EdTech Situation Room Episode 158

Welcome to episode 158 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 11, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed headlines from our continuing “Technology Cold War” between the United States and China, as well as the U.S. and Russia. China has announced it will purge all foreign made computer equipment from government offices, the FCC continues to oppose Huawei in US ISP networks, and reports continue to verify we’re in a global information and disinformation war. Facebook continues to battle fake accounts and internal corruption aimed and bolstering fake accounts, Microsoft’s new Mobile design, and Microsoft’s first Linux app were also discussed. On the Apple front, the high prices for new Mac Pro desktop computer systems were highlighted. Chrome’s enhanced password management and password compromise features, the end of life for the original Google Glass, the FBI’s recommendation for home users to isolate IoT devices on a separate network, recommended physical security keys for two factor authentication, YouTube’s request for more clarity on the FCC’s COPPA-based ruling impacting creators, and Amazon versus Apple Family discussions were headlines rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included a recent Audible settlement with long time subscribers (check your email!), an amazing traveling Science museum exhibition and website, “The Science Behind Pixar,” and an outstanding iOS and USB-C compatible security key from Yubikey. 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 (unless we have a schedule change like tonight) if you can 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. China tells government offices to remove all foreign computer equipment (Guardian, 8 Dec 2019)
  9. The FCC’s Push to Purge Huawei From US Networks (Wired, 12 Dec 2019)
  10. We’re In the Middle of a Global Information War. Here’s What We Need to Do to Win (Time 26 Sept 2019)
  11. Fake ‘Likes’ Remain Just a Few Dollars Away, Researchers Say (The New York Times, 6 December 2019)
  12. Facebook Fired A Contractor Who Was Paid Thousands In Bribes To Reactivate Banned Ad Accounts (Buzz Feed, 10 Dec 2019)
  13. Microsoft’s full-screen Windows 7 upgrade prompts start next month (The Verge, 10 December 2019)
  14. Microsoft Wants Everyone To Follow Its Lead With Its New Mobile Design (The Verge, 5 December 2019)
  15. Microsoft’s first Office app arrives on Linux (The Verge, 10 December 2019)
  16. A virtual field trip to CERN, via Google Glass (May 2013)
  17. A Maxed Out Mac Pro Will Cost Over $52,000 (MacRumors, 10 Dec 2019)
  18. The Mac Pro’s optional wheels cost $400 (The Verge, 10 December 2019)
  19. You can now buy Apple’s new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR (The Verge, 10 Dec 2019)
  20. Chrome now warns you when your password has been stolen (The Verge, 10 Dec 2019)
  21. RIP Google Glass: Google finally ends support for the old Google Glass after a controversial life (Mashable, 7 December 2019)
  22. FBI recommends that you keep your IoT devices on a separate network (cNet, 6 December 2019)
  23. The best hardware security keys for two-factor authentication (Verge, 22 Feb 2019)
  24. YouTube calls for ‘more clarity’ on the FTC’s child privacy rules (The Verge 11 December 2019)
  25. Are You an Amazon or an Apple Family? (New York Times; 9 March 2019)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: The Science Behind Pixar and YubiKey 5Ci | Dual connector – USB-C and Lightning ($70)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Audible Settlement

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