EdTech Situation Room Episode 147

Welcome to episode 147 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 11, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s announcements at their September 10th event, reasons to never trust a free VPN, the option to report spam in Google Calendar, cyberattack woes in Flagstaff, Arizona schools, and a reminder of why people are still the number one attack vector for cybercriminals. The attempt by Saudi Arabia to improve their global image by utilizing social media influencers, the prospect of using the inexpensive Raspberry Pi 4 as a desktop computer replacement, and the basics of the new USB 4 standard were also discussed. The transformation of China’s tech sector from copycats into innovators was explored, along with “Geeks of the Week” including the Bon Appétit channel on YouTube, and WordCloud generators Word It Out and Voyant Tools. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com and Restream.io . Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. 11 things you may have missed at Apple’s iPhone 11 event (iMore, 11 Sept 2019)
  9. Swappa.com iPhone 8 Prices
  10. Opinion: My take on everything Apple announced yesterday (9to5Mac, 11 Sept 2019)
  11. [VIDEO] Dear Apple: Face to Face — Apple Watch (Apple, 10 Sept 2019)
  12. Apple iPad 2019 hands-on: A 6th-generation iPad in a 2019 iPad Air’s body (ArsTechnica, 10 Sept 2019)
  13. Apple Prices TV+ Video Service at $4.99 a Month, Hitting Netflix (Bloomberg, 10 September 2019)
  14. Google says a fix for that obnoxious Calendar spam issue is on the way (The Verge; 3 September 2019)
  15. 5 reasons why you should never trust a free VPN (CNet; 6 September 2019)
  16. Flagstaff public schools closed Thursday due to ‘cyber security issue,’ district website says (Arizona 12 News, 4 Sept 2019)
  17. Pearson AIMSweb 1.0 Data Breach (Flagstaff Unified School District, 20 Aug 2019)
  18. People are still the biggest security threat (Tech Radar Pro; 9 September 2019)
  19. Resource: The Verge Guide to Security
  20. Can Influencers Improve Saudi Arabia’s Image? (Bloomberg Businessweek, 6 Sept 2019)
  21. Can You Really Use The Raspberry Pi 4 As A Desktop Machine? (Hackaday; 9 September 2019)
  22. USB4: Everything You Need to Know About the New Standard (Tom’s Guide; 4 September 2019)
  23. The Trade War Spurs China’s Technology Innovators Into Overdrive (Bloomberg, 11 Sept 2019)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Bon Appétit YouTube
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Word It Out and Voyant Tools (Used in UUMC Project)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 146

Welcome to episode 146 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 4, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the release of Android 10, Carl Hooker’s (@mrhooker) recent Twitter conversation and blog post on why banning smartphones in the classroom is a bad idea, and lessons we should all learn about security following the hack of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account. Imposter sellers and FCC-illegal cell phone signal boosters on Amazon, Apple’s forthcoming September 10th event with rumors of a new iPhone, and the “deep fake” Zao iOS app craze in China were also highlighted. Microsoft’s October 2 Surface event and more warnings for Windows10 updates were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included the amazing app “Genius Scan” for both Android and iOS, Wes’ free Flipboard magazine “iReading,” and Wonder Links shared on Wes’ new curriculum and lesson website for school. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com and Restream.io . Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Will my phone get Android 10? (Android Central; 3 September 2019)
  9. Android 10 features you’ll love: New privacy controls (Android Central; 3 September 2019)
  10. Android 10 Review: Works Nice, If You Can Get It (The Verge; 4 September 2019)
  11. Google can’t fix the Android update problem (The Verge; 4 September 2019)
  12. What Opportunities are Lost When You Ban Technology (Carl Hooker @mrhooker, 1 Sept 2019)
  13. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked (The Verge; 4 September 2019)
  14. Three Takeaways From the Hack of Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Account (One Zero; 30 August 2019)
  15. Even Amazon’s Own Products Are Getting Hijacked By Imposter Sellers (The Verge; 29 August 2019)
  16. Unlicensed signal boosters get a boost from Amazon (Wired, 30 Aug 2019)
  17. Apple’s next iPhone event will take place on September 10th (The Verge; 29 August 2019)
  18. Apple’s Tile-like tracking device likely to have removable battery, AR features, work with ‘Items’ tab in Find My app (9 to 5 Mac; 30 August 2019)
  19. Apple offers customers even more options for safe, reliable repairs (Apple; 29 August 2019)
  20. Microsoft announces Surface event on October 2nd in New York City (The Verge; 27 August 2019)
  21. Warning Issued For Millions Of Microsoft Windows 10 Users (Forbes, 1 Sept 2019)
  22. ‘Deepfake’ app causes fraud and privacy fears in China (BBC News, 4 Sept 2019)
  23. Viral Chinese app Zao puts your face in place of Leonardo DiCaprio’s in ‘deepfake’ videos (Washington Post, 3 Sept 2019)
  24. Facebook wouldn’t delete an altered video of Nancy Pelosi. What about one of Mark Zuckerberg? (Washington Post, 12 June 2019)
  25. Genius Scan for Android and iOS
  26. iReading on Flipboard (articles curated by Wes) and Wonder Links (by @wfryer & @sfryer)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 145

