EdTech Situation Room Episode 19

Welcome to episode 19 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 17, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed a heartwarming story from the Rio Olympics, the role (or non-role) of videoconferencing and live streaming in many K12 classrooms, the shutdown of Blab and the migration of Google Hangouts from Google+ to YouTube Live. Additional topics included the DMCA and “safe harbor” in the recording industry’s latest efforts to increase their take of streaming music revenues from YouTube, Verizon’s efforts to become a media company, the imminent arrival of Android apps to a Chromebook near you, and the effects of both social media and mobile screens on young minds. Geeks of the week included Remind.com and playposit.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date upcoming live shows. Please reach out to us via Twitter and let us what you liked about the show and what you’d like to hear about in future episodes! Check out our shownotes on http://edtechsr.com/links.


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  4. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  5. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  6. South And North Korea Gymnasts’ Selfie Scores A 10 For Diplomacy “This is why we do the Olympics.” (Huffington Post, 8 August 2016)
  7. Blab shuts down, founders promise new app on the way (TechCrunch, 14 August 2016)
  8. Hangouts On Air moving from Google+ to YouTube Live (YouTube Help)
  9. Why Taylor Swift Is Asking Congress To Update Copyright Laws (NPR, 8 August 2016)
  10. The Music Industry’s New War Is About So Much More Than Copyright (Wired, 11 August 2016)
  11. Verizon’s Metamorphosis: Can You See Me As A Tech Giant Now? (NPR, 9 August 2016)
  12. Attention, College Students: Chromebooks Are About to Get Awesome (Wired, 12 August 2016)
  13. The Google Play store, coming to a Chromebook near you (Google Chrome Blog, 19 May 2016)
  14. Researchers Study Effects Of Social Media On Young Minds (NPR, 9 August 2016)
  15. Summer Camps Struggle To Enforce Bans On Screen Time (NPR, 11 August 2016)
  16. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Seen Remind, lately? If not, it keeps getting even more awesome!
  17. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: PlayPosit: Interactive Video Learning (via @BlackDogOKC) and iPad Cart Setup Steps with Apple Configurator 2 and Meraki MDM (August 2016)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 9

Welcome to episode 9 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 27, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed artificial intelligence, social media content moderation, cell phone hacking, open educational resources, and the demise of desktop PCs – and how each of these newsworthy developments relate to classrooms and schools. Jason shared The FiveThirtyEight Blog as his Geek of the Week, Wes shared Nuzzel and the “Full Spectrum Entry-Level Laser Cutter” as his Geeks of the Week. Tune in next Wednesday night at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain for more insightful analysis of the week’s technology new stories from Jason and Wes!


  1. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  2. Watch Episode 9 on YouTube
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes)
  4. Video podcast feed
  5. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Subscribe to @edtechSR on Blab.im
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. No lawyer? This online tool uses AI to review your contracts (CIO – 19 Apr 2016)
  10. Can AI fix education? We asked Bill Gates (The Verge – 25 April 2016)
  11. EdReady Montana http://edreadymontana.org and EdReady https://edready.org
  12. The NROC Project http://thenrocproject.org (@thenrocproject)
  13. DreamBox for Math (adaptive learning platform) http://www.dreambox.com
  14. Your Personal Sim: Pt 1  – Your Attention Please The Brave New World of Smart Agents and their Data by John Smart @johnmsmart (Medium – 6 April 2016)
  15. 9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us (by Will Richardson)
  16. Social Media: Moderating Facebook: The Dark Side of Social Media (April 2015)
  17. Intel to cut 11% of workforce (Re/Code – 19 April 2016)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The FiveThirtyEight Blog
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Nuzzel reccs from Wes’ friends and Full Spectrum Entry-Level Laser Cutter – $3500 (@fullspeclaser) – see it’s big brother in action!