EdTechSR Ep 214 Fair Use Victory

Welcome to episode 214 (“Fair Use Victory”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 7, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed a copyright/fair use victory for Google and software developers everywhere, Russia and China’s plans to host an in-person conference in June to further develop their plans for a joint lunar robotic base, and the departure of LG from the ranks of Android phone hardware manufacturers. Also in Google related news, the announced return of Google I/O (in virtual form) this May, new autosave features in Google Forms for enterprise education users, and a storage extension deadline for Google Workspace users were discussed topics. Apple’s forthcoming battery recalibration features in iOS 14.5 (for iPhone 11 and newer devices only,) the mechanics and carbon footprint of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) in the art world, and exciting connectivity / infrastructure / digital divide related announcements from T-Mobile and the Biden administration were also highlighted. On the social media front, Twitter’s “fleets” feature (announced back in November 2020,) Jack Dorsey’s infamous $2.9 million NFT sale, Twitter’s flirtation with subscription models, and the challenges posed to federal archival agencies by Twitter’s lifetime ban on President Trump’s past tweets were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included LineageOS (for older Android handset owners) and a mind-blowing article and podcast from the New York Times and “The Daily” on TikTok influencers and the global cosmetics industry. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. Supreme Court Hands Google A Win Over Oracle In Multibillion-Dollar Case (NPR, 5 Apr 2021)
  9. LG Had Few Smartphone Hits, But It’ll Still Be Missed (The Verge; 5 April 2021)
  10. Google I/O returns this May — but as a virtual event (The Verge; 7 April 2021)
  11. Google Forms To Autosave Response Progress Across Devices Because It Just Makes Sense (Chrome Unboxed; 2 April 2021) 
  12. Google Workspace Users Get Deadline For Storage Restrictions Extended (ChromeUnboxed; 5 April 2021)
  13. Russia continues discussions with China on lunar exploration cooperation (SpaceNews, 4 April 2021)
  14. I Asked the Head of Space Force What the Agency Has Done for Me Lately (NYTimes – Kara Swisher, 8 March 2021)
  15. NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter survives first freezing night on Mars (CNN, 5 April 2021)
  16. T-Mobile announces widespread launch of consumer Home Internet service (CNET, 7 April 2021)
  17. Biden’s Plan to Fix America’s Internet (The New York Times; 2 April 2021)
  18. The carbon footprint of creating and selling an NFT artwork (Quartz, 26 March 2021)
  19. What the Heck are NFTs? Let’s Ask Beeple. (NYT Kara Swisher “Sway” podcast, 22 Mar 2021)
  20. Hands-on: Here’s how iPhone battery recalibration works in iOS 14.5 (9 to 5 Mac; 1 April 2021)
  21. Twitter’s disappearing tweets, called Fleets, are now available for everyone (The Verge, 17 Nov 2020)
  22. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Sells First Tweet as Non-Fungible Token (Rolling Stone, 22 March 2021)
  23. Jack Dorsey sells his first tweet ever as an NFT for over $2.9 million (CNBC, 22 March 2021)
  24. Tech CEO says Twitter needs to go ‘all in’ on subscriptions (Market Watch, 22 Feb 2021)
  25. Twitter Won’t Let National Archives Repost Trump’s Tweets (Gizmodo, 7 April 2021)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: LineageOS
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: New York Times “The Daily” podcast episode, “The Beauty of 78.5 Million Followers”

