Adding others’ RSS feed to your blog/website

If you have a blog and would like to feature some posts from another blog or website, there is an alternative to copying and pasting the content or adding a link. Using FeedSweep, you can push content right onto your page for others to see.

Why? Well, you may have a blog/ning/website on cars or horses and you come across a great site that you wish you could also share with your readers. Using FeedSweep, you can create a feed into your site so others can see the content.
An ideal place to add this is in a page on your tabs at the top of the site. Then they are permanently available to see.
Ideas: BBC sites, sport, news,recipes etc

This will also update as new posts are submitted. I originally managed to do a workaround for this using Pageflakes, but this is simpler and has custom options. It’s also free to use

I normally add this to a sidebar widget and get a columnar feed, it may also work in a post, as in Edublogs, but in ning, it only seems to work in a widget

I have set the width to 450, the number of posts to 10 in Feedsweep. To fit it into your sidebar widget, just leave all the settings alone and you will get 5 posts by default.


Edublogs – which themes do what?

Sue Waters has obviously spent lots of time collecting the themes into groups to make it easier to see what you’re choosing, rather than the hit ‘n’ miss method I use.

She says

Given there are 100 Edublogs themes available for you to use ranging from themes that can’t be altered to themes that are “extremely customizable” you can spend quite a bit of time testing themes to find the “perfect theme”. So I’ve decided to help make your task a bit easier (I hope) by categorizing the Edublogs themes based on:

1. Layout – number of columns
2. Color Scheme
3. Ability to upload own image header
4. Presence or absence of page links in blog header
5. Presence or absence of tagline in blog header
6. Ability to customize theme

So I suggest you check out her lists on The Edublogger site

Adding email subscription to your blog

If you want to gave people subscribe to your blog by email, rather than them using RSS, then you can do so pretty simply.

You can follow this link which explains in detail

I will try to give my description here too

  1. sign up to feedburner
  2. Copy your RSS feedright click on the RSS logo or ‘entries RSS’ in your sidebar
  3. click on ‘copy link location’
  4. in feedburner, add this to ‘Burn a feed right this instant’
  5. Once you’ve done this, click on ‘publicize’
  6. In the LHS bar, click on ’email subscriptions’
  7. Copy the code
  8. Go to your dashboard, appearance, widgets and paste the code
  9. The form should appear

Schedule once

If you’re a company or an organisation, group of folks spread over the globe or a family, you might want to be able to schedule something that fits all your calendars.  Doing this by email or phone takes ages and often doesn’t get everyone’s approval.

How about using ScheduleOnce

ScheduleOnce Meeting Scheduler in Google Calendar

It’s free and requires not registration, takes up only a few Kb and integrates directly with Google calendars

50,000 visitors

Well, EB Tutorials has been up and running for a couple of years and has recently reached 50,000 visitors

Pretty interesting for a site that was set up to record my rambling journey through the developing platform and the addition of third party apps and podcasting

Storybird – illustrated online storybook making

I have just found Storybird via Twitter thanks to @dogtrax

What a great site for storytelling.  Great illustrations and very simple interface make this a must use for creativity.  You can also ask others to collaborate in putting your story together.  I shall be asking my G’daughter (8 years old) to contribute and collaborate with me.

Do check it out, I think you’ll find it most engaging


I haven’t really looked into the Edublogs platform for a little while after the fuss around in-post Google ads.  It’s really heartening to see that James and his team have taken note of the community opposition to these ads and has changed things round.

As well as changing the appearance of the dashboard, which is great, incidentally, he has limited his ads to archived posts, where you are shown the EB Campus invite for multiple accounts.  This is much more in line with the educational nature of this platform and I think it’s fine.

Get a free Edublogs Campus Trial

I hope others feel the same way and have continued to use the EB platform for their blogging needs.  I have recently started a new EB personal site and I really liked the process as it was all so familiar to use.

All I hope is that the current revenue streams are sufficient for him to continue to offer a great user platform and a simple yet sophisticated blogging experience.

It would be great to hear others’ views, so please use the comment function

Live visitor map

If you like the idea of a Clustrmap but would like to take it one step further, you could have a live map. The visitors actually on the site show up as flashing points and this is a great motivator for students who want to see who is looking and from where. Click on the ‘Map widget’ tab to choose your map

In Post adverts

As you may have gathered, there are now adverts showing up in your posts, just when you thought your Edublogs site was completely free and school friendly.  At $3500 a month for hosting and bandwidth, I think James had to take some action, but not sure if this is the only way to go.

There are lots of views on this and if you’d like to take a look, go to the two forum areas

on ads

contentlink ads

and perhaps, you’d like to add your comment there or here

Kitchen sink!

Hi fellow Edubloggers – did you notice that there’s new functions in your toolbar.  Just click the kitchen sink icon on the far right of your write toolbar

Great stuff James – we can now choose different font sizes, embed media, undo, add custom characters etc

Have fun

Adding photos to Flickr from mobile (cell) phone

This took me a few minutes to work out but is basically quite simple

1 Get a free Flickr account
2 You need a phone (or pc) with email facility
3 Sign into your Flickr account
4 Go to
5 Under ‘Tips & Tricks for Uploading’ click on ‘upload by email’
6 Your account will now be given an email address to send your photos
7 Under this is a place to add a tag to a specific set – this tag can then be used to select all those photos you send and embed them in a slideshow. Save this setting
8 Save this as a contact on your phone under ‘Flickr’
9 Take a photo
10 Choose to send it by email
11 Add a comment in the body of the text message – this will be a descriptor for the photo when uploaded
12 Send
13 In Flickr, search the tag you added
14 this will now select all those uploaded pics
15 If you want to embed them in a blog etc, just choose share and copy the code
16 Paste this into your blog/website as html
17 Voila

Merging Google Calendars

If your school posts its dates onto a Google calendar and you happen to keep your information on Google too, you might want to use the merge facility to add the school’s dates to your own.
It really seems to be very simple.

  • Just open up the school calendar
  • In the bottom RH corner, there is a Google Calendar logo with a + sign
  • Click on the + sign
  • This will load up your Google calendar and ask you if you would like to import the calendar
  • Agree to this and you have successfully merged them

I hope this is useful

BTW – I haven’t managed to find and undo functionm for this – perhaps someone can help