EdTech Situation Room Episode 161

Welcome to episode 161 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 8, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new technology (including possible vaporware) revealed at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Apple’s return to CES to champion digital privacy, and an exciting update to Bluetooth. Facebook’s announced ban of “deepfake” videos and the potential problems they face with this laudable policy, a late December New York Times article highlighting the protean (rather than monolithic) nature of screentime and our need to stop bashing it, and an interesting historical as well as contemporary look at Google’s business engagement in mainland China were explored. Jason’s Geek of the Week was the “MeWe” social network alternative to Facebook, and Wes’ was an outstanding “Your Undivided Attention” podcast interview with UC Irvine researcher Gloria Mark about the prevalence and detrimental impacts of interruptions on our work productivity and lives. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. At CES 2020, Google doubles down on getting its software all around you (cNet; 7 January 2020)
  9. 9to5Google Best of CES 2020 Awards (9 to 5 Google; 8 January 2020)
  10. 9to5Mac Best of CES 2020 Awards (9 to 5 Mac; 8 Jan 2020)
  11. Apple returns to CES to talk privacy, not products (CNN; 7 January 2020)
  12. The hottest product at CES 2020 is privacy (CNN; 7 January 2020)
  13. Bluetooth just got its most important update in 20 years (CNN; 7 January 2020)
  14. All In A Name: Why The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook’s Title Matters (Chrome Unboxed; 7 January 2020)
  15. Facebook just banned deepfakes but the policy has loopholes (Business Insider, 7 Jan 2019)
  16. A deceptively edited video of Joe Biden signals what’s coming (Washington Post, 2 Jan 2020)
  17. Deepfakes are a risk to 2020 elections, experts tell Congress (cNet; 8 January 2020)
  18. Is Screen Time Really Bad for Kids? (NY Times, 18 Dec 2019)
  19. I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left. (Ross LaJeunesse, Medium, 2 Jan 2019)
  20. Chrome OS Has Stalled Out (Android Police; 2 January 2020)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: MeWe
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Gloria Mark @uci_informatics on @HumaneTech_ [PODCAST] “Pardon the Interruptions”

EdTech Situation Room Episode 160

Welcome to episode 160 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 1, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) kicked off the first show of the new year by discussing Audrey Waters’ (@audreywatters) marathon post “The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade,” and Dean Shareski’s (@shareski) post “I Don’t Think I’m an EdTech Guy Anymore.” On the security front, recent Amazon Ring “hack incidents” revealed to be caused by reuse of compromised passwords and a good article from USAToday highlighting the dangerous cleverness of bank account phishers were highlighted. The fruits of the latest “Public Domain Day,” the use of the machine learning powered (and creepy) website ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com to create profile photos for fake right wing Facebook profiles attempting to manipulate U.S. voters, and an educational technology startup capitalizing on the invasive surveillance potential of the iPhone for college students skipping classes (SpotterEDU) were also discussed. On the topic of “weird drone stuff” which points the importance of coding and computational thinking for students in schools today, articles about ongoing sightings of mysterious drone formations in eastern Colorado / western Nebraska, and a bizarre drone jamming incident by rural Chinese farmers attempting to foil an organized crime effort to spread swine fever / a pathogen via drone aircraft were also highlighted. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade (Hack Education @audreywatters, 31 December 2019)
  9. I Don’t Think I’m an EdTech Guy Anymore (Dean Shareski @shareski, 30 December 2019)
  10. This School Banned iPads, Going Back to Regular Textbooks—But What Does the Science Say? (blog of Jenn Ryan, July 2019)
  11. Man sues Ring after creep hacked device, taunted kids – Amazon blames userID & password re-use for Ring camera incident / “hack” (NY Post, 29 Dec 2019)
  12. Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands (Washington Post, 24 Dec 2019)
  13. ‘Weird and concerning’: Mystery drone sightings continue in Colorado, into Nebraska (Stars & Stripes, 28 Dec 2019) – Full Coverage by Google News
  14. China flight systems jammed by pig farm’s African swine fever defences (South China Morning Post, 20 Dec 2019)
  15. Don’t fall for this phish attempt from fraudsters (USA Today; 1 January 2020)
  16. Happy Public Domain Day!  (BoingBoing; 30 December 2019)
  17. ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com uses AI to generate endless fake faces (Verge, 15 Feb 2019) and now www.whichfaceisreal.com
  18. Fake Faces: People Who Do Not Exist Invade Facebook To Influence 2020 Elections – Part 1 (LeadStories, 12 Dec 2019)
  19. Senate passes new limits on robocalls, sending legislation to Trump (Washington Post, 19 Dec 2019)
  20. What to expect from phones in 2020: Foldable, 5G, killer cameras (cNet; 1 January 2020)
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [PODCAST] “The Cure for Hate” by @tristanharris@HumaneTech_ interviewing @mcaleer@LifeAfterHate
  22. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Swappa and Gazelle

