EdTech Situation Room Episode 93

Welcome to episode 93 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 2, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the predictable demise of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference and its newly announced dating website, and the announced merger of TMobile and Sprint in the United States to turbocharge the build-out of 5G cellular networks. Additional topics included the demise of TodaysMeet because of the EU’s GDPR, Google’s proliferating task management apps, new features in Windows10’s latest update, Apple’s decision to kill AirPort wifi routers, and slower than expected iPhoneX sales by Apple. Final topics included the continuing march of CRISPR to revolutionize animal genetics and our food chain, along with a shocking use of confidential DNA information to arrest the suspected “Golden State Killer.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us live weekly on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Official: Cambridge Analytica shutting down following Facebook data mining scandal (CNet, 2 May 2018)
  9. Facebook is using billions of Instagram images to train artificial intelligence algorithms (The Verge, 2 May 2018)
  10. Mark Zuckerberg pledges Facebook will put ‘people first,’ avoid past mistakes (USA Today, 1 May 2018)
  11. Facebook dating service will be test of user trust in platform (CNN Money, 2 May 2018)
  12. Remembering TodaysMeet (By @jamessocol, 28 April 2018)
  13. T-Mobile and Sprint announce $26B merger, plan powerful nationwide 5G network (9 to 5 Google, 29 April 2018)
  14. T-Mobile and Sprint: all the news about the merger (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  15. What a combined T-Mobile and Sprint would look like (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  16. TMobile and Sprint’s Pro-Merger and 5G website: https://allfor5g.com
  17. Hey Google, Why Do You Have Four Different Task Apps? (How To Geek, 26 April 2018)
  18. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  19. RocketBook: https://getrocketbook.com
  20. http://bulletjournal.com/ or look on Instagram for #BulletJournal
  21. Google starts throwing cash at Google Assistant startups (The Verge 2 May 2018)
  22. Best Mesh Router System: Eero vs. Orbi vs. Google WiFi  vs. Velop (Power Moves, 18 April 2018)
  23. This Geneticist Is Creating Gene-Edited Animals for Our Plates (@ozy, 29 April 2018)
  24. How a Genealogy Site Led to the Front Door of the Golden State Killer Suspect (NYTimes, 26 April 2018)
  25. BSOD https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Screen_of_Death
  26. How to get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  27. Windows 10 April 2018 Update: the 10 best new features (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  28. More evidence emerges that Apple is killing its iPhone X, analyst says (CNBC, 1 May 2018)
  29. Apple’s AirPort Dies as iTunes Reaches a Milestone (Fortune Magazine, 28 April 2018)
  30. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “Chromebook Inventory” AddOn for Google Sheets and etherpad.org
  31. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Adobe Spark Now Free for Schools (spark.adobe.com/edu)