EdTech Situation Room Episode 73

Welcome to episode 73 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 8, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed how to run Windows software on newer Chromebooks using CodeWeavers’ CrossOver, recent congressional testimony by Silicon Valley leaders, and Twitter’s expanded 280 character limit. Additional topics included the EPA’s recent approval to release genetically modified mosquitoes in 20 U.S. states and the rise of global “Net States.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay updated, and join us LIVE for a future show at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain. Check all our shownotes on http://edtechSR.com/links

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. Chromebooks Get Windows Software Via CodeWeavers’ CrossOver (Android Headlines, 8 November 2017)
  9. Run Windows Apps On Your Chromebook With Crossover – Sort Of (Chrome Unboxed)
  10. Sen. Al Franken torched Amazon, Facebook and Google for using their algorithms to maintain their massive footprints (Recode, 8 November 2017)
  11. It’s not just a Trump problem — we all have to take responsibility for Twitter (Recode, 8 November 2017)Twitter is rolling out 280-character tweets around the world (The Verge, 7 November 2017)
  12. Twitter’s 280-Character Limit Is Here to Stay (PC Magazine, 7 November 2017)
  13. EPA approves ‘good guy’ mosquitoes to battle Zika (Engadget, 8 Nov 2017)
  14. Facebook and Google Are Actually ‘Net States.’ And They Rule the World (Net States Rule The World; We Need To Recognize Their Power) (Wired, 4 Nov 2017)
  15. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Jelly!
  16. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] Saroo Brierley: Homeward Bound (3 min) and 2016 movie “Lion” (s/o to Google Maps)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 72

Welcome to episode 72 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 1, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the unfortunate limitations of USB-C cables, the slowing of Moore’s law and the growing importance of AI for smartphone sales and function, and iPhone X pre-order sales numbers. Additional topics included survey results about Americans’ opinions of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, the U.S Congressional hearings with representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google, the need to address online anonymity in light of U.S. Presidential election revelations, and the ways social media is used today to divide our nation rather than unify us. Samsung’s opening of its codebase for the Galaxy S5 has led to some remarkable DIY hacking projects, and Facebook may start requiring publisher to pay to make articles visible in user news feeds. All these topics and more were discussed in this week’s episodes. Jason’s geek of the week was a collection of Google related IFTTT recipes and a helpful beginner’s guide to IFTTT. Wes’ geek of the week was Screen Cloud, a Google services connected digital signage platform which is extremely robust and awesome. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay updated, and join us LIVE for a future show at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain. Check all our shownotes on http://edtechSR.com/links

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. The impossible dream of USB-C (Marco.org; 14 October 2017)
  9. Google and Amazon are spearheading a quiet gadget revolution, and it’s going to put pressure on Apple most of all (Business Insider, 29 Oct 2017)
  10. A dormant chip in the Pixel 2 will soon let developers write better camera and AI apps (TechCrunch, 17 Oct 2017)
  11. Here’s how many minutes you had to score a first-day iPhone X (Business Insider, 27 Oct 2017)
  12. How Americans really feel about Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Google, Twitter, and more (Verge, 27 Oct 2017)
  13. Russia’s social media meddling could spell the end of online anonymity (The Verge, 1 November 2017)
  14. Apple CEO Tim Cook says social media is being used to manipulate and divide us (The Verge, 1 Nov 2017)
  15. Four Questions For Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Everyone Else (@DFRlab, 1 Nov 2017)
  16. Publishers might have to start paying Facebook if they want anyone to see their stories (@Recode, 23 Oct 2017)
  17. Samsung turned 40 Galaxy S5s into a Bitcoin mining rig (Android Authority, 30 October 2017)
  18. Google’s Home Mini needed a software patch to stop some of them from recording everything (Verge, 10 Oct 2017)
  19. Federal Court Ruling: USG Is Free 2 Seize Your Fingerprint 2 Unlock Your Apple Devices (@AEGISAllianceTM, 21 Oct 2017)
  20. Wait Until 8th (
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week:  Reminder… IFTTT and The Beginner’s Guide to IFTTT (LifeHacker)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Screen Cloud (Digital Signage)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 71