EdTech Situation Room Episode 159

Welcome to episode 159 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 18, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) co-hosted our annual “Technology Shopping Cart” edition, when they recommended a diverse variety of tech related gifts for the geeks in your life. Check out the shownotes for a complete list of referenced products and goodies. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! If you use any of our recommendations as stocking stuffers or gifts under your Christmas tree, please reach out and let us know via Twitter! (Or if we missed a technology related gift you think should have made our lists, let us know that too!) Next week (on Christmas Day) we will NOT have a show, but we’ll be back on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 to kick off the new year with more EdTechSR analysis about recent tech headlines from an educational perspective. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (unless we have a schedule change like next week) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Wemo Smart Plug
  9. iClever Outdoor Smart Plug
  10. Paper Nerd Gift: Field Notes Individual or Subscription
  11. Book Nerd Gift: Kindle Oasis
  12. Apple Nerd Gift: AirPod Pros
  13. TaoTronics True Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth 5.0 TWS In-Ear Earphones: https://amzn.to/2PyxwOQ ($33)
  14. TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds, TaoTronics Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones: https://amzn.to/2QcgLZ9 ($60)
  15. Google Nerd Gift: Pixelbook Go
  16. Prone-to-Lose-Keys Gift: Tile Mate
  17. Rocketbook Notebook
  18. Battery Packs: Anker Battery, with Power Delivery or Anker PowerFusion 5000 or RAVPower USB-C Powerbank
  19. Anker Bluetooth Speaker
  20. Anker Powerstrip
  21. Anker Cables: Lightning, USB-C, or MicroUSB
  22. IoT: August Gen3 Smartlock + Connect (Amazon: $188, Black Friday was $150)
  23. Digital Security: YubiKey 5Ci | Dual connector – USB-C and Lightning ($70)
  24. 1 Password for Families Annual Subscription ($60)
  25. PortaPow 3rd Gen USB Data Blocker (Red 2 Pack) – Protect Against Juice Jacking ($12.50)
  26. Smart Switch by Avatar Controls (Amazon, $15.50)
  27. AirPods Case (Amazon, lots of colors, $7.60)
  28. Apple Watch EXCHAR Sport Band ($6.75)
  29. ThermoPro TP08S Wireless Digital Meat Thermometer (Amazon, $43)
  30. Wes’ Brisket Smoking How-To Youtube Video: Amazing Budget Brisket on a $100 Propane Smoker
  31. iPad Stylus: MEKO Universal Stylus (Amazon, $14)
  32. PNY Elite-X Fit 64GB Flash Drive (Amazon, $11)
  33. Digital Oral History Interviewing Apps for iPhone: Ferrite Studio for iPhone (free) and Voice Record Pro from iPhone (free)
  34. Guidemaster: Ars picks its favorite tech gifts you can buy for under $50 (ArsTechnica, 13 Nov 2019)
  35. Guidemaster: The best tech that will make your home an even better place (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2019)
  36. Guidemaster: 10 tech gifts to improve the home office (ArsTechnica, 11 Dec 2019)
  37. Guidemaster: Nine gift ideas for the tech enthusiast in your life (ArsTechnica, 17 Dec 2019)
  38. Dealmaster: Last minute gift deals on ThinkPads, Echo devices, and more tech (ArsTechnica, 17 Dec 2019)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 158

