EdTechSR Ep 191 – COVID-19 and Our New Educational ‘Normal’

Welcome to episode 191 (“COVID-19 and Our New Educational ‘Normal'”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 23, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the likelihood of long term COVID-19 impacts on education and our society, new Apple Watch and iPad announcements from the September 15th Apple Event, and Chromebook news from HP and the Dev channel. On the subject of U.S. – China relations, the proposed restructuring of TikTok and the possibility that differences over 5G infrastructure rollouts portends a tectonic shift in international relations was discussed. Continuing observations and analysis of the looming “tech correction,” articles on Twitter and Facebook actions to censor disinformation and bad actors on their platforms, Facebook’s thread to leave the EU over proposed data regulations in Ireland, and a fantastic TED Radio Hour podcast episode highlighting issues of privacy, surveillance capitalism, subversion of democratic processes, and “the tech correction” was also discussed. On the security front, the first hospital death in Germany attributed to a ransomware attack, and the incredible impact of the Mozi botnet on global IoT traffic were highlighted. The tremendous impact of WikiPedia articles on local tourism in some countries, the exciting detection of “phosphene” in the atmosphere of Venus suggesting organic life, and the ongoing destructive effects of disinformation and socially shared conspiracy theories in countering the spread of COVID-19 were explored. Geeks of the Week included Little Alchemy 2, “The Age of AI” by YouTube Originals (hosted by Robert Downey Jr.), a 4 Part Lesson Series on “Conspiracy Theories” by Wes, and the excellent media literacy website spotthetroll.org. Tips for how to use a second monitor with your laptop and the NECC 2021 virtual conference Call for Proposals were also shared. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Lessons & Curriculum
  8. Let’s get real. No vaccine will work as if by magic, returning us to ‘normal’ (The Guardian; 6 September 2020)
  9. Apple September 2020 event: Everything announced (Digital Trends; 15 September 2020)
  10. The plain old iPad gets a needed lift (cNet; 15 September 2020)
  11. The New 2020 Ipad Isn’t Enough For Zoom School (The Verge; 23 September 2020)
  12. Google now lets you set Gmail as the default mail app on iOS 14 (9 to 5 Google; 21 September 2020)
  13. HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise launches with brand new AMD chips, Radeon graphics (About Chromebooks; 22 September 2020)
  14. Chrome OS 87 Dev Channel brings working LaCrOS and Nearby Share to Chromebooks (About Chromebooks; 20 September 2020)
  15. Chromebooks Are Getting A Revamped Screen Capture UI With Native Screen Recording (Chrome Unboxed; 14 September 2020)
  16. Chromebook vs. Windows laptop: Which should you buy? (Android Central; 17 September 2020)
  17. China Excited about TikTok proposed restructuring?
  18. 5G Is Where China and the West Finally Diverge (Atlantic, 5 Jan 2020)
  19. Twitter rolls out new security features to prevent Election Day chaos (Verge, 17 Sept 2020)
  20. Facebook deletes several fake Chinese accounts targeting Trump and Biden, in first takedown of its kind (Washington Post, 22 Sept 2020)
  21. Facebook Threatens To Pull Out Of EU If It Doesn’t Get Its Way (Vice, 21 Sept 2020)
  22. IRL Online by TED Radio Hour (from March 2020, Will be December 2020 theme of the #digiURI Media Club)
  23. First death reported following a ransomware attack on a German hospital (ZD Net, 17 Sept 2020)
  24. Mozi Botnet Accounts for Majority of IoT Traffic (Threat Post; 17 September 2020)
  25. Wikipedia edits have massive impact on tourism, say economists (The Guardian, 18 February 2020)
  26. The detection of phosphine in Venus’ clouds is a big deal – here’s how we can find out if it’s a sign of life (The Conversation, 18 Sept 2020)
  27. Russia’s space agency chief declares Venus a “Russian planet” (CBS News, 17 Sept 2020)
  28. Belief in Conspiracy Theories Is a Barrier to Controlling Spread of COVID-19 (Annenberg Public Policy Center, 21 Sept 2020)
  29. Covid hoaxes are using a loophole to stay alive—even after content is deleted (MIT Technology Review, 30 April 2020)
  30. The Social Dilemma Documentary (Netflix)
  31. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Little Alchemy 2 and “The Age of AI” via YouTube Originals (hosted by Robert Downey Jr.) and 4 Part Lesson Series: “Conspiracy Theories” and spotthetroll.org
  32. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: How to Use a Second Monitor or Screen With Your Laptop (Wired; 18 September 2020) – NCCE 2021 Call for Proposals

