Scotedublogs - A New Hub for Scottish Educational Blogs
The Scotedublogs wiki has become the de facto place to find Scottish edubloggers or to announce your own blog's arrival on the scene. It has done a great job, but is beginning to outgrow its current wiki format.
One key reason why our blogging community has flourished where so many previous attempts to develop an on-line community of teachers have failed is this: we built and continue to build the community ourselves.
I am therefore delighted to be able to say that we are continuing this tradition by building our own exciting new hub for our community: I am working with Peter, John and others from the Scottish edublogging community to produce www.scotedublogs.org.uk
This site already provides the following:
- A directory of Scottish edublogs, viewable by authority or by tags
- The facility to add new blogs
- Colour-coding of blogs based on recency of last post (red=hot!)
- A quick view of recent posts for each blog
- The facility to add tags to blogs
- The facility to export an OPML file of any of the lists of blogs you view - this file can be imported into a feed reader so that you instantly add all the chosen blogs to your reader.
- An overall view of what's new via a dynamically updated list of the latest posts from any of the blogs in the system.
In the very near future you will be able to
add blogs and [it does this now] create your own custom feeds in the site for use in your feed reader. For example, you could create a feed of all the posts from maths blogs, or the feeds from all Glasgow pupil blogs.
The site will also produce statistics to analyse what the community is talking about, how much we are talking and how often we are posting.
The current site is still very "beta", but is already providing a useful resource. More importantly, it is demonstrating the power of the Open Source development model by utilizing the combined talents of many members of our community to produce a tool that will help the community to flourish and grow.
If you would like to help with this project, please join the discussion group. The development process is completely open, and we are keen to get input from as many members of the community as possible. Check out the site, and let us know what impresses you, what you would change and how you can help. :)
If you would like to see the code that makes it all happen, you can visit the repository. In fact, if you so desired you could grab a copy of the code, set up your own version of scotedublogs and change it to suit yourself. This is what Open Source means - it's much, much more than just being zero-cost, or sharing your data via feeds.