EdTechSR Ep 184 – Remote Learning Looms Large

Welcome to episode 184 (“Remote Learning Looms Large”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 22, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed announcements by many school districts nationwide starting the 2020-21 academic year at home in “remote learning” mode. The “Vaccine Trust Problem,” Twitter’s crackdown on conspiracy / disinformation QAnon accounts, Eric Schmidt’s advice about government regulation of social media companies, and news articles about Internet trolls stoking the fires of political polarization were also discussed. A looming ban of the TikTok app by U.S. government officials, the new GMail experience for GSuite users, and updates in ChromeOS version 84 were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included the “Mote” extension for voice comments in Google Docs via the Chrome browser, the new Google Certified Coach program, and the upcoming NCCE/TeacherCast “Beyond the Bootcamp” free webinar. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Media Literacy resources: medialiteracy.wesfryer.com
  8. Seattle schools should be all-online in the fall, district says, reversing earlier decision (Seattle Times; 22 July 2020)
  9. Nashville schools to start academic year remotely for all students as coronavirus cases mount (Tennessean; 9 July 2020)
  10. San Diego Unified will start school this fall with online learning (San Diego Union Tribune; 13 July 2020)
  11. L.A. Unified will not reopen campuses for start of school year amid coronavirus spike (LA Times; 13 July 2020)
  12. Portland students will not attend in-person classes full-time this fall, if at all (The Oregonian; 14 July 2020)
  13. Emergency Educational Connections Act of 2020 (16 million students need technology access, AZ Technology in Education, 22 July 2020
  14. Oklahoma City Public Schools delays start of school year; classes to be online for ‘at least 9 weeks’ (Oklahoma News 4, 21 July 2020)
  15. The Vaccine Trust Problem (NYT The Daily Podcast, 21 July 2020)
  16. Twitter cracks down on QAnon conspiracy group, including a ban on 7,000 accounts (The Verge; 21 July 2020)
  17. Twitter Safety Post on QAnon crackdown (21 July 2020)
  18. Insightful comments about potential technology company regulations by Eric Schmidt (@teddyschleifer on Twitter, 17 July 2020)
  19. The troll who staged a fake flag burning at Gettysburg: ’People will believe the most unrealistic nonsense’ (Washington Post, 17 July 2020)
  20. The World According to Q (Center for Human Technology “Your Undivided Attention” podcast, 8 July 2020)
  21. Disinformation about ‘antifa’ provides fodder for foreign propagandists (AtlanticCouncil’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, 17 July 2020)
  22. Wells Fargo wants employees to delete TikTok from company phones (Engadget; 11 July 2020)
  23. U.S. is ‘looking at’ banning TikTok and Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says (CNBC; 7 July 2020)
  24. Using GSuite on a Chromebook? Get ready for a new Gmail experience (About Chromebooks; 15 July 2020)
  25. Chrome OS 84: Easy split screening, more emoji & new ‘Explore’ app (9 to 5 Google; 20 July 2020)
  26. Media Literacy Conversations About Conspiracies and Culture Wars (archived videos of Wes’ #mtmoot & #digiURI presentations on the #ConCW media literacy project)
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Mote (voice comments in Google Docs) – Google Certified Coach Program
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: NCCE/TeacherCast “Beyond the Bootcamp”

