EdTech Situation Room Episode 40

Welcome to episode 40 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 15, 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) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the dangers posed by IoT (Internet of Things) hacks, the new 802.11ax wifi standard which will bring greater capacity to our networks, strategies to address fake news, and the ongoing demise of Twitter from a financial / investment perspective. They also discussed automation and the danger it poses to middle class jobs, a recent Guardian editorial piece about rejecting standardization in schools, and the amazing capabilities technology has brought us in the last 20 years. Geeks of the week included iThemes Security Pro for WordPress (Wes) and the “3-2-1 backup strategy” (Jason). 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. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. With 802.11ax, more devices will be able to hop onto your Wi-Fi network (13 Feb 2017, Mashable)
  9. University attacked by its own vending machines, smart light bulbs & 5,000 IoT devices (12 Feb 2017, NetworkWorld by IDG)
  10. New Mac malware pinned on same Russian group blamed for election hacks (14 Feb 2017, ArsTechnica)
  11. Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers (13 Feb 2017, ArsTechnica)
  12. Filming of Apple’s Upcoming ‘Planet of the Apps’ Series Has Finished (11 Feb 2017, MacRumors)
  13. Fighting fake news isn’t just up to Facebook and Google (Washington Post, 6 February 2017)
  14. www.opensources.co/ — Melissa Zimdars, Merrimack College
  15. Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world (24 Nov 2016, Joyce Valenza @joycevalenza)
  16. An Update on Safety by @mrdonut (7 Feb 2017, official Twitter blog post about changes to combat abuse)
  17. Twitter hopes machine learning can save it from oblivion (10 Feb 2017, Venturebeat)
  18. Ray Kurzweil’s Wildest Prediction: Nanobots Will Plug Our Brains Into the Web by 2030s (12 Oct 2015, Singularity Hub by @PeterDiamandis)
  19. In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant (15 Feb 2017, Guardian)
  21. Geeks of the Week: Jason: 3-2-1 Backup Strategy and Wes: iThemes Security Plugin (for WordPress users)

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