EdTechSR Ep 213 Order Chromebooks NOW

Welcome to episode 213 (“Order Chromebooks NOW”) of the EdTech Situation Room from March 31, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed remote work post-pandemic, continuing electronic component shortages, proliferating firmware attacks, and President Biden’s new nationwide infrastructure package. AT&T’s lobbying efforts to perpetuate the digital divide (prevent a nationwide fiber rollout and keep “high speed Internet” definitions low at 10 Mbps), pundit dreams of a widened scope for Facebook’s Oversight Board, and Facebook’s proposed regulatory changes of Section 230 were also highlighted. The surprisingly small number of people responsible for most of the global anti-vaccination disinformation, the promise of USI styluses for Chromebooks, improvements to Google Drive search, and the challenges of long-term Android updates on smartphones were discussed as well. Google’s plans to refrain from April Fools Day video pranking for a second consecutive year, controversy over Amazon’s new biometric mandates for delivery drivers, and Parler’s recent user lessons on legal free speech, and a delightful Twitter bracket for “the greatest product of all time” (won by Google search) were topics rounding on the show. Geeks of the week included an article about The Louvre’s digitization of 482,000 Artworks, and the disturbing (but important) article by Lyz Lenz, “When The Mob Comes.” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. Remote Work Is Here to Stay. Manhattan May Never Be the Same (NY Times, 29 March 2021)
  9. Apple supplier Foxconn warns that component shortages will last until 2022 (The Verge; 30 March 2021)
  10. Firmware attacks are on the rise and you aren’t worrying about them enough (ZD Net; 31 March 2021)
  11. Biden plans to connect every American to broadband in new infrastructure package (The Verge; 31 March 2021)
  12. AT&T lobbies against nationwide fiber, says 10Mbps uploads are good enough (arsTechnica; 29 March 2021)
  13. If Mark Zuckerberg won’t fix Facebook’s algorithms problem, who will? (Recode / Vox, 26 March 2021)
  14. Mark Zuckerberg proposes limited 230 reforms ahead of congressional hearing (The Verge, 24 March 2021)
  15. 12 people are behind most of the anti-vaxxer disinformation you see on social media (Mashable, 24 March 2021)
  16. The Current State Of USI Pens On Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 30 March 2021)
  17. Google Drive Adds New Search Operators To Make Finding Specific Files Much Easier (Chrome Unboxed; 26 March 2021)
  18. Fairphone suggests Qualcomm is the biggest barrier to long-term Android support (arsTechnica; 25 March 2021)
  19. Google cancels April Fools (The Verge, 31 March 2021)
  20. Amazon driver quits, saying the final straw was the company’s new AI-powered truck cameras that can sense when workers yawn or don’t use a seatbelt (Business Insider; 19 March 2021)
  21. Amazon is asking drivers to sign a ‘biometric consent’ form — or lose their jobs (The Next Web, 24 March 2021)
  22. Parler explains ‘free speech’ to angry users after sharing Capitol riot posts with the FBI (Mashable, 28 March 2021)
  23. ‘Greatest product of all time’ bracket: Google Search beats Windows in finals [Updated] (9 to 5 Google)
  24. “When The Mob Comes” by Lyz Lenz (@lyzl)

EdTechSR Ep 212 NCCE 2021 Rocked

Welcome to episode 212 (“NCCE 2021 Rocked”) of the EdTech Situation Room from March 24, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the 2021 NCCE Conference, Google and Microsoft’s spat over Australian journalism row & payoff, and Twitter’s new entity in Turkey complying with local social media laws. Thoughtful articles analyzing the possibility of Donald Trump launching his own social media platform, a shout out to Kara Swisher’s January podcast interview with (now ousted) Parler CEO John Matze, the crowdsourcing website Sedition Hunter, and an excellent CNN article on preparing kids to use social media were also highlighted. Privacy issues with Clubhouse, Lenovo’s new Chromebooks for the education market, updated Google Photos AI capabilities, and on-going development of Google’s Fuchsia operating system were discussed. Updates to Google notifications, a costly Bitcoin scam, white hat hacker profits during the pandemic, China’s Microsoft Exchange server attack, Microsoft’s announced reopening of business offices, and exciting announcements about electric cars and batteries by Volkswagen rounded out the show. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. JunoLive Virtual Event Platform (used by NCCE 2021)
  9. Wes’ mega-Twitter thread of #ncce21 highlights and takeaways
  10. Google slams Microsoft for trying ‘to break the way the open web works’ (The Verge, 12 March 2021)
  11. Twitter creates an entity in Turkey to obey a social media law (Engadget, 20 March 2021)
  12. Trump Teases Starting His Own Social Media Platform. Here’s Why It’d Be Tough (NPR, 24 March 2021)
  13. Why Trump’s social media network will be an epic failure (The Next Web, 23 March 2021)
  14. Ousted CEO Matze sues Parler, claims board robbed him of millions (ArsTechnica, 24 March 2021)
  15. Podcast: “If You Were On Parler, You Saw The Mob Coming” (New York Times by Kara Swisher, 7 Jan 2021 – interview with John Matze)
  16. The Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (@ethanz)
  17. Sedition Hunter Perp Sheet (crowdsourced help for the FBI to identify 6 Jan 2021 US Capitol Insurrectionists)
  18. How to prepare kids for social media use (CNN, 23 March 2021)
  19. The Problem With Clubhouse (Vice, 10 Feb 2021)
  20. Google rubs it in with new Photos collection of all the pints you once enjoyed (The Verge; 24 March 2021)
  21. Lenovo launches four new Chromebooks aimed squarely at the education sector (9 to 5 Google; 24 March 2021)
  22. Fuchsia Friday: Google is preparing for Fuchsia’s first developer releases (9 to 5 Google; 19 March 2021)
  23. Google Chat Adds Granular Notification Controls So You Can Reclaim Your Sanity (Chrome Unboxed; 24 March 2021)
  24. Man Loses $560,000 in Bitcoin Scam From Fake Elon Musk Account (Entrepreneur, 18 March 2021)
  25. Covid: White hat bounty hackers become millionaires (BBC News, 10 March 2021)
  26. How China’s attack on Microsoft escalated into a “reckless” hacking spree (MIT Technology Review, 10 March 2021)
  27. Microsoft to start reopening headquarters on March 29th, with hybrid workplace focus (The Verge; 22 March 2021)
  28. With a Blockbuster Week, VW Has Ignited a New Phase in the Electric War (The Mobilist, 19 March 2021)
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Knaive USB Type C Magnetic Adapter
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Is This Legit? YouTube Playlist from MediaWise

