EdTech Situation Room Episode 49

Welcome to episode 49 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 26, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Martin Horejsi from the University of Montana discussed Apple’s struggle to keep and win back school users,  the new online newspaper from WikiPedia founder Jimmy Wales, and varying perspectives on robotics. Wes Fryer was out on assignment but will return next week. Please follow @edtechSR on Twitter to stay up to date about our upcoming show schedule. Thanks for listening (and possibly watching) the EdTech Situation Room!

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. Martin Horejsi (NCCE Board bio – University of Montana contact info)
  8. Apple’s Devices Lose Luster in American Classrooms (New York Times, 2 March 2017)
  9. Can Podcasting Save the World? (TechCrunch, 14 April 2017)
  10. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is taking on fake news with an online newspaper (The Verge, 25 April 2017)
  11. Tales of Disruption: HBO’s Silicon Valley premiere tackles the tech industry’s biggest problem (The Verge, 24 April 2017)
  12. The 10-Year Quest to Make Your Phone Do Everything (Wired, 24 April 2017)
  13. We’ve seen so many scary movies about robots we can no longer be objective about them (Re/Code, 25 April 2017)
  14. Martin’s Geek of the Week: Milwaukee Tools TICK
  15. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Credit Karma

EdTech Situation Room Episode 48

Welcome to episode 48 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 19, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the implications of Apple’s announcement to make all iLife apps free for both MacOS and iOS, Microsoft’s new licensing strategy for Windows 10 and the “Creator’s Update,” and the potential for Google’s AutoDraw website to be used for sketchnoting inside and outside the classroom. Additional topics included a recent study suggesting kids who use touchscreen devices sleep less at night, a New York Times article on a paper suggesting social media is NOT contributing significantly to political polarization, and the X-Prize victory by an underdog family team who created a “tri-corder” to accurately diagnose thirteen different medical conditions. Jason and Wes also discussed two cell phone company related articles, including Verizon’s announcement to purchase tons of new fiber and bring 1 Gbps connectivity to homes via 5G wireless technology, and T-Mobile’s recent spectrum purchases boosting their LTE network coverage. Geeks of the week included a new Chromebook for Jason (HP Chromebook 13 G1) and upcoming creativity strand presentations for the K-12 Online Conference by Wes. Despite some Fryer home connectivity challenges tonight we made it through the show! Thanks to Peggy, Ben and Simon who joined us live from Arizona, Colorado and Australia! Next week Wes will be “out on assignment” but Jason will carry on with some special guests. Please follow @edtechSR on Twitter to stay up to date about our upcoming show schedule. Thanks for listening (and possibly watching) the EdTech Situation Room!

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. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. iWork and iLife apps are now free for old and new Mac and iOS users (18 April 2017, ArsTechica)
  9. All the Coolest New Features in the Windows 10 Creators Update (11 April 2017, Lifehacker)
  10. Microsoft Releases the Windows 10 “Creator’s Update:” Here’s What’s In Store (Jason’s Blog Article at the NCCE Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog)
  11. Fast Drawing for Everyone (11 April 2017, Google Blog)
  12. Using Google AutoDraw for Sketchnotes, Infographics, Drawings, and More (13 April 2017, by @ericcurts)
  13. Majority of consumers fear engaging with AI (18 April 2017, Information Management)
  14. Social Media Is Not Contributing Significantly to Political Polarization, Paper Says (New York Times, 13 April 2017)
  15. Kids Who Use Touchscreen Devices Sleep Less at Night (Gizmodo, 13 April 2017); the actual study appears here behind a paywall
  16. Underdog team wins millions in competition to make real-life tricorder (14 April 2017, ArsTechnica)
  17. Verizon buying 37 million miles of fiber to boost its wireless network (18 April 2017, ArsTechnica)
  18. T-Mobile dominates spectrum auction, will boost LTE network across US (13 April 2017, ArsTechnica)
  19. Why the politics of the future is technology and technology is the future of politics (22 March 2017, Nikola Danaylov @singularityblog)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week:  HP Chromebook 13 G1
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week #1: K12Online Creativity Strand Presentations from Educators in Australia, Austria, China, Laos, Norway, & the USA: April 24 and 29
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week #2: Picture Book – Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey (Video: The epic journey of a refugee cat to find its family)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 47