EdTechSR Ep 190 – Jason on the Apple Edge

Welcome to episode 190 (“Jason on the Apple Edge”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 9, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed forthcoming announcements by Apple for the Apple Watch and iPad ecosystems, the return of Google Maps to the Apple Watch, and Apple’s compelling arguments in litigation with Epic Games over Fortnight App Store payments. A review of Android 11, the integration of Google WiFi app functions into Google Home, and the possible demise of the open source FireFox web browser were also highlighted. T-Mobile’s plan to give limited free data plan hotspots to 10 million U.S. students, China’s nationwide ban of MIT’s Scratch programming software for students, and the question of whether or not China and the United States are reaching a competitive tipping point in relations were explored. A rather wild story of disinformation over 5G cell towers in Peru leading to a hostage situation rounded out the show’s news. Geeks of the Week included a new tutorial video by Wes helping students change their Google password, and 3 tool recommendations from Jason to combat browser tab overload. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Lessons & Curriculum
  8. Google Maps for Apple Watch is now available on the App Store (9to5Google, 9 Sept 2020)
  9. Apple says Epic’s Fortnite payment scheme “is theft, period.” (ArsTechnica, 8 Sept 2020)
  10. Apple officially announces Apple Watch and iPad virtual event for September 15 (9 to 5 Mac; 8 September 2020)
  11. Android 11 Review: Features By The Dozen (The Verge; 8 September 2020)
  12. So long Google Wi-Fi: network import to Google Home app has begun (Chrome Unboxed, 8 Sept 2020)
  13. Firefox: An endangered internet species? (ZDNet; 14 August 2020)
  14. T-Mobile details its plan to give free internet to 10 million students at home (The Verge; 4 September 2020)
  15. China bans Scratch, MIT’s programming language for kids (TechCrunch, 7 Sept 2020)
  16. China plans new data policy in response to Trump admin’s “bullying” (ArsTechnica, 8 Sept 2020)
  17. Tipping Point in U.S. – China Foreign Relations? (War College / Angry Planet Podcast, 26 Aug 2020)
  18. One Village’s Response to Disinformation? Burn Internet Towers and Take Hostages (Rest of World, 31 Aug 2020)
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Change Your Google Password (5 minute tutorial video for students by Wes)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Stop opening so many browser tabs and use these 3 slick tools instead (Fast Company; 26 August 2020)

EdTechSR Ep 189 – Hack the Nook

Welcome to episode 189 (“Hack the Nook”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 2, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed COVID-19 impacts and predicted impacts on schools in 2020-21 and beyond, Apple’s App store fights with Epic Games (over Fortnite) and WordPress, New Android updates for latest Samsung devices, Jason’s love for Android E Ink tablets and desire to “hack the nook,” updates about the U.S. military’s new “Starlink style” space network in the work, and SpaceX’s efforts to qualify Starlink for FCC grants were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included the forthcoming documentary, “The Social Dilemma,” the superb Oct 2019 article by Joan Donovan, “How memes got weaponized: A short history,” a free W3C Web Accessibility course, a helpful article about accessible typefaces, and FiveThirtyEight’s statistical election forecasts. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Lessons & Curriculum
  8. How Fortnite Baited Apple Into a Losing Battle (Onezero on Medium, 15 Aug 2020)
  9. Apple apologizes to WordPress, won’t force the free app to add purchases after all (Verge, 23 Aug 2020)
  10. Here are the Samsung devices getting three generations of Android updates (Verge, 18 Aug 2020)
  11. I Unabashedly Love This Android E Ink Tablet (Gizmodo, 14 Aug 2020)
  12. The US military took a big step toward a future space network this week (ArsTechnica, 1 Sept 2020)
  13. SpaceX seeks FCC broadband funds, must prove it can deliver sub-100ms latency (ArsTechnica, 2 Sept 2020)
  14. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “The Social Dilemma” documentary (@SocialDilemma_ – coming Sept 9th) and “How memes got weaponized: A short history” by @BostonJoan (Oct 2019)
  15. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: W3C Web Accessibility free online courseA Guide to Understanding What Makes a Typeface AccessibleFiveThirtyEight Election 2020 Statistical Forecasts

