EdTech Situation Room Episode 32

Welcome to episode 32 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 7, 2016, 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) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the launch of the new Google WiFi home router, screen time surveys for adults and kids, Gmail account hacks to well known politician accounts (Colin Powell and John Podesta) via clever phishing attacks, and recent Apple headlines about MacBook Pro issues. A considerable part of the show focused on Carole Cadwalladr’s recent article for The Guardian, “Google, democracy and the truth about internet search,” and the resulting response by Google to alter auto-complete search results. Thanks to Peggy George (@pgeorge) for sharing the excellent TEDtalk video, “Machine intelligence makes human morals more important” by Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep). Jason shared a collection of “travel nerd” websites for his geek of the week, and Wes shared https://safeshare.tv. Next week we’ll have a special “Technology Shopping Cart” episode, and then be off the week of December 21st for the holiday break. We’ll be back with an end-of-year “2016 Technology Year in Review Show” either the last week of December or the first week of January. 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!

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. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. Google Wifi launches today for $129 (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2016)
  9. How much time do parents spend on screens? As much as their teens (CNN, 6 Dec 2016)
  10. Distracted is the New Drunk (WNYC’s Note to Self)
  11. T-Mobile excited about life under Trump, reversal of net neutrality rules (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2016)
  12. “Program Or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age” by Douglas Rushkoff (@rushkoff)
  13. Google, democracy and the truth about internet search (The Guardian @carolecadwalla, 4 Dec 2016)
  14. Google’s auto-search results have become slightly less offensive (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2016)
  15. 2003 TCEA TechEdge Article: “Digital Literacy NOW!” (by Wesley Fryer)
  16. This is the most dangerous time for our planet (The Guardian, Stephen Hawking, 1 Dec 2016)
  17. Robots to steal 15million of your jobs, says bank chief: Doom-laden Carney warns middle classes will be ‘hollowed out’ by new technology (Daily Mail, 5 Dec 2016)
  18. Zeynep Tufekci: Machine intelligence makes human morals more important @zeynep (TEDtalk Video, June 2016)
  19. This Tool Can Help You Disappear from the Internet (Fortune, 26 Nov 2016)
  20. Gooligan Checker
  21. 1 million Google accounts compromised by Android malware called Gooligan (ArsTechnica, 30 Nov 2016)
  22. How Hackers Broke Into John Podesta and Colin Powell’s Gmail Accounts (Motherboard, 20 Oct 2016)
  23. Apple’s pricey MacBooks have me taking a second look at Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 (CNET 6 December 2016)
  24. New MacBook Pros plagued by complaints about battery life and graphics glitches (MacWorld 7 December 2016)
  25. Geeks of the Week by Jason: Be a Travel Nerd!
    1. http://www.airlinemeals.net/
    2. https://www.seatguru.com/
    3. http://thepointsguy.com/
    4. http://crankyflier.com/
    5. http://airlinegeeks.com/
    6. http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/
  26. Geek of the Week by Wes: https://safeshare.tv/ (removes related videos from YouTube video shares, works with SeeSaw)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 31

Welcome to episode 31 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 30, 2016, 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) and Martin Horejsi discussed the implications of President-elect Trump’s use of Twitter and first direct use of YouTube to communicate with the U.S. electorate instead of calling a traditional press conference. They also discussed implications of our social media dominated news and information landscape, especially as it pertains to journalism and the historic role of journalists to be the “news reporters” and not necessarily the “new analyzers.” They discussed Apple’s recent announcement that “air pods are coming soon” as well as new rumors of an iPad Air 3, and what upgrades or improvements are even possible now in the iPad line beside speed bumps. Jason and Martin also discussed Netflix’ announcement about offline downloads being available for certain shows, and what this might mean for cord cutters at home as well as travelers. Geeks of the week included Amazon’s facial recognition system “Rekognition” (from Jason) and the FLIR Infrared Camera for iOS/Android (from Martin). Check out the shownotes below for links to referenced articles and websites from the show. Also please fill out our listener survey if you have not already!

