EdTechSR Ep 209 Google Education Pivots

Welcome to episode 209 (“Google Education Pivots”) of the EdTech Situation Room from February 17, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google News including significant changes to PAID services for educational customers, privacy, security, Apple, podcasting and connectivity related news headlines. The LastPass password manager’s forthcoming change to STOP supporting free accounts with both mobile and laptop/desktop computer access was highlighted and lamented. “The Tech Correction” (of course) was also discussed. Geeks of the Week included a new “Doodle for Google” challenge and tips on how to get more space in your Google online storage quota. 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) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. Wes’ sketchnote from Google’s “Learning with Google” event on 17 Feb 2021
  9. A peek at what’s next for Google Classroom (Google; 17 February 2021)
  10. Archived Video: Google Education’s “Learning with Google 2021 Event” from 18 Feb 2021
  11. Mac market share grew significantly last year, but Chromebooks pulled ahead (9 to 5 Mac; 17 February 2021)
  12. LastPass’ free tier will become a lot less useful next month (The Verge; 16 February 2021)
  13. Owner of app that hijacked millions of devices with one update exposes buy-to-infect scam (ZDNet; 17 February 2021)
  14. Tracker pixels in emails are now an ‘endemic’ privacy concern (ZDNet; 17 February 2021)
  15. Facebook will block Australian users and publishers from sharing news links in response to new bill (The Verge; 17 February 2021)
  16. Nevada Bill would allow tech companies to create governments (AP News, 3 Feb 2021)
  17. Billionaires See VR as a Way to Avoid Radical Social Change (Wired, 15 Feb 2021)
  18. The podcast wars will come down to ad tech, not exclusive content (The Verge; 17 February 2021)
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: How to get more space in your Google storage (The Verge; 17 February 2021)
  20. Wes’s Geek of the Week: Doodle for Google! 1 More Week to Submit “I am STRONG because…)

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