EdTech Situation Room Episode 111

Welcome to episode 111 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 17, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Beth Holland (@brholland) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens, as well as a variety of educational issues relating to digital citizenship and digital equity. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included algorithmic literacy, privacy, digital equity, digital citizenship, media literacy, digital literacy, Internet safety, digital citizenship week, and more. Other topics included the National Educational Technology Plan, the ongoing code wars between nation states, and the power of social networks / human connections in unlocking opportunity and innovation. The digital divide in rural America, the perils of IoT cameras in our homes, the Media Education Lab’s Mind over Media Project, Imagineering in Storytelling, and geomaps of Lewis and Clark’s journey of discovery rounded out the week’s topics. Check out our shownotes on edtechSR.com/links. 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. Note we will be starting earlier than usual occasionally to accommodate guest schedules in upcoming weeks, so please check Twitter for those updates.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Beth Holland (@brholland) – blog: brholland.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. The Social Institute@thesocialinst
  9. Duck Duck Go (search engine without tracking social profiles)
  10. FireFox Focus (privacy-focused web browser)
  11. Friends Don’t Let Friends Use the Edge Web Browser (or Bing for Search) (Wes Fryer, 13 Oct 2018)
  12. Mind of Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda (by Renee Hobbs @reneehobbs and the Media Education Lab)
  13. Summer Institute in Digital Literacy by the Media Education Lab
  14. Free Speech in the Age of Algorithmic Megaphones (Wired, 12 Oct 2018)
  15. Family Online Safety Institute
  16. Winning And Losing The Code War – Interview with John P. Carlin (NPR 1A, 16 Oct 2018)
  17. Searching for Alternative Facts: Analyzing Scriptural Inference in Conservative News Practices (Data & Society, 2018)
  18. National Educational Technology Plan
  19. Higher Education Supplement to the National Education Technology Plan
  20. From Digital Divide to Innovation Divide (EdTech Researcher, 22 Sept 2018)
  21. About a quarter of rural Americans say access to high-speed internet is a major problem (Pew Research Center, 10 Sept 2018)
  22. Digital Equity Toolkit from CoSN
  23. Stanford History Education Group, Evaluating Information Executive Summary
  24. Facebook’s Portal Camera And The Growing Privacy Concerns Of Bringing Cameras Into Our Homes (Forbes, 8 Oct 2018)
  25. MLTalks: Experiential Storytelling with Walt Disney Imagineering (4 Oct 2018)
  26. The Lewis and Clark Trail from Space: NPS Story Map Journal (National Park Service)
  27. Beth’s Geeks of the Week: iCivics and Mind Over Media Project and Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Networks by Julia Freeland Fisher (@juliaffreeland)
  28. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Uni – Magic AI Friend: Relax in a magical world (iOS) and “Dawn of the Code War – America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat” by John P. Carlin & Garrett M. Graff ( – More #book2read reccs
  29.  Peggy George’s Geek of the Week Tiffany Whitehead (@librarian_tiff), “Fighting Fake News: Media Literacy for Students”

EdTech Situation Room Episode 110

Welcome to episode 110 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 10, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Jun Kim (@mpstechnology) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included the alleged hack of computer hardware by Chinese authorities affecting major tech companies including Apple and Amazon, which is very controversial and has been firmly denied by technology companies as well as government agencies. The dangers of connecting to open WiFi in public spaces, ways to avoid phishing scams in email, and the benefits of using password managers as well as a VPN or cell phone access point / phone tethering were also discussed. Robocalls on the rise, Google’s changes to third party data access for Gmail, the prospect of Google enforcing restrictive limitations on data sharing around the world because of country-specific laws, and Google’s Certification program for IT professionals were also discussed by Jun and Wes.  Briefly highlighted articles at the end of the show included the Google Pixel 3 and it’s touted capability to screen phone calls using an AI voice agent and Facebook’s challenges in moderating content worldwide. Geeks of the week included the COSN toolkit on protecting student data and FlowCrypt for sending encrypted email within Gmail. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. 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. Note we will be starting earlier than usual occasionally to accommodate guest schedules in upcoming weeks, so please check Twitter for those updates.