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. Martin Horejsi (NCCE Board bio – University of Montana contact info)
  8. Netflix’s new offline mode lets you download shows, watch them offline (ArsTechnica, 30 Nov 2016)
  9. Trump subs in a YouTube address for a press conference (Engadget, 21 Nov 2016)
  10. Tim Cook tells iPhone 7 customer to expect AirPods in the ‘next few weeks’ (ArsTechnica, 30 Nov 2016)
  11. Geek of the Week by Jason: Amazon Rekognition
  12. Geek of the Week by Martin: FLIR Infrared Camera for iOS/Android

EdTech Situation Room Episode 30

Welcome to episode 30 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 22, 2016, 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) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the challenges of “fake news” continuing to be shared in the aftermath of the U.S. election, and the responsibilities we have to vet and verify articles before passing them on to others. The future of net neutrality in the Trump administration, the rumored end to development of Apple’s AirPort routers, and the impact of both robotics and artificial intelligence on global labor markets were also addressed. As always, Jason and Wes focused on the impact and relevance of these stories for teachers. Please follow @edtechSR for updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/edtechsr as well as on Facebook. If you listen to the show, please submit our listener survey using the shortened link http://wfryer.me/edtechsr which forwards to a Google Form. You can also reach out to Jason and Wes on Twitter to share feedback, questions, or just let them know you’re tuning into the show! If you’re in the United States on holiday this week, have a restful and joy-filled Thanksgiving break!

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. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. Zuckerberg Says He’ll Take Steps to Solve Facebook Fake News (Bloomberg Technology, 19 Nov 2016)
  9. Most students can’t tell the difference between sponsored content and real news (22 November 2016)
  10. Your Filter Bubble is Destroying Democracy (Wired, 22 November 2016)
  11. Facebook’s fake news problem is way bigger than fake news (Vox 18 November 2016)
  12. Please Stop Sharing Links to These Sites (Patheos, 18 September 2016)
  13. False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources (Melissa Zimdars)
  14. Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little-Known Loophole (The Huffington Post, 15 November 2016)
  15. Education, Not Income, Predicted Who Would Vote For Trump (538, 22 Nov 2016)
  16. Trump’s FCC transition team may spell the end of net neutrality (Recode, 21 November 2016)
  17. Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort (AppleInsider, 21 Nov 2016)
  18. With Apple abandoning AirPort, here are the best alternative Wi-Fi routers for Mac users (AppleInsider, 21 Nov 2016)
  19. Why Some Apple Fans Are Considering a Hackintosh (Motherboard, 7 Nov 2016)
  20. Twitter’s long-overdue anti-harassment tools might finally make a difference (Vox, 18 November 2016)
  21. Apple exploring the possibility of moving iPhone manufacturing to United States (AppleInsider, 17 Nov 2016)
  22. [VIDEO] & transcript: Robots and the Future of Jobs: The Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence (Council on Foreign Relations, 14 Nov 2016)
  23. The Fourth Industrial Revolution: What It Means and How to Respond (Foreign Relations, Dec 2015)
  24. Wes’ TEDx presentation audio: “Digital Citizenship in the Surveillance State”
  25. Geek of the Week by Jason: Amazon Prime Phones
  26. Geek of the Week by Wes: Google Quick, Draw!
  27. Advocacy Advice (from Wes)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 29

Welcome to episode 29 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 16, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jen Carey (@TeacherJenCarey) joined Wes Fryer (@wfryer) for a YouTube Live conversation about student privacy, government and corporate surveillance, digital citizenship, strategies to stem the onslaught of fake news, helpful Google Chrome extensions, and more! Geeks of the Week included the app Google PhotoScan and ATLIS (The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools) from Jen, and several from Wes. Those included “Chromebook Apps Thumbnail links from Maize, Kansas,” Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points (from Apple), and Google Street View Animator. Check out past episode shownotes on http://edtechsr.com/links and be sure to follow @edtechSR for updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/edtechsr as well as on Facebook. If you listen to the show, please submit our listener survey using the shortened link http://wfryer.me/edtechsr which forwards to a Google Form.

