EdTech Situation Room Episode 10

Welcome to episode 10 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 4, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the benefits of using Google Slides for presentation sharing, new updates to Google Classroom, desired updates for Google Apps for Education tools, the relation of maturing genomics & robotics industries to STEM education, the slow adoption dynamics of wearable technologies in the consumer market, and the reported comparative benefits of handwritten class notes over typed versions. Check out our shownotes and discussion links on http://edtechSR.com/links for all referenced resources. Jason shared Slide Carnival for his geek of the week, and Wes shared a couple fitness/nutrition apps as well as a recent slide deck on “Inside and Outside Sharing.” As always your feedback on the show is welcome via Twitter or as a comment on our website. Tune in next Wednesday night at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain for more insightful analysis of the week’s technology new stories from Jason and Wes!


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  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. Genomics: Tweaking Genes to Save Species (NYTimes – 16 April 2016)
  10. Bill Gross: What to Do After the Robots Take Our Jobs (4 May 2-16, WSJ)
  11. Google Classroom and Drive Updates with New Features (EdSurge – 4 May 2016)
  12. Giving thanks (and time back) to teachers with new updates to Google Classroom (Google Education Blog – 3 May 2016)
  13. Talk with your audience — not at them — with Slides Q&A (Google Education Blog – 4 May 2016)
  14. Discovering Useful Ideas (upcoming breakout session at ISTE 2106 in Denver)
  15. Life’s too Short for Slow Computers – (The Verge – 3 May 2016)
  16. Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away (NPR – 17 April 2016)
  17. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Slide Carnival for Google Slides Templates (related by @shannonmmiller  via @pgeorge: Slides Carnival…Bringing Life, Spice and Fun To Google Slide and PPT Presentations!)
  18. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Pacer and MyFitnessPal – Overview of Inside & Outside Sharing http://wfryer.me/may2

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