Welcome to episode 71 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 25, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Microsoft’s play to offer its universe of applications (including the Edge web browser and the Cortana assistant) on Android phones, upgrade woes with iOS 11, and Coda’s efforts to create a new document format merging word processing documents and spreadsheets. Security articles included a shout out to Nicole Perlroth’s September 11th interview on cybersecurity on the World Affairs Council podcast, Facebook security issues and the Facebook privacy checkup, and new attacks including “BadRabbit ransomware” and “The Reaper Botnet.” Jason Snell’s recent article hoping for / predicting a forthcoming Mac Mini update, the incredible learning speed and accomplishments of AlphaGo Zero, SeeSaw’s addition of “Activities” to its classroom app, and new/updated clear solar cells were also discussed. Jason finished out the week’s articles talking about “containers on Chromebooks.” Geeks of the week included discounted Amazon Echos on Woot, the BBEDIT text editor for batch-editing documents, and Storyspheres from Google. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay updated, and join us LIVE for a future show at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain. Check all our shownotes on http://edtechSR.com/links

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. Microsoft Edge browser preview makes its way to Android (Engadget, 13 October 2017)
  9. Two Google alums just raised $60M to rethink documents (TechCrunch, 19 Oct 2017)
  10. Google launches native add-ons for Gmail (The Verge, 24 October 2017)
  11. G Camp OKC coming on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Oklahoma City (@gcampOKC)
  12. The Cyberthreat with Nicole Perlroth @nicoleperlroth (World Affairs Council, 11 Sept 2017)
  13. Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon by Kim Zetter (@KimZetter)
  14. Wes’ Twitter list of Security experts
  15. What’s the [FACEBOOK] Privacy Checkup and how can I find it?
  16. Facebook Security and Login Settings
  17. BadRabbit ransomware attacks multiple media outlets (CSO, 24 Oct 2017)
  18. The Reaper Botnet Could Be Worse Than the Internet-Shaking Mirai Ever Was (Wired, 20 Oct 2017)
  19. A new Mac mini: I want to believe (Six Colors, 23 October 2017)
  20. AlphaGo Zero: Learning from scratch (Demis Hassabis and David Silver of DeepMind, 18 Oct 2017)
  21. Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train Them Like Dogs (Wired, May 2016)
  22. Transparent Solar Cells Like This Could Deliver 40% of America’s Power (Science Alert, 24 Oct 2017)
  23. Small Montana firm lands Puerto Rico’s biggest contract to get the power back on (Washington Post, 23 Oct 2017)
  24. SeeSaw Adds Activities to its Classroom App (SeeSaw, 5 Oct 2017)
  25. Containers And Chromebooks: The Future Of Chrome OS (Chrome Unboxed, 22 October 2017)
  26. Chromebooks Capture Canada’s K-12 Educational Tech Market (Chrome Unboxed, 25 October 2017)
  27. Samsung To Launch Chromebook Pro With Better Specs (Android Headlines, 23 October 2117)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Woot is clearing out Amazon Echos!
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: BBEDIT (backstory: The Podcasting Legacy of Bob Sprankle and The Scholars of Room 208) and Storyspheres (A tool for enhancing 360 images that lets you position audio within a scene, to easily create interactive experiences) via @alicebarr

EdTech Situation Room Episode 70

Welcome to episode 70 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 18, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s new “Advanced Protection” security mode, hacker threats in several US states to parents of students, Microsoft Windows 10 “Creator Updates,” and reports that our solar system has a mysterious “Super Earth” 9th planet well beyond the orbit of Neptune. Additional topics included several updates to Google Earth and Google Maps mashups, recent Amazon advertising mistakes, the importance of media literacy education, and the emerging narrative of how Russian operatives appear to have subverted democracy in the U.S. 2016 Presidential election using Facebook targeted ads. “Speed round” article topics included a new Russian cryptocurrency, Netflix’ push for original movie and show content, Equifax hack blame falling on “one IT guy,” RSA encryption hacks, the cost of product placement advertisements, Eli Pariser’s “Filter Bubble,” and the secrets of Yahoo search. Geeks of the week included a $10 “FIDO U2F Security Key” and the weather website and app “Dark Sky.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!

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’s ‘Advanced Protection’ Locks Down Accounts Like Never Before (Wired, 17 Oct 2017)
  9. Google Safety Center
  10. Google Advanced Protection Program
  11. Dark Overlord hacks schools across U.S., texts threats against kids to parents (CSO, 9 Oct 2017)
  12. Desktop Outlook will get a redesign with the biggest changes happening on Macs (ArsTechnica, 16 Oct 2017)
  13. Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update is now available (The Verge, 17 Oct 17)
  14. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: the 10 best new features (The Verge, 17 Oct 17)
  15. NASA press release says our solar system has a 9th planet (Futurism, 13 Oct 2017)
  16. The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner (NASA JPL, 4 Oct 2017)
  17. NASA’s new ion thruster breaks records, could take humans to Mars (Futurism, 13 Oct 2017)
  18. Space out with planets in Google Maps (Google, 16 Oct 2017)
  19. Nukemap: An Interactive Simulator by @wellerstein
  20. MISSILEMAP by @wellerstein
  21. Google Tour Builder for any Subject by Eric Curts (@ericcurts)
  22. Amazon is telling customers that people bought gifts for their non-existent baby (The Verge, 09/19/2017)
  23. Is Amazon recommending bomb ingredients? (BBC News, 19 Sep 2017)
  24. What Facebook Did to American Democracy (The Atlantic, 12 Oct 2017)
  25. Media Literacy Resources by NewseumEd
  26. Teaching Media Literacy by Rene Hobbs (Media Education Lab)
  27. NPR Show “On The Media”
  28. Authoritarian Cryptocurrencies Are Coming (Bloomberg, 17 Oct 2017)
  29. Putin green lights launch of the CryptoRuble (Russia Today, 17 Oct 2017)
  30. Netflix plans to spend $8 billion to make its library 50 percent original by 2018 (The Verge, 16 October 2017)
  31. Former Equifax CEO Blames One IT Guy for Massive Hack (NBC News, 5 Oct 2017)
  32. Falling through the KRACKs (@matthew_d_green , 16 Oct 2017)
  33. KRACK mass Wi-Fi attack: Who is to blame? (ZDNet, 17 Oct 2017)
  34. As devastating as KRACK – New vulnerability undermines RSA encryption keys (ZDNet, 17 Oct 2017)
  35. Here’s how much social media stars get paid to post ads (ReCode, 14 September 2017)
  36. “The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think” by Eli Pariser (2011)
  37. TEDTalk: Beware Online Filter Bubbles by Eli Pariser (2011)
  38. Verizon Open Sources Yahoo! Search: Verizon Reveals The Secrets Of Yahoo Search (Wired, 26 September 2017)
  39. G Camp OKC – Saturday November 4, 2017 (@gcampOKC)
  40. Geek of the Week (Jason) Best cross platform weather app: https://darksky.net
  41. Geek of the Week (Wes) $10 “FIDO U2F Security Key” (compatible with Google 2 Step Verification)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 69

Welcome to episode 69 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 11, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Twitter’s plans to double the character limit to 280, Microsoft giving up on Windows Phone, Google’s Investment in Neverware, and the emerging details about Russian election hacking and Russian company Kaspersky. Additional topics include the role of social media in distributing news today, “what happens in an Internet minute in 2017,” and podcast hosting services going offline (Opinion and AudioBoom). Gene therapy for Leukemia, Dropbox innovation, Tim Cook’s surprising comment about AR computing hardware, and Facebook’s new VR headset rounded out the week’s articles. Geeks of the week included Facebook Messenger Lite and Podiant for podcast hosting. Teachable Machine from Google was also shared by Ben Wilkoff in the chat room. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! If a particular article or topic is especially thought provoking or interesting to you, please let us know. The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!