Welcome to episode 145 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 28, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed lengthening consumer smartphone replacement purchase patterns, Android’s switch to more boring OS names, and laments from teachers about “students these days not reading anymore.” The different ways music is used to shape political perceptions in the United States and India / Kashmir, China’s use of LinkedIn for spy recruitment, advocacy for continued permissiveness by YouTube for uploaded content, and emerging social credit systems in both China and Silicon Valley were also highlighted. The implications of Tumblr’s recent purchase by Automattic, Dell’s release of enterprise quality Chromebooks, cyberattacks in Denver, and the purchase of LittleBits by Sphero rounded out the week’s discussed articles. Geeks of the week included Microsoft’s new app “Your Phone” and the podcast “Your Undivided Attention” episode, “With Great Power Comes…No Responsibility?” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com and Restream.io . Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Google deserts desserts: Android 10 is the official name for Android Q (The Verge; 22 August 2019)
  9. More than half of mobile phone users plan to keep their current device for 3-5 years (The Next Web, 22 Aug 2019)
  10. Mercury Reader for Chrome
  11. Op-Ed: My high school students don’t read anymore. I think I know why (LA Times, 23 Aug 2019)
  12. “Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations” by Clay Shirky (@cshirky)
  13. Filtering the ExoFlood (workshop by Wes)
  14. What the 2020 Campaign Sounds Like (NY Times The Daily Podcast, 22 Aug 2019)
  15. India’s ‘patriotism pop’ songs urge Hindus to claim Kashmir (AlJazeera, 22 Aug 2019)
  16. How China Uses LinkedIn to Recruit Spies Abroad (New York Times; 27 August 2019)
  17. YouTube’s CEO says it’s “more important than ever” to let people upload anything they want (Recode; 27 August 2019)
  18. Silicon Valley’s Chinese-style social credit system (FastCompany, 26 Aug 2019)
  19. Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on what’s next for Tumblr (Verge, 14 Aug 2019)
  20. Google partners with Dell on first upgradable Latitude Chromebooks for enterprise (9 to 5 Google; 26 August 2019)
  21. Dell Latitude Enterprise Chromebooks Now Available: Prices Starting At $900 (Chrome Unboxed; 27 August 2019)
  22. College in Denver shuts down its network after cyberattack (Denver 7, 24 Aug 2019)
  23. Sphero buys LittleBits in a bid to dominate connected educational toys (Verge, 23 Aug 2019)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Microsoft “Your Phone” App
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [PODCAST] With Great Power Comes…No Responsibility? (@HumaneTech_)
  26. Streamed via StreamYard and Restream.io

