EdTechSR Ep 181 – Starlink Dreaming

Welcome to episode 181 (“Starlink Dreaming”) of the EdTech Situation Room from June 17, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed virtual and face-to-face summer camps for students and teachers during our present pandemic, ChromeOS news, the “technology correction” and social media developments involving political advertisements, and the dynamics of content moderation of political speech. The beta phase of Starlink providing satellite connectivity by SpaceX and COVID-19’s impact on movie theaters and college admissions testing were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included an upcoming June 30th KQED free webinar, “Help Students Fight Misinformation One Click at a Time,” and Paul Anderson’s (of Bozeman Science) updated video, “How I Make Screencasts.” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass website
  8. Google is bringing Microsoft Office and other Windows apps to Chromebooks (The Verge; 16 June 2020)
  9. Chromebooks desperately need more than 4GB of RAM in 2020 (Android Police; 114 June 2020)
  10. With Krita, It May Finally Be Time For Desktop-class Android Apps To Arrive On Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 25 May 2020)
  11. HP Refreshes The Popular Chromebook X360 14 With 10th Gen Cpus And Biometrics (Chrome Unboxed; 8 June 2020)
  12. Google Meet arrives in Gmail for iOS and Android as a giant new tab (Verge, 17 June 2020)
  13. SpaceX Starlink internet prepares for beta users (ZDNet, 15 June 2020)
  14. AMC Theaters warns of ‘substantial doubt’ about future as pandemic fallout continues (The Verge; 3 June 2020)
  15. SAT and ACT May Never Regain Their Role in College Admissions (Bloomberg, 29 May 2020)
  16. Like Zoom, Microsoft Teams will let you see 49 people at a time this fall (The Verge; 15 June 2020)
  17. How Google Docs became the social media of the resistance (MIT Technology Review; 6 June 2020)
  18. How to turn off political ads in your Facebook News Feed (Recode; 17 June 2020)
  19. Justice Department plans to curb Section 230 protections for internet firms (AppleInsider, 17 June 2020)
  20. Social media firms could be sued for censoring political speech under new bill (CNet, 17 June 2020)
  21. Trump ran attack ads against Twitter, Snapchat, and F— Oh, not Facebook (Mashable, 17 June 2020)
  22. Why one email app went to war with Apple—and why neither one is right (ArsTechnica, 17 June 2020)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: June 30th KQED free webinar: Help Students Fight Misinformation One Click at a Time
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: How I Make Screencasts from Paul Anderson

EdTechSR Ep 180 – Read Before You ReTweet

Welcome to episode 180 (“Read Before You ReTweet”) of the EdTech Situation Room from June 10, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the intersection of privacy and smartphones during civic protests, the spread of false rumors and doctored images during the D.C. protests, and our societal need for media literacy education and media mentors. Liability lawsuits for Amazon over the sale of fake N95 masks, disinformation sharing on Twitter by national leaders, and official encouragement from Twitter support to “read before you retweet” were highlighted. On the Apple front, plans to use Apple chips in MacOS computers (instead of Intel processors) for the first time, and the forthcoming death (in 2021) of iTunesU in favor of Apple Classroom and Schoolwork apps was explored. Rounding out the show, news of a famous 23 year old Chinese gamer announcing his retirement from eSports due to health concerns, and a lawsuit over copyright/DRM and eBooks for the Internet Archive during the COVID19 pandemic were also mentioned. Geeks of the week included the YouTube channel and RedIT channel for DIY technology refurbisher Luke Miani, classroomscreen.com, a tutorial about using Noun Project icons in presentation slideshows, and an archived recent conference about Memes in society. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass website
  8. The 3 Things You Must Do to Protect Your Privacy While Protesting (Popular Mechanics; 3 June 2020)
  9. False Rumors And Doctored Images Went Viral During The D.C. Protests (NPR, 1 June 2020)
  10. Confused About Screen Time and Disinformation? You Aren’t Alone. (Slate, 8 June 2020)
  11. 3M sues Amazon storefront that allegedly sold fake N95 masks for $23 apiece (The Verge; 9 June 2020)
  12. How Trump leverages Twitter to spread misinformation (NPR News Hour, 26 May 2020)
  13. Twitter would like you to actually read stories before you retweet them (The Verge; 10 June 2020)
  14. Apple to reveal plans for using its own chips in Macs at WWDC, report says (CNet; 9 June 2020)
  15. Apple will discontinue iTunes U in favor of Classroom and Schoolwork apps (cNet; 10 June 2020)
  16. Gaming ‘hero’ retires at 23 due to ill-health (BBC News, 4 Jun 2020)
  17. Lawsuit over online book lending could bankrupt Internet Archive (ArsTechnica, 1 Jun 2020)
  18. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Luke Miani’s YouTube Channel and YouTube Reddit thread
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: app.classroomscreen.com and How I Use Noun Project Icons in my Class Lesson Slideshows and Memes: The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism? Online Conference

