EdTech Situation Room Episode 127

Welcome to episode 127 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 6, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s new Chromebook App Hub website, OpenAI’s decision to NOT share a new AI text generator, and Microsoft’s forthcoming “Windows Lite” operating system. Dipayan Ghosh & Ben Scott’s advocacy to promote intelligent regulation of Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies enabling “precision propaganda” was also highlighted, along with ways outrage over common threats can hijack parents’ common sense. Facebook’s declining US user base, Facebook’s announcement to emphasize point-to-point “ephemeral” messaging, and SpaceX’s recent success launching its Dragon crew module were also discussed. The future of “the technology correction” and our prospects for changing the “Surveillance Capitalism” model of many Silicon Valley companies, implications of the Huawei CFO extradition controversy, and the importance of media literacy in our age of fake news were additional topics. Updates to the PocketCasts app for Android, the addictive math-focused multiplayer app Prodigy, the gloomy prospects for BotNet death in the near future, the importance of unlimited data plans in the forthcoming 5G data environment, and the importance of carefully using “freemium” software platforms at school rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included an 18,000 mAh battery powered Android phone from Energizer, a fantastic video from Linda Yollis (@lindayollis) on improving student blogging quality, and Wes’ planned ATLIS 2019 bootcamp workshop “Filtering the ExoFlood”. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) 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
  8. Find ideas and activities on the new Chromebook App Hub (Google Blog; 4 March 2019)
  9. OpenAI Won’t Release AI Text Generator, Branding it Too Dangerous (Digit)
  10. Microsoft is creating Windows Lite for dual-screen and Chromebook-like devices (The Verge; 4 March 2019)
  11. This Week in Tech (TWiT) Podcast
  12. How to make technology a force for good (CNN, 26 Sept 2018)
  13. Fake news is part of a bigger problem: automated propaganda (Columbia Journalism Review, 22 Feb 2019)
  14. “Digital Deceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet” (New America, 23 Jan 2018)
  15. Wes’ GigaOM Vets Twitter List
  16. How outrage over relatively uncommon threats can hijack parents’ common sense (Washington Post, 5 March 2019)
  17. Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will shift to emphasize encrypted ephemeral messages (The Verge; 6 March 2019)
  18. Facebook’s US user base declined by 15 million since 2017, according to survey (The Verge; March 6, 2019)
  19. Why You Should NOT Quit Facebook or Twitter (Wesley Fryer, 15 January 2019)
  20. Book: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff (@shoshanazuboff)
  21. SpaceX launches Crew Dragon on its way to the space station (ArsTechnica, 1 March 2019)
  22. Tim Cook touts Apple’s commitment to education in meeting with President Trump & others (9 to 5 Mac; 6 March 2019)
  23. iPhone sales are falling, and Apple’s app fees might be next (AP; 6 March 2019)
  24. Pocket Casts 7 for Android exits beta w/ Material Theme, improved queuing (9 to 5 Google; 5 March 2019)
  25. What You Need to Know About the Huawei Court Case in Canada (NY Times, 6 March 2019)
  26. Huawei CFO suing Canada over December arrest (Reuters⁩, 3 March 2019)
  27. What is a botnet? And why they aren’t going away anytime soon (CSO Online, 27 Feb 2019)
  28. Mirai (malware) (English WikiPedia)
  29. The Ethically Questionable Math Game Taking Over U.S. Schools (Jeff Wise on Medium, 27 Feb 2019)
  30. Movie: Ready Player One (2018)
  31. 5G will be crazy fast, but it’ll be worthless without unlimited data (Mashable; 28 February 2019)
  32. How I Fell Out of Love with the Internet – And how you will too (Avery Erwin, 14 Feb 2019)
  33. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “Tips to Ensure Quality Blogging” by @lindayollis and “Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy” (ATLIS 3 hour Bootcamp, 14 April 2019, Dallas, Texas)
  34. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Energizer 18,000 mAh smartphone

