EdTech Situation Room Episode 47

Welcome to episode 47 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 12, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week special guest Beth Holland (@brholland) joined Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) for discussions focusing on Anderson Cooper’s recent 60 Minutes Episode “What is ‘brain hacking?’ Tech insiders on why you should care,” new IoT (Internet of Things) home hacking episodes, the federated (and FREE / open source) social networking platform “Mastodon,” and helpful articles on finding a secure VPN to protect your privacy. Geeks of the Week included realtimeboard.com (from Beth), Google Flights (from Jason) and an $18 6 port smart ID USB charging hub (from Wes). Check our shownotes below for all referenced links from the show, which are also available on https://edtechsr.com/links. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Next week we’ll be back on Wednesday night at our regular time: 10 pm Eastern, 9 pm Central, 8 pm Mountain, 7 pm Pacific. If you listen to and enjoy the show, please provide us with feedback by submitting our short listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.


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  6. Beth Holland (@brholland) – current publications: brholland.com/writing
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. What is “brain hacking”? Tech insiders on why you should care (9 April 2017, 60 Minutes – Anderson Cooper)
  10. From 1 June 2016 Episode 12: Ex-Googler slams designers for making apps addictive like ‘slot machines’ (Business Insider, 25 May 2016)
  11. From 1 June 2016 Episode 12: How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (Tristan Harris, 19 May 2016)
  12. The attention economy and the Net by Michael Goldhaber (FirstMonday, April 1997)
  13. Four simple changes to take back control. (Time Well Spent, n.d.)
  14. Jason’s Classroom 2.0 Session on Digital Distraction
  15. Computers can now read your emotions. Here’s why that’s not as scary as it sounds (World Economic Forum, 31 March 2017)
  16. Why everything is hackable: Computer security is broken from top to bottom (8 April 2017, The Economist)
  17. Thousands of Hacked Home Routers are Attacking WordPress Sites (wordFence, April 11, 2017)
  18. Learning from Twitter’s mistakes: Privacy and abuse-handling tools in Mastodon (3 March 2017, Eugen Rochko)
  19. 5 Reasons You Should Join Me on Mastodon (5 April 2017, Wes Fryer)
  20. Updated Mastodon Instance List: instances.mastodon.xyz
  21. Wes Fryer on Mastodon: https://mastodon.cloud/@wfryer
  22. A Maker of Smart Garage Openers Responded to a Bad Amazon Review by Remotely Disabling the Customer’s Device (Slate, 5 April 2017)
  23. Burger King’s new ad forces Google Home to advertise the Whopper (The Verge, 12 April 2017)
  24. This company is microchipping its workers to give them an all-access pass to the office by (Mashable, 5 April 2017)
  25. Brain Targeted Teaching by Mariale Hardiman (@marialehardiman) – book: “The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st-Century Schools”
  26. Good luck finding a safe VPN (Engadget, 7 April 17)
  27. The Biggest Misconceptions About VPNs (Lifehacker, 5 April 17)
  28. Your Pick For the Best VPN Service Is Private Internet Access (Lifehacker, 6 April 2017)
  29. Beth’s Geek of the Week: Realtime Board – educators get a free account and can then create teams for their students.
  30. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Flights / How Technology Has Failed to Improve Your Airline Experience (New York Times, 12 April 2017)
  31. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Vogek USB Charger Desktop Charging Station with Smart Identification (400+ ratings with 4.5 stars, $18)