Thing 3: RSS, Personal Home Pages and Feed Readers

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So as I got started with this topic I thought. “Hey, this should be an easy one. I’m already using a lot of these tools.”

  • RSS? Understand it and love it.
  • GoogleReader? Yup, got it. Subscribe to lots of useful librarianish feeds. But hey, I had no idea I could organize things into folders. So that gives me something new to try.
  • iGoogle? I spent hours last year setting up my Home Page, adding all the features that I like. I’ve never used it.
  • Feeddler RSS Reader for the iPad. Active with about 10 different feeds going to it.
  • Flipboard? Got it. Following social networking sites, USA Today, and a great classroom managment feed Smart Classroom Managment.
  • Netvibes? Hey, that’s a new one. I do need a replacement for my iGoogle (you know, the one I never use). So I spent a bit of time setting this up.

What do all of these tools have in common? They are all really cool.

What do they NOT have in common? Any of my feeds! I have a complete mess. Depending on what tool I pick up I have different feeds leading to it. So my personal task with this topic was to get things organized.

I setup a Netvibes account and added all my useful work links and feeds. I added all my Librarianish feeds to GoogleReader (still haven’t made folders) and added GoogleReader to Flipboard alongside with my news and social networking feeds. I still have 285 unread Feeddler items that I will probably never get to. It’s still not perfect but it’s coming along and it’s way past time to move on to Thing 4.

 

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About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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One Response to Thing 3: RSS, Personal Home Pages and Feed Readers

  1. chris fowler says:

    Hi Kim,
    Just exploring the RSS thing myself. I found a very cool bookspine poetry idea (create a poem with stacked book titles, take a picture and share) on the cooltools netvibes page. I would love to do this together with our students!
    Chris

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