EdTechSR Ep 179 – Harbinger of the Tech Correction

Welcome to episode 179 (“Harbinger of the Tech Correction”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 27, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the intersection of safety, security, medical needs and privacy when it comes to COVID-19 contact tracing. Developments around Twitter’s attempts to counter U.S. Presidential misinformation, “the human cost of misinformation” in the age of neo-coronavirus, and the challenge to mainstream media credibility posed by news outlets republishing Amazon press releases repackaged as “news” were also highlighted. A recent Forbes article on Chrome browser security was also discussed, along with the opportunity articles like this provide to practice web literacy / media literacy strategies like SIFT. (s/o @holden) The escalating battle over 5G infrastructure between China / Huawei and the United States was also discussed, along with reported issues relating to Apple iOS software updates as well as Microsoft Windows10 updates. A recent report by the U.S. Copyright office encouraging Congress to revisit “safe harbor” provisions of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) in favor of rights holders was explored. Geeks of the Week included Reflector 3 and AirParrot updates from AirSquirrels, the virtual MountainMoot (July 15-17, 2020), and a new project by Wes and Brian Turnbaugh (@wegotwits) formatively titled, “Conspiracies and Culture Wars.” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic (WaPo; 26 May 2020)
  9. 3D Printers Are On The Front Lines Of The Covid-19 Pandemic (The Verge; 25 May 2020)
  10. Switzerland pilots a contact tracing app using Apple and Google’s tech (Engadget, 27 May 2020)
  11. Coronavirus: The human cost of virus misinformation (BBC; 27 May 2020)
  12. Trump threatens to crack down on social media platforms after Twitter labels his tweets (CNN; 27 May 2020)
  13. Social media bias lawsuits keep failing in court (The Verge; 27 May 2020)
  14. Why Twitter labeling Trump’s tweets as “potentially misleading” is a big step forward (The Verge; 27 May 2020)
  15. Facebook says Trump’s false claims about mail-in ballots don’t break its rules (CNN Business; 27 May 2020)
  16. How Trump leverages Twitter to spread misinformation (PBS News Hour, 26 May 2020)
  17. US local news stations air segments on Amazon penned by company’s PR team (The Guardian; 26 May 2020)
  18. Google Just Gave Millions Of Users A Reason To Quit Chrome (Forbes, 26 May 2020)
  19. China Just Crossed A Dangerous Line For Huawei: New ‘Retaliatory Responses’ Threatened (Forbes, 26 May 2020)
  20. iOS 13.5 Chaos: This Frustrating Problem Is Making iPhone Apps Useless (Forbes, 22 May 2020)
  21. iPhone User Mayhem: Here’s Why Hundreds Of iOS Apps Are Suddenly Updating (Forbes, 26 May 2020)
  22. What’s New in the Microsoft Windows 10 May 2020 Update? (PC Magazine; 27 May 2020)
  23. Windows 10 Basics: How to Pause Updates (The Verge; 22 May 2020)
  24. U.S. Copyright Office Says It’s Time to Update the DMCA—Mostly in Favor of Rightsholders (Gizmodo, 22 May 2020)
  25. US Copyright Office proposes stripping YouTube of some of its DMCA safe harbor protections (Reclaim the Net, 23 May 2020)
  26. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Reflector 3 and AirParrot Released! and Mountain Moot!
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “Conspiracies and Culture Wars 1.0” (s/o @wegotwits)

