EdTech Situation Room Episode 12

Welcome to episode 12 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 1, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed spatial computing, an amazing discovery in Kazakhstan from 2015 by a Google Earth user, and the way app designers often intentionally create digital addictions using “intermittent variable rewards” like slot machines in casinos. They also offered predications for Apple announcements at the upcoming WWDC and the first use of a military-grade drone in the continental United States for an agricultural bio-technology mapping project. Geeks of the Week included the retirement (death?) of some much-beloved Google Chrome extensions as well as Adobe’s 2.0 version of the Adobe Voice app: Adobe Spark. Special kudos to our top fan and webcast attendee Peggy George in Phoenix, Arizona! Check out our podcast shownotes and our links page on https://edtechsr.com/links for all referenced resources and websites from our show. Tune in next week on Wednesday night at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific for another exciting, enthralling, amazing and inspiring episode of YOUR new digital addiction: The EdTech Situation Room!


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  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
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  9. Spatial Computing: why Tim Cook better worry (Scobleizer, 30 May 2016)
  10. Mentioned by Jason: https://getsync.com/
  11. Mentioned by Wes: http://librarybox.us/ and https://piratebox.cc
  12. NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks (NYTimes, 30 Oct 2015)
  13. Ex-Googler slams designers for making apps addictive like ‘slot machines’ (Business Insider, 25 May 2016)
  14. How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (Tristan Harris, 19 May 2016)
  15. Google’s AI art project tickles the ivories in its debut (CNet, 1 June 2016) Listen here.
  16. STUMP JASON AND WES: What will apple announce on June 13??!, WWDC 2016 will kick off on June 13th at 10AM PT (The Verge, 1 June 2016)
  17. Jason’s Predictions at Apple Announcements:  Siri enhancements? Touch on the laptop?  New version of OSX?    
  18. Wes’ Predictions at Apple Announcements: Video on the Apple Watch? Siri home digital personal assistant device?
  19. North Dakota UAS test believed to be world’s first (AgWeek.com, 31 May 2016)
  20. Eye in the Sky (RadioLab, 18 June 2015)
  21. CyberSecurity Workshops in Oklahoma City at Rose State College (May 2016)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: ScreenChomp, Snagit for Chrome, and Knowmia Retire (Jonathan Wylie Blog, 12 May 2016)
  23. Alternative for Video: Screencastity
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Adobe Spark
  25. Using Adobe Spark to Add Text to Images (@mpetty39 , 28 May 2016)

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