EdTech Situation Room Episode 61

Welcome to episode 61 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 16, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new updates for Google Sheets and Slides for education (G Suite) users, and a helpful (but NSFW) article highlighting the “why” of Internet troll culture as well as many Internet culture personalities and events which could be considered essential for adults wanting to understand teens and their digital context today. On the surveillance front, Jason and Wes talked about the recent FBI warning to parents regarding “smart toys,” and the troubling demand by the US Department of Justice to ISPs for names and data on 1.3 million Internet users who visited a Trump resistance website prior to the inauguration in January. A recent Google survey on ransomware, the recent HBO hack, the mind-bogglingly HUGE hack of Sweden’s national database back in 2015, and a July article from the Atlantic exploring whether companies should be allowed to offensively hack rounded out security articles for the episode. Jason also shared some articles with updates on the forthcoming ChromeOS and Android merger. Geeks of the week included two weather mobile apps (Storm and DarkSky), Tony Vincent’s “Classy Graphics with Google Drawings Fall 2017” online class, and an article explaining how you can “Use your Phone as a ChromeCast Hotspot in Hotels.”  Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Google Docs, Sheets and Slides get new features for enterprise and education users (9 to 5 Google, 16 August 2017)
  9. Troll Culture Insight: Film Crit Hulk Smash: P.C. Culture Vs. The Big Joke (Film Crit Hulk, 23 Feb 2017) via TWiT Ep 627
  10. Tor Browser – Tor Project
  11. FBI issues warning to parents about toys spying on their kids (The Next Web, 18 July 2017)
  12. Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site (The Hill, 14 Aug 2017)
  13. Ransomware ‘here to stay’, warns Google study (BBC; 27 July 2017)
  14. HBO hack: Studio won’t bow down to ransom demand or engage with hackers (FirstPost, 16 Aug 2017)
  15. Sweden Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly All Citizens (HackerNews, 24 July 2017)
  16. Android Apps And Chrome OS: What This Means for Tablets (Chrome UnBoxed, 11 August 2017)
  17. When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back? (The Atlantic, 14 July 2017)
  18. Tech Talk: Chrome OS & Android Merger Is Still Not Necessary (Android Headlines, 14 August 2017)
  19. Geek o’ the Week – Wes: WU Storm iOS app and Tony Vincent’s “Classic Graphics with Google Drawings” (register by Aug 23 to save $15)
  20. Geek o’ the Week – Jason: Favorite weather app: DarkSkies and Use Phone as a ChromeCast Hotspot in Hotels
  21. Listen to the EdTech Situation Room on voicEd Canada! (@voicedcanada)
  22. Promo trailer for @edtechSR by Wes

EdTech Situation Room Episode 60

Welcome to episode 60 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 9, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the celebrated death of a podcasting patent, revised password recommendations for users, hacked school Twitter accounts, new STEM-focused badges for Girl Scouts, and summer experiments with BadgeList.com. Additional topics included the recent Google broohaha over a sexist employee-authored memo, a new study further debunking the “digital native” myth, digital identity with Yoti, a predicted cyborg evolution for humanity, Jason’s new Windows 10S experiment, and a creepy prototype of a self-driving truck. Geeks of the week included The Hackable Podcast by McAfee (from Jason) and “Send by FireFox” (from Wes). Wes also shared a flashback memory from 2010 involving the “FireSheep” extension for FireFox. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. “Podcasting patent” is totally dead, appeals court rules (ArsTechnica, 7 Aug 2017)
  9. Girl Scouts add new STEM badges in robotics, coding, and racecar design (The Verge, 25 July 2017)
  10. Olin College (“A New Kind of Engineering College”)
  11. Create, Make and Learn Institute
  12. Harvey Mudd College
  13. Hacking of school district’s Twitter account is cautionary tale (TC Palm, 4 Aug 2017)
  14. The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d! (Wall Street Journal, 7 August 2017)
  15. Windows 10 S Now Installable on “existing Windows 10 education devices” How to download and install Windows 10 S (Beta News, 1 August 2017)
  16. Test Windows 10 S on existing Windows 10 education devices (Windows IT Center, 4 August 2017)
  17. The “Cobra Effect” that is disabling paste on password fields (May 2014, @troyhunt)
  18. This self-driving truck has no room for a human driver — literally (@andyjayhawk @verge, 5 July 2017)
  19. The digital native is a myth (Nature, 25 July 2017)
  20. Humans ‘will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years (Telegraph, 7 Aug 2017)
  21. Yoti Is Your Digital Identity (Great backstory on The Committed Podcast Ep 180)
  22. Google Controversy: Damore Went From Intern to Pariah in Google Tenure Ended by Memo (Bloomberg, 8 Aug 2017)
  23. So, about this Googler’s manifesto. (5 Aug 2017, @yonatanzunger)
  24. Security Now Podcast
  25. Pokemon Go oh no no no, we’re not reading your email, says gamemaker (7/2016, The Register)
  26. Catfishing (WikiPedia)
  27. Firesheep should get your ATTENTION: Open Public Wifi Dangers are REAL (Nov 2010, Wes Fryer)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Hackable Podcast by McAfee
  29. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Send by FireFox – Private, Encrypted File Sharing (backstory)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 59