EdTechSR Ep 211 Age of CyberWar

Welcome to episode 211 (“Age of CyberWar”) of the EdTech Situation Room from March 3, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed privacy issues raised by Clubhouse, Google’s professed commitment to privacy, and the Duck Duck Go Privacy app. Additional discussed articles included a sobering prophesy by the FireEye CEO on future cyberwar, how the “Blacklight” tool can reveal the extent of website tracking of consumers, and (thanks to Peggy George) an article about 12 essential apps to protect your online privacy. An update on the Apple M1 SSD writing issue, an effort by Arizona legislators to change Apple’s App Store payment policies, and the reopening of all 270 Apple stores in the United States were also highlighted. Chromebook and Google Family Link news and a new company promising to slash electric motor energy consumption rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included a student eBook project from Casady School seniors (in Oklahoma City) and an iOS/MacOS remote scanning solution. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. A Clubhouse Explainer: What Educators Should Know About the New Audio Chat App (EdWeek, 1 March 2021)
  9. Clubhouse in China: Is the data safe? (Stanford Internet Observatory Cyber Policy Center, 12 Feb 2021)
  10. Google promises it won’t just keep tracking you after replacing cookies (The Verge; 3 March 2021)
  11. Duck Duck Go Privacy App
  12. Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online (Axios; 28 February 2021)
  13. 87 percent of websites are tracking you. This new tool will let you run a creepiness check. (Washington Post, 25 Sep 2020) – via @pgeorge
  14. Blacklight by @themarkup
  15. 12 Essential Apps for Protecting Your Privacy Online (PC Magazine, 28 Jan 2021) – via @pgeorge
  16. The M1 Mac write issue: What’s going on with Apple’s SSDs? (ZDNet; 1 March 2021)
  17. Arizona advances bill forcing Apple and Google to allow Fortnite-style alternative payment options (The Verge; 3 March 2021)
  18. All 270 US Apple Stores are open for the first time since March 2020 (9 to 5 Mac, 1 March 2021)
  19. Apple Launches Service for Transferring iCloud Photos and Videos to Google Photos (MacRumors, 3 March 2021)
  20. The case for expensive Chromebooks (About Chromebooks; 25 February 2021)
  21. Google is making it easier to swap between user profiles in Chrome (The Verge; 2 March 2021)
  22. Google Family Link (addressed in “Learning with Google” on 18 Feb 2021)
  23. 10 years of Chromebooks and people still don’t know what they’re capable of (About Chromebooks; 19 February 2021)
  24. Firms backed by Robert Downey Jr. and Bill Gates have funded an electric motor company that slashes energy consumption (TechCrunch, 3 March 2021)
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Student Created Picture Books by Casady School Class of 2021 Seniors
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Today I learned the iPhone’s excellent document scanner can be controlled from a Mac (The Verge; 1 March 2021)

EdTechSR Ep 210 Facebook Re-friends Australia

Welcome to episode 210 (“Facebook Re-friends Australia”) of the EdTech Situation Room from February 24, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the closure of Fry’s Electronics Stores nationwide in the United States, and more details about updates and changes to “Google Workplace for Education” (the rebranded product suite formerly known as “Google Suite for Education” or GSFE.) Apple M1 processor SSD write woes, mysterious MacOS malware, “technology correction” updates from Australia involving major news publishers, Facebook and Google, and some other miscellaneous tech news stories. These included a more sophisticated procedure for using the gene editing tool CRISPR, contention between Canada and China over a vote on the “Uighur Genocide,” and another chapter in the tragic story of Google firing AI ethicist and researcher Timnit Gebru. Geeks of the Week included the New York Public Library Digital Collections, and season 3 of the Vox podcast series, “Land of the Giants” focusing on “The Google Empire,” its history and origin stories as well as its current trajectory. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. Fry’s Electronics is shutting its doors for good (The Verge; 24 February 2021)
  9. Elon Musk says Starlink internet speeds will double to 300Mbps this year (The Verge; 22 February 2021)
  10. I signed up for T-Mobile’s $50 unlimited home internet service. Here’s what happened (cNet; 24 February 2021)
  11. 50+ New Google for Education Features (Eric Curts, 22 Feb 2021)
  12. Learning with Google 2021 Discussion of Rostering & LMS Gradebook Sync (46 min, 8 sec)
  13. 10 years of Chromebooks and people still don’t know what they’re capable of (About Chromebooks; 19 February 2021)
  14. Chrome OS screen recording tool coming in March, 40 education Chromebooks set for this year (9 to 5 Google; 17 February 2021)
  15. Supervised YouTube for older kids and teens coming soon (9 to 5 Google; 24 February 2021)
  16. M1 Mac owners are experiencing extremely high SSD writes over short periods of time, likely thanks to aggressive swap (Linus Tech Tips Forums; 17 February 2021)
  17. New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped (Ars Technica; 22 February 2021)
  18. UPDATE: Facebook reverses ban on news pages in Australia (BBC News; 23 February 2021)
  19. Changes to Sharing and Viewing News on Facebook in Australia (Facebook Blog, 22 Feb 2021)
  20. The worldwide web as we know it may be ending (CNN Business; 24 February 2021)
  21. Researchers invent new gene-editing tool (Phys.org, 23 Feb 2021)
  22. Chinese ambassador denounces pending vote by Canadian MPs on Uighur genocide (Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Feb 2021)
  23. @mmitchell_ai’s essay on the Google AI Firing of  @timnitGebru
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: New York Public Library Digital Collections
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Podcast “Land of the Giants: the Google Empire”

EdTechSR Ep 209 Google Education Pivots

Welcome to episode 209 (“Google Education Pivots”) of the EdTech Situation Room from February 17, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google News including significant changes to PAID services for educational customers, privacy, security, Apple, podcasting and connectivity related news headlines. The LastPass password manager’s forthcoming change to STOP supporting free accounts with both mobile and laptop/desktop computer access was highlighted and lamented. “The Tech Correction” (of course) was also discussed. Geeks of the Week included a new “Doodle for Google” challenge and tips on how to get more space in your Google online storage quota. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. Wes’ sketchnote from Google’s “Learning with Google” event on 17 Feb 2021
  9. A peek at what’s next for Google Classroom (Google; 17 February 2021)
  10. Archived Video: Google Education’s “Learning with Google 2021 Event” from 18 Feb 2021
  11. Mac market share grew significantly last year, but Chromebooks pulled ahead (9 to 5 Mac; 17 February 2021)
  12. LastPass’ free tier will become a lot less useful next month (The Verge; 16 February 2021)
  13. Owner of app that hijacked millions of devices with one update exposes buy-to-infect scam (ZDNet; 17 February 2021)
  14. Tracker pixels in emails are now an ‘endemic’ privacy concern (ZDNet; 17 February 2021)
  15. Facebook will block Australian users and publishers from sharing news links in response to new bill (The Verge; 17 February 2021)
  16. Nevada Bill would allow tech companies to create governments (AP News, 3 Feb 2021)
  17. Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change (Wired, 15 Feb 2021)
  18. The podcast wars will come down to ad tech, not exclusive content (The Verge; 17 February 2021)
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: How to get more space in your Google storage (The Verge; 17 February 2021)
  20. Wes’s Geek of the Week: Doodle for Google! 1 More Week to Submit “I am STRONG because…)

