EdTech Situation Room Episode 157

Welcome to episode 157 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 3, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the ascendency of Sundar Pichai to the throne of Alphabet, research revealing sophisticated and ongoing Russian propaganda efforts to weaponize social media to foment division and polarization in the United States, CyberMonday deals over the weekend for U.S technology consumers, and the 10 year anniversary / birthday of ChromeOS. The impeding selloff of all .org domains to a private equity company, the politics of local laws on technology platforms revealed by Apple’s new map of Russia including (illegally) annexed Crimea, Apple’s removal of customer reviews from its online store, and the announcement of the GitHub Security Lab to provide bug bounties for open source platforms were also highlighted. Additional topics included the benefits of letting milk cows use VR headsets (in Russia), IBM’s use of machine learning algorithms to discover more ancient, giant etchings in the earth (similar to the Nazca Lines) using tons of satellite imagery, and the optimistic news from Hong Kong following recent elections fueled by student protests and the use of a variety of encryption apps to organize and remain anonymous in the burgeoning Chinese surveillance state. The imminent removal of inactive Twitter accounts and availability of those channel IDs and Google’s struggles with the Stadia gaming platform rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included BlueGriffon (a free 64 bit WYSIWYG webpage editor), a recent podcast conversation by Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) with Dr. Scott McLeod (@mcleod), and the amazing “Post It” app for iOS and Android. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (unless we have a schedule change like tonight) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available 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.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Google co-founder Larry Page cedes control of parent company Alphabet to Sundar Pichai (Washington Post, 3 December 2019)
  9. That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It (Rolling Stone, 25 Nov 2019)
  10. Cyber Monday hits new records, boosted by purchasing on phones (cNet; 3 December 2019)
  11. ChromeOS is 10 years old!  (About Chromebooks, 22 November 2019)
  12. Internet Society CEO: Most people don’t care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it (The Register; 29 November 2019)
  13. Apple Reviews Policies After Maps App Gives Crimea to Russia (Bloomberg, 29 Nov 2019)
  14. Apple removes customer reviews from its online store (The Verge; 21 November 2019)
  15. Announcing GitHub Security Lab: securing the world’s code, together (GitHub Blog, 14 Nov 2019)
  16. GitHub Education
  17. Russian cows get VR headsets ‘to reduce anxiety’ (BBC News, 27 Nov 2019)
  18. Scientists have found 142 more ancient etchings in Peru. Now AI will speed up the hunt (MIT Technology Review, 19 Nov 2019)
  19. Hong Kong elections: pro-democracy camp wins 17 out of 18 districts while city leader says she will reflect on the result (South China Morning Post, 25 Nov 2019)
  20. Twitter will remove inactive accounts and free up usernames in December (Verge, 26 Nov 2019)
  21. Stadia’s performance has improved since launch. The case for the service hasn’t. (WaPo; 2 December 2019)
  22. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Practical Ed Tech Podcast – Episode #6 Featuring Dr. Scott McLeod and BlueGriffon (free 64 bit WYSIWYG webpage editor)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Post It App for Android and iOS

EdTech Situation Room Episode 156

Welcome to episode 156 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 20, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed hoopla over YouTube’s new requirements for “Creators” worldwide uploading videos to comply with COPPA law in the United States. The ongoing collapse of our information ecosystem thanks (in large part) to both disinformation and the monopolistic domination of global advertising revenues by Facebook and Google, the Russian effective techniques of “narrative laundering” highlighted by Rene DiResta (@noupside) and the need for “media literacy for all” so we can proactively “filter our feeds” were highlighted. The importance of using unique passwords (as highlighted by Disney+ account hacks,) the limitations of the Google Chrome password manager, and the proliferation of human engineering schemes to trick users / steal their money were discussed. Google updates included forthcoming support for audio embeds in Google Slides and the open sourcing of Google Cardboard. On AI and automation, a recent mass surveillance protest in Washington D.C. in which “14,000 people’s faces were non-consensually scanned,” the availability of a “robot lawyer” for legal services, and the risk posed by automation to white collar jobs were highlighted. The importance of purchasing separate streaming boxes / devices for televisions in our homes and offices and the VERY poor sales data for Google Smart Speakers rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included the danger of USB charging ports and the options to use a “USB condom,” National Geographic Educator Certification, and the Ecosia Chrome search extension. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available 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.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. YouTube’s new kids’ content system has creators scrambling (The Verge; 13 November 2019)
  9. Important Update for All Creators: Complying with COPPA (YouTube)
  10. YouTube Support: Determining if your content is made for kids
  11. YouTube Support: Set your channel or video’s audience
  12. [PODCAST] Facebook battles harmful posts (BBC Tech Tent, 15 Nov 2019, @bbctechtent)
  13. Here’s how Russia will attack the 2020 election. We’re still not ready (Washington Post, 15 Nov 2019)
  14. Follow Renee DiResta on Twitter right now (@noupside)
  15. The collapse of the information ecosystem poses profound risks for humanity (Guardian, 19 Nov 2019)
  16. Repeated from last week: Information disorder: ‘The techniques we saw in 2016 have evolved’ (First Draft, 21 Oct 2019)
