EdTech Situation Room Episode 45

Another Seedlings podcast mini-reunion! Welcome to episode 45 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 29, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was again out on assignment, so Wes Fryer (@wfryer) joined Maine educators Alice Barr (@alicebarr) and Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50) for a discussion about their recent trip to Brazil and experiences at the “Amplifica Conference” in Sao Paulo. Alice and Cheryl also shared some updates about 1:1 learning in their respective schools, and discussed a few recent technology news articles. These included articles about tech moguls who severely restrict their own children’s access to technology and social media, a recent National Geographic (April 2017) article about cyborgs (“Beyond Human”) and recent announcements by Apple about updates to the Classroom app as well as less expensive, entry-level iPads. Check out all our shownotes on edtechsr.com/links, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR. Next week we anticipate being back at our “normal time” (10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific) and Jason may make another appearance on the show after a four week hiatus of travel and conferences. Please take a moment to fill out our listener survey, linked in the shownotes, and also reach out to us on Twitter if you listen to and enjoy the show. We’re very interested in and responsive to your feedback! Also turn back to Episode 26 on October 19, 2016, for the first Seedlings mini-reunion on EdTechSR with Alice and Cheryl.


  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
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  6. Special guest Alice Barr (@alicebarr)
  7. Special guest Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50)
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. Amplifica International Conference (Facebook posts)
  10. Carla Arena (@carlaarena)
  11. Tweets from the Amplifica 2017 Conference: #amplifica2017
  12. Alice Barr’s Blog Reflection on #Amplifica2017
  13. Tech Bigwigs Know How Addictive Their Products R. Why Don’t the Rest of Us? (24 Mar 2017, Wired)
  14. Beyond Human (April 2017, @natgeo magazine – Not available online, just in iPad version and print right now) – about cyborg @neilharbissonWikiPedia article)
  15. The Man Who Invented Facebook Ad Tracking Is Not Sorry (22 March 2017, @NoteToSelf podcast interview with @antoniogm)
  16. Meet Nadia, scarily ‘human’ chatbot who can read your emotions (24 Mar 2017,  @mm_maack @thenextweb via @Digital_Plow)
  17. Apple releases Classroom iPad app version 2.0 w/ ability to manually create classes & more (27 Mar 2017, @9to5mac)
  18. 2017 iPad vs. iPad Air 2 vs. iPad Air: What’s new and different in Apple’s latest tablet? (22 Mar 2017, AppleInsider)
  19. Alice’s Geek of the Week: Thinglink VR + BreakoutEdu for digital breakoutedus. Sarah Hirshfeld’s (grade 9) Field trip to Portland Head light in Thinglink VR
  20. Cheryl’s Geek of the Week: Google Add-on Revision History Analytics and Mystery Skype  
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week: 4th Gen AppleTV app: Avian for Twitter (more details)
  22. EdTech Situation Room Episode 26 (also with Alice and Cheryl)