Welcome to episode 158 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 11, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed headlines from our continuing “Technology Cold War” between the United States and China, as well as the U.S. and Russia. China has announced it will purge all foreign made computer equipment from government offices, the FCC continues to oppose Huawei in US ISP networks, and reports continue to verify we’re in a global information and disinformation war. Facebook continues to battle fake accounts and internal corruption aimed and bolstering fake accounts, Microsoft’s new Mobile design, and Microsoft’s first Linux app were also discussed. On the Apple front, the high prices for new Mac Pro desktop computer systems were highlighted. Chrome’s enhanced password management and password compromise features, the end of life for the original Google Glass, the FBI’s recommendation for home users to isolate IoT devices on a separate network, recommended physical security keys for two factor authentication, YouTube’s request for more clarity on the FCC’s COPPA-based ruling impacting creators, and Amazon versus Apple Family discussions were headlines rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included a recent Audible settlement with long time subscribers (check your email!), an amazing traveling Science museum exhibition and website, “The Science Behind Pixar,” and an outstanding iOS and USB-C compatible security key from Yubikey. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (unless we have a schedule change like tonight) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. China tells government offices to remove all foreign computer equipment (Guardian, 8 Dec 2019)
  9. The FCC’s Push to Purge Huawei From US Networks (Wired, 12 Dec 2019)
  10. We’re In the Middle of a Global Information War. Here’s What We Need to Do to Win (Time 26 Sept 2019)
  11. Fake ‘Likes’ Remain Just a Few Dollars Away, Researchers Say (The New York Times, 6 December 2019)
  12. Facebook Fired A Contractor Who Was Paid Thousands In Bribes To Reactivate Banned Ad Accounts (Buzz Feed, 10 Dec 2019)
  13. Microsoft’s full-screen Windows 7 upgrade prompts start next month (The Verge, 10 December 2019)
  14. Microsoft Wants Everyone To Follow Its Lead With Its New Mobile Design (The Verge, 5 December 2019)
  15. Microsoft’s first Office app arrives on Linux (The Verge, 10 December 2019)
  16. A virtual field trip to CERN, via Google Glass (May 2013)
  17. A Maxed Out Mac Pro Will Cost Over $52,000 (MacRumors, 10 Dec 2019)
  18. The Mac Pro’s optional wheels cost $400 (The Verge, 10 December 2019)
  19. You can now buy Apple’s new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR (The Verge, 10 Dec 2019)
  20. Chrome now warns you when your password has been stolen (The Verge, 10 Dec 2019)
  21. RIP Google Glass: Google finally ends support for the old Google Glass after a controversial life (Mashable, 7 December 2019)
  22. FBI recommends that you keep your IoT devices on a separate network (cNet, 6 December 2019)
  23. The best hardware security keys for two-factor authentication (Verge, 22 Feb 2019)
  24. YouTube calls for ‘more clarity’ on the FTC’s child privacy rules (The Verge 11 December 2019)
  25. Are You an Amazon or an Apple Family? (New York Times; 9 March 2019)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: The Science Behind Pixar and YubiKey 5Ci | Dual connector – USB-C and Lightning ($70)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Audible Settlement

