EdTech Situation Room Episode 143

Welcome to episode 143 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 31, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s proposed “SMART Act” (the Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act), the state of adblocking online in mid-2019, and amazing developments in the world of eSports with a recent Fortnight payout of over $30 million for a single tournament. Apple’s quarterly announcements including its continued transition to services for revenue, the implications of those trends for Apple portable hardware in schools, and ChromeOS updates including facial recognition “face unlock” as well as continued changes to default Flash support were also highlighted. Additional headlines analyzed during the show included FaceApp’s terms of service and privacy implications for users, the FTC’s class action lawsuit settlement against Equifax, Google’s banning of certain DIY advertisements for iFixIt, continued calls for smartphone backdoor encryption by the US Department of Justice, and an incredible “classified artificial brain” project underway by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in the United States. Geeks of the Week included the “Unreal Mobile” smartphone service, the new website “”Hack the Moon,” and the podcast “Your Undivided Attention.” With the impending demise of “Google Hangouts on Air” for YouTube Live, this was our first show to use StreamYard.com as well as Restream.io to both live stream and archive our show simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Josh Hawley’s bill to limit your Twitter time to 30 minutes a day, explained (Recode, 31 July 2019)
  9. A lawmaker wants to end ‘social media addiction’ by killing features that enable mindless scrolling (Washington Post, 30 July 2019)
  10. How Phones Made the World Your Office, Like It or Not (New York Times, 31 July 2019)
  11. Fortnite World Cup has handed out $30 million in prizes, and cemented its spot in the culture (TechCrunch, 28 July 2019)
  12. Kyle Bugha Giersdorf 16 wins Fortnite World Cup singles and $3 million (ESPN, 28 July 2019)
  13. Esports celebs, influencers could push prize pools to new heights (ESPN, 28 July 2019)
  14. Adblocking: How About Nah? (EFF, 25 July 2019)
  15. The iPhone now makes up less than half of Apple’s business (The Verge, 30 July 2019)
  16. Apple Card: company reveals credit card launching next month (The Guardian, 30 July 2019)
  17. Google Chrome 76 arrives, makes it harder to use Flash and easier to dodge paywalls (The Verge, 30 July 2019)
  18. Face Unlock Coming Soon To Chrome OS And May Debut With ‘atlas’ Alongside Pixel 4 (ChromeUnboxed, 31 July 2019)
  19. FaceApp: Deleting it doesn’t mean you get your data back (CNN Business, 26 July 2019)
  20. FTC says ‘you will be disappointed’ if you choose $125 for Equifax payout (Verge, 31 July 2019)
  21. Equifax Breach Official Claim Filing Website (FTC)
  22. An Open Letter to the FTC on Google’s Banning of Repair Business Ads (iFixit; 16 July 2019)
  23. Tech firms “can and must” put backdoors in encryption, AG Barr says (ArsTechnica, 23 July 2019)
  24. IT’S SENTIENT: Meet the classified artificial brain being developed by US intelligence programs (Verge, 31 July 2019)
  25. Japan once again shoots a bullet at an asteroid… and the video is amazing (SyFyWire, 29 July 2019)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Unreal Mobile
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Hack The Moon (@wehackthemoon) – VIDEO: “Deciphering The Vast Scale of the Universe” and Your Undivided Attention Podcast (@HumaneTech_)
  28. Our livestreaming tools: StreamYard.com and Restream.io

