EdTech Situation Room Episode 66

Welcome to episode 66 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 19, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Facebook’s struggles to define standards for censoring advertisers, Facebook “Pixel” tracking, expanded T-Mobile data caps, recommended action steps for Equifax hack victims, and the CCleaner anti-malware software hack. Additional topics included tips G Suite admins can take to prevent phishing attacks, a great free Chrome extension which can help that effort (Password Alert), iOS 11 updates, tvOS updates, and Google’s forthcoming event featuring an expected Pixel 2 smartphone announcement. A speed round of CRISPR and genomics headlines rounded out the show, with geeks of the week including a new 2D to 3D facial modeling program and useful wireless device mirroring solutions: The Via Connect Pro and Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2. Check out the shownotes for links to all these articles, which are also listed on edtechsr.com/links. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR and tune in (usually) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm central, 8 pm mountain, or 2 am GMT. Until next time, stay safe and stay savvy!

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. Watch as streaming TV services are increasingly winning the top Emmys (Recode, 18 September 2017)
  9. Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’ (ProPublica, 14 Sep 2017)
  10. Getting Started with the Facebook Pixel (Facebook Developer Info)
  11. T-Mobile increases unlimited data cap from 32GB to 50GB (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  12. Tester Demands Answers From Verizon After Montanans Receive Termination Letters (Website of Senator Tester)
  13. Bamboozled: Why the Equifax hack is a really, really big deal (NJ.com, 14 Sep 2017)
  14. Credit Freeze Information by State by TransUnion
  15. Use www.annualcreditreport.com (free) not www.creditreport.com (commercial site)
  16. Avast reckons CCleaner malware infected 2.27M users (TechCrunch, 18 Sep 2017)
  17. Alternatives to CCleaner
  18. 7 ways admins can help secure accounts against phishing in G Suite (Google, 8 Sep 2017)
  19. Hackable Podcast Episode 3: Locked Out ( on Ransomware, by McAfee, 29 Aug 2017)
  20. Paper ballots are back in vogue thanks to Russian hacking fears (USA Today, 19 September 2017)
  21. How To Update Your iPhone To iOS 11 (Wired, 19 September 2017)
  22. PSA: Your Older 32-Bit Apps Won’t Launch After Installing iOS 11 Tomorrow (MacRumors, 18 Sep 2017)
  23. iOS 11 Review: 10 Things to Try (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  24. Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote with new iOS 11 features (9to5 Mac, 09/19/2017)
  25. tvOS 11: tvOS 11 update for Apple TV is now available, here’s everything new (9to5Mac, 09/19/2017)
  26. iPhone 8 Vs iPhone 7: What’s The Difference? (Forbes, 18 Sep 2017)
  27. Review: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (Wired; 19 September 2017)
  28. Google sets Pixel 2 launch event for October 4th (Verge, 14 Sep 2017)
  29. Google Pixel 2 Event Could Bring More Surprises Than The iPhone X (Valuewalk, 18 Sep 2017)
  30. Google Pixel 2 Official Teaser Video: “Funny you should ask”
  31. Google Pixelbook leak reveals a high-end Chromebook with stylus support (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  32. CRISPR reveals genetic master switches behind butterfly wing patterns (Nature, 18 Sep 2017)
  33. Geneticists Have Used CRISPR Gene Editing to Create Crops That Grow More Food (Futurism, 14 Sep 2017)
  34. Doubts raised over validity of CRISPR-edited human embryo study (Chemical and Engineering News, 18 Sep 2017)
  35. [VIDEO] Are GMOs Good or Bad? Genetic Engineering & Our Food (9 min – by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell)
  36. Watch as streaming TV services are increasingly winning the top Emmys (Recode, 18 September 2017)
  37. Geek of the Week from Jason: 3d from 2d Using AI, from The University of Nottingham and Kingston University: Verge, 09/19/2017; Jason’s Test
  38. Geeks of the Week from Wes: Via Connect Pro ($800) and Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2 ($44), Password Alert extension for Google Chrome (free)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 65

