EdTech Situation Room Episode 26

A Seedlings podcast mini-reunion! Welcome to episode 26 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 19, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was again out on assignment, so Wes Fryer (@wfryer) joined Alice Barr (@alicebarr) and Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50) for a discussion about recent technology news affecting the world of education. Alice and Cheryl have been educational podcasters for MANY years, and are two of Wes’ personal “podparents” (if such a thing is a thing…) “Seedlings Forever!” Alice, Cheryl and Wes talked about new study statistics showing teens significantly prefer Snapchat and Instagram over Facebook for social media interaction, and how many kids (even older ones who are pre-service teachers) have difficulty viewing and using Twitter for professional networking. They discussed the recent name change of “Google Apps” by Google to the “G Suite,” and both Alice and Cheryl shared a few of their takeaways from last summer’s Google Geo Institute in Mountain View, California. Show participants also discussed the recent Vox interview article with Andy Stern (@AndyStern_DC), author of “Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream.” The title of the Vox article was, “Why we need to plan for a future without jobs.” Geeks of the week included Rewordify.com, “Time Saving Tips from GSuite for Education,” TubeBuddy for YouTube, the GAFE Admins Podcast (@gafeadm1ns), and the Providence Day School Digital Citizenship website. Thanks to our live viewers Jamie Camp (@connect2jamie) and Peggy George (@pgeorge) who persevered with us despite some technical difficulties! Cheryl ended up joining via iPhone speakerphone, so that is why there is a sync issue with her video and her audio quality wasn’t stellar. We were and are THRILLED that this YouTube Live Google Hangout could take place, however, and hope you’ll share feedback with all of us if you listen and enjoy the show. Please also take a moment to respond to our listener survey, which is linked in our shownotes. All links from this and past shows are available on https://edtechsr.com/links and you can follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date for future shows. Next week we anticipate being back at our “normal time” (10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific) and will feature yet another guest. Thanks for tuning into the EdTech Situation Room!


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  6. Special guest Alice Barr (@alicebarr)
  7. Special guest Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50)
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. Snapchat Beats Instagram and Facebook as the Top Social Platform for Teens (AdWeek, 14 Oct 2016)
  10. All together now. Introducing G Suite (Google Official Cloud Blog, 29 Sep 2016)
  11. Google Expeditions (now with an iOS app!)
  12. Why we need to plan for a future without jobs (Vox, 17 Oct 2016)
  13. Book: Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream by Andy Stern (@AndyStern_DC)
  14. Map: The Most Common* Job In Every State (NPR, Feb 2015)
  15. Alice’s Geek of the Week: Time Saving Tips from GSuite for Education
  16. Cheryl’s Geek of the Week: Rewordify.com (Blog post about rewordify on cheryloakes.com)
  17. Rachel’s Minecraft YouTube Channel: RachelArtist (>500 subscribers now – @RachfMC)
  18. TubeBuddy for YouTube (Google Chrome extension) and TubeBuddy’s Tips and Tricks for YouTube
  19. GAFE Admins Podcast (@gafeadm1ns)
  20. Providence Day School Digital Citizenship

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