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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Using Newsfeeds on your blog

You might have noticed that I've included a Newsfeed in the Left-hand column of stuff:ED. The content that is included down there is being drawn from the EdNA (Education Network Australia) website - specifically from the Recently Added Resources category.

EdNA provides Shared Information Services including Standard Search, Advanced Search, Recently Added Resources, News Headlines, Browse, Event Calendars, Metadata Search, Browse Map, Find Education and Training Providers, and Category Export.

What does that mean?? Basically, it means I was able to include information direct from the to my blog/website. It will update continuously, providing me with sticky content that keeps my readers informed with useful information. Best of all, the newsfeed from EdNA helps to keep my blog current, and once it's set up I don't have to do a thing!

The EdNA Shared Information Service also allows you to get content delivered direct to your desktop RSS reader or handheld device too - but more on that later! ;-)

Notes for the geeks:
EdNA's Shared Information Services are available in a mix of XML, HTML, RSS and Javascript options. You don't need a lot of experience to use these services at a basic level. EdNa have put together some great documentation to help you figure out how to add it to your own site.

As you can see, I've used an the tools available @ www.rss-to-javascript.com to create my newsfeed from EdNA. You don't need to be a genius to figure out how to use this tool either - and no javascript skills are necessary. If you can 'cut and paste' and you know a little HTML adding newfeeds with a tool like this is simple!

One last bit:
If you want to find out more about feeds that you can subscribe to using RSS check out The Feed Directory, where you can search on topics of interest to you (or your students).