EdTech Situation Room Episode 168

Welcome to episode 168 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 11, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the impact of the coronavirus / Covid-19 on schools, resources for teachers and students “learning at home,” media literacy in the age of coronavirus, critical wellness / self-care tips when working and teaching from home, and more. Additional topics included a major security victory for white hat hackers led by Microsoft over botnets created by cybercriminals, the importance of wiping / resetting your computer and other Internet connected devices annually, efforts by technology companies to battle election and coronavirus misinformation, and forthcoming improvements to mouse cursor support in Apple’s iOS 14. Amazon price gouging and efforts to stop it during the Covid19 crisis, the dangers of free VPN services, and poignant issues about educational equity (including digital equity) raised by Google’s chief educational evangelist, Jaime Casap (@jcasap) rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included instructional technology support / remote learning resources from Casady School, Carl Hooker’s (@mrhooker) collected resources from a #FutureReady chat on coronavirus-mandated home teaching, Seesaw Home Learning resources, and a thoughtful article on Medium exploring, “Why All the Warby Parker Clones Are Now Imploding.” 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 (normally) 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.org – Wes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Canceling events early can help keep an outbreak from getting worse (The Verge; 11 March 2020)
  9. Google has been unusually proactive in fighting COVID-19 misinformation (The Verge 11 March 2020)
  10. Microsoft, Google, and Zoom are trying to keep up with demand for their now free work-from-home software (Recode, 11 March 2020)
  11. How To Work From Home (The Verge, 11 March 2020)
  12. As COVID-19 pushes classes online, some students are caught in the broadband gap (The Verge, 6 March 2020)
  13. Reset Your Computer Once a Year for a Happier Life (Wired; 8 March 2020)
  14. Microsoft strikes back at Necurs botnet by preemptively disabling hacking tools (Cyberscoop, 10 March 2020)
  15. Twitter Head Of Site Integrity On Fighting Election Disinformation (NPR Technology, 2 March 2020)
  16. Truth Has Become a Coronavirus Casualty (Foreign Policy, 9 March 2020)
  17. iOS 14 will reportedly have improved mouse cursor support (The Verge; 9 March 2020)
  18. Three old password rules that are dumb today (CNet; 11 March 2020)
  19. At Least 20 VPN and Ad-Blocking Apps With 35 Million Downloads Actually Monitored Users’ Phones (Gizmodo; 9 March 2020)
  20. Why Amazon can’t stop coronavirus price gougers (Recode; 5 March 2020)
  21. Coronavirus email scams are trying to cash in on your fear (Revode; 5 March 2020)
  22. Twitter Thread about Educational Equity by Jaime Casap of Google (@jcasap)
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Instructional Support / Educational Technology Support at Casady School, Remote Learning Resources from #FutureReady Twitter Chat by @mrhooker, Seesaw for Home Learning Resources
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Why All the Warby Parker Clones Are Now Imploding (Maya Kosoff, via Medium)

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