EdTech Situation Room Episode 147

Welcome to episode 147 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 11, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s announcements at their September 10th event, reasons to never trust a free VPN, the option to report spam in Google Calendar, cyberattack woes in Flagstaff, Arizona schools, and a reminder of why people are still the number one attack vector for cybercriminals. The attempt by Saudi Arabia to improve their global image by utilizing social media influencers, the prospect of using the inexpensive Raspberry Pi 4 as a desktop computer replacement, and the basics of the new USB 4 standard were also discussed. The transformation of China’s tech sector from copycats into innovators was explored, along with “Geeks of the Week” including the Bon Appétit channel on YouTube, and WordCloud generators Word It Out and Voyant Tools. 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. 11 things you may have missed at Apple’s iPhone 11 event (iMore, 11 Sept 2019)
  9. Swappa.com iPhone 8 Prices
  10. Opinion: My take on everything Apple announced yesterday (9to5Mac, 11 Sept 2019)
  11. [VIDEO] Dear Apple: Face to Face — Apple Watch (Apple, 10 Sept 2019)
  12. Apple iPad 2019 hands-on: A 6th-generation iPad in a 2019 iPad Air’s body (ArsTechnica, 10 Sept 2019)
  13. Apple Prices TV+ Video Service at $4.99 a Month, Hitting Netflix (Bloomberg, 10 September 2019)
  14. Google says a fix for that obnoxious Calendar spam issue is on the way (The Verge; 3 September 2019)
  15. 5 reasons why you should never trust a free VPN (CNet; 6 September 2019)
  16. Flagstaff public schools closed Thursday due to ‘cyber security issue,’ district website says (Arizona 12 News, 4 Sept 2019)
  17. Pearson AIMSweb 1.0 Data Breach (Flagstaff Unified School District, 20 Aug 2019)
  18. People are still the biggest security threat (Tech Radar Pro; 9 September 2019)
  19. Resource: The Verge Guide to Security
  20. Can Influencers Improve Saudi Arabia’s Image? (Bloomberg Businessweek, 6 Sept 2019)
  21. Can You Really Use The Raspberry Pi 4 As A Desktop Machine? (Hackaday; 9 September 2019)
  22. USB4: Everything You Need to Know About the New Standard (Tom’s Guide; 4 September 2019)
  23. The Trade War Spurs China’s Technology Innovators Into Overdrive (Bloomberg, 11 Sept 2019)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Bon Appétit YouTube
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Word It Out and Voyant Tools (Used in UUMC Project)

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