EdTech Situation Room Episode 51

Welcome to episode 51 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 10, 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 Apple’s forthcoming (but rumored) “Today at Apple” retail sessions, and a TEDideas article suggesting we replace the term “digital natives” with the terms “digital orphans,” “digital exiles” and “digital heirs.” Additional subjects included the continued growth of the digital home assistant market and the new “Echo Show” product from Amazon, next-generation mesh-based home routers, and privacy articles highlighting surreptitious surveillance smartphone apps using “ultrasonic sounds” and new advice from NIST changing generally accepted safe password recommendations. Additionally, a new video promoting Microsoft’s Minecraft for Education’s Code Builder Tool and Google’s new tools to battle fake news in suggested search results were discussed. Geeks of the week included 5.11 Tactical Bags for Nerds from Jason and the TIDE Podcast (Today in Digital Education) by Dai Barnes (@daibarnes) and Doug Belshaw (@dajbelshaw) from Wes. Please follow us on Twitter (@edtechSR) to stay up to date on upcoming shows and infrequent show start time changes. Generally you can join us live at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific on Wednesday nights on YouTube Live! Please share feedback with us if you listen to the show, have ideas for future show topics, or have a suggestion for a guest on a future episode.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Apple to launch ‘Today at Apple’ retail sessions in late May (AppleInsider, 25 April 2017)
  9. Wes’ photos of the newly designed Apple Store in Oklahoma City (25 Nov 2016)
  10. Opinion: Forget “digital natives.” Here’s how kids are really using the Internet (Ideas.Ted, 4 May 2017)
  11. Amazon Echo still dominates as Google and Microsoft play catchup (CNet, 9 may 2017)
  12. Apple ‘finalizing’ design of Amazon Echo rival based on Siri (AppleInsider, 25 April 2017)
  13. Introducing Echo Show (Amazon, coming 28 June 2017)
  14. Your Home’s Next Must-Have Accessory Is a Ridiculously Fancy Router (Wired, 13 April 2017)
  15. The State of Security in the Connected Home (Luma on Medium, 4 Nov 2016)
  16. Hundreds of privacy-invading apps R using ultrasonic sounds to track you (ZDNet , 3 May 2017)
  17. New password guidelines say everything we thought about passwords is wrong by @slavagomzin (Venturebeat, 18 April 2017)
  18. Have one of these smartphones? Your bank details, passwords and photos could be stolen (Kim Komando, 10 May 2017)
  19. Google Search update puts the heat on fake news (SlashGear, 25 April 2017)
  20. Minecraft Education Edition is getting a Code Builder tool to help teach coding skills (@cgartenberg, 2 May 2017)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: 5.11 Tactical Bags for Nerds and Amazon 5.11 Backpacks
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: TIDE Podcast with @daibarnes and @dajbelshaw

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