EdTech Situation Room Episode 42

Welcome to episode 42 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 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) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Walt Mossberg’s recent analysis and hopeful prediction of an Apple iOS laptop, the uncertain future of Google’s Pixel Chromebook laptop, and a host of Apple product rumors including USB-C charging cables for iOS, updates to the iPad lineup, and new additions to the Apple Pro hardware line. As we often do, we jumped into some privacy / surveillance state rabbit holes with recent articles about big data and artificial intelligence (Big Nudge), the need for ethics and a Hippocratic Oath (“Do no harm”) in computer science programs, and the use of state-sponsored propaganda as well as carefully tuned marketing messages to direct public opinion and influence elections. Geeks of the week included StackUp (get credit for what you read online), hypothes.is (interactive annotation online), and the “Data Selfie” Chrome extension. 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. Mossberg: The PC is being redefined (Recode, 1 March 2017)
  9. Don’t expect Google to talk about a new Pixel laptop (The Verge, 28 February 2017)
  10. WSJ: Apple will ditch Lightning for USB-C on new iPhones (The Verge, 28 February 2017)
  11. Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘You Will See Us Do More in the Pro Area’ (Mac Rumors, 28 February 2017)
  12. Apple is expanding its Seattle offices to focus on AI and machine learning (The Verge, 24 February 2017)
  13. Target Returns iPhone SE Stock Ahead of Apple’s Rumored March Event (Mac Rumors, 1 March 2017)
  14. Apple Shares New ‘No More Printing’ iPad Pro Ad Highlighting Apple Pencil (Mac Rumors 28 February 2017)
  15. Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence? (Scientific American, 25 Feb 2017)
  16. Defense Against Dark Arts: Networked Propaganda & Counter-Propaganda (@jonathanstray, 24 Feb 2017)
  17. Vizio tracked & sold your TV viewing habits without consent (@engadget, 2 Feb 2017)
  18. Goodbye Old Friend: AOL seemingly cutting off third-party app access to AIM starting on March 28 (9 to 5 Mac, 28 February 2017)
  19. YouTube TV offers big 4 networks & 39 other channels w/ unlimited DVR for $35/month (9 to 5 Mac, 28 February 2017)
  20. YouTube Takes On Netflix, Hulu, & Other Services: Launches On-Demand Service For $35/mo (TechTimes, 1 March 2017)
  21. Self-Flying Air Taxi Ehang 184 Is Coming to Dubai This Summer (@FortuneMagazine, 16 Feb 2017)
  22. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Stackup – Get Credit for What You Read Online and hypothes.is (via @SenorG)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Data Selfie Chrome Extension

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