EdTechSR Ep 171 – This Week in Pandemics

Welcome to episode 171 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 1, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) continued to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on teachers, students, and parents, but also highlighted some recent technology headlines involving security, media literacy, and other issues. Those included the completion of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, PBS Learning Media Resources for Home Learning integrating with Google Classroom, the recent FBI warning to teachers and school administrators to avoid “Zoom-jacking,” and some helpful articles / tips about videoconferencing from home, including updating your home WiFi access points. (Wes recommends Google Nest!) Access archived MP3 audio and smaller 360P video archives of this and past shows on edtechSR.com. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! 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. Edech 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.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Microsoft Edge is becoming the browser you didn’t know you needed (ArsTechnica, 1 April 2020) – note the ‘password monitor’ feature
  9. Hackers Trick Thousands Into Downloading Dangerous ‘Google Chrome Update’ (Forbes, 26 March 2020)
  10. T-Mobile completes merger with Sprint, John Legere steps down as CEO (The Verge; 1 April 2020)
  11. PBS LearningMedia Resources (integrates with Google Classroom)
  12. FBI issues warning about ‘hijacking’ of online classes by intruders after schools report serious disruptions (Washington Post; 31 March 2020)
  13. Trolls exploit Zoom privacy settings as app gains popularity (The Guardian; 27 March 2020)
  14. Google Mesh Home WiFi Makes our Internet Access MUCH faster (Wes Fryer, 31 March 2019)
  15. Sharing Audio From Videos During a Videoconference (Wes Fryer, 31 March 2020)
  16. How to Look Your Best on a Webcam (NYTimes, 25 March 2020)
  17. Exclusive: Zoom CEO Eric Yuan Is Giving K-12 Schools His Videoconferencing Tools For Free (Forbes, 13 March 2020)
  18. COVID Deniers: How shadowy social media groups are spreading myths and conspiracy about coronavirus (The Telegraph, 26 March 2020)
  19. COVID-19 & what platforms are doing to limit the spread of misinformation: Facebook (Mozilla Blog, 25 March 2020)
  20. Start-Ups Are Pummeled in the ‘Great Unwinding’ (The New York Times; 1 April 2020)
  21. Montana Masks’ pop up all over the world, move from 3D printers to injection molds (Billings Gazette; 31 March 2020)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week 1: Pomodoro Technique
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week 2: Online voice recorders: recordit.co and online-voice-recorder.com
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week 3: NCCE Upcoming Webinar / Live Events
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week 1: PDFCandy (@pdfcandy) via @cyndidannerkuhn
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week 2: Connect WalMart Grocery App to Google Home
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week 3: Webinar archive: Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online (by Wes)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 170

