
  • Follow their bookmarks
  • Share links with them


Make work harder

  • Use RSS feeds to add lists of your bookmarks to iGoogle
  • Every tag you use has its own RSS feed, so lists can be very specialized
  • Use the “subscribe” option to follow everyone’s links for a particular tag
  • Use as a search engine


School uses

  • Students can share links for a project by using a unique tag and subscribing to the RSS feed for that tag in their iGoogle account.
  • Feed information individuals in your networks by clicking on their name when you add a link to  It will show up on their “Links for You” page.
  • Create customized feeds for research projects, classes, etc. by using unique tags and then feeding the content to iGoogle pages.
  • Organize all your links into subject categories. Link to your account to let students access your favorite links. Or add a tag cloud/link list to your web page.
  • Use RSS feeds to create subject lists on your web pages. Use feed2js or other RSS feed republishing tool to get the links onto your web pages. (example: my sample page)



How libraries are using

  • San Mateo Library Links arranged by Dewey numbers - uses bundles feature.






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