EdTech Situation Room Episode 157

Welcome to episode 157 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 3, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the ascendency of Sundar Pichai to the throne of Alphabet, research revealing sophisticated and ongoing Russian propaganda efforts to weaponize social media to foment division and polarization in the United States, CyberMonday deals over the weekend for U.S technology consumers, and the 10 year anniversary / birthday of ChromeOS. The impeding selloff of all .org domains to a private equity company, the politics of local laws on technology platforms revealed by Apple’s new map of Russia including (illegally) annexed Crimea, Apple’s removal of customer reviews from its online store, and the announcement of the GitHub Security Lab to provide bug bounties for open source platforms were also highlighted. Additional topics included the benefits of letting milk cows use VR headsets (in Russia), IBM’s use of machine learning algorithms to discover more ancient, giant etchings in the earth (similar to the Nazca Lines) using tons of satellite imagery, and the optimistic news from Hong Kong following recent elections fueled by student protests and the use of a variety of encryption apps to organize and remain anonymous in the burgeoning Chinese surveillance state. The imminent removal of inactive Twitter accounts and availability of those channel IDs and Google’s struggles with the Stadia gaming platform rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included BlueGriffon (a free 64 bit WYSIWYG webpage editor), a recent podcast conversation by Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) with Dr. Scott McLeod (@mcleod), and the amazing “Post It” app for iOS and Android. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (unless we have a schedule change like tonight) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Google co-founder Larry Page cedes control of parent company Alphabet to Sundar Pichai (Washington Post, 3 December 2019)
  9. That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It (Rolling Stone, 25 Nov 2019)
  10. Cyber Monday hits new records, boosted by purchasing on phones (cNet; 3 December 2019)
  11. ChromeOS is 10 years old!  (About Chromebooks, 22 November 2019)
  12. Internet Society CEO: Most people don’t care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it (The Register; 29 November 2019)
  13. Apple Reviews Policies After Maps App Gives Crimea to Russia (Bloomberg, 29 Nov 2019)
  14. Apple removes customer reviews from its online store (The Verge; 21 November 2019)
  15. Announcing GitHub Security Lab: securing the world’s code, together (GitHub Blog, 14 Nov 2019)
  16. GitHub Education
  17. Russian cows get VR headsets ‘to reduce anxiety’ (BBC News, 27 Nov 2019)
  18. Scientists have found 142 more ancient etchings in Peru. Now AI will speed up the hunt (MIT Technology Review, 19 Nov 2019)
  19. Hong Kong elections: pro-democracy camp wins 17 out of 18 districts while city leader says she will reflect on the result (South China Morning Post, 25 Nov 2019)
  20. Twitter will remove inactive accounts and free up usernames in December (Verge, 26 Nov 2019)
  21. Stadia’s performance has improved since launch. The case for the service hasn’t. (WaPo; 2 December 2019)
  22. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Practical Ed Tech Podcast – Episode #6 Featuring Dr. Scott McLeod and BlueGriffon (free 64 bit WYSIWYG webpage editor)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Post It App for Android and iOS

