EdTech Situation Room Episode 44

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

Shownotes:

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

EdTech Situation Room Episode 43

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

Shownotes:

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

EdTech Situation Room Episode 42

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

Shownotes:

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

EdTech Situation Room Episode 41

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

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) – learningischange.com
  9. The new wave of ‘unlimited’ data plans: How Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T compare (9 to 5 Mac, 19 February 2017)
  10. Is ‘unlimited’ phone data a ripoff? (Too Embarrassed to Ask Podcast, 17 February 2017)
  11. Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone Siri speaker (@appleinsider, 20 February 2017)
  12. Apple to Debut New iPad Pros, 128GB iPhone SE, and Red iPhone 7 & 7 Plus at March Event (@MacRumors, 20 February 2017)
  13. “I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.” (@ossia, 14 Feb 2017)
  14. A NASA Engineer Was Required to Unlock His Phone at the Border (The Atlantic, 13 Feb 2017)
  15. Mossberg: TV is changing, but not fast enough (Recode, 22 February 2017)
  16. Most U.S. workplaces still use ‘old-school’ tech like email and phone calls to communicate (Recode, 22 February 2017)
  17. Podcast: Silicon Valley should be making products for Middle America, investor Jeremy Liew says (Recode, 22 February 2017)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Beautiful quick image maker: www.canva.com
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week:  Skitch for Mac: evernote.com/skitch
  20. Ben’s Geek of the Week:  Extensions.af and Toby (Beautiful and easy tab management)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 40

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

Shownotes

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

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EdTech Situation Room Episode 39

Welcome to episode 39 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 1, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Jennifer Carey (@teacherjencarey) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed screen time and a recent response by Derrick Willard (@dwillard) to a provocative Time editorial. They also discussed the recent sunsetting announcement of Club Penguin by Disney, the importance of parents getting into the virtual worlds their kids are playing in and exploring, and Microsoft’s forthcoming “Windows 10 Cloud” product release. The recent successful ransomeware attack on an Austrian hotel, hacking the Internet of Things, uses for digital assistants like Google Home and Alexa, the importance of 2 step verification, and the dangers of Google Authenticator were also addressed. In a “Geek of the Week” bonus moment, Jason shared the $30 bluetooth lightbulb and speaker (from Amazon) which he’s using now at home. Official geeks of the week included the new NPR series “The Privacy Paradox” (Jen), updates to Google Voice (Jason), and “Advanced / Cyborg / Centaur Chess” (Wes) via Kevin Kelly’s (@kevin2kelly) outstanding book, “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.” Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Jennifer Carey (@teacherjencarey) – blog: indianajen.com
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. Reframing the Debate About Screen Time (30 Jan 2017, EduTopia by @brholland)
  10. An Educator’s Response: The Screens in Schools Time Editorial (12 Sept 2016, by @dwillard
  11. Club Penguin is shutting down (31 Jan 2017, TechCrunch)
  12. Even kids on Club Penguin staged an anti-Trump protest (14 Nov 2016, Mashable)
  13. Club Penguin Private Servers (CPPS)
  14. I Feel Like Club Penguin Doesn’t Care About Private Servers and Cheating (8 Sept 2014, ClubPenguinMemories.com)
  15. LEGO Life is a new social network where kids can share their creations (31 Jan 2017, TechCrunch)
  16. Lego launches ‘safe’ social network for under-13s (31 Jan 2017, BBC)
  17. Microsoft’s coming Windows 10 Cloud release may have nothing to do with the cloud (All About Microsoft, 30 January 2017)
  18. Hackers Use New Tactic at Austrian Hotel: Locking the Doors (30 Jan 2017, NYTimes)
  19. Generation X More Addicted to Social Media Than Millennials, Report Finds (New York Times, 27 January 2017)
  20. Tenergy Propel LED Music Light Bulb with Bluetooth Speaker ($30 on Amazon)
  21. Geek of the week from Jen: The Privacy Paradox
  22. Geek of the week from Jason:  Google Voice Lives!
  23. Geek of the week from Wes: Advanced / Cyborg / Centaur Chess via “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future” by @kevin2kelly
  24. ATLIS 2017 Annual Conference (Los Angeles, April 23-26, 2017)
  25. NCCE 2017 Annual Conference (Portland, March 22-24, 2017)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 38

