EdTechSR Ep 197 – Bring Forth Thy M1 Chip

Welcome to episode 197 (“Bring Forth Thy M1 Chip””) of the EdTech Situation Room from November 11, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed ongoing information pollution relating to the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, the new Apple M1 chip and other announcements from the November 10th Apple Event. Educator concerns about remote test monitoring during COVID-19, Google announcements about the end of free, unlimited Photo and Cloud document storage, and Roku’s support for Apple HomeKit and AirPlay2 were also highlighted. Geeks of the Week included three recommended YouTube videos from Wes and a free Stadia gaming bundle for U.S. and U.K. YouTube Premium Subscribers from Jason. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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. The U.S. Election Underscores the Need for Teaching News Literacy in Our Schools (EdSurge, 7 Nov 2020)
  9. What Teachers Should Do When QAnon Conspiracy Theories Come to Class (Education Week, 6 Nov 2020)
  10. The Next 2020 Election Fight? Convincing Trump’s Supporters That He Lost (NPR, 8 Nov 2020)
  11. Fact-Checked on Facebook and Twitter, Conservatives Switch Their Apps (The New York Times; 11 November 2020)
  12. The Fragility of Democratic Institutions – Memories of Cairo in November 2017 (Wes’ blog, 30 Sep 2020)
  13. The Social Dilemma (documentary on Netflix)
  14. Remote testing monitored by AI is failing the students forced to undergo it (NBC News OpEd, 7 Nov 2020)
  15. Everything Apple announced during its November event: M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and more (9 to 5 Mac; 10 November 2020)
  16. All the Changes Apple Didn’t Share at Today’s ‘M1’ Event (LifeHacker; 10 November 2020)
  17. The biggest difference between the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is a fan (The Verge; 10 November 2020)
  18. Apple’s M1 Mac design emphasizes continuity over complexity (The Verge; 11 November 2020)
  19. Roku now rolling out HomeKit and AirPlay 2 for streaming devices and smart TVs (9 to 5 Mac; 11 November 2020)
  20. Google Photos ending unlimited free backup next year, cites ‘growing demand for storage’ (9 to 5 Google; 11 November 2020)
  21. Pixel 5 and older phones will retain unlimited ‘High quality’ Google Photos backup (9 to 5 Google; 11 November 2020)
  22. Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides will count toward storage caps, new auto-delete policies announced (9 to 5 Google; 11 November 2020)
  23. Youtube Premium Is Actually A Great Deal And Google Wants You To Know It With A New Benefits Overview (Chrome Unboxed; 11 November 2020)
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week Videos: The student as CEO of their life and learning | Esther Wojcicki | TEDxBerkeleyCan you outsmart a troll (by thinking like one)? – Claire WardleShowdown: Free Speech & the Internet (Aspen Institute, June 2020)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: YouTube Premium subscribers in US, UK can claim a free Stadia Premiere Edition bundle [Updated] (9 to 5 Google; 10 November 2020)

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