EdTech Situation Room Episode 126

Welcome to episode 126 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 28, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on assignment at the NCCE Conference in Seattle. In this episode, Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and Beth Holland (@brholland) discussed baby duck syndrome, resources by PBS Learning Media including “The Cat in the Hat” online, and what’s revealed about student perceptions when they “draw a scientist.” Additional topics included the upcoming April 14-17, 2019 ATLIS Conference in Dallas, danah boyd’s book, “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens,” and the work of Lisa Gurnsey (@lisaguernsey) on the important roles of “media mentors.” Beth also shared a shout out for Yong Zhao’s book, “What Works May Hurt―Side Effects in Education.” Geeks of the week included the websites Pexels and Unsplash for copyright-free images, and the COSN Digital Equity Project. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) 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. NCCE 2019 Conference
  7. Beth Holland (@brholland) – blog: brholland.com
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. Baby Duck Syndrome
  10. PBS Learning Media (@pbsteachers)
  11. Draw a Scientist: Activity from the California Academy of Sciences
  12. PBS Kids: The Cat in the Hat
  13. ATLIS Conference
  14. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd (@zephoria)
  15. A New 21st-Century Job: The Media Mentor (New America, 24 Oct 2016)
  16. Maryland Libraries Build a Peer-Coaching Program to Train Media Mentors (New America, 11 July 2018)
  17. Lisa Gurnsey (@lisaguernsey) – The Role of the Media Mentor
  18. What Works May Hurt―Side Effects in Education by Yong Zhao (@yongzhaoed)
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Pexels and Unsplash (free photos for commercial use, no attribution required)
  20. Beth’s Geek of the Week: COSN Digital Equity Project

EdTech Situation Room Episode 125

Welcome to episode 125 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 13, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the death of NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, cybersecurity incidents in K12 schools, weak U.S. government enforcement of privacy laws, and criticism of both Apple and Google for allowing Saudi men to use apps to track and oppress women. Controversy over developer use of iOS screen recording capabilities, the unlimited powers of Israeli officials to surveil and utilize personal information of citizens without judicial oversight, and Cisco’s push for privacy regulation were also addressed. The upcoming March 25th Apple event, Amazon’s purchase of mesh router company Eero, and Flickr’s extension for users to upgrade to Pro accounts or face image library deletion were other article headlines mentioned in the show. More analysis of Spotify’s podcast company purchases and the implications that could have for openly syndicated podcasts and a variety of ChromeOS updates from Jason (including forthcoming “virtual desks,” new themes and native PDF annotation rounded out the show. Wes’ Geeks of the Week were the Great Questions list / website from Storycorps and a new Google Phishing Quiz, great to share with your colleagues, students and family members. Jason’s Geek of the Week was “The Wirecutter.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) 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
  8. NASA set to hold funeral for silent Mars Opportunity rover (CNet, 13 February 2019)
  9. The Opportunity Mars rover’s greatest shots and discoveries (TechCrunch; 13 February 2019)
  10. A New Cybersecurity Incident Strikes K-12 Schools Nearly Every Three Days (EdSurge, 7 Feb 2019)
  11. Government watchdog finds weak enforcement of US privacy regulations (CNet, 13 February 2019)
  12. Apple, Google face criticism for app that lets Saudi men track women (13 February 2019)
  13. Apple tells app developers to disclose or remove screen recording code (TechCrunch, 7 Feb 19)
  14. Israel needs new laws to limit intel services’ powers to eavesdrop online (Times of Israel, 7 Feb 2019)
  15. Cisco, like Apple and other tech giants, now wants new federal privacy law (ArsTechnica, 7 Feb 2019)
  16. Apple reportedly holding special Services-focused event at Steve Jobs Theater on March 25th (9 to 5 Mac, 12 February 2019)
  17. Amazon is buying home mesh router startup Eero (TechCrunch, 11 Feb 2019)
  18. Why Amazon buying Eero feels so disappointing (Verge, 12 Feb 2019)
  19. Flickr gives free accounts a few more days to save their pictures from destruction (ArsTechnica, 7 Feb 2019)
  20. Spotify’s Podcast Aggregation Play (Stratechery, 7 Feb 2019)
  21. ‘Virtual Desks’ are coming soon to Chrome OS, here’s an early glimpse [Video] (9 to 5 Google, 13 February 2019)
  22. Chrome Gets A Handful Of Official Themes (Chrome Unboxed; 12 February 2019)
  23. Native Pdf Annotation For Chromebooks Is Live In The Dev Channel (Chrome Unboxed; 8 February 2019)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Wirecutter
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Great Questions from Storycorps and Google Phishing Quiz

