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

EdTechSR Ep 200 – A Bicentennial Conversation

Welcome to episode 200 (“A Bicentennial Conversation”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 2, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), special guest Eric Langhorst (@ELanghorst) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed technology news influenced by the upcoming U.S. Presidential transition, the imminent death of Google Cloud Print, and forthcoming services and products from Apple including Apple Fitness and a possible 16 inch MacBook Pro. Amazon’s expanding efforts to completely erode all remaining consumer privacy, Amazon’s new effort to open up your network to security vulnerabilities via its ‘creepy’ new service called “sidewalk,” and the ongoing, common poor password practices of MANY people today were also discussion topics. Microsoft365’s new workplace surveillance tools for administrators, the vital role of WordPress in powering most 2020 U.S. election campaign websites, and five reasons you should DELETE Telegram from your smartphone were articles rounding out this 200th episode. Geeks of the Week included products from Anker, China’s new lunar robotic mission, and a holiday light drone show. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Eric Langhorst (@ELanghorst) – homepage: www.ericlanghorst.com
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  9. Trump to Congress: Repeal Section 230 or I’ll veto military funding (ArsTechnica, 2 Dec 2020)
  10. Senate rushes to confirm Trump FCC nominee in order to hinder Biden admin (ArsTechnica, 2 Dec 2020)
  11. Google is retiring the Cloud Print service this month: what to do next (ZDnet, 1 Dec 2020)
  12. Apple Fitness+ instructors tease upcoming service as ‘late 2020’ launch nears (9 to 5 Mac, 29 Nov 2020)
  13. MacBook Pro 16-Inch With 12-Core Apple M1X Processor Tipped (Gadgets360, 30 Nov 2020)
  14. Amazon Wants to Get Even Closer. Skintight. (New York Times, 27 Nov 2020)
  15. Sidewalk is Amazon’s Latest Creepy Service (Thurrott, 24 Nov 2020)
  16. Yes, people are still using ‘123456’ and ‘password’ as their password (CNN Business, 19 Nov 2020)
  17. Microsoft 365’s Productivity Score: It’s a full-blown workplace surveillance tool, says critic (ZDnet, 27 Nov 2020)
  18. WordPress Powered Almost Every Contest in the US Elections (PublishPress, 9 Nov 2020)
  19. Five Reasons You Should Delete Telegram from Your Phone (Vice, 25 Nov 2020)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Anything Anker
  21. Eric’s Geek of the Week: China releases a super-clear image of the Moon taken by Chang’e 5 probe (ArsTechnica, 2 Dec 2020)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Holiday Drone Light Show Video

EdTechSR Ep 199 – Fake Selfies Everywhere

Welcome to episode 199 (“Fake Selfies Everywhere”) of the EdTech Situation Room from November 25, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Black Friday technological temptations, China’s robotic rocket launch this week to bring back moon rocks to earth, and a remarkable New York Times multimedia article on fake photo generation websites and services for hire. Google Meet’s new support for up to 100 breakout rooms in a single call, promising updates for native webpage (non-app) Chromebook annotation, and the best Chromebooks of 2020 were also discussed. Chromebook manufacturers following Apple’s lead and ditching Intel, surprisingly positive youth perceptions of YouTube videos as educational / instructive, and home networking troubleshooting tips were highlighted. Geeks of the Week included a new and fairly simple method to “clean up” shared YouTube video links for students, and a technique to “play thousands of retro arcade games on an Amazon Fire Stick.” 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. HP – 2-in-1 14″ Touch-Screen Chromebook – Intel Core i3 – 8GB Memory – 64GB eMMC Flash Memory – Mineral Silver (Best Buy)
  9. Comcast to enforce 1.2TB data cap in entire 39-state territory in early 2021 (ArsTechnica, 23 Nov 2020)
  10. Chinese spacecraft sets off on Moon sample quest (BBC News, 23 Nov 2020)
  11. China set to bring back first rocks from the Moon in more than 40 years (Scientific Magazine, 19 Nov 2020)
  12. Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You? (NY Times, 21 Nov 2020)
  13. Google Meet Now Supports 100 Breakout Rooms Per Call To Help With Distance Learning (ChromeUnboxed; 20 November 2020)
  14. Chromebook PDF Annotation Will Soon Be Possible In The New Media App (ChromeUnboxed; 23 November 2020)
  15. The Best Chromebooks of 2020
  16. Forget M1 MacBooks: Now Chromebooks are ditching Intel, too (Tom’s Hardware; 22 November 2020)
  17. Kids as young as 3 years old think YouTube is better for learning than other types of video (The Conversation, 24 Nov 2020)
  18. How Do I Troubleshoot Slow Speeds From My New ISP? (LifeHacker; 13 November 2020)
  19. SpeedTest by Ookla
  20. [VIDEO] Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online (62 min, March 2020 by Wes)
  21. Faster Home WiFi Via Ethernet Backhaul (by Wes, July 2020)
  22. Google Mesh Home WiFi Makes our Internet Access MUCH faster (by Wes, March 2019)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “add ‘-‘ into the URL after the “t” for the YouTube video you want to share to remove ads, comments, and suggested videos” and “Safe Link Sharing” (Casady School Remote Learning Support)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Play Thousands of Retro Games on Firestick with RetroArch (TroyPoint)

EdTechSR Ep 198 – We Loved Thee, Google Expeditions

Welcome to episode 198 (“We Loved Thee, Google Expeditions””) of the EdTech Situation Room from November 18, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed FCC changes to United States bandwidth spectrum affecting WiFi and automotive emergency communication, faster Google Chromebook chips and Google Product Black Friday specials, and the benefits of YouTube Premium. The depressing demise of both Google Expeditions and Google Tour Creator in Summer 2021, Google Pay’s impressive upgrade, GitHub’s decision to support fair use, and favorable reviews of Apple’s new M1 chip powered laptops which are convincing Jason to return to the Apple user fold were also highlighted. An alarming revelation about the poorly perceived reach of Facebook’s economic surveillance methods was also discussed. Geeks of the Week included Wes’ preview video for the December #digiURI Media Club meeting (discussing the March 2020 TED Radio Hour, “IRL Online” and the case for remote learning at home with TWO monitors. 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. FCC takes spectrum from auto industry in plan to “supersize” Wi-Fi (ArsTechnica, 18 Nov 2020)
  9. Google Store Black Friday 2020 deals: $649 Pixel 5, $149 Home Max, $20 Nest Mini (9 to 5 Google, 16 Nov 2020)
  10. Mediatek Unveils 6nm Cpu Designed Just For Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 10 November 2020)
  11. Here’s Why Mediatek’s New Chromebook Arm Processors Are So Important [Video] (Chrome Unboxed; 11 November 2020)
  12. Why MediaTek’s new chips for Chromebooks are more exciting than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c (About Chromebooks; 12 November 2020)
  13. Youtube Premium Is Actually A Great Deal And Google Wants You To Know It With A New Benefits Overview (Chrome Unboxed; 11 November 2020)
  14. Google’s virtual reality Expeditions app is going away, but it’s not bad news (Mashable; 14 November 2020)
  15. Google Tour Creator being killed off too 🙁
  16. Google Pay relaunch transforms it into a full-fledged financial service (ArsTechnica, 18 Nov 2020)
  17. GitHub agrees RIAA claim is bunk, restores popular YouTube download tool (Arstechnica, 17 Nov 2020)
  18. Facebook’s tracking tools are even worse than we feared (Input, 13 Nov 2020)
  19. Mega Review Page: Apple M1 Mac reviews: Impressive performance and battery life, iOS apps are a mixed bag (9 to 5 Mac; 17 November 2020)
  20. Apple Silicon M1 Emulating x86 is Still Faster Than Every Other Mac in Single Core Benchmark (Mac Rumors; 15 November 2020)
  21. Microsoft wastes no time making Universal Office app for Apple M1 Macs (Eric Abent; 13 November 2020)
  22. Reliable Leaker Says Apple Plans to Introduce ‘Christmas Surprise’ (Mac Rumors; 14 November 2020)
  23. Apple drops its cut of App Store revenues from 30% to 15% for some developers (ArsTechnica, 18 Nov 2020)
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: 8 min [VIDEO] Preview of “IRL Online” Discussion of #digiURI #MediaClub Dec 7tth (Tweet)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Why two monitors are better than one when working from home (NetStar; 14 April 2020)

