EdTechSR Ep 199 – Fake Selfies Everywhere

Welcome to episode 199 (“Fake Selfies Everywhere”) of the EdTech Situation Room from November 25, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Black Friday technological temptations, China’s robotic rocket launch this week to bring back moon rocks to earth, and a remarkable New York Times multimedia article on fake photo generation websites and services for hire. Google Meet’s new support for up to 100 breakout rooms in a single call, promising updates for native webpage (non-app) Chromebook annotation, and the best Chromebooks of 2020 were also discussed. Chromebook manufacturers following Apple’s lead and ditching Intel, surprisingly positive youth perceptions of YouTube videos as educational / instructive, and home networking troubleshooting tips were highlighted. Geeks of the Week included a new and fairly simple method to “clean up” shared YouTube video links for students, and a technique to “play thousands of retro arcade games on an Amazon Fire Stick.” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) 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.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. HP – 2-in-1 14″ Touch-Screen Chromebook – Intel Core i3 – 8GB Memory – 64GB eMMC Flash Memory – Mineral Silver (Best Buy)
  9. Comcast to enforce 1.2TB data cap in entire 39-state territory in early 2021 (ArsTechnica, 23 Nov 2020)
  10. Chinese spacecraft sets off on Moon sample quest (BBC News, 23 Nov 2020)
  11. China set to bring back first rocks from the Moon in more than 40 years (Scientific Magazine, 19 Nov 2020)
  12. Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You? (NY Times, 21 Nov 2020)
  13. Google Meet Now Supports 100 Breakout Rooms Per Call To Help With Distance Learning (ChromeUnboxed; 20 November 2020)
  14. Chromebook PDF Annotation Will Soon Be Possible In The New Media App (ChromeUnboxed; 23 November 2020)
  15. The Best Chromebooks of 2020
  16. Forget M1 MacBooks: Now Chromebooks are ditching Intel, too (Tom’s Hardware; 22 November 2020)
  17. Kids as young as 3 years old think YouTube is better for learning than other types of video (The Conversation, 24 Nov 2020)
  18. How Do I Troubleshoot Slow Speeds From My New ISP? (LifeHacker; 13 November 2020)
  19. SpeedTest by Ookla
  20. [VIDEO] Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online (62 min, March 2020 by Wes)
  21. Faster Home WiFi Via Ethernet Backhaul (by Wes, July 2020)
  22. Google Mesh Home WiFi Makes our Internet Access MUCH faster (by Wes, March 2019)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “add ‘-‘ into the URL after the “t” for the YouTube video you want to share to remove ads, comments, and suggested videos” and “Safe Link Sharing” (Casady School Remote Learning Support)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Play Thousands of Retro Games on Firestick with RetroArch (TroyPoint)