Welcome to episode 38 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 25, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed in-depth the new Chromebook announcements by the Google Chrome team, Samsung and Asus, and Microsoft’s announcement of “Intune for Education,” a cloud-based tool offering functionality to manage Windows10 devices similar to the Administration console in Google Apps for Education (gSuite). They discussed the alarming aggregation of data on millions of U.S. citizens by private companies using innocuous sounding web interactives like “Facebook quizzes.” Topics also included a recent major ransomware security event in U.S. libraries, China’s new crackdown on VPN connections, Walt Mossburg’s reflection on FireFox (the first serious alternative to the dominant Internet Explorer browser from Microsoft), and Trump’s new appointee to lead the FCC who may be hostile to network neutrality. Geeks of the week included resources and tutorial videos to help with USB-C dongle confusion (Jason), a very cool family Raspberry Pi project with local weather (Ben), and TinkerCAD’s 3D design export functionality to Minecraft (Wes). Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  7. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff)
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., today (18 Jan 2017, ReCode)
  10. A new generation of Chromebooks, designed for millions of students and educators (Chrome Blog, 24 January 2017)
  11. Samsung Chromebook Plus and Asus C213 Touch-based Chromebook Initial Thoughts Review (15 min video review by @bhwilkoff, 25 Jan 2017)
  12. To Re-Capture the Education Market, Microsoft Aims to Offer a Compelling Alternative to Google’s Chromebook (EdSurge, 25 January 2017)
  13. Trump’s FCC Pick Doesn’t Bode Well For Net Neutrality (Wired, 23 January 2017)
  14. The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz (NY Times, 19 Nov 2016)
  15. China tightens Gr8 Firewall by declaring unauthorised VPN services illegal by @TheRealJoshYe (South China Morning Post @SCMP_News 23 Jan 2017)
  16. US libraries hit by ransomware attack (@BBCNews 24 Jan 2017)
  17. Mossberg: What’s up with Firefox, the browser that time forgot? (ReCode, 25 January 2017)
  18. Browser Statistics
  19. Visualization of Browser Market Share
  20. Facebook is changing its Trending section to fight the spread of fake news (Recode, 25 January 2017)
  21. Echo Chamber (WikiPedia)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: From the Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog: Ask a Tech-Savvy Teacher: Help me with dongle-land!
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Tinkercad – one of the easiest 3D design Minecraft mods around!
  24. Ben’s Geeks of the Week: Window on the Weather for Raspberry Pi and My daughter’s version (in Scratch)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 37

Welcome to episode 37 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 18, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed LinkedIn privacy policy changes, the major updates to Evernote and the Evernote mobile app, the excellent job prospects for physicists in coding, and the negative role of advertising in the online news landscape. Additional topics included the use of more tricky phishing schemes by hackers, the continuing development of personal assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home, President Obama’s recent interview with the New York Times discussing his recent favorite books to read, and the ability of AI to predict the mortality of heart disease patients with startling accuracy. Geeks of the week included Bitdefender, the Ancestry Education grant, and SimpleNote. Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  7. Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst)
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. LinkedIn wants more ad dollars, so it’s offering up more user data to advertisers (Recode, 18 January 2016)
  10. Evernote’s New App Is More Than an Update—It’s a Reboot (Wired, 17 January 2017)
  11. MOVE OVER, CODERS—PHYSICISTS WILL SOON RULE SILICON VALLEY (Wired, 16 January 2017)
  12. AI can predict when patients will die from heart failure ‘with 80% accuracy’ (International Business Times, 17 January 2017)
  13. Mossberg: Lousy ads are ruining the online experience (The Verge, 18 January 2017)
  14. Gmail hack: Even tech-savvy users fooled by sophisticated phishing technique (iNews, 17 Jan 2017)
  15. Prevent & report phishing attacks (Google Official Support page)
  16. Avoid and report Google scams (Google Official Support page)
  17. I Now Call Alexa to the Stand: What Criminal Law Can Learn from Civil Law When It Comes to E-Discovery (Jim Gill for @exterro, 13 Jan 2017)
  18. Alexa Is Conquering the World. Now Amazon’s Real Challenge Begins (Wired, 18 Jan 2017)
  19. Transcript: President Obama on What Books Mean to Him (New York Times, 16 January 2017)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: SimpleNote
  21. Eric’s Geek of the Week: Ancestry Education Grant (one year of free access for your students)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Bitdefender Family Pack ($70 for 1 year, $50 off) and Trafficlight Google Chrome Extension (free)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 36

