EdTech Situation Room Episode 96

Welcome to episode 96 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 30, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) welcomed special guest Dave Quinn (@EduQuinn) to discuss Amazon Alexa’s latest (and improbable) privacy snafu, Facebook marketing videos to restore public trust, Redit’s ascendency over Facebook to become the number three most popular website in the United States, and the much anticipated release of the Acer Chromebook Spin 13. Additional topics included Europe’s GDPR (General Data Privacy Regulation), Apple’s new patent on an “ultra-flexible ‘living hinge’ laptop design,” the newly refreshed Google News app and it’s “full coverage” feature, and the value of Google’s Custom Search Engines. In the course of conversations Dave also mentioned the excellent work Mike Caulfield (@holden) has done on information literacy and web literacy focusing on “4 Moves,” and a shoutout to Nevada STEM educator Brian Crosby (@bcrosby) for his awesome balloon project “High Hopes” (@HighHopesSTEM). Geeks of the week included the Netflix original movie “Into the Inferno” by Werner Herzog, the 1st Inspired Learning Convention, Hummingbird Robotics Kits, and the value of pre-purchasing GoGo InFlight WiFi credits. Check out all our links on https://edtechsr.com/links for these and all other referenced resources from the show. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates and remember to subscribe with PocketCasts, Stitcher, on YouTube, or wherever you prefer to aggregate your favorite podcasts!


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  6. Dave Quinn (@EduQuinn) – The Inspired Learning Project
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. Shout out to Beth Holland (@brholland) who connected Jason and Wes to Dave!
  10. Alexa listened to a couple’s conversation and sent it to the husband’s employee without permission (BoingBoing; 24 May 2018)
  11. After pushing back, Amazon hands over Echo data in Arkansas murder case (TechCrunch, 7 March 2017)
  12. Book: Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff (@rushkoff)
  13. Reddit passes Facebook as #3 website in the United States
  14. Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR (The Verge; 25 May 2018)
  15. Confirmed: ‘Scarlet’ Is The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (Chrome Unboxed; 27 May 2018)
  16. GDPR Explained In 5 Minutes: Everything You Need to Know (Core DNA; 21 May 2018)
  17. The FBI would like you to reboot your WiFi router (WaPo; 30 May 2018)
  18. Google Custom Search Engines: https://cse.google.com
  19. Review: the Google News app is a news junkie’s dream come true (Mashable, 26 May 2018)
  20. Apple continues work on ultra-flexible ‘living hinge’ design for MacBooks (9 to 5 Mac, 27 May 2018)
  21. Facebook Opens Up About False News (Wired, 23 May 2018) Outstanding 12 minute film by Facebook about Facebook addressing #FakeNews following the 2016 Election hacks)
  22. Facebook Starts Labeling Political Ads in the U.S. (Wired, 24 May 2018)
  23. Facebook, Uber & Wells Fargo Apology Ads (Fast Company, 17 May 2018)
  24. The backlash that never happened: New data shows people actually increased their Facebook usage after the Cambridge Analytica scandal (Business Insider, 20 May 2018)
  25. All Sides: Balanced News
  26. AboutChromebooks.com by @kevinctofel
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Into the Inferno on Netflix (Werner Herzog)
  28. Dave’s Geek of the Week: Hummingbird Robotics Kits1st Inspired Learning Convention
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week / Travel Tip: Pre-Purchase GoGo Inflight Wifi for Incredible Savings

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