EdTech Situation Room Episode 165

Welcome to episode 165 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 13, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed changes to “backup files” in Google Drive and the demise of Andy Rubin’s “Essential” Android phone hardware company. After another consecutive week of shout outs to the “EdTech Takeout Episode 71,” we discussed the requirement for YouTube creators to mark all videos “made for kids” which fit Google’s guidelines, and provided some analysis on the demise of “branded accounts” on YouTube for GSuite for Education (GSFE) domains. On the topic of media literacy, the recent podcast episode “Breaking the Truth: A Conversation with Samuel Woolley” on the show “Power 3.0 Podcast: Authoritarian Resurgence, Democratic Resilience” was discussed, along with hesitation (on the part of some elementary teachers) to “turn students loose on Google” to research topics in school. On the Apple front, Siri’s new ability to answer Election 2020 questions, the rise of more adware / malware on MacOS computers, Apple’s release of “Swift Playgrounds” for MacOS, and the rise of Apple Pay were highlighted. On the ChromeOS front, forthcoming updates to ChromeOS storage, “hot corners” customization options for ChromeOS like MacOS, and geeky steps to install the “Brave” browser on a ChromeOS device were shared. Geeks of the Week included the PixilArt website and mobile apps, episode 58 of the podcast Darknet Diaries, and the Chrome extension “FakeSpot” to identify fake reviews on Amazon and other sites. 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 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. Manage & restore your device backups in Google Drive (Google Drive Support)
  9. How brand accounts work with YouTube (YouTube Help)
  10. Frequently asked questions about “made for kids” (YouTube Help)
  11. [VIDEO] New Copyright Features, Updates to Our Harassment Policy, and more (YouTube Creators Update, 7 Feb 2020)
  12. Andy Rubin’s Essential Shutting Down, Newton Mail Service Ending Too (MacRumors, 12 Feb 2020)
  13. EdTech Takeout Episode 71: YouTube is Changing (Shout out to Jonathan, Amber, and Mindy!)
  14. Breaking the Truth: A Conversation with Samuel Woolley (Power 3.0 Podcast: Authoritarian Resurgence, Democratic Resilience, 28 Jan 2020)
  15. Book: The Reality Game – How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth by Samuel Woolley
  16. Announcing the Newspapers On Wikipedia Project (#NOW) by Mike Caulfield (@holden)
  17. Summer Institute in Digital Literacy and Brian Turnbaugh (@wegotwits)
  18. Siri now answers your 2020 election questions (AppleInsider, 11 Feb 2020)
  19. Mac malware outpaced Windows PCs threats for first time in 2019, report says (AppleInsider, 11 Feb 2020) – Behold the rise of “potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)”
  20. Apple’s malware problem is getting worse (Vox; 12 February 2020)
  21. Apple Releases Swift Playgrounds App for Mac (MacRumors, 11 Feb 2020)
  22. Apple Pay Could Account for 10 Percent of Global Card Transactions by 2025 and Even Rival PayPal (MacRumors, 12 Feb 2020)
  23. Chrome OS Storage Management To Get A Big Upgrade (Chrome Unboxed, 10 February 2020)
  24. Chromebooks Could Be Getting This Useful Macbook Feature Soon (Chrome Unboxed, 7 February 2020)
  25. Can I Install The Brave Browser On My Chromebook? (Chrome Unboxed, 12 February 2020)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Pixel Art https://www.pixilart.com/ (@pixil_art) – download student eBook “Little Larry and the Jhat 400”
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Darknet Diaries: EP 58: OXYMONSTER and www.fakespot.com

