Real Simple Syndication

According to Wikipedia , RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts.

RSS uses a program called an "Aggregator" or feed collector to capture feed you subscie to, and it collect all the new content and delivers it right to you computer screen. WHY USE RSS? You can read more content from more sources in less time.

You can get feeds for many types of sites, including Student Weblogs, Search Feeds, Website Searches, News Groups Searches, Other News Outlets and Bookmarks. Look for the RSS tag on your favorite web pages. Then just add them to your feed aggregator and you don't need to access the page to find out what is going on.

Here is an excellent article from Tech Learning on RSS for Educators.


Bloglines

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Use the "Feeds" tab at Bloglines to set up your RSS feeds. Of course you will need to sign up first, using an email address for your username, and a password. After signup you will get an email confirmation that you will need to respond to.

Here is a good tutorial to help you get setup.

Add new feeds by clicking on the "Find New Blogs" link under the "Cool Features" section. After adding your feeds, click on the "Feeds" tab and check out your new feeds. The feed name will be bold when you have new messages waiting.

You can even make your feeds public, so others can see them. Here are Gary Miller's feeds. Check out Will Richardsons Public Feeds here. Here are feeds from Andrew Robitaille, a teacher in Australia.


Other RSS Aggregators

NetVibes
Google Reader
Feedster.com
BlogPulse.com
PubSub.com

Of course there are many more, and the number is growing daily. To find more, Google Search "RSS Readers" or check out the RSS Compendium .