EdTechSR Ep 188 – Hong Kong in Crisis

Welcome to episode 188 (“Hong Kong in Crisis”) of the EdTech Situation Room from August 26, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed surveillance, privacy and security force crackdowns in Hong Kong, a Kansas teacher’s crowdsourced use of Google Sheets to track COVID-19 school closures, and Google’s recent “Future of the Classroom” report. Forthcoming updates to Google Meet and Google Classroom, forthcoming upgrades to Google’s home video casting technology, and the apparent loss of simplicity for Chromebooks amidst dual-boot and other options were also discussed. The alarming rise of “fruit loop conspiracy theory” advocates including winning candidates in U.S Congressional primary elections, the rise of political extremists in the United States on the wings of conspiracy theories, and the impact of sustained remote work mandates by tech companies on the Silicon Valley housing marked were highlighted. The dark side of the “sandbox game” RoBlox was also mentioned. Geeks of the Week included ethics in computing and science embodied in the “Asilomar AI Principles,” the recent “Undivided Attention” podcast episode, ““When Media Was for You and Me,” The Epic eBook of Web Tools and Apps, and Google Voice. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Lessons & Curriculum
  8. With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong Kong (NY Times, 25 Aug 2020)
  9. Kansas schoolteacher created database of 700 schools reporting coronavirus (The Hill, 17 Aug 2020)
  10. Teacher creates national database of COVID-19-related school closings, cases and deaths (Springfield News Leader, 15 Aug 2020) – Twitter shout out from the Missouri governor
  11. Future of the Classroom: Emerging Trends in K-12 Education Global Edition (Google for Education, Fall 2020)
  12. More details on what’s coming to Meet and Classroom (Google for Education, 11 Aug 2020)
  13. ‘Cast Connect’ Will Fundamentally Improve The Chromecast And Android Tv Experience (ChromeUnboxed; 13 August 2020)
  14. With Android, Linux, and now Windows 10 support, have Chromebooks lost their simplicity? (About Chromebooks; 14 August 2020)
  15. Laura Loomer (English WikiPedia) and a related Twitter thread by Andrew Marantz
  16. Inside the Boogaloo: America’s Extremely Online Extremists (NY Times, 19 Aug 2020)
  17. Remote work is reshaping San Francisco, as tech workers flee and rents fall (Fox Business; 13 August 2020)
  18. Sex, lies, and video games: Inside Roblox’s war on porn (Fast Company, 19 Aug 2020)
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Asilomar AI Principles via 2084book.com and podcast recommendation: “When Media Was for You and Me” (Undivided Attention Ep 23) and The Epic eBook of Web Tools and Apps: a new crowd-sourced manual for back-to-school and beyond (by @joycevalenza)