EdTech Situation Room Episode 156

Welcome to episode 156 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 20, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed hoopla over YouTube’s new requirements for “Creators” worldwide uploading videos to comply with COPPA law in the United States. The ongoing collapse of our information ecosystem thanks (in large part) to both disinformation and the monopolistic domination of global advertising revenues by Facebook and Google, the Russian effective techniques of “narrative laundering” highlighted by Rene DiResta (@noupside) and the need for “media literacy for all” so we can proactively “filter our feeds” were highlighted. The importance of using unique passwords (as highlighted by Disney+ account hacks,) the limitations of the Google Chrome password manager, and the proliferation of human engineering schemes to trick users / steal their money were discussed. Google updates included forthcoming support for audio embeds in Google Slides and the open sourcing of Google Cardboard. On AI and automation, a recent mass surveillance protest in Washington D.C. in which “14,000 people’s faces were non-consensually scanned,” the availability of a “robot lawyer” for legal services, and the risk posed by automation to white collar jobs were highlighted. The importance of purchasing separate streaming boxes / devices for televisions in our homes and offices and the VERY poor sales data for Google Smart Speakers rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included the danger of USB charging ports and the options to use a “USB condom,” National Geographic Educator Certification, and the Ecosia Chrome search extension. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. YouTube’s new kids’ content system has creators scrambling (The Verge; 13 November 2019)
  9. Important Update for All Creators: Complying with COPPA (YouTube)
  10. YouTube Support: Determining if your content is made for kids
  11. YouTube Support: Set your channel or video’s audience
  12. [PODCAST] Facebook battles harmful posts (BBC Tech Tent, 15 Nov 2019, @bbctechtent)
  13. Here’s how Russia will attack the 2020 election. We’re still not ready (Washington Post, 15 Nov 2019)
  14. Follow Renee DiResta on Twitter right now (@noupside)
  15. The collapse of the information ecosystem poses profound risks for humanity (Guardian, 19 Nov 2019)
  16. Repeated from last week: Information disorder: ‘The techniques we saw in 2016 have evolved’ (First Draft, 21 Oct 2019)
  17. Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff
  18. Windows 7 EOL in 54 days!
  19. Upgrade to Windows 10 free, here’s how (CNet; 16 November 2019)
  20. So, your Disney+ account was hacked. Here’s what to do (CNN, 19 Nov 2019)
  21. Google Chrome Password Manager: passwords.google.com
  22. Cybercriminals Are Hacking Human Nature To Steal Billions From Us (NPR, 18 Nov 2019)
  23. Rollout update for adding audio to Google Slides presentations (GSuite Updates; 11 November 2019)
  24. Google open-sources Cardboard to keep ‘no-frills’ VR widely available (VentureBeat; 6 November 2019)
  25. Activists want Congress to ban facial recognition. So they scanned lawmakers’ faces (Vox, 15 Nov 2019)
  26. ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims (NYTimes, 16 Nov 2019)
  27. “In the Age of AI” (PBS Frontline, 5 Nov 2019)
  28. This ‘robot lawyer’ can take the mystery out of license agreements (The Verge; 20 November 2019)
  29. “Knowledge Workers” could be the most impacted by future automation (Recode; 20 November 2019)
  30. Smart TVs are having a rotten couple of weeks, and it proves why you should buy a separate media streaming device (Business Insider; 16 November 2019)
  31. Almost no one is buying Google smart speakers anymore (Boy Genius Report; 15 November 2019)
  32. Don’t use public USB charging ports (TechRadar Pro; 15 November 2019) – USB Defender (USB Condom)
  33. OCETL CTO Forum 26 April 2019 Twitter Moment by @wfryer
  34. National Geographic teacher certification (Twitter thread) and Ecosia