EdTechSR Ep 208 North Dakota and Apple

Welcome to episode 208 (“North Dakota and Apple”) of the EdTech Situation Room from February 11, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed “The Technology Correction,” Apple News, Google Chrome and Chromebook news, and privacy updates, including Chrome’s forthcoming ban of third party browser cookies. Security news included a recent hacker attack of a Florida city water treatment plant, and a damning New York Times op-ed, “How the United States Lost to Hackers,” which details how the focus on offensive cyberattacks by US agencies and military units has opened a pandora’s box of cyber weapon capabilities which is utilized by a variety of nation-state and non-state actors against a wide variety of individuals and groups. Articles about connectivity and space rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included a LiveScience article about the use of artificial intelligence to bring statues and images of ancient Roman emperors to full-color life, and the forthcoming second edition of Jason’s favorite book, “Why Don’t Students Like School.” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. Facebook will test cutting back on political posts in the News Feed (The Verge; 10 February 2021)
  9. How the Covid-19 pandemic broke Nextdoor (Recode; 9 February 2021)
  10. Fox News asks for Smartmatic lawsuit over election-rigging claims to be dismissed (Reuters, 8 Feb 2021)
  11. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey wants to build an app store for social media algorithms (Verge, 9 Feb 2021)
  12. The $2.7 Billion Case Against Fox News (NY Times – The Daily, 5 Feb 2021)
  13. Klobuchar targets Big Tech with biggest antitrust overhaul in 45 years (ArsTechnica, 5 Feb 2021)
  14. UAE “Hope” probe successfully reaches Mars, two more following shortly (ArsTechnica, 9 February 2021)
  15. New North Dakota bill would force Apple to allow alternative app stores and payment systems (The Verge; 10 February 2021)
  16. Facebook is finally banning vaccine misinformation (Recode; 8 February 2021)
  17. How Educators are Using the Exclusive Social Media App Clubhouse (EdSurge, 8 Feb 2021)
  18. Google Chrome Will No Longer Support Dusty Old Computers From The Mid-2000s (Chrome Unboxed; 9 February 2021)
  19. Google Is Improving Performance For Meet And Zoom On Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 4 February 2021)
  20. Google Effort to Kill Third-Party Cookies in Chrome Rolls Out in April (PCMag, 25 Jan 2021)
  21. Google’s next big Chrome update will rewrite the rules of the web (Wired; 2 February 2021)
  22. ISPs step up fight against SpaceX, tell FCC that Starlink will be too slow (ArsTechnica, 9 Feb 2021)
  23. From Myanmar to Kashmir, Unrest Is Met With Internet Blackouts (Voice of America News, 5 Feb 2021)
  24. Hacker modified drinking water chemical levels in a US city (ZDNet, 8 Feb 2021)
  25. How the United States Lost to Hackers (NY Times, 6 Feb 2021)
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: AI ‘resurrects’ 54 Roman emperors, in stunningly lifelike images (LiveScience, 28 Sept 2020)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: My favorite book is coming out with a second edition! “Why Don’t Students Like School?

