EdTech Situation Room Episode 38

Welcome to episode 38 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 25, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed in-depth the new Chromebook announcements by the Google Chrome team, Samsung and Asus, and Microsoft’s announcement of “Intune for Education,” a cloud-based tool offering functionality to manage Windows10 devices similar to the Administration console in Google Apps for Education (gSuite). They discussed the alarming aggregation of data on millions of U.S. citizens by private companies using innocuous sounding web interactives like “Facebook quizzes.” Topics also included a recent major ransomware security event in U.S. libraries, China’s new crackdown on VPN connections, Walt Mossburg’s reflection on FireFox (the first serious alternative to the dominant Internet Explorer browser from Microsoft), and Trump’s new appointee to lead the FCC who may be hostile to network neutrality. Geeks of the week included resources and tutorial videos to help with USB-C dongle confusion (Jason), a very cool family Raspberry Pi project with local weather (Ben), and TinkerCAD’s 3D design export functionality to Minecraft (Wes). 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 on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  7. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff)
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., today (18 Jan 2017, ReCode)
  10. A new generation of Chromebooks, designed for millions of students and educators (Chrome Blog, 24 January 2017)
  11. Samsung Chromebook Plus and Asus C213 Touch-based Chromebook Initial Thoughts Review (15 min video review by @bhwilkoff, 25 Jan 2017)
  12. To Re-Capture the Education Market, Microsoft Aims to Offer a Compelling Alternative to Google’s Chromebook (EdSurge, 25 January 2017)
  13. Trump’s FCC Pick Doesn’t Bode Well For Net Neutrality (Wired, 23 January 2017)
  14. The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz (NY Times, 19 Nov 2016)
  15. China tightens Gr8 Firewall by declaring unauthorised VPN services illegal by @TheRealJoshYe (South China Morning Post @SCMP_News 23 Jan 2017)
  16. US libraries hit by ransomware attack (@BBCNews 24 Jan 2017)
  17. Mossberg: What’s up with Firefox, the browser that time forgot? (ReCode, 25 January 2017)
  18. Browser Statistics
  19. Visualization of Browser Market Share
  20. Facebook is changing its Trending section to fight the spread of fake news (Recode, 25 January 2017)
  21. Echo Chamber (WikiPedia)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: From the Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog: Ask a Tech-Savvy Teacher: Help me with dongle-land!
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Tinkercad – one of the easiest 3D design Minecraft mods around!
  24. Ben’s Geeks of the Week: Window on the Weather for Raspberry Pi and My daughter’s version (in Scratch)

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