EdTechSR Ep 222 Ransomware Canary Speaks

Welcome to episode 222 (“Ransomware Canary Speaks”) of the EdTech Situation Room from June 9, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed our ongoing computer chip shortage and likely impacts, the FCC-managed $7 billion connectivity fund for U.S. schools, and tech reviews on Lon.TV. Media recommendations from Wes’ middle school students, Apple’s WWDC 2021 announcements (just a few of them, there were a TON of newly announced features) and Apple’s forthcoming AirTag improvements were also highlighted. A clever video of AirTag tracking sent to North Korea, Tim Cook and Elon Musk, Amazon Prime Day June 21-22, the password breach behind the Colonial Pipeline hack, and the FBI Director’s Ransomware 9-11 warning / comparison were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included ArcGIS StoryMaps, River Runner, a permanent Minecraft enchantment, and the Digital Learning Annual Conference. Please see our shownotes for links to all these articles and resources! 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. Note we will be on a 4 week summer break starting next week! Our next show will be Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Stay savvy and safe!

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. Cisco says computer chip shortage to last six months (BBC; 25 April 2021)
  9. FCC Finalizes $7 Billion Connectivity Fund: What Districts and Vendors Need to Know (EdWeek Market Brief, 12 May 2021)
  10. Lon.TV (great video reviews)
  11. Media Recommendations (including YouTube videos) from Casady School 5th & 6th Graders
  12. Everything Apple announced in its WWDC 2021 keynote: iOS 15, macOS Monterey, more (9 to 5 Mac; 7 June 2021)
  13. Apple announces AirTag privacy improvements, Android app coming this year (9 to 5 Mac; 3 June 2021)
  14. VIDEO: I sent an AirTag to North Korea, Tim Cook and Elon Musk!
  15. Amazon Prime Day set for June 21 and 22 (CNBC; 2 June 2021)
  16. Hackers Breached Colonial Pipeline Using Compromised Password (Bloomberg; 4 June 2021)
  17. FBI Director Compares Ransomware Challenge to 9/11 (WSJ; 4 June 2021)
  18. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: ArcGIS StoryMapsRiver Runner (via @cogdog) – Minecraft “Curse Binding Enchantment”
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Digital Learning Annual Conference, Next Week… Online!

EdTechSR Ep 221 iPad as Laptop NO

Welcome to episode 221 (“iPad as Laptop NO”) of the EdTech Situation Room from June 2, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the merits of the iPad as a potential, functional replacement for a MacOS laptop, a wishlist for iPadOS features, the risks of purchasing an Apple Watch Series 3 today, and the forthcoming, speedy Mac Mini. A positive review of the Apple iMac M1 rounded out this week’s Apple-related discussions. On the social media front, the abrupt self-termination of Donald Trump’s new blog website, Twitter’s plans for a subscription service, and ongoing challenges for the SEC posted by Elon Musk’s tweets were discussed. The death by buyout of Nuzzel by Twitter was mentioned, and an excellent Twitter thread by Robert G Reeve was reviewed which highlights the alarming (and creepy) ways social media apps and advertising algorithms powered by our modern surveillance state make uncanny content suggestions which cause many to think (falsely!) that “their phones are listening to them.” Amazon’s plan to share your network with your neighbors was the last topic rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included “The Best MacOS Utility Apps” and a “New Laptop Without Tears” tutorial video. Please see our shownotes for links to all these articles and resources! 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. iPadOS 15 wish list for improving iPad quality of life sans Mac (9 to 5 Mac; 30 May 2021)
  9. Should you buy the Apple Watch Series 3 in 2021? Here’s how it stacks up (9 to  5 Mac, 2 June 2021)
  10. The next Mac mini: Smaller, speedier, and more expansive (MacWorld; 31 May 2021)
  11. Apple iMac M1 Review: The All-in-one For Almost Everyone (The Verge; 18 May 2021)
  12. Donald Trump has shut down his blog (The Verge; 2 June 2021)
  13. Twitter Confirms Plans for ‘Twitter Blue’ $2.99 Monthly Subscription Service (Mac Rumors; 27 May 2021)
  14. SEC struggling to rein in Elon Musk’s tweets, letters reveal (ArsTechnica, 2 Jue 2021)
  15. Help us reimagine Nuzzel within Twitter! (via @pgreorge)
  16. Excellent Twitter thread by Robert G Reeve about why so may people think (incorrectly) that their smartphone is listening to their conversations
  17. Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors (Ars Technica; 29 May 2021)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The best MacOS utility apps: 6 amazing tools and tweaks (Digital Trends; 31 May 2021)
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “New Laptop Without Tears” tutorial video (part 1 of 2)

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EdTechSR Ep 220 The Big Lebowski

Welcome to episode 220 (“The Big Lebowski”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 26, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Jason’s increasing resemblance to Jeff Bridges, lots of updates to Google Workspace (formerly known as Google Suite,) Google I/O 2021 updates, and Google’s apparent rediscovery of RSS. The less-than-perfect ways people are using password managers, the forthcoming retirement (in 2022) of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, malware on MacOS, and the malware dangers faced by remote workers were also highlighted. Additional Google show topics included the Google Teacher Center and Google Educator Certifications. On the security front, Joe Biden’s secret Venmo account was discussed. On the social media / “tech correction” front, a Florida law to punish “politician deplatforming” online, a new Russian law pushing Google to delete “offending” content within 24 hours, and the “empty promise” of Facebook’s new feature to “hide likes” were explored. On the hardware front, a recent Verge article evaluating “best student laptops” (which didn’t mention Apple laptops, interestingly) and the announcement that USB-C is moving from 100W to 240W were mentioned. Geeks of the Week were in abundant supply this week, including the DLAC 2021 conference, the DigLitCon conference, Canva Pro (free for teachers,) Apple’s new privacy ad and wheelofnames.com. Please see our shownotes for links to all these articles and resources! 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. “The Big Lebowski” on IMDB
  9. 12 Google Workspace updates for better collaboration (Google Workspace Blog, 18 May 2021)
  10. Create and import documents that contain images above or behind text in Google Docs (Google Workplace Update Blog; 24 May 2021)
  11. Google rediscovers RSS: tests new feature to ‘follow’ sites in Chrome on Android (The Verge; 20 May 2021)
  12. Google Keynote (Google I/O ‘21) – American Sign Language (18 May 2021)
  13. Password Managers: You’re Doing It Wrong (PC Magazine, 21 May 2021)
  14. Google is officially releasing its Fuchsia OS, starting w/ first-gen Nest Hub (9to5 Google; 25 May 2021)
  15. Google Certified Educator Bootcamp is coming July 2021!
  16. Google Teacher Center
  17. Google Educator Certifications Overview
  18. Microsoft is finally retiring Internet Explorer in 2022 (The Verge; 19 May 2021)
  19. Apple’s head of software admits Macs have an unacceptable amount of malware (CNBC, 19 May 2021)
  20. Why Are Remote Workers More Likely to Fall for Viruses and Scams? (Make Use Of; 23 May 2021)
  21. We Found Joe Biden’s Secret Venmo. Here’s Why That’s A Privacy Nightmare For Everyone (BuzzFeed News; 14 May 2021)
  22. Florida governor signs law to block ‘deplatforming’ of Florida politicians (The Verge; 24 May 2021)
  23. Russia gives Google 24 hours to delete banned content (Reuters, 24 May 2021)
  24. Facebook’s empty promise of hiding “Likes” (Recode; 26 May 2021)
  25. What’s the best student laptop? We asked students (The Verge; 21 May 2021)
  26. USB-C is about to go from 100W to 240W, enough to power beefier laptops (The Verge; 25 May 2021)
  27. Security Now 817: The Ransomware Task Force (@TWiT Podcast by Steve Gibson @sgGRC)
  28. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Canva Pro is Free for Teachers and DLAC 2021 (Digital Learning Conference)
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Apple’s new Privacy advertisement (YouTube) and wheelofnames.com and DigLitCon (June 4 – $25)