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. Jun Kim (@mpstechnology) – Moore Public Schools, Oklahoma
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. China Used a Tiny Chip in a Hack That Infiltrated U.S. Companies (Bloomberg, 4 Oct 2018)
  9. Risky Business Feature: Named source in “The Big Hack” has doubts about the story (Risky Biz Podcast, 9 Oct 2018)
  10. A U.S. telecommunications company finds fresh evidence of China hacking of tech hardware (Bloomberg, 9 Oct 2018)
  11. Sniffers and Snoopers and Hackers, Oh My! Protecting Yourself from the Risks of Public Wi-Fi (Ferpa Sherpa – Susan Bearden (@s_bearden), 20 Sept 2018)
  12. Firesheep should get your ATTENTION: Open Public Wifi Dangers are REAL (Wes Fryer, November 2010)
  13. How to Protect Yourself From a Phishing Attack by Hackers (Atlantic, 12 Sept 2018)
  14. LastPass Password Manager
  15. How robo-callers outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list (Washington Post, 11 Jan 2018)
  16. “All my friends are robocalls” episode of “Today Explained” podcast (on Twitter)
  17. Don’t force Google to Export Other Countries’ Laws (NYTimes, 10 Sept 2018)
  18. Google is shutting down Google+ after it exposed user data and neglected to tell anyone (8 Oct 2018)
  19. Google limits third-party access to Gmail and other account data (Engadget, 8 Oct 2018)
  20. Have I Been Pwned (good website to check your email addresses for security breaches)
  21. The Google IT Support Professional Certificate
  22. GSFE Admins – Google+ Community (@gsfeadmins)
  23. Beware of Phishing Cell Phone Calls: Don’t Share Personal Info with Strangers (Wes Fryer, 3 Oct 2018)
  24. Hiya: Caller ID, Call Blocker & Protection for a Better Phone Experience (via @pgeorge)
  25. TWIT Specials 326 Made by Google (4 Oct 2018)
  26. Google Assistant will screen spam calls on the Pixel 3 (Verge, 9 Oct 2018)
  27. Common Sense Media Privacy Evaluation Initiative (@cs_privacy)
  28. Ex-Facebook moderator sues Facebook over exposure to disturbing images (ARStechnia, 26 Sept 2018)
  29. Soldiers in Facebook’s War on Fake News Are Feeling Overrun (NYTimes, 9 Oct 2018)
  30. A dog lost part of her skull to cancer. So researchers printed her a 3D one (CNN, 25 Sept 2018)
  31. Jun’s Geek of the Week: COSN toolkit on protecting student data
  32. Wes’ Geek of the Week: FlowCrypt (encrypted email within Gmail)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 109

Welcome to episode 109 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 3, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Tye Campbell (@TyeJCampbell) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included the recent “Presidential Emergency Text Alert,” paging and alert messaging at school, and Apple’s latest iOS 12 which brings improved performance at the price of faster battery consumption. The new screentime monitoring tools in iOS12, school conversations on digital citizenship relating to character education, and school partnerships with “The Social Institute” helping students, faculty and parents embrace a balanced approach to social media an technology were also discussed. A shout out to ATLIS (The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools) and their upcoming conference in April 2019 in Dallas, net neutrality in light of new European legislation relating to “the right to be forgotten” and the GDPR, protection of personal information / privacy, and digital identity verification via Yubikey were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included iOS 12 Screen Time Controls (Tye) and recommended actions for scholars who are victims of online trolling (Wes). Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. 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. Note we will be starting earlier than usual occasionally to accommodate guest schedules in upcoming weeks, so please check Twitter for those updates.