EdTechSR Ep 178 – Anticipating a Fluid Future

Welcome to episode 178 (“Anticipating a Fluid Future”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 20, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Microsoft’s revolutionary “Fluid” Office document format, privacy and surveillance in the COVID-19 era, and a new Mozilla VPN service. Passwords for sale on the dark web, Equifax’s failure to provide consumer compensation payments for the 2017 data breach, and conspiracy theory psychology were also highlighted. Rumors of forthcoming Apple Glasses for AR/.VR, tips for. addressing slow Internet speeds at home, SpaceX’s promises for low latency satellite connectivity, and tips for better videoconferencing were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included the Unsplash Images GSuite Marketplace App, the Rabbit Hole Podcast from the New York Times, and a DIY hack to breathe new memory life into an old iPod Classic. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Americans are surprisingly open to letting their phones be used for coronavirus tracking (The Verge; 30 April 2020)
  9. Mozilla launches a standalone VPN service for Android and Chromebook (9 to 5 Google; 19 February 2020)
  10. How your passwords can end up for sale on the dark web (CNN; 6 May 2020)
  11. Your Equifax settlement $125 isn’t coming, but banks get their $5.5M (ArsTechnica, 19 May 2020)
  12. VIDEO: Plandemic and the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking
  13. The Conspiracy Theory Handbook by Stephan Lewandowsky and John Cook
  14. “Immune to Evidence”: How Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracies Spread (ProPublica, 17 May 2020)
  15. NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week (AP News, 15 May 2020)
  16. Microsoft’s New Fluid Office Document Is Google Docs On Steroids (The Verge; 19 May 2020)
  17. Chrome is getting a ton of big safety and security updates soon (The Verge; 19 May 2020)
  18. Google CEO Sundar Pichai defends Pixel team, says “hardware is hard” (ArsTechnica, 20 May 2020)
  19. Kuo: New 10.8-inch iPad and 9-inch iPad mini on the way, Apple Glasses in 2022 ‘at the earliest’ (9to5Mac, 14 May 2020)
  20. For video meetings, the eyes have it. Use these tips to make a better impression online (USA Today; 18 May 2020)
  21. Everything You Need to Know About Slow Internet Speeds (New York Times; 20 May 2020)
  22. Ajit Pai doubts Elon Musk’s SpaceX broadband-latency claims (ArsTechnica, 20 May 2020)
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Unsplash Images – G Suite Marketplace and Rabbit Hole Podcast (NYT)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Refurbish an Old iPod Classic??!

EdTechSR Ep 177 – COVID-19 May Change Colleges and Schools Forever

Welcome to episode 177 (“COVID-19 May Change Colleges and Schools Forever”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 13, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed predictions for how the COVID-19 pandemic may significantly disrupt higher education to the benefit of “top tier” universities, the glaring inequities in educational opportunities laid bare by mandated “remote learning” / learning at home today, and Congressional initiatives to expand broadband funding. The impact of paranoia of cheating on remote learning, and the “teachable moment” provided by the disinformation video “Plandemic” for media literacy, were discussed. On the security front, a major security flaw involving “Thunderbolt” computer ports, National Password Day, and an unfortunate disruption of an Oklahoma college graduation by a racist troll were highlighted. Privacy issues with smartphones in the COVID-19 pandemic was briefly discussed, and will be addressed at greater length in a future episode. Geeks of the Week included Goosechase mobile media scavenger hunt free upgrades for teachers, disinformation and social media visualization tools, a free 3 hour media literacy course on the “SIFT” framework, and a new way to run 1.5 million Android apps and games on your PC or Mac. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. The Coming Disruption to College (NY Mag Intelligencer, 11 May 2020)
  9. Paranoia about cheating is making online education terrible for everyone (Recode; 4 May 2020)
  10. KidWriting Project by the National Writing Project (via @pgeorge)
  11. Facebook and YouTube are rushing to delete “Plandemic,” a conspiracy-laden video (MIT Technology Review, 7 May 2020)
  12. That ‘Plandemic’ conspiracy video has been thoroughly debunked, people. Stop pushing it on us. (Upworthy, 7 May 2020)
  13. Judy Mikovits in Plandemic: An antivax conspiracy theorist becomes a COVID-19 grifter (David Gorski, 6 May 2020)
  14. If Someone Shares the ‘Plandemic’ Video, How Should You Respond? (The Atlantic, 9 May 2020)
  15. “PlanDemic” Disinformation Teachable Moment During COVID-19 (Wes Fryer, 9 May 2020)
  16. Thunderbolt flaw allows access to a PC’s data in minutes (Recode; 11 May 2020)
  17. National Password Day project: A unique password for every website you go to (USA Today; 7 May 2020)
  18. Oklahoma University’s Virtual Graduation Ceremony Disrupted by Racist Hacker (Time Magazine, 10 May 2020)
  19. The differences between the haves and have-nots:” Hispanic students disproportionately lack internet access (Denver Post, 27 April 2020)
  20. House Democrats want $5.5 billion for pandemic broadband funding (Recode; 12 May 2020)
  21. Americans are surprisingly open to letting their phones be used for coronavirus tracking (The Verge; 30 April 2020)
  22. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Goosechase Education Free Upgrade till Sept 1stMisinformation Tools by Indiana University Observatory on Social MediaFree 3 Hour Mini-Course on SIFT Media Literacy Framework
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Weekend Nerd Project: How to run 1.5M Android apps, games on your PC, Mac (USA Today; 9 May 2020)

