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.


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  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