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)

EdTechSR Ep 212 NCCE 2021 Rocked

Welcome to episode 212 (“NCCE 2021 Rocked”) of the EdTech Situation Room from March 24, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the 2021 NCCE Conference, Google and Microsoft’s spat over Australian journalism row & payoff, and Twitter’s new entity in Turkey complying with local social media laws. Thoughtful articles analyzing the possibility of Donald Trump launching his own social media platform, a shout out to Kara Swisher’s January podcast interview with (now ousted) Parler CEO John Matze, the crowdsourcing website Sedition Hunter, and an excellent CNN article on preparing kids to use social media were also highlighted. Privacy issues with Clubhouse, Lenovo’s new Chromebooks for the education market, updated Google Photos AI capabilities, and on-going development of Google’s Fuchsia operating system were discussed. Updates to Google notifications, a costly Bitcoin scam, white hat hacker profits during the pandemic, China’s Microsoft Exchange server attack, Microsoft’s announced reopening of business offices, and exciting announcements about electric cars and batteries by Volkswagen rounded out the show. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. JunoLive Virtual Event Platform (used by NCCE 2021)
  9. Wes’ mega-Twitter thread of #ncce21 highlights and takeaways
  10. Google slams Microsoft for trying ‘to break the way the open web works’ (The Verge, 12 March 2021)
  11. Twitter creates an entity in Turkey to obey a social media law (Engadget, 20 March 2021)
  12. Trump Teases Starting His Own Social Media Platform. Here’s Why It’d Be Tough (NPR, 24 March 2021)
  13. Why Trump’s social media network will be an epic failure (The Next Web, 23 March 2021)
  14. Ousted CEO Matze sues Parler, claims board robbed him of millions (ArsTechnica, 24 March 2021)
  15. Podcast: “If You Were On Parler, You Saw The Mob Coming” (New York Times by Kara Swisher, 7 Jan 2021 – interview with John Matze)
  16. The Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (@ethanz)
  17. Sedition Hunter Perp Sheet (crowdsourced help for the FBI to identify 6 Jan 2021 US Capitol Insurrectionists)
  18. How to prepare kids for social media use (CNN, 23 March 2021)
  19. The Problem With Clubhouse (Vice, 10 Feb 2021)
  20. Google rubs it in with new Photos collection of all the pints you once enjoyed (The Verge; 24 March 2021)
  21. Lenovo launches four new Chromebooks aimed squarely at the education sector (9 to 5 Google; 24 March 2021)
  22. Fuchsia Friday: Google is preparing for Fuchsia’s first developer releases (9 to 5 Google; 19 March 2021)
  23. Google Chat Adds Granular Notification Controls So You Can Reclaim Your Sanity (Chrome Unboxed; 24 March 2021)
  24. Man Loses $560,000 in Bitcoin Scam From Fake Elon Musk Account (Entrepreneur, 18 March 2021)
  25. Covid: White hat bounty hackers become millionaires (BBC News, 10 March 2021)
  26. How China’s attack on Microsoft escalated into a “reckless” hacking spree (MIT Technology Review, 10 March 2021)
  27. Microsoft to start reopening headquarters on March 29th, with hybrid workplace focus (The Verge; 22 March 2021)
  28. With a Blockbuster Week, VW Has Ignited a New Phase in the Electric War (The Mobilist, 19 March 2021)
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Knaive USB Type C Magnetic Adapter
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Is This Legit? YouTube Playlist from MediaWise