EdTechSR Ep 176 – Choose Your Digital Platform Investments Carefully

Welcome to episode 176 (“Choose Your Digital Platform Investments Carefully”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 6, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed updates from Apple including more predicted “opening” to third party platforms on iOS and MacOS, FaceID and masks, and prescient words from Tim Cook in the latest Apple earnings call. On the Microsoft front, Windows 10X progress as as a Chromebook competitor, Slack and Microsoft teams as collaboration tools were mentioned. On the Google side of platforms, the outstanding “Teach from Home” Google resource website, PewDiePie’s exclusive live-streaming deal with YouTube, the spike in user-created “everyday with me” videos, and excellent screenshot improvements for ChromeOS as well as Chromeshot extensions were discussed. On COVID-19 related issues, the challenge of engaging social media followers and friends over disinformation videos / articles, a very insightful (and troubling) article from Harvard professor Fernando M. Reimers on the global impact of pandemic, and “An Open Letter to Independent School Leaders” by Ben Scafidi and Eric Wearne were discussed by Jason and Wes. Geeks of the Week included the upcoming June 9-11 On Air KS G-Summit, a COVID-19 scenario visualizer and simulator, a “choose your own adventure” digital story called “57 North,” new “deep fake” videos using Chris Pratt images on Harrison Ford / Indiana Jones movie clips, the July 14-19, 2020 Summer Institute on Digital Literacy, and the Home Depot 62 in. Adjustable Height Work Bench Table as a home office desk. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Spotify CEO expects Apple will ‘open up’ even more in the future (The Verge; 5 May 2020)
  9. Face ID doesn’t work when you’re wearing a mask—Apple’s about to address that (ArsTechnica, 2 May 2020)
  10. In an unusual investor call, Apple reports flat quarterly earnings amid COVID-19 (ArsTechnica, 30 April 2020)
  11. Microsoft shifts Windows 10X towards more of a Chrome OS competitor (The Verge; 5 May 2020)
  12. Slack CEO: Microsoft Teams is not a competitor to Slack (The Verge; 1 May 2020)
  13. Teach from Home from Google
  14. PewDiePie signs exclusive live-streaming deal with YouTube (The Verge; BBC News; 5 May 2020)
  15. Coronavirus bingeing: YouTube trends show spike in every-day task tutorials (USA Today; 1 May 2020)
  16. Gayle Agostinelli on YouTube
  17. Resizeable, Moveable Screenshots Are Coming To Chrome OS (Chrome Unboxed; 6 May 2020)
  18. Awesome Screenshot for Chrome
  19. HP Launches 3 New 10th Gen Intel Chromebook For Enterprise (Chrome Unboxed; 5 May 2020)
  20. Takedowns for “YouTube PlanDemic Documentary: The Hidden Agenda Behind Covid-19” (no news article link available yet)
  21. Coronavirus: YouTube tightens rules after David Icke 5G interview (BBC News, 7 April 2020)
  22. “What the Covid-19 Pandemic will change in education depends on the thoughtfulness of education responses today”, by Fernando M. Reimers. (Worlds of Education, 9 April 2020)
  23. “An Open Letter to Independent School Leaders” by Ben Scafidi and Eric Wearne
  24. Parking Lots Have Become a Digital Lifeline (The New York Times; 5 May 2020)
  25. Behold: The Power of the Spotify Playlist During COVID-19 (Wes Fryer, 21 April 2020)
  26. Upcoming Webinars from Leslie Fisher (via @pgeorge)
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: 2020 On Air KS G-Summit: June 9-11, 2020What Happens Next? COVID-19 Futures, Explained With Playable Simulations (via @susanvg) – 57 NorthChris Pratt Indiana Jones Deep FakesSummer Institute on Digital Literacy goes Virtual: July 14-19
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: 62 in. Adjustable Height Work Bench Table