EdTech Situation Room Episode 155

Welcome to episode 155 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 13, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed YouTube’s newly announced terms of service to apparently pave the way for more channel / account takedowns, the latest 2018-19 report “Why Rural Matters,” and the importance of addressing the rural/urban political divides which separate many voters in western states like Montana and Oklahoma. The “Long Tail” and the wonderful “Craft With Me” YouTube channel of Gayle Agostinelli was mentioned. The new PBS Frontline special “In the Age of AI,” Deepmind AI and its triumph (AlphaStar) over Starcraft 2 world class players, Android users who love the Apple Watch, and Apple’s ongoing focus / market differentiation on privacy were discussed. Additional topics included the story of Carson King, College GameDay in Iowa, Venmo, and the raising of $1 million for a local children’s hospital overshadowed by racist tweets from the past, as well as articles about the algorithmic darkness of YouTube. Google’s forthcoming inclusion of “end of life” date information in ChromeOS settings, Jason’s rebuttal to Phil Schiller’s (of Apple) public criticisms of Chromebooks, and security articles including discussion of passwords and “security fatigue” and the importance of using a unique password for your Google account were also highlighted. Disinformation research from NPR’s Fresh Air program, and resources highlighting both our “age of information disorder) (via @firstdraftnews) and the weaponization of Twitter to counter critics of Saudi Arabia were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included The Noun Project, Andrew Marantz’s new book “Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation,” First Draft News’ Informational Toolbox on Information Disorder, and an alarming video of MIT’s Mini-Cheetah’s rounded out the show. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. YouTube says it has ‘no obligation’ to host anyone’s video (The Verge, 11 Nov 2019)
  9. Mike’s Mom: Gayle Agostinelli’s YouTube Channel “Craft With Me” (The Long Tail)
  10. Why Rural Matters: 2018-2019 (Rural School and Community Trust; November 2019)
  11. Pre-Reflections on the April 2018 Oklahoma Teacher Walkout (Reflections on the Urban – Rural Divide in Oklahoma, blog post by Wes Fryer, April 2018)
  12. In the Land of Self-Defeat (NY Times OpEd, 4 Oct 2019)
  13. The Montana Digital Academy (the state online program for Montana)
  14. “In the Age of AI” (PBS Frontline, 5 Nov 2019)
  15. DeepMind’s AI has now outcompeted nearly all human players at StarCraft II (MIT Tech Review, 30 Oct 2019)
  16. VIDEO: Alphastar – The Inside Story (5 min)
  17. Half Life 2
  18. I’m an Android user who tried the Apple Watch for a month — it’s now the only smartwatch I’ll recommend (Android Police, 8 Nov 2019)
  19. Apple’s Revamped Privacy Site Highlights ‘Everyday Apps, Designed for Your Privacy’ (MacRumors; 6 November 2019)
  20. Instagram to Start Hiding Like Counts in the U.S (Variety, 8 Nov 2019)
  21. Instagram Will Start Hiding ‘Likes’ in the US Next Week (Wired, 8 Nov 2019)
  22. No Dumb Questions Podcast – Episode 68: How Phones Have Changed (and How They’ve Changed Us)@nodumbqs)
  23. Meet Carson King, the ‘Iowa Legend’ who’s raised more than $1 million for charity off of a sign asking for beer money (Des Moines Register, 24 Sept 2019)
  24. YouTube is my parenting nightmare (@bonniekristian in @TheWeek, 11 Nov 2019)
  25. Something is wrong on the internet (Medium by @jamesbridle, Sept 2017)
  26. Chromebooks Will Soon List “End Of Life” In The Settings Menu (Chrome Unboxed; 12 November 2019)
  27. Apple’s Phil Schiller takes shots at Chromebooks, says kids are ‘not going to succeed’ (9 to 5 Google; 13 November 2019)
  28. ‘Security Fatigue’ Can Cause Computer Users to Feel Hopeless and Act Recklessly, New Study Suggests (NIST, 4 Oct 2019)
  29. Do not use your Google password for other apps (Business Insider, 11 Nov 2019)
  30. How Internet Trolls And Online Extremists Are ‘Hijacking’ American Politics (NPR, 12 Nov 2019)
  31. Information disorder: ‘The techniques we saw in 2016 have evolved’ (First Draft, 21 Oct 2019)
  32. How Saudi Arabia Weaponized Twitter to Target MBS Critics (Frontline, 7 Nov 2019)
  33. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Noun Project
  34. Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation by @andrewmarantz
  35. Information Disorder: The Definitional Toolbox by @firstdraftnews
  36. MIT’s Mini Cheetahs (Robot and AI, 7 Nov 2019)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 154

