What is RSS?

Wikipedia defines RSS as "a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format." Many people know it as Really Simple Syndication. This enables the reader to keep up-to-date as new information is located and brought to the user's desktop.

For a quick overview, you might like to read 7 Things You Should Know About RSS.

Lee LeFever and Common Craft provide an overview of RSS with the video:**RSS in Plain English**

For another overview of RSS and how it can be used in the classroom, visit WebTools4u2use:RSS.

How Can I Use It?

Quentin D'Souza shares ideas for educators' use of RSS in RSS Ideas for Educators.
Read Alan Levine's article, Psss…Have You Heard About RSS, at mcli forum: Fall 2003: Technology: RSS

Sharon Housley lists 15 ways educators can use RSS in her article: RSS and Education.
Mary Harrsch offers insights as to how RSS can be used in education at The Technology Source Archives: RSS-The Next Killer App for Education.
Will Richardson, a pioneer in blogging, shares ideas about RSS in Blogging and RSS — The "What's It?" and "How To" of Powerful New Web Tools for Educators. Richardson also shares RSS: A Quick Start Guide for Educators.

How Can I Find Feeds?

Google Blog Search
Educational Feeds
Search for Educational Feeds: Library RSS Feeds::Library of Congress RSS Feeds
Electronic Journals with RSS Feeds
Podscope (search spoken word for audio & video)
Education Podcast Network
Apple iTunes
Flickr (photo sharing site; can photocast pictures via RSS and subscribe to photocast)

Managing RSS Feeds

RSS feeds can be read by an aggregator. Currently, there are three varieties: web-based software, client software, and integrated aggregators. You may also see them named differently. Below are a few examples.

Web-based Software

YouTube videoson how to use Bloglines
Check out Google Reader in Plain English for a quick tutorial by Lee LeFever.
View a Teacher Tube video on using Pageflakes posted by Sbrunvan.

Client Software

Integrated Aggregators

  • Internet Explorer 7 and up
  • Safari
  • Firefox

See Free RSS Reader-Online News Reader-NewsGator to see a list of NewsGator's suite of readers, including one for the iPhone and Blackberry
See Podcast Alley Sofware & Links for a list of podcatchers. Comments have been posted that may help in your decision as to which to use.

Some Feeds to Check Out

Weather via RSS
This Day in History
Dictionary.com Word of the Day
Google News (Can search for a term and subscribe to the search term)
Yahoo News
Newsvine Find breaking stories through RSS

RSS & Your Website

Michael Sauers presents a slideshare on Integrating RSS into Your Website.

Creating an RSS Feed

Alan Levine created code that allows you to easily and freely create an RSS feed at So What is "Feed to JavaScript"?
RSS Creator (online Perl tool for creating feeds, requires some knowledge of how feeds work)

RSSPECT (free service to create feeds)
RSS Info.com (free softward to create feeds)
RSS Feed Creator (free, online RSS feed creator)
Pete Freitag, a software engineer and web developer, shares How to Create an RSS 2.0 Feed.
RSS Validatorfree validator for your RSS feed