EdSurge on Edmodo

EdSurge comments on the new features in Edmodo released last week – with some interesting observations on the Edmodo business model:

It’s business model is also still a bit opaque. So far, Edmodo, which reaches close to 1 million teachers and 10 million users overall, continues to offer all its tools and resources to teachers for free. It charges companies that offer their products through its platform: Crystal Hutter, Edmodo’s COO, says that more than 250 publishers are offering free or premium apps through the Edmodo platform.

More from EdSurge.

The new features look…. okay. It’ll be interesting to see whether any of the students I use Edmodo with pick up on Insights (I don’t plan to flag it to them just yet). Right now, I’d settle for some decent resources management functionality in the Edmodo Library.

RSS feeds of Twitter streams

Having discovered EdSurge I’ve been rather enjoying their content. I was hoping it would replace the combination of Ars Technica / TechCrunch / Engadget that I turn to first in the RSS reader.

Unfortunately not. I couldn’t find an RSS feed, which turned out to be because there isn’t one.

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Not to worry I thought, maybe I can subscribe to an RSS feed of their Twitter updates. Turns out you can, but not as easily as clicking on a button in Twitter, instead you need to construct a URL like this:

https://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/aiddy.rss

where you’d replace ‘aiddy’ with the Twitter screen name of the feed you want (omitting the @ symbol).

Here’s a little tool to make it easier to generate RSS feed URLs (and this explains why the tool isn’t embedded in this post). Enjoy.