Welcome to episode 47 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 12, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week special guest Beth Holland (@brholland) joined Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) for discussions focusing on Anderson Cooper’s recent 60 Minutes Episode “What is ‘brain hacking?’ Tech insiders on why you should care,” new IoT (Internet of Things) home hacking episodes, the federated (and FREE / open source) social networking platform “Mastodon,” and helpful articles on finding a secure VPN to protect your privacy. Geeks of the Week included realtimeboard.com (from Beth), Google Flights (from Jason) and an $18 6 port smart ID USB charging hub (from Wes). Check our shownotes below for all referenced links from the show, which are also available on http://edtechsr.com/links. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Next week we’ll be back on Wednesday night at our regular time: 10 pm Eastern, 9 pm Central, 8 pm Mountain, 7 pm Pacific. If you listen to and enjoy the show, please provide us with feedback by submitting our short listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

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. Beth Holland (@brholland) – current publications: brholland.com/writing
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. What is “brain hacking”? Tech insiders on why you should care (9 April 2017, 60 Minutes – Anderson Cooper)
  10. From 1 June 2016 Episode 12: Ex-Googler slams designers for making apps addictive like ‘slot machines’ (Business Insider, 25 May 2016)
  11. From 1 June 2016 Episode 12: How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (Tristan Harris, 19 May 2016)
  12. The attention economy and the Net by Michael Goldhaber (FirstMonday, April 1997)
  13. Four simple changes to take back control. (Time Well Spent, n.d.)
  14. Jason’s Classroom 2.0 Session on Digital Distraction
  15. Computers can now read your emotions. Here’s why that’s not as scary as it sounds (World Economic Forum, 31 March 2017)
  16. Why everything is hackable: Computer security is broken from top to bottom (8 April 2017, The Economist)
  17. Thousands of Hacked Home Routers are Attacking WordPress Sites (wordFence, April 11, 2017)
  18. Learning from Twitter’s mistakes: Privacy and abuse-handling tools in Mastodon (3 March 2017, Eugen Rochko)
  19. 5 Reasons You Should Join Me on Mastodon (5 April 2017, Wes Fryer)
  20. Updated Mastodon Instance List: instances.mastodon.xyz
  21. Wes Fryer on Mastodon: https://mastodon.cloud/@wfryer
  22. A Maker of Smart Garage Openers Responded to a Bad Amazon Review by Remotely Disabling the Customer’s Device (Slate, 5 April 2017)
  23. Burger King’s new ad forces Google Home to advertise the Whopper (The Verge, 12 April 2017)
  24. This company is microchipping its workers to give them an all-access pass to the office by (Mashable, 5 April 2017)
  25. Brain Targeted Teaching by Mariale Hardiman (@marialehardiman) – book: “The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st-Century Schools”
  26. Good luck finding a safe VPN (Engadget, 7 April 17)
  27. The Biggest Misconceptions About VPNs (Lifehacker, 5 April 17)
  28. Your Pick For the Best VPN Service Is Private Internet Access (Lifehacker, 6 April 2017)
  29. Beth’s Geek of the Week: Realtime Board – educators get a free account and can then create teams for their students.
  30. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Flights / How Technology Has Failed to Improve Your Airline Experience (New York Times, 12 April 2017)
  31. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Vogek USB Charger Desktop Charging Station with Smart Identification (400+ ratings with 4.5 stars, $18)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 46

Welcome to episode 46 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 4, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s announced spec update for the Mac Pro, a recent Google sponsored survey indicating teens think Google is cooler than Apple, and a variety of articles and movies tangentially related to intelligence, artificial intelligence, and cyborgs. As usual they discussed continuing improvements to home assistant technologies like Google Home, as well as articles about recent privacy protection rule changes in the United States and their implications for US consumers. Privacy discussions also included Quincy Larsen’s February 2017 post, “I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.” Jason shared a shout out to the Note to Self Podcast episode, “Blind Kids, Touchscreen Phones, and the End of Braille?” On the topic of digital distractions, Jason provided an update about his continuing use of the Google WiFi router and hotspot, which now provides potentially helpful parental controls. Geeks of the week included the multi-platform wireless projection streaming solution “Prijector” from Wes (via the @gsfeadmins Episode 12 podcast) and a hearty endorsement of two-factor authentication from Jason , inspired by the Reply All Podcast Episode #91: The Russian Passenger. Check our shownotes below for all referenced links from the show, which are also available on http://edtechsr.com/links. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Next week we’ll be back on Wednesday night but will broadcast 2 hours earlier than normal. If you listen to and enjoy the show, please provide us with feedback by submitting our short listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

