EdTech Situation Room Episode 135

Welcome to episode 135 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 22, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the threat posed by cyberattacks in the airline industry, a recent ransomware attack on Oklahoma City Public Schools (@okcps), and revelations of Google storing passwords as plaintext for over a decade. Wes discussed some of his takeaways from a recent Oklahoma education cybersecurity workshop, the importance of cybersecurity jobs, continued troubles with Microsoft Windows10 updates, and the security value of adding a recovery phone number to your Google account. The announced ban of Chinese telecommunications technologies from the US Government this week affecting Huawei (among other companies), the US Supreme Court ruling against Apple involving their App Store monopoly lawsuit, ChromeOS news from Adobe, and some eye opening statistics about eSports and the earnings of young gamers rounded out the show topics. Geeks of the Week included SuperHosts from AirBnB, TextExpander for Chrome, and a great video from Derek Muller (@veritasium) explaining big changes to the YouTube algorithm affecting creators, viewers, and the overall quality of YouTube video content. 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 CEO of Delta Air Lines Was Asked What He Worries About Most. His Answer Will Truly Frighten Customers (Inc., 19 May 2019)
  9. After seven days, OKCPS says network “fully operational” after attack (Free Press OKC, 21 May 2019)
  10. Google stored some passwords in plain text for fourteen years (The Verge, 21 May 2019)
  11. Why some of the world’s top cybersecurity hackers are being paid millions to use their powers for good (CNBC, 18 May 2019)
  12. Tweets, reflections and resources from the Oklahoma Council of Educational Technology Leaders (OCETL) CTO Forum on 26 April 2019 in Moore, Oklahoma (shared by Wes)
  13. Google stats show how much a recovery number prevents phishing (Engadget, 18 May 2019)
  14. Google stats show how much a recovery number prevents phishing (Engadget, 18 May 2019)
  15. China’s Huawei, 70 affiliates placed on U.S. trade blacklist (Reuters, 15 May 2019)
  16. Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist (Reuters, 19 May 2019)
  17. Huawei already seeing a reprieve on US trade ban, report says (CNet, 21 May 2019)
  18. Why Trump’s Huawei ban could cripple the company (Mashable, 20 May 2019)
  19. Supreme Court says Apple will have to face App Store monopoly lawsuit (Verge, 13 May 2019)
  20. Adobe Premiere Rush Lands On Android Today, Chromebooks Support Coming Soon (Chrome Unboxed; 21 May 2019)
  21. Why Prices Of Google’s Cheap Chromebooks Will Rise In The Long Term (Forbes; 19 May 2019)
  22. Some publishers pay streamers as much as $50k an hour to play new games (Gamasutra, 20 May 2019)
  23. Pro Fortnite player sues gaming organization over ‘oppressive’ contract (CNet, 20 May 2019)
  24. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Use “SuperHosts” with AirBNB and TextExpander for Chrome
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] My Video Went Viral. Here’s Why by @veritasium
Photo by Shahadat Shemul on Unsplash

EdTech Situation Room Episode 134

Welcome to episode 134 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 15, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed a touching video about Google Lens and literacy from Google I/O and the winners of the NPR student podcasting challenge. Jason provided a review of his new Google Pixel 3A smartphone, and the surprise announced end of “branded accounts” within GSuite for Education was highlighted. Other discussed topics included Facebook’s fight to protect EU elections, post-Christchurch shooting efforts to curtail terrorist content online, and San Francisco ordinances shining light on facial recognition technology use by local police forces. The FCC’s proposed rule change for carriers to block cellular network robocalls, a new website hack compromising eCommerce web forms, and the security threat of IoT devices were subjects rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included the app and website Hopper for travel deal shopping, the “Better Angels” organization seeking to politically depolarize the United States, and ISTE’s new certification program for educators. 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. [VIDEO] Google Lens: Urmila’s Story (from Google I/O 2019 keynote)
  9. Here Are The Winners Of The NPR Student Podcast Challenge (NPR; 1 May 2019)
  10. Periods! Why These 8th-Graders Aren’t Afraid To Talk About Them (NPR; 15 May 2019)
  11. Brief Review: Jason Gets a Pixel 3A
  12. Why are Brand Accounts being removed from G Suite for Education (GSuite Admin Community post)
  13. Inside Facebook’s war room: the battle to protect EU elections (Guardian, 5 May 2019)
  14. Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and other tech companies join governments in pledging to fight terrorist content in wake of Christchurch shooting, but U.S. refuses to join (Business Insider, 15 May 2019)
  15. San Francisco becomes bans facial recognition software by police (Business Insider, 15 May 2019)
  16. Ajit Pai proposes new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls (Verge, 15 May 2019)
  17. Hackers are collecting payment details, user passwords from 4,600 sites (ZDnet, 12 May 2019)
  18. IoT devices pose a much bigger cyberthreat than you and I realize (Mashable; 12 May 2019)
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Hopper App
  20. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Better Angels Depolarize America (@BetterAngelsUSA) and ISTE Certification