Welcome to episode 65 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 13, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed this week’s Apple Event product announcements, the huge Equifax hack and what victims can do about it, new headlines fitting in the broader topic of “This Week In Justified Paranoia,” and the prospects of a Parkinson’s Disease cure via gene pattern identification powered by 23andMe. Geeks of the week included a new screencasting software program (recordit.co) and Apple Today events at Apple retail stores including “Teacher Tuesdays” and Apple Store learning field trips. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. iPhone X event: the five most important things from the Apple keynote (The Verge, 12 September 2017)
  9. The iPhone X Feels Like ‘the Future Of The Smartphone’ (The Verge, 12 September 2017)
  10. The Iphone X Isn’t That Expensive, Actually (Wired, 13 September 2017)
  11. iPhone X Widens The Gap Between Tech Haves And Have-nots (CNET, 13 September 2017)
  12. iPhone X’s Face Id Raises Security And Privacy Questions (Techcrunch, 13 September 2017)
  13. VIDEO: Apple Watch — Dear Apple
  14. Apple’s ‘neural Engine’ Infuses The iPhone With Ai Smarts (Wired, 13 September 2017)
  15. Apple’s Augmented Reality Ambitions (BBC, 12 September 2017)
  16. Apple’s Latest Iphone Chipset Blows Away Every Android Device, And That’s A Little Depressing (9 To 5 Google, 12 September 2017)
  17. Equifax Security Breach Leaks Personal Info Of 143 Million Us Consumers By (@Engadget, 7 September 2017)
  18. Equifax Had ‘admin’ As Login And Password In Argentina (Bbc Technology, 13 September 2017)
  19. What To Do About The Equifax Breach (Kim Komando, 7 September 2017)
  20. One Essential Step To Prevent Identity Theft (Kim Komando, 11 September 2017)
  21. Hey, Turn Bluetooth Off When You’re Not Using It (Wired, 13 September 2017)
  22. Security Warning Over Hospital Syringe Pumps (Bbc Tech, 12 September 2017)
  23. Dolphins Inspire Ultrasonic Attacks That Pwn Smartphones, Cars & Digital Assistants (@Theregister, 7 September 2017)
  24. The Inside Story Of How Netflix Transitioned To Digital Video After Seeing The Power Of Youtube (Recode, 13 September 2017)
  25. 23andme Is Digging Through Your Data For A Parkinson’s Cure (Wired, 13 September 2017)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: http://recordit.co/ for Mac and PC
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Today at AppleTeacher TuesdaysApple Store Field Trips

EdTech Situation Room Episode 64

Welcome to episode 64 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 6, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed rumors of Apple’s September 12th event and expected iPhone updates, enhanced Android app performance on Chromebooks, Gimlet Media’s significant funding round supporting podcasting, and the recent NY Times article about ethics and teacher product promotion. Additional topics addressed included Apple’s newly announced support for network neutrality, pacemakers at risk for hacks, and social media file vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit. Geeks of the week included Manoush Zomorodi’s new book, “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self,” Google File Stream for G-Suite, Plow for socially filtered web news, and Hop as a new/transformative email client. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Apple: expect a radical iPhone redesign for its 10th anniversary (The Guardian, 1 September 2017)
  9. Three things that will never be the same after the iPhone 8 (The Verge; 6 September 2017)
  10. Android on Chromebooks: Android Apps Getting Extended Desktop Support On Chromebooks (Android Headlines, 5 September 2017)
  11. Podcasting: Podcast network Gimlet Media has raised another $5 million — this time from ad giant WPP (ReCode, 6 September 2017)
  12. Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues (NYTimes, 2 Sept 2017)
  13. Should Teachers Do Product Promotions in Their Classrooms (@DianeRavitch, 3 Sept 2017)
  14. FTC mandates disclosure for bloggers receiving freebies/payments (@wfryer, Oct 2009)
  15. Apple’s Real Reason for Finally Joining the Net Neutrality Fight (Wired, 31 Aug 2017)
  16. Hacking risk leads to recall of 500,000 pacemakers due to patient death fears (The Guardian, 31 August 2017)
  17. Don’t Let Your Guard Down When Using Social Media (PC Magazine, 4 September 2017)
  18. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Bored and Brilliant Released! and Google File Stream for G-Suite
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Plow (about video) and Hop (Hop: how instant messaging should have been done decades ago)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 63

