EdTechSR Ep 185 – The Speed You Need

Welcome to episode 185 (“The Speed You Need”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 29, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed home Internet speeds and connectivity best practices for remote learners and workers. Coronavirus planning and announcements for the fall 2020 academic term, Congressional testimony by CEOs from Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple, and the importance of “reverse image search” skills and media literacy in our propaganda-filled information environment were also highlighted and analyzed. Resurfacing disinformation videos (“Plandemic” from May 2020) on social media, censorship of disinformation by social media tech firms, a great BBC video uncovering the QAnon conspiracy cult, and Google’s new “for context” links were discussed in the context of media literacy and the ongoing “tech correction.” Topics rounding out the show included ongoing tech shortages during the COVID-19 global pandemic, Android “Phone Hub” features added to ChromeOS, and Collabra Office for ChromeOS. Geeks of the Week included a remarkable podcast Twitter post thumbnail video by Michelle Obama, Google’s forthcoming free global conference “The Anywhere School 2020,” the “Global EdTech Academy” YouTube playlist from CUE, and the powerful Amazon Fire Toolbox. 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. Here’s how much internet bandwidth you actually need to work from home (PopSci, 12 March 2020)
  9. Faster Home WiFi Via Ethernet Backhaul (Wes Fryer, 6 July 2020)
  10. Everything you need to know from the tech antitrust hearing (The Verge; 29 July 2020)
  11. Shoshana Zuboff (English WikiPedia – scholar on “surveillance capitalism) – @shoshanazuboff
  12. “Coronavirus: How should US higher education plan for an uncertain future?” (McKinsey Report, date unknown)
  13. Google will keep employees working remotely until July 2021 (The Verge; 27 July 2020)
  14. The Scourge of Hygiene Theater (The Atlantic, 27 July 2020)
  15. Trump’s New Ad Is Amazing (The Bulwark, 22 July 2020)
  16. Reverse Image Search via Tineye.com or Google
  17. Sinclair says it will postpone and ‘rework’ segment featuring conspiracy theory about Fauci (CNN, 25 July 2020)
  18. Fighting False News in Ukraine, Facebook Fact Checkers Tread a Blurry Line (The New York Times; 26 July 2020)
  19. [VIDEO] QAnon, coronavirus and the conspiracy cult (BBC News, 27 July 2020)
  20. Google’s new ‘for context’ links could give you the big picture around big news stories (The Verge; 29 July 2020)
  21. COVID-19 creates tech shortages as demand from schools, businesses runs high (Fox 4; 21 July 2020)
  22. Chrome OS to gain Android ‘Phone Hub’ w/ notifications and ‘task continuation’ (9 to 5 Google; 29 July 2020)
  23. Collabora Office ships for Chromebooks (Colabora)
  24. How to get 100 GB of free Dropbox storage for a year on your Chromebook (About Chromebooks; 26 July 2020)
  25. [VIDEO] QAnon, coronavirus and the conspiracy cult (BBC News, 27 July 2020)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Super cool video bumper on Michelle Obama’s tweet for her 1st podcast episode (the podcast interview is great too – you might have heard of her guest before?) – The Anywhere School 2020 by Google (11 Aug 2020) – incredible YouTube playlist of #edtech videos by @cueinc: “Global EdTech Academy”
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Amazon Fire Toolbox

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