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Rss For Communty of Practice


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Rss For Communty of Practice

  1. 1. RSS for Community of Practice Doing More with Less
  2. 2. Workshop Objectives <ul><li>Upon completion of this workshop the participants will …. </li></ul><ul><li>be able to explain the publish and subscribe model used within blogging. </li></ul><ul><li>be able to identify the key technology components of blogging. </li></ul><ul><li>be able to list the key administrative options required to maintain a blog. </li></ul><ul><li>be able to describe two different blogging services. </li></ul><ul><li>be able to discuss the concept of aggregation as it applies to subscribing to multiple blogs. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Blogging: Concepts <ul><li>Publishing and subscription </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A blogger publishes postings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A blog reader subscribes to a blog </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Notification service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A reader polls a blog to be notified of new posts </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Publish and Subscribe <ul><li>Think </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect upon the business of magazine publishing. </li></ul><ul><li>Think about the magazines you have subscriptions. </li></ul><ul><li>Ink (write down answers to the following questions) </li></ul><ul><li>What ‘high level’ tasks does a magazine publisher perform? </li></ul><ul><li>As a subscriber what are your activities in relation to your magazines and their subscriptions? </li></ul><ul><li>You have 3 minutes to complete this activity </li></ul>?
  5. 5. Tasks Publisher Subscriber <ul><li>Targets a subject </li></ul><ul><li>Creates content </li></ul><ul><li>Creates magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Distributes magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Generates revenue </li></ul><ul><li>Notifies subscribers </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps things interesting </li></ul><ul><li>Manages data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>authors, dates, keywords, titles, references, etc… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seeks new publications </li></ul><ul><li>Pays for subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Reads magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Skims magazines for interesting articles </li></ul><ul><li>Selects magazines from assortment </li></ul><ul><li>Cancels subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Looks for related information </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blogs Blogger Reader <ul><li>Targets a subject </li></ul><ul><li>Sets up a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Creates content / posts </li></ul><ul><li>Publishes posts </li></ul><ul><li>Attracts subscribers </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps things interesting </li></ul><ul><li>Manages data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dates, keywords, titles, references, permissions, etc… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Searches for blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Checks for new postings </li></ul><ul><li>Reads blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Skims blogs for interesting articles </li></ul><ul><li>Selects postings from assortment of blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Cancels blog subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Looks for related information </li></ul>
  7. 7. Messaging Technology <ul><li>Blogs are based upon a messaging technology </li></ul><ul><li>The messages are well formed using a standardized messaging format known as XML </li></ul><ul><li>The standard for blogging is known as RSS </li></ul>
  8. 8. Messaging Technology: XML <ul><li>The Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a general-purpose markup language that supports a wide variety of applications. </li></ul><ul><li><element attribute=“value”>content</element> </li></ul><ul><li><person> </li></ul><ul><ul><li><last-name>Rawsthorne</last-name> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li><first-name>Peter</first-name> </li></ul></ul><ul><li></person> </li></ul>
  9. 9. <?xml version=&quot;1.0&quot; encoding=&quot;UTF-8&quot;?> <recipe name=&quot;bread&quot; prep_time=&quot;5 mins&quot; cook_time=&quot;3 hours&quot;> <title>Basic bread</title> <ingredient amount=&quot;3&quot; unit=&quot;cups&quot;>Flour</ingredient> <ingredient amount=&quot;0.25&quot; unit=&quot;ounce&quot;>Yeast</ingredient> <ingredient amount=&quot;1.5&quot; unit=&quot;cups&quot; state=&quot;warm&quot;>Water</ingredient> <ingredient amount=&quot;1&quot; unit=&quot;teaspoon&quot;>Salt</ingredient> <instructions> <step>Mix all ingredients together, and knead thoroughly.</step> <step>Cover with a cloth, and leave for one hour in warm room.</step> <step>Knead again, place in a tin, and then bake in the oven.</step> </instructions> </recipe>
  10. 10. Messaging Technology: RSS <ul><li>Really Simple Syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Rich Site Summary </li></ul><ul><li>RSS is a simple XML-based system that allows users to subscribe to their favorite websites. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <rss version=&quot;2.0&quot;> <channel> <title>Critical Technology</title> <link></link> <description>Another WordPress weblog</description> <pubDate>Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:23:47 +0000</pubDate> <language>en</language> <item> <title>Hello world!</title> <pubDate>Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:23:47 +0000 </pubDate> <dc:creator>criticaltechnology</dc:creator> <description>Welcome to </description> <content>This is your first post. </content> </item> </channel> </rss>
  12. 12. DEMO <ul><li>web page vs. RSS </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Add a post… </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 14. Blogger Reader subscribe updates? updates?
