EdTechSR Ep 203 – Adios 2020

Welcome to episode 203 (“Adios 2020”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 30, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the amazing Apple M1 chips, neuromorphic computing, “the case for edtech minimalism,” and some of the amazing milestone in space exploration during 2020. “Public domain riches from 1925,” the vast scope of Amazon’s role in our economy and society, the possible end of privacy as we know it, and security concerns for Google Chrome extensions and the Google Play Store were also discussed. The continuing challenges of conspiracy theories in the age of COVID, changes to the landscape of drones for 2021, and Amazon’s acquisition of Wondery to compete with Spotify for podcasting dominance were topics rounding out this week’s show. Wes’ Geek of the Week was his newly created website, “Fryer & Ward Family Recipes” (food.wesfryer.com) and Jason’s was The Internet Archive (archive.org). 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. Making the Grade: Apple Silicon in K-12 represents one of the biggest upgrades since the first laptop (9 to 5 Mac; 19 December 2020)
  9. 8GB vs 16GB RAM for M1 MacBook, How Much do You Need? (Lisa @ Mobile Tech Review; 22 December 2020)
  10. What is neuromorphic computing? Everything you need to know about how it is changing the future of computing (ZDNet, 8 Dec 2020)
  11. The Case for ‘Edtech Minimalism’ in an Age of Distance Learning (Ed Surge; 16 December 2020)
  12. 2020: At Least It Was Good For Space Exploration? (NPR, 28 Dec 2020)
  13. China’s Chang’e-5 Probe Drops Off Moon Samples at the Climax of a Historic Mission (Universe Today, 16 Dec 2020)
  14. Feast your eyes on the space rocks Japan’s Hayabusa 2 mission harvested from asteroid Ryugu (TechCrunch, 28 Dec 2020)
  15. Watch the ‘Seven Minutes of Terror’ Awaiting NASA’s Perseverance on Its Martian Descent (TechCrunch, 24 Dec 2020)
  16. January 1st brings public domain riches from 1925 (Internet Archive Blog; 15 December 2020)
  17. Inside the Whale: An Interview with an Anonymous Amazonian (Logic Magazine, 20 Dec 2020)
  18. The year we gave up on privacy (ReCode; 23 December 2020)
  19. 28 Browser Extensions Found Stealing Data in Chrome and Edge (Tech Dator; 17 December 2020)
  20. Can you trust the Google Play Store? (Panda Security; 16 December 2020)
  21. Covid: ‘How a picture of my foot became anti-vaccine propaganda’ (BBC News, 9 Dec 2020)
  22. The casualties of this year’s viral conspiracy theories (BBC News, 25 Dec 2020)
  23. Even If It’s ‘Bonkers,’ Poll Finds Many Believe QAnon And Other Conspiracy Theories (NPR, 30 Dec 2020)
  24. How one drone pilot got slapped with $182,000 in fines from the FAA (DP Review, 26 Dec 2020)
  25. Drone Industry on Fire After Us Blacklists Dji Over Chinese Government Ties (The Drone Girl, 23 Dec 2020)
  26. In 2023, you won’t be able to fly most drones in the US without broadcasting your location (The Verge, 28 Dec 2020)
  27. Amazon buys Wondery, setting itself up to compete against Spotify for podcast domination (The Verge; 30 December 2020)
  28. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Fryer & Ward Family Recipes: food.wesfryer.com
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: https://archive.org

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