What is a Blog?

Blogs in Plain English by Common Craft

What is RSS?

"RSS (originally RDF Site Summary, often dubbed 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." (Source of definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rss)

In other words, RSS lets you subscribe to updates (feeds) from blogs and other web sites, so you can read the updates from many blogs/sites in one place! The video embedded below suggests using Google Reader to compile your feeds into one web site for easy access. Most browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.) also let you subscribe to feeds. Check the "Help" section of your favorite browser for instructions.

Do you need help getting started with Google Reader? Then see The Complete Educator's Guide to Using Google Reader.

RSS in Plain English by Common Craft


Here are a few blogs to get you started. Use Google Blog Search to find additional blogs on topics that interest you.

Winners of the 2011 Edublog Awards:


Technology in the Classroom

Keystone Tech Talk
Digital Kindergarten (Kindergarten teacher who is using iPads among other tech to differentiate learning.)
Edutopia Integration Blog--Elementary
iLearn Technology
Teachers Love SMART Boards
Technology Tidbits


Blue Skunk Blog (Doug Johnson, former librarian and now technology director in MN)
The Unquiet Librarian (Buffy Hamilton, a high school librarian)
The Pithy Python (Natalie Bernstein, an elementary librarian)
Fox Hill Elementary Library Media Center
Never Ending Search (Joyce Valenza for School Library Journal)
Watch.Connect.Read (Mr. Schu, a K-5 teacher-librarian)

Elementary Teachers

Elementary Teacher Blog (3rd Grade teacher)
The First Grade Parade
Blogging through the Fourth Dimension (5th Grade teacher)

Suzanne Buckley recommends these 1st Grade blogs: