What is RSS?

Watch this short video, "RSS in Plain English", for a quick and amusing explanation:

Or, take Wikipedia's definition:
RSS is a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines, and podcasts in a standardized format.[2] An RSS document (which is called a "feed," "web feed,"[3] or "channel") contains either a summary of content from an associated web site or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with web sites in an automated manner that can be piped into special programs or filtered displays.[3]

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Reasons for use

  • have all your favorite web sites send new articles/posts/news to you, instead of you going to a lot of different sites
  • easy way to have all your news in one place
  • great way to gather resources for projects and units

Ease of use

Once you have a reader set up, RSS is very simple - in fact, although it stands for "Rich Site Summary", its first name was "Really Simply Syndication". All you have to do is add the RSS feed URLs into your reader and that's it! Most sites also have auto-subscribe buttons where you do not have to cut and paste the URLs at all.

Supported RSS Aggregators / Readers

Google Reader in Plain English Video


RSS for Educators presentation
RSS For Educators
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Using RSS Feeds video

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