EdTech Situation Room Episode 164

Welcome to episode 164 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 6, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed technology and mobile app woes in this week’s Iowa Primary party caucuses and election, a case study of ‘what not to do” with regard to copyright and Disney movies shown for a school fundraiser in California, and the 15 year birthday of Google Maps. The largest article collection in this week’s shownotes concern the distressing and horrific exponential growth in child sexual abuse media as documented by a four part New York Times article series from late 2019, as well as the related political debate today regarding impending encryption of Facebook owned mobile apps which accounted for 90 percent of all reported child sexual abuse cases in 2018 (according to the NY Times). In our show Wes explained how this article series, along with related EFF articles, are encouraging him to rethink an “absolutist position” when it comes to digital encryption on Facebook specifically. Additional topics discussed in the show included reflections on the viability of the iPad as a profitable platform for Apple, the predictable end-of-life / end of software support for all smart devices in our homes, and YouTube policy changes affecting creators of kids content as well as policy changes for election related content violating published community standards. Geeks of the Week included Digital Learning Day coming up on February 27, 2020, Wes’ updated “Digital Citizenship” Twitter list, and the “Planes Live!” mobile 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 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. Iowa caucus app was rushed and flawed from the beginning, experts say (NBC News; 5 February 2020)
  9. App Used to Tabulate Votes Is Said to Have Been Inadequately Tested (New York Times; 3 February 2020)
  10. It’s not just Iowa: Election tech is messy (Recode; 6 February 2020)
  11. Disney sends $250 bill to Berkeley elementary school for screening ‘The Lion King’ (SF Gate, 3 Feb 2020)
  12. Youtube Rules Restrict Content Creators (The Advocate from Mount Hood Community College; 23 January 2020)
  13. How YouTube supports elections (YouTube Blog, 3 Feb 2020)
  14. EdTech Takeout Episode 71: YouTube is Changing (Shout out to Jonathan, Amber, and Mindy!)
  15. Part 1: The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong? (NY Times, 29 Sept 2019)
  16. Part 2: Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech Companies Look the Other Way (NY Times, 9 Nov 2019)
  17. Part 3: Video Games and Online Chats Are ‘Hunting Grounds’ for Sexual Predators (NY Times, 7 Dec 2019)
  18. Part 4: Fighting the Good Fight Against Online Child Sexual Abuse (NY Times, 23 Dec 2019)
  19. Grooming in the Digital Age (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  20. ‘If Those Were Pictures of You, You Would Understand’ (NY Times, 9 Nov 2019)
  21. Child-Welfare Activists Attack Facebook Over Encryption Plans (“Facebook accounted for more than 90 percent of reports that tech companies flagged [in 2018] 5 Feb 2020)
  22. The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption (EFF, 3 Oct 2019)
  23. Carnegie Experts Should Know: Defending Encryption Isn’t an “Absolutist” Position (EFF, 25 Sept 2019)
  24. Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Discord (Common Sense Media, 14 Feb 2019)
  25. Happy Birthday, Google Maps! Google Maps gets a new icon and more tabs to celebrate 15th anniversary (The Verge; 6 February 2020)
  26. Every smart device you love will die — starting with Sonos (Engadget; 30 January 2020)
  27. Apple reports a record $91.8 billion holiday quarter (Six Colors; 28 January 2020)
  28. The Tragic iPad (Statechery, 28 January 2020)
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Digital Learning Day is Feb 27, 2020: https://digitallearningday.org (@OfficialDLDay) and #DigCit Twitter List
  30. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Planes Live!  iOS / Android

EdTech Situation Room Episode 163

Welcome to episode 163 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 29, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed recent revelations that the Avast Antivirus software program is a dragnet for user browser history sold to interested buyers, Google’s announced extensions to ChromeOS support updates, and Google’s forthcoming AirDrop clone, “Fast Share.” A bizarre but newly validated story of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince (MBS) hacking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ cellphone via a video link shared privately with him through WhatsApp, controversy over Sonos legacy products and available security patches / software updates, and a variety of Election 2020 resources from a Paul Allison webcast (via Peggy George) were also highlighted. Quick headline shares included the new “Star Trek like” logo of the U.S. military’s newest branch, Space Force, the release of more than 150,000 different art images from the Paris Museum into the public domain, and a New York Times feature article on Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri who is working to “take away the likes” (or at least partial visibility of them in certain cases) on the platform to purportedly help user wellness. Geeks of the Week included Rebble for Pebble (a crowdsourced operating system for the discontinued Pebble smartwatch) and a recent Today Explained podcast about new security researcher reports concerning the alleged Saudi Arabia initiated hack of Jeff Bezos’ smartphone. NOTE NEXT WEEK’S SHOW WILL BE ON THURSDAY NIGHT INSTEAD OF WEDNESDAY! 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 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. Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data (Vice, 27 Jan 2020)
  9. Google announces 8 years of Chrome OS software updates for all new Chromebooks (Updated) (About Chromebooks; 21 January 2020)
  10. Citing Longer Lifespan, Google Bumps Price Of Chrome Management License (Chrome Unboxed; 23 January 2020)
  11. Google’s upcoming Airdrop clone gets an early demo on video (ArsTechnica, 27 Jan 2020)
  12. U.N. report: Saudi crown prince was involved in alleged hacking of Bezos phone (Washington Post, 22 Jan 2020)
  13. Wes’ student lesson “Don’t Get Tricked Online
  14. Apple: EU can’t make us use your stinking common charging standard (The Register; 24 January 2020)
  15. Sonos CEO apologizes for confusion, says legacy products will work ‘as long as possible’ (The Verge; 23 January 2020)
  16. Election 2020 (educational resources from KQED)
  17. Future Voters Project
  18. Letters to the Next President
  19. Last week’s conversation about YouthVoices and Election 2020
  20. Space Force, We Have a Seal (Air Force Magazine, 24 Jan 2020)
  21. Paris Museums Have Released More Than 150,000 Images of Artwork Into the Public Domain (LifeHacker, 15 January 2020)
  22. This Is the Guy Who’s Taking Away the Likes (NY Times, 17 Jan 2020)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Rebble for Pebble
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: The Crown Prince and the Amazon King (Today Explained Podcast, 24 Jan 2020)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 162

Welcome to episode 162 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 15, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Microsoft’s new Edge Chromium web browser, Instagram’s new policy to hide ‘faked’ images, ‘Techlash” against the big tech companies on college campuses, and new research about blue light and sleep with our digital screens. More U.S. states mandating media literacy education, the arrival of WiFi 6 at last, the NSA’s laudable decision to share a zero day exploit with Microsoft, and an update on recent drone formation sightings at night in eastern Colorado were also highlighted topics. On the security front, terrible password advice from the South China Morning Post and an update emergency for FireFox highlighted by U.S. Homeland Security officials were discussed. Boeing employees provided a good case study and reminder for us all about email retention with recently revealed “FAA mocking” messages, SpaceX as the world’s top satellite operator, and a recent critical article in Oklahoma City news about the Norman Public Schools’ laptop initiative rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included Luke Miani’s YouTube Channel (amazing hacks and repurposing of older MacOS and iOS devices), Twinkly, and the “No Dumb Questions” podcast episode 72 on “How Did Humans Find Hawaii?” 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 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. Microsoft’s new Edge Chromium browser launches on Windows and macOS (The Verge; 15 January 2020)
  9. Instagram is hiding faked images, and it could hurt digital artists (The Verge; 15 January 2020)
  10. ‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses (New York Times; 11 January 2020)
  11. Forget What You Think You Know About Blue Light and Sleep (Time; 10 January 2020)
  12. More States Say They’re Teaching Media Literacy, But What That Means Varies (Education Week, 8 Jan 2020)
  13. Wi-Fi 6 is finally here (The Verge; 11 January 2020)
  14. The NSA Could’ve Used This Major Windows Security Flaw for Intel Work. Instead, It Told Microsoft About it (Time; 14 January 2020)
  15. Theories Persist About Mystery Drones Seen in Rural Region (AP via Snopes, 15 Jan 2020)
  16. Terrible Password Security Advice: How to protect your smart home devices from hackers: smart speakers, robotic vacuums, video doorbells – all are vulnerable (South China Morning Post, 14 Jan 2020)
  17. The U.S. Government Says You Need to Update Firefox Right Now (Digital Trends, 10 Jan 2020)
  18. Boeing Employees Mocked FAA Privately In Emails Before 737 Max Disasters (NPR, 10 Jan 2020) – Good email retention case study and reminder
  19. SpaceX is now the world’s largest satellite operator (ArsTechnica, 6 January 2020)
  20. ‘They want them gone’: Norman parents complain of school devices (The Oklahoman, 14 Jan 2020)
  21. Thoughts on Content Filtering, Parent Education, and School Laptop Initiatives (Wes Fryer, 14 Jan 2020)
  22. Most U.S. teens who use cellphones do it to pass time, connect with others, learn new things (PEW Research, Aug 2019)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Luke Miani YouTube Channel
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Twinkly and How Did Humans Find Hawaii? – No Dumb Questions Podcast Episode 72 (@nodumbqs) – reddit discussion thread)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 161

