EdTech Situation Room Episode 85

Welcome to episode 85 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 7, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Chrome blocking autoplay videos, Smartwatch privacy issues, amazing LIDAR discoveries in Guatemalan jungles, work by the Center for Humane Technology, and changing norms with Smartphone memory capacity. Additional topics included Apple’s HomePod release and Apple’s AI lag behind Google and Amazon, new smart glasses from Intel, Best Buy discontinuing CD sales, expected impacts of 5G cellular wireless, and recommendations for home mesh routers. Geeks of the week included the Common Voice Project by Mozilla (from Wes) and “Android Lite” apps for situations with poor connectivity (Jason). Note we will NOT have a show next week on February 14th / Valentine’s Day, but will return on our regular schedule February 21st, Check out all our shownotes (including articles we did not have time to discuss this week) on http://edtechSR.com – Stay safe and stay savvy, friends!

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
  8. Google Chrome now lets you permanently mute annoying websites (Verge, 25 Jan 2018)
  9. Facebook should shut down Messenger Kids, child advocates say (30 January 2018)
  10. Laser Scans Reveal Maya “Megalopolis” Below Guatemalan Jungle (National Geographic, 2 February 2018)
  11. Center for Humane Technology (@HumaneTech_)
  12. Apple Homepod Review: Locked In (The Verge, 7 February 2018)
  13. 64GB phones aren’t big enough for me anymore (The Verge, 29 January 2018)
  14. Shout out to TIDE Podcast 95 (@TIDEpodcast) and the Amazfit Bip smartwatch ($60)
  15. LG Urbane Urbane Smartwatch
  16. Pentagon reviews policy after fitness app reveals military locations (Engadget, 29 January 2018)
  17. Pebble is dead and hardware buttons are going with it (The Verge, 27 January 2018)
  18. ProHDR App for Android and Pro HDR X App for iOS
  19. Intel Made Smart Glasses That Look Normal (The Verge, 5 February 2018)
  20. Google Glass (English WikiPedia)
  21. Best Buy will stop selling CDs — good riddance (The Next Web, 5 February 2018)
  22. How 5G could change everything from music to medicine (CNN, 5 February 2018)
  23. The Best Wi-Fi Mesh-Networking Kits for Most People (Wirecutter by NYT, 22 Jan 2018)
  24. Windows 10 S becoming a mode, not a version, as Microsoft shakes up its pricing (Arts Technica, 5 February 2018)
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Common Voice Project by Mozilla
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Bad Network? These Lite Android Apps Will Still Work (Make Use Of, 5 February 2018)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 84

Welcome to episode 84 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 31, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the weaponization of information as propaganda via online advertising and what this portends for open / democratic societies, exhortations from leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos relating to education and artificial intelligence, and the financial impact of Facebook’s recently announced changes to its news feed algorithm. Additional topics included the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and what those privacy directives might mean for schools and educational technology use, Google’s embrace of Neverware, Apple rumors about new processors to power new Macs, dramatic reductions in iPhone 10 production numbers, and Google’s success (as well as struggle) vetting apps and removing those which violate its terms of service. Access all our shownotes (including links to articles we didn’t have time to discuss) on http://edtechSR.com/links and follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Thanks for tuning in, please shout out to us on Twitter and consider writing a favorable review of us on iTunes or elsewhere online. We love listener feedback!