EdTech Situation Room Episode 133

Welcome to episode 133 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 8, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed lots of news from this week’s Google I/O Conference. Topics included Google’s renewed focus on user privacy, shift in focus from search and answers to productivity, improved digital well-being tools, the mid-range price Pixel 3A smartphone, and the amazing “Google Lens” text to speech as well as translation capabilities. On the Microsoft front, the return of “PowerToys” to Windows10 and forthcoming support for Linux were discussed. Additional topics included NASA’s robotic detection of an earthquake on Mars, the election of a well known comedian (with no prior political experience) to the presidency in Ukraine thanks in part to social media, and the productivity drag of business communication apps like Slack. The failure of Energizer’s 18K mAh smartphone was also highlighted. Geeks of the week included a two part episode on the Chinese Surveillance State from the New York Times “The Daily” podcast, freely licensed photos from Wes and many other photographers on UnSplash, and the personal finance automation service, “Trim.” 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. Google I/O 2019 event in 13 minutes (Verge, 7 May 2019)
  9. “Changing from a company that helps you find answers, to a company that helps you get things done” – Sundar Pachai (2:17 of opening keynote)
  10. Google’s Sundar Pichai: Privacy Should Not Be a Luxury Good (New York Times; 7 May 2019)
  11. Google expands digital well-being tools to include a new ‘Focus mode,’ adds improved parental controls to Android (TechCrunch, 7 May 2019)
  12. Google announces Pixel 3a and 3a XL w/ familiar design, lower price, Snapdragon 670, more (9 to 5 Google; 7 May 2019)
  13. Comment: Google Pixel 3a at (effectively) $300 is just a stupid good value (9 to 5 Google; 8 May 2019)
  14. Google Lens adding new tools to highlight menus, split checks, translate, more (9 to 5 Google; 7 May 2019)
  15. Google Confirms It Will Automatically Delete Your Data — What You Need To Know (Forbes; 5 May 2019)
  16. Google Maps and search are getting an Incognito mode (The Verge; 7 May 2019)
  17. Google is pushing back against ad tracking in Chrome (The Verge; 7 May 2019)
  18. Google Maps AR walking directions launches today on Google Pixel smartphones (9 to 5 Google; 7 May 2019)
  19. Microsoft brings PowerToys back to let anyone improve Windows 10 for power users (The Verge; 8 May 2019)
  20. Microsoft will ship a full Linux kernel in Windows 10 (The Verge; 6 May 2019)
  21. Microsoft Office 365 Accounts Under Attack — What You Need To Know (Forbes; 2 May 2019)
  22. NASA’s InSight Detects First Likely ‘Quake’ on Mars (NASA, 23 April 2019)
  23. Ukraine election result: Volodymyr Zelensky, comedian, is new president (Vox, 21 April 2019)
  24. The productivity pit: how Slack is ruining work (Vox / Recode, 1 May 2019)
  25. Energizer’s 18,000 mAh phone-battery monster is an Indiegogo flop (The Verge; 30 April 2019)
  26. 2 Part Episode on The Daily Podcast by The New York Times: The Chinese Surveillance State Part 1 and Part 2
  27. @wfryer on Unsplash and InfoPics
  28. Trim Financial Assistant (@ask_trim)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 132