EdTech Situation Room Episode 120

Welcome to episode 120 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 3, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed 2018 “Tech Report Cards” from the Verge on Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft. The proliferation of bots and fake content online, and the challenges this presents for online media metrics as well as media literacy, was highlighted. The release of thousands of works into the public domain in the United States, thanks to the non-renewal of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, and an instance of ground-breaking brain surgery rounded out topics for the show. Geeks of the week included an article sharing tips for getting the most out of your Amazon Kindle eReader, and the open source software Burn for MacOS. 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. The Verge 2018 Tech Report Cards: AppleGoogleFacebookAmazonMicrosoft
  9. iPhone XR Sales Crash Increases Apple’s Neverending Nightmare (Forbes, 17 Dec 2018)
  10. Apple says cheap battery replacements hurt iPhone sales (The Verge, 2 January 2019)
  11. Five Ways to Look at Apple’s Surprise Bad News (The Atlantic, 2 Jan 2019)
  12. iOS 2022 (Robert Scoble, 10 Nov 2018)
  13. Why parents and students are protesting an online learning program backed by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook (Washington Post, 20 Dec 2018)
  14. The year in tech: Facebook, Facebook, Facebook (Columbia Journalism Review, 27 Dec 2018)
  15. Amazon Is Paying People $20 an Hour to Deliver Packages Using Their Own Cars — and the Competition Is Cutthroat (Time, 17 Dec 2018)
  16. How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually. (NY Magazine, 26 Dec 2018)
  17. Mickey Mouse and Batman will soon be public domain—here’s what that means (ArsTechnica, 1 Jan 2019)
  18. Public Domain Day advent calendar #14: Tarzan and the Golden Lion by Edgar Rice Burroughs (John Mark Ockerbloom, 14 Dec 2018)
  19. How to Download the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain (Motherboard, 2 Jan 2018)
  20. Guitarist Has Brain Surgery, and Strums All the Way Through (NYTimes, 21 Dec 2018)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: New Kindle?  Use it to the max!
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Burn (open source DVD burning software for MacOS)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 113

Welcome to episode 113 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 7, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Jason Kern (@jasonmkern) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics for the show included virtual reality in the classroom, the use of social media worldwide to radicalize politics, hardware updates from Apple’s special event last week, and our need for media literacy everywhere. Anya Kamenetz’ excellent response article, “What the Times got wrong about kids and phones” was also highlighted. Professional courtesy with cell phones at meetings and in the classroom, the NetFlix documentary “The Eighties,” and Flickr’s important announcement about free and pro accounts rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included free “Unity” software licenses for schools, Raspberry Pi projects, the browser extension “OneTab,” and the “Pulse” SMS app on Android. 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.

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 Kern (@JasonMKern) – blog: jasonmkern.com
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. ASU Online biology course is first to offer virtual-reality lab in Google partnership (ASU, 23 Aug 2018)
  10. Virtual Reality: A Safe Place to Learn (ATD, 5 Nov 2018)
  11. Can virtual reality revolutionize education? (CNN, 1 Nov 2018)
  12. Giving Classroom Experiences (Like VR) More … Dimension (Inside Higher Ed, 2 Nov 2018)
  13. Ready Player One (2018 – IMDB)
  14. Apple Abandons the Mass Market, as the iPhone Turns Luxury (Wired, 3 Nov 2018)
  15. The new MacBook Air answers fans’ hopes and gripes (FastCompany, 30 Oct 2018)
  16. What can you connect to the new iPad Pro with USB-C? (9 to 5 Mac, 7 Nov 2018)
  17. This Is How We Radicalized The World (BuzzFeedNews, 28 Oct 2018)
  18. We Should Teach Media Literacy in Elementary School (Scientific American, 7 Nov 2018)
  19. What the Times got wrong about kids and phones (Columbia Journalism Review, 5 Nov 2018)
  20. The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life by Anya Kamenetz (@anya1anya)
  21. A sharper focus for Flickr (Flickr blog, 1 Nov 2018)
  22. Flickr promises it won’t delete Creative Commons photos when it limits free storage (The Verge, 7 Nov 2018)
  23. Professional Courtesy Video (Edutopia video, Apr 24, 2017)
  24. Documentary “The Eighties” on Netflix
  25. Jason Kern’s Geeks of the Week: Free Unity Licenses for Schools and Raspberry Pi Projects
  26. Jason Neiffer’s Geek of the Week: Pulse SMS App on Android
  27. Wes Fryer’s Geek of the Week: OneTab Browser Extension (Example)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 112