EdTech Situation Room Episode 124

Welcome to episode 124 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 6, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed YouTube’s most recent letter to Creators, Google’s Jigsaw project which uses AI to help human moderators identify toxic posts which violate community standards, and the Japanese government’s plans to hack into citizen’s IoT devices to update firmware. Additional topics included Spotify’s recent acquisitions of Gimlet Media and Anchor, predictions for podcasting in 2019, and the woes of crypto currency investors when the only person with the controlling password dies unexpectedly. The Google Chrome extension “Password Checkup,” ChromeOS instant tethering, impressive digital revenue for the New York Times, and an interview with Ray Kurzweil about our evolutionary trajectory as humans to merge with our computers rounded out the show’s articles. Wes’ Geek of the Week was the PBS video, “What a Smell Looks Like.” Jason’s Geek of the Week was “Hot Pod News.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) 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
  8. [VIDEO] February 2019 Creator Letter | Our priorities this year (Susan Wojcicki – YouTube, 5 Feb 2019)
  9. YouTube in 2019: Looking back and moving forward (YouTube Creator’s Blog; 5 February 2019)
  10. How Google’s Jigsaw Is Trying to Detoxify the Internet (PC Magazine, 29 Jan 2019)
  11. Japanese government plans to hack into citizens’ IoT devices (CNet; 27 January 2019)
  12. Crypto Exchange Says It Can’t Repay $190 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password (Gizmodo, 4 Feb 2019)
  13. Spotify gets serious about podcasts with two acquisitions (The Verge; 6 February 2019)
  14. What Spotify needs in order to become a great podcast app (The Verge; 6 February 2019)
  15. 13 Predictions for Podcasting in 2019 (Pacific Content, 19 December 2018)Jason’s and Wes’s Preferred Player: PocketCasts
  16. Google’s Password Checkup Chrome extension warns of breached third-party logins (9 to 5 Google; 5 February 2019) (Direct link to plugin)
  17. Chrome OS Instant Tethering now available on 15 more Chromebooks and 31 Android phones (4 February 2019)
  18. The New York Times Co. Reports $709 Million in Digital Revenue for 2018 (6 February 2019)
  19. Hitting the Books: Ray Kurzweil on humanity’s nanobot-filled future (Engadget, 3 Feb 2019)
  20. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] What a Smell Looks Like (via @AliceMagician)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: hotpodnews.com
  22. (@hotpodmedia)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 123