EdTechSR Ep 183 – Back To School Planning During COVID-19

Welcome to episode 183 (“Back To School Planning During COVID-19”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 8, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the upcoming Mountain Moot virtual conference, and the enormous challenges facing school administrators planning for safe K-12 learning in schools this fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates from ChromeOS world were shared by Jason, including a forthcoming “clipboard history manager,” worthy “cheap Chromebooks,” and Amazon issues with inaccurate Chromebook spec headlines. Updates from the ongoing Facebook advertiser boycott and protest movement and challenges around 5G infrastructure build-outs and standards specifications between China and the United States were also explored. Homework for our episode was to follow Peggy George on Twitter (@pgeorge) and subscribe to Peggy’s super-helpful Nuzzel newsletter (nuzzel.com/pgeorge). Geeks of the Week included the Archive.org software library (including Oregon Trail), 1 Take Videos by Lodge McCammon (@pocketlodge) and a post by Wes about installing an “ethernet backhaul” cable at home to speed up WiFi performance. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Media Literacy resources: medialiteracy.wesfryer.com
  8. Mountain Moot Conference: July 15-17, 2020 (@mtmoot)
  9. Wes’ Mountain Moot keynote resources: “Media Literacy Now! Conspiracies and Culture Wars”
  10. An Opening twitter thread to Discuss: Kathy Brandt on Fall School Planning during COVID-19
  11. Clipboard History Manager Is On The Way For Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 29 June 2020)
  12. 3 “Cheap” Chromebooks That Are Actually Worth Buying (Chrome Unboxed; 28 June 2020)
  13. Opinion: Amazon needs to stop listing Chromebooks with misleading information (About Chromebooks; 29 June 2020)
  14. Google confirms that its AirDrop competitor is coming soon (Verge, 30 June 2020)
  15. Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook Post on July 7, 2020
  16. Facebook Fails to Appease Organizers of Ad Boycott (NYTimes, 7 July 2020)
  17. 5G was going to unite the world—instead it’s tearing us apart (ArsTechnica, 4 July 2020)
  18. Homework from tonight’s episode: Follow Peggy George on Twitter (@pgeorge) and her weekly Nuzzel Newsletter: “Never Stop Learning”
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week:  Archive.org Software LibraryOregon Trail from MECC
  20. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: 1 Take Videos by Lodge McCammon (@pocketlodge) and Faster Home WiFi Via Ethernet Backhaul

EdTechSR Ep 182 – Awash in Digital News

Welcome to episode 182 (“Awash in Digital News”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 1, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed our need for media literacy and information filtering strategies, and our ongoing “technology correction” reflected in advertiser protest pressure on Facebook for content moderation. The exciting announcement by Microsoft to offer a public beta of Minecraft Education Edition on Chromebooks, significant announcements by Apple at WWDC 2020 last week, Google’s privacy changes for new users, and potential dangers of CRISPR human genome editing were other topics addressed in the show. Wes’ Geeks of the Week included a support article about providing handwritten feedback on Google Docs via an iPad and Google Classroom, Google Meet tips and tricks, and Kast (a software program for watching web videos together). Jason’s Geek of the Week was a new “undelete” utility for Windows10 users. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org – Media Literacy resources: medialiteracy.wesfryer.com
  8. Our Ability to Process Information Is Reaching a Critical Limit (One Zero; 28 June 2020)
  9. You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polarized Speech, Conspiracy Theories, and Our Polluted Media Landscape by Whitney Phillips (@wphillips49) and Ryan M. Milner (@rmmilner) – free online book – fantastic perspectives on media literacy
  10. Summer Institute on Digital Literacy by @MedEduLab
  11. Journalists believe news and opinion are separate, but readers can’t tell the difference (The Conversation; 22 June 2020)
  12. Facebook Groups Are Destroying America (Wired, 17 June 2020)
  13. YouTube bans Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer, and more for hate speech (Verge, 29 June 2020)
  14. The Making of a YouTube Radical (NY Times, Kevin Roose, 8 June 2019) – also see the “Rabbit Hole” Podcast
  15. Advertisers are running from Facebook. What’s next? (Engadget, 30 June 2020)
  16. Join the Minecraft: Education Edition Chromebook Beta (Minecraft EE, 29 June 2020)
  17. Apple will let you port Google Chrome extensions to Safari (TechCrunch, 25 June 2020)
  18. Marques Brownlee’s Video: WWDC 2020 Impressions: Widgets and The Great Transition! (22 June 2020)
  19. Google just announced it will automatically delete your location history by default (Verge, 24 June 2020)
  20. Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months (Wired, 24 June 2020)
  21. CRISPR gene editing in human embryos wreaks chromosomal mayhem (Nature 25 June 2020)
  22. Help Students Fight Misinformation One Click at a Time (KQED Education, 30 June 2020)
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Google Classroom – Draw or  Annotate on Student Work and Google Meet Tips and Tricks (Carrie Lopez, MSON Conference) and Kast (share videos live)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Windows New Undelete File Utility

