The Writing Tutor Embraces RSS Technology to Simplify Information Gathering for Teachers and Students

June 26, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Teachers and students spend most of the school year hectically running from one responsibility to the next. Anything that simplifies life is a welcome respite. The Writing Tutor seeks to help teachers and students find those few shining moments of relief by providing two time saving ways to gather information. Both methods are tied to RSS technology.

RSS ó aka Really Simple Syndication ó allows consumers to receive headline feeds directly to their desktops or browsers. It saves time because consumers can select those headlines they want delivered without searching the web and without actually visiting a site. Each headline provides a link to the full text article.

Teachers and students can now benefit from RSS technology when they visit The Writing Tutor. As it says on each page of the site, The Writing Tutor adds new resources regularly. But who wants to check a site on a regular basis to see if something new has been added? The Writing Tutor patrons can now add the site as an RSS feed, and they will be informed instantly when a new resource has been added. Most headlines are followed by a brief description that will help patrons decide if the resource is useful to them. Each headline also provides an easy link to the article for those who would like to delve further.

RSS technology provides another research outlet as well. The same technology that allows consumers to direct feeds to their desktops or browsers also allows The Writing Tutor to offer its patrons education news and current events all in one convenient place. Teachers can research the newest information about the field of education, while teachers and students alike can gather current information about national and world news, as well as news relating to science and the arts.

The Writing Tutor currently offers feeds from three sections of The New York Times and two sections of USA Today as well as feeds from Education Today and the Plagiarism Resource Site. The Writing Tutor also welcomes suggestions from teachers, students, parents, and other life-long learners. Email your suggestions to

For additional information, please contact Michele R. Acosta or visit The Writing Tutor at

About The Writing Tutorís founder:

Michele R. Acosta has an M.A. in education, a B.A. in communication/journalism, and the equivalent of an undergraduate major in English. She is certified by the State of Illinois to teach high school English and middle school language arts, has an endorsement in journalism, has taught and advised high school student publications, and has taught ACT preparation classes in addition to teaching high school English. The instructor is registered as a tutor with Deerfield Public School District 109 and with Township High School District 113. (Both districts are located in the State of Illinois.)

Acosta's primary areas of expertise include teaching writing skills and the writing process to a wide range of ability/skill levels, ranging from a "back to basics" review to the refinement of Advanced Placement (AP) English level writing skills.

Additional areas of expertise include teaching self-editing skills and reading strategies, as well as developing the ability to think and write about literature or content in other humanities-based disciplines.

In addition to tutoring students and writing curriculum for enrichment and remediation classes, the instructor has also taught a yearbook enrichment class to 5th graders at Walden Elementary School in Deerfield, Illinois. The enrichment program is sponsored and organized by the Walden PTO.

The instructor is a Deerfield resident, has children enrolled in Deerfield Public School District 109, and has lived in the Deerfield vicinity for most of her life.

Contact Information:
Michele R. Acosta
The Writing Tutor

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