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
  8. People spent 50 million hours less per day on Facebook last quarter (ReCode 31 January 2018)
  9. Facebook usage falls in the US as it begins to tinker with the News Feed (The Verge, 31 January 2018)
  10. Facebook reduces time spent by 2 min/user/day to push well-being (TechCrunch, 31 January 2018)
  11. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky (@cshirky)
  12. VIDEO from 2009: Clay Shirky on New Book “Here Comes Everybody”
  13. 72 Years of Free Barbecue (video from 2010 by Wes about the XIT Rodeo in Dalhart, Texas)
  14. 6 quotes from Davos on the future of education (World Economic Forum, 26 Jan 2018)
  15. Tech is now a weapon for propaganda and the problem is way bigger than Russia (ReCode Decode Podcast, 31 January 2018)
  16. Information Anxiety by Richard Wurman
  17. Digital Deceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet (New America, 23 Jan 2018)
  18. Google CEO: AI is ‘more profound than electricity or fire’ (CNN, 24 January 2018)
  19. The General Data Protection Regulation Explained (EduCause Review, 28 Aug 2017)
  20. GDPR: English WikiPedia article
  21. Official GDPR Portal
  22. Is Seesaw GDPR compliant? (Seesaw Blog, 13 Dec 2017)
  23. Privacy Shield Framework
  24. Google took down over 700,000 bad Android apps in 2017 (The Verge, 30 January 2018)
  25. The sad state of Android: Google removed over 700,000 bad apps last year (BGR, 31 Jan 2018)
  26. BETT 2018: Google And Neverware Revive Old Computers (Chrome Unboxed, 23 January 2018)
  27. Chrome 64 Arrives With Site Muting, HDR Support, Spectre And Meltdown Protection (Chrome Unboxed, 26 January 2018)
  28. Acer Chrome OS Tablet Display Details Revealed (Chrome Unboxed, 31 January 2018)
  29. Apple could let you run iPad apps on your Mac (TechCrunch, 31 Jan 2018)
  30. Apple tipped to launch three new Macs, with its own processors (T3/MSN, 30 January 2018)
  31. Apple reportedly slashes iPhone X orders in half due to slow sales (BGR, 29 Jan 2018)
  32. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Flights… new interface and functions now in beta!
  33. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Stranger Things Seasons 1 and 2 (NetFlix) and Certify’em – Google Forms add-on to make certificates for students at school! (s/o to @pgeorge – more on this post by @meagan_e_kelly)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 82

Welcome to episode 82 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 17, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed upcoming changes to the Facebook news feed, the performance impact of software patches for Meltdown and Spectre, our human tendency to anthropomorphize technologies, and new highlights from CES 2018. Geeks of the week included Google’s Art App (Jason), the Microsoft Launcher for Android and the YouTube Safety Center (Wes). Check out all our links and shownotes, including many articles we didn’t have time to address in this week’s show, on http://edtechSR.com/links – Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/edtechSR to stay up to date on upcoming shows. Please consider leaving us a review on iTunes and anywhere else you find us! Remember you can listen to our latest episode on Google Home by simply saying, “Hey Google, play the latest episode of The EdTech Situation Room podcast!”

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
  8. One Website’s Facebook Apocalypse Is Another’s Opportunity to Shine (Wall Street Journal, 12 Jan 2018)
  9. Facebook’s Adam Mosseri On Why You’ll See Less Video, More From Friends (Wired, 13 Jan 2018)
  10. Facebook is done with quality journalism. Deal with it. (The Monday Note, 15 Jan 2018)
  11. Google Chrome extensions with 500,000 downloads found to be malicious (ArsTechnica, 16 Jan 2018)
  12. Here’s how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance (PC World, 13 January 2018)
  13. Meltdown, Spectre, and CloudReady (Neverware blog, 9 January 2018)
  14. Have you experienced Google Home- or Chromecast-related Wi-Fi outages? [Poll] (9 to 5 Google, 16 January 2018)
  15. [Update] Google’s Chromecast and Home devices can cause temporary Wi-Fi outages, here’s why (9 to 5 Google, 15 January 2018)
  16. Could You Kill a Robot? Can Robots Teach Us What It Means To Be Human? (NPR Hidden Brain, 10 July 2017)
  17. Another country has banned boiling live lobsters. Some scientists wonder why. (Washington Post, 13 Jan 2018)
  18. I used the Google Pixelbook as my only laptop at CES – and it completely converted me (Android Police, 16 January 2018)
  19. Razer & Project Linda: A Glimpse of What Chrome OS and Android Could Be (Chrome Unboxed, 16 January 2018)
  20. Extensity Extension for Chrome
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Arts & Culture for iOS and for Android
  22. Google’s art app is now top of iOS and Android download charts thanks to its viral selfies (Verge, 17 January 2018)
  23. People love Google’s new feature that matches your selfie to a famous painting (Verge, 14 January 2018)
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: YouTube Safety Center and Microsoft Launcher for Android (h/t @tommy_snider)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 81

Welcome to episode 81 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 10, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed important updates on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability issues, a few videos and articles focusing on the rise of Artificial Intelligence and the importance of putting ethics into coding, and some update from CES 2018 including the competition between Amazon and Google with smart assistants. The importance of the blockchain and the rise of cryptocurrencies were also discussed, along with a late December CNN Op-Ed advocating for the banning of all cell phones in U.S. middle schools. Geeks of the week included NeverWare for Chrome, Digital Citizenship Conversations (digcit.us) and the newest, blazingly fast FireFox browser from Mozilla with Tracking Protection turned ON. Check out these links in our shownotes, as well as more news links we didn’t have time to discuss on edtechsr.com/links. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter for updates on upcoming shows.

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
  8. Security Now 645 – The Speculation Meltdown (9 Jan 2018) – Shownotes
  9. Intel needs to come clean about Meltdown and Spectre (Verge, 10 January)
  10. Google publishes list of Chromebooks being patched against Meltdown vulnerability (Android Policy, 10 January 2018)
  11. How-to: Check whether your Android device will get updated against Meltdown and Spectre (9 to 5 Google, 10 January 2018)
  12. Microsoft reveals how Spectre updates can slow your PC down (The Verge, 9 December 2018)
  13. Microsoft: No more Windows patches at all if your AV clashes with our Meltdown fix (ZDNet, 10 Jan 2018)
  14. Security Now Podcast with @SGgrc
  15. GSFE Admins Google+ Community
  16. [VIDEO] True Artificial Intelligence will change everything by Juergen Schmidhuber (21 Nov 2017)
  17. DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman: In 2018, AI will gain a moral compass (5 Jan 2018)
  18. VIDEO: How To Create A Mind: Ray Kurzweil at TEDxSiliconAlley
  19. Book: How to Create a Mind – The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil
  20. Google is trying its hardest to keep Alexa from ‘winning’ CES for the second year in a row (Recode, 9 January 2018)
  21. Expect to talk to your devices a lot more in the future (Recode, 10 January 2018)
  22. CES 2018: Amazon Alexa v Google Assistant fight gets fierce (BBC News; 10 January 2018)
  23. 9to5Google’s Best of CES 2018 Awards (9 to 5 google, 10 January 2018)
  24. Hands on: Razer’s ‘Project Linda’ is the Samsung DeX laptop we always wanted, and it could be so much more (9 to 5 Google, 9 January 2018)
  25. Introducing the New Firefox: Firefox Quantum (Mozilla, 14 Nov 2017)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: CloudReady from Neverware
  27. Digital Citizenship Conversations – DigCit.us and  FireFox Quantum (enable no tracking)

 

