EdTech Situation Room Episode 7

Welcome to episode 7 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 6, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) faced some road warrior bandwidth blues, so the show went on with Jon Samuelson (@jonsamuelson) joining Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) to catch up on the heroic Oregon trek and adventure of Jon’s family in past year along with some of the past week’s technology news. Those topics included the FBI’s decision to drop their lawsuit against Apple over iPhone encryption, the release of the Tesla Model 3 by Elon Musk, Google’s April Fools Day video about Google Plastic, the ethics of 3D printing in veterinary hospitals, and Facebook’s latest foray into video and livestreaming. We also expressed our undying admiration of Tony Vincent and fond memories of the amazing “Mobile Learning Experience” conference he hosted for five years with the Arizona K12 Center. Wes shared JuniorTube as his Geek of the Week link, and Jon shared Twitter user @irvspanish ‘s YouTube channel of Minecraft videos for ESL teachers and students. Check out our full list of shownotes (including Geek of the Week shares) on edtechsr.com/links.


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  7. Jon Samuelson (@jonsamuelson) – Techlandia Podcast in iTunes and Website
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. Shelly Fryer’s Room 108 Classroom Podcast with Opinion
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  11. Tony Vincent (@learninginhand)
  12. Amy Burvall (@amyburvall)
  13. Carl Hooker (@mrhooker)
  14. Journalists: please remember that government argued for months that this was impossible, despite expert consensus (via Edward Snowden)
  15. Apple Responds: This Lawsuit Should Never Have Been Brought (Business Insider, 28 March 2016)
  16. Tesla’s Model 3 orders are through the roof. Here’s what that means for the planet (Washington Post, 6 April 2016)
  17. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
  18. Wes’ STEM Curiosity Links
  19. Resources & links from Wes’ STEM Institute in Brazil March 14-15, 2016
  20. The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency by Annie Jacobsen (@AnnieJacobsen)
  21. Facebook Announces Video for all (6 April 2016, Facebook newsroom)
  22. Facebook doubles down on live streaming with new features for groups, events, and interactivity (AppleInsider, 6 April 2016)
  23. Ethics of 3D Printing in Veterinary Medicine (3dprint.com 28 March 2016)
  24. Google celebrates April Fools’ with Cardboard Plastic, ‘the world’s first actual reality headset (Verge, 31 March 2016)
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: @JuniorTubeEduCurated & partitioned YouTube PlaylistsRachel’s YouTube channel (Minecraft videos)
  26. Jon’s Geek of the Week: @irvspanish – YouTube Channel (Minecraft videos for ESL learners)