Last week I touched on iGoogle, this week I will discuss another of my favorite Google Tools- Google Reader. I was a little slow to discover this tool. In fact, I didn’t really enter the “blogosphere” as a reader or blogger until this spring. When I was at the MACE conference in Manhatten, KS early this spring, Tammy Worcester talked about Google Reader during her keynote, and I decided to give it a try. I found a couple of blogs and subscribed to their RSS feeds through Google Reader. Now I subscribe to over 25 blogs in topics ranging from motherhood to the most common in my reader- educational technology. I also have Google Reader feed into my iGoogle account so that I can keep up with everything from the same place.
What is Google Reader?
Google Reader is an RSS feed reader. RSS stands for Real Simple Syndication. Just like you subscribe to magazines and they are delivered into your home mailbox, Google Reader lets you subscribe to blogs and have them delivered into you Google Reader mailbox which can then deliver to your iGoogle account.
How do I set up Google Reader?
Signing up for Google Reader is simple. To go http://www.google.com/reader and sign up for an account. This should be a simple and self explanatory process. Setting up your feeds, while simple, is not so self explanatory. Here is a video that shows you one way to add subscriptions.
Where do I find blogs?
Great question! You can start by adding this blog 🙂 To find other edtech blogs, look at my blogroll. I have linked to some great blogs and they would love to have you join their readership. You can do a google search just for blogs. The way I find most of my blogs is by going to links on the blogs I subscribe to and by using stumble upon.
How do I manage everything?
If you would like to learn how to manage your Google Reader account- create folders and organize everything, here is a great video!