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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EdTech Situation Room Episode 51

Welcome to episode 51 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 10, 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 Apple’s forthcoming (but rumored) “Today at Apple” retail sessions, and a TEDideas article suggesting we replace the term “digital natives” with the terms “digital orphans,” “digital exiles” and “digital heirs.” Additional subjects included the continued growth of the digital home assistant market and the new “Echo Show” product from Amazon, next-generation mesh-based home routers, and privacy articles highlighting surreptitious surveillance smartphone apps using “ultrasonic sounds” and new advice from NIST changing generally accepted safe password recommendations. Additionally, a new video promoting Microsoft’s Minecraft for Education’s Code Builder Tool and Google’s new tools to battle fake news in suggested search results were discussed. Geeks of the week included 5.11 Tactical Bags for Nerds from Jason and the TIDE Podcast (Today in Digital Education) by Dai Barnes (@daibarnes) and Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw) from Wes. 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. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Apple to launch ‘Today at Apple’ retail sessions in late May (AppleInsider, 25 April 2017)
  9. Wes’ photos of the newly designed Apple Store in Oklahoma City (25 Nov 2016)
  10. Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet (Ideas.Ted, 4 May 2017)
  11. Amazon Echo still dominates as Google and Microsoft play catchup (CNet, 9 may 2017)
  12. Apple ‘finalizing’ design of Amazon Echo rival based on Siri (AppleInsider, 25 April 2017)
  13. Introducing Echo Show (Amazon, coming 28 June 2017)
  14. Your Home’s Next Must-Have Accessory Is a Ridiculously Fancy Router (Wired, 13 April 2017)
  15. The State of Security in the Connected Home (Luma on Medium, 4 Nov 2016)
  16. Hundreds of privacy-invading apps R using ultrasonic sounds to track you (ZDNet , 3 May 2017)
  17. New password guidelines say everything we thought about passwords is wrong by @slavagomzin (Venturebeat, 18 April 2017)
  18. Have one of these smartphones? Your bank details, passwords and photos could be stolen (Kim Komando, 10 May 2017)
  19. Google Search update puts the heat on fake news (SlashGear, 25 April 2017)
  20. Minecraft Education Edition is getting a Code Builder tool to help teach coding skills (@cgartenberg, 2 May 2017)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: 5.11 Tactical Bags for Nerds and Amazon 5.11 Backpacks
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: TIDE Podcast with @daibarnes and @dajbelshaw

EdTech Situation Room Episode 50

Welcome to episode 50 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 3, 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) discussed today’s widespread Google Docs phishing attack, Microsoft’s newly announced Windows-S operating system, new Microsoft laptop announcements targeting the Chromebook market and MacBook users, and recent controversy regarding the website Unroll.me selling anonymized user data to advertisers. They also discussed Mark Zuckerberg’s recent forecast for the future of social media and screens (mixed-reality), a new Kickstarter campaign (Jelly, The Smallest 4G Smartphone), and cybersecurity. Geeks of the week included Google Trips (Jason), the Clips app for iPhone (Wes), and the Pocket Video from iOS (Ben). Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates and show date/time changes. Normally we’re LIVE on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific. Please join us live if your schedule permits for our 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) – learningischange.com
  9. Google Docs users hit with sophisticated phishing attack (The Verge, 3 May 2017)
  10. Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S: Everything Microsoft just revealed (CNet, 2 May 2017)   …anyone with Windows Pro can download Windows 10 S
  11. Microsoft unveils $999 Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S (The Verge, 2 May 2017)
  12. The smartphone is eventually going to die — this is Mark Zuckerberg’s crazy vision for what comes next (Business Insider, 23 April 2017)
  13. How to Secure Your Online Accounts By Revoking Access From Third-Party Apps (Lifehacker, 25 April 2017)
  14. The uproar over Unroll.me selling user data to Uber shows most people don’t understand ad-based business models (Recode, 29 April 2017)
  15. Jelly, The Smallest 4G Smartphone (Kickstarter)
  16. Wes’ notes from the 2017 ATLIS Conference: wfryer.me/atlis17 (also a reflective summary podcast)
  17. Slides and resources for Wes’ May 3 webinar “Minecraft in the Classroom”
  18. Check whether your email accounts have been hacked / compromised: https://haveibeenpwned.com
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Trips: Android; iOS
  20. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Clips App for iPhone (goofy example of speech to text video with Clips by Wes)
  21. Ben’s Geek of the Week: Pocket Video for iOS