EdTech Situation Room Episode 144

Welcome to episode 144 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 14, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Congressional interest in addressing the “digital divide” in the U.S. between rural and urban areas, a “sign of the times” story of a teen resorting to the use of IoT devices (including the family refrigerator) to contact friends and followers via Twitter, and the radicalizing influence of YouTube in Brazilian politics. Apple’s MacOS changes warning users of dire consequences if a 3rd party battery is installed in a laptop, falling iPhone sales, and the implications of Apple’s slow transition to services from hardware sales for profits and the education sector were also highlighted. The availability of “Course Kit” for the assignment functions using Google Drive files in LMS platforms like Moodle, the role (and attempted prevented role) of telecommunication services in ongoing civil unrest in both Hong Kong and Kashmir, and the emergence of Harmony OS from Huawei to potentially replace “regular” AndroidOS on Chinese phones were topics rounding on the show. Geeks of the week included AlgoTransparency (a tool providing a window into how YouTube’s video recommendation engine / algorithm works) and an update on CloudReadyHome Addition. This episode was our second show to use StreamYard.com as well as Restream.io to both live stream and archive our show simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live. 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. America has a terrible digital divide. Elizabeth Warren has a plan for that too. (Recode; 7 August 2019)
  9. Teen’s tweets from her smart fridge go viral after mother confiscates phone (The Guardian, 13 Aug 2019)
  10. How YouTube Radicalized Brazil (New York Times, 11 August 2019)
  11. ‘YouTube recommendations are toxic,’ says dev who worked on the algorithm (Next Web, 14 June 2019)
  12. Apple explains why iPhones now show an ominous warning after ‘unauthorized’ battery replacements (The Verge; 14 August 2019)
  13. The iPhone now makes up less than half of Apple’s business (The Verge; 30 July 2019)
  14. Is Your MacBook Pro Allowed to Fly? (PC Magazine; 14 August 2019)
  15. Apple’s iPhone Nightmare Is Coming True (Forbes, 12 August 2019)
  16. Course Kit for schools is now Google Assignments with Originality Reports (9 to 5 Google; 14 August 2019)
  17. Inside Kashmir, Cut Off From the World: ‘A Living Hell’ of Anger and Fear (New York Times, 10 August 2019)
  18. Move Over Android: Huawei’s Harmony OS Is Plan B, But Could Be Implemented “In Days” If Needed (Forbes, 10 Aug 2019)
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week: AlgoTransparency
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Install CloudReady Home Edition (and Keep Getting Updates from iFixit

EdTech Situation Room Episode 143

Welcome to episode 143 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 31, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s proposed “SMART Act” (the Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act), the state of adblocking online in mid-2019, and amazing developments in the world of eSports with a recent Fortnight payout of over $30 million for a single tournament. Apple’s quarterly announcements including its continued transition to services for revenue, the implications of those trends for Apple portable hardware in schools, and ChromeOS updates including facial recognition “face unlock” as well as continued changes to default Flash support were also highlighted. Additional headlines analyzed during the show included FaceApp’s terms of service and privacy implications for users, the FTC’s class action lawsuit settlement against Equifax, Google’s banning of certain DIY advertisements for iFixIt, continued calls for smartphone backdoor encryption by the US Department of Justice, and an incredible “classified artificial brain” project underway by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in the United States. Geeks of the Week included the “Unreal Mobile” smartphone service, the new website “”Hack the Moon,” and the podcast “Your Undivided Attention.” With the impending demise of “Google Hangouts on Air” for YouTube Live, this was our first show to use StreamYard.com as well as Restream.io to both live stream and archive our show simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live. 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. Josh Hawley’s bill to limit your Twitter time to 30 minutes a day, explained (Recode, 31 July 2019)
  9. A lawmaker wants to end ‘social media addiction’ by killing features that enable mindless scrolling (Washington Post, 30 July 2019)
  10. How Phones Made the World Your Office, Like It or Not (New York Times, 31 July 2019)
  11. Fortnite World Cup has handed out $30 million in prizes, and cemented its spot in the culture (TechCrunch, 28 July 2019)
  12. Kyle Bugha Giersdorf 16 wins Fortnite World Cup singles and $3 million (ESPN, 28 July 2019)
  13. Esports celebs, influencers could push prize pools to new heights (ESPN, 28 July 2019)
  14. Adblocking: How About Nah? (EFF, 25 July 2019)
  15. The iPhone now makes up less than half of Apple’s business (The Verge, 30 July 2019)
  16. Apple Card: company reveals credit card launching next month (The Guardian, 30 July 2019)
  17. Google Chrome 76 arrives, makes it harder to use Flash and easier to dodge paywalls (The Verge, 30 July 2019)
  18. Face Unlock Coming Soon To Chrome OS And May Debut With ‘atlas’ Alongside Pixel 4 (ChromeUnboxed, 31 July 2019)
  19. FaceApp: Deleting it doesn’t mean you get your data back (CNN Business, 26 July 2019)
  20. FTC says ‘you will be disappointed’ if you choose $125 for Equifax payout (Verge, 31 July 2019)
  21. Equifax Breach Official Claim Filing Website (FTC)
  22. An Open Letter to the FTC on Google’s Banning of Repair Business Ads (iFixit; 16 July 2019)
  23. Tech firms “can and must” put backdoors in encryption, AG Barr says (ArsTechnica, 23 July 2019)
  24. IT’S SENTIENT: Meet the classified artificial brain being developed by US intelligence programs (Verge, 31 July 2019)
  25. Japan once again shoots a bullet at an asteroid… and the video is amazing (SyFyWire, 29 July 2019)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Unreal Mobile
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Hack The Moon (@wehackthemoon) – VIDEO: “Deciphering The Vast Scale of the Universe” and Your Undivided Attention Podcast (@HumaneTech_)
  28. Our livestreaming tools: StreamYard.com and Restream.io

