This is definitely something I’ve been looking forward to learning more about. The links provided by the school library learning blogspot were excellent in providing the definitions of feeds, newreaders, aggregators, etc. Find the most helpful link here. Now I understand that rss feeds allow updated information from my favorite websites come to me instead of me going to them.
I decided to use Google Reader since I already have an account with Google and I also really like their format for their other services. So I logged on and visited their Google Reader page. They have an excellent 1:30 minute tutorial on Google Reader that explains everything very succinctly.
To view my public page on Google Reader to see all of my current feeds click here.
RSS feeds have amazing curricular potential. I’m immediately thinking about the Government classes and their current events projects they need to work on over a nine week period. It would be wonderful to have all their updated sources on one page. I’m also thinking about our AP English 11 class where the teacher requires her students to communicate with each other through Google Groups and other various blogs.
However, the down side to this, is that all students would have to have access to functioning technology and the capability of remembering usernames and passwords. This is doable, but I’d be curious to see how other librarians are handling these logistics.
I decided to also give Bloglines a try. Click here to view my subscriptions with Bloglines. After playing around with Bloglines after I set up Google Reader, I think I might like Bloglines better! I’m not quite done learning it so stay tuned!