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It's easy to become overwhelmed by the information found in blogs, audioblogs, or vlogs. Most regular readers and listeners use a news aggregator and RSS feeds to help them manage their favorite resources. RSS stands for Really Simply Syndication (RSS).

checkdo itWatch RSS in Plain English from CommonCraft from YouTube.

checktry itRead Information Avalanche Rescue: RSS Feeds in the Classroom by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson. Try some of the feeds and resources.

checktry itRead Web Feeds Delivered to Your Digital Doorstep (PDF) by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson in Teacher Librarian, April 2007.

checkGo to the Libray of Congress RSS Feed page. Notice all of the options for news and information.

Using an RSS News Feed

Most blogs contain an RSS link. It's often at the bottom of a sidebar on the blog. You can use this file to subscribe to "feed" from this blog.

You use a news aggregator to view a list of all the new resources from all your subscription feeds. Aggregator software generally allows you to see a master list and well as individual feeds. You can then choose what you want to read, hear, or see. You can also download these feeds to your iPod or other handheld device.

Explore some examples of RSS feeds:

Creating an RSS News Feed

If you want to easily distribute your news to others, you need to create an RSS text file. This file is then downloaded by others in their new aggregator. An RSS file contains static information about your site such as a title and description along with dynamic information about your site content. Once you've created your RSS file, you can register it with news aggregators so others can find it. You'll also place a link on your blog so people can subscribe. Many of the blog services automatically generate your RSS file. However you may need to create your own if you're serving your own blog software. Use the following resource to create your RSS file: Introduction to RSS from WebReference.com

The easiest way to create a feed is by using Google Feedburner.

If you have some experience with HTML or XML, consider creating your own feed. Go to Enhancements: Social Technology: Syndication for step-by-step instructions.

RSS Resources


RSS Feed Readers

Popular Feed Reader

Personalized News Readers

RSS Feed Creators

Video Aggregators

If you don't have the time or interest to create you own, consider using a service that aggregates the news for you:

Learn More

Use RSS to Stay Informed Easily by Jason Boley (High Tech Learning Student Project)


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