EdTechSR Ep 259 Google I/O News

Welcome to episode 259 (“Google I/O News”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 18, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed news from Google and Google I/O, questions from Elon Musk about fake Twitter accounts, and a crazy story about Michigan high school students “successfully” catfishing their teacher for inappropriate photos. The sale of private details about our online behavior and location tracking data was highlighted, along with a service (Jumbo) that can help change default privacy settings which favor the surveillance capitalists. Geeks of the Week included Google Flights, Google’s Site Kit for WordPress, visualization tools for Texas power grid challenges, and the AI-powered “20 questions” online game, Akinator. Check out our shownotes for links to all the articles we discussed, and subscribe to our Substack to receive all the links we discussed and also didn’t have time to talk about in this week’s show in your email inbox! 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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  9. Immersive view coming soon to Maps — plus more updates (Google Blog, 11 May 2022)
  10. Have more natural conversations with Google Assistant (Google Blog, 11 May 2022)
  11. ChromeOS 101 has finally arrived (Chrome Unboxed; 10 May 2022)
  12. Hands-on with the awesome new Chromebook Screencast feature [VIDEO] (10 May 2022)
  13. Acer Chromebook Spin 14 (12th Generation i5)
  14. HP 13.5 2:1 X360 Chromebook: $550
  15. Students ‘catfish’ high school teacher to get inappropriate photos, deputies say (NBC Montana; 4 May 2022)
  16. Elon Musk says $44 billion Twitter deal can’t proceed until CEO proves the platform has fewer than 5% fake accounts (Business Insider India, 17 May 2022)
  17. Your online behavior and location are shared with advertisers 747 times a day – report (9 to 5 Mac; 17 May 2022)
  18. Jumbo Privacy: withjumbo.com
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Flights
  20. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Site Kit by Google for WordPress and visualizing ERCOT struggles and Akinator

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