EdTech Situation Room Episode 165

Welcome to episode 165 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 13, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed changes to “backup files” in Google Drive and the demise of Andy Rubin’s “Essential” Android phone hardware company. After another consecutive week of shout outs to the “EdTech Takeout Episode 71,” we discussed the requirement for YouTube creators to mark all videos “made for kids” which fit Google’s guidelines, and provided some analysis on the demise of “branded accounts” on YouTube for GSuite for Education (GSFE) domains. On the topic of media literacy, the recent podcast episode “Breaking the Truth: A Conversation with Samuel Woolley” on the show “Power 3.0 Podcast: Authoritarian Resurgence, Democratic Resilience” was discussed, along with hesitation (on the part of some elementary teachers) to “turn students loose on Google” to research topics in school. On the Apple front, Siri’s new ability to answer Election 2020 questions, the rise of more adware / malware on MacOS computers, Apple’s release of “Swift Playgrounds” for MacOS, and the rise of Apple Pay were highlighted. On the ChromeOS front, forthcoming updates to ChromeOS storage, “hot corners” customization options for ChromeOS like MacOS, and geeky steps to install the “Brave” browser on a ChromeOS device were shared. Geeks of the Week included the PixilArt website and mobile apps, episode 58 of the podcast Darknet Diaries, and the Chrome extension “FakeSpot” to identify fake reviews on Amazon and other sites. 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. Manage & restore your device backups in Google Drive (Google Drive Support)
  9. How brand accounts work with YouTube (YouTube Help)
  10. Frequently asked questions about “made for kids” (YouTube Help)
  11. [VIDEO] New Copyright Features, Updates to Our Harassment Policy, and more (YouTube Creators Update, 7 Feb 2020)
  12. Andy Rubin’s Essential Shutting Down, Newton Mail Service Ending Too (MacRumors, 12 Feb 2020)
  13. EdTech Takeout Episode 71: YouTube is Changing (Shout out to Jonathan, Amber, and Mindy!)
  14. Breaking the Truth: A Conversation with Samuel Woolley (Power 3.0 Podcast: Authoritarian Resurgence, Democratic Resilience, 28 Jan 2020)
  15. Book: The Reality Game – How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth by Samuel Woolley
  16. Announcing the Newspapers On Wikipedia Project (#NOW) by Mike Caulfield (@holden)
  17. Summer Institute in Digital Literacy and Brian Turnbaugh (@wegotwits)
  18. Siri now answers your 2020 election questions (AppleInsider, 11 Feb 2020)
  19. Mac malware outpaced Windows PCs threats for first time in 2019, report says (AppleInsider, 11 Feb 2020) – Behold the rise of “potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)”
  20. Apple’s malware problem is getting worse (Vox; 12 February 2020)
  21. Apple Releases Swift Playgrounds App for Mac (MacRumors, 11 Feb 2020)
  22. Apple Pay Could Account for 10 Percent of Global Card Transactions by 2025 and Even Rival PayPal (MacRumors, 12 Feb 2020)
  23. Chrome OS Storage Management To Get A Big Upgrade (Chrome Unboxed, 10 February 2020)
  24. Chromebooks Could Be Getting This Useful Macbook Feature Soon (Chrome Unboxed, 7 February 2020)
  25. Can I Install The Brave Browser On My Chromebook? (Chrome Unboxed, 12 February 2020)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Pixel Art https://www.pixilart.com/ (@pixil_art) – download student eBook “Little Larry and the Jhat 400”
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Darknet Diaries: EP 58: OXYMONSTER and www.fakespot.com

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