EdTechSR Ep 211 Age of CyberWar

Welcome to episode 211 (“Age of CyberWar”) of the EdTech Situation Room from March 3, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed privacy issues raised by Clubhouse, Google’s professed commitment to privacy, and the Duck Duck Go Privacy app. Additional discussed articles included a sobering prophesy by the FireEye CEO on future cyberwar, how the “Blacklight” tool can reveal the extent of website tracking of consumers, and (thanks to Peggy George) an article about 12 essential apps to protect your online privacy. An update on the Apple M1 SSD writing issue, an effort by Arizona legislators to change Apple’s App Store payment policies, and the reopening of all 270 Apple stores in the United States were also highlighted. Chromebook and Google Family Link news and a new company promising to slash electric motor energy consumption rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included a student eBook project from Casady School seniors (in Oklahoma City) and an iOS/MacOS remote scanning solution. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. A Clubhouse Explainer: What Educators Should Know About the New Audio Chat App (EdWeek, 1 March 2021)
  9. Clubhouse in China: Is the data safe? (Stanford Internet Observatory Cyber Policy Center, 12 Feb 2021)
  10. Google promises it won’t just keep tracking you after replacing cookies (The Verge; 3 March 2021)
  11. Duck Duck Go Privacy App
  12. Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online (Axios; 28 February 2021)
  13. 87 percent of websites are tracking you. This new tool will let you run a creepiness check. (Washington Post, 25 Sep 2020) – via @pgeorge
  14. Blacklight by @themarkup
  15. 12 Essential Apps for Protecting Your Privacy Online (PC Magazine, 28 Jan 2021) – via @pgeorge
  16. The M1 Mac write issue: What’s going on with Apple’s SSDs? (ZDNet; 1 March 2021)
  17. Arizona advances bill forcing Apple and Google to allow Fortnite-style alternative payment options (The Verge; 3 March 2021)
  18. All 270 US Apple Stores are open for the first time since March 2020 (9 to 5 Mac, 1 March 2021)
  19. Apple Launches Service for Transferring iCloud Photos and Videos to Google Photos (MacRumors, 3 March 2021)
  20. The case for expensive Chromebooks (About Chromebooks; 25 February 2021)
  21. Google is making it easier to swap between user profiles in Chrome (The Verge; 2 March 2021)
  22. Google Family Link (addressed in “Learning with Google” on 18 Feb 2021)
  23. 10 years of Chromebooks and people still don’t know what they’re capable of (About Chromebooks; 19 February 2021)
  24. Firms backed by Robert Downey Jr. and Bill Gates have funded an electric motor company that slashes energy consumption (TechCrunch, 3 March 2021)
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Student Created Picture Books by Casady School Class of 2021 Seniors
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Today I learned the iPhone’s excellent document scanner can be controlled from a Mac (The Verge; 1 March 2021)

EdTechSR Ep 210 Facebook Re-friends Australia

Welcome to episode 210 (“Facebook Re-friends Australia”) of the EdTech Situation Room from February 24, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the closure of Fry’s Electronics Stores nationwide in the United States, and more details about updates and changes to “Google Workplace for Education” (the rebranded product suite formerly known as “Google Suite for Education” or GSFE.) Apple M1 processor SSD write woes, mysterious MacOS malware, “technology correction” updates from Australia involving major news publishers, Facebook and Google, and some other miscellaneous tech news stories. These included a more sophisticated procedure for using the gene editing tool CRISPR, contention between Canada and China over a vote on the “Uighur Genocide,” and another chapter in the tragic story of Google firing AI ethicist and researcher Timnit Gebru. Geeks of the Week included the New York Public Library Digital Collections, and season 3 of the Vox podcast series, “Land of the Giants” focusing on “The Google Empire,” its history and origin stories as well as its current trajectory. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. Fry’s Electronics is shutting its doors for good (The Verge; 24 February 2021)
  9. Elon Musk says Starlink internet speeds will double to 300Mbps this year (The Verge; 22 February 2021)
  10. I signed up for T-Mobile’s $50 unlimited home internet service. Here’s what happened (cNet; 24 February 2021)
  11. 50+ New Google for Education Features (Eric Curts, 22 Feb 2021)
  12. Learning with Google 2021 Discussion of Rostering & LMS Gradebook Sync (46 min, 8 sec)
  13. 10 years of Chromebooks and people still don’t know what they’re capable of (About Chromebooks; 19 February 2021)
  14. Chrome OS screen recording tool coming in March, 40 education Chromebooks set for this year (9 to 5 Google; 17 February 2021)
  15. Supervised YouTube for older kids and teens coming soon (9 to 5 Google; 24 February 2021)
  16. M1 Mac owners are experiencing extremely high SSD writes over short periods of time, likely thanks to aggressive swap (Linus Tech Tips Forums; 17 February 2021)
  17. New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped (Ars Technica; 22 February 2021)
  18. UPDATE: Facebook reverses ban on news pages in Australia (BBC News; 23 February 2021)
  19. Changes to Sharing and Viewing News on Facebook in Australia (Facebook Blog, 22 Feb 2021)
  20. The worldwide web as we know it may be ending (CNN Business; 24 February 2021)
  21. Researchers invent new gene-editing tool (Phys.org, 23 Feb 2021)
  22. Chinese ambassador denounces pending vote by Canadian MPs on Uighur genocide (Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Feb 2021)
  23. @mmitchell_ai’s essay on the Google AI Firing of  @timnitGebru
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: New York Public Library Digital Collections
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Podcast “Land of the Giants: the Google Empire”