EdTechSR Ep 175 – Don’t Close Your Streamyard Tab

Welcome to episode 175 (“Don’t Close Your Streamyard Tab”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 29, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed several Google Updates: the availability of Google’s Hangouts Meet videoconferencing platform for consumer Google accounts, a way to extend the life of your Chromebook’s browser, and updates to GSuite’s sharing dialog. An amusing rant by a judge over a lawyers’ poor attire choices during a trial by videoconference, the psychology of lifting the lockdown, the growth of telemedicine during COVID19, and the proliferation of stimulus check scams were also highlighted. Recommended media literacy books on “information pollution” and dives into the world of online radicalization, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to prevent annotations to Georgia’s state laws by state officials from remaining behind a paywall, and reported productivity challenges for remote working rounded out the show’s topics. Geeks of the Week included a new ChromeOS installer for Windows users, Jason’s “Live from NCCE” presentation video from last week on remote learning / teaching / working tips, a great digital video tribute from Reuters to journalists around the world, upcoming Oklahoma USAF flyby tributes to medical professionals, and two excellent online book publishing platforms. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Google’s Zoom rival, called Meet, is now free to consumers (CNet; 29 April 2020)
  9. New Feature Could Greatly Extend The Life Of Your Chromebook’s Browser (Chrome Unboxed; 29 April 2020)
  10. Google Meet premium video conferencing-free for everyone (Google Product Blog, 29 April 2020)
  11. New sharing dialog for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, & Forms (GSuite Updates Blog, 28 April 2020)
  12. The Jury Is Still Out On Zoom Trials (The Verge; 22 April 2020)
  13. Don’t Feel Bad If Your Kids Are Gaming More Than Ever. In Fact, Why Not Join Them? (Time Magazine; 22 April 2020)
  14. What Will It Be Like When the Lockdown Lifts? (Psychology Today, 15 April 2020)
  15. Oklahoma Department of Commerce link for business owners (Oklahoma Dept of Commerce, 22 April 2020)
  16. The coronavirus pandemic could push telemedicine into the mainstream (CNN Business; 27 April 2020)
  17. Scammers Could Be After Your Stimulus Check. Here’s How to Avoid Them (Time Magazine; 27 April 2020)
  18. Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online by Wes Fryer (Webinar, 26 March 2020)
  19. Supreme Court rules Georgia can’t put the law behind a paywall (ArsTechnica, 27 Apr 2020)
  20. A Third of Remote Workers Say Weak Internet Has Hurt Their Productivity (PC Magazine; 24 April 2020)
  21. “You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polluted Information” by @wphillips49 & @rmmilner
  22. Samantha’s Journey Into the Alt-Right, and Back (The New Yorker, 22 Nov 2019)
  23. Jason’s 1st Geek of the Week: Another nerdy, distracting weekend project: Install Official Google Chrome OS on PC / Laptop With Play Store and Linux for FREE!
  24. Jason’s 2nd Geek of the Week: Live from NCCE Archive: “Working at Home Strategies for the First-Time Remote Teacher & Administrator”
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Reuters Thanks to JournalistsOK AFB’s Salute 1 May – Publish online? Pressbooks or PubPub

