RSS Instructions without Video

Some folks asked for a non-video explanation of how to get an RSS feed, so here it is:
How to use RSS to get The Chocolate Box (or other web content)

First, you need a reader. These are free programs that are also called “aggregators”. Once you have one, you can subscribe to news services, blogs, etc. and the new content will be delivered to your desktop. No more remembering to check someone’s blog or your favorite news outlet.

The one I know best is  Google Reader.   However, if you use Yahoo, they have a reader that integrates into myYahoo and there are many other readers. I like web-based readers like Google and Yahoo because they can be accessed from any computer that has web access. Some readers sit on your desktop, so you would need to download them on all computers you use. Firefox has a feature called Live Bookmarks that collects just title information – you can then click on titles of interest. Most of the popular blogs seem to feed right into either Google or Yahoo.

Once you have the reader, then subscribing is easy. Just click the RSS icon (it’s usually orange but sometimes black and looks like this:

RSS icon

RSS icon

Sometimes the icon is in the address line of the webpage, other times it is on the page itself. Once you click it, you will be asked for subscription information or you’ll see an icon for Google or myYahoo. Click whatever is appropriate and enjoy.


Hello MU!

Instead of publishing our usual newsletter, the CTE and DISCOVER programs have decided to enter the world of blogging.  We will be posting news, updates, links and items of interest here regularly.   We also hope you will comment on what we post, to generate some real dialogue on what we are all trying to accomplish here.

You can visit us either by going to our web address: OR you can take this moment to learn about RSS and have each post delivered to your computer with absolutely no effort on your part!  For a very quick visual tutorial on how to set up an RSS feed go to YouTube to view “RSS in Plain English” by Commoncraft.

You may be wondering about the name.  I didn’t want to call it something boring like “CTE News” or “DISCOVER teaching” and one of my favorite names for a teaching blog is Artichoke (because it “looks at the heart, leaves and thistles of teaching and learning”).  So, I picked Chocolate Box.  I’ll be giving you some of the reasons I think teaching is like a box of chocolates as we go on, and maybe you will suggest some too.

I hope you’ll join us on this technology adventure!