EdTech Situation Room Episode 49

Welcome to episode 49 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 26, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Martin Horejsi from the University of Montana discussed Apple’s struggle to keep and win back school users,  the new online newspaper from WikiPedia founder Jimmy Wales, and varying perspectives on robotics. Wes Fryer was out on assignment but will return next week. Please follow @edtechSR on Twitter to stay up to date about our upcoming show schedule. Thanks for listening (and possibly watching) 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Martin Horejsi (NCCE Board bio – University of Montana contact info)
  8. Apple’s Devices Lose Luster in American Classrooms (New York Times, 2 March 2017)
  9. Can Podcasting Save the World? (TechCrunch, 14 April 2017)
  10. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is taking on fake news with an online newspaper (The Verge, 25 April 2017)
  11. Tales of Disruption: HBO’s Silicon Valley premiere tackles the tech industry’s biggest problem (The Verge, 24 April 2017)
  12. The 10-Year Quest to Make Your Phone Do Everything (Wired, 24 April 2017)
  13. We’ve seen so many scary movies about robots we can no longer be objective about them (Re/Code, 25 April 2017)
  14. Martin’s Geek of the Week: Milwaukee Tools TICK
  15. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Credit Karma

EdTech Situation Room Episode 48

Welcome to episode 48 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 19, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the implications of Apple’s announcement to make all iLife apps free for both MacOS and iOS, Microsoft’s new licensing strategy for Windows 10 and the “Creator’s Update,” and the potential for Google’s AutoDraw website to be used for sketchnoting inside and outside the classroom. Additional topics included a recent study suggesting kids who use touchscreen devices sleep less at night, a New York Times article on a paper suggesting social media is NOT contributing significantly to political polarization, and the X-Prize victory by an underdog family team who created a “tri-corder” to accurately diagnose thirteen different medical conditions. Jason and Wes also discussed two cell phone company related articles, including Verizon’s announcement to purchase tons of new fiber and bring 1 Gbps connectivity to homes via 5G wireless technology, and T-Mobile’s recent spectrum purchases boosting their LTE network coverage. Geeks of the week included a new Chromebook for Jason (HP Chromebook 13 G1) and upcoming creativity strand presentations for the K-12 Online Conference by Wes. Despite some Fryer home connectivity challenges tonight we made it through the show! Thanks to Peggy, Ben and Simon who joined us live from Arizona, Colorado and Australia! Next week Wes will be “out on assignment” but Jason will carry on with some special guests. Please follow @edtechSR on Twitter to stay up to date about our upcoming show schedule. Thanks for listening (and possibly watching) 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. iWork and iLife apps are now free for old and new Mac and iOS users (18 April 2017, ArsTechica)
  9. All the Coolest New Features in the Windows 10 Creators Update (11 April 2017, Lifehacker)
  10. Microsoft Releases the Windows 10 “Creator’s Update:” Here’s What’s In Store (Jason’s Blog Article at the NCCE Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog)
  11. Fast Drawing for Everyone (11 April 2017, Google Blog)
  12. Using Google AutoDraw for Sketchnotes, Infographics, Drawings, and More (13 April 2017, by @ericcurts)
  13. Majority of consumers fear engaging with AI (18 April 2017, Information Management)
  14. Social Media Is Not Contributing Significantly to Political Polarization, Paper Says (New York Times, 13 April 2017)
  15. Kids Who Use Touchscreen Devices Sleep Less at Night (Gizmodo, 13 April 2017); the actual study appears here behind a paywall
  16. Underdog team wins millions in competition to make real-life tricorder (14 April 2017, ArsTechnica)
  17. Verizon buying 37 million miles of fiber to boost its wireless network (18 April 2017, ArsTechnica)
  18. T-Mobile dominates spectrum auction, will boost LTE network across US (13 April 2017, ArsTechnica)
  19. Why the politics of the future is technology and technology is the future of politics (22 March 2017, Nikola Danaylov @singularityblog)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week:  HP Chromebook 13 G1
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week #1: K12Online Creativity Strand Presentations from Educators in Australia, Austria, China, Laos, Norway, & the USA: April 24 and 29
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week #2: Picture Book – Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey (Video: The epic journey of a refugee cat to find its family)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 47