EdTech Situation Room Episode 142

Welcome to episode 142 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 24, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed why data privacy is complicated, the FTC’s $5 billion fine of Facebook, the limitations of SMS for 2 factor authentication (2FA) / multi-factor authentication (MFA), and exciting recent Apollo 11 50 year anniversary moon landing media coverage. Updates to Google’s smartwatch software (WearOS) as well as ChromeOS, Apple’s expected announcement of its new $3000 MacBook portable, the return of MDM-powered parental control apps like MyPact to the iOS App Store, and Apple’s pleas to avoid 25% tariffs on Chinese manufactured electronic components were also highlighted. The increasingly fractured landscape of podcasting (sadly coming to a walled garden paid app near you,) the prospect of “Peak Podcast” time, and Jason’s recent experiences with the wild world of urban electric scooters (where “the repo man” now thrives) were discussed with a remarkable tone of clarity laced with humor. Geeks of the Week included the DarkNet Diaries podcast (@darknetdiaries) and the “Timeline” tool from the Knight Foundation. 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. Why You Can’t Just Ask Social Media To Forget You (Mind Matters, 1 July 2019)
  9. F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion (New York Times; 12 July 2019)
  10. Judge allows suit against AT&T after $24 million cryptocurrency theft (ArsTechnica, 23 July 2019)
  11. MOON LANDING: Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software (Wall Street Journal; 14 July 2019)
  12. Wear OS in 2019: Here’s where it is, and where it needs to be [Video] (9 to 5 Google; 23 July 2019)
  13. This Latest Addition Makes Virtual Desks In Chrome OS 76 My Favorite New Feature (Chrome Unboxed, 21 July 2019)
  14. LTE Chromebooks Could Soon Be Far More Common (Chrome Unboxed, 24 July 2019)
  15. 16-inch MacBook Pro rumored to launch in October with ~$3000 starting price (9 to 5 Mac; 23 July 2019)
  16. OurPact returns to App Store, reviving debates about Apple’s impartiality (ArsTechnica, 12 July 2019)
  17. Apple asks Trump administration to exclude Mac Pro parts from tariffs (ArsTechnica, 23 July 2019)
  18. How podcasts grew into a multimillion-dollar industry (The Verge; 19 July 2019)
  19. Have We Hit Peak Podcast? (New York Times; 18 July 2019)
  20. Apple Plans to Bankroll Original Podcasts to Fend Off Rivals (Bloomberg; 16 July 2019)
  21. They Said You Could Leave Electric Scooters Anywhere — Then The Repo Men Struck Back (The Verge; 24 July 2019)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: DarkNet Diaries podcast (@darknetdiaries)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Timeline by Knight Lab (@knightfdn) (Example: Fryer Family Media Timeline)
Fryer Family Media Timeline