EdTechSR Ep 187 – Embrace CloudReady in Our Pandemic

Welcome to episode 187 (“Embrace CloudReady in Our Pandemic”) of the EdTech Situation Room from August 12, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Russia’s announcement to skip phases 2 and 3 in rushed vaccine trial, Chromebook and device shipment delays for schools and individuals, and the wonders of Neverware’s CloudReady software for running ChromeOS on older Intel-based computer hardware. Microsoft’s new Surface Duo laptop, changes to Google Play Music, and screentime for kids (and adults) during the pandemic were also discussed. Additional topics included the limits of home connectivity bandwidth, the importance of “filtering the exoflood” of polluted information around us, and recent government initiated interruptions in Internet connectivity and social media platform access in Belarus following a contested election. Tips for upgrading a 2020 iMac, a recent webinar on “Know Your Power: Know Your Rights” (shared by Peggy George,) and Charter Telecom’s push for residential Internet data caps with the FCC were also highlighted. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Media Literacy resources: medialiteracy.wesfryer.com
  8. Russia skips COVID-19 vaccine trial, says millions to be vaccinated this month (ArsTechnica, 11 Aug 2020)
  9. From the Editor’s Desk: Navigating the Chromebook crunch of 2020 (Android Central, 9 Aug 2020)
  10. Neverware CloudReady for Education (Run ChromiumOS on your older Intel-based computer hardware)
  11. HomeEdition (free) Neverware CloudReady
  12. Getting started with Minecraft: Education Edition on the Chromebook (Microsoft Minecraft Blog, 12 Aug 2020)
  13. Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Duo arrives September 10 for $1,399 (TechCrunch, 12 Aug 2020)
  14. Google says it’s working hard to address YouTube Music complaints (ArsTechnica, 11 Aug 2020)
  15. I Was a Screen–Time Expert. Then the Coronavirus Happened. (New York Times, Anya Kamenetz @anya1anya, 27 July 2020)
  16. Book: The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life Kindle Edition by Anya Kamenetz
  17. What happens when you reach your limit online (The Verge, 28 July 2020)
  18. Filtering the Exoflood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy (Workshop resources from Wes Fryer)
  19. Belarus Is Trying to Block Parts of the Internet Amid Historic Protests (Vice, 10 Aug 2020)
  20. Internet disruption hits Belarus on election day (NetBlocks: Mapping Internet Freedom, 9 August 2020)
  21. How to upgrade iMac (2020) RAM and save up to $2000 in the process (9to5Mac, 9 Aug 2020)
  22. Link from @pgeorge: “Know Your Power: Know Your Rights” (presentation slides) by Robert Bare for Long Beach Public Media (Facebook video archive)
  23. Charter tries to convince FCC that broadband customers want data caps (ArsTechnica, 11 Aug 2020)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Make the 2013 Google Pixel New Again (via iFixIt)
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Loom Desktop App OverviewProfessor Fleming’s Course iMovie TrailerGoogle Docs Cheat Sheet by @ShakeUpLearningHarris County Library Ad

EdTechSR Ep 186 – Don’t TINKER with Students’ Free Speech Rights

Welcome to episode 186 (“Don’t TINKER with Students’ Free Speech Rights”) of the EdTech Situation Room from August 5, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed teenage Twitter hackers and zoombombing, tips for remote workers, and illegal school restrictions on student social media use in Georgia amidst pandemic response controversy. Microsoft’s possible purchase of TikTok, reasons to still purchase a MacOS Intel-based computer instead of waiting for Apple Silicon, a recent podcast highlighting the prominent role of conspiracy theories in shaping politics throughout history, and the ways people are fighting disinformation in our COVID-19 era were also discussed. Geeks of the week included the Oregon State Open Text Project on Romeo and Juliet, an instructional support module on ‘live teaching tools’ including Wooclap (which is free for K-12), the awesome scheduling platform Doodle, and the private beta for the videography platform mmHmm. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Media Literacy resources: medialiteracy.wesfryer.com
  8. Alleged Twitter teen hacker’s hearing got zoombombed big time (The Verge; 5 August 2010)
  9. From Minecraft tricks to Twitter hack: A Florida teen’s troubled online path (NY Times, 2 Aug 2020)
  10. Google’s Remote Work Policy Has 9 Great Tips You Should Definitely Steal Today (Inc.; 3 August 2020)
  11. The Truth Behind A Viral Picture Of A Reopening School Is Worse Than It Looked (Buzzfeed, 5 Aug 2020)
  12. Survey Reveals Children Coped Well With School Closure (Psychology Today, 3 Aug 2020)
  13. Microsoft pursuing TikTok purchase by September 15th, may invite U.S. investors to deal (TechCrunch, 2 Aug 2020)
  14. 5 reasons to buy a new 27-inch iMac rather than waiting for the Apple silicon transition (MacWorld; 4 August 2020)
  15. Regulating Technology (Ben Evans; 23 July 2020)
  16. Conspiracy on Throughline [PODCAST] (Throughline on Spotify, 21 May 2020)
  17. Coronavirus: The people fighting fakes from their sofas (BBC News, 10 Apr 2020)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: OSU Romeo and Juliet Open Text
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Live Teaching Tools (including Aug 5th live webinar) – Wooclap (“An interactive platform that makes learning awesome”) – DoodlemmHmm