EdTech Situation Room Episode 75

Welcome to episode 75 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 29, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed rumors on other edtech podcasts that they are “a bit nerdy,” recent Apple security issues with the default root user account, and YouTube with respect to protecting kids and restricting content. Additional topics included the state of email in 2017 and useful apps / email workflow strategies, the amazingly fast new FireFox browser from Mozilla, exciting new announcements for more Android apps on Chromebooks, and the continued march of automation via AI, especially involving trucking. Geeks of the week included the upcoming December 15-31 “Ditch that Textook Digital Summit” (from Wes) and Google Voice (from Jason.) Refer to our podcast shownotes for all referenced news articles and links. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay updated, and join us LIVE for a future show at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain most weeks on Wednesday night. Check all our shownotes 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
  8. Wes and Jason called “a bit nerdy:” EdTech Take Out, Episode 35
  9. Anyone Can Hack Macos High Sierra Just By Typing “Root” (Wired; 28 November 2017)
  10. Apple releases update to fix critical macOS High Sierra security issue (The Verge, 29 November 2017)
  11. YouTube is not for kids (TechCrunch; 29 November 2017)
  12. YouTube advertisers quit over predatory child videos (USA Today; 24 November 2017)
  13. Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids (TechCrunch, 27 Nov 2017)
  14. YouTube Kids app (for iOS and Android)
  15. Block YouTube Ads in your Browser: UBlock Origin for Chrome and for FireFox
  16. YouTube Red
  17. Turn on YouTube Restricted Mode for Kids
  18. Email sucks, right?  Email Is Broken. Can Anyone Fix It? (Wired; 27 November 2017)
  19. Hop for Email: https://gethop.com
  20. Google/Apache Wave
  21. David Allen’s Getting Things Done
  22. InBox Zero [VIDEO] (Merlin Mann at Google Talks in 2007)
  23. Introducing the New Firefox: Firefox Quantum (Mozilla, 14 Nov 2017)
  24. Ciao, Chrome: Firefox Quantum Is The Browser Built For 2017 (Wired; 25 November 2017)
  25. Firefox Quantum Isn’t Just “Copying” Chrome: It’s Much More Powerful (How-to Geek; 25 November 2017)
  26. https://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php
  27. Chrome is the most popular web browser of all (ZDNet, Jan 2017)
  28. Nearly 60 Chromebooks now have Android apps enabled with more on the way (9 to 5 Google; 15 November 2017)
  29. Microsoft Office Lands on Chromebooks Everywhere (Chrome Unboxed; 22 November 2017)
  30. Will Tesla’s Automated Truck Kill Trucking Jobs? (Wired, 17 Nov 2017)
  31. VIDEO: How job surveillance is transforming trucking in America (Vox, 20 Nov 2017)
  32. Automation could kill 73 million U.S. jobs by 2030 (USA Today; 28 November 2017)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 68

Welcome to episode 68 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 4, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed today’s exciting Google event and product announcements, with (as always) an eye toward the educational implications of the news. Discussed Google product announcements included the new Pixel2 smartphone, Pixelbuds supporting real-time translation in 40 languages, the updated Pixelbook, the Google Clip Camera, and new Google Home products including the Home Max and Home Mini. Geeks of the week included the Chromebook Comparison Chart from Zipso (from Jason), an update on the cross-platform video projection option Via Connect Pro, and Google Maps Treks (from Wes). Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! If a particular article or topic is especially thought provoking or interesting to you, please let us know. The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!

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
  8. The 5 biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 2 event (The Verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  9. Here’s everything Google announced today by (@TechCrunch, 4 Oct 2017)
  10. Behold The Pixel 2, Google’s New Flagship Android Phone (Wired, 4 Oct 2017)
  11. Google’s Pixelbook Is The First High-end Chromebook In Years (Verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  12. Up Close With Pixel Buds, Google’s Answer To Airpods (Verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  13. Google Clips: A mini camera from Google that costs $249 (9 to 5 Google, 4 Oct 2017)
  14. The Google Clips camera puts AI behind the lens (@verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  15. New Google Homes: Google Beefs Up Home Lineup With Home Max, Mini (PC Mag, 4 Oct 2017)
  16. VIDEO: A few new things made by Google (1 min)
  17. VIDEO: TWIT Live Specials 326 – Made By Google (2+ hours)
  18. Google Hardware Is No Longer A Hobby (The Verge, 4 October 2017)
  19. Geek of the Week from Jason: Chromebook Comparison Chart from Zipso
  20. Geeks of the Week from Wes: Via Connect Pro update,  Google Maps Treks (Example: Pyramids of Giza in Egypt!)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 62

Welcome to episode 62 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 23, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the new Google operating system “Oreo,” the rising costs of new smartphones in the United States, whether or not Facebook poses a threat to democracy, and Wired magazine’s Internet Troll map. Additional topics included “How info overload robs us of creativity,” the militarization of computing via autonomous killer robots and the forthcoming independence of US CyberCommand. Geeks of the week touched on interactive annotation tools like Hypothes.is and tips for public wifi hotspot security. Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.