  17. Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff
  18. Windows 7 EOL in 54 days!
  19. Upgrade to Windows 10 free, here’s how (CNet; 16 November 2019)
  20. So, your Disney+ account was hacked. Here’s what to do (CNN, 19 Nov 2019)
  21. Google Chrome Password Manager: passwords.google.com
  22. Cybercriminals Are Hacking Human Nature To Steal Billions From Us (NPR, 18 Nov 2019)
  23. Rollout update for adding audio to Google Slides presentations (GSuite Updates; 11 November 2019)
  24. Google open-sources Cardboard to keep ‘no-frills’ VR widely available (VentureBeat; 6 November 2019)
  25. Activists want Congress to ban facial recognition. So they scanned lawmakers’ faces (Vox, 15 Nov 2019)
  26. ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims (NYTimes, 16 Nov 2019)
  27. “In the Age of AI” (PBS Frontline, 5 Nov 2019)
  28. This ‘robot lawyer’ can take the mystery out of license agreements (The Verge; 20 November 2019)
  29. “Knowledge Workers” could be the most impacted by future automation (Recode; 20 November 2019)
  30. Smart TVs are having a rotten couple of weeks, and it proves why you should buy a separate media streaming device (Business Insider; 16 November 2019)
  31. Almost no one is buying Google smart speakers anymore (Boy Genius Report; 15 November 2019)
  32. Don’t use public USB charging ports (TechRadar Pro; 15 November 2019) – USB Defender (USB Condom)
  33. OCETL CTO Forum 26 April 2019 Twitter Moment by @wfryer
  34. National Geographic teacher certification (Twitter thread) and Ecosia

EdTech Situation Room Episode 155

Welcome to episode 155 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 13, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed YouTube’s newly announced terms of service to apparently pave the way for more channel / account takedowns, the latest 2018-19 report “Why Rural Matters,” and the importance of addressing the rural/urban political divides which separate many voters in western states like Montana and Oklahoma. The “Long Tail” and the wonderful “Craft With Me” YouTube channel of Gayle Agostinelli was mentioned. The new PBS Frontline special “In the Age of AI,” Deepmind AI and its triumph (AlphaStar) over Starcraft 2 world class players, Android users who love the Apple Watch, and Apple’s ongoing focus / market differentiation on privacy were discussed. Additional topics included the story of Carson King, College GameDay in Iowa, Venmo, and the raising of $1 million for a local children’s hospital overshadowed by racist tweets from the past, as well as articles about the algorithmic darkness of YouTube. Google’s forthcoming inclusion of “end of life” date information in ChromeOS settings, Jason’s rebuttal to Phil Schiller’s (of Apple) public criticisms of Chromebooks, and security articles including discussion of passwords and “security fatigue” and the importance of using a unique password for your Google account were also highlighted. Disinformation research from NPR’s Fresh Air program, and resources highlighting both our “age of information disorder) (via @firstdraftnews) and the weaponization of Twitter to counter critics of Saudi Arabia were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included The Noun Project, Andrew Marantz’s new book “Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation,” First Draft News’ Informational Toolbox on Information Disorder, and an alarming video of MIT’s Mini-Cheetah’s rounded out the show. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available 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.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. YouTube says it has ‘no obligation’ to host anyone’s video (The Verge, 11 Nov 2019)
  9. Mike’s Mom: Gayle Agostinelli’s YouTube Channel “Craft With Me” (The Long Tail)
  10. Why Rural Matters: 2018-2019 (Rural School and Community Trust; November 2019)
  11. Pre-Reflections on the April 2018 Oklahoma Teacher Walkout (Reflections on the Urban – Rural Divide in Oklahoma, blog post by Wes Fryer, April 2018)
  12. In the Land of Self-Defeat (NY Times OpEd, 4 Oct 2019)