EdTechSR Ep 207 Scraping is NOT a Crime

Welcome to episode 207 (“Scraping is NOT a Crime”) of the EdTech Situation Room from February 3, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed digital security, 5G / Connectivity, Apple news, Google news, burgeoning Chromebook sales, and “the tech correction.” This included the threat and possibility of Google discontinuing its search service in Australia in response to newly proposed tax laws. Ongoing disclosures via Parler following the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. capitol were also discussed, including a Lawfare article explaining why the “web scraping” which was done to archive / backup Parler’s terabytes of user submitted media was NOT illegal / a violation of U.S. law. We also briefly mentioned two new videoconferencing / video chat platforms, Kumospace (via Peggy George and Teachers Teaching Teaches) and Class.com from Zoom. Geeks of the Week included Stack Social, Jimmy Wales’ nascent social network (WT Social,) an Ethan Zuckerman podcast interview with Jimmy Wales, the Chrome Music Lab, and the “Ground News” media aggregator. Jason delivered tonight’s 1AR. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. So You Got A 5g Phone, But Is Your Plan Ready? (The Verge; 27 January 2021)
  9. Adobe Flash Player Shutdown Caused ‘Chaos’ for Chinese Railroads for Over 20 Hours (Tech Times, 25 Jan 2021)
  10. South African government releases its own browser just to re-enable Flash support (ZDNet, 26 Jan 2021)
  11. Australian prime minister says Bing could replace Google (ABC News, 1 Feb 2021)
  12. Microsoft’s Bing ready to step in if Google pulls search from Australia, minister says (The Guardian, 1 Feb 2021)
  13. Canalys: 2020 Chromebook sales skyrocket. Here’s why that’s good for the long term (About Chromebooks; 29 January 2021)
  14. Tim Cook condemns Facebook business model, says valuing engagement over privacy leads to ‘polarization’ and ‘violence’ (9 to 5 Mac; 28 January 2021)
  15. Tim Cook keynote on privacy from the CPCD conference (YouTube, 29 Jan 2021)
  16. Jason Snell’s Apple in 2020 Report
  17. Apple planning to release ‘iCloud Passwords’ Chrome extension for Windows (9 to 5 Google; 27 January 2021)
  18. Older Apple TV will require AirPlay for YouTube video playback starting next month (9 to 5 Mac; 3 February 2021)
  19. Apple Planning Blood Sugar Sensor For 2021 Watch (MacWorld UK, 25 Jan 2021)
  20. Facebook Home to Militant ‘Patriot Party’ Movement (Tech Transparency Project, 2 Feb 2021) – Campaign for Accountability on WikiPedia
  21. Parler Wasn’t Hacked, and Scraping Is Not a Crime (LawFare, 1 Feb 2021)
  22. TikTok will now warn you about videos with questionable information (The Verge; 3 February 2011)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Stack Social
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Wes on WT Social (Jimmy Wales’ new social platform – learn more via Ethan Z) and Chrome Music Lab and Ground News
  25. Shared by Peggy George in our Chat Room: Kumospace (new open source video chat platform in use by teachers & students)
  26. Zoom’s new videoconferencing experiment: Class.com

EdTechSR Ep 206 Tech Regulation Approaches

Welcome to episode 206 (“Tech Regulation Approaches”) of the EdTech Situation Room from January 27, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed our ongoing “tech correction” with social media companies, users and governments: The potential for new regulations on technology companies in response not only to the January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot in Washington D.C. but also the overall polarizing effects of social media on our society and government. Additional topics addressed in the show include broadband access challenges in the United States, updates from Google to ChromeOS and other product platforms, Apple M1 chip user reports and forthcoming software updates (including Google Drive File Stream in April.) Geeks of the Week included an amazing simulation video from MIT in 2014 about the CRISPR gene editing technology, Jason’s favorite (and top rated) standing desk, and the opening of NECC 2021 online registrations. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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) – Family Food Blog – blog:Moving at the Speed of Creativity
  8. [PODCAST] “Reflection and Insurrection” (You Are Not So Smart, 25 Jan 2021)
  9. Three Steps to Fight Online Disinformation and Extremism (Defense One – Peter W. Singer @peterwsinger, 24 Jan 2021)
  10. Twitter launches ‘Birdwatch,’ a forum to combat misinformation (NBC News, 25 Jan 2021)
  11. Join Birdwatch: twitter.com/i/birdwatch/about
  12. Birdwatch User Guide
  13. Biden’s Commerce nominee backs changes to Section 230 (The Verge; 26 January 2021)
  14. Social justice groups warn Biden against throwing out Section 230 (The Verge; 27 January 2021)
  15. CenturyLink, Frontier missed FCC broadband deadlines in dozens of states (Ars Technica; 22 January 2021)
  16. A big hurdle for older Americans trying to get vaccinated: Using the internet (Recode; 27 January 2021)
  17. Chromebooks Will Be Getting A Qr Code Scanner In Chrome OS 89 (Chrome Unboxed; 27 January 2021)
  18. Chrome Is Finally Rolling Out The Ability To Hide Your Notifications While Screen Sharing (Chrome Unboxed; 27 January 2021)
  19. Google Classroom Was Down And Out, Giving Students An Excuse To Avoid Turning In Their Homework (Chrome Unboxed; 22 January 2021)
  20. Google Workspace Status Dashboard
  21. New default video playback option in Google Slides (GoogleNewsApp, 14 Oct 2020)
  22. Google Drive File Stream adding M1 Mac support in April, Backup and Sync already updated (9 to 5 Google; 22 January 2021)
  23. Apple’s M1 Chip Has Us Very Excited For A Google Arm Processor [Video] (Chrome Unboxed; 24 January 2021)
  24. Living with a MacBook Air (M1) (PC Magazine; 25 January 2021)
  25. Apple knows dropping the iPhone Lightning port would create ‘unprecedented amount of electronic waste’ (ZDNet; 22 January 2021)
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9 (McGovern Institute at MIT, Nov 2014)
  27. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: The Best Standing Desk Is Actually a Workbench Meant for the Garage (New York Magazine; 22 January 2021) and Come to NCCE 2021!

EdTechSR Ep 205 – Struggling with Information Abundance

Welcome to episode 205 (“Struggling with Information Abundance”) of the EdTech Situation Room from January 20, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed recent technology news involving connectivity / bandwidth, Microsoft’s embrace of open source software development, the return of the 3:2 laptop monitor aspect ratio, and David Perell’s thought provoking recent article, “The Paradox of Abundance.” On the topics of social media and “The Technology Correction,” topics included over 80 terabits of archived video posted on Parler during the January 6th Capitol Riot, the potential of the social media bans on President Trump to be an inflection point for global Internet fragmentation and censorship, and practical strategies to use when engaging in dialog with someone who believes a “fruit loop conspiracy theory.” Geeks of the Week included the upcoming February 17-18 “Learn with Google” conference, Wes’ GigaOM Twitter list, exemplary use of Twitter to share live event links by the Biden Inauguration team, and the vibrant community of Zune music player devotees. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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) – Family Food Blog – blog:Moving at the Speed of Creativity
  8. 3Mbps uploads still fast enough for US homes, Ajit Pai says in final report (Ars Technica; 20 January 2021)
  9. The 46th President (The Post Reports [PODCAST] (The Washington Post, 20 Jan 2021) – ironically ‘brought to you by Huawei’
  10. As Ajit Pai exits FCC, Charter admits defeat on petition to impose data caps (ArsTechnica, 19 Jan 2021)
  11. Microsoft says now is the time for all firms to embrace open source (Tech Radar; 19 January 2020)
  12. Windows 10X is now Microsoft’s true answer to Chrome OS (The Verge; 14 January 2021)
  13. Platform ban of Trump and Parler raises questions about speech and power (Columbia Journalism Review, Mathew Ingram, 14 Jan 2021)
  14. How Blocking Trump Puts the Future of the Internet at Risk (The Information, 12 Jan 2021) – summary tweet
  15. What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol (ProPublica, 17 Jan 2021)
  16. Parler’s amateur coding could come back to haunt Capitol Hill rioters (ArsTechnica, 12 Jan 2021)
  17. How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist: What the Experts Recommend (Open Culture, 13 Jan 2021)
  18. Platforms are cracking down hard on political misinformation, but it’s still easy to find (Recode; 20 January 2020)
  19. Goodbye and good riddance to the 16:9 aspect ratio (The Verge; 19 Jan 2021)
  20. The Paradox of Abundance (David Perell)
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “Learning with Google” Conference (Feb 17-18, 2021) & Wes’ GigaOM Vets Twitter List & Great use of Twitter by Biden Inauguration Team
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: A Visit From The Zune Squad (The Verge; 20 January 2021)