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
  8. Google Officially Unveils Next-Generation ‘Android Oreo’ (MacRumors, 21 Aug 2017)
  9. Why does Samsung think you’d be willing to spend nearly $1,000 on a Galaxy Note 8? (The Verge, 24 August 2017)
  10. Apple reportedly planning $999 price for new iPhone (The Verge, 24 August 2017)
  11. 10000mAh Extended Battery Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 by @zero_lemon
  12. Wired’s Internet Troll Map (Wired, August 2017)
  13. Jon Snow: Facebook a threat to democracy (BBC, 24 August 2017)
  14. How Information Overload Robs Us of Our Creativity: What the Scientific Research Shows (Open Culture, 5 Aug 2017)
  15. Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self (forthcoming book)
  16. WNYC Note to Self Series: Bored and Brilliant
  17. Online disinhibition effect (English WikiPedia)
  18. A Cyber Norms Hypothetical: What If the USS John S. McCain Was Hacked? (Council on Foreign Relations, 23 Aug 2017)
  19. Trump orders U.S. Cyber Command receive new authority to conduct cyberwarfare (CyberScoop, 18 Aug 2017)
  20. Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots (The Guardian, 20 Aug 2017)
  21. VIDEO: Thoughts on Killer Robots (by IES STEM Students in 2015)
  22. The Power of Nonprofit Acquisitions: Curriculet Rises from the Dead (@EdSurge , 27 June 2017)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: 14 Tips for Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Security (PC Magazine, 16 August 2017)
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Hypothes.is (collaborative web annotation – video introvideo demo – h/t @dogtrax) – #edtechSR tagged annotations in Hypothes.is 

EdTech Situation Room Episode 57

Welcome to episode 57 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 12, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed takeaways and “tired edtech trends” from the 2017 ISTE Conference in San Antonio. They demonstrated the new “Seeing AI” app from Microsoft, which amazingly has been FIRST released for iOS / iPhone / iPad, and discussed several noteworthy and recent podcasts, videos and articles relating to artificial intelligence. Other addressed topics included Google’s new integrated Drive & Photos ‘Backup & Sync’ app, a recent study finding the mere presence of a cell phone reduces brain power, #FontGate in Pakistan, a tragic story of attempted YouTube stardom, and reviews of the new Microsoft laptop. Geeks of the week included “Gypsy Guide” for iOS driving tours, the web series “Do Not Track,” and the amazing slide collection (for PowerPoint and Google Slides) SlideModel.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date on upcoming shows! Next week we will have a special episode focusing specifically on Net Neutrality. If you are a US citizen, but sure to visit www.savetheinternet.com NOW to contact both the FCC and your elected officials in Washington to voice your support for Net Neutrality and opposition to proposed regulations which would fundamentally harm the Internet as we know and use it today. Make your voice be heard – speak out! Then join us next week as we break down the issues at stake surrounding net neutrality in greater detail.

