EdTechSR Ep 305 USB-C Apple Evolution

Welcome to episode 305 (“USB-C Apple Evolution”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 13, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week, Dr. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer@mastodon.cloud) delved into a range of exciting and significant topics in the tech world. Key discussions included the ongoing evolution of Apple’s products with a special focus on their transition to USB-C, reflecting a major shift in their design philosophy and user interface. The episode also highlighted advancements in AI and its burgeoning role in education, underscoring both the opportunities and challenges it presents to educators and students alike. Further, the hosts explored the broader tech landscape, discussing the current state of technology markets and the challenges facing tech companies as they navigate a period of correction and change. The conversation also ventured into the thrilling realm of space exploration, showcasing the latest developments and missions that continue to push the boundaries of human knowledge and capability. Ethics in technology, particularly regarding AI, formed a crucial part of the discussion, with insights into the latest guidelines and ethical considerations that are shaping the development and deployment of AI technologies. Throughout the episode, Dr. Neiffer and Dr. Fryer provided their expert analysis and perspectives, making complex topics accessible and engaging for their audience. “Geeks of the Week” included “AI Guidelines for Students” (from Wes) and the AI-powered meme generator “www.supermeme.ai” (from Jason.) Join us for this insightful episode as we explore the intersections of technology, education, and society. Stay savvy and safe!


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  7. Jason Neiffer (Mastodon: mastodon.cloud/@neif – Twitter: @techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: mastodon.cloud/@wfryer Twitter: @wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. PROOF POINTS: It’s easy to fool ChatGPT detectors (The Hechinger Report; 4 September 2023)
  10. In Praise of Boring AI (One Useful Thing from Ethan Mollick; 2 August 2023)
  11. 6 tips to detect AI-generated student work (eSchool News; 6 September 2023)
  12. The iPhone Is Finally Getting USB-C. Here’s What That Means (Wired, 12 Sept 2023)
  13. France halts iPhone 12 sales over radiation levels (BBC News, 12 Sept 2023)
  14. United States takes on Google in biggest tech monopoly trial of 21st century (NPR, 11 Sept 2023)
  15. Judge in US v. Google trial didn’t know if Firefox is a browser or search engine (ArsTechnica, 12 Sept 2023)
  16. Just because Americans love Google doesn’t make it a monopoly. Biden lawsuit goes too far. (USA Today, 12 Sept 2023)
  17. Threads blocks searches related to covid and vaccines as cases rise (Washington Post, 11 Sept 2023) #GiftLink
  18. SpaceX says Starlink ‘network issue’ has been resolved (Verge, 12 Sept 2023)
  19. Japan launches ‘moon sniper’ lunar lander SLIM into space (Reuters, 7 Sept 2023)
  20. Coming Soon: A Brand New TextExpander for Chrome (Text Expander Blog; 12 September 2023)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: https://www.supermeme.ai/ 
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: AI Guidelines for Students
EdTechSR Ep 305 USB-C Apple Evolution” (CC BY 2.0) by Wesley Fryer

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