EdTech Situation Room Episode 155

Welcome to episode 155 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 13, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed YouTube’s newly announced terms of service to apparently pave the way for more channel / account takedowns, the latest 2018-19 report “Why Rural Matters,” and the importance of addressing the rural/urban political divides which separate many voters in western states like Montana and Oklahoma. The “Long Tail” and the wonderful “Craft With Me” YouTube channel of Gayle Agostinelli was mentioned. The new PBS Frontline special “In the Age of AI,” Deepmind AI and its triumph (AlphaStar) over Starcraft 2 world class players, Android users who love the Apple Watch, and Apple’s ongoing focus / market differentiation on privacy were discussed. Additional topics included the story of Carson King, College GameDay in Iowa, Venmo, and the raising of $1 million for a local children’s hospital overshadowed by racist tweets from the past, as well as articles about the algorithmic darkness of YouTube. Google’s forthcoming inclusion of “end of life” date information in ChromeOS settings, Jason’s rebuttal to Phil Schiller’s (of Apple) public criticisms of Chromebooks, and security articles including discussion of passwords and “security fatigue” and the importance of using a unique password for your Google account were also highlighted. Disinformation research from NPR’s Fresh Air program, and resources highlighting both our “age of information disorder) (via @firstdraftnews) and the weaponization of Twitter to counter critics of Saudi Arabia were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included The Noun Project, Andrew Marantz’s new book “Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation,” First Draft News’ Informational Toolbox on Information Disorder, and an alarming video of MIT’s Mini-Cheetah’s rounded out the show. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. YouTube says it has ‘no obligation’ to host anyone’s video (The Verge, 11 Nov 2019)
  9. Mike’s Mom: Gayle Agostinelli’s YouTube Channel “Craft With Me” (The Long Tail)
  10. Why Rural Matters: 2018-2019 (Rural School and Community Trust; November 2019)
  11. Pre-Reflections on the April 2018 Oklahoma Teacher Walkout (Reflections on the Urban – Rural Divide in Oklahoma, blog post by Wes Fryer, April 2018)
  12. In the Land of Self-Defeat (NY Times OpEd, 4 Oct 2019)
  13. The Montana Digital Academy (the state online program for Montana)
  14. “In the Age of AI” (PBS Frontline, 5 Nov 2019)
  15. DeepMind’s AI has now outcompeted nearly all human players at StarCraft II (MIT Tech Review, 30 Oct 2019)
  16. VIDEO: Alphastar – The Inside Story (5 min)
  17. Half Life 2
  18. I’m an Android user who tried the Apple Watch for a month — it’s now the only smartwatch I’ll recommend (Android Police, 8 Nov 2019)
  19. Apple’s Revamped Privacy Site Highlights ‘Everyday Apps, Designed for Your Privacy’ (MacRumors; 6 November 2019)
  20. Instagram to Start Hiding Like Counts in the U.S (Variety, 8 Nov 2019)
  21. Instagram Will Start Hiding ‘Likes’ in the US Next Week (Wired, 8 Nov 2019)
  22. No Dumb Questions Podcast – Episode 68: How Phones Have Changed (and How They’ve Changed Us)@nodumbqs)
  23. Meet Carson King, the ‘Iowa Legend’ who’s raised more than $1 million for charity off of a sign asking for beer money (Des Moines Register, 24 Sept 2019)
  24. YouTube is my parenting nightmare (@bonniekristian in @TheWeek, 11 Nov 2019)
  25. Something is wrong on the internet (Medium by @jamesbridle, Sept 2017)
  26. Chromebooks Will Soon List “End Of Life” In The Settings Menu (Chrome Unboxed; 12 November 2019)
  27. Apple’s Phil Schiller takes shots at Chromebooks, says kids are ‘not going to succeed’ (9 to 5 Google; 13 November 2019)
  28. ‘Security Fatigue’ Can Cause Computer Users to Feel Hopeless and Act Recklessly, New Study Suggests (NIST, 4 Oct 2019)
  29. Do not use your Google password for other apps (Business Insider, 11 Nov 2019)
  30. How Internet Trolls And Online Extremists Are ‘Hijacking’ American Politics (NPR, 12 Nov 2019)
  31. Information disorder: ‘The techniques we saw in 2016 have evolved’ (First Draft, 21 Oct 2019)
  32. How Saudi Arabia Weaponized Twitter to Target MBS Critics (Frontline, 7 Nov 2019)
  33. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Noun Project
  34. Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation by @andrewmarantz
  35. Information Disorder: The Definitional Toolbox by @firstdraftnews
  36. MIT’s Mini Cheetahs (Robot and AI, 7 Nov 2019)

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