EdTech Situation Room Episode 139

Welcome to episode 139 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 19, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed tips for both attendees and virtual learners during the 2019 International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) Conference in Philadelphia next week. Additional topics included updates from Google Education, hopeful news on Google reversing its proposal to end support of ad blockers in Chrome, and the imminent release of Google Stadia and streamed gaming to any device (including smartphones and Chromebooks.) Techniques used by Hong Kong protesters to organize using secure communication apps and masks to avoid facial surveillance technologies, another critical warning for users of older Microsoft Windows operating systems, and signs the U.S. electrical grid control systems have been compromised by hackers were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included the XDA Developer’s website for Android early adopters and a recent TWiT Triangulation podcast interview with Brian Hofer on Facial Recognition and Surveillance Technology. 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. #notatISTE19 Twitter hashtag
  9. Not At ISTE homepage with interaction options
  10. Not At ISTE 2019 Livebinder (thanks @pgeorge)
  11. Wes’ SketchNote from Steven Johnson’s ISTE 2013 Keynote, “Where Do Good Ideas Come From” (@stevenbjohnson)
  12. #passthescopeEDU Twitter hashtag
  13. How & why to buy computers properly by Om Malik (Om.co, 16 June 2019)
  14. Hong Kong protesters find ways for stealth in age super surveillance (Washington Post, 15 June 2019)
  15. Apple CEO Tim Cook: Technology companies need to take responsibility for chaos they create (CNBC, 16 June 2019)
  16. Google promises to play nice with ad blockers (again) (ZDNet; 13 June 2019)
  17. Google for Education rolling out locked Quizzes & Gradebook, Forms Material Theme coming, more (9 to 5 Google; 19 June 2019)
  18. Google’s Stadia Game Service Is Officially Coming November: Everything You Need To Know (The Verge; 6 June 2019)
  19. Google Stadia hands-on: near-flawless Doom Eternal running on a Chromebook (The Verge; 11 June 2019)
  20. [Update: Back up] PSA: Google Calendar for Web currently down (9 to 5 Google; 19 June 2019)
  21. Google Slides adds keyboard shortcuts to control live presentations (9 to 5 Google; 18 June 2019)
  22. High-end users on ‘Why I’m buying the new Mac Pro’ (Apple Insider; 14 June 2019)
  23. Google’s Login Chief Would Rather You Use Apple’s Sign-in Button Than Keep Using Passwords (The Verge; 12 June 2019)
  24. Hands-On With Apple’s New iPadOS Software (MacRumors, 12 June 2019)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: www.xda-developers.com
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Brian Hofer on Facial Recognition and Surveillance Tech on TWiT Triangulation (@b_haddy and @SecureJustice)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 138

Welcome to episode 138 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 12, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s June 2019 event announcements, more rumblings of forthcoming tech giant regulations, Microsoft’s official pronouncement that “mandatory password changing is “ancient and obsolete,” and much more. Geeks of the Week included the Good eReader Blog and a recent War College podcast episode about the US Navy’s revised policy on UFO reporting. 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. Hackers Can Now Bypass Two-Factor Authentication With a New Kind of Phishing Scam (Fortune, 4 June 2019)
  9. Microsoft says mandatory password changing is “ancient and obsolete” (ArsTechnica, 3 June 2019)
  10. 2019 Mac Pro has clever thermal management and draws on past Mac designs (9 to 5 mac; 12 June 2019)
  11. iMovie for iOS updated with new green screen effect, 80 fresh soundtracks, more (9 to 5 Mac; 11 June 2019)
  12. Apple’s Most Significant New Innovation Is a Little Black Button. Here’s Why (Time; 1 June 2019)
  13. A $999 monitor stand is everything wrong with Apple today (4 June 2019)
  14. Existing antitrust laws are enough to go after Apple, Google, Amazon, says DOJ (9 to 5 mac; 12 June 2019)
  15. House Opens Tech Antitrust Inquiry With Look at Threat to News Media (New York Times; 11 June 2019)
  16. Newspapers’ Embarrassing Lobbying Campaign (Politico, 10 June 2019)
  17. After years of debate, some stronger oversight of virtual schools signed into Indiana law (Chalkbeat; 2 May 2019)
  18. G Suite Status Dashboard
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Good eReader Blog
  20. Wes’ Geek of the Week: @War_College Podcast on US Navy UFO Reporting Policy change and a book recommendation: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