  14. 15. Puzzle think think pair solve From what you have learned so far; Think about the structure and content of RSS Think about the publisher – subscriber relationship Pair up with someone next to you Solve the problem of how a subscribers software would determine if the blog had new postings? (hint: think about the XML elements present within an RSS file) You have 2 minutes to complete this activity ?
  15. 16. <rss version=&quot;2.0&quot;> <channel> <title>Critical Technology</title> <link></link> <description>Another WordPress weblog</description> <pubDate>Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:23:47 +0000</pubDate> <language>en</language> <item> <title>Hello world!</title> <pubDate>Fri, 22 Sep 2006 13:23:47 +0000 </pubDate> <dc:creator>criticaltechnology</dc:creator> <description>Welcome to </description> <content>This is your first post. </content> </item> </channel> </rss>
  16. 17. Internet RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS Blog Reader As a blog reader you can subscribe to many blogs. You can have your blog reading software polling many blogs for new posts. It’s like creating your own magazine.
  17. 18. Phew! <ul><li>QUESTIONS? </li></ul>
  18. 19. Two Blogging Options
  19. 20. Blogger <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 savvy </li></ul><ul><li>Very Popular </li></ul><ul><li>Owned by Google </li></ul><ul><li>Proprietary </li></ul><ul><li>Allows many blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Limited flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>“ Slow” </li></ul>
  20. 21. DEMO <ul><li> </li></ul>
  21. 22. WordPress <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediate to use </li></ul><ul><li>Web 1.5 savvy </li></ul><ul><li>Very Popular </li></ul><ul><li>Owned by Everyone </li></ul><ul><li>OpenSource </li></ul><ul><li>Allows many blogs </li></ul><ul><li>“ Unlimited” flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>“ Quick” </li></ul>Can limit viewer ship to 35 people. Therefore, you can create an internet blog where only subscribed members can view the blog over the internet.
  22. 23. DEMO <ul><li> </li></ul>
  23. 24. What features do you think are most important?
  24. 25. Administrative Options <ul><li>Dashboard </li></ul><ul><li>Posting / Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging </li></ul><ul><li>Media </li></ul><ul><li>Management </li></ul><ul><li>Members / Users - Privacy - </li></ul><ul><li>Look and Feel </li></ul><ul><li>Options </li></ul>
  25. 26. Aggregation Internet RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS Blog Reader
  26. 27. Aggregator <ul><li>A news aggregator is a software application or remotely hosted service that collects syndicated content from disparate sources and provides a single consolidated view. These applications can also be commonly referred to as a feed reader, feed aggregator or simply just an aggregator. </li></ul>
  27. 28. DEMO
  28. 29. Exercises <ul><li>Reflect upon the structure of RSS. </li></ul><ul><li>Find blogs of interest to you. View their aesthetics. </li></ul><ul><li>Design your blog for Wednesdays Lab. </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators: A guide to RSS and More. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  29. 30. Exit Activity <ul><li>Write on one side of the card what you feel was well understood. </li></ul><ul><li>Write on the other side of the card what could have been given more attention. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave the cards at the front before you leave. </li></ul>
  30. 31. References <ul><li>Communities of practice, a brief introduction - Etienne Wenger </li></ul><ul><li>The Use of Blogs, Wikis and RSS in Education: A Conversation of Possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Video: RSS in Plain English </li></ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress </li></ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul>
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