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. Jennifer Carey (@TeacherJenCarey)
  7. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (@CTYJohnsHopkins)
  9. Security Now Podcast by @SGgrc and @leolaporte on @TWiT
  10. This Hack Can Silently Break Into 1 Billion Android App Accounts (@Forbes, 3 Nov 2016)
  11. Facebook blocks Admiral from using profiles to price car insurance (@Telegraph, 2 Nov 2016)
  12. Digital Citizenship Framework by Providence Day School via @mattscully
  13. Snowden Movie (2016)
  14. The FBI recommends you cover your laptop’s webcam, for good reason (23 Sep 2016, Engadget)
  15. FERPA Sherpa
  16. Common Sense Media Graphite Privacy Evaluations
  17. Student Privacy Pledge
  18. Gurus on student privacy to follow on Twitter: @drawpedu @funnymonkey
  19. If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy by @walterkirn
  20. Digital Literacy Tips: Strategies for Online Fact Checking (28 Sep 2016, @wfryer)
  21. How to be Digitally Literate in an Era of Fake News (15 Oct 2016, @TeacherJenCarey)
  22. Chrome Extension: What Facebook Thinks You Like
  23. Chrome Extension: Share to Classroom
  24. Chrome Extension: uBlock Origin
  25. Chrome Extension: Save to Pocket
  26. Chrome Extension: Tab Suspender
  27. Chrome Extension: Crafty Cursor
  28. Chrome Extension: Screencastify
  29. Chrome Extension: Turn Off The Lights
  30. Chrome Extension: G Suite Training
  31. Chrome Extension: Honey
  32. Chrome Extension: Chrome Sign Builder
  33. Chrome Extension: CraftyText
  34. Google PhotoScan (app)
  35. ATLIS (The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools)
  36. Chromebook Apps Thumbnail links from Maize, Kansas
  37. Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points (from Apple)
  38. Google Street View Animator

7 minutes of the original recording were removed because of bandwidth/connectivity issues during the live show. Thanks SO much to Jen for flying solo and carrying on despite Wes’ bandwidth problems!

EdTech Situation Room Episode 28

Welcome to episode 28 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 9, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) briefly discussed the historic and surprising (to many) U.S. Presidential election result, but spent the majority of the show talking about “Digital Citizenship in the Surveillance State.” Wes and Jason have submitted a proposal for ISTE 2017 on this topic (www.edtechSR.com/nsa) and Wes will be sharing a TEDx talk on this subject in Enid, Oklahoma, on November 19th. This week’s discussions served, in part, as brainstorming and preparation time for both of those presentations. In addition to the “related resources” available at the bottom of www.edtechSR.com/nsa, check out the “Guiding Questions” we used for the show on our shownotes page at www.edtechSR.com/links. Some of the questions we addressed in this show included: What personal stories can you share which highlight the importance of this discussion about surveillance? What is the current state of surveillance in the United States and why does it matter? Where do you draw the line between reasonable awareness / concern about surveillance and paranoia / unreasonable fear? How can people best stay up to date on surveillance issues? Geeks of the week included “Google Home” (Jason) and “CMRA for Apple Watch” (Wes). Check out past episode shownotes on http://edtechsr.com/links and be sure to follow @edtechSR for updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/edtechsr as well as on Facebook. If you listen to the show, please submit our listener survey using the shortened link http://wfryer.me/edtechsr which forwards to a Google Form. Your feedback and suggestions on the show are appreciated!

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. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. Staying On Message in the Classroom After the Election (post by Wes, 8 Nov 2016)
  9. The USA is Lesterland by Lawrence Lessig (@lessig)
  10. Fix Democracy First (@fixdemocracy1st)
  11. “The Third Wave” by Alvin Toffler
  12. ISTE 2017 Proposal and Related Resources: “Digital Citizenship in the Surveillance State”
  13. If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy by Walter Kirn (@walterkirn)
  14. Guiding Questions about “Digital Citizenship in our Surveillance State” available on our shownotes Google Doc (listed below)
  15. What personal stories can you share which highlight the importance of this discussion about surveillance?
  16. What is the current state of surveillance in the United States and why does it matter?
  17. Where do you draw the line between reasonable awareness / concern about surveillance and paranoia / unreasonable fear?
  18. How might political changes in government (in the U.S. or elsewhere) present moral/ethical challenges for leaders or citizens?
  19. Why is privacy and encryption important in our surveillance state?
  20. Should software creators be required to make “back doors” available to government authorities?
  21. How do we know what we think we know about surveillance today?
  22. How should our knowledge about surveillance today change the way we live our lives?
  23. Should we limit generous online digital sharing?
  24. Did Edward Snowden act as a moral whistleblower or immoral traitor?
  25. How should discussions about surveillance fit into “digital citizenship” lessons and curriculum for students in schools?
  26. What regulatory limits should government impose on corporate surveillance?
  27. What limits should there be on government surveillance?
  28. Is rise of the surveillance state inevitable?
  29. What software tools and advocacy initiatives are important to support to curb corporate and governmental surveillance?
  30. How can people best stay up to date on surveillance issues?
  31. Collaborative Flipboard Magazine: “Surveillance State, Privacy and Citizenship”
  32. Collaborative Flipboard Magazine: “Digital Security”
  33. Twitter Lists: twitter.com/wfryer/lists/security/members and twitter.com/wfryer/lists/surveillance/members