EdTech Situation Room Episode 137

Welcome to episode 137 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 6, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment, so Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) welcomed special guest Dave Quinn (@EduQuinn) to break down some of the technology headlines from recent weeks. Topics addressed included YouTube’s important policy change regarding censorship of hate speech, the “SIFT Approach” (Stop, Investigate, Find, Trace) for media literacy by Mike Caufield, and Mike’s recent post on the “Curation/Search Radicalization Spiral.” The 30 year anniversary of Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen’s “Tank Man” image (perhaps the most heavily censored photo on our planet today), and a few updates from Apple’s WWDC 2019 conference this week were also highlighted. Geeks of the Week included Doug Belshaw’s (@dajbelshaw) “Thought Shrapnel” website, a good spirited video by Boeing about AirBus, a new Google report on emerging education trends, and the free K-2 reading / eBook site Rivet. 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. Dave Quinn (@EduQuinn) – The Inspired Learning Project
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. YouTube bans neo-Nazi and Holocaust-denial videos in push against hate speech (ArsTechnica, 5 June 2019)
  9. Caulfield SIFT Approach
  10. Caulfield Curation / Search Radicalization Spiral
  11. Tiananmen Square: The moment a student leader returns for the first time (BBC, 4 June 2019)
  12. Tiananmen’s tank man: The image that China forgot (BBC, 3 June 2019)
  13. Apple’s new iPadOS includes mouse support for iPads (Verge, 3 June 2019)
  14. With antitrust investigations looming, Apple reverses course on bans of parental control apps (TechCrunch, 4 June 2019)
  15. Microsoft demos Minecraft Earth at Apple’s WWDC event (Verge, 3 June 2019)
  16. Dave’s Geek of the Week: Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel
  17. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: VIDEO by Boeing: Airbus, We’re Glad You’re Here (via @smartereveryday), 8 emerging trends for K-12 Education from Google and Rivet (@rivet_app over 2000 leveled free books for K-2 students)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 136

Welcome to episode 136 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 29, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed school cybersecurity, a shocking iPhone security vulnerability for WhatsApp, NASA’s free media library, and copyright issues in Houston ISD as well as for YouTube Creators. Distorted political videos about Nancy Pelosi, Google’s disappointing move to disable ‘modern browser ad blocking extensions,’ and the new iPod Touch from Apple were also discussed. The availability of “Adobe Premiere Rush” for Android, Chromebook support expiration dates, and projected price increases for cheap Chromebooks were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included a Google Home podcast mystery, the killer robot documentary, “Slaughterbots,” and the “Against the Rules” podcast, from Michael Lewis. 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. School fights fear as part of defense against network intrusions (Oklahoma City Free Press, 29 May 2019)
  9. WhatsApp Rushes to Fix Security Flaw Exposed in Hacking of Lawyer’s Phone (NYTimes, 13 May 2019)
  10. Auction for a laptop full of malware closes at $1.2 million (Engadget, 27 May 2019)
  11. NASA Makes Their Entire Media Library Publicly Accessible And Copyright Free (DIY Photography, 20 April 2019)
  12. Federal jury: HISD staff repeatedly violated copyright laws, owe company $9.2M (Houston Chronicle, 24 May 2019)
  13. Houston Got Sued And Now You’re Freaking… (Heather Lister, 28 May 2019)
  14. Youtubers And Record Labels Are Fighting, And Record Labels Keep Winning (The Verge; 24 May 2019)
  15. Distorted Nancy Pelosi videos show platforms aren’t ready to fight dirty campaign tricks (The Verge; 24 May 2019)
  16. Google to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users (9 5o 5 Google; 29 May 2019)
  17. New iPod touch delivers even greater performance (Apple.com; 28 May 2019)
  18. Apple releases new iPod touch featuring A10 Fusion chip, 256 GB storage option (9to5 Mac, 28 May 2019)
  19. Buying A New Chromebook? Don’t Forget To Check The Expiration Date (Chrome Unboxed, 28 May 2019)
  20. Adobe Premiere Rush Lands On Android Today, Chromebooks Support Coming Soon (Chrome Unboxed; 21 May 2019)
  21. Why Prices Of Google’s Cheap Chromebooks Will Rise In The Long Term (Forbes; 19 May 2019)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: “Against the Rules” podcast, from Michael Lewis
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: VIDEO: Slaughterbots (8 min, Nov 2017) via “Controlling Killer Robots” (Episode 30 of “What’s New Podcast” @podcastwhatsnew @dancohen interviewing @DeniseGarcia100)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 135