Welcome to episode 112 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 24, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Jennifer Carey (@thejencarey) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included data privacy, the “hackability” of the human mind, the recent FBI warning on student data privacy, and Tim Cook’s recent criticism of Silicon Valley over privacy. Additional topics included a U.S. cyberoperation against Russia aimed at protecting U.S. elections, the book “Algorithms of Oppression” by Safiya Umoja Noble, and fake news surrounding the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Geeks of the week included CoSpaces Edu, “PD in the Privy” by Cyndi Kuhn, Digital Citizenship presentations for students by Wes, and tips from the Family Online Safety Institute for cleaning up your digital footprint. Check out our shownotes on edtechSR.com/links. 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. Note we will not have a show next week on Halloween, but will be back on November 7th with special guest, Jason Kern!

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. Jennifer Carey (@thejencarey) – blog: indianajen.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. When Tech Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself (Wired, 4 Oct 2018)
  9. VIDEO version: How Humans Get Hacked: Yuval Noah Harari & Tristan Harris Talk with WIRED (@harari_yuval & @tristanharris)
  10. FBI Warning on Educational Technology and Student Data Security (FBI 13 Sept 2018)
  11. Google is Teaching Children how to Behave Online. Is it the best Role Model? (New York Times, 23 Oct 2018)
  12. Tim Cook Blasts Silicon Valley over Privacy (Washington Post, 24 Oct 2018)
  13. U.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections (NYimes, 23 Oct 2018)
  14. Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble (@safiyanoble)
  15. Fake news, phony facts: Some of the things the media got wrong on Khashoggi (Arab News, 15 Oct 2018)
  16. Why Apple Watch link to Jamal Khashoggi ‘killing’ is unlikely (BBC, 14 Oct 2018)
  17. “Don’t Mourn Kashoggi” Inside the Feverish Cesspool of the Pro-Saudi Right (Vanity Fair Oc 2018)
  18. Jen’s Geek of the Week: CoSpaces Edu
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “PD in the Privy” by @cyndidannerkuhn, Presentations on Digital Citizenship for Studentsand Clean Up Your Digital Footprint by @FOSI

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EdTech Situation Room Episode 111

Welcome to episode 111 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 17, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Beth Holland (@brholland) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens, as well as a variety of educational issues relating to digital citizenship and digital equity. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included algorithmic literacy, privacy, digital equity, digital citizenship, media literacy, digital literacy, Internet safety, digital citizenship week, and more. Other topics included the National Educational Technology Plan, the ongoing code wars between nation states, and the power of social networks / human connections in unlocking opportunity and innovation. The digital divide in rural America, the perils of IoT cameras in our homes, the Media Education Lab’s Mind over Media Project, Imagineering in Storytelling, and geomaps of Lewis and Clark’s journey of discovery rounded out the week’s topics. Check out our shownotes on edtechSR.com/links. 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. Note we will be starting earlier than usual occasionally to accommodate guest schedules in upcoming weeks, so please check Twitter for those updates.

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. Beth Holland (@brholland) – blog: brholland.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. The Social Institute@thesocialinst
  9. Duck Duck Go (search engine without tracking social profiles)
  10. FireFox Focus (privacy-focused web browser)
  11. Friends Don’t Let Friends Use the Edge Web Browser (or Bing for Search) (Wes Fryer, 13 Oct 2018)
  12. Mind of Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda (by Renee Hobbs @reneehobbs and the Media Education Lab)
  13. Summer Institute in Digital Literacy by the Media Education Lab
  14. Free Speech in the Age of Algorithmic Megaphones (Wired, 12 Oct 2018)
  15. Family Online Safety Institute
  16. Winning And Losing The Code War – Interview with John P. Carlin (NPR 1A, 16 Oct 2018)
  17. Searching for Alternative Facts: Analyzing Scriptural Inference in Conservative News Practices (Data & Society, 2018)
  18. National Educational Technology Plan
  19. Higher Education Supplement to the National Education Technology Plan
  20. From Digital Divide to Innovation Divide (EdTech Researcher, 22 Sept 2018)
  21. About a quarter of rural Americans say access to high-speed internet is a major problem (Pew Research Center, 10 Sept 2018)
  22. Digital Equity Toolkit from CoSN
  23. Stanford History Education Group, Evaluating Information Executive Summary
  24. Facebook’s Portal Camera And The Growing Privacy Concerns Of Bringing Cameras Into Our Homes (Forbes, 8 Oct 2018)
  25. MLTalks: Experiential Storytelling with Walt Disney Imagineering (4 Oct 2018)
  26. The Lewis and Clark Trail from Space: NPS Story Map Journal (National Park Service)
  27. Beth’s Geeks of the Week: iCivics and Mind Over Media Project and Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Networks by Julia Freeland Fisher (@juliaffreeland)
  28. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Uni – Magic AI Friend: Relax in a magical world (iOS) and “Dawn of the Code War – America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat” by John P. Carlin & Garrett M. Graff ( – More #book2read reccs
  29.  Peggy George’s Geek of the Week Tiffany Whitehead (@librarian_tiff), “Fighting Fake News: Media Literacy for Students”