  13. The Montana Digital Academy (the state online program for Montana)
  14. “In the Age of AI” (PBS Frontline, 5 Nov 2019)
  15. DeepMind’s AI has now outcompeted nearly all human players at StarCraft II (MIT Tech Review, 30 Oct 2019)
  16. VIDEO: Alphastar – The Inside Story (5 min)
  17. Half Life 2
  18. I’m an Android user who tried the Apple Watch for a month — it’s now the only smartwatch I’ll recommend (Android Police, 8 Nov 2019)
  19. Apple’s Revamped Privacy Site Highlights ‘Everyday Apps, Designed for Your Privacy’ (MacRumors; 6 November 2019)
  20. Instagram to Start Hiding Like Counts in the U.S (Variety, 8 Nov 2019)
  21. Instagram Will Start Hiding ‘Likes’ in the US Next Week (Wired, 8 Nov 2019)
  22. No Dumb Questions Podcast – Episode 68: How Phones Have Changed (and How They’ve Changed Us)@nodumbqs)
  23. Meet Carson King, the ‘Iowa Legend’ who’s raised more than $1 million for charity off of a sign asking for beer money (Des Moines Register, 24 Sept 2019)
  24. YouTube is my parenting nightmare (@bonniekristian in @TheWeek, 11 Nov 2019)
  25. Something is wrong on the internet (Medium by @jamesbridle, Sept 2017)
  26. Chromebooks Will Soon List “End Of Life” In The Settings Menu (Chrome Unboxed; 12 November 2019)
  27. Apple’s Phil Schiller takes shots at Chromebooks, says kids are ‘not going to succeed’ (9 to 5 Google; 13 November 2019)
  28. ‘Security Fatigue’ Can Cause Computer Users to Feel Hopeless and Act Recklessly, New Study Suggests (NIST, 4 Oct 2019)
  29. Do not use your Google password for other apps (Business Insider, 11 Nov 2019)
  30. How Internet Trolls And Online Extremists Are ‘Hijacking’ American Politics (NPR, 12 Nov 2019)
  31. Information disorder: ‘The techniques we saw in 2016 have evolved’ (First Draft, 21 Oct 2019)
  32. How Saudi Arabia Weaponized Twitter to Target MBS Critics (Frontline, 7 Nov 2019)
  33. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Noun Project
  34. Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation by @andrewmarantz
  35. Information Disorder: The Definitional Toolbox by @firstdraftnews
  36. MIT’s Mini Cheetahs (Robot and AI, 7 Nov 2019)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 154

Welcome to episode 154 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 6, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the popularity and function of Apple’s AirPods, ways to restore/enlarge your iPad icons with iPadOS13, and the benefits of using an Apple Watch as a wireless remote control during a presentation. Extended ChromeOS support from Google for hundreds of older Chromebooks, booming Chromebook sales and Android app use, shocking Chromebook durability tests, and an interesting article recommending that users regularly delete their Google data were included in Google-related updates. On the security front, the LastPass password challenge and other password manager features highlighting compromised/weak passwords, revelations that Chinese hackers have fully compromised the privacy of SMS messaging worldwide, and the vulnerability of smart speakers to “laser-based attacks” were highlighted. Additional topics included ending Google Pixel 1 smartphone support, the surging popularity of TikTok among U.S. teens, screentime and preschoolers, questions about Amazon’s Alexa functionality stagnating, and AT&T’s $60 million fine for misleading consumers about “unlimited data plans.” The intrusive nature of virtual reality / VR experiences and helpful multidisciplinary approaches to create them and announcements from Adobe Max 2019 rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included Immersive AR/VR article features from the New York Times, a security question answered by Troy Hunt via Twitter, DarkNet Diaries episode about the mindblowing Saudi Aramco hack by Iranians in 2012, and the dark side of standard batteries. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available 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.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Restore your iPad icons to larger versions (9 to 5 Mac, 3 Oct 2019)