Welcome to episode 154 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 6, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the popularity and function of Apple’s AirPods, ways to restore/enlarge your iPad icons with iPadOS13, and the benefits of using an Apple Watch as a wireless remote control during a presentation. Extended ChromeOS support from Google for hundreds of older Chromebooks, booming Chromebook sales and Android app use, shocking Chromebook durability tests, and an interesting article recommending that users regularly delete their Google data were included in Google-related updates. On the security front, the LastPass password challenge and other password manager features highlighting compromised/weak passwords, revelations that Chinese hackers have fully compromised the privacy of SMS messaging worldwide, and the vulnerability of smart speakers to “laser-based attacks” were highlighted. Additional topics included ending Google Pixel 1 smartphone support, the surging popularity of TikTok among U.S. teens, screentime and preschoolers, questions about Amazon’s Alexa functionality stagnating, and AT&T’s $60 million fine for misleading consumers about “unlimited data plans.” The intrusive nature of virtual reality / VR experiences and helpful multidisciplinary approaches to create them and announcements from Adobe Max 2019 rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included Immersive AR/VR article features from the New York Times, a security question answered by Troy Hunt via Twitter, DarkNet Diaries episode about the mindblowing Saudi Aramco hack by Iranians in 2012, and the dark side of standard batteries. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Restore your iPad icons to larger versions (9 to 5 Mac, 3 Oct 2019)
  9. Presenting with Keynote and Apple Watch (Wes’ blog, 8 Sep 2019)
  10. DinoFire Wireless Presenter USB Laser Pointer
  11. How To Take a Screenshot on Your Mac
  12. Google gives most Chromebooks an extra year of software support (Update: Six more models) (5 November 2019)
  13. Chromebook Sales Are Booming As Android App Usage Grows 300% (Chrome Unboxed; 31 October 2019)
  14. 11 Chromebooks Get Brutalized In Drop Test And You’ll Be Surprised Which One Holds Up Best (Chrome Unboxed; 6 November 2019)
  15. How to Automatically Delete Your Google Data, and Why You Should (LifeHacker, 4 Nov 2019)
  16. With a Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home or Siri (New York Times; 4 November 2019)
  17. The Best Way to Tackle the LastPass Security Challenge (HowTo Geek, 4 Nov 2019)
  18. Chinese Hackers Just Gave Us All A Reason To Stop Sending SMS Messages (Forbes, 3 Nov 2019)
  19. RIP OG Pixel: Google ends support after just three years [Update] (Ars Technica; 5 November 2019)
  20. Teens Love TikTok. Silicon Valley Is Trying to Stage an Intervention (The New York Times; 3 November 2019)
  21. MRIs show screen time linked to lower brain development in preschoolers (CNN, 4 Nov 2019)
  22. After five years of Amazon’s Alexa, why isn’t it better? (The Verge; 6 November 2019)
  23. AT&T fined $60 million for throttling ‘unlimited’ data plans (The Verge; 5 November 2019)
  24. Virtual Reality Experiences Can Be ‘Violent’ and Intrusive. They Need an Artist’s Touch. (EdSurge, 30 Oct 2019)
  25. Adobe Max 2019: all the top announcements (The Verge; 4 November 2019)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Apollo 11 As They Shot It via Immersive (AR/VR) – The New York Times , Troy Hunt Twitter reply and DarkNet Diaries Podcast Episode 30: Shamoon
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Unraveling the Secret Origins of an AmazonBasics Battery (One Zero @ Medium; 29 October 2019)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 153

Welcome to episode 153 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 30, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Twitter’s announcement to stop accepting paid political advertisements for candidates or issues, Facebook’s employee complaints over its political ad policy, challenges to Mark Zuckerberg in testimony before the U.S. Congress, and a “deep fake” video targeting Senator Lindsey Graham over the “Green New Deal.” @SmarterEveryDay’s fantastic 3 part YouTube series on the weaponization of social media, The Mastodon Project, and the Factitious news game (great for media literacy discussions) were mentioned and recommended. The availability of Thunderbolt 3 on some Chromebooks, a new CTL Chromebox at reasonable prices, and Microsoft’s political win over Amazon for a HUGE new U.S. military contract were also discussed. The launch of Facebook’s new “News Tab” with payments to some mainstream media publishers, the new RCS standard for SMS / cell phone text messaging, Apple’s newly announced “AirPod Pro” headphones, and a mind stretching Google AI Blog announcement about predicting the smell of different molecules rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included New Home Internet service from T-Mobile, amazing “Shot with iPhone” experiment videos from Apple, and a highly manipulative web service available called “The Spinner” perfect for a student media literacy lesson. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Twitter will ban all political advertising starting in November (The Verge; 30 October 2019)
  9. Twitter blocking all political ads globally starting in November (ArsTechnica, 30 Oct 2019) – Twitter thread
  10. Zuckerberg faces heat in Congress: “It’s almost like you think this is a joke” (ArsTechnica; 24 October 2019)
  11. Fake Facebook Ad Claiming Lindsey Graham Backs The Green New Deal Is Actually A Test For Zuckerberg (Newsweek; 25 October 2019)
  12. @SmarterEveryDay‘s series on social Media Weaponization: Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube (highly recommended!)
  13. Wes’ April 2019 workshop: Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy
  14. The Mastodon Project
  15. Facebook employees ‘strongly object’ to company’s political ad policy (The Verge; 28 October 2019)
  16. How to play the Factitious 2018 news game (Bob Hone on Medium, 2 Oct 2018) – Factitious Game
  17. Thunderbolt 3 Is On The Way To Chrome Os And Newer Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 30 October 2019)
  18. CTL Opens Pre-orders For The Best Core I3 Chromebox Deal On The Market (Chrome Unboxed; 30 October 2019)
  19. Microsoft Wins Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract, Thwarting Amazon (NYTimes, 24 Oct 2019)
  20. Facebook Launches News Section to Compensate Publishers (Bloomberg; 25 October 2019)
  21. A new Facebook News tab is starting to roll out in the United States (The Verge; 25 October 2019)
  22. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile have finally agreed to replace SMS with a new RCS standard (The Verge; 24 October 2019)
  23. Apple unveils new in-ear AirPods Pro coming October 30 for $249 (9 to 5 Mac; 28 October 2019)
  24. Learning to Smell: Using Deep Learning to Predict the Olfactory Properties of Molecules (Google AI Blog, 24 Oct 2019)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: New Home Internet from T-Mobile
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Privacy on iPhone — Simple as that — Apple and Experiments by Apple Shot on iPhone (playlist)The Spinner – Animated Explainer Video

