EdTech Situation Room Episode 63

Welcome to episode 63 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 30, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed iPhone 9 rumors, Apple’s recent Emmy Award, CRISPR and human DNA embryo editing (“DNA surgery”), fake news surrounding Hurricane Harvey, and Google’s forthcoming Chromebook Pixel laptop. Additional topics included the newly announced collaboration between Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana and YouTube updates removing black bars on vertical videos. Geeks of the week included the Blue Yeti Mic and a $26 HDMI to Component Video converter with the power to rescuccitate a HDMI-disabled flatscreen TV. 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.

Shownotes:

  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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Are you ready for $1,000 smartphones? (USA Today, 29 August 2017)
  9. Apple’s TV plans are still stuck in neutral (Recode, 29 August 2017)
  10. Apple wins technical Emmy award for Siri’s integration w/ Apple TV (9 to 5 Mac)
  11. Why Apple’s Sept. 12 iPhone event is its most important in years (Recode, 28 August 2017)
  12. Goodbye, home button: iPhone 8 may be more radical than thought (CNet, 30 August 2017)
  13. Inside The Lab Where Scientists Are Editing DNA In Human Embryos (NPR, 18 August 2017)
  14. Fake Photographs: Hurricane Harvey Edition (Snopes, August 2017)
  15. Rough Translation Podcast by NPR (more on Fake News)
  16. Google’s Upcoming Chromebook Pixel: How Much Would You Pay? (Chrome Unboxed, 27 August 2017)
  17. Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are going to work together (Recode, 30 August 2017)
  18. An Alexa And Cortana Team-Up Won’t Get Far Without A Phone (Wired 30 August 2017)
  19. YouTube Update Gets Rid of Black Bars on Vertical Videos (PC Magazine, 29 August)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Yeti Mic: http://amzn.to/2wk8Ekt
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Portta HDMI to YPbPr Component RGB ($26) s/o to Chromecast! ($35)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 38

Welcome to episode 38 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 25, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed in-depth the new Chromebook announcements by the Google Chrome team, Samsung and Asus, and Microsoft’s announcement of “Intune for Education,” a cloud-based tool offering functionality to manage Windows10 devices similar to the Administration console in Google Apps for Education (gSuite). They discussed the alarming aggregation of data on millions of U.S. citizens by private companies using innocuous sounding web interactives like “Facebook quizzes.” Topics also included a recent major ransomware security event in U.S. libraries, China’s new crackdown on VPN connections, Walt Mossburg’s reflection on FireFox (the first serious alternative to the dominant Internet Explorer browser from Microsoft), and Trump’s new appointee to lead the FCC who may be hostile to network neutrality. Geeks of the week included resources and tutorial videos to help with USB-C dongle confusion (Jason), a very cool family Raspberry Pi project with local weather (Ben), and TinkerCAD’s 3D design export functionality to Minecraft (Wes). Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.

Shownotes

  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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  7. Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff)
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., today (18 Jan 2017, ReCode)
  10. A new generation of Chromebooks, designed for millions of students and educators (Chrome Blog, 24 January 2017)
  11. Samsung Chromebook Plus and Asus C213 Touch-based Chromebook Initial Thoughts Review (15 min video review by @bhwilkoff, 25 Jan 2017)
  12. To Re-Capture the Education Market, Microsoft Aims to Offer a Compelling Alternative to Google’s Chromebook (EdSurge, 25 January 2017)
  13. Trump’s FCC Pick Doesn’t Bode Well For Net Neutrality (Wired, 23 January 2017)
  14. The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz (NY Times, 19 Nov 2016)
  15. China tightens Gr8 Firewall by declaring unauthorised VPN services illegal by @TheRealJoshYe (South China Morning Post @SCMP_News 23 Jan 2017)
  16. US libraries hit by ransomware attack (@BBCNews 24 Jan 2017)
  17. Mossberg: What’s up with Firefox, the browser that time forgot? (ReCode, 25 January 2017)
  18. Browser Statistics
  19. Visualization of Browser Market Share
  20. Facebook is changing its Trending section to fight the spread of fake news (Recode, 25 January 2017)
  21. Echo Chamber (WikiPedia)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: From the Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog: Ask a Tech-Savvy Teacher: Help me with dongle-land!
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Tinkercad – one of the easiest 3D design Minecraft mods around!
  24. Ben’s Geeks of the Week: Window on the Weather for Raspberry Pi and My daughter’s version (in Scratch)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 20

Welcome to episode 20 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 24, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the ascendency of smartphones as the primary media consumptive screen in U.S. households, NASA’s recent announcement to make all its research openly accessible, Google’s decision to discontinue Chrome apps for Mac and Windows, and Verizon’s continuing metamorphosis from a “baby bell” telco to a global corporate player in digital media. The November 2015 article in the Atlantic by Walter Kirn, “If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy” was also a catalyst for reflections in the show, as well as NASA’s press release about it’s newly installed docking portal in the International Space Station for commercial space vehicles from SpaceX, Boeing, and other companies. Check out all our podcast shownotes on https://edtechsr.com/links and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/edtechSR. Please submit our short (6 question) listener survey using this link: http://wfryer.me/edtechsr

Shownotes:

  1. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  2. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  3. Video version on YouTube ( also as Part 1 and Part 2)
  4. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  5. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  6. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  7. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  8. Privacy (or its disappearance) If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy (The Atlantic by @walterkirn, November 2015)
  9. Flashback post: Deleting Foursquare and Personal Privacy Boundaries (December 2013 by Wes)
  10. Signs of the Times: Your phone is becoming your favorite screen, even when you’re at home (Recode; 24 August 2016)
  11. Open Content: NASA Just Made All Its Research Free Online (Popular Mechanics, 21 Aug 2016)
  12. Web Churn: Verizon’s Metamorphosis: Can You See Me As A Tech Giant Now? (NPR, 9 August 2016)
  13. Space, STEM & Just Cool Stuff [VIDEO] The space station gets a new parking spot (4 min, The Verge, 20 Aug 2016)
  14. Disappearing Technology: Google is phasing out Chrome apps for Mac and Windows (Engadget, 19 August 2016)
  15. Chrome & Google: Attention, College Students: Chromebooks Are About to Get Awesome (Wired, 12 August 2016)
  16. Chrome & Google: The Google Play store, coming to a Chromebook near you (Google Chrome Blog, 19 May 2016)
  17. Chrome & Google: Android N Released! (Official Android Blog; 22 August 2016)
  18. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Anker Bluetooth Folio Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($36)
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The $100 Chromebook? Turn a Cheap, Dated Laptop into a Speedy ChromiumOS Device with CloudReady! (NCCE Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog; 19 April 2016)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 19

Welcome to episode 19 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 17, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed a heartwarming story from the Rio Olympics, the role (or non-role) of videoconferencing and live streaming in many K12 classrooms, the shutdown of Blab and the migration of Google Hangouts from Google+ to YouTube Live. Additional topics included the DMCA and “safe harbor” in the recording industry’s latest efforts to increase their take of streaming music revenues from YouTube, Verizon’s efforts to become a media company, the imminent arrival of Android apps to a Chromebook near you, and the effects of both social media and mobile screens on young minds. Geeks of the week included Remind.com and playposit.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date upcoming live shows. Please reach out to us via Twitter and let us what you liked about the show and what you’d like to hear about in future episodes! Check out our shownotes on https://edtechsr.com/links.

Shownotes:

  1. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  2. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  3. Video version on YouTube, also check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  4. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  5. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  6. South And North Korea Gymnasts’ Selfie Scores A 10 For Diplomacy “This is why we do the Olympics.” (Huffington Post, 8 August 2016)
  7. Blab shuts down, founders promise new app on the way (TechCrunch, 14 August 2016)
  8. Hangouts On Air moving from Google+ to YouTube Live (YouTube Help)
  9. Why Taylor Swift Is Asking Congress To Update Copyright Laws (NPR, 8 August 2016)
  10. The Music Industry’s New War Is About So Much More Than Copyright (Wired, 11 August 2016)
  11. Verizon’s Metamorphosis: Can You See Me As A Tech Giant Now? (NPR, 9 August 2016)
  12. Attention, College Students: Chromebooks Are About to Get Awesome (Wired, 12 August 2016)
  13. The Google Play store, coming to a Chromebook near you (Google Chrome Blog, 19 May 2016)
  14. Researchers Study Effects Of Social Media On Young Minds (NPR, 9 August 2016)
  15. Summer Camps Struggle To Enforce Bans On Screen Time (NPR, 11 August 2016)
  16. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Seen Remind, lately? If not, it keeps getting even more awesome!
  17. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: PlayPosit: Interactive Video Learning (via @BlackDogOKC) and iPad Cart Setup Steps with Apple Configurator 2 and Meraki MDM (August 2016)