EdTech Situation Room Episode 149

Welcome to episode 149 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 25, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new Alexa / smart assistant powered product announcements from Amazon, including lots of new smart speakers, a ring for your finger and smart glasses for your nose. Media Literacy news and articles included “Deep Fakes and Cheap Fakes,” a new report from Data and Society, Ukraine-based Facebook disinformation and propaganda campaigns, and a reminder about the SIFT (the four moves) media literacy framework from Mike Caulfield (@holden) and the Digital Polarization Project. iOS 13.1 updates, amazing reports of the camera quality of the iPhone 11 Pro, the 11th birthday of Android, and update news from Google on ChromeOS and Pixelbooks were also highlighted. A warning about newly discovered Android phone app security vulnerabilities, Instagram’s efforts to empower the victims of bullying with new app features, a new screentime report finding no correlation for teens to academic performance, and an interesting geoengineering article about weather modification via technology tools (“hail cannons”) rounded out this week’s show. Geeks of the Week included a good CNET article on home WiFi router basics, good for anyone looking to upgrade soon, and the free “Image Size” iOS app. 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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  8. The top 8 Echo products Amazon announced today (The Verge; 25 September 2019)
  9. Amazon reveals $180 Echo Frames smart glasses with Alexa built in (The Verge; 25 September 2019)
  10. Amazon announces Echo Buds headphones with Alexa and Bose noise reduction for $129 (The Verge; 25 September 2019)
  11. Amazon announces new $99 Eero mesh router with Alexa voice controls (The Verge; 25 September 2019)
  12. Amazon unleashes a bunch of new Echo devices, including glasses and a ring (ArsTechnica, 25 Sept 2019)
  13. Voice Assistants in the Classroom: Useful Tool or Privacy Problem? (Ferpa Sherpa, 18 Nov 2018)
  14. Deep Fakes and Cheap Fakes (Data & Society, 18 Sept 2019)
  15. Massive “I Love America” Facebook page, pushing pro-Trump propaganda, is run by Ukrainians (Popular Information, 23 Sept 2019)
  16. SIFT (The Four Moves) – Media Literacy Framework (@holden)
  17. Digital Polarization Initiative (DigiPo)
  18. Stop What You’re Doing and Upgrade to iOS 13.1 Right Now (Gizmodo; 25 September 2019)
  19. iPhone 11 Pro Camera Review: China (Austin Mann, 18 Sept 2019)
  20. iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Review: Thinking Differently in the Golden Age of Smartphones (NY Times, 17 Sept 2019)
  21. Best battery life: iPhone 11 Pro Max beats leading Android phones (9to5Mac, 
  22. An Exclusive Look Inside Apple’s A13 Bionic Chip (Wired; 19 September 2019)
  23. The iPhone 11 has a few more features than we first thought (cNet; 24 September 2019)
  24. This week in tech history: Android turns 11 (MSN News; 24 September 2019)
  25. Google’s next laptop is ‘Pixelbook Go’ w/ 13.3-inch 4K display (9 to 5 Google, 23 September 2019)
  26. Google Pixelbook vs. Pixelbook Go: Will it be worth the upgrade? (9 to 5 Google, 24 September 2019)
  27. New Chrome OS UI Update Proves Google Is Far From Done With Chrome OS Tablets (Chrome Unboxed, 15 September 2019)
  28. 3 reasons why a Chromebook often costs more than a nearly “identical” Windows laptop (About Chromebooks, 15 September 2019)
  29. Uninstall these two Android apps now! (Phone Arena; 20 September 2019)
  30. Instagram Head Adam Mosseri Discusses App’s New Features Meant To Fight Bullying (NPR, 23 Sept 2019)
  31. Not all screen time causes kids to underperform in school, study says (CNN, 23 Sept 2019)
  32. Rain dancing 2.0′: should humans be using tech to control the weather (Guardian, 26 Aug 2018)
  33. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Buying a new router? Understand these Wi-Fi basics first (cNet; 22 September 2019)
  34. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “Image Size” iOS app (free)

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