Welcome to episode 135 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 22, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the threat posed by cyberattacks in the airline industry, a recent ransomware attack on Oklahoma City Public Schools (@okcps), and revelations of Google storing passwords as plaintext for over a decade. Wes discussed some of his takeaways from a recent Oklahoma education cybersecurity workshop, the importance of cybersecurity jobs, continued troubles with Microsoft Windows10 updates, and the security value of adding a recovery phone number to your Google account. The announced ban of Chinese telecommunications technologies from the US Government this week affecting Huawei (among other companies), the US Supreme Court ruling against Apple involving their App Store monopoly lawsuit, ChromeOS news from Adobe, and some eye opening statistics about eSports and the earnings of young gamers rounded out the show topics. Geeks of the Week included SuperHosts from AirBnB, TextExpander for Chrome, and a great video from Derek Muller (@veritasium) explaining big changes to the YouTube algorithm affecting creators, viewers, and the overall quality of YouTube video content. 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 CEO of Delta Air Lines Was Asked What He Worries About Most. His Answer Will Truly Frighten Customers (Inc., 19 May 2019)
  9. After seven days, OKCPS says network “fully operational” after attack (Free Press OKC, 21 May 2019)
  10. Google stored some passwords in plain text for fourteen years (The Verge, 21 May 2019)
  11. Why some of the world’s top cybersecurity hackers are being paid millions to use their powers for good (CNBC, 18 May 2019)
  12. Tweets, reflections and resources from the Oklahoma Council of Educational Technology Leaders (OCETL) CTO Forum on 26 April 2019 in Moore, Oklahoma (shared by Wes)
  13. Google stats show how much a recovery number prevents phishing (Engadget, 18 May 2019)
  14. Google stats show how much a recovery number prevents phishing (Engadget, 18 May 2019)
  15. China’s Huawei, 70 affiliates placed on U.S. trade blacklist (Reuters, 15 May 2019)
  16. Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist (Reuters, 19 May 2019)
  17. Huawei already seeing a reprieve on US trade ban, report says (CNet, 21 May 2019)
  18. Why Trump’s Huawei ban could cripple the company (Mashable, 20 May 2019)
  19. Supreme Court says Apple will have to face App Store monopoly lawsuit (Verge, 13 May 2019)
  20. Adobe Premiere Rush Lands On Android Today, Chromebooks Support Coming Soon (Chrome Unboxed; 21 May 2019)
  21. Why Prices Of Google’s Cheap Chromebooks Will Rise In The Long Term (Forbes; 19 May 2019)
  22. Some publishers pay streamers as much as $50k an hour to play new games (Gamasutra, 20 May 2019)
  23. Pro Fortnite player sues gaming organization over ‘oppressive’ contract (CNet, 20 May 2019)
  24. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Use “SuperHosts” with AirBNB and TextExpander for Chrome
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] My Video Went Viral. Here’s Why by @veritasium
Photo by Shahadat Shemul on Unsplash

EdTech Situation Room Episode 134

Welcome to episode 134 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 15, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed a touching video about Google Lens and literacy from Google I/O and the winners of the NPR student podcasting challenge. Jason provided a review of his new Google Pixel 3A smartphone, and the surprise announced end of “branded accounts” within GSuite for Education was highlighted. Other discussed topics included Facebook’s fight to protect EU elections, post-Christchurch shooting efforts to curtail terrorist content online, and San Francisco ordinances shining light on facial recognition technology use by local police forces. The FCC’s proposed rule change for carriers to block cellular network robocalls, a new website hack compromising eCommerce web forms, and the security threat of IoT devices were subjects rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included the app and website Hopper for travel deal shopping, the “Better Angels” organization seeking to politically depolarize the United States, and ISTE’s new certification program for educators. 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] Google Lens: Urmila’s Story (from Google I/O 2019 keynote)
  9. Here Are The Winners Of The NPR Student Podcast Challenge (NPR; 1 May 2019)
  10. Periods! Why These 8th-Graders Aren’t Afraid To Talk About Them (NPR; 15 May 2019)
  11. Brief Review: Jason Gets a Pixel 3A
  12. Why are Brand Accounts being removed from G Suite for Education (GSuite Admin Community post)
  13. Inside Facebook’s war room: the battle to protect EU elections (Guardian, 5 May 2019)
  14. Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and other tech companies join governments in pledging to fight terrorist content in wake of Christchurch shooting, but U.S. refuses to join (Business Insider, 15 May 2019)
  15. San Francisco becomes bans facial recognition software by police (Business Insider, 15 May 2019)
  16. Ajit Pai proposes new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls (Verge, 15 May 2019)
  17. Hackers are collecting payment details, user passwords from 4,600 sites (ZDnet, 12 May 2019)
  18. IoT devices pose a much bigger cyberthreat than you and I realize (Mashable; 12 May 2019)
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Hopper App
  20. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Better Angels Depolarize America (@BetterAngelsUSA) and ISTE Certification

