EdTech Situation Room Episode 41

Welcome to episode 41 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 22, 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), Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff – aka “the 12th man of @edtechSR) discussed unlimited cell phone carrier plans, rumored Apple iPad and iPhone upgrades, the privacy and surveillance hazards of taking a smartphone on an international trip, and slow, disruptive changes brought by technology to network television. They also discussed the continuing relevance of “old school” technologies like email in the workplace. Geeks of the week included Skitch for Mac, Canva for image/graphic design, extensions.af and Toby for browser tab management. 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. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) – learningischange.com
  9. The new wave of ‘unlimited’ data plans: How Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T compare (9 to 5 Mac, 19 February 2017)
  10. Is ‘unlimited’ phone data a ripoff? (Too Embarrassed to Ask Podcast, 17 February 2017)
  11. Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone Siri speaker (@appleinsider, 20 February 2017)
  12. Apple to Debut New iPad Pros, 128GB iPhone SE, and Red iPhone 7 & 7 Plus at March Event (@MacRumors, 20 February 2017)
  13. “I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.” (@ossia, 14 Feb 2017)
  14. A NASA Engineer Was Required to Unlock His Phone at the Border (The Atlantic, 13 Feb 2017)
  15. Mossberg: TV is changing, but not fast enough (Recode, 22 February 2017)
  16. Most U.S. workplaces still use ‘old-school’ tech like email and phone calls to communicate (Recode, 22 February 2017)
  17. Podcast: Silicon Valley should be making products for Middle America, investor Jeremy Liew says (Recode, 22 February 2017)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Beautiful quick image maker: www.canva.com
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week:  Skitch for Mac: evernote.com/skitch
  20. Ben’s Geek of the Week:  Extensions.af and Toby (Beautiful and easy tab management)

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