EdTech Situation Room Episode 135

Welcome to episode 135 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 22, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the threat posed by cyberattacks in the airline industry, a recent ransomware attack on Oklahoma City Public Schools (@okcps), and revelations of Google storing passwords as plaintext for over a decade. Wes discussed some of his takeaways from a recent Oklahoma education cybersecurity workshop, the importance of cybersecurity jobs, continued troubles with Microsoft Windows10 updates, and the security value of adding a recovery phone number to your Google account. The announced ban of Chinese telecommunications technologies from the US Government this week affecting Huawei (among other companies), the US Supreme Court ruling against Apple involving their App Store monopoly lawsuit, ChromeOS news from Adobe, and some eye opening statistics about eSports and the earnings of young gamers rounded out the show topics. Geeks of the Week included SuperHosts from AirBnB, TextExpander for Chrome, and a great video from Derek Muller (@veritasium) explaining big changes to the YouTube algorithm affecting creators, viewers, and the overall quality of YouTube video content. 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 CEO of Delta Air Lines Was Asked What He Worries About Most. His Answer Will Truly Frighten Customers (Inc., 19 May 2019)
  9. After seven days, OKCPS says network “fully operational” after attack (Free Press OKC, 21 May 2019)
  10. Google stored some passwords in plain text for fourteen years (The Verge, 21 May 2019)
  11. Why some of the world’s top cybersecurity hackers are being paid millions to use their powers for good (CNBC, 18 May 2019)
  12. Tweets, reflections and resources from the Oklahoma Council of Educational Technology Leaders (OCETL) CTO Forum on 26 April 2019 in Moore, Oklahoma (shared by Wes)
  13. Google stats show how much a recovery number prevents phishing (Engadget, 18 May 2019)
  14. Google stats show how much a recovery number prevents phishing (Engadget, 18 May 2019)
  15. China’s Huawei, 70 affiliates placed on U.S. trade blacklist (Reuters, 15 May 2019)
  16. Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist (Reuters, 19 May 2019)
  17. Huawei already seeing a reprieve on US trade ban, report says (CNet, 21 May 2019)
  18. Why Trump’s Huawei ban could cripple the company (Mashable, 20 May 2019)
  19. Supreme Court says Apple will have to face App Store monopoly lawsuit (Verge, 13 May 2019)
  20. Adobe Premiere Rush Lands On Android Today, Chromebooks Support Coming Soon (Chrome Unboxed; 21 May 2019)
  21. Why Prices Of Google’s Cheap Chromebooks Will Rise In The Long Term (Forbes; 19 May 2019)
  22. Some publishers pay streamers as much as $50k an hour to play new games (Gamasutra, 20 May 2019)
  23. Pro Fortnite player sues gaming organization over ‘oppressive’ contract (CNet, 20 May 2019)
  24. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Use “SuperHosts” with AirBNB and TextExpander for Chrome
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] My Video Went Viral. Here’s Why by @veritasium
Photo by Shahadat Shemul on Unsplash

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)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 92

Welcome to episode 92 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 25, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new national standards for online courses in the USA, a strange case of liability for an ewaste recycler, exciting updates for Gmail from Google, and several other tidbits of Google news. These included the movie editor in Google Photos, controversy at Google over proposed AI contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, and a strange Gmail spam issue which modified email headers so new messages showed up as “sent mail.” Forthcoming updates to the YouTube Kids app featuring human-moderated channels and a new Google Tasks update rounded out the Google focused news updates. On the Apple front, Tim Cook’s announcement that MacOS and iOS will NOT be merging was mentioned, along with sizable reported profits from the iOS port of the game Fortnite. A few thoughts about SmugMug’s recent purchase of Flickr from Verizon were shared. Security hacks including hotel door locks and home wifi routers by Russian agents were also discussed. It was great to have Jason back after a multi-week hiatus as he completed his dissertation, which he’s scheduled to defend in early May. Follow the show on Twitter @edtechSR for updates and please try and join us live on Wednesday evenings if you can on YouTube Live. Thanks for watching / listening!

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. K-12 National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Teaching and Program to be Revised by QM and VLLA
  9. Electronics-recycling innovator faces prison for trying to extend computers’ lives (Los Angeles Times, 25 April 2018)
  10. 5 New Gmail Features to Check Out Now (PC Magazine, 25 April 2018)
  11. Gmail’s biggest redesign is now live (The Verge, 25 April 2018)
  12. How to enable the new Gmail right now (The Verge, 25 April 2018)
  13. Google Photos is rolling out a friendlier and more powerful movie editor (Android Police, 20 April 2018)
  14. Google is Pursuing the Pentagon’s Giant Cloud Contract Quietly, Fearing An Employee Revolt (NextGov, 13 April 2018)
  15. Gmail accounts appear to send out spam, and their owners are baffled (Mashable, 22 April 2018)
  16. YouTube Kids adding human curated channel collections, more parental restrictions (9 to 5 Google, 25 April 2018)
  17. Google debuts a standalone to-do app, Google Tasks (TechCrunch; 25 April 2018)
  18. Making Media Mondays at Casady School
  19. Tim Cook says Apple won’t merge Mac and iPad (AppleInsider, 19 April 2018)
  20. iOS release of ‘Fortnite’ rakes in over $25M in first 30 days (AppleInsider, 18 April 2018)
  21. Flickr acquired by professional photo hosting service SmugMug (The Verge, 20 April 2018)
  22. Flickr has been sold after 13 years at Yahoo. Can Flickr be relevant again? (Recode, 20 April 2018)
  23. PSA: There’s a new fake Flash Player installer for Macs, and it’s nastier than usual (9 to 5 Mac; 25 April 2018)
  24. Hotel door locks worldwide were vulnerable to hack (BBC News; 25 April 2018)
  25. Has a Russian intelligence agent hacked your wifi? (The Guardian, 17 April 2018)
  26. US, UK warn of Russian hackers targeting millions of routers (CNet, 16 April 2018)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Spotify Free
  28. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Wordable and Mentimeter (h/t @kjarrett)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 87