EdTech Situation Room Episode 109

Welcome to episode 109 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 3, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Tye Campbell (@TyeJCampbell) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included the recent “Presidential Emergency Text Alert,” paging and alert messaging at school, and Apple’s latest iOS 12 which brings improved performance at the price of faster battery consumption. The new screentime monitoring tools in iOS12, school conversations on digital citizenship relating to character education, and school partnerships with “The Social Institute” helping students, faculty and parents embrace a balanced approach to social media an technology were also discussed. A shout out to ATLIS (The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools) and their upcoming conference in April 2019 in Dallas, net neutrality in light of new European legislation relating to “the right to be forgotten” and the GDPR, protection of personal information / privacy, and digital identity verification via Yubikey were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included iOS 12 Screen Time Controls (Tye) and recommended actions for scholars who are victims of online trolling (Wes). Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. 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. Note we will be starting earlier than usual occasionally to accommodate guest schedules in upcoming weeks, so please check Twitter for those updates.

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. Tye Campbell (@TyeJCampbell) – LinkedIn
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Why you got a Trump text: FEMA’s new test alert, explained (CNet, 3 Oct 2018)
  9. Blackboard Connect Alert Messaging
  10. Informacast: Web & Office Emergency Paging System & Software
  11. iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2: It’s actually faster! (ArsTechnica, 17 Sept 2018)
  12. iOS 12, thoroughly reviewed (ArsTechnica, 17 Sep 2018)
  13. Apple TV’s new TVOS 12 is available now: What’s new and how to get it (CNET, 17 Sept 2018)
  14. Moment – Screen Time Tracker (iOS)
  15. The Social Institute: @thesocialinst (Facebook) (An organization focusing on digital citizenship, partnering with schools)
  16. DigCit.us (Digital Citizenship resource website from The Casady School in Oklahoma City)
  17. More Great Digital Citizenship Resources: @mattscullypdsdigitalcitizenship.org
  18. Gaggle: Safety Monitoring Technology Use at School
  19. Digital Health and Wellness: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach (Wes’ ATLIS 2017 session notes)
  20. “Suggested Discussion Questions” for our Upper and Middle Division teachers at Casady School addressing our revised Responsible Use Policy with students during advisory time.
  21. ATLIS Annual Conference 2019 (@theatlis)
  22. This European Ruling Could Break the Internet (Bloomberg, 1 Oct 2018)
  23. Trump admin claims Calif. net neutrality law causes “irreparable harm” to US (ARStechnica, 1 Oct 2018)
  24. Beware of Phishing Cell Phone Calls: Don’t Share Personal Info with Strangers (Wes’ blog post, 4 Oct 2018)
  25. Facebook Security Breach Exposes Accounts of 50 Million Users (NY Times, 28 Sept 2018)
  26. The Facebook Security Meltdown Exposes Way More Sites Than Facebook (Wired, 28 Sept 2018)
  27. The New Yubikey Will Help Kill The Password (Wired, 24 Sept 2018)
  28. Tye’s Geek of the Week: iOS 12 Screen Time Controls (Wired, 25 Sept 2018)
  29. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Trolling Attacks on Scholars – Faculty Action (Tips from the Univ of Illinois via @kay314159)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 108