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. Twitter Considering a Daily Double: More is less: The case against 280-character tweets (CNN, 27 September 2017)
  9. Wes on Mastodon: https://mastodon.cloud/@wfryer
  10. Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile (BBC 9 October 2017)
  11. Google invests in Neverware, a startup that’s turning dead PCs into Chromebooks (THe Verge, 11 October 2017)
  12. Jason’s Review of Neverware CloudReady
  13. Israeli spies ‘watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software’ (BBC 11 October 2017)
  14. How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets (NYTimes, 10 Oct 2017)
  15. From TV to Twitter: How Americans Get News Now (@pewresearch, 29 Sep 2017)
  16. What happens in an internet minute in 2017? (World Economic Forum, 31 Aug 2017) via @pgeorge
  17. Opinion Podcasts discontinuing free hosting 1 November 2017
  18. Audioboom is ending its free service. Here are some free mobile audio tools you can use instead (Online Journalism Blog, 9 Oct 2017) via @joedale
  19. Dropbox’s quest to win your heart, and Wall Street’s too (CNet, 3 October 2017)
  20. FDA Approves First Gene Therapy for Leukemia (Genome Magazine, 2 October 2017)
  21. Tim Cook says the tech ‘doesn’t exist’ for Apple to make good augmented reality glasses (The Verge, 11 October 2017)
  22. Facebook-owned Oculus built another VR headset: the $199 wireless ‘Oculus Go’ (Recode 11 October 2017)
  23. Podcast hosting options listed on http://showwithmedia.com/radio-show/
  24. Alice the Magician (amazing work extracting scents for cocktails, food, and VR worlds)
  25. https://teachablemachine.withgoogle.com/ (via @bhwilkoff)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Messenger Lite Now Available in the US
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Podiant for Podcasting (background: Podiant – A Great Platform for Podcasting and Migrated Podcasts

EdTech Situation Room Episode 68

Welcome to episode 68 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 4, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed today’s exciting Google event and product announcements, with (as always) an eye toward the educational implications of the news. Discussed Google product announcements included the new Pixel2 smartphone, Pixelbuds supporting real-time translation in 40 languages, the updated Pixelbook, the Google Clip Camera, and new Google Home products including the Home Max and Home Mini. Geeks of the week included the Chromebook Comparison Chart from Zipso (from Jason), an update on the cross-platform video projection option Via Connect Pro, and Google Maps Treks (from Wes). Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! If a particular article or topic is especially thought provoking or interesting to you, please let us know. The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. The 5 biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 2 event (The Verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  9. Here’s everything Google announced today by (@TechCrunch, 4 Oct 2017)
  10. Behold The Pixel 2, Google’s New Flagship Android Phone (Wired, 4 Oct 2017)
  11. Google’s Pixelbook Is The First High-end Chromebook In Years (Verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  12. Up Close With Pixel Buds, Google’s Answer To Airpods (Verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  13. Google Clips: A mini camera from Google that costs $249 (9 to 5 Google, 4 Oct 2017)
  14. The Google Clips camera puts AI behind the lens (@verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  15. New Google Homes: Google Beefs Up Home Lineup With Home Max, Mini (PC Mag, 4 Oct 2017)
  16. VIDEO: A few new things made by Google (1 min)
  17. VIDEO: TWIT Live Specials 326 – Made By Google (2+ hours)
  18. Google Hardware Is No Longer A Hobby (The Verge, 4 October 2017)
  19. Geek of the Week from Jason: Chromebook Comparison Chart from Zipso
  20. Geeks of the Week from Wes: Via Connect Pro update,  Google Maps Treks (Example: Pyramids of Giza in Egypt!)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 67

Welcome to episode 67 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 27, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed prison time given to a Volkswagon engineer who wrote the emissions test dodging car code, updates to Google Slides, Team Drives for G Suite users, and G Suite’s new File Stream app for offline file access. Additional topics included the recent war of words between Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg, Doug Belshaw’s post about why he deleted all his past Twitter likes/favorites as well as most of his tweets, and an alleged $5 million purchase by Mexico of Israeli technology which permits monitoring of anyone’s cell phone location, text messages and phone calls by just using their phone number or phone IMEI number. (This article prompted Wes’ tin foil hat for part of the show.) The possible risks of biometric smartphone security was discussed, along with a slew of new product announcements from Amazon bring the menu of Alexa-powered devices to eight. (Wes is still not ready to purchase any of them for home use, however.) It’s Happy Birthday time for Google, and apparently time for the U.S. Congress to fire the current chairman of the FCC,Ajit Pai. Geeks of the week included Gazelle (a smartphone reseller to consider using when upgrading), the free iPad app “TextingStory Chat Story Maker,” and the upcoming “Google Camp OKC” $25 PD event on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Oklahoma City (@googlecampOKC). Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! If a particular article or topic is especially thought provoking or interesting to you, please let us know. The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!

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. Tin Foil Hat (English WikiPedia)
  9. VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code (The Register, 25 Aug 2017)
  10. Happy Birthday, Google! Here are 19 random facts about Google on its 19th anniversary (ReCode, 27 Sep 2017)
  11. Present like a pro: these new updates in Slides are designed to make you look good (GSuite Blog, 27 Sep 2017)
  12. Copyright for Educators (from 2009 by Wes)
  13. Team Drives for G Suite!  What Can You Do with Team Drives?
  14. Google File Stream Released at last for GSuite Users! Choose and deploy a sync solution –  Install Google File Stream
  15. Using Google Team Drives to Create and Share Lesson Plans (by @NKeithBlend, 24 Aug 2017)
  16. Mark Zuckerberg hits back at President Trump’s claim that Facebook is against him (Verge, 27 Sept 2017)
  17. Why I just deleted all 77.5k tweets I’ve sent out over the last 10 years (by Doug Belshaw, connect with him on Mastodon – subscribe to his co-hosted Today in Digital Education – TIDE podcast @TIDEpodcast with Dai Barnes @daibarnes)
  18. Fav Cleaner by Twoolbox (Delete Twitter likes / favorites)
  19. Did Mexico Drop $5 Million On This ‘Unlimited’ Uber-Stealth Spy Tech? (Forbes, 25 Sep 2017)
  20. Why you shouldn’t unlock your phone with your face (@ossia, 12 Sep 2017)
  21. Average iPhone user unlocks device 80 times per day, 89% use Touch ID, Apple says (AppleInsider, April 2016)
  22. Here’s everything Amazon announced today (TechCrunch, 27 Sep 2017)
  23. Amazon’s Echo and Echo Plus are hiding a lot of new tech (The Verge, 27 September 2017)
  24. Amazon announces new Fire TV with 4K and HDR for only $70 (The Verge, 27 September 2017)
  25. Comparing all 8 Amazon Echos (TechCrunch; 27 September 2017)
  26. EFF Resigns From W3C After DRM In HTML Is Approved In Secret Vote (TechDirt, 18 Sep 2017)
  27. An open letter to the W3C Director, CEO, team and membership (@EFF and @doctorow, 18 Sep 2017)
  28. It’s time for Congress to fire the FCC chairman (The Verge, 27 Sept 2017)
  29. Geek of the Week from Jason: Upgrading? Check out Gazelle!
  30. Geeks of the Week from Wes: TextingStory Chat Story Maker (free for iPad) and Google Camp OKC Sat Nov 4, 2017 (@googlecampOKC)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 66

Welcome to episode 66 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 19, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Facebook’s struggles to define standards for censoring advertisers, Facebook “Pixel” tracking, expanded T-Mobile data caps, recommended action steps for Equifax hack victims, and the CCleaner anti-malware software hack. Additional topics included tips G Suite admins can take to prevent phishing attacks, a great free Chrome extension which can help that effort (Password Alert), iOS 11 updates, tvOS updates, and Google’s forthcoming event featuring an expected Pixel 2 smartphone announcement. A speed round of CRISPR and genomics headlines rounded out the show, with geeks of the week including a new 2D to 3D facial modeling program and useful wireless device mirroring solutions: The Via Connect Pro and Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2. Check out the shownotes for links to all these articles, which are also listed on edtechsr.com/links. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR and tune in (usually) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm central, 8 pm mountain, or 2 am GMT. Until next time, stay safe and stay savvy!

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. Watch as streaming TV services are increasingly winning the top Emmys (Recode, 18 September 2017)
  9. Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’ (ProPublica, 14 Sep 2017)
  10. Getting Started with the Facebook Pixel (Facebook Developer Info)
  11. T-Mobile increases unlimited data cap from 32GB to 50GB (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  12. Tester Demands Answers From Verizon After Montanans Receive Termination Letters (Website of Senator Tester)
  13. Bamboozled: Why the Equifax hack is a really, really big deal (NJ.com, 14 Sep 2017)
  14. Credit Freeze Information by State by TransUnion
  15. Use www.annualcreditreport.com (free) not www.creditreport.com (commercial site)
  16. Avast reckons CCleaner malware infected 2.27M users (TechCrunch, 18 Sep 2017)
  17. Alternatives to CCleaner
  18. 7 ways admins can help secure accounts against phishing in G Suite (Google, 8 Sep 2017)
  19. Hackable Podcast Episode 3: Locked Out ( on Ransomware, by McAfee, 29 Aug 2017)
  20. Paper ballots are back in vogue thanks to Russian hacking fears (USA Today, 19 September 2017)
  21. How To Update Your iPhone To iOS 11 (Wired, 19 September 2017)
  22. PSA: Your Older 32-Bit Apps Won’t Launch After Installing iOS 11 Tomorrow (MacRumors, 18 Sep 2017)
  23. iOS 11 Review: 10 Things to Try (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  24. Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote with new iOS 11 features (9to5 Mac, 09/19/2017)
  25. tvOS 11: tvOS 11 update for Apple TV is now available, here’s everything new (9to5Mac, 09/19/2017)
  26. iPhone 8 Vs iPhone 7: What’s The Difference? (Forbes, 18 Sep 2017)
  27. Review: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (Wired; 19 September 2017)
  28. Google sets Pixel 2 launch event for October 4th (Verge, 14 Sep 2017)
  29. Google Pixel 2 Event Could Bring More Surprises Than The iPhone X (Valuewalk, 18 Sep 2017)
  30. Google Pixel 2 Official Teaser Video: “Funny you should ask”
  31. Google Pixelbook leak reveals a high-end Chromebook with stylus support (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  32. CRISPR reveals genetic master switches behind butterfly wing patterns (Nature, 18 Sep 2017)
  33. Geneticists Have Used CRISPR Gene Editing to Create Crops That Grow More Food (Futurism, 14 Sep 2017)
  34. Doubts raised over validity of CRISPR-edited human embryo study (Chemical and Engineering News, 18 Sep 2017)
  35. [VIDEO] Are GMOs Good or Bad? Genetic Engineering & Our Food (9 min – by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell)
  36. Watch as streaming TV services are increasingly winning the top Emmys (Recode, 18 September 2017)
  37. Geek of the Week from Jason: 3d from 2d Using AI, from The University of Nottingham and Kingston University: Verge, 09/19/2017; Jason’s Test
  38. Geeks of the Week from Wes: Via Connect Pro ($800) and Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2 ($44), Password Alert extension for Google Chrome (free)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 65

