EdTechSR Ep 212 NCCE 2021 Rocked

Welcome to episode 212 (“NCCE 2021 Rocked”) of the EdTech Situation Room from March 24, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the 2021 NCCE Conference, Google and Microsoft’s spat over Australian journalism row & payoff, and Twitter’s new entity in Turkey complying with local social media laws. Thoughtful articles analyzing the possibility of Donald Trump launching his own social media platform, a shout out to Kara Swisher’s January podcast interview with (now ousted) Parler CEO John Matze, the crowdsourcing website Sedition Hunter, and an excellent CNN article on preparing kids to use social media were also highlighted. Privacy issues with Clubhouse, Lenovo’s new Chromebooks for the education market, updated Google Photos AI capabilities, and on-going development of Google’s Fuchsia operating system were discussed. Updates to Google notifications, a costly Bitcoin scam, white hat hacker profits during the pandemic, China’s Microsoft Exchange server attack, Microsoft’s announced reopening of business offices, and exciting announcements about electric cars and batteries by Volkswagen rounded out the 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. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  8. JunoLive Virtual Event Platform (used by NCCE 2021)
  9. Wes’ mega-Twitter thread of #ncce21 highlights and takeaways
  10. Google slams Microsoft for trying ‘to break the way the open web works’ (The Verge, 12 March 2021)
  11. Twitter creates an entity in Turkey to obey a social media law (Engadget, 20 March 2021)
  12. Trump Teases Starting His Own Social Media Platform. Here’s Why It’d Be Tough (NPR, 24 March 2021)
  13. Why Trump’s social media network will be an epic failure (The Next Web, 23 March 2021)
  14. Ousted CEO Matze sues Parler, claims board robbed him of millions (ArsTechnica, 24 March 2021)
  15. Podcast: “If You Were On Parler, You Saw The Mob Coming” (New York Times by Kara Swisher, 7 Jan 2021 – interview with John Matze)
  16. The Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (@ethanz)
  17. Sedition Hunter Perp Sheet (crowdsourced help for the FBI to identify 6 Jan 2021 US Capitol Insurrectionists)
  18. How to prepare kids for social media use (CNN, 23 March 2021)
  19. The Problem With Clubhouse (Vice, 10 Feb 2021)
  20. Google rubs it in with new Photos collection of all the pints you once enjoyed (The Verge; 24 March 2021)
  21. Lenovo launches four new Chromebooks aimed squarely at the education sector (9 to 5 Google; 24 March 2021)
  22. Fuchsia Friday: Google is preparing for Fuchsia’s first developer releases (9 to 5 Google; 19 March 2021)
  23. Google Chat Adds Granular Notification Controls So You Can Reclaim Your Sanity (Chrome Unboxed; 24 March 2021)
  24. Man Loses $560,000 in Bitcoin Scam From Fake Elon Musk Account (Entrepreneur, 18 March 2021)
  25. Covid: White hat bounty hackers become millionaires (BBC News, 10 March 2021)
  26. How China’s attack on Microsoft escalated into a “reckless” hacking spree (MIT Technology Review, 10 March 2021)
  27. Microsoft to start reopening headquarters on March 29th, with hybrid workplace focus (The Verge; 22 March 2021)
  28. With a Blockbuster Week, VW Has Ignited a New Phase in the Electric War (The Mobilist, 19 March 2021)
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Knaive USB Type C Magnetic Adapter
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Is This Legit? YouTube Playlist from MediaWise

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