Welcome to episode 108 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 26, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included Microsoft’s MakeCode resources, the crooked path of a YouTube star to fan fame on new media platforms, and the emergence of “deep fake” videos. If we had a show title based on the show conversations, it would likely be Miguel’s comment, “The boy turned away from Linux, I thought he was doomed!” Miguel and Wes also discussed the importance of students learning how to effectively and responsibly create video today, the recent European Human Rights Court ruling finding the mass surveillance of Great Britain’s GHCQ intelligence organization illegal that was originally highlighted by Edward Snowden, and the prospect of worldwide surveillance through drone monitoring. The Australian government’s new anti-encryption legislation, an FBI alarm on student data privacy, the launch of FireFox’s “Privacy Monitor,” and the feared demise of Evernote as a notetaking cloud platform were also discussed. Miguel set a new global record for podcast “Geek of the Week” shares, including Paranoia Works for personal encryption of data, the book Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez, Glary Utilities for WindowsOS management, an Amazing 1Note Link from Microsoft, the TCEA TechNotes Blog, and Joplin Notes. Wes’ Geek of the Week was “Learning Creative Learning,” a Free online course by MIT Media Lab starting 9 Oct 2018. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. 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. Note we will be starting earlier than usual occasionally to accommodate guest schedules in upcoming weeks, so please check Twitter for those updates.

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. Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) – blog: www.mguhlin.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Microsoft MakeCode: Hands-On Computing
  9. MakeCode for MicroBit
  10. YouTube star Brandon Rogers tells the inside story of his rise to 4.5 million subscribers, from his big break to clueless execs and Facebook’s one hilarious request (Business Insider, 25 Sept 2018)
  11. Tracking Down Fake Videos (NPR, 25 Sept 2018)
  12. Rachel’s YouTube Channel and TEDx Talk: Tales from a Teen Minecraft YouTuber
  13. David Warlick (@dwarlick) Raw Materials for the Mind
  14. GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules (Guardian, 13 Sept 2018)
  15. UK mass surveillance ruled unlawful in landmark judgment (Big Brother Watch, 13 Sept 2018)
  16. Edward Snowden (@snowden) – Freedom Press
  17. Australian Government Ignores Experts in Advancing Its Anti-Encryption Bill (EFF, 24 Sept 2018)
  18. ISTE Standards for Students
  19. FBI Raises Alarm on Ed Tech and Student Data Privacy, Security (Education Week, 13 Sept 2018)
  20. Wes’ TEDx talk: Digital Citizenship in the Surveillance State (Dec 2016)
  21. Google Cloud’s new AI chief is on a task force for AI military uses and believes we could monitor ‘pretty much the whole world’ with drones (Business Insider, 12 Sept 2018)
  22. Mozilla launches Firefox Monitor, its ‘Have I Been Pwned’ clone (The Next Web, 25 Sept 2018)
  23. Apple’s Bud Tribble to Offer Support for ‘Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation’ at Senate Hearing on Wednesday (MacRumors, 25 Sept 2018)
  24. An Oral History of Apple’s Infinite Loop (Wired, 16 Sept 2018)
  25. Evernote isn’t looking too healthy these days (BoingBoing, 19 Sept 2018)
  26. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week: Paranoia WorksKill Decision by Daniel Suarez (@itsDanielSuarez), Glary Utilities, an Amazing 1Note Link from Microsoft: http://ly.tcea.org/mie2018TCEA TechNotes Blog, and Joplin Notes
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Learning Creative Learning – Free online course by MIT Media Lab starting 9 Oct 2018 (60 second promo video)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 105

Welcome to episode 105 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 29, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the challenges of filtering / censoring Internet content at school and now (in the U.K.) at a national level through ISPs. The privacy perils and potential subpoena conflicts relating to cell phone location tracking, the ethical challenges of “native advertising” in podcasts, rumors of Apple removing 3D touch in forthcoming iPhones, and the security danger of sideloading Fortnight software on Android devices were also discussed. Final topics included the monstrous challenges facing Facebook in moderating user generated content on its platform worldwide for 2 billion people and the way Facebook is adopting a trustworthy scale for users in its fight against fake news. Geeks of the week included the Stikbot Studio app for iOS, Google Assistant’s “Tell me something good” new feature, YouTube’s new built-in screen monitoring / management tools, and the keyboard shortcut Control/Command K in Google Docs to add links. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. 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.