EdTechSR Ep 219 Ransomware Threats Abound

Welcome to episode 219 (“Ransomware Threats Abound”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 12, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the Emotet botnet takedown, ransomware evolution, and the importance of evolving your own MFA (multi-factor authentication) from SMS / text messaging to a more secure option. Microsoft’s abandonment of Windows 10X, rumors about next week’s Google I/O event, faster Google Docs on the way, and the death of Nuzzle (at the hands of Twitter, no less) were also highlighted topics. A bizarre social media story involving FaceApp and an older Japanese Twitter user, testimony in an Irish court about Facebook content moderator nightmares, Amy Klobachar’s new book to usher in the “Tech Correction,” and OneDrive’s overdue casting support were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included a recorded webinar for language teachers by Wes, and an NCCE Live session on amazing Minecraft lessons. Please see our shownotes for links to all these articles and resources! 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. Security Now 817: The Ransomware Task Force (@TWiT Podcast by Steve Gibson @sgGRC)
  9. Emotet malware nukes itself today from all infected computers worldwide (Bleeping Computer, 25 April 2021)
  10. Ransomware demands up by 43% so far in 2021, Coveware says (CyberScoop News, 27 April 2021)
  11. The Chromebook at 10: How this ‘browser in a box’ became the perfect pandemic laptop (CNET, 11 May 2021)
  12. Apple’s Ransomware Mess Is the Future of Online Extortion (wired, 23 April 2021)
  13. The Perfect Weapon Documentary on HBO by David Sanger (@SangerNYT)
  14. There’s a better way to protect yourself from hackers and identity thieves (ReCode; 6 May 2021)
  15. Google will soon switch on two-factor authentication by default (The Verge; 6 May 2011)
  16. Microsoft reportedly shelves Windows 10X, its Chrome OS competitor (The Next Web)
  17. What to expect from Google I/O 2021: Assistant, Android 12, and ‘Material NEXT’ (9 to 5 Google; 10 May 2021)
  18. Google Is Rolling Out A Big Update To Speed Up Google Docs Rendering For Everyone (Chrome Unboxed; 12 May 2021)
  19. Twitter is killing Nuzzel and it’s ok if you have no idea what that means (Android Police, 6 May 2021)
  20. A ‘beautiful’ female biker was actually a 50-year-old man using FaceApp. After he confessed, his followers liked him even more. (Washington Post, 11 May 2021)
  21. Facebook moderator: ‘Every day was a nightmare’ (BBC News; 12 May 2021)
  22. Why Amy Klobuchar just wrote 600 pages on antitrust (ArsTechnica, 9 May 2021)
  23. OneDrive is getting long overdue casting support (Android Police; 9 May 2021)
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Lesson Ideas and Tips for Language Teachers using Scratch, Minecraft and more!
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Amazing implementation of Minecraft: Good Trouble Lessons Live @ NCCE with Felisa Ford and Natasha Rachell

EdTechSR Ep 218 Facebook’s Doom Looms

Welcome to episode 218 (“Facebook’s Doom Looms”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 5, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the decision of the Facebook Oversight Board to maintain (for now) Donald Trump’s ban on the platform, Section 230 and possible tech company regulation by the US Congress, and “the normalization of deviance” on Facebook. Twitter’s AI bot flagging ‘mean tweets,’ Facebook’s plea to users to allow life tracking on iOS 14.5, Signal’s jarring (and revealing) advertisement campaign on Facebook, and China’s efforts to dominate the global electric car market were also discussed. A new CRISPR-challenger for gene editing, a decade old Dell security flaw, AirTags and privacy, and news from the ongoing Apple vs. Epic lawsuit were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included some recommended Star Wars videos on YouTube and Hacker News. Please see our shownotes for links to all these articles and resources! 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 ban on Trump upheld by Facebook Oversight Board, but decision opens door to his possible return (USA Today, 5 May 2021)
  9. Trump ban: Republicans threaten to break up Facebook after Oversight Board decision (Fox News, 5 May 2021)
  10. Video: ‘Nightmare situation for Facebook’: What the Trump ruling means (CNN, 5 May 2021)
  11. Good Riddance, Donald Trump? (OpEd by Kara Swisher, NYT, 5 May 2021) – via @pgeorge
  12. Section 230 (English WikiPedia)
  13. Facebook and the Normalization of Deviance (New Yorker, 2 May 2021)
  14. Twitter begins to show prompts before people send ‘mean’ replies (NBC News, 5 May 2021)
  15. Donald Trump’s ‘social media platform’ has launched and it’s just a blog (The Verge; 4 May 2021)
  16. Facebook encourages iOS 14.5 users to enable tracking so its apps remain ‘free of charge’ (9 to 5 Mac; 2 May 2021)
  17. Signal Tries to Run the Most Honest Facebook Ad Campaign Ever, Immediately Gets Banned (Gizmodo; 4 May 2021)
  18. As Cars Go Electric, China Builds a Big Lead in Factories (NY Times, 4 May 2021)
  19. Harvard scientists create gene-editing tool that could rival CRISPR (Engadget, 1 May 2021)
  20. Dell security flaw from 2009 affects ‘hundreds of millions’ of PCs: How to fix it (PC Magazine; 5 May 2021)
  21. How to Set Up Every iOS 14.5 Feature Worth Knowing About (LifeHacker; 5 May 2021)
  22. AirTag review: An easy-to-use item tracker empowered by a network of a billion iPhone users (9 to 5 Mac; 4 May 2021)
  23. I tracked my kid with Apple’s Airtags to test its privacy features (CNN; 5 May 2021)
  24. The Epic vs. Apple Hearing Is Already a Disaster (Gizmodo, 3 May 2021)
  25. As Epic case begins, senior Google engineer undermines one of Apple’s arguments (9 to 5 Mac; 3 May 2021)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Celebrating May the 4th in a Galaxy Far, Far Away and Star Wars 1978 Remix (Lubbock, Texas)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Hacker News