Welcome to episode 63 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 30, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed iPhone 9 rumors, Apple’s recent Emmy Award, CRISPR and human DNA embryo editing (“DNA surgery”), fake news surrounding Hurricane Harvey, and Google’s forthcoming Chromebook Pixel laptop. Additional topics included the newly announced collaboration between Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana and YouTube updates removing black bars on vertical videos. Geeks of the week included the Blue Yeti Mic and a $26 HDMI to Component Video converter with the power to rescuccitate a HDMI-disabled flatscreen TV. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Are you ready for $1,000 smartphones? (USA Today, 29 August 2017)
  9. Apple’s TV plans are still stuck in neutral (Recode, 29 August 2017)
  10. Apple wins technical Emmy award for Siri’s integration w/ Apple TV (9 to 5 Mac)
  11. Why Apple’s Sept. 12 iPhone event is its most important in years (Recode, 28 August 2017)
  12. Goodbye, home button: iPhone 8 may be more radical than thought (CNet, 30 August 2017)
  13. Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos (NPR, 18 August 2017)
  14. Fake Photographs: Hurricane Harvey Edition (Snopes, August 2017)
  15. Rough Translation Podcast by NPR (more on Fake News)
  16. Google’s Upcoming Chromebook Pixel: How Much Would You Pay? (Chrome Unboxed, 27 August 2017)
  17. Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are going to work together (Recode, 30 August 2017)
  18. An Alexa And Cortana Team-Up Won’t Get Far Without A Phone (Wired 30 August 2017)
  19. YouTube Update Gets Rid of Black Bars on Vertical Videos (PC Magazine, 29 August)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Yeti Mic: http://amzn.to/2wk8Ekt
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Portta HDMI to YPbPr Component RGB ($26) s/o to Chromecast! ($35)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 62

Welcome to episode 62 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 23, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the new Google operating system “Oreo,” the rising costs of new smartphones in the United States, whether or not Facebook poses a threat to democracy, and Wired magazine’s Internet Troll map. Additional topics included “How info overload robs us of creativity,” the militarization of computing via autonomous killer robots and the forthcoming independence of US CyberCommand. Geeks of the week touched on interactive annotation tools like Hypothes.is and tips for public wifi hotspot security. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Google Officially Unveils Next-Generation ‘Android Oreo’ (MacRumors, 21 Aug 2017)
  9. Why does Samsung think you’d be willing to spend nearly $1,000 on a Galaxy Note 8? (The Verge, 24 August 2017)
  10. Apple reportedly planning $999 price for new iPhone (The Verge, 24 August 2017)
  11. 10000mAh Extended Battery Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 by @zero_lemon
  12. Wired’s Internet Troll Map (Wired, August 2017)
  13. Jon Snow: Facebook a threat to democracy (BBC, 24 August 2017)
  14. How Information Overload Robs Us of Our Creativity: What the Scientific Research Shows (Open Culture, 5 Aug 2017)
  15. Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self (forthcoming book)
  16. WNYC Note to Self Series: Bored and Brilliant
  17. Online disinhibition effect (English WikiPedia)
  18. A Cyber Norms Hypothetical: What If the USS John S. McCain Was Hacked? (Council on Foreign Relations, 23 Aug 2017)
  19. Trump orders U.S. Cyber Command receive new authority to conduct cyberwarfare (CyberScoop, 18 Aug 2017)
  20. Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots (The Guardian, 20 Aug 2017)
  21. VIDEO: Thoughts on Killer Robots (by IES STEM Students in 2015)
  22. The Power of Nonprofit Acquisitions: Curriculet Rises from the Dead (@EdSurge , 27 June 2017)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: 14 Tips for Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Security (PC Magazine, 16 August 2017)
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Hypothes.is (collaborative web annotation – video introvideo demo – h/t @dogtrax) – #edtechSR tagged annotations in Hypothes.is 