EdTech Situation Room Episode 141

Welcome to episode 141 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 17, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the forthcoming commercial release of Boston Robotics’ “Spot” robot, Jony Ive’s announced departure from Apple, updates to the Apple portable laptops, and Amazon’s policy to basically keep user audio recordings from Alexa forever. Privacy concerns over the new FaceApp smartphone app, kids bullied into spending money in Fortnite, a Citizen’s Guide to Fake News, and the power of social media influencers were also explored. Additional topics included the possible return of Google Glass to help autistic children, YouTube educational playlists without recommended videos, and ‘the toxic potential of YouTube’s feedback loop.’ 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. Book: “Old Boston – As Wild As They Come” by Kent Brooks (@kentbrooks)
  9. Boston Dynamics’ robots are preparing to leave the lab — is the world ready? (The Verge, 17 July 2019)
  10. Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple (Wired; 27June 2019)
  11. Apple Macbook Air (2019) Review: The New Normal (The Verge; 17 July 2019)
  12. Amazon confirms it keeps your Alexa recordings basically forever (ArsTechnica; 3 July 2019)
  13. Can you trust FaceApp with your face? (BBC News; 17 July 2019)
  14. Fortnite is free, but kids are getting bullied into spending money (Polygon; 7 June 2019)
  15. A Citizen’s Guide to Fake News (Center for Information Technology & Society, University of California Santa Barbara)
  16. Don’t Scoff at Influencers. They’re Taking Over the World. (New York Times; 16 July 2019)
  17. Google Glass May Have an Afterlife as a Device to Teach Autistic Children (New York Times; 17 July 2019)
  18. YouTube is launching educational playlists that won’t show recommended videos (Verge, 11 July 2019)
  19. The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop (Wired, 13 July 2019)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Reply All Podcast
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Video Annotation Tools VideoAnt and Vialogues
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EdTech Situation Room Episode 140

Welcome to episode 140 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 26, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed options for live webinars like ours when YouTube’s “Hangouts on Air” goes away later this year, exciting updates to ChromeOS, Google’s addition of media literacy lessons to its free digital citizenship curriculum, and the theoretical cost of an advertisement-free Internet. Additional topics included privacy protecting web browser options, Bill Gates regrets concerning Microsoft’s mobile phone operating system, journalism lobbyists pandering Congress for protective legislation from Google and Facebook, and the perils of public referendums on complicated economic and political issues. Geeks of the week included the “Bunk 1” app which utilizes impressive (and somewhat creepy) facial recognition for summer camp students, and the benefits of following app / service hashtags on Twitter. 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. Hangouts on Air livestreaming on YouTube ‘going away’ later this year (9 to 5 Google; 20 June 2019)
  9. OBS: Open Broadcaster Software
  10. Wirecast Encoding Software
  11. For LiveStreaming Zoom requires $15/month Pro account AND $40/month webinar add-on
  12. Facebook Live streaming via Open Broadcaster Software
  13. Chrome OS 75 Stable version arrives: Here’s what you need to know (About Chromebooks; 26 June 2019)
  14. Chrome OS 75 mounts third-party Android cloud storage to the native Files app on Chromebooks (About Chromebooks; 22 June 2019)
  15. Google Drive Offline Access Expands to All File Types (PC Magazine; 25 June 2019)
  16. No new Google-branded tablets; Pixel Slate is now a collector’s item (About Chromebooks; 20 June 2019)
  17. New (Old) Kid On The Block: Promethean Launches First Chromebox Ahead Of ISTE (ChromeUnboxed; 21 June 2019)
  18. Google’s new media literacy program teaches kids how to spot disinformation and fake news (TechCrunch, 24 June 2019)
  19. Apple Watch shipments grew 22% in 2018, thanks to popularity of the Series 4 (9 to 5 Mac; 25 June 2019)
  20. The cost of an ad-free internet: $35 more per month (Vox; 24 June 2019)
  21. It’s Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser (Wired, 16 June 2019)
  22. Microsoft missed out on $400B by letting Android take on Apple – Bill Gates (9 to 5 Google; 24 June 2019)
  23. Newspapers’ Embarrassing Lobbying Campaign (Politico, 10 June 2019)
  24. Richard Dawkins: Ignoramuses should have no say on our EU membership—and that includes me (Prospect Magazine, June 2016)
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Bunk1 app (@/bunk1camps)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Follow App/Service Hashtags on Twitter