Welcome to episode 47 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 12, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week special guest Beth Holland (@brholland) joined Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) for discussions focusing on Anderson Cooper’s recent 60 Minutes Episode “What is ‘brain hacking?’ Tech insiders on why you should care,” new IoT (Internet of Things) home hacking episodes, the federated (and FREE / open source) social networking platform “Mastodon,” and helpful articles on finding a secure VPN to protect your privacy. Geeks of the Week included realtimeboard.com (from Beth), Google Flights (from Jason) and an $18 6 port smart ID USB charging hub (from Wes). Check our shownotes below for all referenced links from the show, which are also available on http://edtechsr.com/links. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Next week we’ll be back on Wednesday night at our regular time: 10 pm Eastern, 9 pm Central, 8 pm Mountain, 7 pm Pacific. If you listen to and enjoy the show, please provide us with feedback by submitting our short listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
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  6. Beth Holland (@brholland) – current publications: brholland.com/writing
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. What is “brain hacking”? Tech insiders on why you should care (9 April 2017, 60 Minutes – Anderson Cooper)
  10. From 1 June 2016 Episode 12: Ex-Googler slams designers for making apps addictive like ‘slot machines’ (Business Insider, 25 May 2016)
  11. From 1 June 2016 Episode 12: How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (Tristan Harris, 19 May 2016)
  12. The attention economy and the Net by Michael Goldhaber (FirstMonday, April 1997)
  13. Four simple changes to take back control. (Time Well Spent, n.d.)
  14. Jason’s Classroom 2.0 Session on Digital Distraction
  15. Computers can now read your emotions. Here’s why that’s not as scary as it sounds (World Economic Forum, 31 March 2017)
  16. Why everything is hackable: Computer security is broken from top to bottom (8 April 2017, The Economist)
  17. Thousands of Hacked Home Routers are Attacking WordPress Sites (wordFence, April 11, 2017)
  18. Learning from Twitter’s mistakes: Privacy and abuse-handling tools in Mastodon (3 March 2017, Eugen Rochko)
  19. 5 Reasons You Should Join Me on Mastodon (5 April 2017, Wes Fryer)
  20. Updated Mastodon Instance List: instances.mastodon.xyz
  21. Wes Fryer on Mastodon: https://mastodon.cloud/@wfryer
  22. A Maker of Smart Garage Openers Responded to a Bad Amazon Review by Remotely Disabling the Customer’s Device (Slate, 5 April 2017)
  23. Burger King’s new ad forces Google Home to advertise the Whopper (The Verge, 12 April 2017)
  24. This company is microchipping its workers to give them an all-access pass to the office by (Mashable, 5 April 2017)
  25. Brain Targeted Teaching by Mariale Hardiman (@marialehardiman) – book: “The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st-Century Schools”
  26. Good luck finding a safe VPN (Engadget, 7 April 17)
  27. The Biggest Misconceptions About VPNs (Lifehacker, 5 April 17)
  28. Your Pick For the Best VPN Service Is Private Internet Access (Lifehacker, 6 April 2017)
  29. Beth’s Geek of the Week: Realtime Board – educators get a free account and can then create teams for their students.
  30. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Flights / How Technology Has Failed to Improve Your Airline Experience (New York Times, 12 April 2017)
  31. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Vogek USB Charger Desktop Charging Station with Smart Identification (400+ ratings with 4.5 stars, $18)