EdTechSR Ep 185 – The Speed You Need

Welcome to episode 185 (“The Speed You Need”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 29, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed home Internet speeds and connectivity best practices for remote learners and workers. Coronavirus planning and announcements for the fall 2020 academic term, Congressional testimony by CEOs from Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple, and the importance of “reverse image search” skills and media literacy in our propaganda-filled information environment were also highlighted and analyzed. Resurfacing disinformation videos (“Plandemic” from May 2020) on social media, censorship of disinformation by social media tech firms, a great BBC video uncovering the QAnon conspiracy cult, and Google’s new “for context” links were discussed in the context of media literacy and the ongoing “tech correction.” Topics rounding out the show included ongoing tech shortages during the COVID-19 global pandemic, Android “Phone Hub” features added to ChromeOS, and Collabra Office for ChromeOS. Geeks of the Week included a remarkable podcast Twitter post thumbnail video by Michelle Obama, Google’s forthcoming free global conference “The Anywhere School 2020,” the “Global EdTech Academy” YouTube playlist from CUE, and the powerful Amazon Fire Toolbox. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Media Literacy resources: medialiteracy.wesfryer.com
  8. Here’s how much internet bandwidth you actually need to work from home (PopSci, 12 March 2020)
  9. Faster Home WiFi Via Ethernet Backhaul (Wes Fryer, 6 July 2020)
  10. Everything you need to know from the tech antitrust hearing (The Verge; 29 July 2020)
  11. Shoshana Zuboff (English WikiPedia – scholar on “surveillance capitalism) – @shoshanazuboff
  12. “Coronavirus: How should US higher education plan for an uncertain future?” (McKinsey Report, date unknown)
  13. Google will keep employees working remotely until July 2021 (The Verge; 27 July 2020)
  14. The Scourge of Hygiene Theater (The Atlantic, 27 July 2020)
  15. Trump’s New Ad Is Amazing (The Bulwark, 22 July 2020)
  16. Reverse Image Search via Tineye.com or Google
  17. Sinclair says it will postpone and ‘rework’ segment featuring conspiracy theory about Fauci (CNN, 25 July 2020)
  18. Fighting False News in Ukraine, Facebook Fact Checkers Tread a Blurry Line (The New York Times; 26 July 2020)
  19. [VIDEO] QAnon, coronavirus and the conspiracy cult (BBC News, 27 July 2020)
  20. Google’s new ‘for context’ links could give you the big picture around big news stories (The Verge; 29 July 2020)
  21. COVID-19 creates tech shortages as demand from schools, businesses runs high (Fox 4; 21 July 2020)
  22. Chrome OS to gain Android ‘Phone Hub’ w/ notifications and ‘task continuation’ (9 to 5 Google; 29 July 2020)
  23. Collabora Office ships for Chromebooks (Colabora)
  24. How to get 100 GB of free Dropbox storage for a year on your Chromebook (About Chromebooks; 26 July 2020)
  25. [VIDEO] QAnon, coronavirus and the conspiracy cult (BBC News, 27 July 2020)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Super cool video bumper on Michelle Obama’s tweet for her 1st podcast episode (the podcast interview is great too – you might have heard of her guest before?) – The Anywhere School 2020 by Google (11 Aug 2020) – incredible YouTube playlist of #edtech videos by @cueinc: “Global EdTech Academy”
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Amazon Fire Toolbox

