EdTech Situation Room Episode 64

Welcome to episode 64 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 6, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed rumors of Apple’s September 12th event and expected iPhone updates, enhanced Android app performance on Chromebooks, Gimlet Media’s significant funding round supporting podcasting, and the recent NY Times article about ethics and teacher product promotion. Additional topics addressed included Apple’s newly announced support for network neutrality, pacemakers at risk for hacks, and social media file vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit. Geeks of the week included Manoush Zomorodi’s new book, “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self,” Google File Stream for G-Suite, Plow for socially filtered web news, and Hop as a new/transformative email client. 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
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  8. Apple: expect a radical iPhone redesign for its 10th anniversary (The Guardian, 1 September 2017)
  9. Three things that will never be the same after the iPhone 8 (The Verge; 6 September 2017)
  10. Android on Chromebooks: Android Apps Getting Extended Desktop Support On Chromebooks (Android Headlines, 5 September 2017)
  11. Podcasting: Podcast network Gimlet Media has raised another $5 million — this time from ad giant WPP (ReCode, 6 September 2017)
  12. Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues (NYTimes, 2 Sept 2017)
  13. Should Teachers Do Product Promotions in Their Classrooms (@DianeRavitch, 3 Sept 2017)
  14. FTC mandates disclosure for bloggers receiving freebies/payments (@wfryer, Oct 2009)
  15. Apple’s Real Reason for Finally Joining the Net Neutrality Fight (Wired, 31 Aug 2017)
  16. Hacking risk leads to recall of 500,000 pacemakers due to patient death fears (The Guardian, 31 August 2017)
  17. Don’t Let Your Guard Down When Using Social Media (PC Magazine, 4 September 2017)
  18. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Bored and Brilliant Released! and Google File Stream for G-Suite
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Plow (about video) and Hop (Hop: how instant messaging should have been done decades ago)