Welcome to episode 132 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 24, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed recent headlines highlighting the dangers of USB-borne malware as well as “USB Killer” devices maliciously used on a college campus to destroy computers. The recent, courageous talk shared by Carole Cadwalladr on the TED stage calling for Facebook and Google executives to account for their platforms’ breaking of liberal democracy, pending FTC fines of Facebook and exciting commercial robots from Boston Dynamics were also discussed. On the Google front, enhancements to Google Sheets, an expended free tier for Google Play Music, and the arrival of a more robust YouTube app on the Amazon Fire Stick were highlighted. In Chrome news, HP’s 15 inch Chromebook and an exciting lineup of ChromeOS sessions at Google I/O in about a week were discussed. The ongoing controversy over mandatory cursive handwriting instruction in schools, changes to the Windows10 update process including further crippling of third party antivirus software, and exciting news in the world of podcasting were also addressed in the show. A lawsuit against Apple involving facial recognition gone bad in Apple Stores was also mentioned. Geeks of the Week included a great tip for recording audio in noisy classrooms, promising new software from an Apple developer (Agenda) for project management and personal notetaking, Google Chrome’s free remote desktop software options. 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. Student used ‘USB Killer’ device to destroy $58,000 worth of college computers (The Verge; 17 April 2019)
  9. Good advice: No one, not even the Secret Service, should randomly plug in a strange USB stick (Tech Crunch; 8 April 2019)
  10. Carole Cadwalladr: Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy (TED Talks, April 2019)
  11. Facebook expects FTC fine could be as much as $5 billion (CNN, 24 April 2019)
  12. Boston Dynamics showcases new uses for SpotMini ahead of commercial production (TechCrunch, 19 April 2019)
  13. Google Sheets adds further enhanced tools for spreadsheet formatting (9 to 5 Google; 19 April 2019)
  14. Enjoy YouTube Music free on Google Home speakers (YouTube Blog, 18 April 2019)
  15. HP announces first 15-inch Chromebook, with backlit keys and number pad (Android Authority; 19 April 2019)
  16. Google I/O 2019 Schedule Unveils Numerous Chrome OS Sessions (ChromeUnboxed; 17 April 2019)
  17. Cursive Seemed to Go the Way of Quills and Parchment. Now It’s Coming Back (New York Times; 13 April 2019)
  18. Amazon and Google FINALLY end their years-long feud as firms reveal YouTube will be available on Fire Stick for the first time since 2017 (Daily Mail; 19 April 2019)
  19. Amazon and Google Are Making Music Free — And That Could Be a Big Headache for Spotify (Rolling Stone, 22 April 2019)
  20. Microsoft starts notifying Windows 7 users that it’s time to buy a new PC (MS Power User; 20 April 2019)
  21. Microsoft Makes Changes To WAAS Update Process; Gives End Users Additional Control (Windows Observer; 6 April 2019)
  22. McAfee joins Sophos, Avira, Avast—the latest Windows update breaks them all (Ars Technica; 19 April 2019)
  23. Ear Fodder: Here are all the winners of the 2019 Webby Awards (The Verge; 23 April 2019)
  24. Note to Self is Back!  Note to Self is Back and We Start with The Big One: Kids and Screens
  25. Luminary Is Betting $100 Million That People Will Pay For Podcasts (Forbes; 22 April 2019)
  26. Teen’s $1B suit claims Apple’s facial recognition software led to false arrest (Fox News, 23 April 2019)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Great Tip for Recording Audio in a Noisy Classroom (via @jenniferlorton)
  28. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Agenda Software for MacOS & iOS, Chrome Remote Desktop Extension and web portal