Welcome to episode 59 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 2, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s recent favorable quarterly earnings report, Tim Cook’s alleged statements to President Trump about Apple manufacturing returning (at least in part) to the USA mainland, the relatively low influence of peer-journaled research in most K-12 educational purchasing decisions, and the implications of genetic modification / genomics in recently announced insect eradication campaigns in the US as well as a breakthrough human embryo genetic mutation “edit.” Other topics addressed included solar eclipse sunglasses scams on Amazon (buyer beware!), some excellent explanatory videos and articles about cryptocurrencies and the “blockchain” (including Bitcoin), the announced death of Flash as a supported web technology from Adobe in 2020, and recent hacks to Verizon customers as well as an alarmingly saavy web user whose AT&T iPhone account was compromised in a targeted attacked even though he had 2-step verification turned on as well as an account passcode. (The AT&T call center rep was the weak link and granted account access to the hacker without the required customer pass phrase.) Lastly, an article prediction that SpaceX will become the leading global Internet Service Provider (ISP) when they triple the number of communication satellites in earth orbit, and the current battle of Snopes to raise money and remain financially solvent were discussed. Geeks of the week included ShoutKey, a website for sharing time-limited shortened web links / URLs with plain English words easy to spell (Wes) and an Anker solar charger for digital devices (Jason). Jason also announced the “Chromebook App List” on the NCCE blog, and Wes shared he will be presenting for Classroom 2.0 Live on Saturday, August 12th. (Note: This is a correction from the date shared during this episode). Please check our shownotes below and links on http://edtechsr.com/links for all referenced articles and resources from this episode. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. After three years, iPad sales are up again for Apple (ArsTechnica, 1 August 2017)
  9. Tim Cook on Trump’s Apple Factories Statement: Let’s Talk About Something Else (MacObserver, 1 August 2017)
  10. How Much Do Educators Care About Edtech Efficacy? Less Than You Might Think (EdSurge, 17 July 2017)
  11. Genetically Modified Moth May Soon Be Coming to New York Crops (Smithsonian Magazine, 11 July 2017)
  12. In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos (NY Times, 2 August 2017)
  13. 23andMe: DNA Genetic Testing & Analysis
  14. Buyer Beware: Don’t blindly trust companies selling solar eclipse glasses on Amazon (The Verge; 25 July 2017)
  15. Radiolab Episode on Cryptocurrency zCash: “The Ceremony” (14 July 2017)
  16. Ever wonder how Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) actually work? (3Blue1Brown, 1 July 2017) h/t @legoarf
  17. RIP Flash (1995-2020): Adobe will finally kill Flash in 2020 (The Verge, 25 July 2017)
  18. Millions of Verizon customer records exposed in security lapse (ZDNet, 12 July 2017)
  19. I Got Hacked & All I Got Was This New SIM Card (@justin, 7 July 2017)
  20. Will SpaceX become world’s biggest telecoms provider? Probably.” (@gavinsblog, 15 July 2017)
  21. Fake News Watch: Snopes, in Heated Legal Battle, Asks Readers for Money to Survive (New York Times, 24 July 2017)
  22. Geeks of the Week from Jason: Anker Solar ChargerChromebook App List
  23. Geeks of the Week from Wes: ShoutKeyWes on Classroom 2.0 Live Saturday August 12th

