EdTechSR Ep 174 – The Eye of Sauron Briefly Appears

Welcome to episode 174 (“The Eye of Sauron Briefly Appears”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 22, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Tab Groups in Google Chrome, disinformation stories inspired (is that the right word?!) by the neo-coronavirus, updates to videoconferencing tools WhatsApp and Hangouts Meet, digital divide realities made more visible by the COVID-19 pandemic, and announcements for Montana and Oklahoma that the states will be “opening for business” again soon after weeks of lock down. Renamed Office365 (now just “Microsoft365,”) inspiring stories of 3D printing collaborative efforts to build COVID-19 PPE (personal protective equipment,) and the ongoing radicalization potential of YouTube were also discussed. 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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  8. Tab Groups Is Chrome’s Best New Feature in Years, and Here’s How to Use It (Gizmodo, 22 Apr 2020)
  9. Microsoft renames Office 365 as “Microsoft 365” – throws in new Word, Excel features and more (USA Today, 30 March 2020)
  10. Here’s why “baking” damaged reel-to-reel tapes renders them playable again (ArsTechnica, 21 April 2020)
  11. Forget Zoom: WhatsApp just got the upgrade we’ve been waiting for (Tom’s Guide; 21 April 2020)
  12. Google video chat now supports 16-head grid view (cNet; 22 April 2020)
  13. What We Don’t Know About Teachers’ Home Internet Access (New America; 20 April 2020)
  14. Unequal access to high-speed internet could be the biggest obstacle to getting the American economy back on track (Business Insider; 9 April 2020)
  15. Coronavirus made working from home the new
  16. Unemployment Checks Are Being Held Up By A Coding Language Almost Nobody Knows (The Verge; 14 April 2020)
  17. As YouTube Traffic Soars, YouTubers Say Pay Is Plummeting (One Zero; 12 April 2020)
  18. Take YouTube’s Dangers Seriously (New York Times;  20 April 2020)
  19. Oklahoma’s “Open Up and Recover Safely” Plan (salons/gyms/more open May1, summer camps open by June 1)
  20. Montana’s Reopen Plan (Phase 1 starts on April 27)
  21. [VIDEO] Global 3D Printing Efforts to Create COVID-19 PPE (2.5 min)- Tweet from Jeff Diedrich
  22. After Resisting, State [of Oklahoma] Decides to Release Number of COVID-19 Cases, Deaths for All Cities (Oklahoma Watch, 17 April 2020)
  23. Beware of these fake text messages and robocalls going around about the coronavirus (CNN, 19 April 2020)
  24. Touting Virus Cure, ‘Simple Country Doctor’ Becomes a Right-Wing Star (NYTimes, 2 April 2020)
  25. The News Is Making People Anxious. You’ll Never Believe What They’re Reading Instead. (NYTimes, 14 April 2020)
  26. Who’s Organizing the Lockdown Protests? (NYTimes The Daily Podcast, 22 April 2020)
  27. Gimlet Media Episode 33: ISIS (podcast on radicalization)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Bake Some Bread!
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: EdCampRL 2020 and PBS Frontline: China Undercover

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