EdTech Situation Room Episode 131

Welcome to episode 131 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 17, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed proposed changes to the way Twitter is designed and works, the challenges of online discussion / dialog, buzz around the release of the Samsung Fold Android smartphone, and the continuing DNS hacks on core Internet infrastructure. Inexpensive facial recognition machines, Google location data in the hands of law enforcement, and harassment on WikiPedia rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included the free textbook “Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers,” Wes’ Mastondon profile address (mastodon.cloud/@wfryer) and the hilarious episode 140 of the Reply All podcast titled, “The Roman Mars Mazda Virus.” 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. How Jack Dorsey plans to change Twitter (Axios, 16 Apr 2019)
  9. Jack Dorsey says it’s time to rethink the fundamental dynamics of Twitter (TechCrunch, 16 April 2019)
  10. A healthier Twitter: Progress and more to do (Twitter Blog, 16 Apr 2019)
  11. Thoughtful Twitter thread by @holden about farce of dialog in class discussions
  12. Journalist Carole Cadwalladr says ‘the gods of Silicon Valley’ have broken democracy (TechCrunch, 15 Apr 2019)
  13. Samsung sold out of its nearly $2,000 Galaxy Fold in just a day (9 to 5 Google; 17 April 2019)
  14. My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day (The Verge; 17 April 2019)
  15. Samsung Galaxy Fold display issues emerge just 48 hours after first outing (9 to 5 Google; 17 April 2019)
  16. New report declares Google Pixel as #3 in US market share, OnePlus in top 5 globally (9 to 5 Google; 16 April 2019)
  17. We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine (New York Times; 16 April 2019)
  18. Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police (New York Times; 13 April 2019)
  19. Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa (Bloomberg; 10 April 2019)
  20. The wave of domain hijackings besetting the Internet is worse than we thought (ArsTechnica, 17 Apr 2019)
  21. A Deep Dive on the Recent Widespread DNS Hijacking Attacks (Brian Krebs, 18 Feb 2019)
  22. Wikipedia Isn’t Officially a Social Network. But the Harassment Can Get Ugly. (New York Times; 8 April 2019)
  23. Five big questions about Apple and Qualcomm’s surprise settlement (The Verge; 17 April 2019)
  24. Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers by @holden
  25. Wes’ ATLIS Workshop “Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacywfryer.me/exoflood
  26. Wes on Mastodon: https://mastodon.cloud/@wfryer
  27. Podcast Recommendation: Reply All #140 The Roman Mars Mazda Virus

EdTech Situation Room Episode 130

Welcome to episode 130 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 10, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed YouTube’s challenges moderating objectionable content, the human costs of that content moderation, and the incredibly hostile digital infrastructure which is now online amplifying that content for apparently malicious purposes. HUD’s new lawsuit against Facebook for illegally targeted housing advertisements, and privacy and security challenges posted by pre-installed apps on Android were also discussed. Exciting recent Google announcements were highlighted including native editing of MS Office documents via Google Docs, forthcoming 3rd party add-ons to GSuite, and improvements to Hangouts Chat now integrated with Gmail were also discussed. From Chromebook land, the exciting announcement of a new #MadeByGoogle Chromebook, and Apple’s expected “reinvention” of MagSafe power adapters for USB-C devices were explored. Microsoft’s announced closure of its eBook store, the futuristic and arguably dystopian U.S. Army version of Microsoft’s Hololens platform, an intriguing SxSW musical performance utilizing sensorware, and the “Share No Evil” Chrome extension created in response to the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included resources for Wes’ upcoming ATLIS workshop “Filtering the ExoFlood,” the free eBook “Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers,” Gobo.social, and the 2019 Webby’s. 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. YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant (Bloomberg; 2 April 2019)
  9. The Human Costs of Content Moderation (IRL Podcast from Mozilla)
  10. [VIDEO] How this CRAZY copyright policy impacts me by Paul Davids
  11. [VIDEO] Manipulating the YouTube Algorithm – (Part 1/3) Smarter Every Day 213 by @smartereveryday
  12. [VIDEO] Twitter Platform Manipulation – (Part 2/3) Smarter Every Day 214 by @smartereveryday
  13. HUD’s new lawsuit against Facebook is a dagger at the heart of the consumer internet (CNN, 5 April 2019)
  14. Android ecosystem of pre-installed apps is a privacy and security mess (ZDNet; 25 March 2019)
  15. Google Patched Ads Into High-End Android TVs and Users Are Not Happy (Extreme Tech; 5 April 2019)
  16. Google Docs will let you natively edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files soon (The Verge; 10 April 2019)
  17. Google will bring third-party add-ons to G Suite ‘in the coming months’ w/ Box, Evernote, more (9 to 5 Google; 10 April 2019)
  18. Hangouts Chat coming to Gmail as Hangouts Meet adds live captioning & public streams (9 to 5 Google; 10 April 2019)
  19. Dropbox announces enterprise Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides integration (9 to 5 Google; 9 April 2019)
  20. Google Confirms New #Madebygoogle Chromebook Coming For Business (Chrome Unboxed; 10 April 2019)
  21. Exciting New Feature Coming To Chromebook Desktops (Chrome Unboxed; 9 April 2019)
  22. Apple Reinvents MagSafe for the iPhone, iPad and Macs (Patently Apple; 4 April 2019)
  23. WSJ: Apple Music Has Overtaken Spotify in U.S. Paid Subscribers (MacRumors; 5 April 2019)
  24. Microsoft is Closing Its Ebook Store, Edge Support (Thurrott.com; 2 April 2019)
  25. Here’s the US Army version of HoloLens that Microsoft employees are protesting (Verge, 6 April 2019)
  26. Electronic music has a performance problem, and this artist is trying to solve it (@verge⁩, 5 April 2019)
  27. Share No Evil is a movement to make sharing terrorist content culturally unacceptable in Aotearoa
  28. Wes’s Geeks of the Week: Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy and Free online book: “Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers” by @holden and https://gobo.social/
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Vote for the 2019 Webbys!