EdTechSR Ep 181 – Starlink Dreaming

Welcome to episode 181 (“Starlink Dreaming”) of the EdTech Situation Room from June 17, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed virtual and face-to-face summer camps for students and teachers during our present pandemic, ChromeOS news, the “technology correction” and social media developments involving political advertisements, and the dynamics of content moderation of political speech. The beta phase of Starlink providing satellite connectivity by SpaceX and COVID-19’s impact on movie theaters and college admissions testing were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included an upcoming June 30th KQED free webinar, “Help Students Fight Misinformation One Click at a Time,” and Paul Anderson’s (of Bozeman Science) updated video, “How I Make Screencasts.” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass website
  8. Google is bringing Microsoft Office and other Windows apps to Chromebooks (The Verge; 16 June 2020)
  9. Chromebooks desperately need more than 4GB of RAM in 2020 (Android Police; 114 June 2020)
  10. With Krita, It May Finally Be Time For Desktop-class Android Apps To Arrive On Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 25 May 2020)
  11. HP Refreshes The Popular Chromebook X360 14 With 10th Gen Cpus And Biometrics (Chrome Unboxed; 8 June 2020)
  12. Google Meet arrives in Gmail for iOS and Android as a giant new tab (Verge, 17 June 2020)
  13. SpaceX Starlink internet prepares for beta users (ZDNet, 15 June 2020)
  14. AMC Theaters warns of ‘substantial doubt’ about future as pandemic fallout continues (The Verge; 3 June 2020)
  15. SAT and ACT May Never Regain Their Role in College Admissions (Bloomberg, 29 May 2020)
  16. Like Zoom, Microsoft Teams will let you see 49 people at a time this fall (The Verge; 15 June 2020)
  17. How Google Docs became the social media of the resistance (MIT Technology Review; 6 June 2020)
  18. How to turn off political ads in your Facebook News Feed (Recode; 17 June 2020)
  19. Justice Department plans to curb Section 230 protections for internet firms (AppleInsider, 17 June 2020)
  20. Social media firms could be sued for censoring political speech under new bill (CNet, 17 June 2020)
  21. Trump ran attack ads against Twitter, Snapchat, and F— Oh, not Facebook (Mashable, 17 June 2020)
  22. Why one email app went to war with Apple—and why neither one is right (ArsTechnica, 17 June 2020)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: June 30th KQED free webinar: Help Students Fight Misinformation One Click at a Time
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: How I Make Screencasts from Paul Anderson

EdTechSR Ep 180 – Read Before You ReTweet

Welcome to episode 180 (“Read Before You ReTweet”) of the EdTech Situation Room from June 10, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the intersection of privacy and smartphones during civic protests, the spread of false rumors and doctored images during the D.C. protests, and our societal need for media literacy education and media mentors. Liability lawsuits for Amazon over the sale of fake N95 masks, disinformation sharing on Twitter by national leaders, and official encouragement from Twitter support to “read before you retweet” were highlighted. On the Apple front, plans to use Apple chips in MacOS computers (instead of Intel processors) for the first time, and the forthcoming death (in 2021) of iTunesU in favor of Apple Classroom and Schoolwork apps was explored. Rounding out the show, news of a famous 23 year old Chinese gamer announcing his retirement from eSports due to health concerns, and a lawsuit over copyright/DRM and eBooks for the Internet Archive during the COVID19 pandemic were also mentioned. Geeks of the week included the YouTube channel and RedIT channel for DIY technology refurbisher Luke Miani, classroomscreen.com, a tutorial about using Noun Project icons in presentation slideshows, and an archived recent conference about Memes in society. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass website
  8. The 3 Things You Must Do to Protect Your Privacy While Protesting (Popular Mechanics; 3 June 2020)
  9. False Rumors And Doctored Images Went Viral During The D.C. Protests (NPR, 1 June 2020)
  10. Confused About Screen Time and Disinformation? You Aren’t Alone. (Slate, 8 June 2020)
  11. 3M sues Amazon storefront that allegedly sold fake N95 masks for $23 apiece (The Verge; 9 June 2020)
  12. How Trump leverages Twitter to spread misinformation (NPR News Hour, 26 May 2020)
  13. Twitter would like you to actually read stories before you retweet them (The Verge; 10 June 2020)
  14. Apple to reveal plans for using its own chips in Macs at WWDC, report says (CNet; 9 June 2020)
  15. Apple will discontinue iTunes U in favor of Classroom and Schoolwork apps (cNet; 10 June 2020)
  16. Gaming ‘hero’ retires at 23 due to ill-health (BBC News, 4 Jun 2020)
  17. Lawsuit over online book lending could bankrupt Internet Archive (ArsTechnica, 1 Jun 2020)
  18. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Luke Miani’s YouTube Channel and YouTube Reddit thread
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: app.classroomscreen.com and How I Use Noun Project Icons in my Class Lesson Slideshows and Memes: The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism? Online Conference

