Inoreader: A Powertool for Education

*THIS IS A NEW WEBSITE* Consult the left-hand navigation panel to see what pages are actually complete! In addition, you will see many new pages here in December 2014 and January 2015 as I prepare my classes for the Spring semester. More information here about How to Follow my Spring 2015 Inoreader Adventure.

Inoreader is one of the most powerful tools that I use for teaching online. In this website, I'll be sharing examples of how I use Inoreader to keep up with my students' blogs and also to connect with other educators online. THANK YOU, Inoreader, for helping me so much in my work!


You will see listed below the ways in which I use Inoreader. There are other features of Inoreader that I do not use, but which you might find valuable: browse and explore to learn more! In addition to the pages listed below, I have some posts about Inoreader at my Digitools blog, and you can find some information about Inoreader at my Anatomy of an Online Course blog.

Managing a Student Blog Network 

The most important way that I use Inoreader is to manage the student blog network in my two online classes (appx. 80-90 students per semester total). 
  • Student Blogs and Comments. This explains how I set up the blog network by subscribing to student blog post feeds and comment feeds.
  • Tagging: Automatic and Manual. I use a combination of tags assigned by rules and manually assigned tags to keep things organized.
  • Monitoring Student Blog Posts. I do a quick view of all incoming posts, as well as systematic reviews based on specific tags.
  • Syndicating and Sharing Blog Content. I like to share student blog posts both with students in the class and also with larger audiences.
  • Tags for Task Management. In addition to using tags for sorting, viewing, and syndication, I also use tags for task management.
  • Archiving Assignments. There are a few assignments that I want to archive after the class is over; here's how I save an assignment archive as a PDF.
  • One-Time Fetch. The lack of updates for post content is the only real problem I had with Inoreader, but I found some good work-around solutions.
  • My Rookie Mistakes. Learn from my mistakes, so you don't have to learn from your own! :-)
Managing an Information Network

All the tips for managing a student blog network apply to whatever information network you want ot manage with Inoreader. Here are some tips that apply more to my use of Inoreader for general reading online, separate from my students' blogs.
  • Sharing from Inoreader.
  • Bundles and OPML.
  • Inoreader and Twitter.
  • Inoreader and Google+.
  • Inoreader and Pinterest.
  • Boosted Feeds.
Curating Your Own Online Activity

One of the ways in which I am finding Inoreader most useful is as a way to curate my own activity online so that I am able to archive content effectively and also share more widely.
  • Omnifeed. How to use Inoreader to create an "omnifeed" of your activity online across multiple platforms (for me, that's Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Diigo, and Blogger).
  • Archiving. How to use Inoreader rules to tag incoming content from ephemeral sources so that you can archive the content worth keeping.

About This Site: This site is built with Google Sites, a free browser-based tool for building websites from Google. It is extremely simple to use; you can get a website up and running in just a few minutes. Here are some tips I share with my students: Google Sites Tips and Tricks.

RSS Resources

When time permits, I will try to document some useful RSS resources here, such as the RSS gadget that allows you to add an RSS feed to a Google Site page, Alan Levine's marvelous Feed2JS tool, the Firefox RSS viewer, Diigo RSS features, and more.

Last updated: 11/23/2014.