  9. Presenting with Keynote and Apple Watch (Wes’ blog, 8 Sep 2019)
  10. DinoFire Wireless Presenter USB Laser Pointer
  11. How To Take a Screenshot on Your Mac
  12. Google gives most Chromebooks an extra year of software support (Update: Six more models) (5 November 2019)
  13. Chromebook Sales Are Booming As Android App Usage Grows 300% (Chrome Unboxed; 31 October 2019)
  14. 11 Chromebooks Get Brutalized In Drop Test And You’ll Be Surprised Which One Holds Up Best (Chrome Unboxed; 6 November 2019)
  15. How to Automatically Delete Your Google Data, and Why You Should (LifeHacker, 4 Nov 2019)
  16. With a Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home or Siri (New York Times; 4 November 2019)
  17. The Best Way to Tackle the LastPass Security Challenge (HowTo Geek, 4 Nov 2019)
  18. Chinese Hackers Just Gave Us All A Reason To Stop Sending SMS Messages (Forbes, 3 Nov 2019)
  19. RIP OG Pixel: Google ends support after just three years [Update] (Ars Technica; 5 November 2019)
  20. Teens Love TikTok. Silicon Valley Is Trying to Stage an Intervention (The New York Times; 3 November 2019)
  21. MRIs show screen time linked to lower brain development in preschoolers (CNN, 4 Nov 2019)
  22. After five years of Amazon’s Alexa, why isn’t it better? (The Verge; 6 November 2019)
  23. AT&T fined $60 million for throttling ‘unlimited’ data plans (The Verge; 5 November 2019)
  24. Virtual Reality Experiences Can Be ‘Violent’ and Intrusive. They Need an Artist’s Touch. (EdSurge, 30 Oct 2019)
  25. Adobe Max 2019: all the top announcements (The Verge; 4 November 2019)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Apollo 11 As They Shot It via Immersive (AR/VR) – The New York Times , Troy Hunt Twitter reply and DarkNet Diaries Podcast Episode 30: Shamoon
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Unraveling the Secret Origins of an AmazonBasics Battery (One Zero @ Medium; 29 October 2019)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 153

Welcome to episode 153 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 30, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Twitter’s announcement to stop accepting paid political advertisements for candidates or issues, Facebook’s employee complaints over its political ad policy, challenges to Mark Zuckerberg in testimony before the U.S. Congress, and a “deep fake” video targeting Senator Lindsey Graham over the “Green New Deal.” @SmarterEveryDay’s fantastic 3 part YouTube series on the weaponization of social media, The Mastodon Project, and the Factitious news game (great for media literacy discussions) were mentioned and recommended. The availability of Thunderbolt 3 on some Chromebooks, a new CTL Chromebox at reasonable prices, and Microsoft’s political win over Amazon for a HUGE new U.S. military contract were also discussed. The launch of Facebook’s new “News Tab” with payments to some mainstream media publishers, the new RCS standard for SMS / cell phone text messaging, Apple’s newly announced “AirPod Pro” headphones, and a mind stretching Google AI Blog announcement about predicting the smell of different molecules rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included New Home Internet service from T-Mobile, amazing “Shot with iPhone” experiment videos from Apple, and a highly manipulative web service available called “The Spinner” perfect for a student media literacy lesson. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available 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. Twitter will ban all political advertising starting in November (The Verge; 30 October 2019)
  9. Twitter blocking all political ads globally starting in November (ArsTechnica, 30 Oct 2019) – Twitter thread
  10. Zuckerberg faces heat in Congress: “It’s almost like you think this is a joke” (ArsTechnica; 24 October 2019)
  11. Fake Facebook Ad Claiming Lindsey Graham Backs The Green New Deal Is Actually A Test For Zuckerberg (Newsweek; 25 October 2019)
  12. @SmarterEveryDay‘s series on social Media Weaponization: Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube (highly recommended!)