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. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Apple Updates MacPro Specs; Promises Redesigned Model; (CNet; 4 April 2017)
  9. Teens think Google is cooler than Apple (says Google survey) (CNet; 4 April 2017)
  10. “The Next Human” (Apri 2017, National Geographic)
  11. Movie: Ghost in the Shell (2017)
  12. Elon Musk launches Neuralink, a venture to merge the human brain with AI (27 Mar 2017, The Verge)
  13. 3D Printing Video: How Weta Workshop Made Ghost in the Shell’s Robot Skeleton! (6:44)
  14. Alien intelligence: the extraordinary minds of octopuses and other cephalopods (28 Mar 2017, Guardian)
  15. European Prize for Women Innovators (2 April 2017, Click Podcast)
  16. An audacious vision: Researchers aim for first human eye transplant within the decade (Nov 2016, StatNews)
  17. Movie: Arrival (2016)
  18. What the Repeal of Online Privacy Protections Means for You (29 Mar 2017, NYTimes)
  19. I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you. (14 Feb 2017, Quincy Larsen)
  20. Smart home tech helps veterans overcome their broken bodies (cNet, 4 April 2017)
  21. Blind Kids, Touchscreen Phones, and the End of Braille? (Note To Self, WNYC, 31 August 2016)
  22. Google WiFi helps keep you off the internet at night (Engadget; 3 April 2016)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Prijector (via @gsfeadmins Episode 12)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Two-Factor Authorization – encouraged by Reply All Podcast #91: The Russian Passenger

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EdTech Situation Room Episode 45

Another Seedlings podcast mini-reunion! Welcome to episode 45 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 29, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was again out on assignment, so Wes Fryer (@wfryer) joined Maine educators Alice Barr (@alicebarr) and Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50) for a discussion about their recent trip to Brazil and experiences at the “Amplifica Conference” in Sao Paulo. Alice and Cheryl also shared some updates about 1:1 learning in their respective schools, and discussed a few recent technology news articles. These included articles about tech moguls who severely restrict their own children’s access to technology and social media, a recent National Geographic (April 2017) article about cyborgs (“Beyond Human”) and recent announcements by Apple about updates to the Classroom app as well as less expensive, entry-level iPads. Check out all our shownotes on edtechsr.com/links, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR. Next week we anticipate being back at our “normal time” (10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific) and Jason may make another appearance on the show after a four week hiatus of travel and conferences. Please take a moment to fill out our listener survey, linked in the shownotes, and also reach out to us on Twitter if you listen to and enjoy the show. We’re very interested in and responsive to your feedback! Also turn back to Episode 26 on October 19, 2016, for the first Seedlings mini-reunion on EdTechSR with Alice and Cheryl.

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. Special guest Alice Barr (@alicebarr)
  7. Special guest Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50)
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. Amplifica International Conference (Facebook posts)
  10. Carla Arena (@carlaarena)
  11. Tweets from the Amplifica 2017 Conference: #amplifica2017
  12. Alice Barr’s Blog Reflection on #Amplifica2017
  13. Tech Bigwigs Know How Addictive Their Products R. Why Don’t the Rest of Us? (24 Mar 2017, Wired)
  14. Beyond Human (April 2017, @natgeo magazine – Not available online, just in iPad version and print right now) – about cyborg @neilharbissonWikiPedia article)
  15. The Man Who Invented Facebook Ad Tracking Is Not Sorry (22 March 2017, @NoteToSelf podcast interview with @antoniogm)
  16. Meet Nadia, scarily ‘human’ chatbot who can read your emotions (24 Mar 2017,  @mm_maack @thenextweb via @Digital_Plow)
  17. Apple releases Classroom iPad app version 2.0 w/ ability to manually create classes & more (27 Mar 2017, @9to5mac)
  18. 2017 iPad vs. iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Air: What’s new and different in Apple’s latest tablet? (22 Mar 2017, AppleInsider)
  19. Alice’s Geek of the Week: Thinglink VR + BreakoutEdu for digital breakoutedus. Sarah Hirshfeld’s (grade 9) Field trip to Portland Head light in Thinglink VR
  20. Cheryl’s Geek of the Week: Google Add-on Revision History Analytics and Mystery Skype  
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week: 4th Gen AppleTV app: Avian for Twitter (more details)
  22. EdTech Situation Room Episode 26 (also with Alice and Cheryl)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 44