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. Tye Campbell (@TyeJCampbell) – LinkedIn
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Why you got a Trump text: FEMA’s new test alert, explained (CNet, 3 Oct 2018)
  9. Blackboard Connect Alert Messaging
  10. Informacast: Web & Office Emergency Paging System & Software
  11. iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2: It’s actually faster! (ArsTechnica, 17 Sept 2018)
  12. iOS 12, thoroughly reviewed (ArsTechnica, 17 Sep 2018)
  13. Apple TV’s new TVOS 12 is available now: What’s new and how to get it (CNET, 17 Sept 2018)
  14. Moment – Screen Time Tracker (iOS)
  15. The Social Institute: @thesocialinst (Facebook) (An organization focusing on digital citizenship, partnering with schools)
  16. DigCit.us (Digital Citizenship resource website from The Casady School in Oklahoma City)
  17. More Great Digital Citizenship Resources: @mattscullypdsdigitalcitizenship.org
  18. Gaggle: Safety Monitoring Technology Use at School
  19. Digital Health and Wellness: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach (Wes’ ATLIS 2017 session notes)
  20. “Suggested Discussion Questions” for our Upper and Middle Division teachers at Casady School addressing our revised Responsible Use Policy with students during advisory time.
  21. ATLIS Annual Conference 2019 (@theatlis)
  22. This European Ruling Could Break the Internet (Bloomberg, 1 Oct 2018)
  23. Trump admin claims Calif. net neutrality law causes “irreparable harm” to US (ARStechnica, 1 Oct 2018)
  24. Beware of Phishing Cell Phone Calls: Don’t Share Personal Info with Strangers (Wes’ blog post, 4 Oct 2018)
  25. Facebook Security Breach Exposes Accounts of 50 Million Users (NY Times, 28 Sept 2018)
  26. The Facebook Security Meltdown Exposes Way More Sites Than Facebook (Wired, 28 Sept 2018)
  27. The New Yubikey Will Help Kill The Password (Wired, 24 Sept 2018)
  28. Tye’s Geek of the Week: iOS 12 Screen Time Controls (Wired, 25 Sept 2018)
  29. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Trolling Attacks on Scholars – Faculty Action (Tips from the Univ of Illinois via @kay314159)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 108

Welcome to episode 108 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 26, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included Microsoft’s MakeCode resources, the crooked path of a YouTube star to fan fame on new media platforms, and the emergence of “deep fake” videos. If we had a show title based on the show conversations, it would likely be Miguel’s comment, “The boy turned away from Linux, I thought he was doomed!” Miguel and Wes also discussed the importance of students learning how to effectively and responsibly create video today, the recent European Human Rights Court ruling finding the mass surveillance of Great Britain’s GHCQ intelligence organization illegal that was originally highlighted by Edward Snowden, and the prospect of worldwide surveillance through drone monitoring. The Australian government’s new anti-encryption legislation, an FBI alarm on student data privacy, the launch of FireFox’s “Privacy Monitor,” and the feared demise of Evernote as a notetaking cloud platform were also discussed. Miguel set a new global record for podcast “Geek of the Week” shares, including Paranoia Works for personal encryption of data, the book Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez, Glary Utilities for WindowsOS management, an Amazing 1Note Link from Microsoft, the TCEA TechNotes Blog, and Joplin Notes. Wes’ Geek of the Week was “Learning Creative Learning,” a Free online course by MIT Media Lab starting 9 Oct 2018. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. 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. Note we will be starting earlier than usual occasionally to accommodate guest schedules in upcoming weeks, so please check Twitter for those updates.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) – blog: www.mguhlin.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Microsoft MakeCode: Hands-On Computing
  9. MakeCode for MicroBit
  10. YouTube star Brandon Rogers tells the inside story of his rise to 4.5 million subscribers, from his big break to clueless execs and Facebook’s one hilarious request (Business Insider, 25 Sept 2018)
  11. Tracking Down Fake Videos (NPR, 25 Sept 2018)
  12. Rachel’s YouTube Channel and TEDx Talk: Tales from a Teen Minecraft YouTuber
  13. David Warlick (@dwarlick) Raw Materials for the Mind
  14. GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules (Guardian, 13 Sept 2018)
  15. UK mass surveillance ruled unlawful in landmark judgment (Big Brother Watch, 13 Sept 2018)
  16. Edward Snowden (@snowden) – Freedom Press
  17. Australian Government Ignores Experts in Advancing Its Anti-Encryption Bill (EFF, 24 Sept 2018)
  18. ISTE Standards for Students
  19. FBI Raises Alarm on Ed Tech and Student Data Privacy, Security (Education Week, 13 Sept 2018)
  20. Wes’ TEDx talk: Digital Citizenship in the Surveillance State (Dec 2016)
  21. Google Cloud’s new AI chief is on a task force for AI military uses and believes we could monitor ‘pretty much the whole world’ with drones (Business Insider, 12 Sept 2018)
  22. Mozilla launches Firefox Monitor, its ‘Have I Been Pwned’ clone (The Next Web, 25 Sept 2018)
  23. Apple’s Bud Tribble to Offer Support for ‘Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation’ at Senate Hearing on Wednesday (MacRumors, 25 Sept 2018)
  24. An Oral History of Apple’s Infinite Loop (Wired, 16 Sept 2018)
  25. Evernote isn’t looking too healthy these days (BoingBoing, 19 Sept 2018)
  26. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week: Paranoia WorksKill Decision by Daniel Suarez (@itsDanielSuarez), Glary Utilities, an Amazing 1Note Link from Microsoft: http://ly.tcea.org/mie2018TCEA TechNotes Blog, and Joplin Notes
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Learning Creative Learning – Free online course by MIT Media Lab starting 9 Oct 2018 (60 second promo video)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 107