EdTech Situation Room Episode 61

Welcome to episode 61 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 16, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new updates for Google Sheets and Slides for education (G Suite) users, and a helpful (but NSFW) article highlighting the “why” of Internet troll culture as well as many Internet culture personalities and events which could be considered essential for adults wanting to understand teens and their digital context today. On the surveillance front, Jason and Wes talked about the recent FBI warning to parents regarding “smart toys,” and the troubling demand by the US Department of Justice to ISPs for names and data on 1.3 million Internet users who visited a Trump resistance website prior to the inauguration in January. A recent Google survey on ransomware, the recent HBO hack, the mind-bogglingly HUGE hack of Sweden’s national database back in 2015, and a July article from the Atlantic exploring whether companies should be allowed to offensively hack rounded out security articles for the episode. Jason also shared some articles with updates on the forthcoming ChromeOS and Android merger. Geeks of the week included two weather mobile apps (Storm and DarkSky), Tony Vincent’s “Classy Graphics with Google Drawings Fall 2017” online class, and an article explaining how you can “Use your Phone as a ChromeCast Hotspot in Hotels.”  Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Google Docs, Sheets and Slides get new features for enterprise and education users (9 to 5 Google, 16 August 2017)
  9. Troll Culture Insight: Film Crit Hulk Smash: P.C. Culture Vs. The Big Joke (Film Crit Hulk, 23 Feb 2017) via TWiT Ep 627
  10. Tor Browser – Tor Project
  11. FBI issues warning to parents about toys spying on their kids (The Next Web, 18 July 2017)
  12. Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site (The Hill, 14 Aug 2017)
  13. Ransomware ‘here to stay’, warns Google study (BBC; 27 July 2017)
  14. HBO hack: Studio won’t bow down to ransom demand or engage with hackers (FirstPost, 16 Aug 2017)
  15. Sweden Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly All Citizens (HackerNews, 24 July 2017)
  16. Android Apps And Chrome OS: What This Means for Tablets (Chrome UnBoxed, 11 August 2017)
  17. When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back? (The Atlantic, 14 July 2017)
  18. Tech Talk: Chrome OS & Android Merger Is Still Not Necessary (Android Headlines, 14 August 2017)
  19. Geek o’ the Week – Wes: WU Storm iOS app and Tony Vincent’s “Classic Graphics with Google Drawings” (register by Aug 23 to save $15)
  20. Geek o’ the Week – Jason: Favorite weather app: DarkSkies and Use Phone as a ChromeCast Hotspot in Hotels
  21. Listen to the EdTech Situation Room on voicEd Canada! (@voicedcanada)
  22. Promo trailer for @edtechSR by Wes

EdTech Situation Room Episode 60

Welcome to episode 60 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 9, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the celebrated death of a podcasting patent, revised password recommendations for users, hacked school Twitter accounts, new STEM-focused badges for Girl Scouts, and summer experiments with BadgeList.com. Additional topics included the recent Google broohaha over a sexist employee-authored memo, a new study further debunking the “digital native” myth, digital identity with Yoti, a predicted cyborg evolution for humanity, Jason’s new Windows 10S experiment, and a creepy prototype of a self-driving truck. Geeks of the week included The Hackable Podcast by McAfee (from Jason) and “Send by FireFox” (from Wes). Wes also shared a flashback memory from 2010 involving the “FireSheep” extension for FireFox. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. “Podcasting patent” is totally dead, appeals court rules (ArsTechnica, 7 Aug 2017)
  9. Girl Scouts add new STEM badges in robotics, coding, and racecar design (The Verge, 25 July 2017)
  10. Olin College (“A New Kind of Engineering College”)
  11. Create, Make and Learn Institute
  12. Harvey Mudd College
  13. Hacking of school district’s Twitter account is cautionary tale (TC Palm, 4 Aug 2017)
  14. The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d! (Wall Street Journal, 7 August 2017)
  15. Windows 10 S Now Installable on “existing Windows 10 education devices” How to download and install Windows 10 S (Beta News, 1 August 2017)
  16. Test Windows 10 S on existing Windows 10 education devices (Windows IT Center, 4 August 2017)
  17. The “Cobra Effect” that is disabling paste on password fields (May 2014, @troyhunt)
  18. This self-driving truck has no room for a human driver — literally (@andyjayhawk @verge, 5 July 2017)
  19. The digital native is a myth (Nature, 25 July 2017)
  20. Humans ‘will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years (Telegraph, 7 Aug 2017)
  21. Yoti Is Your Digital Identity (Great backstory on The Committed Podcast Ep 180)
  22. Google Controversy: Damore Went From Intern to Pariah in Google Tenure Ended by Memo (Bloomberg, 8 Aug 2017)
  23. So, about this Googler’s manifesto. (5 Aug 2017, @yonatanzunger)
  24. Security Now Podcast
  25. Pokemon Go oh no no no, we’re not reading your email, says gamemaker (7/2016, The Register)
  26. Catfishing (WikiPedia)
  27. Firesheep should get your ATTENTION: Open Public Wifi Dangers are REAL (Nov 2010, Wes Fryer)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Hackable Podcast by McAfee
  29. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Send by FireFox – Private, Encrypted File Sharing (backstory)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 59