EdTech Situation Room Episode 129

Welcome to episode 129 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 3, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed more technology links than should technically be “legal” for a free #edtech podcast. Topics included the NSO Group and Pegasus iPhone malware and the proliferation of Android-based pre-installed apps posing privacy and security issues. Dangers anticipated via the upcoming bi-annual Windows10 update from Microsoft, Chromium browser benefits on Windows, and another Facebook data breach affecting over 500 million users were also analyzed. Google news included the 15th birthday of Gmail, new features including canned responses and scheduled messages, the effect of Google’s regular killing of its digital children (documented on killedbygoogle.com), and Google’s 2019 April Fool’s Day jokes. A shotgun wielding flying drone in Russia, prospects for a renewable hydrogen-based economy, and Mark Zuckerberg’s latest attempt to apologize for his privacy transgressions rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included Outline VPN, Daily Digital Alchemy (the next iteration of “The Daily Create” by Alan Levine,) free security awareness posters from SANS, a “Smarter Every Day” video series on YouTube weaponization, and a poignant letter by an Apple employee about alleged illegal searches by US homeland security officials at the US border involving his iPhone and MacOS laptop. 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. Dubious Denials & Scripted Spin: Spyware Company NSO Group Goes On 60 Minutes (CitizenLab, 1 April 2019)
  9. [VIDEO] CEO of Israeli spyware-maker NSO on fighting terror, Khashoggi murder, and Saudi Arabia (CBS News – 60 Minutes, 24 March 2019)
  10. Have I Been Pwned? (Check if your email has been compromised in known hacks)
  11. Android ecosystem of pre-installed apps is a privacy and security mess (ZDNet, 25 March 2019)
  12. Windows 10 update version 1903: Act fast to delay this big upgrade (ZDNet, 25 March 2019)
  13. Microsoft’s Upcoming Chromium-based Edge Browser Has A Few Features for the Enterprise (Petri, 26 March 2019)
  14. Millions of Facebook Users’ Personal Info Was Posted Publicly On Amazon Servers (Time, 3 April 2019)
  15. Official Google Video: Happy Birthday, Gmail!
  16. Gmail adds email scheduling and Smart Compose improvements for its 15th birthday (The Verge, 1 April 2019)
  17. Google shuts failed social network Google+ (BBC News, 2 April 2019)
  18. Killed by Google – The Google Graveyard: killedbygoogle.com)
  19. Google’s constant product shutdowns are damaging its brand (Ars Technica, 2 April 2019)
  20. Gmail’s ‘Canned Responses’ Feature Is Finally Good (LifeHacker, 27 March 2019)
  21. All of Google’s jokes for April Fools’ Day 2019 (Venture Beat, 31 March 2019)
  22. Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas (Washington Post; 30 March 2019)
  23. Facebook is making an all-out push for regulation — on its own terms (The Verge; 2 April 2019)
  24. Russia’s Shotgun-Wielding Drone Is the Flying Nightmare You Didn’t Know You Had (FoxtrotAlpha, 29 March 2019)
  25. Get Ready For 1.5¢ Renewable Electricity, Steven Chu Says, Which Could Unleash Hydrogen Economy (Forbes, 2 April 2019)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Outline VPN
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Daily Digital Alchemy: one creative spell per day from @cogdogFree Security Awareness Posters from SANS – [VIDEO] Manipulating the YouTube Algorithm – (Part 1/3) Smarter Every Day 213 by @smartereverydayNo one should have to travel in fear (Medium post by Andreas Gal @andreasgal

