Tabbloid: A Web 2.0 app for non-Web 2.0 people!

If newspapers are old school, and aggregators are new school, then consider Tabbloid the rest area on the highway between the two.  Tabbloid is a simple Web 2.0 application that allows you to submit a set of RSS feeds along with an email address, and then have sent to you a newsletter via email that aggregates together all the recent postings from those blogs.

Why would you want to do this?  Think about that administrator that you’re trying to get to drink the Kool-Aid but doesn’t quite get why blogs are important.  Gather a set of feeds that you think would appeal to them and create a custom newspaper.  Then, either forward it to their email, or if you don’t think they’d read that, print the darn thing out and stick it in their email box!  Repeat that on a regular basis as needed.  That may help put them in touch with newer thinkers, but in a format that they’re already comfortable with… print.

Why else might you use it?  Perhaps you might want to share a few of your favorite bloggers and drop the newsletter off in the teachers lounge every week.  Or pass along to your colleagues a digest of your blog and others in your district.  Maybe you’d like to create a digest of all your student bloggers to send him periodically, especially for non-tech savvy parents.  I think it could make a great midway step, for people who are ready for Web 1.5 perhaps.

I made a quick demo of how it works so you can see it for yourself.  Or just visit and give a it a whirl!


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  1. Willy said:

    Can I ask an idiotic question? How did you copy multiple feeds without having to go through something like pipes?

  2. Doris said:

    I am currently taking a Web 2.0 class and you would think that I have enough tools to learn and use. However, the title of this article drew me in and I’m glad. I am “blog surfing” and adding to my PLN and my social network. I have come across blogs I think other teachers in our school would benefit from reading. I gasped because I was going to copy and paste the link and then email. However,I didn’t want to keep copying and pasting everytime I found a worthwhile site. In addition, several teachers have asked me to share informtion with them becasue they are not able to take classess now and they are curious about what is available. Now I can create a custom newspaper and pass it on! If our district approves using blogs, then I would love to try for displaying student blogs!

  3. Alana Eaton-Jacobs said:

    I agree with Doris. I’m also taking a course on Web 2.0 and have a lot to learn about. I am willing to learn. However, this Tabbloid tool sounds like it’s good for people who are hesitant to learn about new technologies, which sums up a lot of people I work with. I will check this out for myself and pass along the information.

  4. Shelli Casner said:

    Very interesting. This past week, I have been emailing teachers FYI’s on important blogs, and the reasons why we should be utilizing blogs into our classroom (who knows if they ever even opened them up). If I would have known about tabbloid, I would have used this tool. I like the idea of making it into a newspaper or some kind of print to put in the faculty room. I am actually thinking about creating a packet for the teachers at our next facutly meeting. Thanks for informing us about this great site.

  5. Tracie Hightower said:

    Awesome tool to use for school or a file to have when your computer is inaccessible. I am amazed at the availability of so many valuable tools out there. Its exciting and overwhelming. Do you keep a directory of all these tool and what they do?

  6. Laura Cawley said:

    I have no clue how all of this works, but am looking forward to spending some more time on this site. This looks promising for classroom use!

  7. Peggy Szekeres said:

    These tools seem endless but so many are great tools to use. Now we just need the time to keep learning and using them. It is also quite a challenge to keep them organized and remember them.

  8. Keyvan said:

    I’ve been working on a similar service. It’s a free software (open source) project based on Tabbloid. You can try it out online (click my name to get to the site) and you can also download it, customise it and host the thing yourself if you like. Hope it’s useful to some of you.

  9. Tom said:

    This looks like it could be very useful. I was wondering if I could use it to create a weekly magazine and e-mail to my students? I teach a couple of elective courses and the ability to aggregate and send the articles and/or blogs to them would be a tremendous asset.

  10. Dolores said:

    What a great tool. I am looking forward to doing some more investingation about this. Many of my coworkers are not very tech savy and this may help. There are also things that I would like to be unblocked by our server and this may come in handy!