EdTech Situation Room Episode 27

Welcome to episode 27 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 2, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed a variety of announcements from both Microsoft and Apple from recent PR events. Topics included Microsoft’s Surface Studio, Apple’s refreshed MacBook Pro, AppleTV updates, and the changing identities as well as customer niche foci of Microsoft and Apple. Jason and Wes discussed the wisdom or folly of Apple going “all in” for the USB-C port in new MacBooks, and the possibility that laptop innovation has plateaued across platforms today. They also talked about the massive and unprecedented cybertattacks from two weeks ago, the role of hacked IoT (Internet of Things) devices in the attack, and the implications of this hostile cyber-environment for consumers as well as schools. Wes gave a big shout out to Brian Krebs, his security blog, and 2014 book “Spam Nation – The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door.” Geeks of the week included the WorkFrom App for iOS (from Jason) and political messaging games on GOParcade.com (from Wes). Check out past episode shownotes on http://edtechsr.com/links and be sure to follow @edtechSR for updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/edtechsr as well as on Facebook. If you listen to the show, please submit our listener survey using the shortened link http://wfryer.me/edtechsr which forwards to a Google Form. Your feedback and suggestions on the show are appreciated!

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. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. The 2016 K12 Online Conference has started!
  9. Microsoft unveils Surface Studio in bid for creative professionals (Guardian, 26 Oct 2016)
  10. VIDEO: Introducing Microsoft Surface Studio (2:13)
  11. The Bizarre Role Reversal of Apple and Microsoft (@backchnnl, 28 Oct 2016)
  12. Everything Apple Announced at the MacBook Event that Actually Matters (Lifehacker, 27 October 2016)
  13. Apple’s new MacBook Pro kills off most of the ports you probably need (TechCrunch, 27 Oct 2016)
  14. This is why Apple killed the SD card slot on the new MacBook Pro (The Next Web, 2 November 2016)
  15. Here’s why Apple kept the headphone jack in the new MacBook, but not the new iPhone (Business Insider, 2 November 2016)
  16. ‘Minecraft’ is coming to Apple TV (Engadget, 27 Oct 2016)
  17. Apple quietly kills non-Retina MacBook Pro it sold for four years (ARStechnica, 27 Oct 2016)
  18. What Last Week’s Internet Shut Down Really Means (Backchannel by Susan Crawford, 26 Oct 2016)
  19. Dyn Analysis Summary Of Friday October 21 Attack (Dyn Blog by @wscotthilton, 26 Oct 2016)
  20. Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage (Brian Krebs @briankrebs, 21 Oct 2016)
  21. DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say   (Guardian, 26 Oct 2016)
  22. Book: Spam Nation – The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door by Brian Krebs (per Wes: should be required reading for anyone studying computer science, coding, or the Internet today)
  23. ‘Internet Of Things’ Hacking Attack Led To Widespread Outage Of Popular Websites (NPR, 22 October 2016)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the week: WorkFrom App on iOS
  25. Wes’ Geek of the week: “Bomb the Right Place” by @GOParcade (more background)
  26. Tomorrow/Thursday night: #k12onlineconf live panel!

EdTech Situation Room Episode 26

A Seedlings podcast mini-reunion! Welcome to episode 26 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 19, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was again out on assignment, so Wes Fryer (@wfryer) joined Alice Barr (@alicebarr) and Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50) for a discussion about recent technology news affecting the world of education. Alice and Cheryl have been educational podcasters for MANY years, and are two of Wes’ personal “podparents” (if such a thing is a thing…) “Seedlings Forever!” Alice, Cheryl and Wes talked about new study statistics showing teens significantly prefer Snapchat and Instagram over Facebook for social media interaction, and how many kids (even older ones who are pre-service teachers) have difficulty viewing and using Twitter for professional networking. They discussed the recent name change of “Google Apps” by Google to the “G Suite,” and both Alice and Cheryl shared a few of their takeaways from last summer’s Google Geo Institute in Mountain View, California. Show participants also discussed the recent Vox interview article with Andy Stern (@AndyStern_DC), author of “Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream.” The title of the Vox article was, “Why we need to plan for a future without jobs.” Geeks of the week included Rewordify.com, “Time Saving Tips from GSuite for Education,” TubeBuddy for YouTube, the GAFE Admins Podcast (@gafeadm1ns), and the Providence Day School Digital Citizenship website. Thanks to our live viewers Jamie Camp (@connect2jamie) and Peggy George (@pgeorge) who persevered with us despite some technical difficulties! Cheryl ended up joining via iPhone speakerphone, so that is why there is a sync issue with her video and her audio quality wasn’t stellar. We were and are THRILLED that this YouTube Live Google Hangout could take place, however, and hope you’ll share feedback with all of us if you listen and enjoy the show. Please also take a moment to respond to our listener survey, which is linked in our shownotes. All links from this and past shows are available on http://edtechsr.com/links and you can follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date for future shows. Next week we anticipate being back at our “normal time” (10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific) and will feature yet another guest. Thanks for tuning into the EdTech Situation Room!