EdTechSR Ep 197 – Bring Forth Thy M1 Chip

Welcome to episode 197 (“Bring Forth Thy M1 Chip””) of the EdTech Situation Room from November 11, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed ongoing information pollution relating to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, the new Apple M1 chip and other announcements from the November 10th Apple Event. Educator concerns about remote test monitoring during COVID-19, Google announcements about the end of free, unlimited Photo and Cloud document storage, and Roku’s support for Apple HomeKit and AirPlay2 were also highlighted. Geeks of the Week included three recommended YouTube videos from Wes and a free Stadia gaming bundle for U.S. and U.K. YouTube Premium Subscribers from Jason. 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 U.S. Election Underscores the Need for Teaching News Literacy in Our Schools (EdSurge, 7 Nov 2020)
  9. What Teachers Should Do When QAnon Conspiracy Theories Come to Class (Education Week, 6 Nov 2020)
  10. The Next 2020 Election Fight? Convincing Trump’s Supporters That He Lost (NPR, 8 Nov 2020)
  11. Fact-Checked on Facebook and Twitter, Conservatives Switch Their Apps (The New York Times; 11 November 2020)
  12. The Fragility of Democratic Institutions – Memories of Cairo in November 2017 (Wes’ blog, 30 Sep 2020)
  13. The Social Dilemma (documentary on Netflix)
  14. Remote testing monitored by AI is failing the students forced to undergo it (NBC News OpEd, 7 Nov 2020)
  15. Everything Apple announced during its November event: M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and more (9 to 5 Mac; 10 November 2020)
  16. All the Changes Apple Didn’t Share at Today’s ‘M1’ Event (LifeHacker; 10 November 2020)
  17. The biggest difference between the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is a fan (The Verge; 10 November 2020)
  18. Apple’s M1 Mac design emphasizes continuity over complexity (The Verge; 11 November 2020)
  19. Roku now rolling out HomeKit and AirPlay 2 for streaming devices and smart TVs (9 to 5 Mac; 11 November 2020)
  20. Google Photos ending unlimited free backup next year, cites ‘growing demand for storage’ (9 to 5 Google; 11 November 2020)
  21. Pixel 5 and older phones will retain unlimited ‘High quality’ Google Photos backup (9 to 5 Google; 11 November 2020)
  22. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will count toward storage caps, new auto-delete policies announced (9 to 5 Google; 11 November 2020)
  23. Youtube Premium Is Actually A Great Deal And Google Wants You To Know It With A New Benefits Overview (Chrome Unboxed; 11 November 2020)
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week Videos: The student as CEO of their life and learning | Esther Wojcicki | TEDxBerkeleyCan you outsmart a troll (by thinking like one)? – Claire WardleShowdown: Free Speech & the Internet (Aspen Institute, June 2020)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: YouTube Premium subscribers in US, UK can claim a free Stadia Premiere Edition bundle [Updated] (9 to 5 Google; 10 November 2020)

EdTechSR Ep 196 – Election Disinformation Brewin’

Welcome to episode 196 (“Election Disinformation Brewin””) of the EdTech Situation Room from October 28, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed election disinformation and countermeasures, deepfake threats, amplification of divisive issues by foreign and domestic actors, battles over WikiPedia facts, privacy and podcast tracking, and more. Adversarial interoperability, The Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure efforts to reimagine and rearchitect the Internet, smoking’s lesson for social media regulation, forthcoming updates to Internet Explorer, and Apple’s apparent foray into Internet search. Geeks of the Week included MS Edge on a Chromebook, Tour Creator by Google, a web-based teleprompter that listens to your voice and keeps pace with the speaker, and a new start engine startup (Neeva.) 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 NOT HAVE A SHOW NEXT WEEK ON NOVEMBER 4TH.

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. Wikipedia’s Plan to Resist Election Day Misinformation (Wired, 26 Oct 2020)
  9. It’s Time to Talk Seriously About Deepfakes and Misinformation (WebRoot, 6 Oct 2020)
  10. THE WAR ON PINEAPPLE: Understanding Foreign Interference in 5 Steps – PDF (US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, June 2019) – Twitter
  11. The Kremlin’s Plot Against Democracy: How Russia Updated Its 2016 Playbook for 2020 (Foreign Affairs, Sept / Oct 2020)
  12. China and Taiwan clash over Wikipedia edits (BBC News, 4 Oct 2020)
  13. [PODCAST] The Perfect Weapon – An Interview with David Sanger (CyberWire Podcast, 23 Oct 2020)
  14. Is Your Favorite Podcast Tracking You? (The Markup; 8 October 2020)
  15. Adversarial Interoperability (EFF – Cory Doctorow, 2 Oct 2020)
  16. [PODCAST] Welcome to Reimagining the Internet (The Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure, 20 Oct 2020) – Twitter
  17. Thank you for posting: Smoking’s lessons for regulating social media (MIT Technology Review; 5 October 2020)
  18. Microsoft Internet Explorer users may be surprised when they get redirected to Edge next month (The Verge; 27 October 2020)
  19. Apple develops alternative to Google search (ArsTechnica, 28 Oct 2020)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Want Microsoft Edge On Your Chromebook? Here’s How (ChromeUnboxed; 21 October 2020)
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Tour Creator by Google and teleprompt.me and neeva.co (@neevaco)