EdTech Situation Room Episode 161

Welcome to episode 161 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 8, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new technology (including possible vaporware) revealed at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Apple’s return to CES to champion digital privacy, and an exciting update to Bluetooth. Facebook’s announced ban of “deepfake” videos and the potential problems they face with this laudable policy, a late December New York Times article highlighting the protean (rather than monolithic) nature of screentime and our need to stop bashing it, and an interesting historical as well as contemporary look at Google’s business engagement in mainland China were explored. Jason’s Geek of the Week was the “MeWe” social network alternative to Facebook, and Wes’ was an outstanding “Your Undivided Attention” podcast interview with UC Irvine researcher Gloria Mark about the prevalence and detrimental impacts of interruptions on our work productivity and lives. 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 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. At CES 2020, Google doubles down on getting its software all around you (cNet; 7 January 2020)
  9. 9to5Google Best of CES 2020 Awards (9 to 5 Google; 8 January 2020)
  10. 9to5Mac Best of CES 2020 Awards (9 to 5 Mac; 8 Jan 2020)
  11. Apple returns to CES to talk privacy, not products (CNN; 7 January 2020)
  12. The hottest product at CES 2020 is privacy (CNN; 7 January 2020)
  13. Bluetooth just got its most important update in 20 years (CNN; 7 January 2020)
  14. All In A Name: Why The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook’s Title Matters (Chrome Unboxed; 7 January 2020)
  15. Facebook just banned deepfakes but the policy has loopholes (Business Insider, 7 Jan 2019)
  16. A deceptively edited video of Joe Biden signals what’s coming (Washington Post, 2 Jan 2020)
  17. Deepfakes are a risk to 2020 elections, experts tell Congress (cNet; 8 January 2020)
  18. Is Screen Time Really Bad for Kids? (NY Times, 18 Dec 2019)
  19. I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left. (Ross LaJeunesse, Medium, 2 Jan 2019)
  20. Chrome OS Has Stalled Out (Android Police; 2 January 2020)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: MeWe
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Gloria Mark @uci_informatics on @HumaneTech_ [PODCAST] “Pardon the Interruptions”

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