EdTechSR Ep 217 CryptoCurrency is realER

Welcome to episode 217 (“CryptoCurrency is realER”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 28, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed a new Supreme Court test of students’ rights to freedom of expression on social media, the dark web marketplace of user data, and Apple’s new iOS update (14.5) privacy features. Apple’s App Store defense in the Epic Games trial and the potentnial antitrust broo-ha-ah over Apple AirTags were highlighted. In our “miscellaneous” category, meme subject “disaster girl’s” NFT payout of almost half a million dollars and an inventive analog-vibe switchboard voice messaging DIY project using Telegram were also highlighted. On the Google front, rumored GoogleIO product updates and announcements, ChromeOS 90 new features, and the momentous performance improvements with the “Tiger Lake” Chromebook chip were discussed. The official announcement that Montana has the worst connectivity in the United States, and the SpaceX victory for lower orbit StarLink sattelite orbits were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included the mindless but apparently addicting game “Doge Miner 2” and MightyDeals.com. Please see our shownotes for links to all these articles and resources! 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. At Supreme Court, Mean Girls Meet 1st Amendment (NPR Morning Edition; 28 April 2021)
  9. ACLU Urges U.S. Supreme Court To Protect Students’ First Amendment Rights When They’re Out Of School (ACLU Penn; 28 April 2021)
  10. I found your data. It’s for sale. (Washington Post, July 2019)
  11. Here’s the nuclear option to opt out of tracking on iOS (ReCode; 26 April 2021)
  12. Facebook now has to ask permission to track your iPhone. Here’s how to stop it. (Washington Post, 26 April 2021)
  13. Apple reinforces that App Store was built to protect users as trial against Epic approaches (9 to 5 Mac; 27 April 2021)
  14. Why Apple’s latest gadget is catching the attention of antitrust regulators (ReCode; 21 April 2021)
  15. After years as a meme, ‘Disaster Girl’ takes control of her image — with a hefty payoff (Herald Sun, 27 April 2021)
  16. Inventive grandson builds Telegram messaging machine for 96-year-old grandmother (Verge, 26 Apr 2021) – thread
  17. Google CEO Sundar Pichai Teases ‘significant Product Updates And Announcements’ Ahead Of Google I/O (Chrome Unboxed; 28 April 2021)
  18. ChromeOS 90 Released: 5 New Chrome OS 90 Features Visualized In A Video Walk-Through (ChromeUnboxed; 24 April 2021)
  19. First Look: Tiger Lake Chromebook Benchmarks Reveal Monstrous Gains (Chrome Unboxed; 26 April 2021)
  20. It’s official, Montana has the worst internet service in the nation (Great Falls Tribune via Senator Jon Tester)
  21. SpaceX wins approval for lower Starlink orbits, overcoming rival objections (The Verge; 27 April 2021)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Doge Miner 2
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Mighty Deals
  24. Recommended Webinar via Peggy George: Google Photos 2021

