June 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm 3 comments

· What is it?

o Bloglines is a free online service that helps you subscribe to and manage lots of web information, such as news feeds, weblogs and audio- such as podcastings.

· What does it do?

o Bloglines tracks the information you’re interested in, retrieves new stuff as it happens, and organizes everything for you on your own personal web news page. I believe it reads all the blogs out there on the web through a blog’s RSS feed and organizes and manages it all for you. Once you have logged in (subscribed for free)- you can complete a preference list of what you are interested in like cooking, health, sport, etc. Along with your general preferences, you can select from the top 10 blogs such as CNN, iTunes Top 25 songs, Librarians’ Internet Index- Websites you can trust, Quotes of the Day, etc. Plus you can import your own blog subscriptions (blogs you already visit).

o After you join Bloglines you simply search for the content you are interested in and identify the feeds you want to track. Once you “subscribe” to those feeds (a single-click maneuver in most cases), Bloglines will constantly check those feeds for changes or additions and direct new information onto your Bloglines personal page.

o Currently Bloglines searches and indexes more than 80 million live web articles.

o Bloglines allows you to be very choosy and only track the things you are interested in — then they do all the legwork for you. They find the latest news, collect it for you, and keep it on your Bloglines page until you’re ready to read it. You log in when you can, from any computer with a web browser.

o All-in-one Blog and news feed search, online subscriptions, news reader, blog publishing and social sharing tools

o Available in 10 languages

o Mobile version optimized for handheld computers and cell phones

o Email subscriptions help manage your e-newsletter traffic

o Package Tracking (UPS, USPS & FedEx)

o Custom weather forecasts

o Quick Pick Subscriptions get new users started quickly and easily

o Personalized recommendations to find new subscriptions

o Bookmarklet for single-click subscriptions to any source

o Notifiers for all browser types to remind you when new articles have arrived

o Bloglines Saved Searches deliver future articles matching your key words and phrases

o Most Popular lists show the days hot topics and which blogs are getting the most noticed

o Handy add-on tools for bloggers such as automated blogrolls, subscription buttons


· What are the infrastructure and technical requirements for this tool?

o Must have access to the internet with a web browser

o Obtain an username password with an existing email account

· How can you use it effectively in instruction?

o Teacher could subscribe to Bloglines in order to avoid informa6tion overload. Bloglines will find the latest news, collect it for instructors, and keep it on their Bloglines page until they are ready to read it. I see Bloglines being used for a class who needs current information on a specific topic.

· What are other education applications for this tool?

o Educators can subscribe to educational blogs such as TechLearningBlog or podcasts in order to keep current of technology.

o Weather can be tracked for lessons using temperature, rainfall, etc.

o Locate trustworthy websites from the Librarians’ Internet Index

o Uses 10 languages, so could help ESOL teachers gather pertinent information for their students especially using foreign language podcasts

· What are the limitations and cautions related to use of this tool? And what are the management considerations for this tool?

o The teacher will need to subscribe since an existing email address is required to join.

o Not all information is appropriate for students, so the teacher still needs to “weed” through information gathered and organized by Bloglines.


Entry filed under: Access, Connect, Personal.


3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. flofalatko  |  June 12, 2008 at 10:01 pm


    It looks like this might be a good resource for teachers to use with special interests – math…


  • 2. gmdevos  |  June 12, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    This sounds interesting, because often we have to sort through so much to find what we are looking for. Bloglines seems to allow you to narrow down what you receive. I like the idea of them sending updated information as they come across it and storing the information until you are ready to read it.

  • 3. mrigopoulos  |  June 13, 2008 at 2:31 am

    This sight seems very useful and time efficient. Once you narrow your interest or topic, isn’t it great to think that you don’t have to do the searches yourself. You can save your time to look at the sights and information that was found for you!!!!!!
    Teachers could very readily use this when planning for future units, especially since Bloglines stores the information for you until you are ready to look at it.


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