Welcome to episode 170 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 25, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) welcomed Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst) back as a special guest. Topics for the show included ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on schools, teachers and students, new product announcements from Apple, a discussion on whether or not home workers should leave smart speakers turned on, and more. Helpful and practical suggestions for remote teaching / online teaching for K-12 as well as university instructors / faculty from Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) and Jose Bowen (@josebowen) were highlighted. Geeks of the Week included Masterclass courses (including an AMAZING one about Space by Commander Chris Hadfield, Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance resources for remote teaching during the COVID-19 crisis, the CloudReady from Neverware ChromeOS operating system (free for home use.) Additional Geeks of the Week were an ongoing blog post series about educational technology and COVID-19 by Wes, Google Nest WiFi, and an upcoming free webinar on “Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online.” Peggy George (@pgeorge) shared some excellent links during our show as well, including a new daily email newsletter with 10 helpful covid19EDU links (nuzzel.com/pgeorge). Access archived MP3 audio and smaller 360P video archives of this and past shows on edtechSR.com. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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. Edech 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. Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst)
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Wes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom WebsiteCasady School Remote Learning Support for Teachers
  9. A Beginner’s Toolkit for Teaching Remotely (Carl Hooker, 19 March 2020)
  10. Your New Virtual Course: A Quick Primer (Jose Bowen, 16 March 2020)
  11. Story Time From Space (Astronauts Read from the ISS)
  12. How to get Verizon and AT&T data-cap fees waived during the pandemic (ArsTechnica, 25 March 2020)
  13. T-Mobile is giving unlimited data to customers to help with COVID-19 (Android Central; 20 March 2020)
  14. Incredible Screencasting Resources from Montana teacher Paul Anderson (@paulandersen) www.bozemanscience.com
  15. How to Make and Educational Screencast (Mac)
  16. Unplug Your Smart Speakers While You’re Working From Home (Gizmodo, 23 March 2020)
  17. U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat coronavirus (Washington Post;, 17 March 2020)
  18. New attack on home routers sends users to spoofed sites that push malware (ArsTechnica, 25 March 2020)
  19. How to Use Google Chrome Password Manager (Chrome Story, 16 March 2020)
  20. Apple’s New iPad Pro Has Lidar and a Keyboard With a Trackpad (Wired; 18 March 2020)
  21. Apple MacBook Air 2020 vs. MacBook Air 2019: What’s new and different? (cNet; 18 March 2020)
  22. Daily Nuzzle-powered COVID-19 Education Links for Educators by Peggy George (@pgeorge): nuzzel.com/pgeorge
  23. OLTI – The Oklahoma Learning Technology Initiative (Wes Fryer, 25 March 2020)
  24. Eric’s Geeks of the Week: MasterclassKelly Gallagher & Penny Kittle Talk About Teaching & Learning
  25. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: VLLA Members Provide Assistance to Teachers, Schools, and Districts Looking to Enhance Technology-Driven Remote Teaching (Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance Blog; 25 March 2020) and CloudReady from Neverware
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Blog post series for covid19EDUGoogle Nest WiFi – Thursday webinar: Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online

EdTech Situation Room Episode 169

Welcome to episode 169 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 18, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the exceptional week of neo-coronavirus / COVID-19 announcements, closures, and news we’ve experienced globally in the past seven days. We also discussed a few recent technology headlines, which (as usual) are linked in the shownotes, but most of our conversation focused on ways we can adapt and adjust as more people than ever are working from home, teaching from home, and learning from home. Access archived MP3 audio and smaller 360P video archives of this and past shows on edtechSR.com. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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. Edech 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 – Wes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom WebsiteCasady School Remote Learning Support for Teachers
  8. Fantastic article of tips shared last week, mentioned again: How To Work From Home (The Verge, 11 March 2020)
  9. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly orders K-12 schools closed for the rest of academic year (Wichita Eagle, 17 March 2020)
  10. Working From Home (NPR Planet Money, 17 March 2020)
  11. ‘It shouldn’t take a pandemic’: Coronavirus exposes Internet inequality among U.S. students as schools close their doors (Washington Post, 16 March 2020)
  12. Don’t Fall for These Myths About Coronavirus (NY Times, 18 March 2020)
  13. Online Learning Resources For Schools (Montana Digital Academy, Mike Agostinelli @mikegusto)
  14. Jeff Jarvis’s COVID 19 Twitter List (@jeffjarvis)
  15. How to set Screen Time Communication Limits for kids in iOS 13.3 and iPadOS 13.3 (MacWorld, 19 Dec 2019)
  16. Israel Wants to Spy on Citizens Who Have the Coronavirus (Foreign Policy, 16 March 2020)
  17. Remote IT HelpDesk Resources: Text Expansion and Go To Assist
  18. Wes’ Geek of the Week 1: www.designcreateshare.com project and webinar series
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week 2: An Online Gathering To Share And Support Educators During The Coronavirus Pandemic (Renee Hobbs / Media Education Lab, 18 March 2020)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week 1: DIY Standing Desks
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week 2: Brit and Co Classes Free for Two Weeks!