Welcome to episode 123 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 30, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the advance of YouTube’s local video content, Google’s attempt to address conspiracy / outlier content on YouTube, and the new Gmail app for Android and iOS. The global decline in smartphone sales, the expectation smartphones are going to “get weird” to boost sales, Google’s efforts to address website validity confusion by consumers, and companies attempting to turn surveillance capitalism’s economic model upside down were also discussed. On the security front, recent comparison studies of paid versus free antivirus software suites, Facebook’s apps and campaigns to wiretap teenage behavior and pay teens for their data, and Apple’s privacy Facetime snafu were also explored. Companies (like Square) pushing Chromebooks across their enterprise as primary computers for employees (even designers!), the Pinebook Linux laptop, and an extraordinary claim from Israeli scientists that genomics will cure cancer worldwide within 12 months rounded up this week’s show topics. Geeks of the week included YouTube TV, Dell Command Update, video editing software ClipChamp, and Digi.me. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) 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
  8. Multi-channel YouTube network Defy Media left 50 creators out of $1.7 million after closing (9 to 5 Google; 29 January 2019)
  9. YouTube says it will stop recommending conspiracy videos that harmfully ‘misinform’ users (9to5Mac, 25 Jan 2019)
  10. Hands-on with the new Gmail for Android (and iOS) (ArsTechnica, 30 Jan 2019)
  11. 2018 Was the ‘Worst Year Ever’ for Smartphone Shipments (PC Magazine; 30 January 2019)
  12. Have Phones Become Boring? Well, They’re About To Get Weird (Wired; 23 January 2019)
  13. Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing the URL (Wired, 29 Jan 2019)
  14. Meet the data guardians taking on the tech giants (BBC, 29 Jan 2019)
  15. Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools — Including Ours (ProPublica, 28 Jan 2019)
  16. Recent Antivirus Tests Are Bad News for Paid Security Suites (PC World, 30 Jan 2019)
  17. Facebook paid teens $20 a month to access their browsing history and DMs (CNet; 30 January 2019)
  18. Lawmakers are furious with Facebook: ‘wiretapping teens is not research’ (The Verge; 30 January 2019)
  19. Google’s data-gathering app may have also violated Apple’s policies (CNet; 30 January 2019)
  20. Apple’s FaceTime bug was discovered by a teen playing Fortnite (CNet; 29 January 2019)
  21. Apple Was Slow to Act on FaceTime Bug That Allows Spying on iPhones (29 January 2019)
  22. Square offering Pixelbooks to employees, trialing with designers as MacBook alternative (9 to 5 Google; 30 January 2019)
  23. The New Pinebook Pro Will Challenge Google Chromebooks For $199 (Forbes, 30 Jan 2019)
  24. Scientists say they’ll have complete cancer cure within a year (Local 10 News Miami, 29 Jan 2019)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: YouTube TV
  26. Wes: Dell Command Update and ClipChamp and Digi.me

EdTech Situation Room Episode 122

Welcome to episode 122 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 23, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed highlights from the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and a series of articles further highlighting our ongoing “Technology Correction.” These included a new fine for Google because of GDPR, and an excellent podcast interview with Shoshana Zuboff (@shoshanazuboff) about her new book, “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.” Controversy at the University of Oklahoma over a student-created racist video, the precipitous stock value crash of Apple over the past quarter, and Chinese School use of AI-powered facial recognition to take attendance in classes. Google’s recent purchase of Fossil’s smartwatch division, the possibility that Facebook’s recent ’10 Year Challenge’ is a clever way to build an even greater catalog of surveillance data about people worldwide, and several other articles touching on privacy issues and concerns rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included the 140 character math function visualization platform Dwitter, and the upcoming NCCE Digital Leadership Summit in Seattle. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) 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
  8. Presenting the Best of CES 2019 winners! (Engadget, 10 January 2019)
  9. Who won CES 2019: Amazon or Google? (cNet, 11 January 2019)
  10. The New Impossible Burger 2.0 Won Everyone’s Mouth at CES 2019, But That’s Just The Beginning (Forbes, 11 Jan 2019)
  11. Apple has a message for Amazon and Google and it’s plastered on the side of a hotel at the biggest tech conference of the year (CNBC, 6 Jan 2019)
  12. DFree helps the incontinent heed the call of nature (Engadget, 8 Jan 2019)
  13. Surveillance, Privacy and Digital Citizenship (“The Technology Correction”)
  14. The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism (Podcast) on Triangulation 380
  15. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff (@shoshanazuboff)
  16. Google must pay €50 million for GDPR violations, France says (ArsTechnica, 21 Jan 2019)
  17. Russia tries to force Facebook and Twitter to relocate servers to Russia (ArsTechnica, 21 Jan 2019)
  18. Is the tech backlash going askew? (Washington Post; 16 January 2019)
  19. University of Oklahoma sorority kicks out member over racist video (ABC News, 20 Jan 2019)
  20. The End Of Apple (Forbes, 21 Jan 2019)
  21. Why Facebook’s ’10-Year Challenge’ Is A Disaster For Big Data Surveillance (Fortune; 22 January 2019)
  22. Tim Cook on Privacy: You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It (Time, 16 January 2019)
  23. 773M Password ‘Megabreach’ is Years Old (Krebs on Security, 19 January 2019)
  24. Apple’s wearables revenue is already exceeding peak iPod sales, Tim Cook says (CNBC, 8 January 2019)
  25. Google may have finally committed to making Wear OS a true competitor to Apple Watch (PC World, 21 January 2019)
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Dwitter (example) – “see what awesomeness you can create when limited to only 140 characters of javascript & a canvas”
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week – NCCE Digital Leadership Summit in Seattle

