EdTechSR Ep 220 The Big Lebowski

Welcome to episode 220 (“The Big Lebowski”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 26, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Jason’s increasing resemblance to Jeff Bridges, lots of updates to Google Workspace (formerly known as Google Suite,) Google I/O 2021 updates, and Google’s apparent rediscovery of RSS. The less-than-perfect ways people are using password managers, the forthcoming retirement (in 2022) of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, malware on MacOS, and the malware dangers faced by remote workers were also highlighted. Additional Google show topics included the Google Teacher Center and Google Educator Certifications. On the security front, Joe Biden’s secret Venmo account was discussed. On the social media / “tech correction” front, a Florida law to punish “politician deplatforming” online, a new Russian law pushing Google to delete “offending” content within 24 hours, and the “empty promise” of Facebook’s new feature to “hide likes” were explored. On the hardware front, a recent Verge article evaluating “best student laptops” (which didn’t mention Apple laptops, interestingly) and the announcement that USB-C is moving from 100W to 240W were mentioned. Geeks of the Week were in abundant supply this week, including the DLAC 2021 conference, the DigLitCon conference, Canva Pro (free for teachers,) Apple’s new privacy ad and wheelofnames.com. Please see our shownotes for links to all these articles and resources! 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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  8. “The Big Lebowski” on IMDB
  9. 12 Google Workspace updates for better collaboration (Google Workspace Blog, 18 May 2021)
  10. Create and import documents that contain images above or behind text in Google Docs (Google Workplace Update Blog; 24 May 2021)
  11. Google rediscovers RSS: tests new feature to ‘follow’ sites in Chrome on Android (The Verge; 20 May 2021)
  12. Google Keynote (Google I/O ‘21) – American Sign Language (18 May 2021)
  13. Password Managers: You’re Doing It Wrong (PC Magazine, 21 May 2021)
  14. Google is officially releasing its Fuchsia OS, starting w/ first-gen Nest Hub (9to5 Google; 25 May 2021)
  15. Google Certified Educator Bootcamp is coming July 2021!
  16. Google Teacher Center
  17. Google Educator Certifications Overview
  18. Microsoft is finally retiring Internet Explorer in 2022 (The Verge; 19 May 2021)
  19. Apple’s head of software admits Macs have an unacceptable amount of malware (CNBC, 19 May 2021)
  20. Why Are Remote Workers More Likely to Fall for Viruses and Scams? (Make Use Of; 23 May 2021)
  21. We Found Joe Biden’s Secret Venmo. Here’s Why That’s A Privacy Nightmare For Everyone (BuzzFeed News; 14 May 2021)
  22. Florida governor signs law to block ‘deplatforming’ of Florida politicians (The Verge; 24 May 2021)
  23. Russia gives Google 24 hours to delete banned content (Reuters, 24 May 2021)
  24. Facebook’s empty promise of hiding “Likes” (Recode; 26 May 2021)
  25. What’s the best student laptop? We asked students (The Verge; 21 May 2021)
  26. USB-C is about to go from 100W to 240W, enough to power beefier laptops (The Verge; 25 May 2021)
  27. Security Now 817: The Ransomware Task Force (@TWiT Podcast by Steve Gibson @sgGRC)
  28. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Canva Pro is Free for Teachers and DLAC 2021 (Digital Learning Conference)
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Apple’s new Privacy advertisement (YouTube) and wheelofnames.com and DigLitCon (June 4 – $25)

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