  13. Wes’ April 2019 workshop: Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy
  14. The Mastodon Project
  15. Facebook employees ‘strongly object’ to company’s political ad policy (The Verge; 28 October 2019)
  16. How to play the Factitious 2018 news game (Bob Hone on Medium, 2 Oct 2018) – Factitious Game
  17. Thunderbolt 3 Is On The Way To Chrome Os And Newer Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 30 October 2019)
  18. CTL Opens Pre-orders For The Best Core I3 Chromebox Deal On The Market (Chrome Unboxed; 30 October 2019)
  19. Microsoft Wins Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract, Thwarting Amazon (NYTimes, 24 Oct 2019)
  20. Facebook Launches News Section to Compensate Publishers (Bloomberg; 25 October 2019)
  21. A new Facebook News tab is starting to roll out in the United States (The Verge; 25 October 2019)
  22. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have finally agreed to replace SMS with a new RCS standard (The Verge; 24 October 2019)
  23. Apple unveils new in-ear AirPods Pro coming October 30 for $249 (9 to 5 Mac; 28 October 2019)
  24. Learning to Smell: Using Deep Learning to Predict the Olfactory Properties of Molecules (Google AI Blog, 24 Oct 2019)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: New Home Internet from T-Mobile
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Privacy on iPhone — Simple as that — Apple and Experiments by Apple Shot on iPhone (playlist)The Spinner – Animated Explainer Video

EdTech Situation Room Episode 152

Welcome to episode 152 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 23, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the demise of Nest smart thermostat installations by contractors following Google’s acquisition, the Pixel 4 smartphone, Google fees for GMail storage, and Google’s new “digital wellbeing” experimental apps. Enhanced genetic editing via CRISPR Prime / Prime Editing, the retirement of 8 inch floppy disks from the U.S. Air Force’s nuclear arsenal control systems, the importance of home router firmware updates, credit card skimming software deployed on over 18,000 websites, and the poor password habits of Equifax network administrators were also highlighted. Meme culture and the PSAT, and the potentially contentious copyright bill just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included the video “Scams That Should be Illegal” by @theodd1sout, the lesson “Don’t Get Tricked Online” by Wes, the free Google Home Mini for Spotify Premium Users offer, and Jason’s relative’s kickstarter campaign for Cardshark! Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available 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. Home builders ditch Nest products after Google takeover (ArsTechnia, 18 Oct 2019)