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. Special guest Alice Barr (@alicebarr)
  7. Special guest Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50)
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. Snapchat Beats Instagram and Facebook as the Top Social Platform for Teens (AdWeek, 14 Oct 2016)
  10. All together now. Introducing G Suite (Google Official Cloud Blog, 29 Sep 2016)
  11. Google Expeditions (now with an iOS app!)
  12. Why we need to plan for a future without jobs (Vox, 17 Oct 2016)
  13. Book: Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream by Andy Stern (@AndyStern_DC)
  14. Map: The Most Common* Job In Every State (NPR, Feb 2015)
  15. Alice’s Geek of the Week: Time Saving Tips from GSuite for Education
  16. Cheryl’s Geek of the Week: Rewordify.com (Blog post about rewordify on cheryloakes.com)
  17. Rachel’s Minecraft YouTube Channel: RachelArtist (>500 subscribers now – @RachfMC)
  18. TubeBuddy for YouTube (Google Chrome extension) and TubeBuddy’s Tips and Tricks for YouTube
  19. GAFE Admins Podcast (@gafeadm1ns)
  20. Providence Day School Digital Citizenship

EdTech Situation Room Episode 25

Welcome to episode 25 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 12, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment, so Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) joined Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) for a lively conversation about the positive power of Internet technologies to connect us to information as well as each other. Discussion also focused on Google’s new Duo videoconferencing and collaboration platform/app, the implications of AI (artificial intelligence) for our lives and our classrooms, and a recent anti-tech rant by educational policy wonk Diane Ravitch. Wes shared a shout-out to the new “Voices of DARPA” podcast, and Miguel reflected on how the outbreak of “predatory academic journals” reminds of the mid-2000’s as blogs exploded and many pundits heralded the end of information trust and credible sources. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week included the OneNote app and OneNote for Teachers, The Microsoft Selfie app (no that’s not a joke, it’s a real app) and Google Duo. Wes’ Geeks of the Week included the free “Simple Footnotes WordPress Plugin” and the amazing “Interactive Current Earth Wind Map” shared last week during landfall of Hurricane Matthew by @thekidshouldsee. Check out past episode shownotes on http://edtechsr.com/links and be sure to follow @edtechSR for updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/edtechsr as well as on Facebook. If you listen to the show, please submit our listener survey using the shortened link http://wfryer.me/edtechsr which forwards to a Google Form. Thanks to our live viewers who joined us for this show! Next week we’re likely to feature some special guests from Maine, and will be moving the show to start two hours earlier at 8 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central / 6 pm Mountain / 5 pm Pacific. Please join us live if you can, give us a shout out if you listen or watch later!

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. Special guest Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin)
  7. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. How Google’s Bicycle-Riding Internet Tutors Are Getting Rural Indian Women Online (Wall Street Journal, 3 Oct 2016)
  9. Duo is replacing Hangouts in Google’s batch of preinstalled apps (PC World, Oct 7, 2016)
  10. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen explains how AI will change the world (Vox, 5 Oct 2016)
  11. Barack Obama Talks AI, Robo Cars, and the Future of the World (Wired, Oct 2016)
  12. “Democracy”: The Problem with Technology, part 1 (Diane Ravitch, 12 Oct 2016)
  13. “Voices from DARPA” Podcast, Episode 1: Molecule Man (27 Sep 2016 – YouTubeSoundCloud)
  14. What Are Predatory Open Access Journals And Why Should We Worry? (Huffington Post Canada, 4 Oct 2016)
  15. YouTube Creator Studio Boot Camp (Oct 4-25)
  16. CARRDSS System Joyce Valenza, 2008 – Tech Tools 4 Writing (thanks Marta Tome)
  17. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week: OneNote app and OneNote for TeachersMicrosoft Selfie appGoogle Duo
  18. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Simple Footnotes WordPress Plugin (used in #dw4jc “hashtags” chapter) and Interactive Current Earth Wind Map (via “The Kid Should See This”)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 24

