EdTech Situation Room Episode 66

Welcome to episode 66 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 19, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Facebook’s struggles to define standards for censoring advertisers, Facebook “Pixel” tracking, expanded T-Mobile data caps, recommended action steps for Equifax hack victims, and the CCleaner anti-malware software hack. Additional topics included tips G Suite admins can take to prevent phishing attacks, a great free Chrome extension which can help that effort (Password Alert), iOS 11 updates, tvOS updates, and Google’s forthcoming event featuring an expected Pixel 2 smartphone announcement. A speed round of CRISPR and genomics headlines rounded out the show, with geeks of the week including a new 2D to 3D facial modeling program and useful wireless device mirroring solutions: The Via Connect Pro and Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2. Check out the shownotes for links to all these articles, which are also listed on edtechsr.com/links. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR and tune in (usually) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm central, 8 pm mountain, or 2 am GMT. Until next time, stay safe and stay savvy!

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. Watch as streaming TV services are increasingly winning the top Emmys (Recode, 18 September 2017)
  9. Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’ (ProPublica, 14 Sep 2017)
  10. Getting Started with the Facebook Pixel (Facebook Developer Info)
  11. T-Mobile increases unlimited data cap from 32GB to 50GB (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  12. Tester Demands Answers From Verizon After Montanans Receive Termination Letters (Website of Senator Tester)
  13. Bamboozled: Why the Equifax hack is a really, really big deal (NJ.com, 14 Sep 2017)
  14. Credit Freeze Information by State by TransUnion
  15. Use www.annualcreditreport.com (free) not www.creditreport.com (commercial site)
  16. Avast reckons CCleaner malware infected 2.27M users (TechCrunch, 18 Sep 2017)
  17. Alternatives to CCleaner
  18. 7 ways admins can help secure accounts against phishing in G Suite (Google, 8 Sep 2017)
  19. Hackable Podcast Episode 3: Locked Out ( on Ransomware, by McAfee, 29 Aug 2017)
  20. Paper ballots are back in vogue thanks to Russian hacking fears (USA Today, 19 September 2017)
  21. How To Update Your iPhone To iOS 11 (Wired, 19 September 2017)
  22. PSA: Your Older 32-Bit Apps Won’t Launch After Installing iOS 11 Tomorrow (MacRumors, 18 Sep 2017)
  23. iOS 11 Review: 10 Things to Try (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  24. Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote with new iOS 11 features (9to5 Mac, 09/19/2017)
  25. tvOS 11: tvOS 11 update for Apple TV is now available, here’s everything new (9to5Mac, 09/19/2017)
  26. iPhone 8 Vs iPhone 7: What’s The Difference? (Forbes, 18 Sep 2017)
  27. Review: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (Wired; 19 September 2017)
  28. Google sets Pixel 2 launch event for October 4th (Verge, 14 Sep 2017)
  29. Google Pixel 2 Event Could Bring More Surprises Than The iPhone X (Valuewalk, 18 Sep 2017)
  30. Google Pixel 2 Official Teaser Video: “Funny you should ask”
  31. Google Pixelbook leak reveals a high-end Chromebook with stylus support (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  32. CRISPR reveals genetic master switches behind butterfly wing patterns (Nature, 18 Sep 2017)
  33. Geneticists Have Used CRISPR Gene Editing to Create Crops That Grow More Food (Futurism, 14 Sep 2017)
  34. Doubts raised over validity of CRISPR-edited human embryo study (Chemical and Engineering News, 18 Sep 2017)
  35. [VIDEO] Are GMOs Good or Bad? Genetic Engineering & Our Food (9 min – by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell)
  36. Watch as streaming TV services are increasingly winning the top Emmys (Recode, 18 September 2017)
  37. Geek of the Week from Jason: 3d from 2d Using AI, from The University of Nottingham and Kingston University: Verge, 09/19/2017; Jason’s Test
  38. Geeks of the Week from Wes: Via Connect Pro ($800) and Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2 ($44), Password Alert extension for Google Chrome (free)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 63

Welcome to episode 63 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 30, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed iPhone 9 rumors, Apple’s recent Emmy Award, CRISPR and human DNA embryo editing (“DNA surgery”), fake news surrounding Hurricane Harvey, and Google’s forthcoming Chromebook Pixel laptop. Additional topics included the newly announced collaboration between Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana and YouTube updates removing black bars on vertical videos. Geeks of the week included the Blue Yeti Mic and a $26 HDMI to Component Video converter with the power to rescuccitate a HDMI-disabled flatscreen TV. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.

