EdTech Situation Room Episode 69

Welcome to episode 69 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 11, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Twitter’s plans to double the character limit to 280, Microsoft giving up on Windows Phone, Google’s Investment in Neverware, and the emerging details about Russian election hacking and Russian company Kaspersky. Additional topics include the role of social media in distributing news today, “what happens in an Internet minute in 2017,” and podcast hosting services going offline (Opinion and AudioBoom). Gene therapy for Leukemia, Dropbox innovation, Tim Cook’s surprising comment about AR computing hardware, and Facebook’s new VR headset rounded out the week’s articles. Geeks of the week included Facebook Messenger Lite and Podiant for podcast hosting. Teachable Machine from Google was also shared by Ben Wilkoff in the chat room. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! If a particular article or topic is especially thought provoking or interesting to you, please let us know. The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Twitter Considering a Daily Double: More is less: The case against 280-character tweets (CNN, 27 September 2017)
  9. Wes on Mastodon: https://mastodon.cloud/@wfryer
  10. Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile (BBC 9 October 2017)
  11. Google invests in Neverware, a startup that’s turning dead PCs into Chromebooks (THe Verge, 11 October 2017)
  12. Jason’s Review of Neverware CloudReady
  13. Israeli spies ‘watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software’ (BBC 11 October 2017)
  14. How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets (NYTimes, 10 Oct 2017)
  15. From TV to Twitter: How Americans Get News Now (@pewresearch, 29 Sep 2017)
  16. What happens in an internet minute in 2017? (World Economic Forum, 31 Aug 2017) via @pgeorge
  17. Opinion Podcasts discontinuing free hosting 1 November 2017
  18. Audioboom is ending its free service. Here are some free mobile audio tools you can use instead (Online Journalism Blog, 9 Oct 2017) via @joedale
  19. Dropbox’s quest to win your heart, and Wall Street’s too (CNet, 3 October 2017)
  20. FDA Approves First Gene Therapy for Leukemia (Genome Magazine, 2 October 2017)
  21. Tim Cook says the tech ‘doesn’t exist’ for Apple to make good augmented reality glasses (The Verge, 11 October 2017)
  22. Facebook-owned Oculus built another VR headset: the $199 wireless ‘Oculus Go’ (Recode 11 October 2017)
  23. Podcast hosting options listed on http://showwithmedia.com/radio-show/
  24. Alice the Magician (amazing work extracting scents for cocktails, food, and VR worlds)
  25. https://teachablemachine.withgoogle.com/ (via @bhwilkoff)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Messenger Lite Now Available in the US
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Podiant for Podcasting (background: Podiant – A Great Platform for Podcasting and Migrated Podcasts

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