EdTech Situation Room Episode 151

Welcome to episode 151 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 16, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on a birthday special assignment, so returning guest Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) joined Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) to discuss the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics included disinformation in the Turkish/Kurd conflict in Syria, “deep fake” videos, surveillance and privacy in our connected age, and the shifting rationale for government encryption advocates. Wellness and “digital minimalism,” a hacked Interstate billboard showing pornography, John Oliver’s debt forgiveness program, the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, and the underwhelming announcements from this week’s Google Event were topics rounding out the show. Carl’s Geeks of the Week were Learn with League (League of Legends eSports Expansion) and the Nebula Capsule Projector (great for a multiscreen classroom experience.) Wes’ Geeks of the Week were YellKey (time limited real word link shortener) and TinEye (reverse image search.) 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. Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) – blog: hookedoninnovation.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. ‘Disinformation’: Kentucky video ABC said was ‘slaughter in Syria’ was spread by Turkish politician (Washington Examiner, 15 Oct 2019)
  9. Understanding the Deep Fake: A Troubling Trend (Vicki Davis’ 10 Minute Teacher Podcast, 15 Oct 2019)
  10. Future of Privacy Forum
  11. Ferpa Sherpa
  12. FBI director warns Facebook could become platform of ‘child pornographers’ (Reuters, 4 Oct 2019) – shifting from terrorism
  13. Why Everyone is Talking About Digital Minimalism (Note to Self, 7 Oct 2019)
  14. Bored and Brilliant book – Manoush Zamordi (@manoushz)
  15. Men hack electronic billboard, play porn on it (ArsTechnica, 1 Oct 2019)
  16. John Oliver buys and forgives $15m in debt (video, HBO, 5 June 2016)
  17. T-Mobile and Sprint get FCC approval to merge in 3-2 party-line vote (ArsTechnica, 16 Oct 2019)
  18. Everything Google revealed at its big event (Mashable, 15 Oct 2019)
  19. Visual Summary of Google Event
  20. Carl’s Geeks of the Week: Learn with League (League of Legends eSports Expansion) and Nebula Capsule Projector (great for a multiscreen classroom experience)
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: YellKey (time limited real word link shortener) and TinEye (reverse image search)

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