Welcome to episode 161 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 8, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new technology (including possible vaporware) revealed at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Apple’s return to CES to champion digital privacy, and an exciting update to Bluetooth. Facebook’s announced ban of “deepfake” videos and the potential problems they face with this laudable policy, a late December New York Times article highlighting the protean (rather than monolithic) nature of screentime and our need to stop bashing it, and an interesting historical as well as contemporary look at Google’s business engagement in mainland China were explored. Jason’s Geek of the Week was the “MeWe” social network alternative to Facebook, and Wes’ was an outstanding “Your Undivided Attention” podcast interview with UC Irvine researcher Gloria Mark about the prevalence and detrimental impacts of interruptions on our work productivity and lives. 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 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. At CES 2020, Google doubles down on getting its software all around you (cNet; 7 January 2020)
  9. 9to5Google Best of CES 2020 Awards (9 to 5 Google; 8 January 2020)
  10. 9to5Mac Best of CES 2020 Awards (9 to 5 Mac; 8 Jan 2020)
  11. Apple returns to CES to talk privacy, not products (CNN; 7 January 2020)
  12. The hottest product at CES 2020 is privacy (CNN; 7 January 2020)
  13. Bluetooth just got its most important update in 20 years (CNN; 7 January 2020)
  14. All In A Name: Why The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook’s Title Matters (Chrome Unboxed; 7 January 2020)
  15. Facebook just banned deepfakes but the policy has loopholes (Business Insider, 7 Jan 2019)
  16. A deceptively edited video of Joe Biden signals what’s coming (Washington Post, 2 Jan 2020)
  17. Deepfakes are a risk to 2020 elections, experts tell Congress (cNet; 8 January 2020)
  18. Is Screen Time Really Bad for Kids? (NY Times, 18 Dec 2019)
  19. I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left. (Ross LaJeunesse, Medium, 2 Jan 2019)
  20. Chrome OS Has Stalled Out (Android Police; 2 January 2020)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: MeWe
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Gloria Mark @uci_informatics on @HumaneTech_ [PODCAST] “Pardon the Interruptions”

