EdTech Situation Room Episode 24

Welcome to episode 24 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 5, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the challenges of teaching civics in a heated election season and the affordances of social media during election debates. They also discussed some highlights from Google’s Pixel Phone event this week, including the Pixel phone, new wifi routers, a new Google Home device, and the role of AI (artificial intelligence) in Google’s corporate products and services evolution. The rumor of an October 27th MacBook laptop refresh was also discussed, along with some iPhone/Android phone comparisons. Wes shared an endorsement for the new movie “Snowden” and gave a shout out to ProPublica’s new article series, “BREAKING THE BLACK BOX: What Facebook Knows About You.” Jason and Wes also discussed their ISTE 2017 submitted proposal for a session titled, “Digital Citizenship in Our Surveillance State.” Geeks of the week included the importance of ordering OEM certified computer chargers and the free iOS composition apps, “MusiQuest – Music & Beat Maker” and “Sketch-a-Song Kids.” Check out past episode shownotes on https://edtechsr.com/links and be sure to follow @edtechSR for updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/edtechsr as well as on Facebook. If you listen to the show, please submit our listener survey using the shortened link http://wfryer.me/edtechsr which forwards to a Google Form. Your feedback and suggestions on the show are appreciated!


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  7. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. Educators Are Afraid To Teach Civics? (FastCompany, 13 Aug 2016)
  9. Who will Be President? (Election Data analytics from the New York Times)
  10. Google’s Pixel event: all the news from the big announcement (The Verge, 4 October 2016)
  11. Mossberg: How Google’s bold moves shake up the tech industry (The Verge, 5 October 2016)
  12. Pixel Phone: “fully charges for 7 hours in 15 minutes”
  13. VIDEO: Google’s Pixel phone event in 10 minutes “From mobile first to AI first”
  14. Google’s new Wifi routers are here to take on Eero (Verge 4 Oct 2016)
  15. Eero Wifi
  16. OH… by the way… https://9to5mac.com/2016/10/05/2016-mac-keynote-date/ (new Macs coming Oct 27?)
  17. Twitter’s new, longer tweets have arrived (Verge, 19 Sept 2016)
  18. ISTE 2017 Proposal – Digital Citizenship in Our Surveillance State
  19. Digging Into Facebook’s File on You (@notetoself, 28 Sept 2016)
  20. BREAKING THE BLACK BOX: What Facebook Knows About You (@ProPublica, 28 Sept 2016)
  21. Movie: Snowden (IMDB)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: iOS Music composition apps; MusiQuest – Music & Beat Maker” and Sketch-a-Song Kids” (more details in this article)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Purchase used OEM chargers and not third party chargers!  Example eBay Search.


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