EdTech Situation Room Episode 39

Welcome to episode 39 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 1, 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), Jennifer Carey (@teacherjencarey) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed screen time and a recent response by Derrick Willard (@dwillard) to a provocative Time editorial. They also discussed the recent sunsetting announcement of Club Penguin by Disney, the importance of parents getting into the virtual worlds their kids are playing in and exploring, and Microsoft’s forthcoming “Windows 10 Cloud” product release. The recent successful ransomeware attack on an Austrian hotel, hacking the Internet of Things, uses for digital assistants like Google Home and Alexa, the importance of 2 step verification, and the dangers of Google Authenticator were also addressed. In a “Geek of the Week” bonus moment, Jason shared the $30 bluetooth lightbulb and speaker (from Amazon) which he’s using now at home. Official geeks of the week included the new NPR series “The Privacy Paradox” (Jen), updates to Google Voice (Jason), and “Advanced / Cyborg / Centaur Chess” (Wes) via Kevin Kelly’s (@kevin2kelly) outstanding book, “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.” 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) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Jennifer Carey (@teacherjencarey) – blog: indianajen.com
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. Reframing the Debate About Screen Time (30 Jan 2017, EduTopia by @brholland)
  10. An Educator’s Response: The Screens in Schools Time Editorial (12 Sept 2016, by @dwillard
  11. Club Penguin is shutting down (31 Jan 2017, TechCrunch)
  12. Even kids on Club Penguin staged an anti-Trump protest (14 Nov 2016, Mashable)
  13. Club Penguin Private Servers (CPPS)
  14. I Feel Like Club Penguin Doesn’t Care About Private Servers and Cheating (8 Sept 2014, ClubPenguinMemories.com)
  15. LEGO Life is a new social network where kids can share their creations (31 Jan 2017, TechCrunch)
  16. Lego launches ‘safe’ social network for under-13s (31 Jan 2017, BBC)
  17. Microsoft’s coming Windows 10 Cloud release may have nothing to do with the cloud (All About Microsoft, 30 January 2017)
  18. Hackers Use New Tactic at Austrian Hotel: Locking the Doors (30 Jan 2017, NYTimes)
  19. Generation X More Addicted to Social Media Than Millennials, Report Finds (New York Times, 27 January 2017)
  20. Tenergy Propel LED Music Light Bulb with Bluetooth Speaker ($30 on Amazon)
  21. Geek of the week from Jen: The Privacy Paradox
  22. Geek of the week from Jason:  Google Voice Lives!
  23. Geek of the week from Wes: Advanced / Cyborg / Centaur Chess via “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future” by @kevin2kelly
  24. ATLIS 2017 Annual Conference (Los Angeles, April 23-26, 2017)
  25. NCCE 2017 Annual Conference (Portland, March 22-24, 2017)

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