Our next step is to set up a feed reader or news aggregator. These are tools that allow you to monitor the activity of other blogs or web pages that interest you.

It might be useful to review the Commoncraft video "RSS in Plain English"

There are a number of free, web based applications that perform this function. The one I would like to start with is Google Reader. Watch this clip.

Simply do a Google search for Google Reader and follow the directions on the site. You already have a Google account set up so you can use your alias and your course Gmail address to log into the Google Reader.

Please view this tutorial by clicking this link .

HINT: You may want to open two browser windows, one to view the Jing presentation and another to have your Google Reader account open. That way you can pause the video, switch browser pages and work in your Google Reader account. When you want to go on to the next step you can go back to the first browser page and resume the video.

Please add the feed from the course wiki and the feeds from the blogs of all other members of our group to your Google Reader account.

You should try to check your Google Reader and using the tools that you are learning on a daily basis to get accustomed to the process. You should also be commenting on each others blogs as much as possible to get the conversation flowing.

In March of 2013 Google announced that it will no longer support Reader as of July 2013. Many other services perform similar functions.

Feedly http://www,feedly.com
Bloglines http://www.bloglines/com
Netvibes http://www.netvibes.com