EdTech Situation Room Episode 63

Welcome to episode 63 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 30, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed iPhone 9 rumors, Apple’s recent Emmy Award, CRISPR and human DNA embryo editing (“DNA surgery”), fake news surrounding Hurricane Harvey, and Google’s forthcoming Chromebook Pixel laptop. Additional topics included the newly announced collaboration between Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana and YouTube updates removing black bars on vertical videos. Geeks of the week included the Blue Yeti Mic and a $26 HDMI to Component Video converter with the power to rescuccitate a HDMI-disabled flatscreen TV. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Are you ready for $1,000 smartphones? (USA Today, 29 August 2017)
  9. Apple’s TV plans are still stuck in neutral (Recode, 29 August 2017)
  10. Apple wins technical Emmy award for Siri’s integration w/ Apple TV (9 to 5 Mac)
  11. Why Apple’s Sept. 12 iPhone event is its most important in years (Recode, 28 August 2017)
  12. Goodbye, home button: iPhone 8 may be more radical than thought (CNet, 30 August 2017)
  13. Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos (NPR, 18 August 2017)
  14. Fake Photographs: Hurricane Harvey Edition (Snopes, August 2017)
  15. Rough Translation Podcast by NPR (more on Fake News)
  16. Google’s Upcoming Chromebook Pixel: How Much Would You Pay? (Chrome Unboxed, 27 August 2017)
  17. Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are going to work together (Recode, 30 August 2017)
  18. An Alexa And Cortana Team-Up Won’t Get Far Without A Phone (Wired 30 August 2017)
  19. YouTube Update Gets Rid of Black Bars on Vertical Videos (PC Magazine, 29 August)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Yeti Mic: http://amzn.to/2wk8Ekt
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Portta HDMI to YPbPr Component RGB ($26) s/o to Chromecast! ($35)

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