What is a Blog?

Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site.

RSS [picture of RSS logo]

What are RSS Feeds?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. RSS feeds "package' information so that a person can sucscribe to the feed and receive that information. Many blogs automatically generate RSS feeds. In order to read RSS feeds, one must have an RSS Feed Reader or an RSS Feed Aggegator.

Why use RSS?

RSS was designed to show selected data. Without RSS, users will have to check your site daily for new updates. This may be too time-consuming for many users. With an RSS feed (RSS is often called a News feed or RSS feed) they can check your site faster using an RSS aggregator (a site or program that gathers and sorts out RSS feeds).
Since RSS data is small and fast-loading, it can easily be used with services like cell phones or PDA's.

RSS Tutorial by Mark Nottingham, mnot@pobox.com at Creative Commons License
W3Schools tutorial on RSS

Examples of Blogs

Finding Blogs

Potential Uses of Blogs in the Classroom

  • Journals
  • Class Portal or Management Space
  • E-Portfolio
  • Collaborative Concept Development
  • Extended Individual or Collaborative Writing

Tools to Create Blogs

RSS Aggregators and Readers