EdTech Situation Room Episode 46

Welcome to episode 46 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 4, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s announced spec update for the Mac Pro, a recent Google sponsored survey indicating teens think Google is cooler than Apple, and a variety of articles and movies tangentially related to intelligence, artificial intelligence, and cyborgs. As usual they discussed continuing improvements to home assistant technologies like Google Home, as well as articles about recent privacy protection rule changes in the United States and their implications for US consumers. Privacy discussions also included Quincy Larsen’s February 2017 post, “I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.” Jason shared a shout out to the Note to Self Podcast episode, “Blind Kids, Touchscreen Phones, and the End of Braille?” On the topic of digital distractions, Jason provided an update about his continuing use of the Google WiFi router and hotspot, which now provides potentially helpful parental controls. Geeks of the week included the multi-platform wireless projection streaming solution “Prijector” from Wes (via the @gsfeadmins Episode 12 podcast) and a hearty endorsement of two-factor authentication from Jason , inspired by the Reply All Podcast Episode #91: The Russian Passenger. Check our shownotes below for all referenced links from the show, which are also available on https://edtechsr.com/links. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Next week we’ll be back on Wednesday night but will broadcast 2 hours earlier than normal. If you listen to and enjoy the show, please provide us with feedback by submitting our short listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Apple Updates MacPro Specs; Promises Redesigned Model; (CNet; 4 April 2017)
  9. Teens think Google is cooler than Apple (says Google survey) (CNet; 4 April 2017)
  10. “The Next Human” (Apri 2017, National Geographic)
  11. Movie: Ghost in the Shell (2017)
  12. Elon Musk launches Neuralink, a venture to merge the human brain with AI (27 Mar 2017, The Verge)
  13. 3D Printing Video: How Weta Workshop Made Ghost in the Shell’s Robot Skeleton! (6:44)
  14. Alien intelligence: the extraordinary minds of octopuses and other cephalopods (28 Mar 2017, Guardian)
  15. European Prize for Women Innovators (2 April 2017, Click Podcast)
  16. An audacious vision: Researchers aim for first human eye transplant within the decade (Nov 2016, StatNews)
  17. Movie: Arrival (2016)
  18. What the Repeal of Online Privacy Protections Means for You (29 Mar 2017, NYTimes)
  19. I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you. (14 Feb 2017, Quincy Larsen)
  20. Smart home tech helps veterans overcome their broken bodies (cNet, 4 April 2017)
  21. Blind Kids, Touchscreen Phones, and the End of Braille? (Note To Self, WNYC, 31 August 2016)
  22. Google WiFi helps keep you off the internet at night (Engadget; 3 April 2016)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Prijector (via @gsfeadmins Episode 12)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Two-Factor Authorization – encouraged by Reply All Podcast #91: The Russian Passenger

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