RSS in the classroom:
My idea is to use RSS in the classroom to track the volatility of the Euro vs. the U.S. dollar. Students could use google reader to scribe to feeds from different sites and then use excel and/or powerpoint to track and present the data that they collect. They could track the trends for a month, a semester, or a year. They could make predictions about what they think will happen and why.
By using the RSS feature in the beginning of the year I (their teacher) could help the students find the appropriate websites to gather information from. This would also be a perfect collaborative work project between math and social studies (probably most appropriate in the middle school or junior high setting). I would set up regular check points to address any questions or concerns.
Students could present their information and predictions of the future by making graphs though excel as well as powerpoint. The social studies department could integrate the social relevance and history. The math department could use statistics and probability models (depending on the level of math). This would be an interesting and interactive way for the students to learn more about technology and economics!
Check out the special bundle I made just for this project!