EdTechSR Ep 179 – Harbinger of the Tech Correction

Welcome to episode 179 (“Harbinger of the Tech Correction”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 27, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the intersection of safety, security, medical needs and privacy when it comes to COVID-19 contact tracing. Developments around Twitter’s attempts to counter U.S. Presidential misinformation, “the human cost of misinformation” in the age of neo-coronavirus, and the challenge to mainstream media credibility posed by news outlets republishing Amazon press releases repackaged as “news” were also highlighted. A recent Forbes article on Chrome browser security was also discussed, along with the opportunity articles like this provide to practice web literacy / media literacy strategies like SIFT. (s/o @holden) The escalating battle over 5G infrastructure between China / Huawei and the United States was also discussed, along with reported issues relating to Apple iOS software updates as well as Microsoft Windows10 updates. A recent report by the U.S. Copyright office encouraging Congress to revisit “safe harbor” provisions of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) in favor of rights holders was explored. Geeks of the Week included Reflector 3 and AirParrot updates from AirSquirrels, the virtual MountainMoot (July 15-17, 2020), and a new project by Wes and Brian Turnbaugh (@wegotwits) formatively titled, “Conspiracies and Culture Wars.” Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic (WaPo; 26 May 2020)
  9. 3D Printers Are On The Front Lines Of The Covid-19 Pandemic (The Verge; 25 May 2020)
  10. Switzerland pilots a contact tracing app using Apple and Google’s tech (Engadget, 27 May 2020)
  11. Coronavirus: The human cost of virus misinformation (BBC; 27 May 2020)
  12. Trump threatens to crack down on social media platforms after Twitter labels his tweets (CNN; 27 May 2020)
  13. Social media bias lawsuits keep failing in court (The Verge; 27 May 2020)
  14. Why Twitter labeling Trump’s tweets as “potentially misleading” is a big step forward (The Verge; 27 May 2020)
  15. Facebook says Trump’s false claims about mail-in ballots don’t break its rules (CNN Business; 27 May 2020)
  16. How Trump leverages Twitter to spread misinformation (PBS News Hour, 26 May 2020)
  17. US local news stations air segments on Amazon penned by company’s PR team (The Guardian; 26 May 2020)
  18. Google Just Gave Millions Of Users A Reason To Quit Chrome (Forbes, 26 May 2020)
  19. China Just Crossed A Dangerous Line For Huawei: New ‘Retaliatory Responses’ Threatened (Forbes, 26 May 2020)
  20. iOS 13.5 Chaos: This Frustrating Problem Is Making iPhone Apps Useless (Forbes, 22 May 2020)
  21. iPhone User Mayhem: Here’s Why Hundreds Of iOS Apps Are Suddenly Updating (Forbes, 26 May 2020)
  22. What’s New in the Microsoft Windows 10 May 2020 Update? (PC Magazine; 27 May 2020)
  23. Windows 10 Basics: How to Pause Updates (The Verge; 22 May 2020)
  24. U.S. Copyright Office Says It’s Time to Update the DMCA—Mostly in Favor of Rightsholders (Gizmodo, 22 May 2020)
  25. US Copyright Office proposes stripping YouTube of some of its DMCA safe harbor protections (Reclaim the Net, 23 May 2020)
  26. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Reflector 3 and AirParrot Released! and Mountain Moot!
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “Conspiracies and Culture Wars 1.0” (s/o @wegotwits)