EdTechSR Ep 174 – The Eye of Sauron Briefly Appears

Welcome to episode 174 (“The Eye of Sauron Briefly Appears”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 22, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Tab Groups in Google Chrome, disinformation stories inspired (is that the right word?!) by the neo-coronavirus, updates to videoconferencing tools WhatsApp and Hangouts Meet, digital divide realities made more visible by the COVID-19 pandemic, and announcements for Montana and Oklahoma that the states will be “opening for business” again soon after weeks of lock down. Renamed Office365 (now just “Microsoft365,”) inspiring stories of 3D printing collaborative efforts to build COVID-19 PPE (personal protective equipment,) and the ongoing radicalization potential of YouTube were also discussed. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Tab Groups Is Chrome’s Best New Feature in Years, and Here’s How to Use It (Gizmodo, 22 Apr 2020)
  9. Microsoft renames Office 365 as “Microsoft 365” – throws in new Word, Excel features and more (USA Today, 30 March 2020)
  10. Here’s why “baking” damaged reel-to-reel tapes renders them playable again (ArsTechnica, 21 April 2020)
  11. Forget Zoom: WhatsApp just got the upgrade we’ve been waiting for (Tom’s Guide; 21 April 2020)
  12. Google video chat now supports 16-head grid view (cNet; 22 April 2020)
  13. What We Don’t Know About Teachers’ Home Internet Access (New America; 20 April 2020)
  14. Unequal access to high-speed internet could be the biggest obstacle to getting the American economy back on track (Business Insider; 9 April 2020)
  15. Coronavirus made working from home the new
  16. Unemployment Checks Are Being Held Up By A Coding Language Almost Nobody Knows (The Verge; 14 April 2020)
  17. As YouTube Traffic Soars, YouTubers Say Pay Is Plummeting (One Zero; 12 April 2020)
  18. Take YouTube’s Dangers Seriously (New York Times;  20 April 2020)
  19. Oklahoma’s “Open Up and Recover Safely” Plan (salons/gyms/more open May1, summer camps open by June 1)
  20. Montana’s Reopen Plan (Phase 1 starts on April 27)
  21. [VIDEO] Global 3D Printing Efforts to Create COVID-19 PPE (2.5 min)- Tweet from Jeff Diedrich
  22. After Resisting, State [of Oklahoma] Decides to Release Number of COVID-19 Cases, Deaths for All Cities (Oklahoma Watch, 17 April 2020)
  23. Beware of these fake text messages and robocalls going around about the coronavirus (CNN, 19 April 2020)
  24. Touting Virus Cure, ‘Simple Country Doctor’ Becomes a Right-Wing Star (NYTimes, 2 April 2020)
  25. The News Is Making People Anxious. You’ll Never Believe What They’re Reading Instead. (NYTimes, 14 April 2020)
  26. Who’s Organizing the Lockdown Protests? (NYTimes The Daily Podcast, 22 April 2020)
  27. Gimlet Media Episode 33: ISIS (podcast on radicalization)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Bake Some Bread!
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: EdCampRL 2020 and PBS Frontline: China Undercover

EdTechSR Ep 173 – Skip That Facebook Quiz

Welcome to episode 173 (“Skip That Facebook Quiz”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 15, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the ongoing impact of the neo-coronavirus pandemic on schools, Google Chrome Tab Groups, Google Drive Workspaces, and a free extension which can “Zoomify” Google Hangouts Meet videoconferences (in one way). Apple’s announcements of the more-affordable iPhone SE and a pretty amazing keyboard with integrated trackpad for the iPad Pro, why taking Facebook quizzes is a bad idea, dangerous VPN apps, and password manager comparisons were also discussed in the show. Geeks of the Week included software to turn your smartphone into a webcam, ways to control multiple computers with one keyboard and mouse, “DownDetector” to find out the extent of an Internet service outage, Google’s “Teach from Home” resource hub, the “Jumbo” privacy setting assistant app, and a list of recommended “live teaching tools” for remote learning. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Apple and Google are building a coronavirus tracking system into iOS and Android (The Verge; 10 April 2020)
  9. As School Moves Online, Many Students Stay Logged Out (New York Times; 6 April 2020)
  10. Apps Replacing Teachers??!:  Amid coronavirus, students flock to Kahoot! and Duolingo. Is it the end of language teachers? (USA Today, 7 April 2020)
  11. Google is replacing some Android apps in Chrome OS with web apps (The Verge; 13 April 2020)
  12. Google Chrome’s new Tab Groups is its best feature in years: How to use it (Laptop Magazine; 13 April 2020)
  13. Google Meet Is Missing One Big Feature From Zoom, But This Extension Fixes It (Chrome Unboxed; 13 April 2020) (Extension here.)
  14. Google Drive ‘Priority’ page and ‘Workspaces’ rolling out to all G Suite editions (9to5Google, 7 Aug 2019)
  15. As hospitals enforce strict rules, parents are using FaceTime to see their newborns (CNN, 7 April 2020) 
  16. The Virus Changed the Way We Internet (New York Times, 7 April 2020)
  17. Dell’s New XPS 13 Is Everything A Windows Laptop Should Be (The Verge; 15 April 2020)
  18. Apple announces the new $399 iPhone SE for 2020 (The Verge; 15 April 2020)
  19. New Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Now Available to Order, Deliveries Begin Next Week (MacRumors, 15 April 2020)
  20. How to make TV shows on iPhones? Just ask Conan and Al Roker (USA Today; 4 April 2020)
  21. Why taking Facebook quizzes is a really bad idea (CBC; 28 January 2020)
  22. VPN app threatens 100 million: Delete it right now (Tom’s Guide; 10 April 2020)
  23. 1Password vs LastPass: What’s the best password manager? (Android Authority, 13 April 2020)
  24. Consider Bitwarden? (open source password manager)
  25. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam (Gizmodo, 13 April 2020) and How to Control Multiple Computers with One Keyboard and Mouse (PC Magazine; 13 April 2020)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: DownDetector, World Affairs Podcast: Using a Pandemic to Consolidate Power, Teach From Home by Google, Jumbo: Privacy + Security iOS and Android, and Live Teaching Tools

