EdTech Situation Room Episode 3

We were joined for episode 3 of our Blab.im powered weekly podcast by educational technology guru and noted futurist Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) of San Antonio, Texas! Hosts Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) met in “The EdTech Situation Room” on February 10, 2016, and discussed current news and trends in educational technology with Miguel. In this week’s show we discussed our responses to the economic and digital hegemony of Google and Apple (actually we didn’t use those words, but we did talk about that issue). We talked about Google’s online store for ‘books that can’t be printed,’ the importance of OER (Open Educational Resources) for schools, and the role of the printed textbook in an increasingly digital information landscape. Wes ranted a bit about the ascendant power of artificial intelligence, and Miguel revealed his true (and startling) personal views on DRM (digital rights management) as they relate to educational curricula. Jason challenged us to think about the permanency and durability of digital information in formats which, given time, are sure to be eclipsed by newer mediums. As always we wrapped up the show with some practical “Geek of the Week” links and tips. We’ll take a week off and be back for episode 4 on February 24, 2016, when Jason will be broadcasting live from the NCCE Conference in Seattle, Washington. Check edtechSR.com/links for complete shownotes and referenced links. Please subscribe to us on Twitter (@edtechSR), on Blab.im/edtechSR and to our audio podcast channel. Our appeal of the mysterious suspension of our YouTube channel is still pending, but a YouTube playlist of our three episodes-to-date is available for your viewing pleasure. Please share The EdTech Situation Room with all your educator peeps! Please tweet us and share your feedback about and input for the lineup and format of our show. Tune in LIVE to our next show on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific. (We will NOT have a show on February 17, 2015)


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  4. Alphabet just passed Apple as the world’s most valuable company (Verge, 2-1-2016)
  5. Google opens an online store for ‘books that can’t be printed’ (The Verge, 2-9-2916)
  6. Microsoft’s SwiftKey Purchase Is About Artificial Intelligence, Not Software Keyboards (ReCode 2-2-2016)
  7. Thinking About Physical Media in This Digital Age (Thurrott.com, 2-6-2016)
  8. Living DRM Free (@mguhlin, October 2014)
  9. Pirate Your Own Books (The Guardian, February 2012)
  10. Wes’ Geek of the Week Web Picks: Blur Faces in the YouTube Editor via @bhwilkoff and
    WiFi Pineapple (watch out for scriptkiddies on your school network)
  11. Jason’s Geek of the Week Web Picks: Horizontal Transfer Podcast and Woot.com
  12. Miguel’s Geek of the Week Web Picks: Office Lens app for iOS / Android and Centrallo note-taking tool (extended review)
  13. Follow Miguel Guhlin on Twitter: @mguhlin
  14. Follow Jason Neiffer on Twitter: @techsavvyteach
  15. Follow Wesley Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  16. Subscribe to the EdTech Situation Room using your favorite podcatcher (we love PocketCasts)
  17. Audio Bumper for the audio podcast of this show: “News Theme” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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