EdTechSR Ep 176 – Choose Your Digital Platform Investments Carefully

Welcome to episode 176 (“Choose Your Digital Platform Investments Carefully”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 6, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed updates from Apple including more predicted “opening” to third party platforms on iOS and MacOS, FaceID and masks, and prescient words from Tim Cook in the latest Apple earnings call. On the Microsoft front, Windows 10X progress as as a Chromebook competitor, Slack and Microsoft teams as collaboration tools were mentioned. On the Google side of platforms, the outstanding “Teach from Home” Google resource website, PewDiePie’s exclusive live-streaming deal with YouTube, the spike in user-created “everyday with me” videos, and excellent screenshot improvements for ChromeOS as well as Chromeshot extensions were discussed. On COVID-19 related issues, the challenge of engaging social media followers and friends over disinformation videos / articles, a very insightful (and troubling) article from Harvard professor Fernando M. Reimers on the global impact of pandemic, and “An Open Letter to Independent School Leaders” by Ben Scafidi and Eric Wearne were discussed by Jason and Wes. Geeks of the Week included the upcoming June 9-11 On Air KS G-Summit, a COVID-19 scenario visualizer and simulator, a “choose your own adventure” digital story called “57 North,” new “deep fake” videos using Chris Pratt images on Harrison Ford / Indiana Jones movie clips, the July 14-19, 2020 Summer Institute on Digital Literacy, and the Home Depot 62 in. Adjustable Height Work Bench Table as a home office desk. 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. Spotify CEO expects Apple will ‘open up’ even more in the future (The Verge; 5 May 2020)
  9. Face ID doesn’t work when you’re wearing a mask—Apple’s about to address that (ArsTechnica, 2 May 2020)
  10. In an unusual investor call, Apple reports flat quarterly earnings amid COVID-19 (ArsTechnica, 30 April 2020)
  11. Microsoft shifts Windows 10X towards more of a Chrome OS competitor (The Verge; 5 May 2020)
  12. Slack CEO: Microsoft Teams is not a competitor to Slack (The Verge; 1 May 2020)
  13. Teach from Home from Google
  14. PewDiePie signs exclusive live-streaming deal with YouTube (The Verge; BBC News; 5 May 2020)
  15. Coronavirus bingeing: YouTube trends show spike in every-day task tutorials (USA Today; 1 May 2020)
  16. Gayle Agostinelli on YouTube
  17. Resizeable, Moveable Screenshots Are Coming To Chrome OS (Chrome Unboxed; 6 May 2020)
  18. Awesome Screenshot for Chrome
  19. HP Launches 3 New 10th Gen Intel Chromebook For Enterprise (Chrome Unboxed; 5 May 2020)
  20. Takedowns for “YouTube PlanDemic Documentary: The Hidden Agenda Behind Covid-19” (no news article link available yet)
  21. Coronavirus: YouTube tightens rules after David Icke 5G interview (BBC News, 7 April 2020)
  22. “What the Covid-19 Pandemic will change in education depends on the thoughtfulness of education responses today”, by Fernando M. Reimers. (Worlds of Education, 9 April 2020)
  23. “An Open Letter to Independent School Leaders” by Ben Scafidi and Eric Wearne
  24. Parking Lots Have Become a Digital Lifeline (The New York Times; 5 May 2020)
  25. Behold: The Power of the Spotify Playlist During COVID-19 (Wes Fryer, 21 April 2020)
  26. Upcoming Webinars from Leslie Fisher (via @pgeorge)
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: 2020 On Air KS G-Summit: June 9-11, 2020What Happens Next? COVID-19 Futures, Explained With Playable Simulations (via @susanvg) – 57 NorthChris Pratt Indiana Jones Deep FakesSummer Institute on Digital Literacy goes Virtual: July 14-19
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: 62 in. Adjustable Height Work Bench Table

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