Welcome to episode 107 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 12, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the days announcements from Cupertino at the special Apple Event including Apple Watch 4 and 3 new iPhone models. The forthcoming iOS 12 and the benefits of the new Apple watch providing ECG / EKG data which is FDA approved was highlighted. Under the heading of “Social Media Correction,” Jason and Wes discussed an fascinating and in-depth article from the New Yorker focusing on the challenges faced by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in moderate content for 2.2 billion people worldwide, and specifically the impact that is having on democratic processes and institutions. The banning of Alex Jones by both Apple and Facebook, and the devastating impacts of false rumors spread via social media in Myanmar, India and Brazil were also discussed. The public availability of mind-blowingly high resolution maps of Antarctica, The FCC’s “pause” of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, the ongoing exploration of our “Red Planet” by robots amidst the challenge of a summer planet-wide dust storm, and Twitter’s release of audio-only broadcasting options rounded out the articles in this week’s shortened show. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.

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 announces 3 new iPhones, a new watch, not much else (CNN, 12 September 2018)
  9. Why an Apple Watch with EKG matters (Verge 12 Sept 2018)
  10. iOS 12 is coming on September 17th, but here’s how to install it today (The Verge; 12 September 2018)
  11. Apple research continues on combining iPhone, iPad with MacBook-style accessory (AppleInsider, 11 Sept 2018)
  12. Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? (New Yorker, 17 Sept 2018)
  13. After Multiple Provocations, Twitter Has Banned Alex Jones And Infowars (BuzzFeed; 6 September 2018)
  14. Facebook followed Apple’s lead on Alex Jones purge, Zuckerberg (AppleInsider, 10 Sept 2018)
  15. Vicious Rumors Spread Like Wildfire On WhatsApp — And Destroyed A Village (BuzzFeedNews, 9 Sept 2018)
  16. These fact-checkers were attacked online after partnering with Facebook (Poynter, 10 Sept 2018)
  17. Google Wants to Kill the URL (Wired 4 Sept 2018)
  18. Reddit has banned the QAnon conspiracy subreddit r/GreatAwakening (The Verge; 12 September 2018)
  19. New Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’ (NYTimes, 7 Sept 2018)
  20. FCC pauses review of Sprint and T-Mobile merger (AppleInsider, 11 Sept 2018)
  21. NASA’s Opportunity Rover on Mars Still Silent 2 Months into Epic Dust Storm (Space.com, 17 Aug 2018)
  22. Twitter and Periscope now offer audio-only live broadcasts (Engadget, 7 Sept 2018)
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong (@sarahjeong) – free eBook and Algorithms of Oppression – How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Noble @safiyanoble
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Take Better Naps By Drinking Coffee First (Lifehacker)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 106

Welcome to episode 106 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 5, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) reflected on the 20th anniversary of Google and the 10th anniversary of the Chrome web browser, and the long way we’ve come in the ensuing years. Other topics included “the technology correction” with an excellent article arguing for the breakup of Facebook based on current U.S. anti-trust law, proposed revisions to anti-trust law which could be applied to large technology companies including Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple, and this week’s Congressional testimony by technology leaders in Washington D.C. The ethical dimensions of corporate developed and sold spyware, the question of liability for developers when their spyware is used by governments against human rights advocates and political opponents, and the ongoing advocacy by Western governments for security “back doors” in technology platforms were also discussed. The threat posed by new European copyright laws to the open Internet, Apple’s upcoming event on September 12th and leaks suggesting new iPhone models and a 4th generation Apple watch, and the success of the Google Pixelbook in sparking the availability of higher end Chromebooks rounded out the show’s articles. Geeks of the Week included the GeoMap website and application Relive, and CloudReady by Neverware for breathing new Chrome life into older computers. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.

