EdTech Situation Room Episode 145

Welcome to episode 145 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 28, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed lengthening consumer smartphone replacement purchase patterns, Android’s switch to more boring OS names, and laments from teachers about “students these days not reading anymore.” The different ways music is used to shape political perceptions in the United States and India / Kashmir, China’s use of LinkedIn for spy recruitment, advocacy for continued permissiveness by YouTube for uploaded content, and emerging social credit systems in both China and Silicon Valley were also highlighted. The implications of Tumblr’s recent purchase by Automattic, Dell’s release of enterprise quality Chromebooks, cyberattacks in Denver, and the purchase of LittleBits by Sphero rounded out the week’s discussed articles. Geeks of the week included Microsoft’s new app “Your Phone” and the podcast “Your Undivided Attention” episode, “With Great Power Comes…No Responsibility?” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com and Restream.io . 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. Google deserts desserts: Android 10 is the official name for Android Q (The Verge; 22 August 2019)
  9. More than half of mobile phone users plan to keep their current device for 3-5 years (The Next Web, 22 Aug 2019)
  10. Mercury Reader for Chrome
  11. Op-Ed: My high school students don’t read anymore. I think I know why (LA Times, 23 Aug 2019)
  12. “Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations” by Clay Shirky (@cshirky)
  13. Filtering the ExoFlood (workshop by Wes)
  14. What the 2020 Campaign Sounds Like (NY Times The Daily Podcast, 22 Aug 2019)
  15. India’s ‘patriotism pop’ songs urge Hindus to claim Kashmir (AlJazeera, 22 Aug 2019)
  16. How China Uses LinkedIn to Recruit Spies Abroad (New York Times; 27 August 2019)
  17. YouTube’s CEO says it’s “more important than ever” to let people upload anything they want (Recode; 27 August 2019)
  18. Silicon Valley’s Chinese-style social credit system (FastCompany, 26 Aug 2019)
  19. Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on what’s next for Tumblr (Verge, 14 Aug 2019)
  20. Google partners with Dell on first upgradable Latitude Chromebooks for enterprise (9 to 5 Google; 26 August 2019)
  21. Dell Latitude Enterprise Chromebooks Now Available: Prices Starting At $900 (Chrome Unboxed; 27 August 2019)
  22. College in Denver shuts down its network after cyberattack (Denver 7, 24 Aug 2019)
  23. Sphero buys LittleBits in a bid to dominate connected educational toys (Verge, 23 Aug 2019)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Microsoft “Your Phone” App
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [PODCAST] With Great Power Comes…No Responsibility? (@HumaneTech_)
  26. Streamed via StreamYard and Restream.io

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