All of our classrooms at MJGDS have their own blog. Several grade levels are piloting individual student portfolios based on a blogging platform.
- How do you keep up with all this information?
- How do you filter and organize it?
- How can you avoid having to go back to blogs to check if the owner has updated with a new post?
You can download this How-To-Guide for Subscribing via RSS & Google Reader to Classroom Blogs as a pdf.
According to Wikipedia an
RSS (most commonly expanded as Really Simple Syndication) is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated worksâ€”such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and videoâ€”in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a “feed”, “web feed”, or “channel”) includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place. RSS feeds can be read using software called an “RSS reader”, “feed reader”, or “aggregator”, which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based.
RSS in Plain English Video
Google Reader in Pain English Video
Start scanning websites you frequent often for different variations of this RSS feed icon. Some will have the icon listed in a prominent place on the website, others will just have a text link in the sidebar of footer of the page or some will have NO sign that there is an RSS feed available.
You can subscribe, among others to the following RSS feeds:
- Â·Â Â Â Â Â Blogs
- Â·Â Â Â Â Â Wikis
- Â·Â Â Â Â Â Google Searches for specific topics or keywords
- Â·Â Â Â Â Â Twitter feeds of individual users
- Â·Â Â Â Â Â Facebook feeds for individual users or pages
If you are not sure ifÂ a certain page has an RSS feed available and you are using Firefox as your browser, you check for an RSS icon on the right side in the URL Address box. If a feed is available you can see the RSS icon, if there is no icon, then there is no RSS feed available for this site.
Create a Google Account (if you donâ€™t have one already), sign in and and go to Google Reader- http://www.google.com/reader .
When you are at a website that has a RSS feed, you have a few options available to you.
Copy the URL (Web Address) of the site you want to subscribe to and then paste it into the Â â€œAdd Subscriptionâ€ box
In your Firefox browser, click on the RSS icon in the URL Address bar
A dropdown menu will appear. Choose the RSS feed
Make sure you select Google from the dropdown menu, you might want to check off the option â€œAlways use Google to subscribe to feedsâ€, then click the â€œSubscribe Nowâ€ button.
Click â€œAdd to Google Readerâ€
Click on dropdown menu ofÂ â€œFeed Settingsâ€
Choose an already created folder or choose â€œNew Folderâ€ to create and name.
Your RSS feed will be filed and available in the Subscription Folders in the left sidebar.
A new and unread post will be shown in bold letters.
In order to read the post, click on the title. The post will drop down.
If you would like to read leave a comment on the post Â or look directly on the blog click on the arrowÂ to the right of the postâ€™s title.
You can also star, organize (tag), share or e-mail the posts by choosing and clicking on one of the icon at the bottom of the post in Google Reader.