EdTech Situation Room Episode 58

Welcome to episode 58 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 19, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week was a special episode dedicated specifically to “Net Neutrality” and the ongoing campaign to oppose corporate telco lobbying for Internet fast lanes. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed what net neutrality is and why it’s important, how it impacts schools as well as the economy, and why we need to advocate for net neutrality not only with the FCC but also with our elected representatives and senators in Congress. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Book: The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World by Larry Lessig – 2001 (@lessig)
  9. Book: Telecosm: The World After Bandwidth Abundance by George Gilder – 2000 (@scandalofmoney)
  10. Save The Internet – Free Press (Includes timeline of the Fight for Net Neutrality)
  11. Net Neutrality (WikiPedia)
  12. FIGHT: The WIRED Guide to Net Neutrality (Wired, 12 July 2017)
  13. Day of Action: Sen. Ron Wyden on What’s at Stake in the Battle for Net Neutrality (Wired, 12 July 2017)
  14. Why Net Neutrality Matters Even in the Age of Oligopoly (Wired, 22 June 2017)
  15. The End of Net Neutrality Could Shackle the Internet of Things (Wired, 6 June 2017)
  16. Comcast Looks All Set to Keep Controlling Your Cable Box. Yay. (Wired, 2 Feb 2017)
  17. Net Neutrality Vision Graphic
  18. If FCC gets its way, we’ll lose a lot more than net neutrality (ArsTechnica, 12 July 2017)
  19. Why Net Neutrality Matters (Virtualization and Cloud Review, 12 July 2017)
  20. Binge On | Video Streaming without Using Your 4G LTE Data (T-Mobile)
  21. Will SpaceX become world’s biggest telecoms provider? Probably. by @gavinsblog (15 July 2017)
  22. Google, Facebook, Netflix lobbyist tells the FCC not to destroy net neutrality (The Verge, 12 April 2017)
  23. Larry Lessig (@lessig) on Net Neutrality and Google [VIDEO] – Part 1 and Part 2
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Jason’s ChromeOS Software Project
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week:
    1. Circle with Disney ($100 plus $10/month for Circle Go. Track screentime by app/platform, filter/block websites and apps, set usage limits)
    2. How to see what the kids are doing on their phones (Francis Navarro, Komando.com, 9 July 2017)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 57

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

Shownotes:

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

EdTech Situation Room Episode 56

Welcome to episode 56 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 19, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) were back after several weeks apart, which included some international travel for Jason to Sweden. This week discussion topics included the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on “a right to social media access” as part of 1st Amendment rights, and recent announcements from Apple at WWDC including new iPads, the iMac Pro and HomePod speakers. The proposed purchase of Whole Foods by Amazon, the degree to which we can societally prepare for job displacement from automation, and efforts by Amazon and Google to address offensive content as well as terrorist-related media using human moderators were also discussed. An amazing (but apparently true) event in Ethiopia was also discussed, in which the nation shut down the entire Internet for several days to prevent cheating on high school student end-of-year exams. Several surveillance and security related news articles were also addressed. Geeks of the Week included the Podcast App, 60db (by Jason) and two from Wes: SiteSucker for macOS and the Eclipse Megamovie Project. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date on upcoming shows! Next week we’ll attempt a live show from ISTE in San Antonio on Monday evening, June 26th.

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. Survey finds 1/3 of people interested in Apple’s HomePod, still more likely to buy Amazon Echo (AppleInsider, 13 June 2017)
  9. The Supreme Court Just Protected Your Right To Facebook (Wired; 19 June 2017)
  10. [VIDEO] How many jobs will robots actually take? (2 min, 30 sec – @axios, 5 June 2017)
  11. Amazon buys Whole Foods for $13.7 billion (ArsTechnica, 16 June 2017)
  12. John McCain at Senate hearing: We’re living an ‘Orwellian existence’ (CNBC @jacobpramuk, 7 June 2017)
  13. Activists and Journalists in Mexico Complain of Government Spying (New York Times, 19 June 2017)
  14. Why I won’t recommend Signal anymore (@VenemaSander, Nov 2016) 
  15. Weapons of Mass Surveillance (BBC World Service, 17 June 2017)
  16. Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence (Guardian, 21 May 2017)
  17. Facebook sics AI on terrorist posts, but humans still do the dirty work (ArsTechnica, 16 June 2017) 18 June 2017)
  18. Four steps we’re taking today to fight online terror (@Google, 18 June 2017)
  19. Microsoft releases additional updates 4 older platforms to protect against potential nation-state activity (Microsoft TechNet, 13 June 2017)
  20. Defence Secretary unable to deny Trident nuclear submarines run on same outdated software hackers exploited to cripple NHS systems [Windows XP] (@montaukian @Independent, 14 May 2017)
  21. Ethiopia turns off internet nationwide as students sit exams (@guardian, 31 May 2017)
  22. President Trump wants a ‘sweeping transformation’ of government tech, he says at a White House meeting with execs (Re/code, 19 June 2017)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Podcast App, 60db, https://60db.co/  
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: SiteSucker for macOS (make static HTML versions of WordPress & other websites!) via @cogdog and Eclipse Megamovie Project (more info from Newsweek)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 55

