EdTechSR Ep 183 – Back To School Planning During COVID-19

Welcome to episode 183 (“Back To School Planning During COVID-19”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 8, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the upcoming Mountain Moot virtual conference, and the enormous challenges facing school administrators planning for safe K-12 learning in schools this fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates from ChromeOS world were shared by Jason, including a forthcoming “clipboard history manager,” worthy “cheap Chromebooks,” and Amazon issues with inaccurate Chromebook spec headlines. Updates from the ongoing Facebook advertiser boycott and protest movement and challenges around 5G infrastructure build-outs and standards specifications between China and the United States were also explored. Homework for our episode was to follow Peggy George on Twitter (@pgeorge) and subscribe to Peggy’s super-helpful Nuzzel newsletter (nuzzel.com/pgeorge). Geeks of the Week included the Archive.org software library (including Oregon Trail), 1 Take Videos by Lodge McCammon (@pocketlodge) and a post by Wes about installing an “ethernet backhaul” cable at home to speed up WiFi performance. 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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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Media Literacy resources: medialiteracy.wesfryer.com
  8. Mountain Moot Conference: July 15-17, 2020 (@mtmoot)
  9. Wes’ Mountain Moot keynote resources: “Media Literacy Now! Conspiracies and Culture Wars”
  10. An Opening twitter thread to Discuss: Kathy Brandt on Fall School Planning during COVID-19
  11. Clipboard History Manager Is On The Way For Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 29 June 2020)
  12. 3 “Cheap” Chromebooks That Are Actually Worth Buying (Chrome Unboxed; 28 June 2020)
  13. Opinion: Amazon needs to stop listing Chromebooks with misleading information (About Chromebooks; 29 June 2020)
  14. Google confirms that its AirDrop competitor is coming soon (Verge, 30 June 2020)
  15. Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook Post on July 7, 2020
  16. Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott (NYTimes, 7 July 2020)
  17. 5G was going to unite the world—instead it’s tearing us apart (ArsTechnica, 4 July 2020)
  18. Homework from tonight’s episode: Follow Peggy George on Twitter (@pgeorge) and her weekly Nuzzel Newsletter: “Never Stop Learning”
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week:  Archive.org Software LibraryOregon Trail from MECC
  20. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: 1 Take Videos by Lodge McCammon (@pocketlodge) and Faster Home WiFi Via Ethernet Backhaul

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