Welcome to episode 59 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 2, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s recent favorable quarterly earnings report, Tim Cook’s alleged statements to President Trump about Apple manufacturing returning (at least in part) to the USA mainland, the relatively low influence of peer-journaled research in most K-12 educational purchasing decisions, and the implications of genetic modification / genomics in recently announced insect eradication campaigns in the US as well as a breakthrough human embryo genetic mutation “edit.” Other topics addressed included solar eclipse sunglasses scams on Amazon (buyer beware!), some excellent explanatory videos and articles about cryptocurrencies and the “blockchain” (including Bitcoin), the announced death of Flash as a supported web technology from Adobe in 2020, and recent hacks to Verizon customers as well as an alarmingly saavy web user whose AT&T iPhone account was compromised in a targeted attacked even though he had 2-step verification turned on as well as an account passcode. (The AT&T call center rep was the weak link and granted account access to the hacker without the required customer pass phrase.) Lastly, an article prediction that SpaceX will become the leading global Internet Service Provider (ISP) when they triple the number of communication satellites in earth orbit, and the current battle of Snopes to raise money and remain financially solvent were discussed. Geeks of the week included ShoutKey, a website for sharing time-limited shortened web links / URLs with plain English words easy to spell (Wes) and an Anker solar charger for digital devices (Jason). Jason also announced the “Chromebook App List” on the NCCE blog, and Wes shared he will be presenting for Classroom 2.0 Live on Saturday, August 12th. (Note: This is a correction from the date shared during this episode). Please check our shownotes below and links on http://edtechsr.com/links for all referenced articles and resources from this episode. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. After three years, iPad sales are up again for Apple (ArsTechnica, 1 August 2017)
  9. Tim Cook on Trump’s Apple Factories Statement: Let’s Talk About Something Else (MacObserver, 1 August 2017)
  10. How Much Do Educators Care About Edtech Efficacy? Less Than You Might Think (EdSurge, 17 July 2017)
  11. Genetically Modified Moth May Soon Be Coming to New York Crops (Smithsonian Magazine, 11 July 2017)
  12. In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos (NY Times, 2 August 2017)
  13. 23andMe: DNA Genetic Testing & Analysis
  14. Buyer Beware: Don’t blindly trust companies selling solar eclipse glasses on Amazon (The Verge; 25 July 2017)
  15. Radiolab Episode on Cryptocurrency zCash: “The Ceremony” (14 July 2017)
  16. Ever wonder how Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) actually work? (3Blue1Brown, 1 July 2017) h/t @legoarf
  17. RIP Flash (1995-2020): Adobe will finally kill Flash in 2020 (The Verge, 25 July 2017)
  18. Millions of Verizon customer records exposed in security lapse (ZDNet, 12 July 2017)
  19. I Got Hacked & All I Got Was This New SIM Card (@justin, 7 July 2017)
  20. Will SpaceX become world’s biggest telecoms provider? Probably.” (@gavinsblog, 15 July 2017)
  21. Fake News Watch: Snopes, in Heated Legal Battle, Asks Readers for Money to Survive (New York Times, 24 July 2017)
  22. Geeks of the Week from Jason: Anker Solar ChargerChromebook App List
  23. Geeks of the Week from Wes: ShoutKeyWes on Classroom 2.0 Live Saturday August 12th

EdTech Situation Room Episode 58

Welcome to episode 58 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 19, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week was a special episode dedicated specifically to “Net Neutrality” and the ongoing campaign to oppose corporate telco lobbying for Internet fast lanes. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed what net neutrality is and why it’s important, how it impacts schools as well as the economy, and why we need to advocate for net neutrality not only with the FCC but also with our elected representatives and senators in Congress. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Book: The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World by Larry Lessig – 2001 (@lessig)
  9. Book: Telecosm: The World After Bandwidth Abundance by George Gilder – 2000 (@scandalofmoney)
  10. Save The Internet – Free Press (Includes timeline of the Fight for Net Neutrality)
  11. Net Neutrality (WikiPedia)
  12. FIGHT: The WIRED Guide to Net Neutrality (Wired, 12 July 2017)
  13. Day of Action: Sen. Ron Wyden on What’s at Stake in the Battle for Net Neutrality (Wired, 12 July 2017)
  14. Why Net Neutrality Matters Even in the Age of Oligopoly (Wired, 22 June 2017)
  15. The End of Net Neutrality Could Shackle the Internet of Things (Wired, 6 June 2017)
  16. Comcast Looks All Set to Keep Controlling Your Cable Box. Yay. (Wired, 2 Feb 2017)
  17. Net Neutrality Vision Graphic
  18. If FCC gets its way, we’ll lose a lot more than net neutrality (ArsTechnica, 12 July 2017)
  19. Why Net Neutrality Matters (Virtualization and Cloud Review, 12 July 2017)
  20. Binge On | Video Streaming without Using Your 4G LTE Data (T-Mobile)
  21. Will SpaceX become world’s biggest telecoms provider? Probably. by @gavinsblog (15 July 2017)
  22. Google, Facebook, Netflix lobbyist tells the FCC not to destroy net neutrality (The Verge, 12 April 2017)
  23. Larry Lessig (@lessig) on Net Neutrality and Google [VIDEO] – Part 1 and Part 2
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Jason’s ChromeOS Software Project
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week:
    1. Circle with Disney ($100 plus $10/month for Circle Go. Track screentime by app/platform, filter/block websites and apps, set usage limits)
    2. How to see what the kids are doing on their phones (Francis Navarro, Komando.com, 9 July 2017)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 57