Welcome to episode 36 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 11, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show (as well as some we didn’t have time to discuss.) This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst), Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) reflected back on 10 years ago when Steve Jobs first announced the iPhone, discussed new “2 in 1” laptops announced this week at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Store, and more!  Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming show times. Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  7. Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst)
  8. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff)
  9. Wes Fryer (@wfryer)
  10. 10 Years Ago, the iPhone Redefined Mobile Computing (9 Jan 2017, @macstoriesnet)
  11. Ten Years of iPhone: 11 hilarious naysayers who criticized the first iPhone 10 years ago (Stephanie Buck on Medium)
  12. Best of CES 2017: This Year’s Most Interesting Gadgets (Wired, 7 Jan 2017)
  13. The Tech Trends from CES 2017 That Will Actually Matter (Lifehacker, 6 January 2017)
  14. Lego Boost (new robotics coding – coming August 2017)
  15. The world’s new largest flash drive is the 2TB Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT (Verge, 3 Jan 2016)
  16. Samsung Chromebook Plus ($450, ships Feb 5, ARM processor. Samsung Chromebook Pro will be $550 and ship in March with Intel processor.) Video: Samsung Chromebook Plus at CES 2017 (3:17)
  17. Dash button hacking by Steve Dembo (@teach42)
  18. Google Voice is getting an upgrade (TechCrunch, 10 January 2017)
  19. Connected Podcast (@_connectedfm)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Whoa!  T-Mobile!
  21. Eric’s Geek of the Week: How I Built This – Podcast from NPR
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Fiverr.com (outsource your IT project)
  23. Ben’s geeks of the week: Product HuntFerrite for iOSPencilTree

EdTech Situation Room Episode 35

Welcome to episode 35 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 4, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This was our first show of 2017, starting our second year of live webcasts on YouTube and archived audio podcasts! Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show (as well as some we didn’t have time to discuss.) This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed news coming out of the soon-to-start Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. They also discussed the rise of VPAs (virtual personal assistants), genomics and the potential of CRISPR to not only transform agriculture but also impact a wide variety of medical applications, our need for more family-oriented connection apps, and the recent legislative victory of French workers over the tyranny of work email. They also talked about “The Trump Effect” as described by Walt Mossberg as well as the ability for Google’s DeepMind AI to read lips better than human beings. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming show times. Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. What Google, Microsoft, and Amazon did this week in the race to be everyone’s favorite virtual assistant (Venturebeat, 17 Dec 2016)
  9. Gartner Says by 2019, 20 Percent of User Interactions With Smartphones Will Take Place via VPAs (Gartner, 21 Dec 2016)
  10. Mattel’s $300 Echo clone will read your children bedtime stories (Verge, 3 Jan 2017)
  11. Google’s DeepMind AI can lip-read TV shows better than a pro (New Scientist, 21 Nov 2016)
  12. Genomics: How CRISPR is changing the food industry (Food Dive, 21 Dec 2016)
  13. Tales of Digital Distraction: French workers have won the right to ignore business emails that arrive after hours (CNN; 2 January 2017)
  14. Technology and Families: We need more apps and devices designed to help families connect to each other (Re/Code, 4 January 2017)
  15. President Trump: Mossberg: The Trump effect (Re/Code, 4 January 2017)
  16. Book Review: The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross (Wes Fryer, 23 December 2016)
  17. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Hover Camera (@hovercamera) https://gethover.com/
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Text Now, free texting and dirt cheap pre-paid mobile https://www.textnow.com/