Google Reader

Google Reader is a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline. It was released by Google on October 7, 2005 through Google Labs. Reader graduated from beta status on September 17, 2007.[1]

Google Reader

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Google Reader constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content.

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RSS (most commonly translated as "Really Simple Syndication") is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format.[2] An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed",[3] or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place. RSS feeds can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader", or "aggregator", which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based. A standardized XML file format allows the information to be published once and viewed by many different programs. The user subscribes to a feed by entering into the reader the feed's URI – often referred to informally as a "URL" (uniform resource locator), although technically the two terms are not exactly synonymous – or by clicking an RSS icon in a browser that initiates the subscription process. The RSS reader checks the user's subscribed feeds regularly for new work, downloads any updates that it finds, and provides a user interface to monitor and read the feeds. RSS formats are specified using XML, a generic specification for the creation of data formats. Although RSS formats have evolved since March 1999,[4] the RSS icon ("external image 16px-Feed-icon.svg.png") first gained widespread use between 2005 and 2006.[5]

How to explain RSS the Oprah way

Just another approach to understanding RSS.

RSS in Plain English (review)


Google Reader

Google Reader - In general internet terms, a news aggregatorwebsite is a website where headlines are collected, usually manually, by the website owner. There are numerous readers availalbe below is an explanation of Google Reader.

Google Reader in Plain English


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  • Add Reader feed to your blog or website
  • Access favorite feeds from your mobile phone
  • Add Google Reader (RSS feeds) right to your iGoogle home page
  • Allows teachers to follow student blogs right from the reader
  • Students can keep up-to-date on current events and news they care about
  • Students can collect, annotate, and share research for collaborative projects
  • Students can read items that are shared by their teacher to help with current assignments
  • Students can view feeds from home or from places other than the classroom

Ideas for Use in the Classroom

  • Create a Google Reader feed for classes and projects
  • Create a Google Reader feed for lesson plan ideas
  • Definitely a great tool for students to use while compiling research for a project
  • Students can receive instant news from various resources such as experts in a particular content, news agencies, and other important and relevant organizations when new information is posted
  • Teachers can add student blogs to their Reader and receive notification every time the blogs are updated.
  • Students can read up on a specific feed or topic and share it with the class