EdTech Situation Room Episode 32

Welcome to episode 32 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 7, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show (as well as some we didn’t have time to discuss.) This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the launch of the new Google WiFi home router, screen time surveys for adults and kids, Gmail account hacks to well known politician accounts (Colin Powell and John Podesta) via clever phishing attacks, and recent Apple headlines about MacBook Pro issues. A considerable part of the show focused on Carole Cadwalladr’s recent article for The Guardian, “Google, democracy and the truth about internet search,” and the resulting response by Google to alter auto-complete search results. Thanks to Peggy George (@pgeorge) for sharing the excellent TEDtalk video, “Machine intelligence makes human morals more important” by Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep). Jason shared a collection of “travel nerd” websites for his geek of the week, and Wes shared https://safeshare.tv. Next week we’ll have a special “Technology Shopping Cart” episode, and then be off the week of December 21st for the holiday break. We’ll be back with an end-of-year “2016 Technology Year in Review Show” either the last week of December or the first week of January. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming show times. Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey!


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  7. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. Google Wifi launches today for $129 (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2016)
  9. How much time do parents spend on screens? As much as their teens (CNN, 6 Dec 2016)
  10. Distracted is the New Drunk (WNYC’s Note to Self)
  11. T-Mobile excited about life under Trump, reversal of net neutrality rules (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2016)
  12. “Program Or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age” by Douglas Rushkoff (@rushkoff)
  13. Google, democracy and the truth about internet search (The Guardian @carolecadwalla, 4 Dec 2016)
  14. Google’s auto-search results have become slightly less offensive (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2016)
  15. 2003 TCEA TechEdge Article: “Digital Literacy NOW!” (by Wesley Fryer)
  16. This is the most dangerous time for our planet (The Guardian, Stephen Hawking, 1 Dec 2016)
  17. Robots to steal 15million of your jobs, says bank chief: Doom-laden Carney warns middle classes will be ‘hollowed out’ by new technology (Daily Mail, 5 Dec 2016)
  18. Zeynep Tufekci: Machine intelligence makes human morals more important @zeynep (TEDtalk Video, June 2016)
  19. This Tool Can Help You Disappear from the Internet (Fortune, 26 Nov 2016)
  20. Gooligan Checker
  21. 1 million Google accounts compromised by Android malware called Gooligan (ArsTechnica, 30 Nov 2016)
  22. How Hackers Broke Into John Podesta and Colin Powell’s Gmail Accounts (Motherboard, 20 Oct 2016)
  23. Apple’s pricey MacBooks have me taking a second look at Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 (CNET 6 December 2016)
  24. New MacBook Pros plagued by complaints about battery life and graphics glitches (MacWorld 7 December 2016)
  25. Geeks of the Week by Jason: Be a Travel Nerd!
    1. http://www.airlinemeals.net/
    2. https://www.seatguru.com/
    3. http://thepointsguy.com/
    4. http://crankyflier.com/
    5. http://airlinegeeks.com/
    6. http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/
  26. Geek of the Week by Wes: https://safeshare.tv/ (removes related videos from YouTube video shares, works with SeeSaw)

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