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
  8. Create Image Collages with Google Drawings (Wes Fryer, 13 June 2017)
  9. Tired Edtech Trends That Teachers Wish Would Retire: From the Floor of ISTE 2017 (EdSurge, 4 July 2017)
  10. Tour of Seesaw 5.0 (video)
  11. Circuit Sticker Sketchbook
  12. Podcast453: Reflections on ISTE 2017 and iPad Media Camp – Jackson, Wyoming
  13. Microsoft Releases Seeing AI on iOS (Microsoft)
  14. Technology and the Future: A Vision of Our Lives in 2050 (World Affairs, 29 March 2017)
  15. Movie: “Ghost in the Shell” (2017)
  16. AI is Eating Software … and Getting Smarter by the Second (SmartUp, 14 May 2017)
  17. In the AI Age, “Being Smart” Will Mean Something Completely Different (Harvard Business Review, 19 June 2017)
  18. Google looks to make Chrome OS much more touch-friendly than before (Android Authority, 8 July 2017)
  19. The Mere Presence of Your Smartphone Reduces Brain Power, Study Shows (UT-Austin, 26 June 2017)
  20. In attempt to achieve YouTube stardom, woman accidentally kills her boyfriend (ArsTechnica, 30 June 2017)
  21. Combined Google Drive & Photos ‘Backup & Sync’ app available for Mac, Windows (9to5Google, 12 July 2017)
  22. iPhone Can Scan QR Codes Directly in Camera App on iOS 11 (MacRumors, 6 June 2017)
  23. How a Microsoft font could lead to the removal of Pakistan’s Prime Minister #FontGate (Mashable, 12 July 2017)
  24. Surface Laptop Two Week Review: Microsoft’s Stunning First Notebook Great For Today’s Use Cases (Forbes, 7 July 2017)
  25. REVIEW: Microsoft’s newest laptop delivers a knockout punch to the MacBook — so long as you perform one simple step (Business Insider, 8 July 2017)
  26. Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse (ArsTechnica, 28 June 2017)
  27. Clockwise Podcast (@clockwisepod)
  28. BackBlaze: Recommended online backup platform
  29. Why you should ignore the Jayden K Smith Facebook hoax (BBC News, 10 July 2017)
  30. Facebook and Google join net neutrality ‘day of action’ (Engadget, 7 July 2017)
  31. Save the Internet: Speak Out for Net Neutrality
  32. BadgeList badges for iPad Media Camp
  33. Jason’s Geek of the Week: SlideModel.com for Google Slides
  34. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Gypsy Guide – Yellowstone & Grand Teton Tour App Combo ($9) and Do Not Track: a personalized web series about privacy and the web economy by @remixmanifesto (via @cogdog)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 53

Welcome to episode 53 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 24, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed more takeaways from the recent Google I/O event, genomics and biotechnology news involving CRISPR and DARPA, artificial intelligence advances by Google, and updates to the Surface Pro line by Microsoft amidst forthcoming rumors of MacBook updates at WWDC in June by Apple. They also talked about recent “bot blunders” (related to AI and machine learning), ongoing fake news challenges to information validation (thanks Newt Gingrich), a company demonstrating the potential for journalism platforms to make money with a subscription model, and the interesting ways Apple is reinventing its retail experience in malls for post-modern (and online) shoppers. Geeks of the week included the Burstio app for iOS (Wes) and the “Amazon Basics” product line (Jason). The next few weeks we’ll be having some guests on the show and may alter our start times, so please follow @edtechSR on Twitter to stay updated about changes. As always thanks for tuning in and please share your feedback!

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
  8. It’s true: Gmail can now reply to emails for you (CNET, 17 May 2017)
  9. Google’s Perfect Future Will Always Be Just Around The Corner by @pierce (Wired, 19 May 2017)
  10. [VIDEO] Past, Present and Future of AI / Machine Learning (Google I/O ’17)
  11. [VIDEO] Inspire Your Students with the 2017 Google I/O Opening Animated Video (@wfryer, 18 May 2017)
  12. [VIDEO] Watch Boston Dynamics’ dog-like robot do party tricks (Tech Insider, 19 May 2017)
  13. [VIDEO] Introducing Handle (Boston Dynamics, 27 Feb 2017)
  14. The best part of Google’s conference was a teen who taught himself to code to diagnose cancer (Business Insider, 17 May 2017)
  15. Nvidia Metropolis video analytics paves the way for AI cities (Venturebeat, May 8, 2017)
  16. [VIDEO] Deepmind CEO: Artificial Intelligence (AI) invents new knowledge & teaches human new theories (13 April 2017)
  17. Google parent company Alphabet has made the most AI acquisitions (ReCode, 19 May 2017)
  18. Jessica Lessin built a business to prove information doesn’t have to be free (Recode, 18 May 2017)
  19. Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro ahead of Apple Mac & iPad Pro refreshes (AppleInsider, 22 May 2017)
  20. Apple to update MacBooks at WWDC 2017, including possible Air, Pro refreshes (AppleInsider, 16 May 2017)
  21. Microsoft is placing a big bet on its new Surface family (The Verge, 23 May 2017)
  22. [VIDEO] Interview with Angela Ahrendts, Senior VP of Apple Retail (11 min, LinkedIn)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Amazon Basics Products
  24. Wes’s Geek of the Week: Burstio for iOS (via CNET) – Example with USAF Thunderbirds

