EdTechSR Ep 276 Tech Gift Ideas

Welcome to episode 276 (“Tech Gift Ideas”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 15, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) shared gift ideas / stocking stuffers for the tech geeks in your life! Recent articles about artificial intelligence / AI’s potent creation and creative capabilities, social media articles about new government TikTok bans, and whether “we need another Twitter” were highlighted. Google, ChromeOS, YouTube, and Google Sheets updates were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included a “Student Media Hall of Fame” and the updated version of XSplitVcam software, which now supports “lower third” messages. 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 9 pm Eastern / 8 pm Central / 7 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. ZMI USB Battery Pack
  10. Anker 622 Magnetic Battery (MagGo)
  11. Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)
  12. BAOFENG UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio ($20)
  13. Wyze Color Bulb (2 for $18)
  14. Wyze Robot Vacuum (sold out – $294)
  15. Gourmet Bear Mix ($18)
  16. DoNotPay is launching an AI chatbot that can negotiate your bills (The Verge; 13 December 2022)
  17. AI is finally good at stuff, and that’s a problem (Vox; 7 December 2022)
  18. Wes’ “Creativity and AI” Wakelet
  19. Canva magic write: https://www.canva.com/magic-write/
  20. Maryland is the latest state to ban TikTok in government agencies (NPR; 7 December 2022)
  21. Gov. Greg Abbott bans TikTok on state phones and computers, citing cybersecurity risks (Texas Tribune; 7 December 2022)
  22. Indiana Sues TikTok for Security and Child Safety Violations (New York Times; 7 December 2022)
  23. Marco Rubio pushes TikTok ban in Congress (The Verge; 13 December 2022)
  24. We don’t need another Twitter (The Verge; 7 December 2022)
  25. Google delays start of Manifest V2 Chrome extension deprecation (9 to 5 Google; 12 December 2022)
  26. Google Chrome adding Memory and Energy Saver modes on Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks (9 to 5 Google; 8 December 2022)
  27. YouTube will now show how long it takes for a video to process after uploading (9 to 5 Google; 13 December 2022)
  28. Google Sheets get a new project tracking Smart Canvas feature (Chrome Unboxed; 11 December 2022)
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: www.xsplit.com/ — now with lower third support!
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Wes’ Student Media Hall of Fame (on Wakelet)
What’s in My Bag 2020-08-09” (CC BY 2.0) by Kainoki Kaede

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