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. The U.K. Is About To Regulate Online Porn, and Free Speech Advocates Are Terrified (Time; 20 August 2018)
  9. Gaggle Safety Management
  10. Digital Citizenship Resources for Parents (including filtering tools / strategies) on DigCit.us
  11. To Catch A Robber, The FBI Attempted An Unprecedented Grab For Google Location Data (Forbes, 15 Aug 2018)
  12. How to start a community network – NYC Mesh
  13. End of a Legacy: Chromebook Pixel Updates Ceased (ChromeUnboxed; 28 August 2018)
  14. Ads for Podcasts Test the Line Between Story and Sponsor (NYTimes, 26 July 2018)
  15. “Today, Explained” – An Edgy New Vox Podcast to Compete with “The Daily” (New Yorker, 15 March 2018)
  16. Apple could remove 3D Touch from new iPhones, analyst says (The Verge, 27 August 2018)
  17. Apple to launch three new iPhones, Watch with larger screen, updated iPad Pros, says Bloomberg (The Verge, 27 August 2018)
  18. Android vulnerability leads to Google/Epic Games spat (ArsTechnica, 27 August 2018)
  19. The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People (Motherboard; 23 August 2018)
  20. Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1 (Washington Post, 21 Aug 2018)
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: StikBot Studio app for iOS and New Google Assistant feature: Hey Google, tell me something good and New YouTube Screentime Management Tools
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Control/Command K for Hyperlinks in Google Docs

EdTech Situation Room Episode 103

Welcome to episode 103 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 15, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed universities deploying smart assistants in student dorms to answer questions, the privacy concerns of smart assistants in educational contexts, and the shortcomings of the latest MacBook Pro laptops relative to Windows-based competitors. Rumors of dual-booting Chromebooks (also booting to Windows), whether or not social media platforms are “publishers,” and strategies to stop or avoid “stalking ads” on social media were also addressed. Social media / fake news controversies over the temporary (7 day) banning of Alex Jones / InfoWars on Twitter, hacker threats to home routers (VPNfilter) and IoT devices, the advent of Fortnite on ALL Android devices (but not via the Google Play Store), and Google’s location tracking of users who turn off location services rounded out the news articles addressed in this show. Geeks of the Week included the Timer Tab app (ad-free), an incredible photo of our sun during a “Coronal Mass Ejection” with the earth shown to scale, and the recent PBS documentary, “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville.” 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.

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. A University Is Putting 2,300 Echo Dots in Student Living Spaces and What Could Go Wrong? (Gizmodo, 15 Aug 2018)
  9. Resources on Privacy Issues for Smart Assistants in the Classroom: Common Sense Media Privacy (@cs_privacy) Bill Fitzgerald (@funnymonkey) and Susan Bearden (@s_bearden)
  10. 2018 MacBook Pro Owners Experiencing Crackling Audio (PC Magazine; 10 August 2018)
  11. HP, Dell, Microsoft Stay A Step Ahead Of The MacBook Pro: Three Metrics (Forbes, 12 Aug 2018)
  12. Chromebooks May Include Dual Boot Feature to Load Windows 10 (PC Magazine; 13 August 2018)
  13. Platforms Are Not Publishers (Jeff Jarvis, The Atlantic; 10 August 2018)
  14. Twitter suspends Alex Jones for urging people to keep “battle rifles” ready (ARStechnica, 15 Aug 2018)
  15. Are Targeted Ads Stalking You? Here’s How to Make Them Stop. (NYTimes, 15 Aug 2018)
  16. Free FoxIt Reader software (for PDFs)
  17. Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned (New York Times; 10 August 2018)
  18. Hackers could hijack devices using a laptop’s USB-C charger (TechRadar; 9 August 2018)
  19. Russian Military Spy Software is on Hundreds of Thousands of Home Routers (DefenseOne, 13 Aug 2018)
  20. Hackers account for 90% of login attempts at online retailers (Quartz, 18 July 2018)
  21. Your smart air conditioner could help bring down the power grid (CNET, 14 Aug 2018)
  22. How to Install Fortnite on Android (PC Magazine; 14 August 2018)
  23. Google tracks your movements, like it or not (AP, 13 Aug 2018)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Timer Tab
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville (PBS) and This Photo Of A Solar Coronal Mass Ejection Is Beyond Comprehension (Digg, 13 Aug 2018)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 94