Welcome to episode 55 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 7, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week while Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment in Sweden, special guest Dr. Scott McLeod (@mcleod) joined Wes Fryer (@wfryer) to discuss cyberattacks in Qatar and the Middle East, new iPad features announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in California, and the possible legal limits on public figures to block followers on social media platforms like Twitter. They also discussed a new book by CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna, insights into the rise of our artificial intelligence golden age from Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt, and students admitted to Harvard denied admission over inappropriate Internet memes shared over social media. Geeks of the Week included Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017 presentation (355 slides!) by Scott and Story Map (including a Story Map of 2017 Terrorist attacks) by Wes. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date on upcoming shows!

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. Dr. Scott McLeod (@mcleod) – blog: dangerouslyirrelevant.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. [VIDEO] Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2017 in 7 Minutes (MacRumors, 5 June 2017)
  9. Apple Beefs Up iMac and MacBook Lines, Teases the iMac Pro (TidBits, 6 June 2017)
  10. Three potential motives behind the tension between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours via @AnupKaphle (Middle East Eye, 6 June 2017)
  11. Twitter users blocked by Trump seek reprieve, citing First Amendment (New York Times, 6 June 2017)
  12. Trump’s not the only one blocking constituents on Twitter (ProPublica, 7 June 2017)
  13. Restrictions eased for federal agencies that use Twitter, blogs, wikis (NYTimes, April 2010)
  14. [VIDEO] Google’s Great AI Awakening: We didn’t even know we hired the best AI Scientists in Google (Interview with Eric Schmidt, RSA Conference, May 2, 2017, 40 min)
  15. One of Crispr’s Creators Faces Her Fears (Bloomberg, 1 June 2017)
  16. Harvard rescinds offers to incoming freshmen over hateful memes (CNN, 5 June 2017)
  17. Amazon refunding $70M of kids’ unauthorized in-app purchases (ArsTechnica, 31 May 2017)
  18. The disappearing computer (Recode, 25 May 2017)
  19. The Internet of Things connectivity binge: What are the implications? (Pew Research Center, 6 June 2017)
  20. Court: Dead daughter’s parents have no right to access her Facebook account (ArsTechnica, 31 May 2017)
  21. Trump Lies. China Thrives. (NYTimes, Tom Friedman, 7 June 2017)
  22. Scott’s Geek of the Week: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017 presentation (355 slides!) (KPCB, 31 May 2017)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Story Maps (Example: 2017 Terrorist Attacks)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 54

Welcome to episode 54 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 31, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week while Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment, returning special guest Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) joined Wes Fryer (@wfryer) to discuss cybersecurity and recommended anti-malware computing solutions. They also talked about efforts to salvage Twitter and Internet discourse by web 2.0 pioneer Evan Williams (@ev), the perils of moderating live video moderation, and recent commercial space milestones by SpaceX as well as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s company, Vulcan Aerospace. For Geeks of the Week, Miguel shared Multcloud.com and CloudHQ.net as solutions for creating backup copies of cloud-based storage files, and Wes extolled TabPilot as a Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform. Next week we’ll be back to our regular live show time (Wednesday at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific) and will welcome special guest, Dr. Scott McLeod (@mcleod). Please follow @edtechSR on Twitter to stay updated. As always thanks for tuning in and please share your feedback!

