EdTechSR Ep 175 – Don’t Close Your Streamyard Tab

Welcome to episode 175 (“Don’t Close Your Streamyard Tab”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 29, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed several Google Updates: the availability of Google’s Hangouts Meet videoconferencing platform for consumer Google accounts, a way to extend the life of your Chromebook’s browser, and updates to GSuite’s sharing dialog. An amusing rant by a judge over a lawyers’ poor attire choices during a trial by videoconference, the psychology of lifting the lockdown, the growth of telemedicine during COVID19, and the proliferation of stimulus check scams were also highlighted. Recommended media literacy books on “information pollution” and dives into the world of online radicalization, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to prevent annotations to Georgia’s state laws by state officials from remaining behind a paywall, and reported productivity challenges for remote working rounded out the show’s topics. Geeks of the Week included a new ChromeOS installer for Windows users, Jason’s “Live from NCCE” presentation video from last week on remote learning / teaching / working tips, a great digital video tribute from Reuters to journalists around the world, upcoming Oklahoma USAF flyby tributes to medical professionals, and two excellent online book publishing platforms. 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. Google’s Zoom rival, called Meet, is now free to consumers (CNet; 29 April 2020)
  9. New Feature Could Greatly Extend The Life Of Your Chromebook’s Browser (Chrome Unboxed; 29 April 2020)
  10. Google Meet premium video conferencing-free for everyone (Google Product Blog, 29 April 2020)
  11. New sharing dialog for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, & Forms (GSuite Updates Blog, 28 April 2020)
  12. The Jury Is Still Out On Zoom Trials (The Verge; 22 April 2020)
  13. Don’t Feel Bad If Your Kids Are Gaming More Than Ever. In Fact, Why Not Join Them? (Time Magazine; 22 April 2020)
  14. What Will It Be Like When the Lockdown Lifts? (Psychology Today, 15 April 2020)
  15. Oklahoma Department of Commerce link for business owners (Oklahoma Dept of Commerce, 22 April 2020)
  16. The coronavirus pandemic could push telemedicine into the mainstream (CNN Business; 27 April 2020)
  17. Scammers Could Be After Your Stimulus Check. Here’s How to Avoid Them (Time Magazine; 27 April 2020)
  18. Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online by Wes Fryer (Webinar, 26 March 2020)
  19. Supreme Court rules Georgia can’t put the law behind a paywall (ArsTechnica, 27 Apr 2020)
  20. A Third of Remote Workers Say Weak Internet Has Hurt Their Productivity (PC Magazine; 24 April 2020)
  21. “You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polluted Information” by @wphillips49 & @rmmilner
  22. Samantha’s Journey Into the Alt-Right, and Back (The New Yorker, 22 Nov 2019)
  23. Jason’s 1st Geek of the Week: Another nerdy, distracting weekend project: Install Official Google Chrome OS on PC / Laptop With Play Store and Linux for FREE!
  24. Jason’s 2nd Geek of the Week: Live from NCCE Archive: “Working at Home Strategies for the First-Time Remote Teacher & Administrator”
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Reuters Thanks to JournalistsOK AFB’s Salute 1 May – Publish online? Pressbooks or PubPub

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