  9. The Pixel 4 Is More Like An iPhone Than Any Other Android Phone (The Verge; 22 October 2019)
  10. Gmail Hooked Us on Free Storage. Now Google Is Making Us Pay (Bloomberg; 22 October 2019)
  11. Google just launched a handful of clever apps to help you spend less time on your phone (The Verge; 23 Oct 2019)
  12. The newest gene editor radically improves on CRISPR (MIT Technology Review, 21 Oct 2019)
  13. Unnatural Selection on NetFlix
  14. Air Force finally retires 8-inch floppies from missile launch control system (ArsTechnica, 18 Oct 2019)
  15. Is Your Old Router Still Getting Security Updates? (How-To Geek; 12 October 2019)
  16. Darknet Diaries – True stories from the dark side of the Internet (@darknetdiaries)
  17. How meme culture changed the PSAT (ArsTechnica, 20 Oct 2019)
  18. Over 18,000 Websites Infested With Magecart Card Skimming Malware (Forbes; 11 October 2019)
  19. Safety first: the short, simple guide to securing all your passwords (The Guardian)
  20. Equifax used ‘admin’ as username and password for sensitive data: lawsuit (Yahoo Finance, 18 Oct 2019)
  21. House overwhelmingly approves contentious new copyright bill (The Verge; 22 October 2019)
  22. Scams That Should be Illegal by @theodd1sout (9 min) – accompanies the lesson “Don’t Get Tricked Online”
  23. Free Google Home Mini for Spotify Premium Users!
  24. Shameless Family Promotion: CARDSHARK!
  25. StreamYard (@streamyardapp)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 151

Welcome to episode 151 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 16, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on a birthday special assignment, so returning guest Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) joined Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) to discuss the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics included disinformation in the Turkish/Kurd conflict in Syria, “deep fake” videos, surveillance and privacy in our connected age, and the shifting rationale for government encryption advocates. Wellness and “digital minimalism,” a hacked Interstate billboard showing pornography, John Oliver’s debt forgiveness program, the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, and the underwhelming announcements from this week’s Google Event were topics rounding out the show. Carl’s Geeks of the Week were Learn with League (League of Legends eSports Expansion) and the Nebula Capsule Projector (great for a multiscreen classroom experience.) Wes’ Geeks of the Week were YellKey (time limited real word link shortener) and TinEye (reverse image search.) Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com and Restream.io . Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available 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. Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) – blog: hookedoninnovation.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. ‘Disinformation’: Kentucky video ABC said was ‘slaughter in Syria’ was spread by Turkish politician (Washington Examiner, 15 Oct 2019)
  9. Understanding the Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend (Vicki Davis’ 10 Minute Teacher Podcast, 15 Oct 2019)
  10. Future of Privacy Forum
  11. Ferpa Sherpa
  12. FBI director warns Facebook could become platform of ‘child pornographers’ (Reuters, 4 Oct 2019) – shifting from terrorism
  13. Why Everyone is Talking About Digital Minimalism (Note to Self, 7 Oct 2019)
  14. Bored and Brilliant book – Manoush Zamordi (@manoushz)
  15. Men hack electronic billboard, play porn on it (ArsTechnica, 1 Oct 2019)
  16. John Oliver buys and forgives $15m in debt (video, HBO, 5 June 2016)
  17. T-Mobile and Sprint get FCC approval to merge in 3-2 party-line vote (ArsTechnica, 16 Oct 2019)
  18. Everything Google revealed at its big event (Mashable, 15 Oct 2019)
  19. Visual Summary of Google Event
  20. Carl’s Geeks of the Week: Learn with League (League of Legends eSports Expansion) and Nebula Capsule Projector (great for a multiscreen classroom experience)
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: YellKey (time limited real word link shortener) and TinEye (reverse image search)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 150

Welcome to episode 150 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 2, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed newly announced hardware from this week’s Microsoft event, security concerns over the latest way to add Google Apps to Huawei smartphones, and the implications of a recent New York Times expose of the horrific proliferation of images of sexual abuse of children online. Exciting and important announcements from Google focusing on protecting your privacy online, managing your passwords, and checking existing passwords saved with Google against a database of known breaches / compromised were also highlighted. Additional article topics included newly announced efforts by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to crack down on White Supremacists, Andrew Yang’s policy platform announcement on protecting digital data as personal property, and the media literacy education importance of imagery shared online of China’s 70 year birthday of the Communist Party with increased street violence in consecutive week 17 of youth led protests in Hong Kong. Newly announced jailbreak exploits to older versions of iOS / the iPhone operating system were also discussed, along with the perils of jailbreaking / rooting your smartphone. Geeks of the week included a superb post by Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) about digital storytelling tools for students, Auto Update Expiration (AUE) dates for ChromeOS / Chromebooks, and an excellent article explaining the difference between Chromium and ChromiumOS. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com and Restream.io . Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available 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. Here’s Everything Microsoft Announced at Its New York Event (Thurrott; 2 October 2019)
  9. Here’s everything Microsoft announced at its big hardware event, including an Android phone and a super-fast, super-slim Surface Pro (Business Insider; 2 October 2019)
  10. Confirmed: Windows 10 Setup Now Prevents Local Account Creation (How-To Geek; 1 October 2019)
  11. How to Set Up Windows 10 With a Local Account (PC Magazine; 2 October 2019)
  12. Windows 10 1909 Coming Soon, Here Are the New Features (Bleeping Computer; 28 September 2019)
  13. Microsoft’s future is built on Google’s code (The Verge; 2 October 2019)
  14. Microsoft’s 2FA-protected OneDrive Personal Vault is now available (The Verge; 30 September 2019)
  15. The Internet’s horrifying new method for installing Google apps on Huawei phones (ArsTechnica,2 October 2019)
  16. The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong? (New York Times, 28 Sept 2019)
  17. Google announces three new ways to hide your personal activity from Google (The Verge; 2 October 2019)
  18. Google is making it easier to check if your passwords have been compromised in a data breach (The Verge; 2 October 2019)
  19. Google Password Manager
  20. Google Recorder hands-on: Powerful live transcription in your pocket
  21. Here’s where to download the ‘Personal Safety’ app for Pixel phones (9 to 5 Google; 1 October 2019)
  22. DHS Is Finally Going After White Supremacists. That Won’t Be Simple. (Defense One, 23 Sept 2019)
  23. Andrew Yang proposes that your digital data be considered personal property (Fast Company, 1 Oct 2019)
  24. Hong Kong protesters hit the streets as China marks 70 years of Communist rule (CNN, 1 Oct 2019)
  25. Pageantry in Beijing. Firebombs in Hong Kong. (The Daily Podcast by The New York Times, 2 Oct 2019)
  26. New ‘unpatchable’ iPhone exploit could allow permanent jailbreaking on hundreds of millions of devices (The Verge; 27 September 2019)
  27. Wes’s Alter Ego (Sherman Nicodemus)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 149

Welcome to episode 149 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 25, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new Alexa / smart assistant powered product announcements from Amazon, including lots of new smart speakers, a ring for your finger and smart glasses for your nose. Media Literacy news and articles included “Deep Fakes and Cheap Fakes,” a new report from Data and Society, Ukraine-based Facebook disinformation and propaganda campaigns, and a reminder about the SIFT (the four moves) media literacy framework from Mike Caulfield (@holden) and the Digital Polarization Project. iOS 13.1 updates, amazing reports of the camera quality of the iPhone 11 Pro, the 11th birthday of Android, and update news from Google on ChromeOS and Pixelbooks were also highlighted. A warning about newly discovered Android phone app security vulnerabilities, Instagram’s efforts to empower the victims of bullying with new app features, a new screentime report finding no correlation for teens to academic performance, and an interesting geoengineering article about weather modification via technology tools (“hail cannons”) rounded out this week’s show. Geeks of the Week included a good CNET article on home WiFi router basics, good for anyone looking to upgrade soon, and the free “Image Size” iOS app. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com and Restream.io . Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available 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 top 8 Echo products Amazon announced today (The Verge; 25 September 2019)
  9. Amazon reveals $180 Echo Frames smart glasses with Alexa built in (The Verge; 25 September 2019)
  10. Amazon announces Echo Buds headphones with Alexa and Bose noise reduction for $129 (The Verge; 25 September 2019)
  11. Amazon announces new $99 Eero mesh router with Alexa voice controls (The Verge; 25 September 2019)
  12. Amazon unleashes a bunch of new Echo devices, including glasses and a ring (ArsTechnica, 25 Sept 2019)
  13. Voice Assistants in the Classroom: Useful Tool or Privacy Problem? (Ferpa Sherpa, 18 Nov 2018)
  14. Deep Fakes and Cheap Fakes (Data & Society, 18 Sept 2019)
  15. Massive “I Love America” Facebook page, pushing pro-Trump propaganda, is run by Ukrainians (Popular Information, 23 Sept 2019)
  16. SIFT (The Four Moves) – Media Literacy Framework (@holden)