Welcome to episode 24 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 5, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the challenges of teaching civics in a heated election season and the affordances of social media during election debates. They also discussed some highlights from Google’s Pixel Phone event this week, including the Pixel phone, new wifi routers, a new Google Home device, and the role of AI (artificial intelligence) in Google’s corporate products and services evolution. The rumor of an October 27th MacBook laptop refresh was also discussed, along with some iPhone/Android phone comparisons. Wes shared an endorsement for the new movie “Snowden” and gave a shout out to ProPublica’s new article series, “BREAKING THE BLACK BOX: What Facebook Knows About You.” Jason and Wes also discussed their ISTE 2017 submitted proposal for a session titled, “Digital Citizenship in Our Surveillance State.” Geeks of the week included the importance of ordering OEM certified computer chargers and the free iOS composition apps, “MusiQuest – Music & Beat Maker” and “Sketch-a-Song Kids.” Check out past episode shownotes on http://edtechsr.com/links and be sure to follow @edtechSR for updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/edtechsr as well as on Facebook. If you listen to the show, please submit our listener survey using the shortened link http://wfryer.me/edtechsr which forwards to a Google Form. Your feedback and suggestions on the show are appreciated!

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. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. Educators Are Afraid To Teach Civics? (FastCompany, 13 Aug 2016)
  9. Who will Be President? (Election Data analytics from the New York Times)
  10. Google’s Pixel event: all the news from the big announcement (The Verge, 4 October 2016)
  11. Mossberg: How Google’s bold moves shake up the tech industry (The Verge, 5 October 2016)
  12. Pixel Phone: “fully charges for 7 hours in 15 minutes”
  13. VIDEO: Google’s Pixel phone event in 10 minutes “From mobile first to AI first”
  14. Google’s new Wifi routers are here to take on Eero (Verge 4 Oct 2016)
  15. Eero Wifi
  16. OH… by the way… https://9to5mac.com/2016/10/05/2016-mac-keynote-date/ (new Macs coming Oct 27?)
  17. Twitter’s new, longer tweets have arrived (Verge, 19 Sept 2016)
  18. ISTE 2017 Proposal – Digital Citizenship in Our Surveillance State
  19. Digging Into Facebook’s File on You (@notetoself, 28 Sept 2016)
  20. BREAKING THE BLACK BOX: What Facebook Knows About You (@ProPublica, 28 Sept 2016)
  21. Movie: Snowden (IMDB)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: iOS Music composition apps; MusiQuest – Music & Beat Maker” and Sketch-a-Song Kids” (more details in this article)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Purchase used OEM chargers and not third party chargers!  Example eBay Search.

 

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EdTech Situation Room Episode 23

Welcome to episode 23 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 28, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Martin Horejsi hosted the show and dived into a variety of technology related topics. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) was out on assignment this week and was not able to join live. Topics for episode 23 with Jason and Martin included the recently released Horizon Report (K12 Edition) and a great discussion about classroom learning spaces. They also discussed Elon Musk’s recently updated vision for Mars colonization, and the uses of technology to both fact check and distract viewers Monday night during the first U.S. Presidential candidate debate. Martin’s geek of the week was the TI-Innovator Hub, and Jason’s was the Flash Forward Podcast. Check out the episode shownotes for links to referenced articles and geeks of the week. Check out past episode shownotes on http://edtechsr.com/links and be sure to follow @edtechSR for updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/edtechsr as well as on Facebook. If you listen to the show, please submit our listener survey using the shortened link http://wfryer.me/edtechsr which forwards to a Google Form. Your feedback and suggestions on the show are appreciated!

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. Martin Horejsi (NCCE Board bio – University of Montana contact info)
  8. NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2016 K-12 Edition
  9. VIDEO – 6 min highlight summary
  10. Why making, coding, and online learning are the real trends to watch (eSchoolNews, 14 Sept 2016)
  11. Elon Musk Outlines His Crazy, Very Real Plan to Colonize Mars (Slate Future Tense, 27 September 2016)
  12. Elon Musk: We Must Leave Earth For One Critical Reason (Futurism, 11 Sept 2016)
  13. Presidential Debate Sets Viewership Record (Wall Street Journal, 27 September 2016)
  14. First Presidential Debate Breaks Twitter Record (Hollywood Reporter, 26 September 2016) (and is Disney going to buy Twitter?)
  15. Jason’s Geek of the Week:  Flash Forward Podcast
  16. Martin’s Geek of the Week: TI-Innovator Hub