EdTechSR Ep 180 – Read Before You ReTweet

Welcome to episode 180 (“Read Before You ReTweet”) of the EdTech Situation Room from June 10, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the intersection of privacy and smartphones during civic protests, the spread of false rumors and doctored images during the D.C. protests, and our societal need for media literacy education and media mentors. Liability lawsuits for Amazon over the sale of fake N95 masks, disinformation sharing on Twitter by national leaders, and official encouragement from Twitter support to “read before you retweet” were highlighted. On the Apple front, plans to use Apple chips in MacOS computers (instead of Intel processors) for the first time, and the forthcoming death (in 2021) of iTunesU in favor of Apple Classroom and Schoolwork apps was explored. Rounding out the show, news of a famous 23 year old Chinese gamer announcing his retirement from eSports due to health concerns, and a lawsuit over copyright/DRM and eBooks for the Internet Archive during the COVID19 pandemic were also mentioned. Geeks of the week included the YouTube channel and RedIT channel for DIY technology refurbisher Luke Miani, classroomscreen.com, a tutorial about using Noun Project icons in presentation slideshows, and an archived recent conference about Memes in society. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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. The 3 Things You Must Do to Protect Your Privacy While Protesting (Popular Mechanics; 3 June 2020)
  9. False Rumors And Doctored Images Went Viral During The D.C. Protests (NPR, 1 June 2020)
  10. Confused About Screen Time and Disinformation? You Aren’t Alone. (Slate, 8 June 2020)
  11. 3M sues Amazon storefront that allegedly sold fake N95 masks for $23 apiece (The Verge; 9 June 2020)
  12. How Trump leverages Twitter to spread misinformation (NPR News Hour, 26 May 2020)
  13. Twitter would like you to actually read stories before you retweet them (The Verge; 10 June 2020)
  14. Apple to reveal plans for using its own chips in Macs at WWDC, report says (CNet; 9 June 2020)
  15. Apple will discontinue iTunes U in favor of Classroom and Schoolwork apps (cNet; 10 June 2020)
  16. Gaming ‘hero’ retires at 23 due to ill-health (BBC News, 4 Jun 2020)
  17. Lawsuit over online book lending could bankrupt Internet Archive (ArsTechnica, 1 Jun 2020)
  18. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Luke Miani’s YouTube Channel and YouTube Reddit thread
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: app.classroomscreen.com and How I Use Noun Project Icons in my Class Lesson Slideshows and Memes: The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism? Online Conference

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