EdTech Situation Room Episode 133

Welcome to episode 133 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 8, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed lots of news from this week’s Google I/O Conference. Topics included Google’s renewed focus on user privacy, shift in focus from search and answers to productivity, improved digital well-being tools, the mid-range price Pixel 3A smartphone, and the amazing “Google Lens” text to speech as well as translation capabilities. On the Microsoft front, the return of “PowerToys” to Windows10 and forthcoming support for Linux were discussed. Additional topics included NASA’s robotic detection of an earthquake on Mars, the election of a well known comedian (with no prior political experience) to the presidency in Ukraine thanks in part to social media, and the productivity drag of business communication apps like Slack. The failure of Energizer’s 18K mAh smartphone was also highlighted. Geeks of the week included a two part episode on the Chinese Surveillance State from the New York Times “The Daily” podcast, freely licensed photos from Wes and many other photographers on UnSplash, and the personal finance automation service, “Trim.” 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. Google I/O 2019 event in 13 minutes (Verge, 7 May 2019)
  9. “Changing from a company that helps you find answers, to a company that helps you get things done” – Sundar Pachai (2:17 of opening keynote)
  10. Google’s Sundar Pichai: Privacy Should Not Be a Luxury Good (New York Times; 7 May 2019)
  11. Google expands digital well-being tools to include a new ‘Focus mode,’ adds improved parental controls to Android (TechCrunch, 7 May 2019)
  12. Google announces Pixel 3a and 3a XL w/ familiar design, lower price, Snapdragon 670, more (9 to 5 Google; 7 May 2019)
  13. Comment: Google Pixel 3a at (effectively) $300 is just a stupid good value (9 to 5 Google; 8 May 2019)
  14. Google Lens adding new tools to highlight menus, split checks, translate, more (9 to 5 Google; 7 May 2019)
  15. Google Confirms It Will Automatically Delete Your Data — What You Need To Know (Forbes; 5 May 2019)
  16. Google Maps and search are getting an Incognito mode (The Verge; 7 May 2019)
  17. Google is pushing back against ad tracking in Chrome (The Verge; 7 May 2019)
  18. Google Maps AR walking directions launches today on Google Pixel smartphones (9 to 5 Google; 7 May 2019)
  19. Microsoft brings PowerToys back to let anyone improve Windows 10 for power users (The Verge; 8 May 2019)
  20. Microsoft will ship a full Linux kernel in Windows 10 (The Verge; 6 May 2019)
  21. Microsoft Office 365 Accounts Under Attack — What You Need To Know (Forbes; 2 May 2019)
  22. NASA’s InSight Detects First Likely ‘Quake’ on Mars (NASA, 23 April 2019)
  23. Ukraine election result: Volodymyr Zelensky, comedian, is new president (Vox, 21 April 2019)
  24. The productivity pit: how Slack is ruining work (Vox / Recode, 1 May 2019)
  25. Energizer’s 18,000 mAh phone-battery monster is an Indiegogo flop (The Verge; 30 April 2019)
  26. 2 Part Episode on The Daily Podcast by The New York Times: The Chinese Surveillance State Part 1 and Part 2
  27. @wfryer on Unsplash and InfoPics
  28. Trim Financial Assistant (@ask_trim)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 132

