EdTechSR Ep 171 – This Week in Pandemics

Welcome to episode 171 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 1, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) continued to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on teachers, students, and parents, but also highlighted some recent technology headlines involving security, media literacy, and other issues. Those included the completion of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, PBS Learning Media Resources for Home Learning integrating with Google Classroom, the recent FBI warning to teachers and school administrators to avoid “Zoom-jacking,” and some helpful articles / tips about videoconferencing from home, including updating your home WiFi access points. (Wes recommends Google Nest!) 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. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! 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.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Microsoft Edge is becoming the browser you didn’t know you needed (ArsTechnica, 1 April 2020) – note the ‘password monitor’ feature
  9. Hackers Trick Thousands Into Downloading Dangerous ‘Google Chrome Update’ (Forbes, 26 March 2020)
  10. T-Mobile completes merger with Sprint, John Legere steps down as CEO (The Verge; 1 April 2020)
  11. PBS LearningMedia Resources (integrates with Google Classroom)
  12. FBI issues warning about ‘hijacking’ of online classes by intruders after schools report serious disruptions (Washington Post; 31 March 2020)
  13. Trolls exploit Zoom privacy settings as app gains popularity (The Guardian; 27 March 2020)
  14. Google Mesh Home WiFi Makes our Internet Access MUCH faster (Wes Fryer, 31 March 2019)
  15. Sharing Audio From Videos During a Videoconference (Wes Fryer, 31 March 2020)
  16. How to Look Your Best on a Webcam (NYTimes, 25 March 2020)
  17. Exclusive: Zoom CEO Eric Yuan Is Giving K-12 Schools His Videoconferencing Tools For Free (Forbes, 13 March 2020)
  18. COVID Deniers: How shadowy social media groups are spreading myths and conspiracy about coronavirus (The Telegraph, 26 March 2020)
  19. COVID-19 & what platforms are doing to limit the spread of misinformation: Facebook (Mozilla Blog, 25 March 2020)
  20. Start-Ups Are Pummeled in the ‘Great Unwinding’ (The New York Times; 1 April 2020)
  21. Montana Masks’ pop up all over the world, move from 3D printers to injection molds (Billings Gazette; 31 March 2020)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week 1: Pomodoro Technique
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week 2: Online voice recorders: recordit.co and online-voice-recorder.com
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week 3: NCCE Upcoming Webinar / Live Events
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week 1: PDFCandy (@pdfcandy) via @cyndidannerkuhn
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week 2: Connect WalMart Grocery App to Google Home
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week 3: Webinar archive: Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online (by Wes)

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