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

EdTech Situation Room Episode 125

Welcome to episode 125 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 13, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the death of NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, cybersecurity incidents in K12 schools, weak U.S. government enforcement of privacy laws, and criticism of both Apple and Google for allowing Saudi men to use apps to track and oppress women. Controversy over developer use of iOS screen recording capabilities, the unlimited powers of Israeli officials to surveil and utilize personal information of citizens without judicial oversight, and Cisco’s push for privacy regulation were also addressed. The upcoming March 25th Apple event, Amazon’s purchase of mesh router company Eero, and Flickr’s extension for users to upgrade to Pro accounts or face image library deletion were other article headlines mentioned in the show. More analysis of Spotify’s podcast company purchases and the implications that could have for openly syndicated podcasts and a variety of ChromeOS updates from Jason (including forthcoming “virtual desks,” new themes and native PDF annotation rounded out the show. Wes’ Geeks of the Week were the Great Questions list / website from Storycorps and a new Google Phishing Quiz, great to share with your colleagues, students and family members. Jason’s Geek of the Week was “The Wirecutter.” 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. NASA set to hold funeral for silent Mars Opportunity rover (CNet, 13 February 2019)
  9. The Opportunity Mars rover’s greatest shots and discoveries (TechCrunch; 13 February 2019)
  10. A New Cybersecurity Incident Strikes K-12 Schools Nearly Every Three Days (EdSurge, 7 Feb 2019)
  11. Government watchdog finds weak enforcement of US privacy regulations (CNet, 13 February 2019)
  12. Apple, Google face criticism for app that lets Saudi men track women (13 February 2019)
  13. Apple tells app developers to disclose or remove screen recording code (TechCrunch, 7 Feb 19)
  14. Israel needs new laws to limit intel services’ powers to eavesdrop online (Times of Israel, 7 Feb 2019)
  15. Cisco, like Apple and other tech giants, now wants new federal privacy law (ArsTechnica, 7 Feb 2019)
  16. Apple reportedly holding special Services-focused event at Steve Jobs Theater on March 25th (9 to 5 Mac, 12 February 2019)
  17. Amazon is buying home mesh router startup Eero (TechCrunch, 11 Feb 2019)
  18. Why Amazon buying Eero feels so disappointing (Verge, 12 Feb 2019)
  19. Flickr gives free accounts a few more days to save their pictures from destruction (ArsTechnica, 7 Feb 2019)
  20. Spotify’s Podcast Aggregation Play (Stratechery, 7 Feb 2019)
  21. ‘Virtual Desks’ are coming soon to Chrome OS, here’s an early glimpse [Video] (9 to 5 Google, 13 February 2019)
  22. Chrome Gets A Handful Of Official Themes (Chrome Unboxed; 12 February 2019)
  23. Native Pdf Annotation For Chromebooks Is Live In The Dev Channel (Chrome Unboxed; 8 February 2019)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Wirecutter
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Great Questions from Storycorps and Google Phishing Quiz

EdTech Situation Room Episode 124

Welcome to episode 124 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 6, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed YouTube’s most recent letter to Creators, Google’s Jigsaw project which uses AI to help human moderators identify toxic posts which violate community standards, and the Japanese government’s plans to hack into citizen’s IoT devices to update firmware. Additional topics included Spotify’s recent acquisitions of Gimlet Media and Anchor, predictions for podcasting in 2019, and the woes of crypto currency investors when the only person with the controlling password dies unexpectedly. The Google Chrome extension “Password Checkup,” ChromeOS instant tethering, impressive digital revenue for the New York Times, and an interview with Ray Kurzweil about our evolutionary trajectory as humans to merge with our computers rounded out the show’s articles. Wes’ Geek of the Week was the PBS video, “What a Smell Looks Like.” Jason’s Geek of the Week was “Hot Pod News.” 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] February 2019 Creator Letter | Our priorities this year (Susan Wojcicki – YouTube, 5 Feb 2019)
  9. YouTube in 2019: Looking back and moving forward (YouTube Creator’s Blog; 5 February 2019)
  10. How Google’s Jigsaw Is Trying to Detoxify the Internet (PC Magazine, 29 Jan 2019)
  11. Japanese government plans to hack into citizens’ IoT devices (CNet; 27 January 2019)
  12. Crypto Exchange Says It Can’t Repay $190 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password (Gizmodo, 4 Feb 2019)
  13. Spotify gets serious about podcasts with two acquisitions (The Verge; 6 February 2019)
  14. What Spotify needs in order to become a great podcast app (The Verge; 6 February 2019)
  15. 13 Predictions for Podcasting in 2019 (Pacific Content, 19 December 2018)Jason’s and Wes’s Preferred Player: PocketCasts
  16. Google’s Password Checkup Chrome extension warns of breached third-party logins (9 to 5 Google; 5 February 2019) (Direct link to plugin)
  17. Chrome OS Instant Tethering now available on 15 more Chromebooks and 31 Android phones (4 February 2019)
  18. The New York Times Co. Reports $709 Million in Digital Revenue for 2018 (6 February 2019)
  19. Hitting the Books: Ray Kurzweil on humanity’s nanobot-filled future (Engadget, 3 Feb 2019)
  20. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] What a Smell Looks Like (via @AliceMagician)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: hotpodnews.com
  22. (@hotpodmedia)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 123

