EdTech Situation Room Episode 124

Welcome to episode 124 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 6, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed YouTube’s most recent letter to Creators, Google’s Jigsaw project which uses AI to help human moderators identify toxic posts which violate community standards, and the Japanese government’s plans to hack into citizen’s IoT devices to update firmware. Additional topics included Spotify’s recent acquisitions of Gimlet Media and Anchor, predictions for podcasting in 2019, and the woes of crypto currency investors when the only person with the controlling password dies unexpectedly. The Google Chrome extension “Password Checkup,” ChromeOS instant tethering, impressive digital revenue for the New York Times, and an interview with Ray Kurzweil about our evolutionary trajectory as humans to merge with our computers rounded out the show’s articles. Wes’ Geek of the Week was the PBS video, “What a Smell Looks Like.” Jason’s Geek of the Week was “Hot Pod News.” 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. All shownotes are available 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. [VIDEO] February 2019 Creator Letter | Our priorities this year (Susan Wojcicki – YouTube, 5 Feb 2019)
  9. YouTube in 2019: Looking back and moving forward (YouTube Creator’s Blog; 5 February 2019)
  10. How Google’s Jigsaw Is Trying to Detoxify the Internet (PC Magazine, 29 Jan 2019)
  11. Japanese government plans to hack into citizens’ IoT devices (CNet; 27 January 2019)
  12. Crypto Exchange Says It Can’t Repay $190 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password (Gizmodo, 4 Feb 2019)
  13. Spotify gets serious about podcasts with two acquisitions (The Verge; 6 February 2019)
  14. What Spotify needs in order to become a great podcast app (The Verge; 6 February 2019)
  15. 13 Predictions for Podcasting in 2019 (Pacific Content, 19 December 2018)Jason’s and Wes’s Preferred Player: PocketCasts
  16. Google’s Password Checkup Chrome extension warns of breached third-party logins (9 to 5 Google; 5 February 2019) (Direct link to plugin)
  17. Chrome OS Instant Tethering now available on 15 more Chromebooks and 31 Android phones (4 February 2019)
  18. The New York Times Co. Reports $709 Million in Digital Revenue for 2018 (6 February 2019)
  19. Hitting the Books: Ray Kurzweil on humanity’s nanobot-filled future (Engadget, 3 Feb 2019)
  20. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] What a Smell Looks Like (via @AliceMagician)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: hotpodnews.com
  22. (@hotpodmedia)

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