EdTechSR Ep 198 – We Loved Thee, Google Expeditions

Welcome to episode 198 (“We Loved Thee, Google Expeditions””) of the EdTech Situation Room from November 18, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed FCC changes to United States bandwidth spectrum affecting WiFi and automotive emergency communication, faster Google Chromebook chips and Google Product Black Friday specials, and the benefits of YouTube Premium. The depressing demise of both Google Expeditions and Google Tour Creator in Summer 2021, Google Pay’s impressive upgrade, GitHub’s decision to support fair use, and favorable reviews of Apple’s new M1 chip powered laptops which are convincing Jason to return to the Apple user fold were also highlighted. An alarming revelation about the poorly perceived reach of Facebook’s economic surveillance methods was also discussed. Geeks of the Week included Wes’ preview video for the December #digiURI Media Club meeting (discussing the March 2020 TED Radio Hour, “IRL Online” and the case for remote learning at home with TWO monitors. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) 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.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. FCC takes spectrum from auto industry in plan to “supersize” Wi-Fi (ArsTechnica, 18 Nov 2020)
  9. Google Store Black Friday 2020 deals: $649 Pixel 5, $149 Home Max, $20 Nest Mini (9 to 5 Google, 16 Nov 2020)
  10. Mediatek Unveils 6nm Cpu Designed Just For Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 10 November 2020)
  11. Here’s Why Mediatek’s New Chromebook Arm Processors Are So Important [Video] (Chrome Unboxed; 11 November 2020)
  12. Why MediaTek’s new chips for Chromebooks are more exciting than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c (About Chromebooks; 12 November 2020)
  13. Youtube Premium Is Actually A Great Deal And Google Wants You To Know It With A New Benefits Overview (Chrome Unboxed; 11 November 2020)
  14. Google’s virtual reality Expeditions app is going away, but it’s not bad news (Mashable; 14 November 2020)
  15. Google Tour Creator being killed off too 🙁
  16. Google Pay relaunch transforms it into a full-fledged financial service (ArsTechnica, 18 Nov 2020)
  17. GitHub agrees RIAA claim is bunk, restores popular YouTube download tool (Arstechnica, 17 Nov 2020)
  18. Facebook’s tracking tools are even worse than we feared (Input, 13 Nov 2020)
  19. Mega Review Page: Apple M1 Mac reviews: Impressive performance and battery life, iOS apps are a mixed bag (9 to 5 Mac; 17 November 2020)
  20. Apple Silicon M1 Emulating x86 is Still Faster Than Every Other Mac in Single Core Benchmark (Mac Rumors; 15 November 2020)
  21. Microsoft wastes no time making Universal Office app for Apple M1 Macs (Eric Abent; 13 November 2020)
  22. Reliable Leaker Says Apple Plans to Introduce ‘Christmas Surprise’ (Mac Rumors; 14 November 2020)
  23. Apple drops its cut of App Store revenues from 30% to 15% for some developers (ArsTechnica, 18 Nov 2020)
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: 8 min [VIDEO] Preview of “IRL Online” Discussion of #digiURI #MediaClub Dec 7tth (Tweet)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Why two monitors are better than one when working from home (NetStar; 14 April 2020)

EdTechSR Ep 197 – Bring Forth Thy M1 Chip

Welcome to episode 197 (“Bring Forth Thy M1 Chip””) of the EdTech Situation Room from November 11, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed ongoing information pollution relating to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, the new Apple M1 chip and other announcements from the November 10th Apple Event. Educator concerns about remote test monitoring during COVID-19, Google announcements about the end of free, unlimited Photo and Cloud document storage, and Roku’s support for Apple HomeKit and AirPlay2 were also highlighted. Geeks of the Week included three recommended YouTube videos from Wes and a free Stadia gaming bundle for U.S. and U.K. YouTube Premium Subscribers from Jason. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) 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.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. The U.S. Election Underscores the Need for Teaching News Literacy in Our Schools (EdSurge, 7 Nov 2020)
  9. What Teachers Should Do When QAnon Conspiracy Theories Come to Class (Education Week, 6 Nov 2020)
  10. The Next 2020 Election Fight? Convincing Trump’s Supporters That He Lost (NPR, 8 Nov 2020)
  11. Fact-Checked on Facebook and Twitter, Conservatives Switch Their Apps (The New York Times; 11 November 2020)
  12. The Fragility of Democratic Institutions – Memories of Cairo in November 2017 (Wes’ blog, 30 Sep 2020)
  13. The Social Dilemma (documentary on Netflix)
  14. Remote testing monitored by AI is failing the students forced to undergo it (NBC News OpEd, 7 Nov 2020)
  15. Everything Apple announced during its November event: M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and more (9 to 5 Mac; 10 November 2020)
  16. All the Changes Apple Didn’t Share at Today’s ‘M1’ Event (LifeHacker; 10 November 2020)
  17. The biggest difference between the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is a fan (The Verge; 10 November 2020)
  18. Apple’s M1 Mac design emphasizes continuity over complexity (The Verge; 11 November 2020)
  19. Roku now rolling out HomeKit and AirPlay 2 for streaming devices and smart TVs (9 to 5 Mac; 11 November 2020)
  20. Google Photos ending unlimited free backup next year, cites ‘growing demand for storage’ (9 to 5 Google; 11 November 2020)
  21. Pixel 5 and older phones will retain unlimited ‘High quality’ Google Photos backup (9 to 5 Google; 11 November 2020)
  22. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will count toward storage caps, new auto-delete policies announced (9 to 5 Google; 11 November 2020)
  23. Youtube Premium Is Actually A Great Deal And Google Wants You To Know It With A New Benefits Overview (Chrome Unboxed; 11 November 2020)
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week Videos: The student as CEO of their life and learning | Esther Wojcicki | TEDxBerkeleyCan you outsmart a troll (by thinking like one)? – Claire WardleShowdown: Free Speech & the Internet (Aspen Institute, June 2020)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: YouTube Premium subscribers in US, UK can claim a free Stadia Premiere Edition bundle [Updated] (9 to 5 Google; 10 November 2020)