EdTechSR Ep 178 – Anticipating a Fluid Future

Welcome to episode 178 (“Anticipating a Fluid Future”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 20, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Microsoft’s revolutionary “Fluid” Office document format, privacy and surveillance in the COVID-19 era, and a new Mozilla VPN service. Passwords for sale on the dark web, Equifax’s failure to provide consumer compensation payments for the 2017 data breach, and conspiracy theory psychology were also highlighted. Rumors of forthcoming Apple Glasses for AR/.VR, tips for. addressing slow Internet speeds at home, SpaceX’s promises for low latency satellite connectivity, and tips for better videoconferencing were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included the Unsplash Images GSuite Marketplace App, the Rabbit Hole Podcast from the New York Times, and a DIY hack to breathe new memory life into an old iPod Classic. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Americans are surprisingly open to letting their phones be used for coronavirus tracking (The Verge; 30 April 2020)
  9. Mozilla launches a standalone VPN service for Android and Chromebook (9 to 5 Google; 19 February 2020)
  10. How your passwords can end up for sale on the dark web (CNN; 6 May 2020)
  11. Your Equifax settlement $125 isn’t coming, but banks get their $5.5M (ArsTechnica, 19 May 2020)
  12. VIDEO: Plandemic and the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking
  13. The Conspiracy Theory Handbook by Stephan Lewandowsky and John Cook
  14. “Immune to Evidence”: How Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracies Spread (ProPublica, 17 May 2020)
  15. NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week (AP News, 15 May 2020)
  16. Microsoft’s New Fluid Office Document Is Google Docs On Steroids (The Verge; 19 May 2020)
  17. Chrome is getting a ton of big safety and security updates soon (The Verge; 19 May 2020)
  18. Google CEO Sundar Pichai defends Pixel team, says “hardware is hard” (ArsTechnica, 20 May 2020)
  19. Kuo: New 10.8-inch iPad and 9-inch iPad mini on the way, Apple Glasses in 2022 ‘at the earliest’ (9to5Mac, 14 May 2020)
  20. For video meetings, the eyes have it. Use these tips to make a better impression online (USA Today; 18 May 2020)
  21. Everything You Need to Know About Slow Internet Speeds (New York Times; 20 May 2020)
  22. Ajit Pai doubts Elon Musk’s SpaceX broadband-latency claims (ArsTechnica, 20 May 2020)
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Unsplash Images – G Suite Marketplace and Rabbit Hole Podcast (NYT)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Refurbish an Old iPod Classic??!

EdTechSR Ep 177 – COVID-19 May Change Colleges and Schools Forever

Welcome to episode 177 (“COVID-19 May Change Colleges and Schools Forever”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 13, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed predictions for how the COVID-19 pandemic may significantly disrupt higher education to the benefit of “top tier” universities, the glaring inequities in educational opportunities laid bare by mandated “remote learning” / learning at home today, and Congressional initiatives to expand broadband funding. The impact of paranoia of cheating on remote learning, and the “teachable moment” provided by the disinformation video “Plandemic” for media literacy, were discussed. On the security front, a major security flaw involving “Thunderbolt” computer ports, National Password Day, and an unfortunate disruption of an Oklahoma college graduation by a racist troll were highlighted. Privacy issues with smartphones in the COVID-19 pandemic was briefly discussed, and will be addressed at greater length in a future episode. Geeks of the Week included Goosechase mobile media scavenger hunt free upgrades for teachers, disinformation and social media visualization tools, a free 3 hour media literacy course on the “SIFT” framework, and a new way to run 1.5 million Android apps and games on your PC or Mac. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! 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.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. The Coming Disruption to College (NY Mag Intelligencer, 11 May 2020)
  9. Paranoia about cheating is making online education terrible for everyone (Recode; 4 May 2020)
  10. KidWriting Project by the National Writing Project (via @pgeorge)
  11. Facebook and YouTube are rushing to delete “Plandemic,” a conspiracy-laden video (MIT Technology Review, 7 May 2020)
  12. That ‘Plandemic’ conspiracy video has been thoroughly debunked, people. Stop pushing it on us. (Upworthy, 7 May 2020)
  13. Judy Mikovits in Plandemic: An antivax conspiracy theorist becomes a COVID-19 grifter (David Gorski, 6 May 2020)
  14. If Someone Shares the ‘Plandemic’ Video, How Should You Respond? (The Atlantic, 9 May 2020)
  15. “PlanDemic” Disinformation Teachable Moment During COVID-19 (Wes Fryer, 9 May 2020)
  16. Thunderbolt flaw allows access to a PC’s data in minutes (Recode; 11 May 2020)
  17. National Password Day project: A unique password for every website you go to (USA Today; 7 May 2020)
  18. Oklahoma University’s Virtual Graduation Ceremony Disrupted by Racist Hacker (Time Magazine, 10 May 2020)
  19. The differences between the haves and have-nots:” Hispanic students disproportionately lack internet access (Denver Post, 27 April 2020)
  20. House Democrats want $5.5 billion for pandemic broadband funding (Recode; 12 May 2020)
  21. Americans are surprisingly open to letting their phones be used for coronavirus tracking (The Verge; 30 April 2020)
  22. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Goosechase Education Free Upgrade till Sept 1stMisinformation Tools by Indiana University Observatory on Social MediaFree 3 Hour Mini-Course on SIFT Media Literacy Framework
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Weekend Nerd Project: How to run 1.5M Android apps, games on your PC, Mac (USA Today; 9 May 2020)

