RSS - RSS (an acronym for "Really Simple Syndication"/"Rich Site Summary") is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, or podcasts. "An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadeta such as publishing dates and authorship." ( This makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually. Instead of people having to check 10 of their favorite sites, it allows you to check one site with all this information from the other sites on it. For example if you were an big sports fan and you checked the NBA, NFL, and NHL (along with other sports scores) daily, you could get the "feed," for all three sites and put them into your account. This would save you plenty of time everyday.

Subscribing- In order to obtain a RSS feed, you have to "subscribe" to the web site. When you click on the RSS link it will give you the option of what RSS site you'd like to use. Yahoo, MSN, and Google all have readers that you can use for your RSS (login name required). Netvibes is the site that our Web 2.0 class uses and it is almost like your own personal website. You can set it up anyway you'd like, and it very easy to use.

Classroom Use - RSS feeds can be used in the classroom in a very effective way. Our Web 2.0 class is using Netvibes for a RSS feed for this Wiki. What that means is that whenever someone makes an update on a page in our Wiki, we will automatically be notified. This same method can be effective for other sites that may apply to your classroom that offer an RSS feed. With RSS feeds, classrooms can subscribe for blog and Wiki updates, subscribe to podcasts and webcasts, and stay up-to-date with current events.

Below is a video that makes RSS very easy to understand.

Creating and Managing Your Netvibes Account

Now that you have a general idea of what RSS is, it is time to use it. Here are some basic steps on how to set up an account on Netvibes and how to manage the interface. If you have any trouble with Netvibes, these video's should help out.

Step One - This is an overall general information video on Netvibes. Basically it shows some of the important features of the application.

Step Two - This video is when you first log on to Netvibes. It's basically a start up page for using the application. This will show how to start your Netvibes account.

Step Three - This video teaches you how to add a feed onto your page.

Step Four This video shows you how to search for widgets. It helps to show you how to customize your page a little bit more.

Step Five - This video shows how to look at the websites that actually feed the information to Netvibes.

Step Six - This shows the overall settings of Netvibes. If you have any trouble with the settings, this should help you out.

Last updated Oct 5, 2009 11:03 am

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