EdTech Situation Room Episode 83

Welcome to episode 83 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 24, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the Montana governor’s announcement to require net neutrality respect from ISPs with state contracts, the Hawaii governor’s Twitter password gaffe during the recent false ICBM alert incident, and a series of new Google announcements relating to an IT certification program and cybersecurity spinoff company. Additional topics included new affordable laptops from Lenovo, Acer, and Microsoft targeting the education market, wifi issues with Chromecast and Google Home devices, and some Apple updates on battery throttling, HomePod, and the Siri Assistant who can new read daily news briefings like Google Home and Alexa. The show rounded out with a discussion of new YouTube changes to channel monetization eligibility, the issues raised around “YouTube pranking culture” by the Logan Paul Japan suicide video, and a shout out to Ben Wilkoff’s new “Educator and Student Youtube 1000 List.” Please follow us on Twitter for updates and links to our live shows on Wednesday night on YouTube. Check out the full list of links, including some we did not cover in this episode, on http://edtechSR.com/links.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Montana governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality in the state (The Verge; 22 January 2018)
  9. Hawaii governor forgot Twitter password during false missile alert crisis (The Verge; 23 January 2018)
  10. Google Launches New IT Course, Offers Access to Jobs and Scholarships (Fortune, 16 Jan 2018)
  11. Google finds STEM skills aren’t the most important skills (Michigan Future, 5 Jan 2018)
  12. Alphabet’s Latest Moonshot Graduate Is Tackling Cybersecurity (Fortune, 24 Jan 2018)
  13. Graduation Day: Introducing Chronicle – Cybersecurity needs a moonshot (@AstroTeller, 24 Jan 2018)
  14. What is Google’s Fuchsia OS, anyway? (9 to 5 Google, 23 January 2018)
  15. Google teases I/O 2018 with a pineapple cake and a series of riddles (Verge, 24 Jan 2018)
  16. Over 90 percent of Gmail users still don’t use two-factor authentication (Verge, 23 Jan 2018)
  17. Lenovo Expands Educational Chromebook Lineup (Chrome Unboxed; 22 January 2018)
  18. Acer Announces A New Chromebox and 2 New Chromebooks (23 January 2018)
  19. Microsoft challenges Chromebooks with $189 Windows 10 laptops for schools (The Verge; 22 January 2018)
  20. [Update] Google’s Chromecast and Home devices can cause temporary Wi-Fi outages, here’s why (9 to 5 Google, 15 January 2018)
  21. Have you experienced Google Home- or Chromecast-related Wi-Fi outages? [Poll] (9 to 5 Google, 16 January 2018)
  22. Apple confirms iOS 11.3 will let you turn off controversial throttling of older iPhones (The Verge 24 January 2018)
  23. Apple’s Siri-equipped HomePod comes to your home on February 9 (ArsTechnica, 23 Jan 2018)
  24. Apple CEO Tim Cook Explains Why You’ll Want the HomePod (Fortune, 24 Jan 2018)
  25. iPhone users can now ask Siri to read daily news podcasts (Verge, 23 Jan 2018)
  26. Apple is adding a new Privacy icon to iOS and macOS to prevent iCloud password phishing (Verge, 24 Jan 2018)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The New York Times Podcast Club
  28. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “The Secret of Tuxedo Park” (@AmExperiencePBS documentary) and Flixable (Flixable Helps You Find the Perfect Thing to Watch on Netflix – Lifehacker, 23 Jan 2018)

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