EdTechSR Ep 176 – Choose Your Digital Platform Investments Carefully

Welcome to episode 176 (“Choose Your Digital Platform Investments Carefully”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 6, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed updates from Apple including more predicted “opening” to third party platforms on iOS and MacOS, FaceID and masks, and prescient words from Tim Cook in the latest Apple earnings call. On the Microsoft front, Windows 10X progress as as a Chromebook competitor, Slack and Microsoft teams as collaboration tools were mentioned. On the Google side of platforms, the outstanding “Teach from Home” Google resource website, PewDiePie’s exclusive live-streaming deal with YouTube, the spike in user-created “everyday with me” videos, and excellent screenshot improvements for ChromeOS as well as Chromeshot extensions were discussed. On COVID-19 related issues, the challenge of engaging social media followers and friends over disinformation videos / articles, a very insightful (and troubling) article from Harvard professor Fernando M. Reimers on the global impact of pandemic, and “An Open Letter to Independent School Leaders” by Ben Scafidi and Eric Wearne were discussed by Jason and Wes. Geeks of the Week included the upcoming June 9-11 On Air KS G-Summit, a COVID-19 scenario visualizer and simulator, a “choose your own adventure” digital story called “57 North,” new “deep fake” videos using Chris Pratt images on Harrison Ford / Indiana Jones movie clips, the July 14-19, 2020 Summer Institute on Digital Literacy, and the Home Depot 62 in. Adjustable Height Work Bench Table as a home office desk. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! 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.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Spotify CEO expects Apple will ‘open up’ even more in the future (The Verge; 5 May 2020)
  9. Face ID doesn’t work when you’re wearing a mask—Apple’s about to address that (ArsTechnica, 2 May 2020)
  10. In an unusual investor call, Apple reports flat quarterly earnings amid COVID-19 (ArsTechnica, 30 April 2020)
  11. Microsoft shifts Windows 10X towards more of a Chrome OS competitor (The Verge; 5 May 2020)
  12. Slack CEO: Microsoft Teams is not a competitor to Slack (The Verge; 1 May 2020)
  13. Teach from Home from Google
  14. PewDiePie signs exclusive live-streaming deal with YouTube (The Verge; BBC News; 5 May 2020)
  15. Coronavirus bingeing: YouTube trends show spike in every-day task tutorials (USA Today; 1 May 2020)
  16. Gayle Agostinelli on YouTube
  17. Resizeable, Moveable Screenshots Are Coming To Chrome OS (Chrome Unboxed; 6 May 2020)
  18. Awesome Screenshot for Chrome
  19. HP Launches 3 New 10th Gen Intel Chromebook For Enterprise (Chrome Unboxed; 5 May 2020)
  20. Takedowns for “YouTube PlanDemic Documentary: The Hidden Agenda Behind Covid-19” (no news article link available yet)
  21. Coronavirus: YouTube tightens rules after David Icke 5G interview (BBC News, 7 April 2020)
  22. “What the Covid-19 Pandemic will change in education depends on the thoughtfulness of education responses today”, by Fernando M. Reimers. (Worlds of Education, 9 April 2020)
  23. “An Open Letter to Independent School Leaders” by Ben Scafidi and Eric Wearne
  24. Parking Lots Have Become a Digital Lifeline (The New York Times; 5 May 2020)
  25. Behold: The Power of the Spotify Playlist During COVID-19 (Wes Fryer, 21 April 2020)
  26. Upcoming Webinars from Leslie Fisher (via @pgeorge)
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: 2020 On Air KS G-Summit: June 9-11, 2020What Happens Next? COVID-19 Futures, Explained With Playable Simulations (via @susanvg) – 57 NorthChris Pratt Indiana Jones Deep FakesSummer Institute on Digital Literacy goes Virtual: July 14-19
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: 62 in. Adjustable Height Work Bench Table

