What is RSS?
RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is a way to bring information from various places on the web to you. Let’s say you have ten blogs you want to read. Without RSS, you have to visit the website of each blog separately; that’s ten sites a day if you are checking daily. With RSS, updates from all ten blogs can be collected into one site. You only have to visit one site rather than ten, so you spend more time reading and less time hunting for information.

One of the important things to remember is that none of these tools will help improve your teaching unless you actually use them. Using RSS feeds and an aggregator is a great way to integrate the resources available through blogs into your daily routine.

Below are two resources to help explain what RSS is. The first is a Common Craft video. Common Craft (by Lee Lefever) creates several videos about tools "in plain English" which are great introductions.

The second resource is a slideshare by Britt Watwood. Not only does it give a step-by-step process of setting up an aggregator for RSS, but it also illustrates a good analogy, that of a newspaper service.

Educational Blogs to Subscribe to

Moving Forward (broken down by subject area)

Setting Up Your Google Reader Account

Resources on RSS
Overview on RSS
Using RSS in the blogging classroom