Welcome to episode 132 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 24, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed recent headlines highlighting the dangers of USB-borne malware as well as “USB Killer” devices maliciously used on a college campus to destroy computers. The recent, courageous talk shared by Carole Cadwalladr on the TED stage calling for Facebook and Google executives to account for their platforms’ breaking of liberal democracy, pending FTC fines of Facebook and exciting commercial robots from Boston Dynamics were also discussed. On the Google front, enhancements to Google Sheets, an expended free tier for Google Play Music, and the arrival of a more robust YouTube app on the Amazon Fire Stick were highlighted. In Chrome news, HP’s 15 inch Chromebook and an exciting lineup of ChromeOS sessions at Google I/O in about a week were discussed. The ongoing controversy over mandatory cursive handwriting instruction in schools, changes to the Windows10 update process including further crippling of third party antivirus software, and exciting news in the world of podcasting were also addressed in the show. A lawsuit against Apple involving facial recognition gone bad in Apple Stores was also mentioned. Geeks of the Week included a great tip for recording audio in noisy classrooms, promising new software from an Apple developer (Agenda) for project management and personal notetaking, Google Chrome’s free remote desktop software options. 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. Student used ‘USB Killer’ device to destroy $58,000 worth of college computers (The Verge; 17 April 2019)
  9. Good advice: No one, not even the Secret Service, should randomly plug in a strange USB stick (Tech Crunch; 8 April 2019)
  10. Carole Cadwalladr: Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy (TED Talks, April 2019)
  11. Facebook expects FTC fine could be as much as $5 billion (CNN, 24 April 2019)
  12. Boston Dynamics showcases new uses for SpotMini ahead of commercial production (TechCrunch, 19 April 2019)
  13. Google Sheets adds further enhanced tools for spreadsheet formatting (9 to 5 Google; 19 April 2019)
  14. Enjoy YouTube Music free on Google Home speakers (YouTube Blog, 18 April 2019)
  15. HP announces first 15-inch Chromebook, with backlit keys and number pad (Android Authority; 19 April 2019)
  16. Google I/O 2019 Schedule Unveils Numerous Chrome OS Sessions (ChromeUnboxed; 17 April 2019)
  17. Cursive Seemed to Go the Way of Quills and Parchment. Now It’s Coming Back (New York Times; 13 April 2019)
  18. Amazon and Google FINALLY end their years-long feud as firms reveal YouTube will be available on Fire Stick for the first time since 2017 (Daily Mail; 19 April 2019)
  19. Amazon and Google Are Making Music Free — And That Could Be a Big Headache for Spotify (Rolling Stone, 22 April 2019)
  20. Microsoft starts notifying Windows 7 users that it’s time to buy a new PC (MS Power User; 20 April 2019)
  21. Microsoft Makes Changes To WAAS Update Process; Gives End Users Additional Control (Windows Observer; 6 April 2019)
  22. McAfee joins Sophos, Avira, Avast—the latest Windows update breaks them all (Ars Technica; 19 April 2019)
  23. Ear Fodder: Here are all the winners of the 2019 Webby Awards (The Verge; 23 April 2019)
  24. Note to Self is Back!  Note to Self is Back and We Start with The Big One: Kids and Screens
  25. Luminary Is Betting $100 Million That People Will Pay For Podcasts (Forbes; 22 April 2019)
  26. Teen’s $1B suit claims Apple’s facial recognition software led to false arrest (Fox News, 23 April 2019)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Great Tip for Recording Audio in a Noisy Classroom (via @jenniferlorton)
  28. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Agenda Software for MacOS & iOS, Chrome Remote Desktop Extension and web portal

EdTech Situation Room Episode 131

Welcome to episode 131 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 17, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed proposed changes to the way Twitter is designed and works, the challenges of online discussion / dialog, buzz around the release of the Samsung Fold Android smartphone, and the continuing DNS hacks on core Internet infrastructure. Inexpensive facial recognition machines, Google location data in the hands of law enforcement, and harassment on WikiPedia rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included the free textbook “Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers,” Wes’ Mastondon profile address (mastodon.cloud/@wfryer) and the hilarious episode 140 of the Reply All podcast titled, “The Roman Mars Mazda Virus.” 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. How Jack Dorsey plans to change Twitter (Axios, 16 Apr 2019)
  9. Jack Dorsey says it’s time to rethink the fundamental dynamics of Twitter (TechCrunch, 16 April 2019)
  10. A healthier Twitter: Progress and more to do (Twitter Blog, 16 Apr 2019)
  11. Thoughtful Twitter thread by @holden about farce of dialog in class discussions
  12. Journalist Carole Cadwalladr says ‘the gods of Silicon Valley’ have broken democracy (TechCrunch, 15 Apr 2019)
  13. Samsung sold out of its nearly $2,000 Galaxy Fold in just a day (9 to 5 Google; 17 April 2019)
  14. My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day (The Verge; 17 April 2019)
  15. Samsung Galaxy Fold display issues emerge just 48 hours after first outing (9 to 5 Google; 17 April 2019)
  16. New report declares Google Pixel as #3 in US market share, OnePlus in top 5 globally (9 to 5 Google; 16 April 2019)
  17. We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine (New York Times; 16 April 2019)
  18. Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police (New York Times; 13 April 2019)
  19. Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa (Bloomberg; 10 April 2019)
  20. The wave of domain hijackings besetting the Internet is worse than we thought (ArsTechnica, 17 Apr 2019)
  21. A Deep Dive on the Recent Widespread DNS Hijacking Attacks (Brian Krebs, 18 Feb 2019)
  22. Wikipedia Isn’t Officially a Social Network. But the Harassment Can Get Ugly. (New York Times; 8 April 2019)
  23. Five big questions about Apple and Qualcomm’s surprise settlement (The Verge; 17 April 2019)
  24. Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers by @holden
  25. Wes’ ATLIS Workshop “Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacywfryer.me/exoflood
  26. Wes on Mastodon: https://mastodon.cloud/@wfryer
  27. Podcast Recommendation: Reply All #140 The Roman Mars Mazda Virus