EdTechSR Ep 175 – Don’t Close Your Streamyard Tab

Welcome to episode 175 (“Don’t Close Your Streamyard Tab”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 29, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed several Google Updates: the availability of Google’s Hangouts Meet videoconferencing platform for consumer Google accounts, a way to extend the life of your Chromebook’s browser, and updates to GSuite’s sharing dialog. An amusing rant by a judge over a lawyers’ poor attire choices during a trial by videoconference, the psychology of lifting the lockdown, the growth of telemedicine during COVID19, and the proliferation of stimulus check scams were also highlighted. Recommended media literacy books on “information pollution” and dives into the world of online radicalization, the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to prevent annotations to Georgia’s state laws by state officials from remaining behind a paywall, and reported productivity challenges for remote working rounded out the show’s topics. Geeks of the Week included a new ChromeOS installer for Windows users, Jason’s “Live from NCCE” presentation video from last week on remote learning / teaching / working tips, a great digital video tribute from Reuters to journalists around the world, upcoming Oklahoma USAF flyby tributes to medical professionals, and two excellent online book publishing platforms. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! 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.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Google’s Zoom rival, called Meet, is now free to consumers (CNet; 29 April 2020)
  9. New Feature Could Greatly Extend The Life Of Your Chromebook’s Browser (Chrome Unboxed; 29 April 2020)
  10. Google Meet premium video conferencing-free for everyone (Google Product Blog, 29 April 2020)
  11. New sharing dialog for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, & Forms (GSuite Updates Blog, 28 April 2020)
  12. The Jury Is Still Out On Zoom Trials (The Verge; 22 April 2020)
  13. Don’t Feel Bad If Your Kids Are Gaming More Than Ever. In Fact, Why Not Join Them? (Time Magazine; 22 April 2020)
  14. What Will It Be Like When the Lockdown Lifts? (Psychology Today, 15 April 2020)
  15. Oklahoma Department of Commerce link for business owners (Oklahoma Dept of Commerce, 22 April 2020)
  16. The coronavirus pandemic could push telemedicine into the mainstream (CNN Business; 27 April 2020)
  17. Scammers Could Be After Your Stimulus Check. Here’s How to Avoid Them (Time Magazine; 27 April 2020)
  18. Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online by Wes Fryer (Webinar, 26 March 2020)
  19. Supreme Court rules Georgia can’t put the law behind a paywall (ArsTechnica, 27 Apr 2020)
  20. A Third of Remote Workers Say Weak Internet Has Hurt Their Productivity (PC Magazine; 24 April 2020)
  21. “You Are Here: A Field Guide for Navigating Polluted Information” by @wphillips49 & @rmmilner
  22. Samantha’s Journey Into the Alt-Right, and Back (The New Yorker, 22 Nov 2019)
  23. Jason’s 1st Geek of the Week: Another nerdy, distracting weekend project: Install Official Google Chrome OS on PC / Laptop With Play Store and Linux for FREE!
  24. Jason’s 2nd Geek of the Week: Live from NCCE Archive: “Working at Home Strategies for the First-Time Remote Teacher & Administrator”
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Reuters Thanks to JournalistsOK AFB’s Salute 1 May – Publish online? Pressbooks or PubPub