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. Are you ready for $1,000 smartphones? (USA Today, 29 August 2017)
  9. Apple’s TV plans are still stuck in neutral (Recode, 29 August 2017)
  10. Apple wins technical Emmy award for Siri’s integration w/ Apple TV (9 to 5 Mac)
  11. Why Apple’s Sept. 12 iPhone event is its most important in years (Recode, 28 August 2017)
  12. Goodbye, home button: iPhone 8 may be more radical than thought (CNet, 30 August 2017)
  13. Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos (NPR, 18 August 2017)
  14. Fake Photographs: Hurricane Harvey Edition (Snopes, August 2017)
  15. Rough Translation Podcast by NPR (more on Fake News)
  16. Google’s Upcoming Chromebook Pixel: How Much Would You Pay? (Chrome Unboxed, 27 August 2017)
  17. Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are going to work together (Recode, 30 August 2017)
  18. An Alexa And Cortana Team-Up Won’t Get Far Without A Phone (Wired 30 August 2017)
  19. YouTube Update Gets Rid of Black Bars on Vertical Videos (PC Magazine, 29 August)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Yeti Mic: http://amzn.to/2wk8Ekt
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Portta HDMI to YPbPr Component RGB ($26) s/o to Chromecast! ($35)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 53

Welcome to episode 53 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 24, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed more takeaways from the recent Google I/O event, genomics and biotechnology news involving CRISPR and DARPA, artificial intelligence advances by Google, and updates to the Surface Pro line by Microsoft amidst forthcoming rumors of MacBook updates at WWDC in June by Apple. They also talked about recent “bot blunders” (related to AI and machine learning), ongoing fake news challenges to information validation (thanks Newt Gingrich), a company demonstrating the potential for journalism platforms to make money with a subscription model, and the interesting ways Apple is reinventing its retail experience in malls for post-modern (and online) shoppers. Geeks of the week included the Burstio app for iOS (Wes) and the “Amazon Basics” product line (Jason). The next few weeks we’ll be having some guests on the show and may alter our start times, so please follow @edtechSR on Twitter to stay updated about changes. As always thanks for tuning in and please share your feedback!

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. It’s true: Gmail can now reply to emails for you (CNET, 17 May 2017)
  9. Google’s Perfect Future Will Always Be Just Around The Corner by @pierce (Wired, 19 May 2017)
  10. [VIDEO] Past, Present and Future of AI / Machine Learning (Google I/O ’17)
  11. [VIDEO] Inspire Your Students with the 2017 Google I/O Opening Animated Video (@wfryer, 18 May 2017)
  12. [VIDEO] Watch Boston Dynamics’ dog-like robot do party tricks (Tech Insider, 19 May 2017)
  13. [VIDEO] Introducing Handle (Boston Dynamics, 27 Feb 2017)
  14. The best part of Google’s conference was a teen who taught himself to code to diagnose cancer (Business Insider, 17 May 2017)
  15. Nvidia Metropolis video analytics paves the way for AI cities (Venturebeat, May 8, 2017)
  16. [VIDEO] Deepmind CEO: Artificial Intelligence (AI) invents new knowledge & teaches human new theories (13 April 2017)
  17. Google parent company Alphabet has made the most AI acquisitions (ReCode, 19 May 2017)
  18. Jessica Lessin built a business to prove information doesn’t have to be free (Recode, 18 May 2017)
  19. Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro ahead of Apple Mac & iPad Pro refreshes (AppleInsider, 22 May 2017)
  20. Apple to update MacBooks at WWDC 2017, including possible Air, Pro refreshes (AppleInsider, 16 May 2017)
  21. Microsoft is placing a big bet on its new Surface family (The Verge, 23 May 2017)
  22. [VIDEO] Interview with Angela Ahrendts, Senior VP of Apple Retail (11 min, LinkedIn)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Amazon Basics Products
  24. Wes’s Geek of the Week: Burstio for iOS (via CNET) – Example with USAF Thunderbirds

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