EdTechSR Ep 172 – Don’t Jack with My Zoom

Welcome to episode 172 (“Don’t Jack with My Zoom”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 8, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) continued to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on teachers, students, and parents, but also highlighted some recent technology headlines involving zoomjacking, remote learning, disinformation, YouTube influencers in the neo-coronavirus era, and “the technology correction.” They also brainstormed “Best Tools and Strategies for Live Teaching” and software for “Virtual Backgrounds for Videoconferencing.” If you have any options which should be included on these lists, please reach out to Jason or Wes on Twitter! Access archived MP3 audio and smaller 360P video archives of this and past shows on edtechSR.com. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Google bans its employees from using Zoom over security concerns (The Verge; 8 April 2020)
  9. Zoom CEO apologizes for security problems on public live stream (The Verge; 8 April 2020)
  10. Zoom update hides meeting ID numbers from the title bar (The Verge; 8 April 2020)
  11. Zoom is showing how to respond to criticism the right way (The Verge; 3 April 2020)
  12. Desmos for teachers and for students
  13. Nearpod
  14. Jamboard by Google
  15. PollEverywhere
  16. kahoot.com
  17. quizizz.com
  18. Connect iPad to Computer via QuickTime Player and use Whiteboard app like Explain Everything (@explainevrythng)
  19. www.cammask.com/ ($34 one time)
  20. manycam.com/ ($29 / year)
  21. www.chromacam.me/ (free – Windows online)
  22. xSplit Vcam ($19.99 Lifetime at Stack Social, Windows only)
  23. eCamm Live ($12-$20/month)
  24. PLANET MONEY – Episode 987: The Race To Make Ventilators
  25. China, coronavirus and surveillance: the messy reality of personal data (Financial Times, 1 April 2020)
  26. Influencers among ‘key distributors’ of coronavirus misinformation (The Guardian; 8 April 2020)
  27. Kansas task force issues guidelines for K-12 remote education plans, stresses learning won’t stop with building closures (Lawrence Journal World, 19 March 2020)
  28. State officials tell closed Kansas schools to teach online, use other options (Kansas City Star, 19 March 2020)
  29. 4 In 10 U.S. Teens Say They Haven’t Done Online Learning Since Schools Closed (NPR, 8 April 2020)
  30. Amid coronavirus, students flock to Kahoot! and Duolingo. Is it the end of language teachers? (USA Today, 7 April 2020)
  31. How to make TV shows on iPhones? Just ask Conan and Al Roker (USA Today; 4 April 2020)
  32. Google to release your location data to help fight coronavirus pandemic (CNN; 3 April 2020)
  33. As hospitals enforce strict rules, parents are using FaceTime to see their newborns (CNN, 7 April 2020) 
  34. The Virus Changed the Way We Internet (New York Times, 7 April 2020)
  35. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Google Nest Hub ($129) and and Nest Hub Max ($229)
  36. Jason’s Geek of the Week: www.printfriendly.com