EdTechSR Ep 184 – Remote Learning Looms Large

Welcome to episode 184 (“Remote Learning Looms Large”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 22, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed announcements by many school districts nationwide starting the 2020-21 academic year at home in “remote learning” mode. The “Vaccine Trust Problem,” Twitter’s crackdown on conspiracy / disinformation QAnon accounts, Eric Schmidt’s advice about government regulation of social media companies, and news articles about Internet trolls stoking the fires of political polarization were also discussed. A looming ban of the TikTok app by U.S. government officials, the new GMail experience for GSuite users, and updates in ChromeOS version 84 were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included the “Mote” extension for voice comments in Google Docs via the Chrome browser, the new Google Certified Coach program, and the upcoming NCCE/TeacherCast “Beyond the Bootcamp” free webinar. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Media Literacy resources: medialiteracy.wesfryer.com
  8. Seattle schools should be all-online in the fall, district says, reversing earlier decision (Seattle Times; 22 July 2020)
  9. Nashville schools to start academic year remotely for all students as coronavirus cases mount (Tennessean; 9 July 2020)
  10. San Diego Unified will start school this fall with online learning (San Diego Union Tribune; 13 July 2020)
  11. L.A. Unified will not reopen campuses for start of school year amid coronavirus spike (LA Times; 13 July 2020)
  12. Portland students will not attend in-person classes full-time this fall, if at all (The Oregonian; 14 July 2020)
  13. Emergency Educational Connections Act of 2020 (16 million students need technology access, AZ Technology in Education, 22 July 2020
  14. Oklahoma City Public Schools delays start of school year; classes to be online for ‘at least 9 weeks’ (Oklahoma News 4, 21 July 2020)
  15. The Vaccine Trust Problem (NYT The Daily Podcast, 21 July 2020)
  16. Twitter cracks down on QAnon conspiracy group, including a ban on 7,000 accounts (The Verge; 21 July 2020)
  17. Twitter Safety Post on QAnon crackdown (21 July 2020)
  18. Insightful comments about potential technology company regulations by Eric Schmidt (@teddyschleifer on Twitter, 17 July 2020)
  19. The troll who staged a fake flag burning at Gettysburg: ’People will believe the most unrealistic nonsense’ (Washington Post, 17 July 2020)
  20. The World According to Q (Center for Human Technology “Your Undivided Attention” podcast, 8 July 2020)
  21. Disinformation about ‘antifa’ provides fodder for foreign propagandists (AtlanticCouncil’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, 17 July 2020)
  22. Wells Fargo wants employees to delete TikTok from company phones (Engadget; 11 July 2020)
  23. U.S. is ‘looking at’ banning TikTok and Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says (CNBC; 7 July 2020)
  24. Using GSuite on a Chromebook? Get ready for a new Gmail experience (About Chromebooks; 15 July 2020)
  25. Chrome OS 84: Easy split screening, more emoji & new ‘Explore’ app (9 to 5 Google; 20 July 2020)
  26. Media Literacy Conversations About Conspiracies and Culture Wars (archived videos of Wes’ #mtmoot & #digiURI presentations on the #ConCW media literacy project)
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Mote (voice comments in Google Docs) – Google Certified Coach Program
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: NCCE/TeacherCast “Beyond the Bootcamp”