EdTech Situation Room Episode 121

Welcome to episode 121 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 10, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the implications of Apple’s disappointing earnings projection for the first quarter of 2019, Baratunde Thurston’s Tech Manifesto addressing how we should protect data privacy, and the intense technological as well as economic struggles underway between the United States and China, specifically via the Chinese company Huawei. In addition, Jason highlighted a variety of technology announcements and developments from the 2019 Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Geeks of the week included Tiles and the MacOS program Amphetamine. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) 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
  8. After Apple shock, Samsung issues Q4 guidance well below market expectations (9 to 5 Google; 8 January 2019)
  9. Apple’s Biggest Problem? My Mom (New York Times; 5 January 2019)
  10. CES 2019: Moore’s Law is dead says Nvidia’s CEO (CNet, 9 January 2018)
  11. Related: A New Tech Manifesto: Six demands, from a citizen to Big Tech (Baratunde Thurston, 4 June 2018)
  12. This Week in Tech: Best of 2018 (4 hours long)
  13. China, Huawei, and the Coming Technological Cold War (Council on Foreign Relations, 26 Dec 2018)
  14. This year’s laptops are going to look a lot like last year’s — that’s a good thing (The Verge; 9 January 2019)
  15. Google launches new search feature for easier long-term research (The Verge; 9 January 2019)
  16. Google Assistant goes big at CES 2019 (The Verge; 9 January 2019)
  17. Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps today (TechCrunch, 8 Jan 2019)
  18. Self-rolling suitcases and roll-up TVs: CES 2019’s craziest and coolest gadgets (Washington Post; 8 January 2019)
  19. Just a few weird tech products we saw at CES 2019 (Washington Post; January 2019)
  20. The world’s first foldable phone is charmingly awful (The Verge, 9 January 2019)
  21. Who was most likely to share fake news in 2016? Seniors. (Washington Post, 9 Jan 2019)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Tiles are awesome
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Amphetamine for MacOS (updated replacement for Caffeine)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 120

