EdTech Situation Room Episode 81

Welcome to episode 81 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 10, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed important updates on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability issues, a few videos and articles focusing on the rise of Artificial Intelligence and the importance of putting ethics into coding, and some update from CES 2018 including the competition between Amazon and Google with smart assistants. The importance of the blockchain and the rise of cryptocurrencies were also discussed, along with a late December CNN Op-Ed advocating for the banning of all cell phones in U.S. middle schools. Geeks of the week included NeverWare for Chrome, Digital Citizenship Conversations (digcit.us) and the newest, blazingly fast FireFox browser from Mozilla with Tracking Protection turned ON. Check out these links in our shownotes, as well as more news links we didn’t have time to discuss on edtechsr.com/links. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter for updates on upcoming shows.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Security Now 645 – The Speculation Meltdown (9 Jan 2018) – Shownotes
  9. Intel needs to come clean about Meltdown and Spectre (Verge, 10 January)
  10. Google publishes list of Chromebooks being patched against Meltdown vulnerability (Android Policy, 10 January 2018)
  11. How-to: Check whether your Android device will get updated against Meltdown and Spectre (9 to 5 Google, 10 January 2018)
  12. Microsoft reveals how Spectre updates can slow your PC down (The Verge, 9 December 2018)
  13. Microsoft: No more Windows patches at all if your AV clashes with our Meltdown fix (ZDNet, 10 Jan 2018)
  14. Security Now Podcast with @SGgrc
  15. GSFE Admins Google+ Community
  16. [VIDEO] True Artificial Intelligence will change everything by Juergen Schmidhuber (21 Nov 2017)
  17. DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman: In 2018, AI will gain a moral compass (5 Jan 2018)
  18. VIDEO: How To Create A Mind: Ray Kurzweil at TEDxSiliconAlley
  19. Book: How to Create a Mind – The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil
  20. Google is trying its hardest to keep Alexa from ‘winning’ CES for the second year in a row (Recode, 9 January 2018)
  21. Expect to talk to your devices a lot more in the future (Recode, 10 January 2018)
  22. CES 2018: Amazon Alexa v Google Assistant fight gets fierce (BBC News; 10 January 2018)
  23. 9to5Google’s Best of CES 2018 Awards (9 to 5 google, 10 January 2018)
  24. Hands on: Razer’s ‘Project Linda’ is the Samsung DeX laptop we always wanted, and it could be so much more (9 to 5 Google, 9 January 2018)
  25. Introducing the New Firefox: Firefox Quantum (Mozilla, 14 Nov 2017)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: CloudReady from Neverware
  27. Digital Citizenship Conversations – DigCit.us and  FireFox Quantum (enable no tracking)