EdTechSR Ep 196 – Election Disinformation Brewin’

Welcome to episode 196 (“Election Disinformation Brewin””) of the EdTech Situation Room from October 28, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed election disinformation and countermeasures, deepfake threats, amplification of divisive issues by foreign and domestic actors, battles over WikiPedia facts, privacy and podcast tracking, and more. Adversarial interoperability, The Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure efforts to reimagine and rearchitect the Internet, smoking’s lesson for social media regulation, forthcoming updates to Internet Explorer, and Apple’s apparent foray into Internet search. Geeks of the Week included MS Edge on a Chromebook, Tour Creator by Google, a web-based teleprompter that listens to your voice and keeps pace with the speaker, and a new start engine startup (Neeva.) Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) 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. NOTE WE WILL NOT HAVE A SHOW NEXT WEEK ON NOVEMBER 4TH.

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.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. Wikipedia’s Plan to Resist Election Day Misinformation (Wired, 26 Oct 2020)
  9. It’s Time to Talk Seriously About Deepfakes and Misinformation (WebRoot, 6 Oct 2020)
  10. THE WAR ON PINEAPPLE: Understanding Foreign Interference in 5 Steps – PDF (US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, June 2019) – Twitter
  11. The Kremlin’s Plot Against Democracy: How Russia Updated Its 2016 Playbook for 2020 (Foreign Affairs, Sept / Oct 2020)
  12. China and Taiwan clash over Wikipedia edits (BBC News, 4 Oct 2020)
  13. [PODCAST] The Perfect Weapon – An Interview with David Sanger (CyberWire Podcast, 23 Oct 2020)
  14. Is Your Favorite Podcast Tracking You? (The Markup; 8 October 2020)
  15. Adversarial Interoperability (EFF – Cory Doctorow, 2 Oct 2020)
  16. [PODCAST] Welcome to Reimagining the Internet (The Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure, 20 Oct 2020) – Twitter
  17. Thank you for posting: Smoking’s lessons for regulating social media (MIT Technology Review; 5 October 2020)
  18. Microsoft Internet Explorer users may be surprised when they get redirected to Edge next month (The Verge; 27 October 2020)
  19. Apple develops alternative to Google search (ArsTechnica, 28 Oct 2020)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Want Microsoft Edge On Your Chromebook? Here’s How (ChromeUnboxed; 21 October 2020)
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Tour Creator by Google and teleprompt.me and neeva.co (@neevaco)

