using add-ins and mash-ups


If you are involved in presenting any kind of information on the web (websites, blogs, etc), then you want to know about add-ins* and mash-ups. Add-ins and mash-ups allow us to integrate live feeds from other sites into our own.

For example, here’s a live map showing all the ski conditions around Tahoe. I was able to create the feed for this map at Skibonk.com

Try clicking on any of the links or information in the map–you’ll immediately see the power of add-ins.

Some examples:

Wikipedia has a great definition and resources of mash-ups. What we are doing in reality in using a javascript script tag to call that dynamic feed into our own site. Not familiar with javascripting? No problem! Use the converter at http://www.rss-to-javascript.com/ to create the code for you! Then all you have to do is paste that code into your website or blog. What could be easier?

*the term “add-ins” is also being used to describe modules we an add to an LMS, such as adding course builder tools to Blackboard

Some other examples:

What we are doing in reality in using a javascript script tag to call that dynamic feed into our own site. Not familiar with javascripting? No problem! Use the converter at http://www.rss-to-javascript.com/ to create the code for you! Then all you have to do is paste that code into your website or blog. What could be easier?

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