EdTech Situation Room Episode 152

Welcome to episode 152 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 23, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the demise of Nest smart thermostat installations by contractors following Google’s acquisition, the Pixel 4 smartphone, Google fees for GMail storage, and Google’s new “digital wellbeing” experimental apps. Enhanced genetic editing via CRISPR Prime / Prime Editing, the retirement of 8 inch floppy disks from the U.S. Air Force’s nuclear arsenal control systems, the importance of home router firmware updates, credit card skimming software deployed on over 18,000 websites, and the poor password habits of Equifax network administrators were also highlighted. Meme culture and the PSAT, and the potentially contentious copyright bill just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included the video “Scams That Should be Illegal” by @theodd1sout, the lesson “Don’t Get Tricked Online” by Wes, the free Google Home Mini for Spotify Premium Users offer, and Jason’s relative’s kickstarter campaign for Cardshark! Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Home builders ditch Nest products after Google takeover (ArsTechnia, 18 Oct 2019)
  9. The Pixel 4 Is More Like An iPhone Than Any Other Android Phone (The Verge; 22 October 2019)
  10. Gmail Hooked Us on Free Storage. Now Google Is Making Us Pay (Bloomberg; 22 October 2019)
  11. Google just launched a handful of clever apps to help you spend less time on your phone (The Verge; 23 Oct 2019)
  12. The newest gene editor radically improves on CRISPR (MIT Technology Review, 21 Oct 2019)
  13. Unnatural Selection on NetFlix
  14. Air Force finally retires 8-inch floppies from missile launch control system (ArsTechnica, 18 Oct 2019)
  15. Is Your Old Router Still Getting Security Updates? (How-To Geek; 12 October 2019)
  16. Darknet Diaries – True stories from the dark side of the Internet (@darknetdiaries)
  17. How meme culture changed the PSAT (ArsTechnica, 20 Oct 2019)
  18. Over 18,000 Websites Infested With Magecart Card Skimming Malware (Forbes; 11 October 2019)
  19. Safety first: the short, simple guide to securing all your passwords (The Guardian)
  20. Equifax used ‘admin’ as username and password for sensitive data: lawsuit (Yahoo Finance, 18 Oct 2019)
  21. House overwhelmingly approves contentious new copyright bill (The Verge; 22 October 2019)
  22. Scams That Should be Illegal by @theodd1sout (9 min) – accompanies the lesson “Don’t Get Tricked Online”
  23. Free Google Home Mini for Spotify Premium Users!
  24. Shameless Family Promotion: CARDSHARK!
  25. StreamYard (@streamyardapp)