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)

EdTechSR Ep 204 – Forecasts for 2021

Welcome to episode 204 (“Forecasts for 2021”) of the EdTech Situation Room from January 12, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) shared some predictions for educational technology in 2021, as well as a few technology news headlines from the past two weeks. 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 BlogPlaying with Media Video Library
  8. Ex-Apple engineer: Apple’s ‘Privacy Nutrition Labels’ have a fatal flaw (Fast Company; 11 January 2021)
  9. Uganda Blocks Facebook Ahead of Contentious Election (NY Times, 13 Jan 2021)
  10. Uganda elections 2021: Facebook shuts government-linked accounts (BBC News, 11 Jan 2021)
  11. If You Were on Parler, You Saw the Mob Coming (NYTimes Opinion Podcast by Kara Swisher, 7 Jan 2021)
  12. Op-Ed: For right-wing extremists, this was a victory (DFR Lab, Emerson T Brooking, 7 Jan 2021)
  13. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Jason: www.castironcollector.com and Cast Iron Enamel Descoware
  14. Wes’ Geek of the Week:  [PODCAST] Larry Brilliant and Peter Hotez: Vaccinating Our Way Out of the Pandemic (World Affairs Podcast, 12 Dec 2020)

Jason’s Predictions for 2021:

  1. Distance learning will continue to grow as a viable option for students that want or need that model after the pandemic.
  2. Intel will continue to lose market share to ARM-based processors and AMD processors.  A whole new generation of devices will appear, prioritizing long battery life and speedy, responsive interfaces.
  3. The Technology Correction will continue, but, without the guidance of regulation.  Trump’s ban on most social media platforms will push some conversations ahead.
  4. The pandemic will diminish its impact, but, video conferencing and doing some personal and professional connections will continue with technology.
  5. Using the Internet for information will become more complicated, as more and more alternative platforms develop.  The information landscape requires persistent information education in schools.

Wes’ Predictions for 2021

  1. US / China Relations and Technology: Deployment of 5G networks and infrastructure will exacerbate technology interoperability issues and force nations to choose Chinese or US/European network infrastructure solutions. Response of Biden administration to Chinese security threats will reveal the validity / sincerity of security threats
  2. The Tech Correction: A constituency and agenda will coalesce further around regulation and limitations of social media companies, increasing liability and extending mandated collaboration standards and requirements for content moderation / censorship (like the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism – GIFCT)
  3. Media Literacy: Disinformation and Conspiracy Theories will continue to be weaponized to subvert democratic governments, teachers will be asked to address these issues through civics education. COVID Vaccination efforts worldwide will be significantly impeded by anti-vax misinformation
  4. Security: Hacks, identify theft, ransomware and password breaches will continue to increase in frequency and magnitude: Password security, MFA and password managers will continue to grow in importance

