EdTechSR Ep 188 – Hong Kong in Crisis

Welcome to episode 188 (“Hong Kong in Crisis”) of the EdTech Situation Room from August 26, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed surveillance, privacy and security force crackdowns in Hong Kong, a Kansas teacher’s crowdsourced use of Google Sheets to track COVID-19 school closures, and Google’s recent “Future of the Classroom” report. Forthcoming updates to Google Meet and Google Classroom, forthcoming upgrades to Google’s home video casting technology, and the apparent loss of simplicity for Chromebooks amidst dual-boot and other options were also discussed. The alarming rise of “fruit loop conspiracy theory” advocates including winning candidates in U.S Congressional primary elections, the rise of political extremists in the United States on the wings of conspiracy theories, and the impact of sustained remote work mandates by tech companies on the Silicon Valley housing marked were highlighted. The dark side of the “sandbox game” RoBlox was also mentioned. Geeks of the Week included ethics in computing and science embodied in the “Asilomar AI Principles,” the recent “Undivided Attention” podcast episode, ““When Media Was for You and Me,” The Epic eBook of Web Tools and Apps, and Google Voice. 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.orgShared Lessons & Curriculum
  8. With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong Kong (NY Times, 25 Aug 2020)
  9. Kansas schoolteacher created database of 700 schools reporting coronavirus (The Hill, 17 Aug 2020)
  10. Teacher creates national database of COVID-19-related school closings, cases and deaths (Springfield News Leader, 15 Aug 2020) – Twitter shout out from the Missouri governor
  11. Future of the Classroom: Emerging Trends in K-12 Education Global Edition (Google for Education, Fall 2020)
  12. More details on what’s coming to Meet and Classroom (Google for Education, 11 Aug 2020)
  13. ‘Cast Connect’ Will Fundamentally Improve The Chromecast And Android Tv Experience (ChromeUnboxed; 13 August 2020)
  14. With Android, Linux, and now Windows 10 support, have Chromebooks lost their simplicity? (About Chromebooks; 14 August 2020)
  15. Laura Loomer (English WikiPedia) and a related Twitter thread by Andrew Marantz
  16. Inside the Boogaloo: America’s Extremely Online Extremists (NY Times, 19 Aug 2020)
  17. Remote work is reshaping San Francisco, as tech workers flee and rents fall (Fox Business; 13 August 2020)
  18. Sex, lies, and video games: Inside Roblox’s war on porn (Fast Company, 19 Aug 2020)
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Asilomar AI Principles via 2084book.com and podcast recommendation: “When Media Was for You and Me” (Undivided Attention Ep 23) and The Epic eBook of Web Tools and Apps: a new crowd-sourced manual for back-to-school and beyond (by @joycevalenza)

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