EdTech Situation Room Episode 11

Welcome to episode 11 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 26, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. We’ve been off for a few weeks and we’re glad to be back! This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the evolving role of digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence, Google’s annoucement that the Google Play Store is coming to Chrome OS, and the continuing evolution of machine learning. Other discussion topics included learning experiences which cultivate “grit,” Apple Stock (and Warren Buffett’s response), and the sunset for floppy disks in US Air Force missile silos. Geeks of the week included Google’s Project Aura and the upcoming National Week of Making in the United States, June 17-23, 2016. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to these and other resources, which you can also find on http://edtechSR.com/links. Please follow us on Twitter (@edtechSR) http://twitter.com/edtechSR for updates. We expect to be back on our regular Wednesday night schedule for next week’s show. Hope you can join us live! Whether you listen to us live or in an archived format, we’d love your feedback on the show.


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  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. The creators of Siri just showed off their next AI assistant, Viv, and it’s incredible (Verge, 9 May 2016)
  10. Students aren’t very good at search (August 2011, Inside HigherEd)
  11. Clockwise Podcast (@clockwisepod)
  12. Chromebooks to run Android apps: What does it mean for teachers and schools? (NCCE Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog, 25 May 2016)
  13. Chrome Show on GigaOm (now discontinued – by @KevinCTofel & @jank0)
  14. Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train Them Like Dogs (Wired, 17 May 2016) @jasontanz @WIRED
  15. Why Grit Can’t Be Taught Like Math (EdSurge, 25 May 2016)
  16. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway buys $1B of Apple stock (AppleInsider, 16 May 2016)
  17. US nuclear force will phase out floppy disks next year (The Verge, 26 May 2016)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Project Ara (Recode, 20 May 2016)
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “National Week of Making: June 17-23, 2016) http://weekofmaking.org
  20. Related inspiration: The Maker Movement Isn’t Just About Making and Electronics: EdSurge Talks to MIT’s Mitch Resnick (23 May 2013 – EdSurge)

One thoughtful comment

  1. Great conversation on the show. Appreciate the Chrome Show podcast shoutout; wish we were still recording it – maybe someday! 🙂

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