EdTechSR Ep 195 – Search History Overreach

Welcome to episode 195 (“Search History Overreach'”) of the EdTech Situation Room from October 21, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed privacy-violating subpoenas Google is now complying with, which provide identifying information about ALL people in a certain context who are searching for particular terms online. Historically, accessing knowledge (like checking out or reading particular library books) has not been something to which law enforcement officials in the United States have NOT had ready access. Our conversations touched on privacy issues involving VPNs, the TOR browser, how TCP/IP header packets include identifying MAC address information for the device(s) people use to access the Internet, and more. Additional topics discussed included surveillance capitalism, revelations that antivirus company AVAST secretly sold user data, Cory Doctorow’s decision to write less dystopian SciFi, and a new competitor to Zoom in the academic videoconferencing market: Engageli. On the Google / ChromeOS front, Google’s decision to extend the supported life of ChromeOS on many Chromebooks (to 9-10 years), Acer’s forthcoming Chromebook with Snapdragon chips, and the overall arc of computer processors to use smartphone chips were discussed. The U.S. Department of Justice’s newly announced anti-trust case against Google for alleged monopolistic behavior in maintaining its global dominance in Internet search, as well as an outstanding Renee DiResta (@noupside) article in the Atlantic about the rise and continued influence of QAnon and conspiracy groups to push conspiracy theories into mainstream media was also highlighted. Geeks of the Week included a YouTube Creators’ tutorial about editing videos in the YouTube Studio interface, an outstanding Sway podcast interview with Elon Musk, and the cellular alternative provider, Visible. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) 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.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. Google is giving data to police based on search keywords, court docs show (cNet; 8 October 2020)
  9. Homegrown Hate: The War Among Us (ABC News Documentary, 6 Oct 2020)
  10. PODCAST “In Machines We Trust” by @StrongReporter of @techreview
  11. Clearview AI (English WikiPedia)
  12. Security Now Podcast (on TwIT)
  13. Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data (Vice; 27 January 2020)
  14. The police want your phone data. Here’s what they can get — and what they can’t. (Recode; 21 October 2020)
  15. Surveillance Capitalism (English WikiPedia)
  16. Mote: Voice Commenting in Google Docs
  17. Engageli (videoconferencing startup)
  18. The Dangers of Cynical Sci-Fi Disaster Stories (Slate, 13 Oct 2020)
  19. Coursera’s co-founder thinks Zoom doesn’t work for learning. So she built an alternative (Protocol, 14 Oct 2020)
  20. Google is extending the lifetime of supported Chromebooks to nearly a decade (Android Central; 14 October 2020)
  21. Acer’s Chromebook Spin 513 is the first Chromebook with Snapdragon chips (The Verge; 21 October 2020)
  22. Why Arm Processors Are So Important To The Future Of Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 16 October 2020)
  23. What we know about the DOJ’s antitrust case against Google so far (ArsTechnica, 20 Oct 2020)
  24. Google lays out defense against ‘deeply flawed’ DOJ antitrust suit, argues that users choose Search (9 to 5 Google; 20 October 2020)
  25. The Right’s Disinformation Machine Is Getting Ready for Trump to Lose (The Atlantic, 20 Oct 2020)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: How to Trim Your Videos with the Video Editor in YouTube Studio (2 min) – Sway Podcast: Elon Musk: ‘A.I. Doesn’t Need to Hate Us to Destroy Us’ (29 Sep 2020)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Visible

EdTechSR Ep 194 – Yes Another New iPhone

Welcome to episode 194 (“Yes Another New iPhone'”) of the EdTech Situation Room from October 14, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s new announcements about iPhone12 and HomePod Mini, actions taken by social media companies to curb election-related misinformation and malinformation, and some proposals by tech correction advocates for technology company anti-trust legislation advocates. Developments in fast battery charging technology, the CRISPR / CAS9s discovering female scientists recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the promises of faster bandwidth over both cellular 5G and residential cable modems, and the mindblowing power of the average smartphone today were topics rounding out this week’s show. Geeks of the Week included a call to audit your own autopay subscriptions, a great opportunity for high school students to learn about AI from Stanford alums and grad students, and the podcast “In Machines We Trust” from journalist Jennifer Strong of the MIT Tech Review. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) 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.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. iPhone 12 (MacRumors; 13 October 2020)
  9. The 14 Juiciest Quotes From the House Antitrust Report (Wired; 8 October 2020)
  10. Former Facebook manager: “We took a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook” (Ars Technica; 24 September 2020)
  11. Google Chrome could be sold off in US government break-up plans (11 October 2020)
  12. Twitter, Facebook face blowback after stopping circulation of NY Post story (ArsTechnica, 14 Oct 2020)
  13. How to Deal With a Crisis of Misinformation (NY Times, 14 Oct 2020)
  14. Engineering a battery fast enough to make recharging like refueling (Ars Technica; 11 October 2020)
  15. Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to 2 Scientists for Work on Genome Editing (NY Times, 7 Oct 2020)
  16. Comcast says gigabit downloads and uploads are now possible over cable (ArsTechnica, 8 Oct 2020)
  17. iPhones Have 100,000 Times More Processing Power Than Apollo 11 Computer (Mac Observer, 17 Jul 2019)
  18. Verizon “nationwide” 5G ready for iPhone 12—don’t expect a big speed boost (ArsTechnica, 13 Oct 2020)
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: It’s Time to Audit Your Autopay Subscriptions (Lifehacker; 9 October 2020)
  20. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: AI Scholars 2020 (Intensives for high school students by Stanford PhD students) and PODCAST “In Machines We Trust” by @StrongReporter of @techreview

EdTechSR Ep 193 – Oops Google Did It Again

Welcome to episode 193 (“Oops Google Did It Again'”) of the EdTech Situation Room from October 7, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed monopolistic behavior of big tech companies, rebranding of Google’ GSuite as “Google Workspace,” updates to Google/Nest WiFi, availability of Google Drive File Stream for consumer accounts, and the release of a powerful new Chromebox by CTL. On the Apple front, rumors about the new iPhone set to be announced October 13th and an iOS14 battery drain solution (wipe your iOS) were highlighted. Several articles on social media and our ongoing “Technology Correction” were discussed from the Mozilla Foundation and other sources, seeking to curb the harmful impacts of virtual disinformation and conspiracy groups on the upcoming U.S. election. These include new steps by Facebook and Twitter to crack down on user accounts violating terms of service agreements and community standards. Ongoing COVID-19 impacts on movie theaters, long-game surveillance activities by the Chinese government, and a helpful metaphor to regulation of the tobacco / smoking industry as we think about needed regulations on social media were topics rounding out this week’s show. Geeks of the Week included an eye opening “Angry Planet” podcast interview with Jason Wilson (@jason_a_w) about the rise of online extremist groups, an excellent “Virtually Unprepared” webinar series from The Classical Association of New England, a media literacy unit on “Just Add WikiPedia” for news site validation, and a YouTube TV promotional offer including a free Chromecast. 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 (normally) 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.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. We are approaching the fastest, deepest, most consequential technological disruption in history (Tony Seba and James Arbib)
  9. The Big Tech antitrust report has one big conclusion: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google are anti-competitive (Recode; 6 October 2020)
  10. Google has overhauled G Suite – but not all users will be happy (Tech Radar; 7 October 2020)
  11. Everything you need to know about the new Google Wifi and where to buy it (9 to 5 Google; 7 October 2020)
  12. G Suite File Stream Now Allows Personal Gmail Accounts To Sync Drive With Their PC Or Mac (Chrome Unboxed; 3 October 2020)
  13. CTL Unveils 10th Gen Comet Lake Chromebox CBX2 (Chrome Unboxed; 6 October 2020)
  14. Apple’s next iPhone will be announced on October 13th (The Verge 6 October 2020)
  15. If iOS 14 is causing battery drain, you might need to wipe your iPhone (The Verge; 2 October 2020)
  16. “Dear Facebook, this is how you’re breaking democracy” by Yael Eisenstat (@YaelEisenstat) – (TEDTalk, August 2020)
  17. #UnTrendTwitter by Mozilla
  18. Facebook: Stop Group Recommendations by Mozilla
  19. Facebook bans QAnon across its platforms (NBC News, 6 Oct 2020)
  20. Twitter bans posts wishing for Trump death. The Squad wonders where that policy was for them (CNN; 3 October 2020)
  21. Facebook removes Trump post falsely saying COVID-19 is less deadly than the flu (The Verge; 6 October 2020)
  22. Identify Fake Amazon Reviews: www.fakespot.com 
  23. Amazon is trying to crack down on fraudulent reviews. They’re thriving in Facebook groups (The Verge; 2 October 2020)
  24. James Bond’s ‘No Time To Die’ has been delayed until 2021 in fresh blow to Hollywood (CNN; 3 October 2020)
  25. Bond was the last straw: Regal and Cineworld will reportedly close all theaters in US and UK next week (The Verge; 3 October 2020)
  26. AI & Advertising, a consumer perspective (Mozilla Fellow Harriet Kingaby, 30 Sep 2020)
  27. China has Been Doing ‘Mass Surveillance’ on Millions of Citizens in US, UK, Australia and India (Vice, 14 Sep 2020)
  28. Smoking’s lessons for regulating social media (MIT Technology Review, 5 Oct 2020)
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “Proud Boys, the Boogaloo, & Everything In Between” on @angryplanetpod (interview with @jason_a_w) and “The Classical Association of New England’s Virtually Unprepared Series” (YouTube Playlist)Register free and Launchpad WikiPedia (lessons by Wes)
  30. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Subscribing to YouTube TV can get you a free Chromecast with Google TV (Android Police)

Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash

EdTechSR Ep 192 – Delete All Your Idle Smartphone Apps

Welcome to episode 192 (“Delete All Your Idle Smartphone Apps'”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 30, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the marathon nature of the COVID-19 pandemic for society and schools, the challenges of rural broadband connectivity, and the biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 5 Event. Upgrades to Google Meet, new HP Chromebooks, AI that can draw reasonably good pictures based on captions, and a call from futurist Amy Webb for a U.S. National Strategic Office for AI and other critical science and technology initiatives were also highlighted. COVID-19 era controversies over surveillance and biometric powered online assessment tools were discussed. Geeks of the Week included Wes’ recent posts on Lesson Cast workflows for teachers, and Jason’s call to “delete all your unused smartphone apps.” 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 (normally) 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.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. Here’s How the Pandemic Finally Ends (Politico; 25 September 2020)
  9. The US needs a broadband reboot (The Hill; 20 September 2020)
  10. Pandemic Broadband Speeds Are Faster, but Insufficient for Some (WSJ, 17 Sept 2020)
  11. The 7 biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 5 event (The Verge; 30 September 2020)
  12. Google Meet Is Getting A Zoom-like 50-person Grid View And Blurred Backgrounds (Chrome Unboxed; 16 September 2020)
  13. HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise launches with brand new AMD chips, Radeon graphics (About Chromebooks; 22 September 2020)
  14. Chrome OS 87 Dev Channel brings working LaCrOS and Nearby Share to Chromebooks (About Chromebooks; 20 September 2020)
  15. These weird, unsettling photos show that AI is getting smarter (MIT Tech Review, 25 Sept 2020)
  16. A National Office for Strategic Foresight Anchored in Critical Science and Technologies (Amy Webb, Stanford Cyber Policy Center, 17 Oct 2019)
  17. Students Are Rebelling Against Eye-Tracking Exam Surveillance Tools (Vice, 24 Sept 2020)
  18. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Lesson Cast: Sharing a Class Recording with Minimal Steps
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: It’s time to delete most of your apps (Popular Science; 10 July 2018)

EdTechSR Ep 191 – COVID-19 and Our New Educational ‘Normal’

Welcome to episode 191 (“COVID-19 and Our New Educational ‘Normal'”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 23, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the likelihood of long term COVID-19 impacts on education and our society, new Apple Watch and iPad announcements from the September 15th Apple Event, and Chromebook news from HP and the Dev channel. On the subject of U.S. – China relations, the proposed restructuring of TikTok and the possibility that differences over 5G infrastructure rollouts portends a tectonic shift in international relations was discussed. Continuing observations and analysis of the looming “tech correction,” articles on Twitter and Facebook actions to censor disinformation and bad actors on their platforms, Facebook’s thread to leave the EU over proposed data regulations in Ireland, and a fantastic TED Radio Hour podcast episode highlighting issues of privacy, surveillance capitalism, subversion of democratic processes, and “the tech correction” was also discussed. On the security front, the first hospital death in Germany attributed to a ransomware attack, and the incredible impact of the Mozi botnet on global IoT traffic were highlighted. The tremendous impact of WikiPedia articles on local tourism in some countries, the exciting detection of “phosphene” in the atmosphere of Venus suggesting organic life, and the ongoing destructive effects of disinformation and socially shared conspiracy theories in countering the spread of COVID-19 were explored. Geeks of the Week included Little Alchemy 2, “The Age of AI” by YouTube Originals (hosted by Robert Downey Jr.), a 4 Part Lesson Series on “Conspiracy Theories” by Wes, and the excellent media literacy website spotthetroll.org. Tips for how to use a second monitor with your laptop and the NECC 2021 virtual conference Call for Proposals were also shared. 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 (normally) 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.orgShared Lessons & Curriculum
  8. Let’s get real. No vaccine will work as if by magic, returning us to ‘normal’ (The Guardian; 6 September 2020)
  9. Apple September 2020 event: Everything announced (Digital Trends; 15 September 2020)
  10. The plain old iPad gets a needed lift (cNet; 15 September 2020)
  11. The New 2020 Ipad Isn’t Enough For Zoom School (The Verge; 23 September 2020)
  12. Google now lets you set Gmail as the default mail app on iOS 14 (9 to 5 Google; 21 September 2020)
  13. HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise launches with brand new AMD chips, Radeon graphics (About Chromebooks; 22 September 2020)
  14. Chrome OS 87 Dev Channel brings working LaCrOS and Nearby Share to Chromebooks (About Chromebooks; 20 September 2020)
  15. Chromebooks Are Getting A Revamped Screen Capture UI With Native Screen Recording (Chrome Unboxed; 14 September 2020)
  16. Chromebook vs. Windows laptop: Which should you buy? (Android Central; 17 September 2020)
  17. China Excited about TikTok proposed restructuring?
  18. 5G Is Where China and the West Finally Diverge (Atlantic, 5 Jan 2020)
  19. Twitter rolls out new security features to prevent Election Day chaos (Verge, 17 Sept 2020)
  20. Facebook deletes several fake Chinese accounts targeting Trump and Biden, in first takedown of its kind (Washington Post, 22 Sept 2020)
  21. Facebook Threatens To Pull Out Of EU If It Doesn’t Get Its Way (Vice, 21 Sept 2020)
  22. IRL Online by TED Radio Hour (from March 2020, Will be December 2020 theme of the #digiURI Media Club)
  23. First death reported following a ransomware attack on a German hospital (ZD Net, 17 Sept 2020)
  24. Mozi Botnet Accounts for Majority of IoT Traffic (Threat Post; 17 September 2020)
  25. Wikipedia edits have massive impact on tourism, say economists (The Guardian, 18 February 2020)
  26. The detection of phosphine in Venus’ clouds is a big deal – here’s how we can find out if it’s a sign of life (The Conversation, 18 Sept 2020)
  27. Russia’s space agency chief declares Venus a “Russian planet” (CBS News, 17 Sept 2020)
  28. Belief in Conspiracy Theories Is a Barrier to Controlling Spread of COVID-19 (Annenberg Public Policy Center, 21 Sept 2020)
  29. Covid hoaxes are using a loophole to stay alive—even after content is deleted (MIT Technology Review, 30 April 2020)
  30. The Social Dilemma Documentary (Netflix)
  31. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Little Alchemy 2 and “The Age of AI” via YouTube Originals (hosted by Robert Downey Jr.) and 4 Part Lesson Series: “Conspiracy Theories” and spotthetroll.org
  32. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: How to Use a Second Monitor or Screen With Your Laptop (Wired; 18 September 2020) – NCCE 2021 Call for Proposals