“Don’t let perfect stand in the way of good enough!” – Dr. Jason Neiffer

Dr. Jason Neiffer

EdTech Situation Room Episode 168

Welcome to episode 168 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 11, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the impact of the coronavirus / Covid-19 on schools, resources for teachers and students “learning at home,” media literacy in the age of coronavirus, critical wellness / self-care tips when working and teaching from home, and more. Additional topics included a major security victory for white hat hackers led by Microsoft over botnets created by cybercriminals, the importance of wiping / resetting your computer and other Internet connected devices annually, efforts by technology companies to battle election and coronavirus misinformation, and forthcoming improvements to mouse cursor support in Apple’s iOS 14. Amazon price gouging and efforts to stop it during the Covid19 crisis, the dangers of free VPN services, and poignant issues about educational equity (including digital equity) raised by Google’s chief educational evangelist, Jaime Casap (@jcasap) rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included instructional technology support / remote learning resources from Casady School, Carl Hooker’s (@mrhooker) collected resources from a #FutureReady chat on coronavirus-mandated home teaching, Seesaw Home Learning resources, and a thoughtful article on Medium exploring, “Why All the Warby Parker Clones Are Now Imploding.” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Wes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Canceling events early can help keep an outbreak from getting worse (The Verge; 11 March 2020)
  9. Google has been unusually proactive in fighting COVID-19 misinformation (The Verge 11 March 2020)
  10. Microsoft, Google, and Zoom are trying to keep up with demand for their now free work-from-home software (Recode, 11 March 2020)
  11. How To Work From Home (The Verge, 11 March 2020)
  12. As COVID-19 pushes classes online, some students are caught in the broadband gap (The Verge, 6 March 2020)
  13. Reset Your Computer Once a Year for a Happier Life (Wired; 8 March 2020)
  14. Microsoft strikes back at Necurs botnet by preemptively disabling hacking tools (Cyberscoop, 10 March 2020)
  15. Twitter Head Of Site Integrity On Fighting Election Disinformation (NPR Technology, 2 March 2020)
  16. Truth Has Become a Coronavirus Casualty (Foreign Policy, 9 March 2020)
  17. iOS 14 will reportedly have improved mouse cursor support (The Verge; 9 March 2020)
  18. Three old password rules that are dumb today (CNet; 11 March 2020)
  19. At Least 20 VPN and Ad-Blocking Apps With 35 Million Downloads Actually Monitored Users’ Phones (Gizmodo; 9 March 2020)
  20. Why Amazon can’t stop coronavirus price gougers (Recode; 5 March 2020)
  21. Coronavirus email scams are trying to cash in on your fear (Revode; 5 March 2020)
  22. Twitter Thread about Educational Equity by Jaime Casap of Google (@jcasap)
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Instructional Support / Educational Technology Support at Casady School, Remote Learning Resources from #FutureReady Twitter Chat by @mrhooker, Seesaw for Home Learning Resources
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Why All the Warby Parker Clones Are Now Imploding (Maya Kosoff, via Medium)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 167

Welcome to episode 167 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 4, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment, so special guest Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) joined Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) to discuss the past week’s technology headlines through an educational lens. Topics addressed included the impacts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on upcoming conferences and events, special upgrades and extended product trials offered by technology companies to schools to help meet possible online teaching demands brought on by the Coronavirus, as well as ongoing efforts to battle disinformation and information manipulation using social media platforms in the U.S. 2020 election season. Geeks of the week included Wakelet, a recent tweet by Evan Kirstel (@evankirstel) inspiring thoughts about the future of transportation, and an excellent Coronavirus GeoMap from Johns Hopkins using ArcGIS. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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. Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) – blog: hookedoninnovation.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Coronavirus: Fake news is spreading fast (BBC News, 28 Feb 2020)
  9. Coronavirus: Amazon removes overpriced goods and fake cures (BBC News, 28 Feb 2020)
  10. Google and Microsoft are giving away enterprise conferencing tools due to coronavirus (The Verge, 3 March 2020)
  11. Cisco Offering Free 90-day Webex Licenses Due to Coronavirus (BleepingComputer, 3 Mar 2020)
  12. Twitter’s Head Of Site Integrity, On Fighting Election Disinformation (NPR Technology, 2 March 2020)
  13. Twitter Vows That As Disinformation Tactics Change, Its Policies Will Keep Pace (NPR Technology, 4 March 2020)
  14. Google cancels I/O developer conference amid coronavirus concerns (ArsTechnica, 3 March 2020)
  15. How Prepared is Your School for a Long-term Pandemic? (HookedOnInnovation, 4 March 2020)
  16. SXSW petition to cancel up to over 40,000 people (Change.org, 1 Mar 2020)
  17. This tweet by Eric Patnoudes broached a touchy subject about presenter costs at ISTE
  18. Carl’s Geeks of the Week:
    1. I’m finally onboard the Wakelet train…but isn’t this just a mash up of Del.ic.ious, Diigo, and Pinterest?
    2. This tweet got me thinking about the future of transportation
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Interested in visually tracking the outbreak of the #coronavirus worldwide via a dynamic #GeoMap? Use this free @johnshopkins @ArcGISOnline online map