Welcome to episode 123 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 30, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the advance of YouTube’s local video content, Google’s attempt to address conspiracy / outlier content on YouTube, and the new Gmail app for Android and iOS. The global decline in smartphone sales, the expectation smartphones are going to “get weird” to boost sales, Google’s efforts to address website validity confusion by consumers, and companies attempting to turn surveillance capitalism’s economic model upside down were also discussed. On the security front, recent comparison studies of paid versus free antivirus software suites, Facebook’s apps and campaigns to wiretap teenage behavior and pay teens for their data, and Apple’s privacy Facetime snafu were also explored. Companies (like Square) pushing Chromebooks across their enterprise as primary computers for employees (even designers!), the Pinebook Linux laptop, and an extraordinary claim from Israeli scientists that genomics will cure cancer worldwide within 12 months rounded up this week’s show topics. Geeks of the week included YouTube TV, Dell Command Update, video editing software ClipChamp, and Digi.me. 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. Multi-channel YouTube network Defy Media left 50 creators out of $1.7 million after closing (9 to 5 Google; 29 January 2019)
  9. YouTube says it will stop recommending conspiracy videos that harmfully ‘misinform’ users (9to5Mac, 25 Jan 2019)
  10. Hands-on with the new Gmail for Android (and iOS) (ArsTechnica, 30 Jan 2019)
  11. 2018 Was the ‘Worst Year Ever’ for Smartphone Shipments (PC Magazine; 30 January 2019)
  12. Have Phones Become Boring? Well, They’re About To Get Weird (Wired; 23 January 2019)
  13. Google Takes Its First Steps Toward Killing the URL (Wired, 29 Jan 2019)
  14. Meet the data guardians taking on the tech giants (BBC, 29 Jan 2019)
  15. Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools — Including Ours (ProPublica, 28 Jan 2019)
  16. Recent Antivirus Tests Are Bad News for Paid Security Suites (PC World, 30 Jan 2019)
  17. Facebook paid teens $20 a month to access their browsing history and DMs (CNet; 30 January 2019)
  18. Lawmakers are furious with Facebook: ‘wiretapping teens is not research’ (The Verge; 30 January 2019)
  19. Google’s data-gathering app may have also violated Apple’s policies (CNet; 30 January 2019)
  20. Apple’s FaceTime bug was discovered by a teen playing Fortnite (CNet; 29 January 2019)
  21. Apple Was Slow to Act on FaceTime Bug That Allows Spying on iPhones (29 January 2019)
  22. Square offering Pixelbooks to employees, trialing with designers as MacBook alternative (9 to 5 Google; 30 January 2019)
  23. The New Pinebook Pro Will Challenge Google Chromebooks For $199 (Forbes, 30 Jan 2019)
  24. Scientists say they’ll have complete cancer cure within a year (Local 10 News Miami, 29 Jan 2019)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: YouTube TV
  26. Wes: Dell Command Update and ClipChamp and Digi.me

EdTech Situation Room Episode 122

Welcome to episode 122 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 23, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed highlights from the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and a series of articles further highlighting our ongoing “Technology Correction.” These included a new fine for Google because of GDPR, and an excellent podcast interview with Shoshana Zuboff (@shoshanazuboff) about her new book, “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.” Controversy at the University of Oklahoma over a student-created racist video, the precipitous stock value crash of Apple over the past quarter, and Chinese School use of AI-powered facial recognition to take attendance in classes. Google’s recent purchase of Fossil’s smartwatch division, the possibility that Facebook’s recent ’10 Year Challenge’ is a clever way to build an even greater catalog of surveillance data about people worldwide, and several other articles touching on privacy issues and concerns rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included the 140 character math function visualization platform Dwitter, and the upcoming NCCE Digital Leadership Summit in Seattle. 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. Presenting the Best of CES 2019 winners! (Engadget, 10 January 2019)
  9. Who won CES 2019: Amazon or Google? (cNet, 11 January 2019)
  10. The New Impossible Burger 2.0 Won Everyone’s Mouth at CES 2019, But That’s Just The Beginning (Forbes, 11 Jan 2019)
  11. Apple has a message for Amazon and Google and it’s plastered on the side of a hotel at the biggest tech conference of the year (CNBC, 6 Jan 2019)
  12. DFree helps the incontinent heed the call of nature (Engadget, 8 Jan 2019)
  13. Surveillance, Privacy and Digital Citizenship (“The Technology Correction”)
  14. The Age Of Surveillance Capitalism (Podcast) on Triangulation 380
  15. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff (@shoshanazuboff)
  16. Google must pay €50 million for GDPR violations, France says (ArsTechnica, 21 Jan 2019)
  17. Russia tries to force Facebook and Twitter to relocate servers to Russia (ArsTechnica, 21 Jan 2019)
  18. Is the tech backlash going askew? (Washington Post; 16 January 2019)
  19. University of Oklahoma sorority kicks out member over racist video (ABC News, 20 Jan 2019)
  20. The End Of Apple (Forbes, 21 Jan 2019)
  21. Why Facebook’s ’10-Year Challenge’ Is A Disaster For Big Data Surveillance (Fortune; 22 January 2019)
  22. Tim Cook on Privacy: You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It (Time, 16 January 2019)
  23. 773M Password ‘Megabreach’ is Years Old (Krebs on Security, 19 January 2019)
  24. Apple’s wearables revenue is already exceeding peak iPod sales, Tim Cook says (CNBC, 8 January 2019)
  25. Google may have finally committed to making Wear OS a true competitor to Apple Watch (PC World, 21 January 2019)
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Dwitter (example) – “see what awesomeness you can create when limited to only 140 characters of javascript & a canvas”
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week – NCCE Digital Leadership Summit in Seattle