EdTech Situation Room Episode 128

Welcome to episode 128 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 27, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed how amazing Garageband software continues to be, this past week’s Apple Event announcements, implications of Article 13’s passage in the EU for user created content, freedom of expression, and the potential of a further fractured global Internet. Additional topics included MacBook keyboard reliability issues, Google’s Stadia announcement for streaming games, Microsoft’s imminent end of Windows7 support, the popularity of Google Docs among teens for chat at school, and the importance of China’s long term strategy to dominate the global digital economy via Huawei and governmental policies. Geeks of the week were plentiful, including AirBnB versus Hilton comparisons, AirBnB superhosts, ScreenCloud digital signage, responses and protection against email phishing, Google home WiFi, the most amazing video (on storytelling and storytellers) from Apple’s Event, and FloorPlanner.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. EU Holds Online Platforms Liable for Users’ Copyright Infringement (Fortune; 26 March 2019)
  9. Microsoft warns Windows 7 users of looming end to security updates (TechCrunch; 20 March 2019)
  10. Inside Garageband, the Little App Ruling the Sound of Modern Music (Rolling Stone, 16 March 2019)
  11. Apple apologizes for continued reliability problems with its MacBook keyboards (The Verge; 20 March 2019)
  12. The Most Important Announcements from Apple’s ‘Show Time’ Event (Lifehacker; 25 March 2019)
  13. Apple Is Jumping Into Streaming Video With A Huge Library Of Shows And Films (The Verge; 20 March 2019)
  14. Apple updates $399 iPad mini with Apple Pencil support (The Verge; 18 March 2019)
  15. The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs (The Atlantic; 14 March 2019)
  16. Google Hardware makes cuts to laptop and tablet development, cancels products (ArsTechnica, 13 March 2019)
  17. Google Stadia announcement tidbits: 15mbps connection, Chromecast details, pricing timeline, more (9 to 5 Google; 20 March 2019)
  18. Stadia is about the future of YouTube, not gaming (The Verge; 20 March 2019)
  19. VIDEO: Google Stadia wants to be the Netflix of gaming (Verge, 21 March 2019)
  20. Huawei case: “It is not by dividing against China that Europe will regain ground” (translated from French, partial article due to paywall, Le Monde, 12 March 2019) – Tweet
  21. European Commission Contribution to the European Council – EU – China: A strategic outlook via Francois Godement
  22. Triangulation 387 – Amy Webb – The Big Nine (1 March 2019)
  23. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: American consumers spent more on Airbnb than on Hilton last year (Recode; 25 March 2019) and Use “SuperHosts”
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: ScreenCloud Digital Signage, Advice for Responding to and Protecting Against Phishing Email Attacks,Google WiFi – Mesh Router, VIDEO: The Storytellers Behind Apple TV+, floorplanner.com

