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Using ScotEduBlogs Part 1

January 24, 2007

On the simplest level just visit the home page ScotEduBlogs News and read the more recent posts by Scots Educators. This will save you a lot of time if you visit a lot of Scots Edu Blogs.

Or you can subscribe to the front page RSS Feed with your feed reader. You can use an online feed reader like Bloglines or an offline one such as Vienna (mac, search google or read some blogs to find more RSS readers.)

Subscribing to a SEB feedThe next stage would be to read a feed of a particular set of blogs, on the Blogs page you would click on tags until you had a list you were interested in, for example primary, teachers and blogging. You can then subscribe to the RSS feed linked. Again this will keep you up-to-date with many blogs without having to visit them all .

Eventually there will be screencast to show how to create feeds going into more detail than above.

Further Reading:

RSS

January 18, 2007

RSS is central to ScotEduBlogs.org.uk which both feed off RSS and provides it.

According to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(protocol) RSS is defined as:

RSS is a family of XML file formats for web syndication used by news websites and weblogs. They are used to provide items containing short descriptions of web content together with a link to the full version of the content. This information is delivered as an XML file called RSS feed, webfeed, RSS stream, or RSS channel.

As far as blogging is concerned you can think of RSS as an alternative ‘view’ of your blog organized in a standard way. This standard organization means that the RSS file ( feed) can be used and mixed by a variety of applications.

An RSS reader such as Bloglines can automatically collect and display rss feeds from many different blogs saving you a lot of time and sparing one the effort of visiting blogs that have not been updated.

You can display an rss feed from a blog (or collection of blogs via ScotEduBlogs.org.uk or some such service) on another web page by a variety of means. For example: The sidebar here.

RSS is explored in many places but there a couple of intersting post from the Scots Edu blogs:
edublogs: The “glue” of blogging conversations: RSS
Blogging for Beginners – Understanding the Glue at Jonesieblog

This is the start of a definition/help text for ScotEduBlogs.org.uk please add comments to help improve it.