Sunday, October 10, 2010

RSS in Plain English - Save Time, Gather Information Quickly - Do You RSS?

This icon, known as the "feed icon" ...Image via WikipediaI get asked a lot how I have the time to find the sites to add to MyWeb4Ed or to use in the classroom or share with others.  Well, the trick is that I use an RSS Reader so that all those great tips and tricks, new sites, and information comes to me and I don't have to go looking for it.  It occurred to me that many of you might not be taking advantage of this super easy-to-use tool so today's blog focuses on setting up your RSS Reader and subscribing to the information that will make your job easier.
I have to admit to being late to the RSS party.  I haven't used it to its fullest capacity and, as an educator, that is a real shame.  Now, I can't imagine how to keep up with things efficiently without it.  I know I unnecessarily missed lots of useful information, too.
This week, I found myself explaining to a friend how to subscribe to my blog at and I realized that there is probably a lot of busy folks missing out on the advantage of using an RSS reader to keep up with critical information and find those gems of ideas.
So, today, I' going to give you the steps for subscribing to the MyWeb4Ed blog in the free Google Reader.  If you follow these steps, I have a feeling you'll see just how time-saving this can be.
  1. You need a RSS Reader in order to receive the blogs and information you want.  There are several but my favorite is Google Reader.  (By the way, if you use Microsoft Outlook, you can have these come right into a folder on Outlook called RSS.)  So, first thing is to get a Google Reader account if you don't have one.  You can register for one or, if you have a Google account, open Reader at
  2. Once you have it open, we need to find a blog or RSS feed that you would like to subscribe to.  For our example, we'll use this blog, MyWeb4Ed Blog.  On the right of your screen, you'll see an orange symbol like the one below.  
  3. Click on "Posts."   A new window will open and you'll see "Add to Google."  Click that link.
  4. In a new window, you'll have two choices.  Click on "Add to Google Reader."
  5. Sign in to Google Reader if prompted to do so.
  6. That's it, you are subscribed and now all you have to do to read updates to this blog is open Google Reader.
  7. By the way, the website address which is displayed on the page in Step 4 may be copied and pasted into any RSS reader you choose, including Microsoft Outlook.
  8. I'm attaching a video below if you'd like further information on how to subscribe to an RSS feed!
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