EdTech Situation Room Episode 52

Welcome to episode 52 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 17, 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), Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed an array of exciting announcements from today’s Google i/o conference, as well as an interesting but disturbing video from the May 10th Microsoft Build Conference perhaps foreshadowing our “privacy free future” powered by ubiquitous surveillance cameras, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Panelists also discussed the recent WCry worm whose ransomeware payload has made headlines and wreaked havoc on unpatched (as well as pirated) Windows-powered computers worldwide. The response of Microsoft’s President, Brad Smith, was a call for national governments to stop stockpiling computer exploits like this one originally developed by the NSA and leaked to the public. Topics also included the possibility of a forthcoming Siri-powered home assistant from Apple (perhaps to be announced in June at WWDC), a new aggregation of compromised 560 million email credentials (yes it might be time to change your password) making it even easier for hackers to ruin your life. Wes also mentioned the ATLIS 2017 session “Copyright & Intellectual Property: Who Owns What Teachers and Students Create in Your School?” in the context of photo sharing of student photos taken at school. 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. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) – blog: learningischange.com
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. Change Your Passwords: 560 Million Email Credentials Have Been Leaked (Lifehacker, 17 May 2017)
  10. Check if your email account has been compromised: https://haveibeenpwned.com
  11. Google I/O 2017: Everything important that Google announced today (Recode, 17 May 2017)
  12. 2.5 hour VIDEO: Google I/O’17: Google Keynote (starts at 37:32)
  13. The Google Assistant — get help anytime, anywhere (iOS app)
  14. “By 2020, the cumulative number of cameras is expected to rise to approximately 1 billion.” (via Venturebeat, 8 May 2017)
  15. Here’s a Chilling Glimpse of the Privacy-Free Future (Popular Mechanics, 10 May 2017)
  16. VIDEO: Build 2017: Workplace Safety Demonstration  (Microsoft, 10 May 2017)
  17. An NSA Cyber Weapon Might Be Behind A Massive Global Ransomware Outbreak (Forbes, 12 May 2017)
  18. Microsoft Has Effectively Banned Third-Party Browsers From the Windows Store (BleepingComputer, 10 May 2017)
  19. Editorial: When Apple is 2 years behind you, put your things in order (AppleInsider, 13 May 2017)
  20. Two days after WCry worm, Microsoft decries exploit stockpiling by governments (ArsTechnica, 15 May 2017)
  21. WCry is so mean Microsoft issues patch for 3 unsupported Windows versions (ArsTechnica, 13 May 2017)
  22. Copyright & Intellectual Property: Who Owns What Teachers and Students Create in Your School? (Vinnie Vrotney @kinkaidtech at ATLIS 2017, notes by Wes Fryer)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Kinja Deals! 
  24. Ben’s 1st Geek of the Week: Translate and Text to Speech with Workflow on iOS
  25. Ben’s 2nd Geek of the Week: Contrafabulists Podcast
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: : MacCast Podcast (13 May 2017 episode) on PocketCasts app (iOS and Android)



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