Welcome to episode 44 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 22, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment this week. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Wes Fryer “flew solo” in tonight’s episode which featured discussion about Apple’s new iPad announcements this week, new “Share to Kindle” features in iOS, and Screentime / Digital Citizenship. In addition (as usual) articles relating to security, surveillance, and privacy were discussed, as well as some very insightful (and troubling) articles falling within the topic “Fake News, AI and Technology Dark Arts in Elections.” Wes’ Geek of the Week was the company Securi, which specializes in security hack prevention and hack cleanup for WordPress websites. Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr. Tune in next week for a special show with Maine educators Alice Barr (@alicebarr) and Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50) who recently presented at an educational technology conference in Brazil. Next week we will also start 1 hour earlier than normal, at 9 pm Eastern / 8 pm Central / 7 pm Mountain / 6 pm Pacific.

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. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  7. Amazon adds “Send to Kindle” to Kindle for iOS, CarPlay support to Amazon Music (AppleInsider, 12 March 2017)
  8. Recap: Everything Apple Announced Today in Under 3 Minutes (MacRumors, 21 March 2017)
  9. VIDEO: “Weird Al” Yankovic – Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me”
  10. Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones? (New York Times, 13 March 2017)
  11. Phishing scam compromises Yukon school employees’ personal information (@KOCOPatrina, 5 March 2017)
  12. Even tech-savvy Gmail users are getting fooled by this phishing scam (@kimkomando, 16 March 2017)
  13. Ransomware Attack Locks Democratic State Senators Out Of Their Computers (@PaulBlu, 8 March 2017)
  14. You Need to Be Talking about Phishing and Ransomware (Wes Fryer @wfryer, 18 March 2017)
  15. Why relying on antivirus signatures is simply not enough anymore (WebRoot, 23 Feb 2017)
  16. Stingray phone tracker via Note to Self Podcast “Government Secrets Worth Leaking… or Keeping?” (@NoteToSelf, 15 March 2017)
  17. Introducing Firefox Focus – A Free, Fast Private Browser for iPhone (Mozilla Blog, 17 Nov 2016)
  18. Apple & others back Google in opposing FBI warrant for overseas emails (AppleInsider, 14 March 2017)
  19. The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine (Berit Anderson @berit_anderson, 12 Feb 2017)
  20. The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind The Trump Presidency – Cambridge Analytica & Mercer’s role in Trump electoral surprise discussed – (The New Yorker, Jane Mayer, 18 March 2017)
  21. Jonathan Albright’s (@d1gi) compilation of posts on the 2016 U.S. election, fake news, and the artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms which shaped the outcome
  22. Book: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Jane Mayer)
  23. Securi for WordPress security & hack fixes (@sucurisecurity)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 43

Welcome to episode 43 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 8, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment this week. Carrying the #edtechSR torch forward, Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin)  and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the lackluster state of iBooks and the “abandonware” status of iBooks Author. They also explored the implications of Vault 7, the WikiLeaks archive of alleged CIA documents which highlights security vulnerabilities in supposed “secure” messaging apps and platforms, as well as the hackability of smartTVs and other iOT devices. Miguel and Wes talked about the educational implications of these announcements, especially as they relate to digital citizenship, privacy, and Constitutional / human rights. Wes briefly highlighted the DNA storage milestone of the past week (215 petabytes per gram) as well as an enlightening article on the future of Apple’s Macintosh computer and various revenue streams. Shout outs were shared by Wes to Susan Bearden’s excellent book “Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach,” Brian Krebs’ book “Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door,” and the Committed Podcast (a weekly tech podcast.) Miguel’s Geeks of the Week included an excellent smartphone microphone for podcast interview recording (iRig Mic Cast), an amazing web-based audio editor (Beautiful Audio Editor for Chrome), and the book “Digital Media in the Classroom.” Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

