EdTechSR Ep 200 – A Bicentennial Conversation

Welcome to episode 200 (“A Bicentennial Conversation”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 2, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), special guest Eric Langhorst (@ELanghorst) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed technology news influenced by the upcoming U.S. Presidential transition, the imminent death of Google Cloud Print, and forthcoming services and products from Apple including Apple Fitness and a possible 16 inch MacBook Pro. Amazon’s expanding efforts to completely erode all remaining consumer privacy, Amazon’s new effort to open up your network to security vulnerabilities via its ‘creepy’ new service called “sidewalk,” and the ongoing, common poor password practices of MANY people today were also discussion topics. Microsoft365’s new workplace surveillance tools for administrators, the vital role of WordPress in powering most 2020 U.S. election campaign websites, and five reasons you should DELETE Telegram from your smartphone were articles rounding out this 200th episode. Geeks of the Week included products from Anker, China’s new lunar robotic mission, and a holiday light drone show. 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. Eric Langhorst (@ELanghorst) – homepage: www.ericlanghorst.com
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  9. Trump to Congress: Repeal Section 230 or I’ll veto military funding (ArsTechnica, 2 Dec 2020)
  10. Senate rushes to confirm Trump FCC nominee in order to hinder Biden admin (ArsTechnica, 2 Dec 2020)
  11. Google is retiring the Cloud Print service this month: what to do next (ZDnet, 1 Dec 2020)
  12. Apple Fitness+ instructors tease upcoming service as ‘late 2020’ launch nears (9 to 5 Mac, 29 Nov 2020)
  13. MacBook Pro 16-Inch With 12-Core Apple M1X Processor Tipped (Gadgets360, 30 Nov 2020)
  14. Amazon Wants to Get Even Closer. Skintight. (New York Times, 27 Nov 2020)
  15. Sidewalk is Amazon’s Latest Creepy Service (Thurrott, 24 Nov 2020)
  16. Yes, people are still using ‘123456’ and ‘password’ as their password (CNN Business, 19 Nov 2020)
  17. Microsoft 365’s Productivity Score: It’s a full-blown workplace surveillance tool, says critic (ZDnet, 27 Nov 2020)
  18. WordPress Powered Almost Every Contest in the US Elections (PublishPress, 9 Nov 2020)
  19. Five Reasons You Should Delete Telegram from Your Phone (Vice, 25 Nov 2020)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Anything Anker
  21. Eric’s Geek of the Week: China releases a super-clear image of the Moon taken by Chang’e 5 probe (ArsTechnica, 2 Dec 2020)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Holiday Drone Light Show Video

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