EdTechSR Ep 279 AI Transformation Arrives

Welcome to episode 279 (“AI Transformation Arrives”) of the EdTech Situation Room from January 4, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This edited summary of our show was (initially) algorithmically generated with ChatGPT. Dr. Jason Neiffer, the executive director of the Montana Digital Academy, was joined by Dr. Wes Fryer to discuss AI news and its impact on education. Dr. Neiffer mentioned that AI technology was evolving quickly, and he had been having conversations with trusted advisors, friends, teachers, and other state Virtual School administrators about it. He also mentioned that some people were concerned about AI replacing the need for homework and the potential end of English class, but he believed that AI technologies like ChatGPT were not the end of English class. He also mentioned an article about the focus on handwriting as an alternative and expressed skepticism about its validity. Dr. Neiffer also mentioned that he had been experimenting with researching other ways to use ChatGPT. Overall, the show discussed the impact of AI and other technology advancements on education and the challenges they presented. In addition to discussing AI and its impact on education, the show also covered other topics in technology and education. Dr. Neiffer and Dr. Fryer discussed Google and Apple updates, the tech correction and social media, and the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) happening in Las Vegas. They also discussed the topic of mobile phones and the trouble they can cause. Geeks of the Week included Texting Story Maker and suggestions for what to do with old technology. 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 and Mastodon (@edtechsr@mastodon.education) 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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  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: mastodon.cloud/@wfryer Twitter: @wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Awesome ChatGPT Prompts
  10. Rob Lennon on Twitter
  11. Advanced AI Will Make Scams Harder to Spot: Here’s Why (Make Use Of; 2 Janaury 2023)
  12. How China is building a parallel generative AI universe (TechCrunch; 31 December 2022)
  13. Here’s how teachers can foil ChatGPT: Handwritten essays (Washington Post; 29 December 2022)
  14. ChatGPT is just a taste of a “monster” GPT-4 says Gary Marcus (DeCoder; 26 December 2022)
  15. Jason’s Wakelet: Articles About AI
  16. What Are the Dangers of Third-Party App Stores? (Make Use Of; 1 Janaury 2023)
  17. MacBook owners have two months to claim up to $395 over butterfly keyboard woes (The Verge; 4 January 2023)
  18. Good luck explaining a TikTok ban to young people (Vox; 24 December 2022)
  19. ‘Do you have white teenage sons? Listen up.’ How white supremacists are recruiting boys online. (Washington Post, 17 Sept 2019)
  20. [PODCAST] How to save kids from online extremism – Conversation with Joanna Schroeder
  21. Confronting Conspiracy Theories and Organized Bigotry at Home A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
  22. Beijing’s Plan to Control the World’s Data: Out-Google Google (Newsweek, 7 Sept 2022)
  23. Wes’ Wakelet: China and Data Harvesting
  24. Makiivka: Russia blames missile attack on soldiers’ mobile phone use (BBC, 4 Jan 2023)
  25. US DOJ: United States versus Greenwood and Crahan
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Texting Story Maker – chat-animator.com
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: What to do with old tech!
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