EdTechSR Ep 186 – Don’t TINKER with Students’ Free Speech Rights

Welcome to episode 186 (“Don’t TINKER with Students’ Free Speech Rights”) of the EdTech Situation Room from August 5, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed teenage Twitter hackers and zoombombing, tips for remote workers, and illegal school restrictions on student social media use in Georgia amidst pandemic response controversy. Microsoft’s possible purchase of TikTok, reasons to still purchase a MacOS Intel-based computer instead of waiting for Apple Silicon, a recent podcast highlighting the prominent role of conspiracy theories in shaping politics throughout history, and the ways people are fighting disinformation in our COVID-19 era were also discussed. Geeks of the week included the Oregon State Open Text Project on Romeo and Juliet, an instructional support module on ‘live teaching tools’ including Wooclap (which is free for K-12), the awesome scheduling platform Doodle, and the private beta for the videography platform mmHmm. 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. Alleged Twitter teen hacker’s hearing got zoombombed big time (The Verge; 5 August 2010)
  9. From Minecraft tricks to Twitter hack: A Florida teen’s troubled online path (NY Times, 2 Aug 2020)
  10. Google’s Remote Work Policy Has 9 Great Tips You Should Definitely Steal Today (Inc.; 3 August 2020)
  11. The Truth Behind A Viral Picture Of A Reopening School Is Worse Than It Looked (Buzzfeed, 5 Aug 2020)
  12. Survey Reveals Children Coped Well With School Closure (Psychology Today, 3 Aug 2020)
  13. Microsoft pursuing TikTok purchase by September 15th, may invite U.S. investors to deal (TechCrunch, 2 Aug 2020)
  14. 5 reasons to buy a new 27-inch iMac rather than waiting for the Apple silicon transition (MacWorld; 4 August 2020)
  15. Regulating Technology (Ben Evans; 23 July 2020)
  16. Conspiracy on Throughline [PODCAST] (Throughline on Spotify, 21 May 2020)
  17. Coronavirus: The people fighting fakes from their sofas (BBC News, 10 Apr 2020)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: OSU Romeo and Juliet Open Text
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Live Teaching Tools (including Aug 5th live webinar) – Wooclap (“An interactive platform that makes learning awesome”) – DoodlemmHmm

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