  17. Digital Polarization Initiative (DigiPo)
  18. Stop What You’re Doing and Upgrade to iOS 13.1 Right Now (Gizmodo; 25 September 2019)
  19. iPhone 11 Pro Camera Review: China (Austin Mann, 18 Sept 2019)
  20. iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Review: Thinking Differently in the Golden Age of Smartphones (NY Times, 17 Sept 2019)
  21. Best battery life: iPhone 11 Pro Max beats leading Android phones (9to5Mac, 
  22. An Exclusive Look Inside Apple’s A13 Bionic Chip (Wired; 19 September 2019)
  23. The iPhone 11 has a few more features than we first thought (cNet; 24 September 2019)
  24. This week in tech history: Android turns 11 (MSN News; 24 September 2019)
  25. Google’s next laptop is ‘Pixelbook Go’ w/ 13.3-inch 4K display (9 to 5 Google, 23 September 2019)
  26. Google Pixelbook vs. Pixelbook Go: Will it be worth the upgrade? (9 to 5 Google, 24 September 2019)
  27. New Chrome OS UI Update Proves Google Is Far From Done With Chrome OS Tablets (Chrome Unboxed, 15 September 2019)
  28. 3 reasons why a Chromebook often costs more than a nearly “identical” Windows laptop (About Chromebooks, 15 September 2019)
  29. Uninstall these two Android apps now! (Phone Arena; 20 September 2019)
  30. Instagram Head Adam Mosseri Discusses App’s New Features Meant To Fight Bullying (NPR, 23 Sept 2019)
  31. Not all screen time causes kids to underperform in school, study says (CNN, 23 Sept 2019)
  32. Rain dancing 2.0′: should humans be using tech to control the weather (Guardian, 26 Aug 2018)
  33. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Buying a new router? Understand these Wi-Fi basics first (cNet; 22 September 2019)
  34. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “Image Size” iOS app (free)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 148

Welcome to episode 148 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 19, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Jason’s favorite smartphone weather app (Dark Sky,) the wide range of pricing available now for iPhones from Apple, whether the telephoto lens on the new iPhone 11 Pro justifies the cost, expected announcements from Google about new Pixel smartphones, and announced arcade game support on AppleTV for 3rd party controllers. An identified LastPass password manager identified security vulnerability, an update from the cell phone robocall wars, and the hoopla as well as social-media inspired responses to the podcasting app and platform PocketCasts announcing updates with a paid tier subscription. Resources from the recent podcasting conference in Oklahoma City, the incredible revenue of Chinese podcasts (which are entirely subscription-based), the (likely) predictable demise of MoviePass, and the story of a Macedonian hacker takeover of a pro-Trump Veteran focused Facebook page rounded out the show. Wes also shared a story about a malware / social engineering trick which (sadly) tricked him this week. Geeks of the Week included screencasting tools Loom, SnagIt, and Screencastify. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com and Restream.io . Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available 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. Dark Sky Weather App (Jason’s fav)
  9. Cheapest iPhone will cost you $449 vs. $1,449 for top of the line (USA Today; 10 September 2019)
  10. iPhone 11 Camera: That’s An Awful Lot of Cash for a Camera (Washington Post, 11 Sept 2019)
  11. iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Review: Thinking Differently in the Golden Age of Smartphones (New York Times, 19 Sept 2019
  12. Verge [VIDEO]: iPhone 11 Pro review: the BEST camera on a phone (17 min, 48 sec)
  13. The Best Budget Phone You Can Buy In 2019 (The Verge; 16 September 2019)
  14. What is HEIC? (MacWorld, 25 June 2019)
  15. Pixel 4 announcement set for October 15 at Made by Google 2019 (9 to 5 Google; 16 September 2019)
  16. All Apple Arcade games with controller support (iMore, 18 Sept 2019)
  17. LastPass fixes bug that could let malicious websites extract your last used password (The Verge; 16 September 2019)
  18. Most of the robocalls you get aren’t coming from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile numbers (USA Today; 16 September 2019)
  19. Press Release: Pocket Casts Now Available for Free (PocketCasts Blog, 18 Sept 2019)
  20. We Heard You. PocketCasts Blog, 19 Sept 2019)
  21. Pocket Casts is making its podcast app free and launching a subscription service (Verge, 27 Sept 2019)
  22. Who Tells Your Story? Podcasting OKC Conference Resources
  23. US Podcast Industry Is Picking Up Steam but it’s Nothing Compared to China (Time, 9 May 2019)
  24. [VIDEO] Inside the Pocket Casts Acquisition (TWiT, May 2018)
  25. MoviePass is shutting down September 14th (The Verge; 13 September 2019)
  26. The Facebook page ‘Vets for Trump’ was hijacked by a North Macedonian businessman. It took months for the owners to get it back (Washington Post, 17 Sept 2019)
  27. Super Tricky Phishing / Malware / Social Engineering Example from Wes
  28. Wes’ Geek of the Week: ScreencastifyWes’ Class HowTo Videos
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Loom / Snagit