EdTechSR Ep 223 Windows 11 Underwhelms

Welcome to episode 223 (“Windows 11 Underwhelms”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 14, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the plethora of proposed “big tech regulations” in the U.S. Congress (our ongoing “tech correction,”) the underwhelming and somewhat confusing release of Windows 11 by Microsoft, AI content filtering by TikTok, and some articles about educational technology lessons school leaders should heed after our experiences during COVID with remote and hybrid learning models. Google and ChromeOS news including the release of the desktop version of the Opera browser for Android (and now ChromeOS) in the Google Play Store, and the sad change in Audacity Software (an open source project) into the “surveillance capitalism” fold with user data tracking. Geeks of the Week included SimpleNote by Automattic and a great new video from Veritasium YouTuber (Derek Muller) titled, “The Biggest Myth in Education,” focusing on learning styles and the complete LACK of educational research support for this theory. 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. Stay savvy and safe!


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  8. France fines Google $593 million for not negotiating ‘in good faith’ with news publishers. (NY Times, 13 July 2021)
  9. Is This the Big Tech Breakup We’ve Been Waiting For (NYT Sway Podcast, 17 June 2021)
  10. What Trump’s Facebook, Google and Twitter lawsuits really mean for his campaign (MSNBC, 9 July 2021)
  11. YouTube recommendations serve up most videos viewers wish they’d never seen, study says (CNet; 7 July 2021)
  12. The Pentagon cancels its $10 billion JEDI cloud-computing contract (NYTimes, 6 July 2021)
  13. Microsoft announces Windows 11, with a new design, Start menu, and more (24 June 2021)
  14. Here’s everything Microsoft is removing from Windows 11 (The Verge; 24 June 2021)
  15. Windows 11 will create heaps of needless trash (Noah Bailey Blog; 27 June 2021)
  16. Did Microsoft make the right choice with Amazon’s Appstore for Windows 11? (Android Police; 27 June 2021)
  17. TikTok will automate video removals for nudity and violence (Engadget, 9 July 2021)
  18. 6 Things About Remote Learning Teens Actually Loved (and Should Be Here to Stay) (Parents, 8 July 2021)
  19. The post-COVID stickiness of hybrid school (Axios, 8 July 2021)
  20. Is Audacity Really Spyware? (Lifehacker; 6 July 2021)
  21. Opera becomes first alternative Android browser optimized for Chromebooks (ZDNet; 4 July 2021)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Simple Note (@simplenoteapp)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] The Biggest Myth In Education (@veritasium)

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