Welcome to episode 94 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 9, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week newly minted Ph.D. Dr. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed lots of news from the Google IO developer’s conference, as well as news from the Microsoft Build Conference. The continued march of artificial intelligence is evident in the forthcoming release of Google Duplex, which was demonstrated at Google IO and allows your Google Assistant to make phone calls to real people and book appointments for things like haircuts and restaurant reservations. Google’s new Android P operating system will focus on wellness and greater awareness of screentime to promote healthy living. They also discussed Facebook’s “Sauron Alert” feature for employees, now called “Security Watchdog,” which is not available publicly but warns when someone is using content or personal information in unauthorized ways on the platform. Microsoft’s announcements for WindowsOS features which integrate with both Android phones as well as iPhones were discussed, as well as their efforts to bring machine learning benefits to all their applications. The use of AI technologies to potentially open up access to the Vatican’s Secret Library was highlighted, along with an older article (September 2017) from “The Conversation” about how software licensing restrictions affecting objects we purchase for our homes is bringing a property rights / intellectual property rights situation into our lives which is regressive and feudal in nature. Geeks of the week included open source software for DVD ripping (Handbrake) and YouTube video downloading (y2mate), as well as software for identifying and installing optimal Windows OS drivers on older computer systems (Snappy Driver Installer). Check out our shownotes for links to all referenced resources, and links to articles we didn’t have time to discuss in this week’s show on edtechSR.com/links. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us live weekly 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. Android P: An Exclusive First Look At Google’s Most Ambitious Update In Years (Verge, 8 May 2018)
  9. The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2018 (The Verge, 8 May 2018)
  10. Google Duplex Is Mesmerizing, Terrifying (Chrome Unboxed, 9 May 2018)
  11. Google Assistant making calls on your behalf (Nathan Sichilongo, 8 May 2018)
  12. Google Maps is getting augmented reality directions and recommendation features (Verge, 8 May 2018)
  13. For Facebook, Change Is Political. For Google, It’s Personal (Variety, 8 May 2018)
  14. 4 Big Takeaways From Google’s I/O Developer Conference Today (Fortune, 8 May 2018)
  15. Here’s everything Google unveiled at its biggest conference of the year (TechInsider, 9 May 2018)
  16. Facebook Has a ‘Sauron Alert’ to Protect Employees’ Privacy—But Not Yours (Gizmodo, 4 May 2018)
  17. Here’s how your iPhone, Android phone will work with Windows 10 PCs (CNET, 8 May 2018)
  18. Microsoft undercuts Apple and Google to offer Windows 10 app developers more money (The Verge, 8 May 2018)
  19. Microsoft continues its quest to bring machine learning to every application (Arts Technica, 7 May 2018)
  20. Microsoft Build: All the News You Need To Know (PC Magazine, 7 May 2018)
  21. Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives (The Atlantic, 30 April 2018)
  22. The ‘internet of things’ is sending us back to the Middle Ages (The Conversation, 5 September 2017)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Snappy Driver Installer
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Handbrake (for DVD ripping) and Y2Mate (YouTube video downloading)