EdTechSR Ep 203 – Adios 2020

Welcome to episode 203 (“Adios 2020”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 30, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the amazing Apple M1 chips, neuromorphic computing, “the case for edtech minimalism,” and some of the amazing milestone in space exploration during 2020. “Public domain riches from 1925,” the vast scope of Amazon’s role in our economy and society, the possible end of privacy as we know it, and security concerns for Google Chrome extensions and the Google Play Store were also discussed. The continuing challenges of conspiracy theories in the age of COVID, changes to the landscape of drones for 2021, and Amazon’s acquisition of Wondery to compete with Spotify for podcasting dominance were topics rounding out this week’s show. Wes’ Geek of the Week was his newly created website, “Fryer & Ward Family Recipes” (food.wesfryer.com) and Jason’s was The Internet Archive (archive.org). 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) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. Making the Grade: Apple Silicon in K-12 represents one of the biggest upgrades since the first laptop (9 to 5 Mac; 19 December 2020)
  9. 8GB vs 16GB RAM for M1 MacBook, How Much do You Need? (Lisa @ Mobile Tech Review; 22 December 2020)
  10. What is neuromorphic computing? Everything you need to know about how it is changing the future of computing (ZDNet, 8 Dec 2020)
  11. The Case for ‘Edtech Minimalism’ in an Age of Distance Learning (Ed Surge; 16 December 2020)
  12. 2020: At Least It Was Good For Space Exploration? (NPR, 28 Dec 2020)
  13. China’s Chang’e-5 Probe Drops Off Moon Samples at the Climax of a Historic Mission (Universe Today, 16 Dec 2020)
  14. Feast your eyes on the space rocks Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission harvested from asteroid Ryugu (TechCrunch, 28 Dec 2020)
  15. Watch the ‘Seven Minutes of Terror’ Awaiting NASA’s Perseverance on Its Martian Descent (TechCrunch, 24 Dec 2020)
  16. January 1st brings public domain riches from 1925 (Internet Archive Blog; 15 December 2020)
  17. Inside the Whale: An Interview with an Anonymous Amazonian (Logic Magazine, 20 Dec 2020)
  18. The year we gave up on privacy (ReCode; 23 December 2020)
  19. 28 Browser Extensions Found Stealing Data in Chrome and Edge (Tech Dator; 17 December 2020)
  20. Can you trust the Google Play Store? (Panda Security; 16 December 2020)
  21. Covid: ‘How a picture of my foot became anti-vaccine propaganda’ (BBC News, 9 Dec 2020)
  22. The casualties of this year’s viral conspiracy theories (BBC News, 25 Dec 2020)
  23. Even If It’s ‘Bonkers,’ Poll Finds Many Believe QAnon And Other Conspiracy Theories (NPR, 30 Dec 2020)
  24. How one drone pilot got slapped with $182,000 in fines from the FAA (DP Review, 26 Dec 2020)
  25. Drone Industry on Fire After Us Blacklists Dji Over Chinese Government Ties (The Drone Girl, 23 Dec 2020)
  26. In 2023, you won’t be able to fly most drones in the US without broadcasting your location (The Verge, 28 Dec 2020)
  27. Amazon buys Wondery, setting itself up to compete against Spotify for podcast domination (The Verge; 30 December 2020)
  28. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Fryer & Ward Family Recipes: food.wesfryer.com
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: https://archive.org

EdTechSR Ep 202 – Google Down

Welcome to episode 202 (“Google Down”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 16, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google news including Wednesday’s temporary service outage, acquisition of Neverware, the death of Cloud Print, and the controversial firing of AI researcher and ethicist watchdog Timnit Gebru. Updates to Firefox and Microsoft Office for native MacOS M1 processor support, and developer-mandated revelations about the jaw-dropping ways Facebook’s iOS app tracks user behavior and collects private data. Facebook’s new PR ad campaign “advocating for small businesses” (ok, whatever…), YouTube’s streaming music dominance over all other players, the huge popularity of gaming videos on streaming networks, and disinformation commentary from Roger McNamee as well as Facebook’s oversight board’s initially selected cases were topics rounding out this week’s show. Geeks of the Week included T-Mobile’s first 5G hotspot and dataplan, DownDetector.com, and Troy Hunt’s spectacularly helpful “Compromised Password Checker.” 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) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. 2021 Will Launch the Platinum Age of Piracy (Wired, 12 Dec 2020)
  9. Gmail was messed up for a ‘significant’ number of users today (The Verge, 15 Dec 2020)
  10. Google acquires Neverware, a company that turns old PCs into Chromebooks (The Verge, 16 Dec 2020)
  11. Google acquires Neverware, the company that brings Chrome OS to older laptops with CloudReady (About Chromebooks, 15 Dec 2020)
  12. Migrate From Google Cloud Print With These 12 Alternatives (Chrome Unboxed, 7 Dec 2020)
  13. More than 1,200 Google workers condemn firing of AI scientist Timnit Gebru (The Guardian, 4 Dec 2020)
  14. We read the paper that forced Timnit Gebru out of Google. Here’s what it says. (MIT Technology Review, 4 Dec 2020)
  15. Timnit Gebru: Google and big tech are ‘institutionally racist’ (BBC News, 14 Dec 2020)
  16. “I started crying”: Inside Timnit Gebru’s last days at Google—and what happens next (MIT Technology Review, 16 Dec 2020)
  17. Firefox’s latest update brings native support for Apple’s Arm-based Macs (The Verge, 16 Dec 2020)
  18. Microsoft releases native Office apps for M1 Macs (ComputerWorld, 15 Dec 2020)
  19. Latest iOS update shows all the ways Facebook tracks you. There are a lot. (Mashable, 16 Dec 2020)
  20. Facebook attacks Apple in full-page newspaper ads over ad-tracking (95o5Mac, 16 Dec 2020)
  21. This Week In Tech 800 – It’s Coming From Leo2 (TWiT, 6 Dec 2020)
  22. Did you know: The most popular music streaming platform isn’t Spotify (Android Authority, 6 Dec 2020)
  23. YouTube touts 40M active gaming channels with 100B hours of watch time in 2020 (9to5 Google, 8 Dec 2020)
  24. 2020 Was The Year Of The Twitch Streamer (The Verge, 16 Dec 2020)
  25. Roger McNamee on disinformation’s spread: Everyone is ‘isolated in their own Truman Show’ (NBC Universal / Yahoo News, 12 Dec 2020)
  26. From hate speech to nudity, Facebook’s oversight board picks its first cases (Reuters, 1 Dec 2020)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: T-Mobile introduces its first 5G hotspot and a 100GB standalone plan for $50 (The Verge, 10 Dec 2020)
  28. Wes’ Geek of the Week: DownDetectorCompromised Password Checker by Troy Hunt