EdTech Situation Room Episode 160

Welcome to episode 160 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 1, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) kicked off the first show of the new year by discussing Audrey Waters’ (@audreywatters) marathon post “The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade,” and Dean Shareski’s (@shareski) post “I Don’t Think I’m an EdTech Guy Anymore.” On the security front, recent Amazon Ring “hack incidents” revealed to be caused by reuse of compromised passwords and a good article from USAToday highlighting the dangerous cleverness of bank account phishers were highlighted. The fruits of the latest “Public Domain Day,” the use of the machine learning powered (and creepy) website ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com to create profile photos for fake right wing Facebook profiles attempting to manipulate U.S. voters, and an educational technology startup capitalizing on the invasive surveillance potential of the iPhone for college students skipping classes (SpotterEDU) were also discussed. On the topic of “weird drone stuff” which points the importance of coding and computational thinking for students in schools today, articles about ongoing sightings of mysterious drone formations in eastern Colorado / western Nebraska, and a bizarre drone jamming incident by rural Chinese farmers attempting to foil an organized crime effort to spread swine fever / a pathogen via drone aircraft were also highlighted. 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 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. The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade (Hack Education @audreywatters, 31 December 2019)
  9. I Don’t Think I’m an EdTech Guy Anymore (Dean Shareski @shareski, 30 December 2019)
  10. This School Banned iPads, Going Back to Regular Textbooks—But What Does the Science Say? (blog of Jenn Ryan, July 2019)
  11. Man sues Ring after creep hacked device, taunted kids – Amazon blames userID & password re-use for Ring camera incident / “hack” (NY Post, 29 Dec 2019)
  12. Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands (Washington Post, 24 Dec 2019)
  13. ‘Weird and concerning’: Mystery drone sightings continue in Colorado, into Nebraska (Stars & Stripes, 28 Dec 2019) – Full Coverage by Google News
  14. China flight systems jammed by pig farm’s African swine fever defences (South China Morning Post, 20 Dec 2019)
  15. Don’t fall for this phish attempt from fraudsters (USA Today; 1 January 2020)
  16. Happy Public Domain Day!  (BoingBoing; 30 December 2019)
  17. ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com uses AI to generate endless fake faces (Verge, 15 Feb 2019) and now www.whichfaceisreal.com
  18. Fake Faces: People Who Do Not Exist Invade Facebook To Influence 2020 Elections – Part 1 (LeadStories, 12 Dec 2019)
  19. Senate passes new limits on robocalls, sending legislation to Trump (Washington Post, 19 Dec 2019)
  20. What to expect from phones in 2020: Foldable, 5G, killer cameras (cNet; 1 January 2020)
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [PODCAST] “The Cure for Hate” by @tristanharris@HumaneTech_ interviewing @mcaleer@LifeAfterHate
  22. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Swappa and Gazelle

EdTech Situation Room Episode 159

Welcome to episode 159 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 18, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) co-hosted our annual “Technology Shopping Cart” edition, when they recommended a diverse variety of tech related gifts for the geeks in your life. Check out the shownotes for a complete list of referenced products and goodies. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! If you use any of our recommendations as stocking stuffers or gifts under your Christmas tree, please reach out and let us know via Twitter! (Or if we missed a technology related gift you think should have made our lists, let us know that too!) Next week (on Christmas Day) we will NOT have a show, but we’ll be back on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 to kick off the new year with more EdTechSR analysis about recent tech headlines from an educational perspective. 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 next week) 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. Wemo Smart Plug
  9. iClever Outdoor Smart Plug
  10. Paper Nerd Gift: Field Notes Individual or Subscription
  11. Book Nerd Gift: Kindle Oasis
  12. Apple Nerd Gift: AirPod Pros
  13. TaoTronics True Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth 5.0 TWS In-Ear Earphones: https://amzn.to/2PyxwOQ ($33)
  14. TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds, TaoTronics Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones: https://amzn.to/2QcgLZ9 ($60)
  15. Google Nerd Gift: Pixelbook Go
  16. Prone-to-Lose-Keys Gift: Tile Mate
  17. Rocketbook Notebook
  18. Battery Packs: Anker Battery, with Power Delivery or Anker PowerFusion 5000 or RAVPower USB-C Powerbank
  19. Anker Bluetooth Speaker
  20. Anker Powerstrip
  21. Anker Cables: Lightning, USB-C, or MicroUSB
  22. IoT: August Gen3 Smartlock + Connect (Amazon: $188, Black Friday was $150)
  23. Digital Security: YubiKey 5Ci | Dual connector – USB-C and Lightning ($70)
  24. 1 Password for Families Annual Subscription ($60)
  25. PortaPow 3rd Gen USB Data Blocker (Red 2 Pack) – Protect Against Juice Jacking ($12.50)
  26. Smart Switch by Avatar Controls (Amazon, $15.50)
  27. AirPods Case (Amazon, lots of colors, $7.60)
  28. Apple Watch EXCHAR Sport Band ($6.75)
  29. ThermoPro TP08S Wireless Digital Meat Thermometer (Amazon, $43)
  30. Wes’ Brisket Smoking How-To Youtube Video: Amazing Budget Brisket on a $100 Propane Smoker
  31. iPad Stylus: MEKO Universal Stylus (Amazon, $14)
  32. PNY Elite-X Fit 64GB Flash Drive (Amazon, $11)
  33. Digital Oral History Interviewing Apps for iPhone: Ferrite Studio for iPhone (free) and Voice Record Pro from iPhone (free)
  34. Guidemaster: Ars picks its favorite tech gifts you can buy for under $50 (ArsTechnica, 13 Nov 2019)
  35. Guidemaster: The best tech that will make your home an even better place (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2019)
  36. Guidemaster: 10 tech gifts to improve the home office (ArsTechnica, 11 Dec 2019)
  37. Guidemaster: Nine gift ideas for the tech enthusiast in your life (ArsTechnica, 17 Dec 2019)
  38. Dealmaster: Last minute gift deals on ThinkPads, Echo devices, and more tech (ArsTechnica, 17 Dec 2019)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 158