EdTech Situation Room Episode 139

Welcome to episode 139 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 19, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed tips for both attendees and virtual learners during the 2019 International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) Conference in Philadelphia next week. Additional topics included updates from Google Education, hopeful news on Google reversing its proposal to end support of ad blockers in Chrome, and the imminent release of Google Stadia and streamed gaming to any device (including smartphones and Chromebooks.) Techniques used by Hong Kong protesters to organize using secure communication apps and masks to avoid facial surveillance technologies, another critical warning for users of older Microsoft Windows operating systems, and signs the U.S. electrical grid control systems have been compromised by hackers were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included the XDA Developer’s website for Android early adopters and a recent TWiT Triangulation podcast interview with Brian Hofer on Facial Recognition and Surveillance Technology. 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. #notatISTE19 Twitter hashtag
  9. Not At ISTE homepage with interaction options
  10. Not At ISTE 2019 Livebinder (thanks @pgeorge)
  11. Wes’ SketchNote from Steven Johnson’s ISTE 2013 Keynote, “Where Do Good Ideas Come From” (@stevenbjohnson)
  12. #passthescopeEDU Twitter hashtag
  13. How & why to buy computers properly by Om Malik (Om.co, 16 June 2019)
  14. Hong Kong protesters find ways for stealth in age super surveillance (Washington Post, 15 June 2019)
  15. Apple CEO Tim Cook: Technology companies need to take responsibility for chaos they create (CNBC, 16 June 2019)
  16. Google promises to play nice with ad blockers (again) (ZDNet; 13 June 2019)
  17. Google for Education rolling out locked Quizzes & Gradebook, Forms Material Theme coming, more (9 to 5 Google; 19 June 2019)
  18. Google’s Stadia Game Service Is Officially Coming November: Everything You Need To Know (The Verge; 6 June 2019)
  19. Google Stadia hands-on: near-flawless Doom Eternal running on a Chromebook (The Verge; 11 June 2019)
  20. [Update: Back up] PSA: Google Calendar for Web currently down (9 to 5 Google; 19 June 2019)
  21. Google Slides adds keyboard shortcuts to control live presentations (9 to 5 Google; 18 June 2019)
  22. High-end users on ‘Why I’m buying the new Mac Pro’ (Apple Insider; 14 June 2019)
  23. Google’s Login Chief Would Rather You Use Apple’s Sign-in Button Than Keep Using Passwords (The Verge; 12 June 2019)
  24. Hands-On With Apple’s New iPadOS Software (MacRumors, 12 June 2019)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: www.xda-developers.com
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Brian Hofer on Facial Recognition and Surveillance Tech on TWiT Triangulation (@b_haddy and @SecureJustice)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 138

Welcome to episode 138 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 12, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s June 2019 event announcements, more rumblings of forthcoming tech giant regulations, Microsoft’s official pronouncement that “mandatory password changing is “ancient and obsolete,” and much more. Geeks of the Week included the Good eReader Blog and a recent War College podcast episode about the US Navy’s revised policy on UFO reporting. 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.

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  8. Hackers Can Now Bypass Two-Factor Authentication With a New Kind of Phishing Scam (Fortune, 4 June 2019)
  9. Microsoft says mandatory password changing is “ancient and obsolete” (ArsTechnica, 3 June 2019)
  10. 2019 Mac Pro has clever thermal management and draws on past Mac designs (9 to 5 mac; 12 June 2019)
  11. iMovie for iOS updated with new green screen effect, 80 fresh soundtracks, more (9 to 5 Mac; 11 June 2019)
  12. Apple’s Most Significant New Innovation Is a Little Black Button. Here’s Why (Time; 1 June 2019)
  13. A $999 monitor stand is everything wrong with Apple today (4 June 2019)
  14. Existing antitrust laws are enough to go after Apple, Google, Amazon, says DOJ (9 to 5 mac; 12 June 2019)
  15. House Opens Tech Antitrust Inquiry With Look at Threat to News Media (New York Times; 11 June 2019)
  16. Newspapers’ Embarrassing Lobbying Campaign (Politico, 10 June 2019)
  17. After years of debate, some stronger oversight of virtual schools signed into Indiana law (Chalkbeat; 2 May 2019)
  18. G Suite Status Dashboard
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Good eReader Blog
  20. Wes’ Geek of the Week: @War_College Podcast on US Navy UFO Reporting Policy change and a book recommendation: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport