EdTech Situation Room Episode 43

Welcome to episode 43 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 8, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment this week. Carrying the #edtechSR torch forward, Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin)  and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the lackluster state of iBooks and the “abandonware” status of iBooks Author. They also explored the implications of Vault 7, the WikiLeaks archive of alleged CIA documents which highlights security vulnerabilities in supposed “secure” messaging apps and platforms, as well as the hackability of smartTVs and other iOT devices. Miguel and Wes talked about the educational implications of these announcements, especially as they relate to digital citizenship, privacy, and Constitutional / human rights. Wes briefly highlighted the DNA storage milestone of the past week (215 petabytes per gram) as well as an enlightening article on the future of Apple’s Macintosh computer and various revenue streams. Shout outs were shared by Wes to Susan Bearden’s excellent book “Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach,” Brian Krebs’ book “Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door,” and the Committed Podcast (a weekly tech podcast.) Miguel’s Geeks of the Week included an excellent smartphone microphone for podcast interview recording (iRig Mic Cast), an amazing web-based audio editor (Beautiful Audio Editor for Chrome), and the book “Digital Media in the Classroom.” 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.


  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) – blog: Around the Corner
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. SXSWedu
  9. VidCode (@vidcode) – coding curriculum for students
  10. The State of iBooks in Early 2017 (@TidBITS, 18 Feb 2017)
  11. I Wish Apple Loved Books (@dimsumthinking, 7 Feb 2017)
  12. WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged C.I.A. Hacking Documents (@nytimes, 7 March 2017)
  13. Free eBook on Privacy from Miguel
  14. Surveillance State, Privacy and Citizenship (free Flipboard magazine curated by Miguel and Wes)
  15. Digital Security (free Flipboard magazine curated by Miguel and Wes)
  16. DNA data storage landmark: Now it’s 215 petabytes per gram or over 100 million movies (@ZDnet, 6 March 2017)
  17. Book recommendation from Wes: “Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door” by Brian Krebs (@briankrebs)
  18. Wes’ book review of “Spam Nation by Brian Krebs (December 2016)
  19. The future of Apple’s Macintosh (@appleinsider, 5 March 2017)
  20. Scrivener Software (great for writers / authors)
  21. The Committed Podcast (@committedshow)
  22. Book recommendation from Wes: “Digital Citizenship: A Community-Based Approach” by Susan Bearden (@s_bearden)
  23. Source Code for IoT Botnet ‘Mirai’ Released (@briankrebs, 16 Oct 2016)
  24. Apple Losing Out to Microsoft and Google in U.S. Classrooms (@MacRumors, 3 March 2017)
  25. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week: iRig Mic Cast ($39.99)Beautiful Audio Editor for Chrome, book: Digital Media in the Classroom
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Pocket (includes built-in text to speech)

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