EdTech Situation Room Episode 166

Welcome to episode 166 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 26, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment, so special guest Susan Bearden (@s_bearden) joined Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) to discuss the past week’s technology headlines through an educational lens. Topics addressed included the victory for Google Forms as a reliable information technology tool the Democratic Caucuses in Nevada and the malware dangers in “typosquatting,” On the Google front, the expansion of Google Translate to include 108 languages, a lawsuit from the New Mexico Attorney General arguing Google is violating COPPA privacy laws by web-tracking minors, and the Linux app potential of Chromebooks via Flatpak were also discussed. In miscellaneous tech news, Apple’s purported ban on movie villains using iPhones (they are reserved only for heroines and heroes, don’t you know,) reports of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas now regretting his opinion regarding the classification off Internet Services for FCC regulatory purposes, and update on the Chinese robotic moon rover, and Pope Francis’ exhortation to people around the world to take a Lenten screentime fast rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week (available in our shownotes) included great articles on security and data privacy, web-based video annotation tool options, and the PowerCert PowerCert Animated Videos on YouTube. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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. Susan Bearden (@s_bearden) – LinkedIn – Book: Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Nevada Democrats to use iPads loaded with Google Forms to track caucus (CNet, 13 Feb 2020)
  9. Hard work saved Nevada’s caucuses. It may not have been enough. (Washington Post, 25 Feb 2020)
  10. The Nevada caucus tool is an iPad and a Google Form – includes screenshots and step-by-step instructions (Vox – ReCode, 25 Feb 2020)
  11. Rudy Giuliani’s typo-filled tweets are catnip for hackers spreading malware (Mashable, 19 Feb 2020)
  12. Google’s education tech has a privacy problem (Vox, 21 Feb 2020)
  13. Install These Popular Desktop Apps and More on Your Chromebook With Flatpak (Chrome Unboxed, 18 Feb 2020)
  14. Google Translate now supports five more languages (CNet, 26 Feb 2020)
  15. Apple tells moviemakers that villains can’t use iPhones, Rian Johnson says (ArsTechnica, 26 Feb 2020)
  16. Clarence Thomas regrets ruling that Ajit Pai used to kill net neutrality (ArsTechnica, 26 Feb 2020)
  17. China’s Chang’e probe discovers what’s lurking beneath moon’s far side (CNet, 26 Feb 2020)
  18. Pope Francis recommends a #screentime fast for Lent (Engadget, 26 Feb 2020)
  19. Susan’s Geeks of the Week focused on security and data privacy!
    1. 3 Easy Ways for Educators to Keep Online Accounts Secure
    2. 3 Easy Steps for Educators to Make a Secure Passphrase
    3. Sniffers and Snoopers and Hackers, Oh My! Protecting Yourself from the Risks of Public Wi-Fi
    4. Voice Assistants in the Classroom: Useful Tool or Privacy Problem?
    5. Easy Tips for Keeping Student Data Safe When Taking Your Work Home
    6. 5 Steps for Building a Culture of Data Privacy in Schools
  20. Wes’ Geeks of the Week:
    1. Video Annotation Tools: timeline.lyant.umn.eduvialogues.com (more details)
    2. PowerCert PowerCert Animated Videos (via @rmbyrne)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 165

Welcome to episode 165 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 13, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed changes to “backup files” in Google Drive and the demise of Andy Rubin’s “Essential” Android phone hardware company. After another consecutive week of shout outs to the “EdTech Takeout Episode 71,” we discussed the requirement for YouTube creators to mark all videos “made for kids” which fit Google’s guidelines, and provided some analysis on the demise of “branded accounts” on YouTube for GSuite for Education (GSFE) domains. On the topic of media literacy, the recent podcast episode “Breaking the Truth: A Conversation with Samuel Woolley” on the show “Power 3.0 Podcast: Authoritarian Resurgence, Democratic Resilience” was discussed, along with hesitation (on the part of some elementary teachers) to “turn students loose on Google” to research topics in school. On the Apple front, Siri’s new ability to answer Election 2020 questions, the rise of more adware / malware on MacOS computers, Apple’s release of “Swift Playgrounds” for MacOS, and the rise of Apple Pay were highlighted. On the ChromeOS front, forthcoming updates to ChromeOS storage, “hot corners” customization options for ChromeOS like MacOS, and geeky steps to install the “Brave” browser on a ChromeOS device were shared. Geeks of the Week included the PixilArt website and mobile apps, episode 58 of the podcast Darknet Diaries, and the Chrome extension “FakeSpot” to identify fake reviews on Amazon and other sites. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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. 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.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Manage & restore your device backups in Google Drive (Google Drive Support)
  9. How brand accounts work with YouTube (YouTube Help)
  10. Frequently asked questions about “made for kids” (YouTube Help)
  11. [VIDEO] New Copyright Features, Updates to Our Harassment Policy, and more (YouTube Creators Update, 7 Feb 2020)
  12. Andy Rubin’s Essential Shutting Down, Newton Mail Service Ending Too (MacRumors, 12 Feb 2020)
  13. EdTech Takeout Episode 71: YouTube is Changing (Shout out to Jonathan, Amber, and Mindy!)
  14. Breaking the Truth: A Conversation with Samuel Woolley (Power 3.0 Podcast: Authoritarian Resurgence, Democratic Resilience, 28 Jan 2020)
  15. Book: The Reality Game – How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth by Samuel Woolley
  16. Announcing the Newspapers On Wikipedia Project (#NOW) by Mike Caulfield (@holden)
  17. Summer Institute in Digital Literacy and Brian Turnbaugh (@wegotwits)
  18. Siri now answers your 2020 election questions (AppleInsider, 11 Feb 2020)
  19. Mac malware outpaced Windows PCs threats for first time in 2019, report says (AppleInsider, 11 Feb 2020) – Behold the rise of “potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)”
  20. Apple’s malware problem is getting worse (Vox; 12 February 2020)
  21. Apple Releases Swift Playgrounds App for Mac (MacRumors, 11 Feb 2020)
  22. Apple Pay Could Account for 10 Percent of Global Card Transactions by 2025 and Even Rival PayPal (MacRumors, 12 Feb 2020)
  23. Chrome OS Storage Management To Get A Big Upgrade (Chrome Unboxed, 10 February 2020)
  24. Chromebooks Could Be Getting This Useful Macbook Feature Soon (Chrome Unboxed, 7 February 2020)
  25. Can I Install The Brave Browser On My Chromebook? (Chrome Unboxed, 12 February 2020)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Pixel Art https://www.pixilart.com/ (@pixil_art) – download student eBook “Little Larry and the Jhat 400”
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Darknet Diaries: EP 58: OXYMONSTER and www.fakespot.com