EdTech Situation Room Episode 130

Welcome to episode 130 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 10, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed YouTube’s challenges moderating objectionable content, the human costs of that content moderation, and the incredibly hostile digital infrastructure which is now online amplifying that content for apparently malicious purposes. HUD’s new lawsuit against Facebook for illegally targeted housing advertisements, and privacy and security challenges posted by pre-installed apps on Android were also discussed. Exciting recent Google announcements were highlighted including native editing of MS Office documents via Google Docs, forthcoming 3rd party add-ons to GSuite, and improvements to Hangouts Chat now integrated with Gmail were also discussed. From Chromebook land, the exciting announcement of a new #MadeByGoogle Chromebook, and Apple’s expected “reinvention” of MagSafe power adapters for USB-C devices were explored. Microsoft’s announced closure of its eBook store, the futuristic and arguably dystopian U.S. Army version of Microsoft’s Hololens platform, an intriguing SxSW musical performance utilizing sensorware, and the “Share No Evil” Chrome extension created in response to the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included resources for Wes’ upcoming ATLIS workshop “Filtering the ExoFlood,” the free eBook “Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers,” Gobo.social, and the 2019 Webby’s. 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.

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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant (Bloomberg; 2 April 2019)
  9. The Human Costs of Content Moderation (IRL Podcast from Mozilla)
  10. [VIDEO] How this CRAZY copyright policy impacts me by Paul Davids
  11. [VIDEO] Manipulating the YouTube Algorithm – (Part 1/3) Smarter Every Day 213 by @smartereveryday
  12. [VIDEO] Twitter Platform Manipulation – (Part 2/3) Smarter Every Day 214 by @smartereveryday
  13. HUD’s new lawsuit against Facebook is a dagger at the heart of the consumer internet (CNN, 5 April 2019)
  14. Android ecosystem of pre-installed apps is a privacy and security mess (ZDNet; 25 March 2019)
  15. Google Patched Ads Into High-End Android TVs and Users Are Not Happy (Extreme Tech; 5 April 2019)
  16. Google Docs will let you natively edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files soon (The Verge; 10 April 2019)
  17. Google will bring third-party add-ons to G Suite ‘in the coming months’ w/ Box, Evernote, more (9 to 5 Google; 10 April 2019)
  18. Hangouts Chat coming to Gmail as Hangouts Meet adds live captioning & public streams (9 to 5 Google; 10 April 2019)
  19. Dropbox announces enterprise Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides integration (9 to 5 Google; 9 April 2019)
  20. Google Confirms New #Madebygoogle Chromebook Coming For Business (Chrome Unboxed; 10 April 2019)
  21. Exciting New Feature Coming To Chromebook Desktops (Chrome Unboxed; 9 April 2019)
  22. Apple Reinvents MagSafe for the iPhone, iPad and Macs (Patently Apple; 4 April 2019)
  23. WSJ: Apple Music Has Overtaken Spotify in U.S. Paid Subscribers (MacRumors; 5 April 2019)
  24. Microsoft is Closing Its Ebook Store, Edge Support (Thurrott.com; 2 April 2019)
  25. Here’s the US Army version of HoloLens that Microsoft employees are protesting (Verge, 6 April 2019)
  26. Electronic music has a performance problem, and this artist is trying to solve it (@verge⁩, 5 April 2019)
  27. Share No Evil is a movement to make sharing terrorist content culturally unacceptable in Aotearoa
  28. Wes’s Geeks of the Week: Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy and Free online book: “Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers” by @holden and https://gobo.social/
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Vote for the 2019 Webbys!