Categories: News aggregator, RSS reader
Availability: Browser, iOS, Android, Kindle
Uses: Resource curation, foster critical thinking, facilitate discussion, increase productivity

What is it?
Feedly is a free news aggregator that lets you read content from other online sources, for instance news websites or blogs, in one place. With Feedly you can subscribe to receive updates from various sites which will then be organised in your own Feedly account, making them accessible to you on your computer or mobile device.

How can I use it?
Feedly is a content curator that can be used to:

  • search for news and online resources,
  • save these sources so any updates are displayed automatically,
  • organise content into collections based on the topic or its relevance (e.g. work, home) and
  • share news items and resources with students/peers or save them to other personal apps. 
Feedly offers opportunities to foster critical thinking by having students search for appropriate sources and analyse their relevance or applicability, using Feedly boards to save the best results.

Feedly can be used to facilitate discussion by asking students to research a topic and share the most reliable or relevant links or sources for this topic with the class. The student can organise the sources or feeds into a collection related to the topic and can save the best articles or links to a board.

Lecturers who may have asked students to create and maintain blogs for a class can use Feedly to monitor these blogs. By adding the URLs of the blogs to a collection in their Feedly account, the lecturer gets a quick overview of any updates coming in from the students without having to visit the individual blogs more often.

To get started using Feedly:

  • Go to feedly.com
  • Sign in with your Google or Facebook account or sign up with email
  • Click Add Content to search for a blog, news site or topic of interest
  • When a source has been found, click Follow and create a new collection to save the source

Why should I use it?
Feedly is a free, easy to use productivity tool for professional and personal use. Rather than having subscriptions clutter your email inbox with updates, you can view all these updates and news items on your Feedly page, categorise them based on content type or relevance and view them in a number of formats (by date, importance, as a text link or magazine style layout).

Feedly offers suggestions for feeds to follow based on your searches or the sources you have already saved. While generally offering the most popular content, it can also introduce you to sources you may not have been familiar with.

Feedly offers a number of integrations with popular apps such as Evernote, Pocket and with social media like Twitter and Facebook allowing you to save and share news items or articles easily.

Top Tips
Install the Feedly browser extension to quickly subscribe to online sources and save stories directly from the web to your Feedly boards.

Feedly can be extended through the use of integrations like IFTTT (see more here) to automate common processes like adding article links in Evernote when you use the Save for Later feature in Feedly or tweeting items that you attach a specific tag to in Feedly.

Although not necessary for many users, you can increase your productivity by extending Feedly to better integrate with your other apps and online workflows by upgrading to a premium subscription for $7/month or $60/year. This premium subscription lets you save news items directly to OneNote, etc., share directly to LinkedIn, subscribe to unlimited feeds (up to 100 for free accounts) and create unlimited collections (up to 3 for free accounts).

Where can I find it?
Unless otherwise stated, all reviews and recommendations are solely those of the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning team and do not reflect the views or opinions of any organisation, including Cork Institute of Technology. The Department is not responsible for any inappropriate, offensive or illegal content viewed or accessed through the tools and products reviewed.