Welcome to episode 87 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 28, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed news from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, net neutrality debate in the U.S. Congress, the forthcoming freemium option in Microsoft Teams, and new Chromebooks from Lenovo. Additional topics included Facebook’s facial recognition features, outlier conspiracy theories focusing on the recent Florida school shooting fueled by social media, and YouTube’s reinvigorated policing of videos required to adhere to community guidelines. Challenges for Android OS security, a possible replacement of Android OS by Google (with Flutter), and the prevalence of “credential stuffing” with online accounts rounded out the show’s main topics. Geeks of the week included a new Google MOOC focusing on AI and machine learning, compatibility of Mac Magic trackpads with Chromebooks, and the free Google Docs Add-On “OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates on our show. Thanks for viewing / listening!

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. How To Turn Off Facebook’s Face Recognition Features (Wired, 28 Feb 18)
  9. Catfishing (English WikiPedia)
  10. We studied thousands of anonymous posts about the Parkland attack — and found a conspiracy in the making (WaPo, 28 February 2018)
  11. YouTube says new moderators might have mistakenly purged right-wing channels (Verge, 28 Feb 2018)
  12. Embedding a tweet could be copyright infringement, says new court ruling (Verge, 16 Feb 2018)
  13. How to get around the Google Arts & Culture app’s block on Texas and Illinois (Houston Chronicle, 17 January 2018)
  14. The best and worst of Mobile World Congress 2018 (The Verge, 28 Feb 18)
  15. These will be the first cities getting 5G from Sprint and T-Mobile (Techcrunch, 27 Feb 2018)
  16. The Senate’s big fight over net neutrality officially starts today (The Verge, 27 February 2018)
  17. Microsoft’s Slack competitor might get a free version soon (The Verge, 27 February 2018)
  18. Lenovo’s rugged Chromebooks for schools make note-taking a breeze (The Verge, 26 February 2018)
  19. Lenovo’s New Chromebooks Are Official And Priced To Sell (Chrome Unboxed, 26 Feb 2018)
  20. Only two Android brands score reasonably well in analysis of security updates (9 to 5 Google, 28 February 2018)
  21. Is Google quietly laying the groundwork for Android’s demise? (Boy Genius Report, 28 Feb 2018)
  22. Cybersecurity Enforcers Wake Up to Unauthorized Computer Access Via Credential Stuffing (Big Law Business, 20 Feb 2018)
  23. 1Password now lets you see if your password has been leaked (Engadget, 23 Feb 2018) – based on haveibeenpwned.com
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Learn with Google AI: Making ML education available to everyone
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric (via @ericcurts)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 50

Welcome to episode 50 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 3, 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), Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) discussed today’s widespread Google Docs phishing attack, Microsoft’s newly announced Windows-S operating system, new Microsoft laptop announcements targeting the Chromebook market and MacBook users, and recent controversy regarding the website Unroll.me selling anonymized user data to advertisers. They also discussed Mark Zuckerberg’s recent forecast for the future of social media and screens (mixed-reality), a new Kickstarter campaign (Jelly, The Smallest 4G Smartphone), and cybersecurity. Geeks of the week included Google Trips (Jason), the Clips app for iPhone (Wes), and the Pocket Video from iOS (Ben). Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates and show date/time changes. Normally we’re LIVE on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific. Please join us live if your schedule permits for our upcoming shows!

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. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) – learningischange.com
  9. Google Docs users hit with sophisticated phishing attack (The Verge, 3 May 2017)
  10. Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S: Everything Microsoft just revealed (CNet, 2 May 2017)   …anyone with Windows Pro can download Windows 10 S
  11. Microsoft unveils $999 Surface Laptop running Windows 10 S (The Verge, 2 May 2017)
  12. The smartphone is eventually going to die — this is Mark Zuckerberg’s crazy vision for what comes next (Business Insider, 23 April 2017)
  13. How to Secure Your Online Accounts By Revoking Access From Third-Party Apps (Lifehacker, 25 April 2017)
  14. The uproar over Unroll.me selling user data to Uber shows most people don’t understand ad-based business models (Recode, 29 April 2017)
  15. Jelly, The Smallest 4G Smartphone (Kickstarter)
  16. Wes’ notes from the 2017 ATLIS Conference: wfryer.me/atlis17 (also a reflective summary podcast)
  17. Slides and resources for Wes’ May 3 webinar “Minecraft in the Classroom”
  18. Check whether your email accounts have been hacked / compromised: https://haveibeenpwned.com
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Trips: Android; iOS
  20. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Clips App for iPhone (goofy example of speech to text video with Clips by Wes)
  21. Ben’s Geek of the Week: Pocket Video for iOS