EdTechSR Ep 190 – Jason on the Apple Edge

Welcome to episode 190 (“Jason on the Apple Edge”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 9, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed forthcoming announcements by Apple for the Apple Watch and iPad ecosystems, the return of Google Maps to the Apple Watch, and Apple’s compelling arguments in litigation with Epic Games over Fortnight App Store payments. A review of Android 11, the integration of Google WiFi app functions into Google Home, and the possible demise of the open source FireFox web browser were also highlighted. T-Mobile’s plan to give limited free data plan hotspots to 10 million U.S. students, China’s nationwide ban of MIT’s Scratch programming software for students, and the question of whether or not China and the United States are reaching a competitive tipping point in relations were explored. A rather wild story of disinformation over 5G cell towers in Peru leading to a hostage situation rounded out the show’s news. Geeks of the Week included a new tutorial video by Wes helping students change their Google password, and 3 tool recommendations from Jason to combat browser tab overload. 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
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  8. Google Maps for Apple Watch is now available on the App Store (9to5Google, 9 Sept 2020)
  9. Apple says Epic’s Fortnite payment scheme “is theft, period.” (ArsTechnica, 8 Sept 2020)
  10. Apple officially announces Apple Watch and iPad virtual event for September 15 (9 to 5 Mac; 8 September 2020)
  11. Android 11 Review: Features By The Dozen (The Verge; 8 September 2020)
  12. So long Google Wi-Fi: network import to Google Home app has begun (Chrome Unboxed, 8 Sept 2020)
  13. Firefox: An endangered internet species? (ZDNet; 14 August 2020)
  14. T-Mobile details its plan to give free internet to 10 million students at home (The Verge; 4 September 2020)
  15. China bans Scratch, MIT’s programming language for kids (TechCrunch, 7 Sept 2020)
  16. China plans new data policy in response to Trump admin’s “bullying” (ArsTechnica, 8 Sept 2020)
  17. Tipping Point in U.S. – China Foreign Relations? (War College / Angry Planet Podcast, 26 Aug 2020)
  18. One Village’s Response to Disinformation? Burn Internet Towers and Take Hostages (Rest of World, 31 Aug 2020)
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Change Your Google Password (5 minute tutorial video for students by Wes)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Stop opening so many browser tabs and use these 3 slick tools instead (Fast Company; 26 August 2020)

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