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EdTech Situation Room Episode 52

Welcome to episode 52 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 17, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed an array of exciting announcements from today’s Google i/o conference, as well as an interesting but disturbing video from the May 10th Microsoft Build Conference perhaps foreshadowing our “privacy free future” powered by ubiquitous surveillance cameras, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Panelists also discussed the recent WCry worm whose ransomeware payload has made headlines and wreaked havoc on unpatched (as well as pirated) Windows-powered computers worldwide. The response of Microsoft’s President, Brad Smith, was a call for national governments to stop stockpiling computer exploits like this one originally developed by the NSA and leaked to the public. Topics also included the possibility of a forthcoming Siri-powered home assistant from Apple (perhaps to be announced in June at WWDC), a new aggregation of compromised 560 million email credentials (yes it might be time to change your password) making it even easier for hackers to ruin your life. Wes also mentioned the ATLIS 2017 session “Copyright & Intellectual Property: Who Owns What Teachers and Students Create in Your School?” in the context of photo sharing of student photos taken at school. Please follow us on Twitter (@edtechSR) to stay up to date on upcoming shows and infrequent show start time changes. Generally you can join us live at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific on Wednesday nights on YouTube Live! Please share feedback with us if you listen to the show, have ideas for future show topics, or have a suggestion for a guest on a future episode.

Shownotes:

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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) – blog: learningischange.com
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. Change Your Passwords: 560 Million Email Credentials Have Been Leaked (Lifehacker, 17 May 2017)
  10. Check if your email account has been compromised: https://haveibeenpwned.com
  11. Google I/O 2017: Everything important that Google announced today (Recode, 17 May 2017)
  12. 2.5 hour VIDEO: Google I/O’17: Google Keynote (starts at 37:32)
  13. The Google Assistant — get help anytime, anywhere (iOS app)
  14. “By 2020, the cumulative number of cameras is expected to rise to approximately 1 billion.” (via Venturebeat, 8 May 2017)
  15. Here’s a Chilling Glimpse of the Privacy-Free Future (Popular Mechanics, 10 May 2017)
  16. VIDEO: Build 2017: Workplace Safety Demonstration  (Microsoft, 10 May 2017)
  17. An NSA Cyber Weapon Might Be Behind A Massive Global Ransomware Outbreak (Forbes, 12 May 2017)
  18. Microsoft Has Effectively Banned Third-Party Browsers From the Windows Store (BleepingComputer, 10 May 2017)
  19. Editorial: When Apple is 2 years behind you, put your things in order (AppleInsider, 13 May 2017)
  20. Two days after WCry worm, Microsoft decries exploit stockpiling by governments (ArsTechnica, 15 May 2017)
  21. WCry is so mean Microsoft issues patch for 3 unsupported Windows versions (ArsTechnica, 13 May 2017)
  22. Copyright & Intellectual Property: Who Owns What Teachers and Students Create in Your School? (Vinnie Vrotney @kinkaidtech at ATLIS 2017, notes by Wes Fryer)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Kinja Deals! 
  24. Ben’s 1st Geek of the Week: Translate and Text to Speech with Workflow on iOS
  25. Ben’s 2nd Geek of the Week: Contrafabulists Podcast
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: : MacCast Podcast (13 May 2017 episode) on PocketCasts app (iOS and Android)

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