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 Turns 20: How An Internet Search Engine Reshaped The World (The Verge; 5 September 2018)
  9. Google’s Chrome browser is now 10 years old (Verge, 2 Sept 2018)
  10. After 10 Years, Google Chrome Gets an Update: 8 Things to Try (PC Magazine; 4 September 2018)
  11. It’s Time to Breakup Facebook (The Verge, 4 Sept 2018)
  12. “The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age” by Tim Wu (@superwuster – coming in November 2018)
  13. Lawmakers Hint at Regulating Social Media During Hearing With Facebook and Twitter Execs (Time; 5 September 2018)
  14. Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook (Pew Research Center, 5 September 2018)
  15. Hacking a Prince, an Emir and a Journalist to Impress a Client (NY Times, 31 Aug 2018)
  16. US, UK, and other governments asks tech companies to build backdoors into encrypted devices (The Verge, 3 Sept 2018)
  17. Your internet is under threat. Here’s why you should care about European Copyright Reform (WikiMedia Foundation, 4 Sept 2018)
  18. This is ‘iPhone XS’ — design, larger version, and gold colors confirmed (9to5Mac, 30 Aug 2018)
  19. Apple Watch Series 4 revealed — massive display, dense watch face, more (9to5Mac, 30 Aug 2018)
  20. Swappa (buy and sell used smartphones)
  21. New High Quality Chromebooks Prove The Pixelbook Did Its Job (Chrome Unboxed, 31 August 2018)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Relive (example from Marco Torres)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: CloudReady

 by Marcin Wichary, on Flickr
“Google” (CC BY 2.0) by Marcin Wichary

EdTech Situation Room Episode 105

Welcome to episode 105 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 29, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the challenges of filtering / censoring Internet content at school and now (in the U.K.) at a national level through ISPs. The privacy perils and potential subpoena conflicts relating to cell phone location tracking, the ethical challenges of “native advertising” in podcasts, rumors of Apple removing 3D touch in forthcoming iPhones, and the security danger of sideloading Fortnight software on Android devices were also discussed. Final topics included the monstrous challenges facing Facebook in moderating user generated content on its platform worldwide for 2 billion people and the way Facebook is adopting a trustworthy scale for users in its fight against fake news. Geeks of the week included the Stikbot Studio app for iOS, Google Assistant’s “Tell me something good” new feature, YouTube’s new built-in screen monitoring / management tools, and the keyboard shortcut Control/Command K in Google Docs to add links. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.

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 U.K. Is About To Regulate Online Porn, and Free Speech Advocates Are Terrified (Time; 20 August 2018)
  9. Gaggle Safety Management
  10. Digital Citizenship Resources for Parents (including filtering tools / strategies) on DigCit.us
  11. To Catch A Robber, The FBI Attempted An Unprecedented Grab For Google Location Data (Forbes, 15 Aug 2018)
  12. How to start a community network – NYC Mesh
  13. End of a Legacy: Chromebook Pixel Updates Ceased (ChromeUnboxed; 28 August 2018)
  14. Ads for Podcasts Test the Line Between Story and Sponsor (NYTimes, 26 July 2018)
  15. “Today, Explained” – An Edgy New Vox Podcast to Compete with “The Daily” (New Yorker, 15 March 2018)
  16. Apple could remove 3D Touch from new iPhones, analyst says (The Verge, 27 August 2018)
  17. Apple to launch three new iPhones, Watch with larger screen, updated iPad Pros, says Bloomberg (The Verge, 27 August 2018)
  18. Android vulnerability leads to Google/Epic Games spat (ArsTechnica, 27 August 2018)
  19. The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People (Motherboard; 23 August 2018)
  20. Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1 (Washington Post, 21 Aug 2018)
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: StikBot Studio app for iOS and New Google Assistant feature: Hey Google, tell me something good and New YouTube Screentime Management Tools
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Control/Command K for Hyperlinks in Google Docs