Welcome to episode 120 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 3, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed 2018 “Tech Report Cards” from the Verge on Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft. The proliferation of bots and fake content online, and the challenges this presents for online media metrics as well as media literacy, was highlighted. The release of thousands of works into the public domain in the United States, thanks to the non-renewal of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, and an instance of ground-breaking brain surgery rounded out topics for the show. Geeks of the week included an article sharing tips for getting the most out of your Amazon Kindle eReader, and the open source software Burn for MacOS. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) 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
  8. The Verge 2018 Tech Report Cards: AppleGoogleFacebookAmazonMicrosoft
  9. iPhone XR Sales Crash Increases Apple’s Neverending Nightmare (Forbes, 17 Dec 2018)
  10. Apple says cheap battery replacements hurt iPhone sales (The Verge, 2 January 2019)
  11. Five Ways to Look at Apple’s Surprise Bad News (The Atlantic, 2 Jan 2019)
  12. iOS 2022 (Robert Scoble, 10 Nov 2018)
  13. Why parents and students are protesting an online learning program backed by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook (Washington Post, 20 Dec 2018)
  14. The year in tech: Facebook, Facebook, Facebook (Columbia Journalism Review, 27 Dec 2018)
  15. Amazon Is Paying People $20 an Hour to Deliver Packages Using Their Own Cars — and the Competition Is Cutthroat (Time, 17 Dec 2018)
  16. How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually. (NY Magazine, 26 Dec 2018)
  17. Mickey Mouse and Batman will soon be public domain—here’s what that means (ArsTechnica, 1 Jan 2019)
  18. Public Domain Day advent calendar #14: Tarzan and the Golden Lion by Edgar Rice Burroughs (John Mark Ockerbloom, 14 Dec 2018)
  19. How to Download the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain (Motherboard, 2 Jan 2018)
  20. Guitarist Has Brain Surgery, and Strums All the Way Through (NYTimes, 21 Dec 2018)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: New Kindle?  Use it to the max!
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Burn (open source DVD burning software for MacOS)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 119

Welcome to episode 119 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 26, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed copyright and intellectual property issues on the Teachers Pay Teachers (@tptdotcom) website, YouTube creator backlash amidst other “trust issues” with Google, and the challenges of radicalization and “outlier content” on YouTube based on its attention-maximizing algorithms. Continuing warnings from U.S. security officials to avoid Huawei smartphones and telecommunications gear because of the Chinese government’s hacking threat, the four variations of recommended 2 step verification for account security, and the promise of podcasting for the “slow democracy movement” were also highlighted and explored. Amazing recent space photos of the planet Jupiter, China’s ongoing space exploration milestones on the moon, disclosure challenges for Instagram creators for paid advertising, and the power of Fortnite as a social media hangout were other topics addressed in the show. The advent of autonomous / AI powered databases by Oracle and the upcoming release of HTML 5 compliant Scratch 3.0 software rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included a wonderful (and inexpensive) sketch journal from Michael’s (via Jason) and the printed photo book service of Motif for Apple Photos users (via Wes). Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) 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
  8. On ‘Teachers Pay Teachers,’ Some Sellers Are Profiting From Stolen Work (Education Week, 19 Dec 2018)
  9. TurnItIn.com (@turnitin)
  10. How Content ID Works (YouTube)
  11. Copyright Chapter from “Playing with Media: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing” (Wesley Fryer, 2011)
  12. Copyright for Educators (Wesley Fryer, 2009)
  13. The Verge 2018 tech report card: Google (The Verge, 26 December 2018
  14. YouTube faces backlash on Twitter over lifted, uncredited holiday video (The Verge; 26 December 2018)
  15. YouTube Rewind 2018 is officially the most disliked video on YouTube (The Verge, 13 December 2018)
  16. Made by Google profit estimated at $3B for 2018 as Pixel, Home hardware gains ‘traction’ (9 to 5 Google, 24 December 2018)
  17. How YouTube Pulled These Men Down a Vortex of Far-Right Hate (Daily Beast, 17 Dec 2018)
  18. Caliphate Podcast (highly recommended)
  19. Pegasus Spyware (English WikiPedia)
  20. How China can spy on your electronics—even in the U.S. (CBS News – 60 Minutes, 23 Dec 2018)
  21. Huawei and the Creation of China’s Orwellian Surveillance State (The Epoch Times, 24 Dec 2018)
  22. Don’t use Huawei phones, say heads of FBI, CIA, and NSA (Verge, 14 Feb 2018)
  23. Two-factor authentication can save you from hackers (TechCrunch, 25 Dec 2018)
  24. Podcasting and the Slow Democracy Movement (Larry Lessig, 8 Oct 2018)
  25. Space Photos of the Week: Juno Spies Jupiter’s Mesmerizing Clouds (Wired 22 Dec 2018)
  26. With First-Ever Landing on Moon’s Farside, China Enters “Luna Incognita” (PBS, 23 Dec 2018)
  27. Inside The Pricey War To Influence Your Instagram Feed (Wired; 18 November 2018)
  28. Rising Instagram Stars Are Posting Fake Sponsored Content (The Atlantic, 18 December 2018)
  29. Fortnite was 2018’s most important social network (The Verge, 21 December 2018)
  30. 2018: The Year The Database Went Autonomous (Forbes, 19 Dec 2018)
  31. Scratch 3.0 FAQ
  32. Moving your Scratch backpack to 3.0 (Scratch Team, 29 Nov 2018)
  33. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Artist’s Loft Notebook @ Michael’s
  34. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Printed Photo Books with Apple Photos by Motif (@MotifPhotos)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 118