EdTechSR Ep 190 – Jason on the Apple Edge

Welcome to episode 190 (“Jason on the Apple Edge”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 9, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed forthcoming announcements by Apple for the Apple Watch and iPad ecosystems, the return of Google Maps to the Apple Watch, and Apple’s compelling arguments in litigation with Epic Games over Fortnight App Store payments. A review of Android 11, the integration of Google WiFi app functions into Google Home, and the possible demise of the open source FireFox web browser were also highlighted. T-Mobile’s plan to give limited free data plan hotspots to 10 million U.S. students, China’s nationwide ban of MIT’s Scratch programming software for students, and the question of whether or not China and the United States are reaching a competitive tipping point in relations were explored. A rather wild story of disinformation over 5G cell towers in Peru leading to a hostage situation rounded out the show’s news. Geeks of the Week included a new tutorial video by Wes helping students change their Google password, and 3 tool recommendations from Jason to combat browser tab overload. 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 (normally) 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.orgShared Lessons & Curriculum
  8. Google Maps for Apple Watch is now available on the App Store (9to5Google, 9 Sept 2020)
  9. Apple says Epic’s Fortnite payment scheme “is theft, period.” (ArsTechnica, 8 Sept 2020)
  10. Apple officially announces Apple Watch and iPad virtual event for September 15 (9 to 5 Mac; 8 September 2020)
  11. Android 11 Review: Features By The Dozen (The Verge; 8 September 2020)
  12. So long Google Wi-Fi: network import to Google Home app has begun (Chrome Unboxed, 8 Sept 2020)
  13. Firefox: An endangered internet species? (ZDNet; 14 August 2020)
  14. T-Mobile details its plan to give free internet to 10 million students at home (The Verge; 4 September 2020)
  15. China bans Scratch, MIT’s programming language for kids (TechCrunch, 7 Sept 2020)
  16. China plans new data policy in response to Trump admin’s “bullying” (ArsTechnica, 8 Sept 2020)
  17. Tipping Point in U.S. – China Foreign Relations? (War College / Angry Planet Podcast, 26 Aug 2020)
  18. One Village’s Response to Disinformation? Burn Internet Towers and Take Hostages (Rest of World, 31 Aug 2020)
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Change Your Google Password (5 minute tutorial video for students by Wes)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Stop opening so many browser tabs and use these 3 slick tools instead (Fast Company; 26 August 2020)