RSS feeds are at the heart of the concept of a Connected Learning Community which we define as a group of people having an online presence (like a blog) which has an RSS feed who subscribe to each others' blogs through RSS feeds.
Why use RSS feed?
1. a quick way to scan huge amounts of highly specific professional information.
2. subscribe to blogs which gather information from a huge number of sources
3. You can see what experts in your field are reading and subscribe.
Example www.bloglines.com/public/clcommunity/ GO to Members
4. Can quickly see anything new anyone in your network has posted- an alternative to clicking through lots of blogs needlessly or overloading email inboxes.
Set up a feed for each class
Set up a feed for family
Set up a feed for colleagues to share information
Set up a feed for emails.
Bloglines is one of a number of feedreaders.
1) setting up a bloglines account
2) Creating folders
3) Subscribing to some of these feeds
4) Saving articles that you want to view later.
Let's loook at subscribing to a UK newspaper
This is a presentation Sean did a couple of years ago on blogs and RSS feeds for libraries
Here are some videos you can watch from home on how to use it
(Note Acces to Youtube has been banned by DET )
1 min video on how to register for Bloglines-Good for very basic distance learners
Video Episode0011 - How to use Bloglines.com
A good starter video on how to use bloglines about 4 mins
Adding Web Feeds
a 2 min video on subscribing to rss feeds with bloglines-shows how to right click on shortcut button
Add RSS feeds to Bloglines
explains that you should only seleve one feed from each source- very useful for beginners.
Saving Articles about 2 mins. Good tip. Nice voice short video on how to check keep box on bloglines to stop article from disappearing
Subscribing to a Blog using Bloglines
about 4 mins- covers basics of rss feeds and how to set up and use bloglines. Also how to install an update notifier (if you're desperate for stimulation!!)