EdTechSR Ep 216 Luvin’ Google Ain’t Wrong

Welcome to episode 216 (“Luvin’ Google Ain’t Wrong”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 21, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the impending return of Parler to the Apple App Store, the amazing dynamics of WikiPedia following the January 6th U.S. Capitol Riot, and the tendency of negative political tweets to garner more user attention than others. The important role of Darnella Frazier in documenting the homicide of George Floyd with her smartphone, Apple’s redesigned iMacs with Apple silicon chips, upgraded iPad Pros, and newly announced “Air Tags” by Apple at their marketing event this week. The start of “the podcast war” between Apple, Spotify and others reflected in Apple’s announced changes to the Apple Podcasts feature of Apple Music, “performance mode” in the Microsoft Edge browser (similar to Chrome ‘tab suspender’ extensions minimizing browser user of computer memory), and new Chromebooks from Lenovo were also discussed. The potential for adblockers to mess up Google Documents in your browser (hopefully a bug that has now been fixed) and the new “documents” tab in Google Photos were additional Google headlines discussed by Jason and Wes. Geeks of the Week included computer/device reselling websites Swappa and Gazelle, and a Saturday, April 24th free webinar by Wes about innovative teaching strategies for language teachers. Please see our shownotes for links to all these articles and resources! 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. Apple will allow Parler to return to the App Store (The Verge; 19 April 2021)
  9. When the Capitol Was Attacked, Wikipedia Went to Work (Washington Monthly, 4 Feb 2021)
  10. [VIDEO] “Wikipedia at 20 – Reflections on Past, Present & Future.” (6 April 2021)
  11. Just say no: negativity is secret of political tweet success, study finds (The Guardian; 13 April 2021)
  12. The Social Dilemma on NetFlix
  13. By bearing witness — and hitting ‘record’ — 17-year-old Darnella Frazier may have changed the world (Washington Post, 20 April 2021)
  14. Apple officially unveils redesigned iMac with Apple Silicon inside (9 to 5 Mac; 20 April 2021)
  15. M1 iMac Tidbits: Storage up to 2TB, RAM up to 16GB, base model trade-offs, Touch ID keyboard (9 to 5 Mac 2021)
  16. Apple announces new iPad Pro with M1 chip, Thunderbolt, 5G, XDR display (9 to 5 Mac; 20 April 2021).
  17. Apple officially unveils AirTag item tracker (9 to 5 Mac; 20 April 2021)
  18. Apple will let podcasters sell subscriptions and keep a cut for itself (Recode; 20 April 2021)
  19. The Podcast War Has Begun (Gizmodo, 20 April 2021)
  20. Microsoft Edge ‘performance mode’ takes the load off of your CPU and RAM, saves battery (9 to 5 Google; 19 April 2021)
  21. 2 New Mediatek Chromebooks On The Way From Lenovo (Chrome Unboxed; 20 April 2021)
  22. Your Adblocker May Be Responsible For Screwing Up Your Google Docs (Chrome Unboxed; 15 April 2021)
  23. New ‘documents’ Tab In Google Photos Could Mean More For The Future Of Your Drive Storage (Chrome Unboxed; 19 April 2021)
  24. FBI Accesses Computers Around Country to Delete Microsoft Exchange Hacks (Motherboard; 13 April 2021)
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: A TiLT Webinar with Dr Wes Fryer: “Lesson Ideas and Tips for Language Teachers using Scratch, Minecraft and more!” (April 24 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm London Time – 9:30 – 10:30 am US Central Time)
  26. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Jason: Sell your old tech before buying new stuff! swappa.com and gazelle.com

EdTechSR Ep 215 Advertising is Complicated

Welcome to episode 215 (“Advertising is Complicated”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 14, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s new advertisement targeting technology initiative, privacy and advertisement-opt out tools, and Google search’s new product review prioritization changes. Slowdowns with AMD Ryzen Chromebooks. videoconferencing improvements in Chrome 90, and Google Lens OCR capabilities coming to the desktop were also highlighted. The continued advance of Moore’s Law and artificial intelligence, Apple’s upcoming “Spring Loaded” event predictions, Tim Cook’s “flea market” opinion of Epic Games’ lawsuit, and the new FCC speed test app were discussed. The importance of a ‘digital will’ and 23 year old coder who kept QAnon online were articles rounding out this week’s show. Geeks of the Week included a video on selecting a backyard BBQ smoker and the image background removal tool, remove.bg. 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. Google Is Testing Its Controversial New Ad Targeting Tech in Millions of Browsers. Here’s What We Know. (EFF, 20 March 2021) and amifloced.org
  9. Google’s FLoC Is a Terrible Idea (EFF, 3 March 2021)
  10. Google Ad Personalization Settings
  11. Jumbo Privacy
  12. YourAdChoices Advertising Opt Out (be sure to disable ad blockers before visiting / running this)
  13. Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles
  14. Google Search now prioritizing in-depth research when ranking product reviews (9 to 5 Google; April 8 2021)
  15. AMD Ryzen Chromebooks Suffering Massive Slow-downs When Not Plugged In (ChromeUnboxed; 14 April 2021)
  16. Chrome 90 Should Make Your Video Calls A Bit Smoother (ChromeUnboxed; 14 April 2021)
  17. Google Lens expands beyond mobile and comes to desktop web with OCR in Google Photos (9 to 5 Google; 11 April 2021)
  18. A new era of innovation: Moore’s Law is not dead and AI is ready to explode (SiliconAngle; 10 April 2021)
  19. Apple officially announces Spring Loaded event for April 20th (The Verge; 13 April 2021)
  20. Tim Cook: Epic wants to turn the App Store into a ‘flea market’ (9 to 5 Mac; 12 April 2021)
  21. The FCC wants you to test your internet speeds with its new app (The Verge; 12 April 2021)
  22. Who will deal with your online presence when you die? How to create a ‘digital will’ (Guardian, 10 April 2021)
  23. A 23-Year-Old Coder Kept QAnon Online When No One Else Would (Bloomberg, 14 April 2021)
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] Which Backyard BBQ Smoker / Grill Should I Buy?! (37 min)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: www.remove.bg – Quick and Dirty Background Eraser for Images

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)