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 blog and TCEA’s TechNotes blogFree Resources and MORE
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Read MGuhlin on Medium | Read wfryer on Medium
  9. Did Kaspersky step in dog-doo? US Intelligence targets Kaspersky Labs (CSO from ISO Labs, 13 May 2017)
  10. Private Internet Access VPN | OperaVPN for Mobile Devices
  11. Opera browser has built-in VPN
  12. Miguel’s Windows Tips & Tricks
  13. BitDefender Free (antivirus)
  14. Spybot Search and Destroy
  15. MalwareBytes Anti-Ransomware | Download
  16. CCleaner (great for cleaning your registry)
  17. White hat or black hat? Firefox hacking tool Firesheep raises ethical concerns
  18. SSL Everywhere (VentureBeat, October 2010)
  19. EFF Publishes “Pwning Tomorrow,” a Speculative Fiction Anthology (EFF, Dec 2015)
  20. Defective by Design: Digital Rights Management (DRM) – look at the repeat offenders
  21. Medical Devices Hit By Ransomware For The First Time In US Hospitals (Forbes, 16 May 2017)
  22. Apple’s new iCloud security requirements: How it affects you and the software you use (22 May 2017, MacWorld)
  23. Set up 2-Step Verification for your domain – G Suite (Google Tutorial)
  24. Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC) Cyber Stars Summer Camp (Rose State College, Midwest City/Oklahoma City, OK)
  25. A US federal appeals judge said drones are no different than radio-controlled planes (Quartz, 19 May 2017)
  26. Learn to Code with a Drone (by Tinker)
  27. This Dystopia is Completely Ridiculous (7 May 2017, TechCrunch)
  28. ‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It (NY Times, 20 May 2017)
  29. Facebook Will Add 3,000 More People to Watch Murders and Suicides (Gizmodo, 3 May 2017)
  30. U.S. Consumers Time-Spent on Mobile Crosses 5 Hours a Day (FlurryMobile, 2 March 2017) – “Communitainment, or communication for the sole purpose of entertainment”
  31. DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane (DARPA, 24 May 2017)
  32. SpaceX successfully launches its heaviest geostationary orbital payload yet (TechCrunch, 15 May 2017)
  33. Elon Musk: SpaceX Is Almost Ready to Update the World on Its Plan to Get Humans to Mars (Futurism, 24 May 2017)
  34. Elon Musk: The future we’re building — and boring (TED Conference, April 2017)
  35. Paul Allen showed off his new rocket-launching plane today, and it’s BIG (ArsTechnica, 31 May 2017)
  36. Apple’s Siri home speaker now in manufacturing, may not ship until later in 2017 (AppleInsider, 31 May 2017)
  37. Creating Worlds of Tomorrow: Microsoft Innovations & Minecraft: Education Edition
  38. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week: Shuffling cloud storage content from one site to another with Multcloud.com and CloudHQ.net
  39. Wes’ Geek of the week: TabPilot (MDM)

SpaceX by ST33VO, on Flickr
SpaceX” (CC BY 2.0) by ST33VO

EdTech Situation Room Episode 53

Welcome to episode 53 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 24, 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 more takeaways from the recent Google I/O event, genomics and biotechnology news involving CRISPR and DARPA, artificial intelligence advances by Google, and updates to the Surface Pro line by Microsoft amidst forthcoming rumors of MacBook updates at WWDC in June by Apple. They also talked about recent “bot blunders” (related to AI and machine learning), ongoing fake news challenges to information validation (thanks Newt Gingrich), a company demonstrating the potential for journalism platforms to make money with a subscription model, and the interesting ways Apple is reinventing its retail experience in malls for post-modern (and online) shoppers. Geeks of the week included the Burstio app for iOS (Wes) and the “Amazon Basics” product line (Jason). The next few weeks we’ll be having some guests on the show and may alter our start times, so please follow @edtechSR on Twitter to stay updated about changes. As always thanks for tuning in and please share your feedback!

