EdTechSR Ep 307: AI-Driven Education Insights

Welcome to episode 307 (“AI-Driven Education Insights”) of the EdTech Situation Room from October 11, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week, Dr. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Dr. Wesley Fryer (wesfryer.com/after) discussed a range of pressing topics in the intersection of technology and education. They delved into the latest developments in AI and its impact on educational practices, with a specific focus on how AI tools are transforming teaching methodologies and student engagement. The episode also covered the recent advancements and the educational applications of the Raspberry Pi 5, emphasizing its significance in the Maker movement and STEM education. Furthermore, the hosts explored the evolving landscape of tech policy, highlighting key legislative changes that affect both educators and students. They provided insights into the shifting paradigms of social media monetization, discussing how these changes influence digital literacy and online behavior among students. The episode also touched upon the advancements in voice technology and the critical aspect of user security, particularly in educational settings. “Geeks of the Week” included Librarian AI: “Discover your next favorite book Powered by AI,” a podcast interview with one of Wes’ middle school students who moderates commercial livestreams, and support for Mastodon Lists in Flipboard. Our show was live-streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com. Please follow @edtechsr@mastodon.education on Mastodon for updates, and join LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can. All shownotes are available on edtechSR.com/links. AI Disclosure: An initial draft of this episode summary was generated using youtubetranscript.com and a custom GPT on ChatGPT 4, as well as options for our show title! 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) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Actor Stephen Fry says his voice was stolen from the Harry Potter audiobooks and replicated by AI—and warns this is just the beginning (Fortune, 15 Sept 2023) – Archive.Ph Link
  10. Activist Hackers Are Racing Into the Israel-Hamas War—for Both Sides (Wired, 9 Oct 2023)
  11. MakerSpace Warfare: “In Ukraine, explosive DIY drones give an intimate view of killing” (Washington Post, 4 Oct 2023) #GiftLink
  12. Why NASA Chose WordPress for Revamping Its Flagship Website (WP Tavern, 6 Oct 2023)
  13. For All Userkind: NASA Web Modernization and WordPress (VIDEO, 47 min)
  14. Digital Empires: A Conversation with Anu Bradford (Tech Policy Press podcast, 8 Oct 2023)
  15. The Supreme Court will decide if state laws limiting social media platforms violate the Constitution (AP, 29 Sept 2023)
  16. Food Science: Stories about things we eat (The Story Collider podcast, 8 Sept 2023)
  17. Meta Plans to Charge $14 a Month for Ad-Free Instagram or Facebook (The Wall Street Journal; 3 October 2023)
  18. Google Kills Jamboard: “The next phase of digital whiteboarding for Google Workspace” (Google Workspace blog, 28 Sept 2023)
  19. The Teacher’s Guide for Transitioning from Jamboard to FigJam (Tom Mullaney, 28 Sept 2023)
  20. FigJam for Schools Advanced Webinar (Eric Curts, 11 Oct 2023)
  21. Google’s 7-Year commitment to Pixel 8 is for both software and hardware alike (ChromeUnboxed; 10 October 2023)
  22. Introducing Chromebook Plus: the new standard for fast, capable, fun-to-use devices [VIDEO] (Chrome Unboxed; 2 October 2023)
  23. Google is already bringing back the software features it removed because of Sonos’ lawsuit (Verge, 10 Oct 2023)
  24. The Raspberry Pi 5 is finally here (The Verge; 28 September 2023)
  25. The Death of Netflix DVD Marks the Loss of Something Even Bigger (Slate; 21 September 2023)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: https://www.librarian-ai.com/ 
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Ep 482: Moderating Livestreams with Cool Kicks – An Interview with 7th Grader “G”Flipboard Supports Mastodon Lists!
EdTechSR Ep 307: AI-Driven Education Insights” (CC BY 2.0) by Wesley Fryer

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