EdTech Situation Room Episode 104

Welcome to episode 104 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 22, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the impact of social media platforms on journalism and the ascendency of China seeking to influence global Internet standards. Rumors of Apple updates to the Mac Mini, a browser extension to identify fake news, the amplified burnout of Elon Musk on Twitter, the “right to disconnect,” and a tense meeting at Google discussing China plans while an employee live-tweeted the event were also highlighted and analyzed. Geeks of the Week included the Amazon Firestick (great for hotel travel), the SurfSafe browser extension, ways you should “Treat your passwords like your underwear,” and a free podcasting course sponsored by the Knight Foundation. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.

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 Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero” by Timothy Egan
  9. When China Rules the Web (Foreign Affairs, Sept/Oct 2018)
  10. Platforms Are Not Publishers (Jeff Jarvis in The Atlantic, 10 Aug 2018)
  11. 4 Reasons to Wait for the 2018 Mac Mini & 4 Reasons Not To (Gotta Be Mobile; 22 Aug 2018)
  12. Spot a Bot: Identifying Automation and Disinformation on Social Media (Data for Democracy on Medium, 5 June 2018)
  13. This Browser Extension Is Like an AntiVirus for Fake Photos (Wired, 20 Aug 2018)
  14. In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight (Recode, 13 Aug 2018)
  15. “A huge outlier”: Musk’s Tesla buyout tweet could get him in legal trouble (ARStechnica, 15 Aug 2018)
  16. The right to disconnect: The new laws banning after-hours work emails (New Atlas, 13 Aug 2018)
  17. A tense internal meeting between Google CEO Sundar Pichai and employees went sideways as execs addressed rumors about the company’s China plans (Business Insider, 16 Aug 2018)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Bring a Fire Stick when you travel!
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: SurfSafe (free browser extension) and How to Launch and grow a Hit Podcast (free course from The Knight Foundation)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 103

Welcome to episode 103 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 15, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed universities deploying smart assistants in student dorms to answer questions, the privacy concerns of smart assistants in educational contexts, and the shortcomings of the latest MacBook Pro laptops relative to Windows-based competitors. Rumors of dual-booting Chromebooks (also booting to Windows), whether or not social media platforms are “publishers,” and strategies to stop or avoid “stalking ads” on social media were also addressed. Social media / fake news controversies over the temporary (7 day) banning of Alex Jones / InfoWars on Twitter, hacker threats to home routers (VPNfilter) and IoT devices, the advent of Fortnite on ALL Android devices (but not via the Google Play Store), and Google’s location tracking of users who turn off location services rounded out the news articles addressed in this show. Geeks of the Week included the Timer Tab app (ad-free), an incredible photo of our sun during a “Coronal Mass Ejection” with the earth shown to scale, and the recent PBS documentary, “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.

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. A University Is Putting 2,300 Echo Dots in Student Living Spaces and What Could Go Wrong? (Gizmodo, 15 Aug 2018)
  9. Resources on Privacy Issues for Smart Assistants in the Classroom: Common Sense Media Privacy (@cs_privacy) Bill Fitzgerald (@funnymonkey) and Susan Bearden (@s_bearden)
  10. 2018 MacBook Pro Owners Experiencing Crackling Audio (PC Magazine; 10 August 2018)
  11. HP, Dell, Microsoft Stay A Step Ahead Of The MacBook Pro: Three Metrics (Forbes, 12 Aug 2018)
  12. Chromebooks May Include Dual Boot Feature to Load Windows 10 (PC Magazine; 13 August 2018)
  13. Platforms Are Not Publishers (Jeff Jarvis, The Atlantic; 10 August 2018)
  14. Twitter suspends Alex Jones for urging people to keep “battle rifles” ready (ARStechnica, 15 Aug 2018)
  15. Are Targeted Ads Stalking You? Here’s How to Make Them Stop. (NYTimes, 15 Aug 2018)
  16. Free FoxIt Reader software (for PDFs)
  17. Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned (New York Times; 10 August 2018)
  18. Hackers could hijack devices using a laptop’s USB-C charger (TechRadar; 9 August 2018)
  19. Russian Military Spy Software is on Hundreds of Thousands of Home Routers (DefenseOne, 13 Aug 2018)
  20. Hackers account for 90% of login attempts at online retailers (Quartz, 18 July 2018)
  21. Your smart air conditioner could help bring down the power grid (CNET, 14 Aug 2018)
  22. How to Install Fortnite on Android (PC Magazine; 14 August 2018)
  23. Google tracks your movements, like it or not (AP, 13 Aug 2018)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Timer Tab
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville (PBS) and This Photo Of A Solar Coronal Mass Ejection Is Beyond Comprehension (Digg, 13 Aug 2018)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 102