  11. Cynthia said:

    I agree that this is a great tool to use in school. I have encountered many educators and administrators who are resistant to the use of blogs and other web 2.0 tools. This generator makes it easy to compile a newsletter from various RSS feeds with little effort. I think it could also be useful as an assignment for students, where they could select a series of blogs to follow and then produce their own newsletters compiling what they have encountered. I have learned about so many web 2.0 tools in the course I am currently enrolled in, but this easy to use tool is one I will bookmark for the future.

  12. Corey Graham said:

    I am kinda new to the whole Blog environment. Is there a place I could go that rates blogs or give a brief bio on them. Tablloid look like a excellent way to read current articles for professional development nd collaberation, but first i would have to find the blogs.

  13. Ruth Abatzoglou said:

    I like the way this 21st century tool can be used to keep blogs organized and shared with 20th century teachers. It helps to bridge the centuries. I enjoyed all the fun and engaging tools on your blog. Look forward to seeing more.

  14. Kristine Dreaver-Charles said:

    I’m taking a Web 2.0 course as well. I think this would be great for sharing information with staff and even just creating something printable for myself for when I need a computer break. Printing something to put in my bag for the beach would be convenient. I like the emailing capabilities. This would be a great tool for colleagues who send out daily emails about neat stuff they find. They could create a weekly tabloid.

  15. Julie said:

    This is a very cool idea! I can’t wait to use it for my student blogs. I email parents once a week to check out our blogs, but I’m not sure if they do or not. Also, not all families have Internet access at home. This is a great way to send home the blogs to parents to read without being connected.

  16. Lauren said:

    I really like this idea. Has anybody tried it yet with their students or co-workers?

  17. Nancy said:

    I think that it is a great idea to use this with administrators or teachers who you want to share specific information in a catchy format. Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Joy said:

    This seems like a great tool. I agree with most of the comments in that it would allows users that are sometimes more resistant to technology to view great resources within their comfort zone. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Lori Woodward said:

    I too am taking a Web 2.0 class. I’ve also previously taken a class with Steve as the instructor. Once again he shares a very useful tool. I was wondering how I could share some of the great things I am discovering on the Web with my web-reluctant staff. So many of them are still needing ‘hard copies’ to see first. Many others though will click on a read an attached PDF. If I keep it to just a few articles for them to read, I may get some of them as hooked as I am! Thanks for sharing another great resource Steve.

  20. Jody said:

    This seems like a wonderful tool. I love that it mentions how some of our administrators and coworkers do not always see the benefits of some of the new tools out there. This would be a great way to present information to each other. I teach some of my school’s in-service presentations, so this would be a great tool to print “newspapers” and give them to each person to take as a reminder!

  21. Tricia Rilee said:

    Thank you for this post! I think that I have exchanged about six or seven e-mails with my ITRT just today with different blog addresses where I found interesting information and wanted to direct her attention to those blogs. This is a fabulous Web 2.0 tool that neither of us had heard of and will be a great way to share the RSS feeds with my peers without sending multiple e-mails or feel as if I am hounding them to join me in my technology adventures.

  22. Mary Solymossy said:

    I’m going to try this one as I have been reading and reflecting on so many great educational blogs this year!

  23. Stacey Hostetler said:

    This sounds like a really good tool. I especially like the idea of putting a newsletter together of student blogs to send home to parents. Many parents in my area do not have a computer or have limited access to the internet. Printing something like this may encourage parents to take thier children somewhere to use the internet and further their exploration on blogs or even encourage them to want to purchase a computer/internet services. I’m really considering using this tool come next school year!

  24. Jennifer Rezk said:

    I have never heard of Tabbloid before. I think this would be really neat to use with my Journalism 8 students as an alternative or additional project. We currently publish one monthly newspaper and the yearbook. I have introduced them to wikis and Tween Tribune. I think this could be a great way to give them more ownership of their material by using a blog and then putting together, either in print or sending home to their parents email. Looking forward to trying this out!

  25. medyum said:

    more ownership of their material by using a blog and then putting together, either in print or sending home to their parents email. Looking forward to trying this out!

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