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Google Reader
RSS: Really Simple Syndication
RSS is a way to have content from your favorite Internet resources come to you, as opposed to you visiting
each site on a regular basis in case there is something new. RSS, really simple syndication, uses behind the
scenes code, which is referred to as a feed. Using a reader, or aggregator, you can subscribe to this feed. The
reader checks the sites you subscribe to, usually every hour, and it collects all the new content.

You may already subscribe to some newsletters or discussion groups and receive updates via email. But RSS
works so much better. It won’t collect spam, ads, or virus. Everything in your aggregator is something you
want to read because you subscribed to it.


Classroom applications
We want to use utilize technology for new literacies, more than just doing the same thing in a slightly
different manner. RSS is a game changer for writers. It is a technology that facilities the develop-
ment of 21st century literacies. Students have a tool that will help them choose a relevant topic, fo-
cus on questions for inquiry, share these resources with others, and save them for later reference.
Ideally we want students to use a reader for more than just subscribing to the teacher’s blog to get
assignments.

   Teachers can follow best practices in education by subscribing to other educator’s blogs, connecting with
   them through comments and building a Professional Learning Network (PLN).
   Teachers can easily share articles with their peers.
   Teachers can subscribe to student blogs and provide feedback in the form of comments.
   Students can connect with bloggers with common interests by subscribing to their blogs and commenting,
   experiencing various author’s modeling the craft of writing.
   Students can subscribe to searches to keep updated on current events and news about a topic of interest.
   Students can collect, annotate, save, and share sources with their peers and the teacher.
   Users can subscribe to podcasts and videos sites, and play the embedded files within the reader.
   Teachers can subscribe to a committee blog and receive the newly posted agenda, minutes, etc.
   Teachers can assign articles digitally for students to read and comment on.




                                          Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Google Reader Sign Up: www. google.com/reader
If you already have a Google account (gmail, google docs, calendar) you don’t need to Sign Up. You can just
log in with your Google account username and password. *Google Apps does not include Google Reader. As a
result students and teacher will have to create their own accounts through google.com/reader.




                                        Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
2.10.2010                      http://www.willard.k12.mo.us/co/tech/rss.html       Page 3


Signing In




Subscribe to a Site Using Its URL: R2 Tech-Talk




If you attempt to subscribe to a site that doesn’t provide a feed,
Google Reader will attempt to create on for this site and notify
you of updates to that site.


                                           Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Set Preferences for a Subscription




Subscribe to a Site With RSS Google Button: Fusion Finds




                           Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Subscribe to a Site Using the Feed URL




                          Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Subscribe to the News Bundle




Subscribe to a Search




                          Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Add a Subscribe Bookmark to Your Browser
You can add a link to your favorites that can be clicked to subscribe to the site currently displayed on in your
browser. To add the link, access your Google Reader Settings.




                                           Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Finding Additional Subscriptions
In addition to various education and technology blogs, I also subscribe to group wikis (notified of changes),
Google forms (notified when someone submits a form), forums (SMART Missouri user group, notified of
questions and answers posted), social networks (ISTE Ning), blogs for sites I use (evernote, flickr, gmail, etc),
deal/coupon sites, persistent searches in Google and twitter on current topic of interest; and my delicious net-
work (notified of new sites tagged by people in my network). See the Fusion site for more examples.




                                          Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Delete a Subscription




Read Your Feeds




                           Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Customize Your Reader




                         Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Create a New Folder




Delete A Folder




                             Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
2.10.2010       http://www.willard.k12.mo.us/co/tech/rss.html      Page 12


Move a Subscription to a Different Folder




Bulk Editing of Subscriptions




                           Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Saving Articles
Students can save articles and thus create a convenient list to cite their sources for their current writing assign-




                                            Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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                       Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Sharing Articles

                                                                      This is an easy way to
                                                                      share and article with
                                                                      someone who doesn’t
                                                                      use Google Reader.




                              Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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Finding People to Follow or Share With




Read Articles Shared by People You Follow




                           Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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                                                                                  A Private group could be cre-
                                                                                  ated for a class and used for
                                                                                  sharing between students and
                                                                                  the teacher. The students
                                                                                  could share their found re-
                                                                                  sources with both the teacher
                                                                                  and the other students.




Students could share and summarize
an article using the Share/Add Com-
ment or Share With Note buttons.




                                                                               Teachers could direct the students
                                                                               to read a shared article and re-
                                                                               spond to a question with a com-
                                                                               ment on the shared article in
                                                                               Google Reader. Students would
                                                                               be able to view others’ comments.
                                                                               Warning: Comments are not mod-
                                                                               erated, but the author is docu-
                                                                               mented.


                                       Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools
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                                                                                        Teachers could place a
                                                                                        link to their shared
                                                                                        items on their class
                                                                                        website for students to
                                                                                        access and read in
                                                                                        preparation for a class
                                                                                        discussion, or use for
                                                                                        research.




A class or group could share research by fol-
lowing each other and using the Share but-
ton. Students can access all shared content by
clicking the People You Follow page.




This would be an easy way to share a folder of subscriptions with students. The add a clip to your site and the
add a blogroll to your site will work well with Google Sites and in a Wikispaces wiki.

                                          Janetta Garton  Willard R-II Schools

								
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