EdTech Situation Room Episode 127

Welcome to episode 127 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 6, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s new Chromebook App Hub website, OpenAI’s decision to NOT share a new AI text generator, and Microsoft’s forthcoming “Windows Lite” operating system. Dipayan Ghosh & Ben Scott’s advocacy to promote intelligent regulation of Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies enabling “precision propaganda” was also highlighted, along with ways outrage over common threats can hijack parents’ common sense. Facebook’s declining US user base, Facebook’s announcement to emphasize point-to-point “ephemeral” messaging, and SpaceX’s recent success launching its Dragon crew module were also discussed. The future of “the technology correction” and our prospects for changing the “Surveillance Capitalism” model of many Silicon Valley companies, implications of the Huawei CFO extradition controversy, and the importance of media literacy in our age of fake news were additional topics. Updates to the PocketCasts app for Android, the addictive math-focused multiplayer app Prodigy, the gloomy prospects for BotNet death in the near future, the importance of unlimited data plans in the forthcoming 5G data environment, and the importance of carefully using “freemium” software platforms at school rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included an 18,000 mAh battery powered Android phone from Energizer, a fantastic video from Linda Yollis (@lindayollis) on improving student blogging quality, and Wes’ planned ATLIS 2019 bootcamp workshop “Filtering the ExoFlood”. 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. Find ideas and activities on the new Chromebook App Hub (Google Blog; 4 March 2019)
  9. OpenAI Won’t Release AI Text Generator, Branding it Too Dangerous (Digit)
  10. Microsoft is creating Windows Lite for dual-screen and Chromebook-like devices (The Verge; 4 March 2019)
  11. This Week in Tech (TWiT) Podcast
  12. How to make technology a force for good (CNN, 26 Sept 2018)
  13. Fake news is part of a bigger problem: automated propaganda (Columbia Journalism Review, 22 Feb 2019)
  14. “Digital Deceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet” (New America, 23 Jan 2018)
  15. Wes’ GigaOM Vets Twitter List
  16. How outrage over relatively uncommon threats can hijack parents’ common sense (Washington Post, 5 March 2019)
  17. Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will shift to emphasize encrypted ephemeral messages (The Verge; 6 March 2019)
  18. Facebook’s US user base declined by 15 million since 2017, according to survey (The Verge; March 6, 2019)
  19. Why You Should NOT Quit Facebook or Twitter (Wesley Fryer, 15 January 2019)
  20. Book: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff (@shoshanazuboff)
  21. SpaceX launches Crew Dragon on its way to the space station (ArsTechnica, 1 March 2019)
  22. Tim Cook touts Apple’s commitment to education in meeting with President Trump & others (9 to 5 Mac; 6 March 2019)
  23. iPhone sales are falling, and Apple’s app fees might be next (AP; 6 March 2019)
  24. Pocket Casts 7 for Android exits beta w/ Material Theme, improved queuing (9 to 5 Google; 5 March 2019)
  25. What You Need to Know About the Huawei Court Case in Canada (NY Times, 6 March 2019)
  26. Huawei CFO suing Canada over December arrest (Reuters⁩, 3 March 2019)
  27. What is a botnet? And why they aren’t going away anytime soon (CSO Online, 27 Feb 2019)
  28. Mirai (malware) (English WikiPedia)
  29. The Ethically Questionable Math Game Taking Over U.S. Schools (Jeff Wise on Medium, 27 Feb 2019)
  30. Movie: Ready Player One (2018)
  31. 5G will be crazy fast, but it’ll be worthless without unlimited data (Mashable; 28 February 2019)
  32. How I Fell Out of Love with the Internet – And how you will too (Avery Erwin, 14 Feb 2019)
  33. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “Tips to Ensure Quality Blogging” by @lindayollis and “Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy” (ATLIS 3 hour Bootcamp, 14 April 2019, Dallas, Texas)
  34. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Energizer 18,000 mAh smartphone

EdTech Situation Room Episode 126

Welcome to episode 126 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 28, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on assignment at the NCCE Conference in Seattle. In this episode, Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and Beth Holland (@brholland) discussed baby duck syndrome, resources by PBS Learning Media including “The Cat in the Hat” online, and what’s revealed about student perceptions when they “draw a scientist.” Additional topics included the upcoming April 14-17, 2019 ATLIS Conference in Dallas, danah boyd’s book, “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens,” and the work of Lisa Gurnsey (@lisaguernsey) on the important roles of “media mentors.” Beth also shared a shout out for Yong Zhao’s book, “What Works May Hurt―Side Effects in Education.” Geeks of the week included the websites Pexels and Unsplash for copyright-free images, and the COSN Digital Equity Project. 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. NCCE 2019 Conference
  7. Beth Holland (@brholland) – blog: brholland.com
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. Baby Duck Syndrome
  10. PBS Learning Media (@pbsteachers)
  11. Draw a Scientist: Activity from the California Academy of Sciences
  12. PBS Kids: The Cat in the Hat
  13. ATLIS Conference
  14. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd (@zephoria)
  15. A New 21st-Century Job: The Media Mentor (New America, 24 Oct 2016)
  16. Maryland Libraries Build a Peer-Coaching Program to Train Media Mentors (New America, 11 July 2018)
  17. Lisa Gurnsey (@lisaguernsey) – The Role of the Media Mentor
  18. What Works May Hurt―Side Effects in Education by Yong Zhao (@yongzhaoed)
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Pexels and Unsplash (free photos for commercial use, no attribution required)
  20. Beth’s Geek of the Week: COSN Digital Equity Project