EdTechSR Ep 172 – Don’t Jack with My Zoom

Welcome to episode 172 (“Don’t Jack with My Zoom”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 8, 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 zoomjacking, remote learning, disinformation, YouTube influencers in the neo-coronavirus era, and “the technology correction.” They also brainstormed “Best Tools and Strategies for Live Teaching” and software for “Virtual Backgrounds for Videoconferencing.” If you have any options which should be included on these lists, please reach out to Jason or Wes on Twitter! 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. Google bans its employees from using Zoom over security concerns (The Verge; 8 April 2020)
  9. Zoom CEO apologizes for security problems on public live stream (The Verge; 8 April 2020)
  10. Zoom update hides meeting ID numbers from the title bar (The Verge; 8 April 2020)
  11. Zoom is showing how to respond to criticism the right way (The Verge; 3 April 2020)
  12. Desmos for teachers and for students
  13. Nearpod
  14. Jamboard by Google
  15. PollEverywhere
  16. kahoot.com
  17. quizizz.com
  18. Connect iPad to Computer via QuickTime Player and use Whiteboard app like Explain Everything (@explainevrythng)
  19. www.cammask.com/ ($34 one time)
  20. manycam.com/ ($29 / year)
  21. www.chromacam.me/ (free – Windows online)
  22. xSplit Vcam ($19.99 Lifetime at Stack Social, Windows only)
  23. eCamm Live ($12-$20/month)
  24. PLANET MONEY – Episode 987: The Race To Make Ventilators
  25. China, coronavirus and surveillance: the messy reality of personal data (Financial Times, 1 April 2020)
  26. Influencers among ‘key distributors’ of coronavirus misinformation (The Guardian; 8 April 2020)
  27. Kansas task force issues guidelines for K-12 remote education plans, stresses learning won’t stop with building closures (Lawrence Journal World, 19 March 2020)
  28. State officials tell closed Kansas schools to teach online, use other options (Kansas City Star, 19 March 2020)
  29. 4 In 10 U.S. Teens Say They Haven’t Done Online Learning Since Schools Closed (NPR, 8 April 2020)
  30. Amid coronavirus, students flock to Kahoot! and Duolingo. Is it the end of language teachers? (USA Today, 7 April 2020)
  31. How to make TV shows on iPhones? Just ask Conan and Al Roker (USA Today; 4 April 2020)
  32. Google to release your location data to help fight coronavirus pandemic (CNN; 3 April 2020)
  33. As hospitals enforce strict rules, parents are using FaceTime to see their newborns (CNN, 7 April 2020) 
  34. The Virus Changed the Way We Internet (New York Times, 7 April 2020)
  35. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Google Nest Hub ($129) and and Nest Hub Max ($229)
  36. Jason’s Geek of the Week: www.printfriendly.com

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