EdTechSR Ep 205 – Struggling with Information Abundance

Welcome to episode 205 (“Struggling with Information Abundance”) of the EdTech Situation Room from January 20, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed recent technology news involving connectivity / bandwidth, Microsoft’s embrace of open source software development, the return of the 3:2 laptop monitor aspect ratio, and David Perell’s thought provoking recent article, “The Paradox of Abundance.” On the topics of social media and “The Technology Correction,” topics included over 80 terabits of archived video posted on Parler during the January 6th Capitol Riot, the potential of the social media bans on President Trump to be an inflection point for global Internet fragmentation and censorship, and practical strategies to use when engaging in dialog with someone who believes a “fruit loop conspiracy theory.” Geeks of the Week included the upcoming February 17-18 “Learn with Google” conference, Wes’ GigaOM Twitter list, exemplary use of Twitter to share live event links by the Biden Inauguration team, and the vibrant community of Zune music player devotees. 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) – Family Food Blog – blog:Moving at the Speed of Creativity
  8. 3Mbps uploads still fast enough for US homes, Ajit Pai says in final report (Ars Technica; 20 January 2021)
  9. The 46th President (The Post Reports [PODCAST] (The Washington Post, 20 Jan 2021) – ironically ‘brought to you by Huawei’
  10. As Ajit Pai exits FCC, Charter admits defeat on petition to impose data caps (ArsTechnica, 19 Jan 2021)
  11. Microsoft says now is the time for all firms to embrace open source (Tech Radar; 19 January 2020)
  12. Windows 10X is now Microsoft’s true answer to Chrome OS (The Verge; 14 January 2021)
  13. Platform ban of Trump and Parler raises questions about speech and power (Columbia Journalism Review, Mathew Ingram, 14 Jan 2021)
  14. How Blocking Trump Puts the Future of the Internet at Risk (The Information, 12 Jan 2021) – summary tweet
  15. What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol (ProPublica, 17 Jan 2021)
  16. Parler’s amateur coding could come back to haunt Capitol Hill rioters (ArsTechnica, 12 Jan 2021)
  17. How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist: What the Experts Recommend (Open Culture, 13 Jan 2021)
  18. Platforms are cracking down hard on political misinformation, but it’s still easy to find (Recode; 20 January 2020)
  19. Goodbye and good riddance to the 16:9 aspect ratio (The Verge; 19 Jan 2021)
  20. The Paradox of Abundance (David Perell)
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “Learning with Google” Conference (Feb 17-18, 2021) & Wes’ GigaOM Vets Twitter List & Great use of Twitter by Biden Inauguration Team
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: A Visit From The Zune Squad (The Verge; 20 January 2021)

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