EdTech Situation Room Episode 164

Welcome to episode 164 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 6, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed technology and mobile app woes in this week’s Iowa Primary party caucuses and election, a case study of ‘what not to do” with regard to copyright and Disney movies shown for a school fundraiser in California, and the 15 year birthday of Google Maps. The largest article collection in this week’s shownotes concern the distressing and horrific exponential growth in child sexual abuse media as documented by a four part New York Times article series from late 2019, as well as the related political debate today regarding impending encryption of Facebook owned mobile apps which accounted for 90 percent of all reported child sexual abuse cases in 2018 (according to the NY Times). In our show Wes explained how this article series, along with related EFF articles, are encouraging him to rethink an “absolutist position” when it comes to digital encryption on Facebook specifically. Additional topics discussed in the show included reflections on the viability of the iPad as a profitable platform for Apple, the predictable end-of-life / end of software support for all smart devices in our homes, and YouTube policy changes affecting creators of kids content as well as policy changes for election related content violating published community standards. Geeks of the Week included Digital Learning Day coming up on February 27, 2020, Wes’ updated “Digital Citizenship” Twitter list, and the “Planes Live!” mobile app for iOS and Android. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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. 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.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Iowa caucus app was rushed and flawed from the beginning, experts say (NBC News; 5 February 2020)
  9. App Used to Tabulate Votes Is Said to Have Been Inadequately Tested (New York Times; 3 February 2020)
  10. It’s not just Iowa: Election tech is messy (Recode; 6 February 2020)
  11. Disney sends $250 bill to Berkeley elementary school for screening ‘The Lion King’ (SF Gate, 3 Feb 2020)
  12. Youtube Rules Restrict Content Creators (The Advocate from Mount Hood Community College; 23 January 2020)
  13. How YouTube supports elections (YouTube Blog, 3 Feb 2020)
  14. EdTech Takeout Episode 71: YouTube is Changing (Shout out to Jonathan, Amber, and Mindy!)
  15. Part 1: The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong? (NY Times, 29 Sept 2019)
  16. Part 2: Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech Companies Look the Other Way (NY Times, 9 Nov 2019)
  17. Part 3: Video Games and Online Chats Are ‘Hunting Grounds’ for Sexual Predators (NY Times, 7 Dec 2019)
  18. Part 4: Fighting the Good Fight Against Online Child Sexual Abuse (NY Times, 23 Dec 2019)
  19. Grooming in the Digital Age (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  20. ‘If Those Were Pictures of You, You Would Understand’ (NY Times, 9 Nov 2019)
  21. Child-Welfare Activists Attack Facebook Over Encryption Plans (“Facebook accounted for more than 90 percent of reports that tech companies flagged [in 2018] 5 Feb 2020)
  22. The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption (EFF, 3 Oct 2019)
  23. Carnegie Experts Should Know: Defending Encryption Isn’t an “Absolutist” Position (EFF, 25 Sept 2019)
  24. Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Discord (Common Sense Media, 14 Feb 2019)
  25. Happy Birthday, Google Maps! Google Maps gets a new icon and more tabs to celebrate 15th anniversary (The Verge; 6 February 2020)
  26. Every smart device you love will die — starting with Sonos (Engadget; 30 January 2020)
  27. Apple reports a record $91.8 billion holiday quarter (Six Colors; 28 January 2020)
  28. The Tragic iPad (Statechery, 28 January 2020)
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Digital Learning Day is Feb 27, 2020: https://digitallearningday.org (@OfficialDLDay) and #DigCit Twitter List
  30. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Planes Live!  iOS / Android

EdTech Situation Room Episode 163

Welcome to episode 163 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 29, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed recent revelations that the Avast Antivirus software program is a dragnet for user browser history sold to interested buyers, Google’s announced extensions to ChromeOS support updates, and Google’s forthcoming AirDrop clone, “Fast Share.” A bizarre but newly validated story of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince (MBS) hacking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ cellphone via a video link shared privately with him through WhatsApp, controversy over Sonos legacy products and available security patches / software updates, and a variety of Election 2020 resources from a Paul Allison webcast (via Peggy George) were also highlighted. Quick headline shares included the new “Star Trek like” logo of the U.S. military’s newest branch, Space Force, the release of more than 150,000 different art images from the Paris Museum into the public domain, and a New York Times feature article on Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri who is working to “take away the likes” (or at least partial visibility of them in certain cases) on the platform to purportedly help user wellness. Geeks of the Week included Rebble for Pebble (a crowdsourced operating system for the discontinued Pebble smartwatch) and a recent Today Explained podcast about new security researcher reports concerning the alleged Saudi Arabia initiated hack of Jeff Bezos’ smartphone. NOTE NEXT WEEK’S SHOW WILL BE ON THURSDAY NIGHT INSTEAD OF WEDNESDAY! Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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. 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.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data (Vice, 27 Jan 2020)
  9. Google announces 8 years of Chrome OS software updates for all new Chromebooks (Updated) (About Chromebooks; 21 January 2020)
  10. Citing Longer Lifespan, Google Bumps Price Of Chrome Management License (Chrome Unboxed; 23 January 2020)
  11. Google’s upcoming Airdrop clone gets an early demo on video (ArsTechnica, 27 Jan 2020)
  12. U.N. report: Saudi crown prince was involved in alleged hacking of Bezos phone (Washington Post, 22 Jan 2020)
  13. Wes’ student lesson “Don’t Get Tricked Online
  14. Apple: EU can’t make us use your stinking common charging standard (The Register; 24 January 2020)
  15. Sonos CEO apologizes for confusion, says legacy products will work ‘as long as possible’ (The Verge; 23 January 2020)
  16. Election 2020 (educational resources from KQED)
  17. Future Voters Project
  18. Letters to the Next President
  19. Last week’s conversation about YouthVoices and Election 2020
  20. Space Force, We Have a Seal (Air Force Magazine, 24 Jan 2020)
  21. Paris Museums Have Released More Than 150,000 Images of Artwork Into the Public Domain (LifeHacker, 15 January 2020)
  22. This Is the Guy Who’s Taking Away the Likes (NY Times, 17 Jan 2020)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Rebble for Pebble
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: The Crown Prince and the Amazon King (Today Explained Podcast, 24 Jan 2020)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 162

