EdTech Situation Room Episode 108

Welcome to episode 108 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 26, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included Microsoft’s MakeCode resources, the crooked path of a YouTube star to fan fame on new media platforms, and the emergence of “deep fake” videos. If we had a show title based on the show conversations, it would likely be Miguel’s comment, “The boy turned away from Linux, I thought he was doomed!” Miguel and Wes also discussed the importance of students learning how to effectively and responsibly create video today, the recent European Human Rights Court ruling finding the mass surveillance of Great Britain’s GHCQ intelligence organization illegal that was originally highlighted by Edward Snowden, and the prospect of worldwide surveillance through drone monitoring. The Australian government’s new anti-encryption legislation, an FBI alarm on student data privacy, the launch of FireFox’s “Privacy Monitor,” and the feared demise of Evernote as a notetaking cloud platform were also discussed. Miguel set a new global record for podcast “Geek of the Week” shares, including Paranoia Works for personal encryption of data, the book Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez, Glary Utilities for WindowsOS management, an Amazing 1Note Link from Microsoft, the TCEA TechNotes Blog, and Joplin Notes. Wes’ Geek of the Week was “Learning Creative Learning,” a Free online course by MIT Media Lab starting 9 Oct 2018. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. Note we will be starting earlier than usual occasionally to accommodate guest schedules in upcoming weeks, so please check Twitter for those updates.


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  6. Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) – blog: www.mguhlin.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Microsoft MakeCode: Hands-On Computing
  9. MakeCode for MicroBit
  10. YouTube star Brandon Rogers tells the inside story of his rise to 4.5 million subscribers, from his big break to clueless execs and Facebook’s one hilarious request (Business Insider, 25 Sept 2018)
  11. Tracking Down Fake Videos (NPR, 25 Sept 2018)
  12. Rachel’s YouTube Channel and TEDx Talk: Tales from a Teen Minecraft YouTuber
  13. David Warlick (@dwarlick) Raw Materials for the Mind
  14. GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules (Guardian, 13 Sept 2018)
  15. UK mass surveillance ruled unlawful in landmark judgment (Big Brother Watch, 13 Sept 2018)
  16. Edward Snowden (@snowden) – Freedom Press
  17. Australian Government Ignores Experts in Advancing Its Anti-Encryption Bill (EFF, 24 Sept 2018)
  18. ISTE Standards for Students
  19. FBI Raises Alarm on Ed Tech and Student Data Privacy, Security (Education Week, 13 Sept 2018)
  20. Wes’ TEDx talk: Digital Citizenship in the Surveillance State (Dec 2016)
  21. Google Cloud’s new AI chief is on a task force for AI military uses and believes we could monitor ‘pretty much the whole world’ with drones (Business Insider, 12 Sept 2018)
  22. Mozilla launches Firefox Monitor, its ‘Have I Been Pwned’ clone (The Next Web, 25 Sept 2018)
  23. Apple’s Bud Tribble to Offer Support for ‘Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation’ at Senate Hearing on Wednesday (MacRumors, 25 Sept 2018)
  24. An Oral History of Apple’s Infinite Loop (Wired, 16 Sept 2018)
  25. Evernote isn’t looking too healthy these days (BoingBoing, 19 Sept 2018)
  26. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week: Paranoia WorksKill Decision by Daniel Suarez (@itsDanielSuarez), Glary Utilities, an Amazing 1Note Link from Microsoft: http://ly.tcea.org/mie2018TCEA TechNotes Blog, and Joplin Notes
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Learning Creative Learning – Free online course by MIT Media Lab starting 9 Oct 2018 (60 second promo video)

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