EdTechSR Ep 260 Honorlock Cheating Accusations

Welcome to episode 260 (“Honorlock Cheating Accusations”) of the EdTech Situation Room from June 1, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Meta/Facebook challenges with user data management and metaverse (“Horizon World”) safety. USB-C compatibility on inexpensive Amazon Fire tablets, the “Amazon Fire Toolbox,” Elon Musk’s push to in-person work at Tesla, and Apple’s termination of the much-loved iPod Touch were also discussion topics. Apple iPhone testing with USB-C cables, Google’s attempt to merge messaging and communication apps Meet and Duo, and the new ChromeOS feature to warn users when an incompatible USB-C charging cable has been plugged in were discussed. The popularity of The Weather Channel’s new “live streaming” app and subscription option, the end of cryptocurrency donations to the WikiMedia Foundation, and some “Cautionary Tales from Cryptoland” were also explored in this week’s show. A recent NYT article detailing controversy surrounding cheating accusations originating with the Amazon AI / facial recognition powered remote testing verification service “Honorlock” was also discussed. Geeks of the Week included WiteBoard, an outstanding video about NFTs and CryptoCurrency by Dan Olsen, and a recommended podcast interview with Dan. 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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  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Leaked Facebook document shows the company has no idea how to manage user data (9 to 5 Mac; 26 April 2022)
  10. Researcher Says Her Avatar Was Raped on Meta’s Metaverse Platform (Business Insider, 30 May 2022)
  11. Amazon finally brings USB-C to its most affordable Android tablet, the $60 Fire 7 (9 to 5 Google; 18 May 2022)
  12. Amazon Fire Toolbox
  13. ​​Elon Musk reportedly declares remote work ‘no longer acceptable’ at Tesla (The Verge; 1 June 2022)
  14. Apple discontinues iPod touch, ending 20 year run of iconic ‘iPod’ brand (9 to 5 Mac; 10 May 2022)
  15. Apple is reportedly testing iPhones with USB-C (The Verge; 13 May 2022)
  16. Google is combining Meet and Duo into a single app for voice and video calls (The Verge, 1 Jun 2022)
  17. Chromebooks will now tell you when you’re using the wrong USB-C cable (The Verge, 27 May 2022)
  18. Oddly enough, The Weather Channel makes for a pretty great streaming service (The Verge; 30 May 2022)
  19. The Wikimedia Foundation has stopped accepting cryptocurrency donations (The Verge, 1 May 2022)
  20. Cautionary Tales from Cryptoland (Harvard Business Review, 10 May 2022)
  21. Accused of Cheating by an Algorithm, and a Professor She Had Never Met (NYTimes, 27 May 2022)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: WiteBoard
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week:  [VIDEO] Line Goes Up – The Problem With NFTs and Ezra Klein’s Podcast Interview with Dan Olson

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