EdTech Situation Room Episode 159

Welcome to episode 159 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 18, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) co-hosted our annual “Technology Shopping Cart” edition, when they recommended a diverse variety of tech related gifts for the geeks in your life. Check out the shownotes for a complete list of referenced products and goodies. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! If you use any of our recommendations as stocking stuffers or gifts under your Christmas tree, please reach out and let us know via Twitter! (Or if we missed a technology related gift you think should have made our lists, let us know that too!) Next week (on Christmas Day) we will NOT have a show, but we’ll be back on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 to kick off the new year with more EdTechSR analysis about recent tech headlines from an educational perspective. 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 next week) 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. Wemo Smart Plug
  9. iClever Outdoor Smart Plug
  10. Paper Nerd Gift: Field Notes Individual or Subscription
  11. Book Nerd Gift: Kindle Oasis
  12. Apple Nerd Gift: AirPod Pros
  13. TaoTronics True Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth 5.0 TWS In-Ear Earphones: https://amzn.to/2PyxwOQ ($33)
  14. TaoTronics Wireless Earbuds, TaoTronics Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones: https://amzn.to/2QcgLZ9 ($60)
  15. Google Nerd Gift: Pixelbook Go
  16. Prone-to-Lose-Keys Gift: Tile Mate
  17. Rocketbook Notebook
  18. Battery Packs: Anker Battery, with Power Delivery or Anker PowerFusion 5000 or RAVPower USB-C Powerbank
  19. Anker Bluetooth Speaker
  20. Anker Powerstrip
  21. Anker Cables: Lightning, USB-C, or MicroUSB
  22. IoT: August Gen3 Smartlock + Connect (Amazon: $188, Black Friday was $150)
  23. Digital Security: YubiKey 5Ci | Dual connector – USB-C and Lightning ($70)
  24. 1 Password for Families Annual Subscription ($60)
  25. PortaPow 3rd Gen USB Data Blocker (Red 2 Pack) – Protect Against Juice Jacking ($12.50)
  26. Smart Switch by Avatar Controls (Amazon, $15.50)
  27. AirPods Case (Amazon, lots of colors, $7.60)
  28. Apple Watch EXCHAR Sport Band ($6.75)
  29. ThermoPro TP08S Wireless Digital Meat Thermometer (Amazon, $43)
  30. Wes’ Brisket Smoking How-To Youtube Video: Amazing Budget Brisket on a $100 Propane Smoker
  31. iPad Stylus: MEKO Universal Stylus (Amazon, $14)
  32. PNY Elite-X Fit 64GB Flash Drive (Amazon, $11)
  33. Digital Oral History Interviewing Apps for iPhone: Ferrite Studio for iPhone (free) and Voice Record Pro from iPhone (free)
  34. Guidemaster: Ars picks its favorite tech gifts you can buy for under $50 (ArsTechnica, 13 Nov 2019)
  35. Guidemaster: The best tech that will make your home an even better place (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2019)
  36. Guidemaster: 10 tech gifts to improve the home office (ArsTechnica, 11 Dec 2019)
  37. Guidemaster: Nine gift ideas for the tech enthusiast in your life (ArsTechnica, 17 Dec 2019)
  38. Dealmaster: Last minute gift deals on ThinkPads, Echo devices, and more tech (ArsTechnica, 17 Dec 2019)

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