Welcome to episode 57 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 12, 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 Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed takeaways and “tired edtech trends” from the 2017 ISTE Conference in San Antonio. They demonstrated the new “Seeing AI” app from Microsoft, which amazingly has been FIRST released for iOS / iPhone / iPad, and discussed several noteworthy and recent podcasts, videos and articles relating to artificial intelligence. Other addressed topics included Google’s new integrated Drive & Photos ‘Backup & Sync’ app, a recent study finding the mere presence of a cell phone reduces brain power, #FontGate in Pakistan, a tragic story of attempted YouTube stardom, and reviews of the new Microsoft laptop. Geeks of the week included “Gypsy Guide” for iOS driving tours, the web series “Do Not Track,” and the amazing slide collection (for PowerPoint and Google Slides) SlideModel.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date on upcoming shows! Next week we will have a special episode focusing specifically on Net Neutrality. If you are a US citizen, but sure to visit www.savetheinternet.com NOW to contact both the FCC and your elected officials in Washington to voice your support for Net Neutrality and opposition to proposed regulations which would fundamentally harm the Internet as we know and use it today. Make your voice be heard – speak out! Then join us next week as we break down the issues at stake surrounding net neutrality in greater detail.

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. Create Image Collages with Google Drawings (Wes Fryer, 13 June 2017)
  9. Tired Edtech Trends That Teachers Wish Would Retire: From the Floor of ISTE 2017 (EdSurge, 4 July 2017)
  10. Tour of Seesaw 5.0 (video)
  11. Circuit Sticker Sketchbook
  12. Podcast453: Reflections on ISTE 2017 and iPad Media Camp – Jackson, Wyoming
  13. Microsoft Releases Seeing AI on iOS (Microsoft)
  14. Technology and the Future: A Vision of Our Lives in 2050 (World Affairs, 29 March 2017)
  15. Movie: “Ghost in the Shell” (2017)
  16. AI is Eating Software … and Getting Smarter by the Second (SmartUp, 14 May 2017)
  17. In the AI Age, “Being Smart” Will Mean Something Completely Different (Harvard Business Review, 19 June 2017)
  18. Google looks to make Chrome OS much more touch-friendly than before (Android Authority, 8 July 2017)
  19. The Mere Presence of Your Smartphone Reduces Brain Power, Study Shows (UT-Austin, 26 June 2017)
  20. In attempt to achieve YouTube stardom, woman accidentally kills her boyfriend (ArsTechnica, 30 June 2017)
  21. Combined Google Drive & Photos ‘Backup & Sync’ app available for Mac, Windows (9to5Google, 12 July 2017)
  22. iPhone Can Scan QR Codes Directly in Camera App on iOS 11 (MacRumors, 6 June 2017)
  23. How a Microsoft font could lead to the removal of Pakistan’s Prime Minister #FontGate (Mashable, 12 July 2017)
  24. Surface Laptop Two Week Review: Microsoft’s Stunning First Notebook Great For Today’s Use Cases (Forbes, 7 July 2017)
  25. REVIEW: Microsoft’s newest laptop delivers a knockout punch to the MacBook — so long as you perform one simple step (Business Insider, 8 July 2017)
  26. Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse (ArsTechnica, 28 June 2017)
  27. Clockwise Podcast (@clockwisepod)
  28. BackBlaze: Recommended online backup platform
  29. Why you should ignore the Jayden K Smith Facebook hoax (BBC News, 10 July 2017)
  30. Facebook and Google join net neutrality ‘day of action’ (Engadget, 7 July 2017)
  31. Save the Internet: Speak Out for Net Neutrality
  32. BadgeList badges for iPad Media Camp
  33. Jason’s Geek of the Week: SlideModel.com for Google Slides
  34. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Gypsy Guide – Yellowstone & Grand Teton Tour App Combo ($9) and Do Not Track: a personalized web series about privacy and the web economy by @remixmanifesto (via @cogdog)