EdTechSR Ep 199 – Fake Selfies Everywhere

Welcome to episode 199 (“Fake Selfies Everywhere”) of the EdTech Situation Room from November 25, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Black Friday technological temptations, China’s robotic rocket launch this week to bring back moon rocks to earth, and a remarkable New York Times multimedia article on fake photo generation websites and services for hire. Google Meet’s new support for up to 100 breakout rooms in a single call, promising updates for native webpage (non-app) Chromebook annotation, and the best Chromebooks of 2020 were also discussed. Chromebook manufacturers following Apple’s lead and ditching Intel, surprisingly positive youth perceptions of YouTube videos as educational / instructive, and home networking troubleshooting tips were highlighted. Geeks of the Week included a new and fairly simple method to “clean up” shared YouTube video links for students, and a technique to “play thousands of retro arcade games on an Amazon Fire Stick.” 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.


  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. HP – 2-in-1 14″ Touch-Screen Chromebook – Intel Core i3 – 8GB Memory – 64GB eMMC Flash Memory – Mineral Silver (Best Buy)
  9. Comcast to enforce 1.2TB data cap in entire 39-state territory in early 2021 (ArsTechnica, 23 Nov 2020)
  10. Chinese spacecraft sets off on Moon sample quest (BBC News, 23 Nov 2020)
  11. China set to bring back first rocks from the Moon in more than 40 years (Scientific Magazine, 19 Nov 2020)
  12. Designed to Deceive: Do These People Look Real to You? (NY Times, 21 Nov 2020)
  13. Google Meet Now Supports 100 Breakout Rooms Per Call To Help With Distance Learning (ChromeUnboxed; 20 November 2020)
  14. Chromebook PDF Annotation Will Soon Be Possible In The New Media App (ChromeUnboxed; 23 November 2020)
  15. The Best Chromebooks of 2020
  16. Forget M1 MacBooks: Now Chromebooks are ditching Intel, too (Tom’s Hardware; 22 November 2020)
  17. Kids as young as 3 years old think YouTube is better for learning than other types of video (The Conversation, 24 Nov 2020)
  18. How Do I Troubleshoot Slow Speeds From My New ISP? (LifeHacker; 13 November 2020)
  19. SpeedTest by Ookla
  20. [VIDEO] Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online (62 min, March 2020 by Wes)
  21. Faster Home WiFi Via Ethernet Backhaul (by Wes, July 2020)
  22. Google Mesh Home WiFi Makes our Internet Access MUCH faster (by Wes, March 2019)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “add ‘-‘ into the URL after the “t” for the YouTube video you want to share to remove ads, comments, and suggested videos” and “Safe Link Sharing” (Casady School Remote Learning Support)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Play Thousands of Retro Games on Firestick with RetroArch (TroyPoint)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *