EdTechSR Ep 276 Tech Gift Ideas

Welcome to episode 276 (“Tech Gift Ideas”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 15, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) shared gift ideas / stocking stuffers for the tech geeks in your life! Recent articles about artificial intelligence / AI’s potent creation and creative capabilities, social media articles about new government TikTok bans, and whether “we need another Twitter” were highlighted. Google, ChromeOS, YouTube, and Google Sheets updates were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included a “Student Media Hall of Fame” and the updated version of XSplitVcam software, which now supports “lower third” messages. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 9 pm Eastern / 8 pm Central / 7 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links. Stay savvy and safe!


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  6. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. ZMI USB Battery Pack
  10. Anker 622 Magnetic Battery (MagGo)
  11. Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)
  12. BAOFENG UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio ($20)
  13. Wyze Color Bulb (2 for $18)
  14. Wyze Robot Vacuum (sold out – $294)
  15. Gourmet Bear Mix ($18)
  16. DoNotPay is launching an AI chatbot that can negotiate your bills (The Verge; 13 December 2022)
  17. AI is finally good at stuff, and that’s a problem (Vox; 7 December 2022)
  18. Wes’ “Creativity and AI” Wakelet
  19. Canva magic write: https://www.canva.com/magic-write/
  20. Maryland is the latest state to ban TikTok in government agencies (NPR; 7 December 2022)
  21. Gov. Greg Abbott bans TikTok on state phones and computers, citing cybersecurity risks (Texas Tribune; 7 December 2022)
  22. Indiana Sues TikTok for Security and Child Safety Violations (New York Times; 7 December 2022)
  23. Marco Rubio pushes TikTok ban in Congress (The Verge; 13 December 2022)
  24. We don’t need another Twitter (The Verge; 7 December 2022)
  25. Google delays start of Manifest V2 Chrome extension deprecation (9 to 5 Google; 12 December 2022)
  26. Google Chrome adding Memory and Energy Saver modes on Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks (9 to 5 Google; 8 December 2022)
  27. YouTube will now show how long it takes for a video to process after uploading (9 to 5 Google; 13 December 2022)
  28. Google Sheets get a new project tracking Smart Canvas feature (Chrome Unboxed; 11 December 2022)
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: www.xsplit.com/ — now with lower third support!
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Wes’ Student Media Hall of Fame (on Wakelet)
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EdTech Situation Room Episode 33

It’s the holiday season, and for episode 33 we’ve brought you a special “Technology Shopping Cart” panel discussion helping you find the perfect gifts for the tech nerds in your life! Welcome to the EdTech Situation Room from December 14, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week we had four panelists including Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Martin Horejsi, Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) share book recommendations and techie gift ideas under $10, in the $10 – $20 range, and the over $100 category. Everyone also shared a movie or video series recommendation to check out over the holidays. You’ll definitely want to visit our shownotes this week for a complete list of referenced links. If you purchase something, read something, or watch something as a result of our show please let us know! We’ll be back for one more episode in 2017 with our “EdTech Year in Review” show, but that date will be announced pending Jason’s European vacation travel plans. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates about that show’s date and time, which will most likely break with our “normal” Wednesday night routine. Please also fill out our listener survey at http://wfryer.me/edtechsr to let us know where you’re tuning in from and what you’ve liked from our shows. Have a safe, restful, and joyful holiday everyone! (And go download Miguel’s FREE security ebook right away, you’ll feel much safer after you read it and change your personal security habits as a result!)


  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Shout out to @CommittedShow “Episode 149: Holiday Gift Guide 2016” (we copied & modified their show format!)
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  8. Book: Europe through the Back Door, by Rick Steves
  9. Under $25: Don’t know what to buy your nerd?  Amazon giftcard, yo! or Belkin 3-Outlet SurgePlus  or Mini Travel Swivel
  10. Great Audio Products for Non-Audiophiles Monoprice DJ Headphones and Monoprice Ear Buds
  11. $25-100:Kindle Paperwhite and Amazon Refurbished Store for Amazon items
  12. More than $100: and Amazon Echo or Google Home
  13. Martin Horejsi (NCCE Board bio – University of Montana contact info)
  14. Book: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly (June, 2016)
  15. < $20: Bondic Plus Plastic Welder
  16. $20-100: UE ROLL 2 Reef
  17. > $100: Mercedes Maybach S600
  18. Movie: Watch all 5 Jason Bourne in order finishing with You Know His Name
  19. Contact info for Martin: Click Here and choose one.
  20. Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlinBlog: mguhlin.org  | TCEA Director of PD: www.tcea.org/blog
  21. Free ebook, Protect Your Digital Privacy and free digital audio books or A Spy’s Guide to Thinking (Data ->Analysis->Decision->Action – “The world is overflowing with data, secret and otherwise. It has to be shrunk. That happens in the analysis process.” Fascinating writing style/ or How to Write Short
  22. Under $20: Lightning to USB cable ($5.99) or Messenger Bag ($14.99)
  23. From $20-$100: Chipolo Plus (approx $30 per unit) – Never lose stuff again! Or Kindle Fire 7” ($39.99 per unit, holiday) or Blue Mikey microphone ($99) for iPad/iPhone with Lightning connector or Portable Shower Bluetooth Rugged Speaker ($29.99)
  24. Over $100: MS Surface Pro 4 tablet
  25. TCEA’s Tech to Ask Santa For: December, 2016 and More gadgets
  26. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  27. Book: “Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door” by Brian Krebs (@briankrebs) – ($10.49 on Audible)
  28. Under $20: iPow iPad Tripod Mount Adapter Universal Tablet Clamp ($9)
  29. From $20 – $100: Brother QL-700 High-speed, Professional Label Printer ($65 – hat tip to @tonyvincent) and SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick (h/t to Martin)
  30. Over $100: 12” 1.2 GHz MacBook ($1600)
  31. Citizenfour Documentary (@citizenfour)

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