Welcome to episode 102 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 8, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed an update to this summer’s MacBook Pro Throttling Controversy, the upcoming death of Flash functionality in 2020, and the importance of being wary when you see pop-up ads to “update flash” and other software on your computer. The recent decisions by Apple, YouTube/Google and Facebook to ban / take down websites and media channels of Alex Jones / InfoWars was also addressed, along with Facebook’s takedown of suspected Russian network pages. Jason shared a shout-out to the helpful updating software “Ninite” for Windows, and Wes shared a shout out to his school’s “Digital Citizenship Conversations” website as well. The perils of digital voting was discussed, along with the ongoing controversy over 3D printable guns. Amy Webb’s recent prediction that “smartphones will be gone in 10 years” and other trends identified through her “Future Today Institute.” The recent news that voice-based phone calls are finally in decline in Britain, Logitech’s purchase of Blue Microphones, a cautionary tale for users of free VPN services whose data is sold to advertisers, and an eye opening Guardian article about Russian hacking forums were also highlighted in the show. Google’s required use of physical identity keys for two step verification and the perils of using SMS as well as app-based verification methods for two step authentication was explored as well. Geeks of the week included Promevo (by Jason) and Explorables (by Wes). Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows, and share feedback with us about the show on Twitter or via a comment on our website.

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. Update: Apple Addresses MacBook Pro Throttling Controversy After Working With YouTuber Dave Lee (MacRumors; 24 July 2018)
  9. Senator Asks US Government to Remove Flash From Federal Sites, Computers (Bleeping Computer, 25 July 2018)
  10. Ninite: Install and Update All Your Programs at Once
  11. Op-ed – Alex Jones is a crackpot—but banning him from Facebook might be a bad idea (ArsTechnica, 6 Aug 2018)
  12. Facebook confirms discovery of new ‘inauthentic’ social media campaign ahead of US midterm elections (The Verge; 31 July 2018)
  13. Facebook takes down suspected Russian network of pages (CNN; 31 July 2018)
  14. Digital Citizenship Conversations website from Casady School
  15. Experts criticize West Virginia’s plan for smartphone voting (ArsTechnica, 8 Aug 2018)
  16. 3D-printed (and CNC-milled) guns: Nine questions you were too afraid to ask (5 Aug 2018)
  17. Smartphones will be gone in 10 years (Amy Webb in Business Insider, 30 Oct 2017)
  18. 235 Emerging Tech Trends For 2018 (Amy Webb, 25 March 2018)
  19. Amy Webb: Futurist and Author
  20. Future Today Institute
  21. Voice calls drop despite smartphone fever (BBC News; 1 August 2018)
  22. Logitech Buys Blue Microphones (PC Magazine; 31 July 2018)
  23. Be Careful With Free VPNs: Your Data Might Be Going to Advertisers (PC magazine; 31 July 2018)
  24. My terrifying deep dive into one of the largest dark web hacking forums (Guardian, 24 July 2018)
  25. Google – Security Keys Neutralized Employee Phishing (Brian Krebs, 23 July 2018)
  26. Google made the Titan Key to toughen up your online security (CNet; 25 July 2018)
  27. Reddit Breach Highlights Limits of SMS-Based Authentication (Brian Krebs, 1 Aug 2018)
  28. Have I Been Hacked / Pwned (use your email address to check if it was part of historic information hacks)
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Promevo – G Suite and Chromebook Reseller
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “Explorables: snippets of complexity” by @DirkBrockmann