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. It’s true: Gmail can now reply to emails for you (CNET, 17 May 2017)
  9. Google’s Perfect Future Will Always Be Just Around The Corner by @pierce (Wired, 19 May 2017)
  10. [VIDEO] Past, Present and Future of AI / Machine Learning (Google I/O ’17)
  11. [VIDEO] Inspire Your Students with the 2017 Google I/O Opening Animated Video (@wfryer, 18 May 2017)
  12. [VIDEO] Watch Boston Dynamics’ dog-like robot do party tricks (Tech Insider, 19 May 2017)
  13. [VIDEO] Introducing Handle (Boston Dynamics, 27 Feb 2017)
  14. The best part of Google’s conference was a teen who taught himself to code to diagnose cancer (Business Insider, 17 May 2017)
  15. Nvidia Metropolis video analytics paves the way for AI cities (Venturebeat, May 8, 2017)
  16. [VIDEO] Deepmind CEO: Artificial Intelligence (AI) invents new knowledge & teaches human new theories (13 April 2017)
  17. Google parent company Alphabet has made the most AI acquisitions (ReCode, 19 May 2017)
  18. Jessica Lessin built a business to prove information doesn’t have to be free (Recode, 18 May 2017)
  19. Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro ahead of Apple Mac & iPad Pro refreshes (AppleInsider, 22 May 2017)
  20. Apple to update MacBooks at WWDC 2017, including possible Air, Pro refreshes (AppleInsider, 16 May 2017)
  21. Microsoft is placing a big bet on its new Surface family (The Verge, 23 May 2017)
  22. [VIDEO] Interview with Angela Ahrendts, Senior VP of Apple Retail (11 min, LinkedIn)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Amazon Basics Products
  24. Wes’s Geek of the Week: Burstio for iOS (via CNET) – Example with USAF Thunderbirds

Go by ivanx, on Flickr
Go” (CC BY 2.0) by ivanx

EdTech Situation Room Episode 52

Welcome to episode 52 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 17, 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 an array of exciting announcements from today’s Google i/o conference, as well as an interesting but disturbing video from the May 10th Microsoft Build Conference perhaps foreshadowing our “privacy free future” powered by ubiquitous surveillance cameras, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Panelists also discussed the recent WCry worm whose ransomeware payload has made headlines and wreaked havoc on unpatched (as well as pirated) Windows-powered computers worldwide. The response of Microsoft’s President, Brad Smith, was a call for national governments to stop stockpiling computer exploits like this one originally developed by the NSA and leaked to the public. Topics also included the possibility of a forthcoming Siri-powered home assistant from Apple (perhaps to be announced in June at WWDC), a new aggregation of compromised 560 million email credentials (yes it might be time to change your password) making it even easier for hackers to ruin your life. Wes also mentioned the ATLIS 2017 session “Copyright & Intellectual Property: Who Owns What Teachers and Students Create in Your School?” in the context of photo sharing of student photos taken at school. Please follow us on Twitter (@edtechSR) to stay up to date on upcoming shows and infrequent show start time changes. Generally you can join us live at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific on Wednesday nights on YouTube Live! Please share feedback with us if you listen to the show, have ideas for future show topics, or have a suggestion for a guest on a future episode.

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. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) – blog: learningischange.com
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. Change Your Passwords: 560 Million Email Credentials Have Been Leaked (Lifehacker, 17 May 2017)
  10. Check if your email account has been compromised: https://haveibeenpwned.com
  11. Google I/O 2017: Everything important that Google announced today (Recode, 17 May 2017)
  12. 2.5 hour VIDEO: Google I/O’17: Google Keynote (starts at 37:32)
  13. The Google Assistant — get help anytime, anywhere (iOS app)
  14. “By 2020, the cumulative number of cameras is expected to rise to approximately 1 billion.” (via Venturebeat, 8 May 2017)
  15. Here’s a Chilling Glimpse of the Privacy-Free Future (Popular Mechanics, 10 May 2017)
  16. VIDEO: Build 2017: Workplace Safety Demonstration  (Microsoft, 10 May 2017)
  17. An NSA Cyber Weapon Might Be Behind A Massive Global Ransomware Outbreak (Forbes, 12 May 2017)
  18. Microsoft Has Effectively Banned Third-Party Browsers From the Windows Store (BleepingComputer, 10 May 2017)
  19. Editorial: When Apple is 2 years behind you, put your things in order (AppleInsider, 13 May 2017)
  20. Two days after WCry worm, Microsoft decries exploit stockpiling by governments (ArsTechnica, 15 May 2017)
  21. WCry is so mean Microsoft issues patch for 3 unsupported Windows versions (ArsTechnica, 13 May 2017)
  22. Copyright & Intellectual Property: Who Owns What Teachers and Students Create in Your School? (Vinnie Vrotney @kinkaidtech at ATLIS 2017, notes by Wes Fryer)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Kinja Deals! 
  24. Ben’s 1st Geek of the Week: Translate and Text to Speech with Workflow on iOS
  25. Ben’s 2nd Geek of the Week: Contrafabulists Podcast
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: : MacCast Podcast (13 May 2017 episode) on PocketCasts app (iOS and Android)

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