EdTech Situation Room Episode 170

Welcome to episode 170 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 25, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) welcomed Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst) back as a special guest. Topics for the show included ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on schools, teachers and students, new product announcements from Apple, a discussion on whether or not home workers should leave smart speakers turned on, and more. Helpful and practical suggestions for remote teaching / online teaching for K-12 as well as university instructors / faculty from Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) and Jose Bowen (@josebowen) were highlighted. Geeks of the Week included Masterclass courses (including an AMAZING one about Space by Commander Chris Hadfield, Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance resources for remote teaching during the COVID-19 crisis, the CloudReady from Neverware ChromeOS operating system (free for home use.) Additional Geeks of the Week were an ongoing blog post series about educational technology and COVID-19 by Wes, Google Nest WiFi, and an upcoming free webinar on “Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online.” Peggy George (@pgeorge) shared some excellent links during our show as well, including a new daily email newsletter with 10 helpful covid19EDU links (nuzzel.com/pgeorge). Access archived MP3 audio and smaller 360P video archives of this and past shows on edtechSR.com. 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. Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst)
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Wes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom WebsiteCasady School Remote Learning Support for Teachers
  9. A Beginner’s Toolkit for Teaching Remotely (Carl Hooker, 19 March 2020)
  10. Your New Virtual Course: A Quick Primer (Jose Bowen, 16 March 2020)
  11. Story Time From Space (Astronauts Read from the ISS)
  12. How to get Verizon and AT&T data-cap fees waived during the pandemic (ArsTechnica, 25 March 2020)
  13. T-Mobile is giving unlimited data to customers to help with COVID-19 (Android Central; 20 March 2020)
  14. Incredible Screencasting Resources from Montana teacher Paul Anderson (@paulandersen) www.bozemanscience.com
  15. How to Make and Educational Screencast (Mac)
  16. Unplug Your Smart Speakers While You’re Working From Home (Gizmodo, 23 March 2020)
  17. U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat coronavirus (Washington Post;, 17 March 2020)
  18. New attack on home routers sends users to spoofed sites that push malware (ArsTechnica, 25 March 2020)
  19. How to Use Google Chrome Password Manager (Chrome Story, 16 March 2020)
  20. Apple’s New iPad Pro Has Lidar and a Keyboard With a Trackpad (Wired; 18 March 2020)
  21. Apple MacBook Air 2020 vs. MacBook Air 2019: What’s new and different? (cNet; 18 March 2020)
  22. Daily Nuzzle-powered COVID-19 Education Links for Educators by Peggy George (@pgeorge): nuzzel.com/pgeorge
  23. OLTI – The Oklahoma Learning Technology Initiative (Wes Fryer, 25 March 2020)
  24. Eric’s Geeks of the Week: MasterclassKelly Gallagher & Penny Kittle Talk About Teaching & Learning
  25. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: VLLA Members Provide Assistance to Teachers, Schools, and Districts Looking to Enhance Technology-Driven Remote Teaching (Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance Blog; 25 March 2020) and CloudReady from Neverware
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Blog post series for covid19EDUGoogle Nest WiFi – Thursday webinar: Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online

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