EdTechSR Ep 183 – Back To School Planning During COVID-19

Welcome to episode 183 (“Back To School Planning During COVID-19”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 8, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the upcoming Mountain Moot virtual conference, and the enormous challenges facing school administrators planning for safe K-12 learning in schools this fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates from ChromeOS world were shared by Jason, including a forthcoming “clipboard history manager,” worthy “cheap Chromebooks,” and Amazon issues with inaccurate Chromebook spec headlines. Updates from the ongoing Facebook advertiser boycott and protest movement and challenges around 5G infrastructure build-outs and standards specifications between China and the United States were also explored. Homework for our episode was to follow Peggy George on Twitter (@pgeorge) and subscribe to Peggy’s super-helpful Nuzzel newsletter (nuzzel.com/pgeorge). Geeks of the Week included the Archive.org software library (including Oregon Trail), 1 Take Videos by Lodge McCammon (@pocketlodge) and a post by Wes about installing an “ethernet backhaul” cable at home to speed up WiFi performance. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Media Literacy resources: medialiteracy.wesfryer.com
  8. Mountain Moot Conference: July 15-17, 2020 (@mtmoot)
  9. Wes’ Mountain Moot keynote resources: “Media Literacy Now! Conspiracies and Culture Wars”
  10. An Opening twitter thread to Discuss: Kathy Brandt on Fall School Planning during COVID-19
  11. Clipboard History Manager Is On The Way For Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 29 June 2020)
  12. 3 “Cheap” Chromebooks That Are Actually Worth Buying (Chrome Unboxed; 28 June 2020)
  13. Opinion: Amazon needs to stop listing Chromebooks with misleading information (About Chromebooks; 29 June 2020)
  14. Google confirms that its AirDrop competitor is coming soon (Verge, 30 June 2020)
  15. Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook Post on July 7, 2020
  16. Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott (NYTimes, 7 July 2020)
  17. 5G was going to unite the world—instead it’s tearing us apart (ArsTechnica, 4 July 2020)
  18. Homework from tonight’s episode: Follow Peggy George on Twitter (@pgeorge) and her weekly Nuzzel Newsletter: “Never Stop Learning”
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week:  Archive.org Software LibraryOregon Trail from MECC
  20. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: 1 Take Videos by Lodge McCammon (@pocketlodge) and Faster Home WiFi Via Ethernet Backhaul

EdTechSR Ep 182 – Awash in Digital News

Welcome to episode 182 (“Awash in Digital News”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 1, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed our need for media literacy and information filtering strategies, and our ongoing “technology correction” reflected in advertiser protest pressure on Facebook for content moderation. The exciting announcement by Microsoft to offer a public beta of Minecraft Education Edition on Chromebooks, significant announcements by Apple at WWDC 2020 last week, Google’s privacy changes for new users, and potential dangers of CRISPR human genome editing were other topics addressed in the show. Wes’ Geeks of the Week included a support article about providing handwritten feedback on Google Docs via an iPad and Google Classroom, Google Meet tips and tricks, and Kast (a software program for watching web videos together). Jason’s Geek of the Week was a new “undelete” utility for Windows10 users. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Media Literacy resources: medialiteracy.wesfryer.com
  8. Our Ability to Process Information Is Reaching a Critical Limit (One Zero; 28 June 2020)
  9. You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polarized Speech, Conspiracy Theories, and Our Polluted Media Landscape by Whitney Phillips (@wphillips49) and Ryan M. Milner (@rmmilner) – free online book – fantastic perspectives on media literacy
  10. Summer Institute on Digital Literacy by @MedEduLab
  11. Journalists believe news and opinion are separate, but readers can’t tell the difference (The Conversation; 22 June 2020)
  12. Facebook Groups Are Destroying America (Wired, 17 June 2020)
  13. YouTube bans Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer, and more for hate speech (Verge, 29 June 2020)
  14. The Making of a YouTube Radical (NY Times, Kevin Roose, 8 June 2019) – also see the “Rabbit Hole” Podcast
  15. Advertisers are running from Facebook. What’s next? (Engadget, 30 June 2020)
  16. Join the Minecraft: Education Edition Chromebook Beta (Minecraft EE, 29 June 2020)
  17. Apple will let you port Google Chrome extensions to Safari (TechCrunch, 25 June 2020)
  18. Marques Brownlee’s Video: WWDC 2020 Impressions: Widgets and The Great Transition! (22 June 2020)
  19. Google just announced it will automatically delete your location history by default (Verge, 24 June 2020)
  20. Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months (Wired, 24 June 2020)
  21. CRISPR gene editing in human embryos wreaks chromosomal mayhem (Nature 25 June 2020)
  22. Help Students Fight Misinformation One Click at a Time (KQED Education, 30 June 2020)
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Google Classroom – Draw or  Annotate on Student Work and Google Meet Tips and Tricks (Carrie Lopez, MSON Conference) and Kast (share videos live)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Windows New Undelete File Utility