|RSS icon from Merit World|
Google Reader is one popular method of subscribing to RSS feeds, and CWA employees with Tarrier Apps accounts can use them to login to Reader and get started. For academic research purposes, I think there is a huge benefit to using Google Reader in the Tarrier Apps environment, especially with your students, and I will spend more time on that concept in a different blog post. For today, I'm sharing how I use Apple's Mail.app as an RSS reader. Because I use Mail all the time to manage 5 different email accounts*, and it's something I always have open, I like to keep my RSS feeds here.
First, in Mail's preferences, set the Default RSS Reader to Mail.
When you encounter the RSS symbol shown above on any website, clicking it will give you the option to subscribe to that site's content. Usually, there will be a number of options to choose from, but for Mail to handle your feeds, you'll want to look for the XML option. When you click it, Mail will open and a folder just for that site will appear in a space reserved for RSS feeds. As you add more, you will find that they automatically get placed in alphabetical order. Here's a screen shot of my Mail inboxes and RSS feeds (they run off the screen because I currently subscribe to 44 feeds--added a new one since yesterday, yikes--I'd recommend starting with just a few):
A word of warning...there are times I open Mail to find that I have hundreds (!) of articles to catch up on. Do I read them all? Sometimes. More often, I scan through pretty quickly and pick out the best, which coincidentally, is a skill we need to be teaching our students as they sift through loads of information. My feeds are a mixture of professional blogs, personal interests, friends' published work, and even one that's just photographs tagged "inspirational." Sometimes I need those as a little pick me up. :)
|Thomas Edison. Image from Piccsy|
To get you started, here are a few of my very favorites:
- FreeTech4Teachers - Richard Byrne (THE GREATEST SITE IN THE UNIVERSE, IMHO)
- Bud the Teacher
- Dangerously Irrelevant - Scott McLeod (also Mind Dump, which is just a feed of quotes from other great stuff with links to the original source...genius!)
- 1-to-1 Schools - Nick Sauers
- Will Richardson
For my personal workflow, I keep First Class and Mail open simultaneously all day. We have shown many of you how to use Google Notifier to keep you aware of new email to your tarriers.org address. Some of you have opted to forward this email to First Class instead, so you don't miss anything. I prefer to keep the two separate, and while that might not be everyone's organizational method of choice, I find it much more convenient for me. Simply open Mail and then go to the Preferences.
Click on the "Accounts" tab, and then go to the + at the bottom to add a new account. Put in your tarriers.org email address IN FULL, and your password, and then follow the steps to complete your account, it's that simple!
Be aware that you do not have access to all the features of gmail using a 3rd party reader. For example, you cannot type in someone's name and have it auto-fill all the email addresses in our domain the way you can in the online interface. Still, if you're just looking for a way to stay on top of your emails, this is a great way to do quick read and replies.