Welcome to episode 162 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 15, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Microsoft’s new Edge Chromium web browser, Instagram’s new policy to hide ‘faked’ images, ‘Techlash” against the big tech companies on college campuses, and new research about blue light and sleep with our digital screens. More U.S. states mandating media literacy education, the arrival of WiFi 6 at last, the NSA’s laudable decision to share a zero day exploit with Microsoft, and an update on recent drone formation sightings at night in eastern Colorado were also highlighted topics. On the security front, terrible password advice from the South China Morning Post and an update emergency for FireFox highlighted by U.S. Homeland Security officials were discussed. Boeing employees provided a good case study and reminder for us all about email retention with recently revealed “FAA mocking” messages, SpaceX as the world’s top satellite operator, and a recent critical article in Oklahoma City news about the Norman Public Schools’ laptop initiative rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included Luke Miani’s YouTube Channel (amazing hacks and repurposing of older MacOS and iOS devices), Twinkly, and the “No Dumb Questions” podcast episode 72 on “How Did Humans Find Hawaii?” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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. 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.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Microsoft’s new Edge Chromium browser launches on Windows and macOS (The Verge; 15 January 2020)
  9. Instagram is hiding faked images, and it could hurt digital artists (The Verge; 15 January 2020)
  10. ‘Techlash’ Hits College Campuses (New York Times; 11 January 2020)
  11. Forget What You Think You Know About Blue Light and Sleep (Time; 10 January 2020)
  12. More States Say They’re Teaching Media Literacy, But What That Means Varies (Education Week, 8 Jan 2020)
  13. Wi-Fi 6 is finally here (The Verge; 11 January 2020)
  14. The NSA Could’ve Used This Major Windows Security Flaw for Intel Work. Instead, It Told Microsoft About it (Time; 14 January 2020)
  15. Theories Persist About Mystery Drones Seen in Rural Region (AP via Snopes, 15 Jan 2020)
  16. Terrible Password Security Advice: How to protect your smart home devices from hackers: smart speakers, robotic vacuums, video doorbells – all are vulnerable (South China Morning Post, 14 Jan 2020)
  17. The U.S. Government Says You Need to Update Firefox Right Now (Digital Trends, 10 Jan 2020)
  18. Boeing Employees Mocked FAA Privately In Emails Before 737 Max Disasters (NPR, 10 Jan 2020) – Good email retention case study and reminder
  19. SpaceX is now the world’s largest satellite operator (ArsTechnica, 6 January 2020)
  20. ‘They want them gone’: Norman parents complain of school devices (The Oklahoman, 14 Jan 2020)
  21. Thoughts on Content Filtering, Parent Education, and School Laptop Initiatives (Wes Fryer, 14 Jan 2020)
  22. Most U.S. teens who use cellphones do it to pass time, connect with others, learn new things (PEW Research, Aug 2019)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Luke Miani YouTube Channel
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Twinkly and How Did Humans Find Hawaii? – No Dumb Questions Podcast Episode 72 (@nodumbqs) – reddit discussion thread)