Some useful Blog and RSS information:
http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/12/18/dive-into-xml.html -a short history of RSS including information on how to use it.
- A blogging tool which sets up an RSS feed automatically. It also lets you email blogs to the site for easy posting.
Note: Other blogging tools exist, however this was the one I chose to use due to its convenience.
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/ - A free web browser which enables you to get the RSS feeds directly in the browser.
http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/ - A free email/RSS news aggregator that is easy to setup and get the RSS Feeds.
Some Useful Feeds to Start:
http://chronicle.com/help/rss.htm - The Chronicle of Higher Education News Feeds on various topics including Daily News, Wired Campus, and Chronicle Careers.
http://rss.cnn.com/rss/cnn_education.rss - CNN Education
http://www.ed.gov/rss/edgov.xml - News Feed which highlights issues in the Department of Education.
http://www.npr.org/rss/rss.php?id=1013 - National Public Radio's Feed on Education.
Instant Messaging Links:
http://www.aim.com - AOL Instant Messaging allows you to set up an Instant Messenger Screen Name to communicate with clients.
http://www.yahoo.com - Yahoo Instant Messaging can also be set up for your clients to communicate with you.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_instant_messengers - The Wikipedia entry for a comprehensive list of other Instant Messenger Clients.
http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/ - The Trillian Instant Messenger Client which allows multiple connections (such as Yahoo, AIM, ICQ) to avoid having multiple applications open.
http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ - An open source application which allows multiple connections to multiple Instant Messenger protocols.