Welcome to episode 158 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 11, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed headlines from our continuing “Technology Cold War” between the United States and China, as well as the U.S. and Russia. China has announced it will purge all foreign made computer equipment from government offices, the FCC continues to oppose Huawei in US ISP networks, and reports continue to verify we’re in a global information and disinformation war. Facebook continues to battle fake accounts and internal corruption aimed and bolstering fake accounts, Microsoft’s new Mobile design, and Microsoft’s first Linux app were also discussed. On the Apple front, the high prices for new Mac Pro desktop computer systems were highlighted. Chrome’s enhanced password management and password compromise features, the end of life for the original Google Glass, the FBI’s recommendation for home users to isolate IoT devices on a separate network, recommended physical security keys for two factor authentication, YouTube’s request for more clarity on the FCC’s COPPA-based ruling impacting creators, and Amazon versus Apple Family discussions were headlines rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included a recent Audible settlement with long time subscribers (check your email!), an amazing traveling Science museum exhibition and website, “The Science Behind Pixar,” and an outstanding iOS and USB-C compatible security key from Yubikey. 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. China tells government offices to remove all foreign computer equipment (Guardian, 8 Dec 2019)
  9. The FCC’s Push to Purge Huawei From US Networks (Wired, 12 Dec 2019)
  10. We’re In the Middle of a Global Information War. Here’s What We Need to Do to Win (Time 26 Sept 2019)
  11. Fake ‘Likes’ Remain Just a Few Dollars Away, Researchers Say (The New York Times, 6 December 2019)
  12. Facebook Fired A Contractor Who Was Paid Thousands In Bribes To Reactivate Banned Ad Accounts (Buzz Feed, 10 Dec 2019)
  13. Microsoft’s full-screen Windows 7 upgrade prompts start next month (The Verge, 10 December 2019)
  14. Microsoft Wants Everyone To Follow Its Lead With Its New Mobile Design (The Verge, 5 December 2019)
  15. Microsoft’s first Office app arrives on Linux (The Verge, 10 December 2019)
  16. A virtual field trip to CERN, via Google Glass (May 2013)
  17. A Maxed Out Mac Pro Will Cost Over $52,000 (MacRumors, 10 Dec 2019)
  18. The Mac Pro’s optional wheels cost $400 (The Verge, 10 December 2019)
  19. You can now buy Apple’s new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR (The Verge, 10 Dec 2019)
  20. Chrome now warns you when your password has been stolen (The Verge, 10 Dec 2019)
  21. RIP Google Glass: Google finally ends support for the old Google Glass after a controversial life (Mashable, 7 December 2019)
  22. FBI recommends that you keep your IoT devices on a separate network (cNet, 6 December 2019)
  23. The best hardware security keys for two-factor authentication (Verge, 22 Feb 2019)
  24. YouTube calls for ‘more clarity’ on the FTC’s child privacy rules (The Verge 11 December 2019)
  25. Are You an Amazon or an Apple Family? (New York Times; 9 March 2019)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: The Science Behind Pixar and YubiKey 5Ci | Dual connector – USB-C and Lightning ($70)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Audible Settlement

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