EdTechSR Ep 209 Google Education Pivots

Welcome to episode 209 (“Google Education Pivots”) of the EdTech Situation Room from February 17, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google News including significant changes to PAID services for educational customers, privacy, security, Apple, podcasting and connectivity related news headlines. The LastPass password manager’s forthcoming change to STOP supporting free accounts with both mobile and laptop/desktop computer access was highlighted and lamented. “The Tech Correction” (of course) was also discussed. Geeks of the Week included a new “Doodle for Google” challenge and tips on how to get more space in your Google online storage quota. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. Wes’ sketchnote from Google’s “Learning with Google” event on 17 Feb 2021
  9. A peek at what’s next for Google Classroom (Google; 17 February 2021)
  10. Archived Video: Google Education’s “Learning with Google 2021 Event” from 18 Feb 2021
  11. Mac market share grew significantly last year, but Chromebooks pulled ahead (9 to 5 Mac; 17 February 2021)
  12. LastPass’ free tier will become a lot less useful next month (The Verge; 16 February 2021)
  13. Owner of app that hijacked millions of devices with one update exposes buy-to-infect scam (ZDNet; 17 February 2021)
  14. Tracker pixels in emails are now an ‘endemic’ privacy concern (ZDNet; 17 February 2021)
  15. Facebook will block Australian users and publishers from sharing news links in response to new bill (The Verge; 17 February 2021)
  16. Nevada Bill would allow tech companies to create governments (AP News, 3 Feb 2021)
  17. Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change (Wired, 15 Feb 2021)
  18. The podcast wars will come down to ad tech, not exclusive content (The Verge; 17 February 2021)
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: How to get more space in your Google storage (The Verge; 17 February 2021)
  20. Wes’s Geek of the Week: Doodle for Google! 1 More Week to Submit “I am STRONG because…)

EdTechSR Ep 208 North Dakota and Apple

Welcome to episode 208 (“North Dakota and Apple”) of the EdTech Situation Room from February 11, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed “The Technology Correction,” Apple News, Google Chrome and Chromebook news, and privacy updates, including Chrome’s forthcoming ban of third party browser cookies. Security news included a recent hacker attack of a Florida city water treatment plant, and a damning New York Times op-ed, “How the United States Lost to Hackers,” which details how the focus on offensive cyberattacks by US agencies and military units has opened a pandora’s box of cyber weapon capabilities which is utilized by a variety of nation-state and non-state actors against a wide variety of individuals and groups. Articles about connectivity and space rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included a LiveScience article about the use of artificial intelligence to bring statues and images of ancient Roman emperors to full-color life, and the forthcoming second edition of Jason’s favorite book, “Why Don’t Students Like School.” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. Facebook will test cutting back on political posts in the News Feed (The Verge; 10 February 2021)
  9. How the Covid-19 pandemic broke Nextdoor (Recode; 9 February 2021)
  10. Fox News asks for Smartmatic lawsuit over election-rigging claims to be dismissed (Reuters, 8 Feb 2021)
  11. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey wants to build an app store for social media algorithms (Verge, 9 Feb 2021)
  12. The $2.7 Billion Case Against Fox News (NY Times – The Daily, 5 Feb 2021)
  13. Klobuchar targets Big Tech with biggest antitrust overhaul in 45 years (ArsTechnica, 5 Feb 2021)
  14. UAE “Hope” probe successfully reaches Mars, two more following shortly (ArsTechnica, 9 February 2021)
  15. New North Dakota bill would force Apple to allow alternative app stores and payment systems (The Verge; 10 February 2021)
  16. Facebook is finally banning vaccine misinformation (Recode; 8 February 2021)
  17. How Educators are Using the Exclusive Social Media App Clubhouse (EdSurge, 8 Feb 2021)
  18. Google Chrome Will No Longer Support Dusty Old Computers From The Mid-2000s (Chrome Unboxed; 9 February 2021)
  19. Google Is Improving Performance For Meet And Zoom On Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 4 February 2021)
  20. Google Effort to Kill Third-Party Cookies in Chrome Rolls Out in April (PCMag, 25 Jan 2021)
  21. Google’s next big Chrome update will rewrite the rules of the web (Wired; 2 February 2021)
  22. ISPs step up fight against SpaceX, tell FCC that Starlink will be too slow (ArsTechnica, 9 Feb 2021)
  23. From Myanmar to Kashmir, Unrest Is Met With Internet Blackouts (Voice of America News, 5 Feb 2021)
  24. Hacker modified drinking water chemical levels in a US city (ZDNet, 8 Feb 2021)
  25. How the United States Lost to Hackers (NY Times, 6 Feb 2021)
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: AI ‘resurrects’ 54 Roman emperors, in stunningly lifelike images (LiveScience, 28 Sept 2020)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: My favorite book is coming out with a second edition! “Why Don’t Students Like School?