Welcome to episode 65 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 13, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed this week’s Apple Event product announcements, the huge Equifax hack and what victims can do about it, new headlines fitting in the broader topic of “This Week In Justified Paranoia,” and the prospects of a Parkinson’s Disease cure via gene pattern identification powered by 23andMe. Geeks of the week included a new screencasting software program (recordit.co) and Apple Today events at Apple retail stores including “Teacher Tuesdays” and Apple Store learning field trips. 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. iPhone X event: the five most important things from the Apple keynote (The Verge, 12 September 2017)
  9. The iPhone X Feels Like ‘the Future Of The Smartphone’ (The Verge, 12 September 2017)
  10. The Iphone X Isn’t That Expensive, Actually (Wired, 13 September 2017)
  11. iPhone X Widens The Gap Between Tech Haves And Have-nots (CNET, 13 September 2017)
  12. iPhone X’s Face Id Raises Security And Privacy Questions (Techcrunch, 13 September 2017)
  13. VIDEO: Apple Watch — Dear Apple
  14. Apple’s ‘neural Engine’ Infuses The iPhone With Ai Smarts (Wired, 13 September 2017)
  15. Apple’s Augmented Reality Ambitions (BBC, 12 September 2017)
  16. Apple’s Latest Iphone Chipset Blows Away Every Android Device, And That’s A Little Depressing (9 To 5 Google, 12 September 2017)
  17. Equifax Security Breach Leaks Personal Info Of 143 Million Us Consumers By (@Engadget, 7 September 2017)
  18. Equifax Had ‘admin’ As Login And Password In Argentina (Bbc Technology, 13 September 2017)
  19. What To Do About The Equifax Breach (Kim Komando, 7 September 2017)
  20. One Essential Step To Prevent Identity Theft (Kim Komando, 11 September 2017)
  21. Hey, Turn Bluetooth Off When You’re Not Using It (Wired, 13 September 2017)
  22. Security Warning Over Hospital Syringe Pumps (Bbc Tech, 12 September 2017)
  23. Dolphins Inspire Ultrasonic Attacks That Pwn Smartphones, Cars & Digital Assistants (@Theregister, 7 September 2017)
  24. The Inside Story Of How Netflix Transitioned To Digital Video After Seeing The Power Of Youtube (Recode, 13 September 2017)
  25. 23andme Is Digging Through Your Data For A Parkinson’s Cure (Wired, 13 September 2017)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: http://recordit.co/ for Mac and PC
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Today at AppleTeacher TuesdaysApple Store Field Trips

EdTech Situation Room Episode 64

Welcome to episode 64 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 6, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed rumors of Apple’s September 12th event and expected iPhone updates, enhanced Android app performance on Chromebooks, Gimlet Media’s significant funding round supporting podcasting, and the recent NY Times article about ethics and teacher product promotion. Additional topics addressed included Apple’s newly announced support for network neutrality, pacemakers at risk for hacks, and social media file vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit. Geeks of the week included Manoush Zomorodi’s new book, “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self,” Google File Stream for G-Suite, Plow for socially filtered web news, and Hop as a new/transformative email client. 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. Apple: expect a radical iPhone redesign for its 10th anniversary (The Guardian, 1 September 2017)
  9. Three things that will never be the same after the iPhone 8 (The Verge; 6 September 2017)
  10. Android on Chromebooks: Android Apps Getting Extended Desktop Support On Chromebooks (Android Headlines, 5 September 2017)
  11. Podcasting: Podcast network Gimlet Media has raised another $5 million — this time from ad giant WPP (ReCode, 6 September 2017)
  12. Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues (NYTimes, 2 Sept 2017)
  13. Should Teachers Do Product Promotions in Their Classrooms (@DianeRavitch, 3 Sept 2017)
  14. FTC mandates disclosure for bloggers receiving freebies/payments (@wfryer, Oct 2009)
  15. Apple’s Real Reason for Finally Joining the Net Neutrality Fight (Wired, 31 Aug 2017)
  16. Hacking risk leads to recall of 500,000 pacemakers due to patient death fears (The Guardian, 31 August 2017)
  17. Don’t Let Your Guard Down When Using Social Media (PC Magazine, 4 September 2017)
  18. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Bored and Brilliant Released! and Google File Stream for G-Suite
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Plow (about video) and Hop (Hop: how instant messaging should have been done decades ago)