Web 2.0 World<br />This information is designed to provide teachers with a directory of free web tools along with some suggestions as to how they may be used. This week’s topic is: RSS AGGREGATORS.<br />Have you ever used an RSS newsreader? Though you can surf to your favorite sites using your Web browser of choice, RSS readers bring all the news to you in a simple format that's conducive to getting more information quickly. The best RSS readers make it easy to add your favorite sites so you can quickly sift through headlines. When you find something of interest, you can often expand the story in an RSS reader or go directly to the site to read more. If you spend a lot of time on the Web, RSS readers are a great way to find the stuff you want, without having to load a bunch of Web sites.<br />Below are a few examples of free, easy-to-use RSS readers as well as some introductory information.<br /><ul><li>Blog - Don’t underestimate the importance of the aggregator by Doug Johnson, which also has 2 great video introductions and Top 10 things you should know about RSS feeds” links.
Google Reader (reader.google.com)After three years, Google's RSS feed reader is tops, not only mimicking the best of what desktop readers can do but also mashing up nicely with other Google services, like the iGoogle home page. Also check out “Why Google Reader” on Classroom 2.0’s Blog.
Netvibes (www.netvibes.com)A personalized start page with an emphasis on widgets and feed readers, Netvibes also aggregates podcasts for you. It’s one of my newest favorites!
Another great aggregator, easy to use. If you're not sure where to begin, explore the blogs that Bill Ferriter has organized in his professional Pageflake at www.pageflakes.com/wferriter/16618841. He reads these blogs all the time. Some leave him challenged. Some leave him angry. Some leave him jazzed. All leave Bill energized and ready to learn more. School leaders may be interested in the collection of blogs at www.pageflakes.com/wferriter/23697456.