EdTechSR Ep 192 – Delete All Your Idle Smartphone Apps

Welcome to episode 192 (“Delete All Your Idle Smartphone Apps'”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 30, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the marathon nature of the COVID-19 pandemic for society and schools, the challenges of rural broadband connectivity, and the biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 5 Event. Upgrades to Google Meet, new HP Chromebooks, AI that can draw reasonably good pictures based on captions, and a call from futurist Amy Webb for a U.S. National Strategic Office for AI and other critical science and technology initiatives were also highlighted. COVID-19 era controversies over surveillance and biometric powered online assessment tools were discussed. Geeks of the Week included Wes’ recent posts on Lesson Cast workflows for teachers, and Jason’s call to “delete all your unused smartphone apps.” 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 Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. Here’s How the Pandemic Finally Ends (Politico; 25 September 2020)
  9. The US needs a broadband reboot (The Hill; 20 September 2020)
  10. Pandemic Broadband Speeds Are Faster, but Insufficient for Some (WSJ, 17 Sept 2020)
  11. The 7 biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 5 event (The Verge; 30 September 2020)
  12. Google Meet Is Getting A Zoom-like 50-person Grid View And Blurred Backgrounds (Chrome Unboxed; 16 September 2020)
  13. HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise launches with brand new AMD chips, Radeon graphics (About Chromebooks; 22 September 2020)
  14. Chrome OS 87 Dev Channel brings working LaCrOS and Nearby Share to Chromebooks (About Chromebooks; 20 September 2020)
  15. These weird, unsettling photos show that AI is getting smarter (MIT Tech Review, 25 Sept 2020)
  16. A National Office for Strategic Foresight Anchored in Critical Science and Technologies (Amy Webb, Stanford Cyber Policy Center, 17 Oct 2019)
  17. Students Are Rebelling Against Eye-Tracking Exam Surveillance Tools (Vice, 24 Sept 2020)
  18. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Lesson Cast: Sharing a Class Recording with Minimal Steps
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: It’s time to delete most of your apps (Popular Science; 10 July 2018)

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