EdTechSR Ep 201 – Facebook’s Reckoning Approaches

Welcome to episode 201 (“Facebook’s Reckoning Approaches”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 9, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new lawsuits brought against Facebook by the FTC and 48 state attorneys general. Apple’s new privacy disclosure requirements for developers, the last update for Adobe Flash, and a critical expose of the website PornHub were also highlighted. A recent nation-state hack of the top tier cybersecurity company FireEye, the sufficiency of Windows Defender for security protection of WindowsOS systems, Google and password manager audit tools, and the Apple / Cloudflare initiative to secure DNS via new protocols were discussed. Ways to protect privacy with a smart speaker in your house, the vulnerability of both passwords and SMS-based two factor authentication, and the website HaveIBeenPwned.com were topics rounding out this week’s show. Geeks of the Week included the recent #digiURI Media Club meetup discussing the TED Radio Hour Episode, “IRL Online,” Kevin MacLeod’s websites for free music downloads, and the GoSund Smart Plugs. 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) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. The FTC is suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp (The Verge, 9 Dec 2020)
  9. Apple announces $549 AirPods Max noise-canceling headphones, coming December 15th (The Verge, 8 Dec 2020)
  10. App privacy details on the App Store (Apple, 8 Dec 2020)
  11. Adobe just released the last Flash update ever (The Verge, 9 Dec 2020)
  12. Ruffle (Flash Player Emulator)
  13. The Children of Pornhub (NY Times, 4 Dec 2020)
  14. Pornhub limits uploads and disables downloads after New York Times exposé (The Verge, 8 Dec 2020)
  15. Premiere security firm FireEye says it was breached by nation-state hackers (ArsTechnica, 8 Dec 2020)
  16. Is Windows Defender Good Enough to Protect Your PC by Itself? (PC Magazine, 30 Nov 2020)
  17. Google Password Checkup
  18. Cloudflare, Apple, and others back a new way to make the Internet more private (ArsTechnica, 8 Dec 2020)
  19. How to keep the smart speaker you got for the holidays and still keep some of your privacy, too (Recode, 9 Dec 2020)
  20. Your Password Isn’t Safe, Neither Is Typical Multi-Factor Authentication, Microsoft Warns (Forbes, 14 Nov 2020)
  21. haveibeenpwned.com (Maintained by Microsoft Engineer Troy Hunt – English WikiPedia)
  22. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Discussing “IRL Online” with the #digiURI Media ClubIRL Online (TED Radio Hour, 30 March 2020) – GoSund Smart Plugs
  23. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: incompetech.comincompetech.filmmusic.io