Welcome to episode 118 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 12, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) co-hosted a special episode titled, the 2018 Technology Shopping Cart! They shared and discussed a variety of different technology and geek oriented gift ideas. Gift categories included smartphone stuff, The Internet of Things (IoT), books, robots, STEM/STEAM lab, miscellaneous gadgets, home networking equipment, photography and videography, software, nerd paper gear, baggage, stocking stuffers, and other ideas. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) 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:

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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Referenced gift ideas and links for this special Technology Shopping Cart episode are linked on this separate Google Doc
  9. Used iPhone from Swappa
  10. Smartphone Ring Grip
  11. Google Hub Home
  12. Echo Dot (3rd Generation)
  13. Echo (2nd Generation)
  14. Wemo Smart Plug
  15. iClever Outdoor Smart Plug
  16. Tiles
  17. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by @GregoryMcKeown
  18. Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
  19. The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith
  20. Teach Like a Pirate
  21. Why Don’t Students Like School?
  22. Getting Things Done
  23. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman
  24. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman
  25. The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School by Neil Postman
  26. Teaching As a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman
  27. Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future by Neil Postman
  28. Sew Electric
  29. Wes’ Amazon Reading Wishlist
  30. Edison Robot
  31. Thymio Robot (@TechyKids by @sharonmarzouk)
  32. Dash (@WonderWorkshop)
  33. Ozobot
  34. Lego Robots
  35. Roomba!
  36. MicroBit
  37. Makey Makey
  38. Drawdio
  39. Google Wifi
  40. eero Home WiFi System
  41. Circle by Disney
  42. Scapple
  43. Screenflow
  44. Epidemic Sound (subscription for a YouTuber in your life)
  45. SnagIt by TechSmith
  46. Field Notes, or the Budget-Minded Alternative, Field Books
  47. Moleskine Notebooks
  48. Zebra F-701 Pen
  49. Fisher Space Pen
  50. 5.11 Tactical Gear
  51. Timbuk2
  52. Monoprice 8323 Headphones (or with Bluetooth)
  53. Monoprice Melody Large Bluetooth Speaker
  54. Monoprice Harmony Bluetooth Speaker
  55. MicroSD Cards (128gb; 256gb)
  56. Monoprice Shoe String Apple MFi Certified Lightning to USB Charge & Sync Cable
  57. Anker Power Bank
  58. Anker Powerline Cables for USB-C, Apple Lightning, MicroUSB
  59. Tactical Flashlights: J5 Tactical LED Mini
  60. Learning in Hand Premium Tshirt (@tonyvincent)
  61. Gear Used and Recommended by Tony Vincent
  62. Brother QL-800 Label Printer
  63. Tesla Apparel
  64. Space X Apparel and Branded Items
  65. Embark Dog DNA Test Kit
  66. Sell your used technology on Swappa
  67. Wes’ Video Library
  68. Wes Fryer’s Photo Products Store on Society6
  69. Wes’ books