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. Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) – blog: Around the Corner
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. SXSWedu
  9. VidCode (@vidcode) – coding curriculum for students
  10. The State of iBooks in Early 2017 (@TidBITS, 18 Feb 2017)
  11. I Wish Apple Loved Books (@dimsumthinking, 7 Feb 2017)
  12. WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents (@nytimes, 7 March 2017)
  13. Free eBook on Privacy from Miguel
  14. Surveillance State, Privacy and Citizenship (free Flipboard magazine curated by Miguel and Wes)
  15. Digital Security (free Flipboard magazine curated by Miguel and Wes)
  16. DNA data storage landmark: Now it’s 215 petabytes per gram or over 100 million movies (@ZDnet, 6 March 2017)
  17. Book recommendation from Wes: “Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door” by Brian Krebs (@briankrebs)
  18. Wes’ book review of “Spam Nation by Brian Krebs (December 2016)
  19. The future of Apple’s Macintosh (@appleinsider, 5 March 2017)
  20. Scrivener Software (great for writers / authors)
  21. The Committed Podcast (@committedshow)
  22. Book recommendation from Wes: “Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach” by Susan Bearden (@s_bearden)
  23. Source Code for IoT Botnet ‘Mirai’ Released (@briankrebs, 16 Oct 2016)
  24. Apple Losing Out to Microsoft and Google in U.S. Classrooms (@MacRumors, 3 March 2017)
  25. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week: iRig Mic Cast ($39.99)Beautiful Audio Editor for Chrome, book: Digital Media in the Classroom
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Pocket (includes built-in text to speech)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 42

Welcome to episode 42 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 1, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Walt Mossberg’s recent analysis and hopeful prediction of an Apple iOS laptop, the uncertain future of Google’s Pixel Chromebook laptop, and a host of Apple product rumors including USB-C charging cables for iOS, updates to the iPad lineup, and new additions to the Apple Pro hardware line. As we often do, we jumped into some privacy / surveillance state rabbit holes with recent articles about big data and artificial intelligence (Big Nudge), the need for ethics and a Hippocratic Oath (“Do no harm”) in computer science programs, and the use of state-sponsored propaganda as well as carefully tuned marketing messages to direct public opinion and influence elections. Geeks of the week included StackUp (get credit for what you read online), hypothes.is (interactive annotation online), and the “Data Selfie” Chrome extension. Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

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
  8. Mossberg: The PC is being redefined (Recode, 1 March 2017)
  9. Don’t expect Google to talk about a new Pixel laptop (The Verge, 28 February 2017)
  10. WSJ: Apple will ditch Lightning for USB-C on new iPhones (The Verge, 28 February 2017)
  11. Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘You Will See Us Do More in the Pro Area’ (Mac Rumors, 28 February 2017)
  12. Apple is expanding its Seattle offices to focus on AI and machine learning (The Verge, 24 February 2017)
  13. Target Returns iPhone SE Stock Ahead of Apple’s Rumored March Event (Mac Rumors, 1 March 2017)
  14. Apple Shares New ‘No More Printing’ iPad Pro Ad Highlighting Apple Pencil (Mac Rumors 28 February 2017)
  15. Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence? (Scientific American, 25 Feb 2017)
  16. Defense Against Dark Arts: Networked Propaganda & Counter-Propaganda (@jonathanstray, 24 Feb 2017)
  17. Vizio tracked & sold your TV viewing habits without consent (@engadget, 2 Feb 2017)
  18. Goodbye Old Friend: AOL seemingly cutting off third-party app access to AIM starting on March 28 (9 to 5 Mac, 28 February 2017)
  19. YouTube TV offers big 4 networks & 39 other channels w/ unlimited DVR for $35/month (9 to 5 Mac, 28 February 2017)
  20. YouTube Takes On Netflix, Hulu, & Other Services: Launches On-Demand Service For $35/mo (TechTimes, 1 March 2017)
  21. Self-Flying Air Taxi Ehang 184 Is Coming to Dubai This Summer (@FortuneMagazine, 16 Feb 2017)
  22. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Stackup – Get Credit for What You Read Online and hypothes.is (via @SenorG)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Data Selfie Chrome Extension

EdTech Situation Room Episode 41

Welcome to episode 41 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 22, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff – aka “the 12th man of @edtechSR) discussed unlimited cell phone carrier plans, rumored Apple iPad and iPhone upgrades, the privacy and surveillance hazards of taking a smartphone on an international trip, and slow, disruptive changes brought by technology to network television. They also discussed the continuing relevance of “old school” technologies like email in the workplace. Geeks of the week included Skitch for Mac, Canva for image/graphic design, extensions.af and Toby for browser tab management. Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

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
  8. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) – learningischange.com
  9. The new wave of ‘unlimited’ data plans: How Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T compare (9 to 5 Mac, 19 February 2017)
  10. Is ‘unlimited’ phone data a ripoff? (Too Embarrassed to Ask Podcast, 17 February 2017)
  11. Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone Siri speaker (@appleinsider, 20 February 2017)
  12. Apple to Debut New iPad Pros, 128GB iPhone SE, and Red iPhone 7 & 7 Plus at March Event (@MacRumors, 20 February 2017)
  13. “I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.” (@ossia, 14 Feb 2017)
  14. A NASA Engineer Was Required to Unlock His Phone at the Border (The Atlantic, 13 Feb 2017)
  15. Mossberg: TV is changing, but not fast enough (Recode, 22 February 2017)
  16. Most U.S. workplaces still use ‘old-school’ tech like email and phone calls to communicate (Recode, 22 February 2017)
  17. Podcast: Silicon Valley should be making products for Middle America, investor Jeremy Liew says (Recode, 22 February 2017)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Beautiful quick image maker: www.canva.com
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week:  Skitch for Mac: evernote.com/skitch
  20. Ben’s Geek of the Week:  Extensions.af and Toby (Beautiful and easy tab management)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 40

Welcome to episode 40 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 15, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the dangers posed by IoT (Internet of Things) hacks, the new 802.11ax wifi standard which will bring greater capacity to our networks, strategies to address fake news, and the ongoing demise of Twitter from a financial / investment perspective. They also discussed automation and the danger it poses to middle class jobs, a recent Guardian editorial piece about rejecting standardization in schools, and the amazing capabilities technology has brought us in the last 20 years. Geeks of the week included iThemes Security Pro for WordPress (Wes) and the “3-2-1 backup strategy” (Jason). Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. With 802.11ax, more devices will be able to hop onto your Wi-Fi network (13 Feb 2017, Mashable)
  9. University attacked by its own vending machines, smart light bulbs & 5,000 IoT devices (12 Feb 2017, NetworkWorld by IDG)
  10. New Mac malware pinned on same Russian group blamed for election hacks (14 Feb 2017, ArsTechnica)
  11. Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers (13 Feb 2017, ArsTechnica)
  12. Filming of Apple’s Upcoming ‘Planet of the Apps’ Series Has Finished (11 Feb 2017, MacRumors)
  13. Fighting fake news isn’t just up to Facebook and Google (Washington Post, 6 February 2017)
  14. www.opensources.co/ — Melissa Zimdars, Merrimack College
  15. Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world (24 Nov 2016, Joyce Valenza @joycevalenza)
  16. An Update on Safety by @mrdonut (7 Feb 2017, official Twitter blog post about changes to combat abuse)
  17. Twitter hopes machine learning can save it from oblivion (10 Feb 2017, Venturebeat)
  18. Ray Kurzweil’s Wildest Prediction: Nanobots Will Plug Our Brains Into the Web by 2030s (12 Oct 2015, Singularity Hub by @PeterDiamandis)
  19. In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant (15 Feb 2017, Guardian)
  20. THE AI THREAT ISN’T SKYNET. IT’S THE END OF THE MIDDLE CLASS (Wired, 10 February 2017)
  21. Geeks of the Week: Jason: 3-2-1 Backup Strategy and Wes: iThemes Security Plugin (for WordPress users)

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