EdTech Situation Room Episode 94

Welcome to episode 94 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 9, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week newly minted Ph.D. Dr. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed lots of news from the Google IO developer’s conference, as well as news from the Microsoft Build Conference. The continued march of artificial intelligence is evident in the forthcoming release of Google Duplex, which was demonstrated at Google IO and allows your Google Assistant to make phone calls to real people and book appointments for things like haircuts and restaurant reservations. Google’s new Android P operating system will focus on wellness and greater awareness of screentime to promote healthy living. They also discussed Facebook’s “Sauron Alert” feature for employees, now called “Security Watchdog,” which is not available publicly but warns when someone is using content or personal information in unauthorized ways on the platform. Microsoft’s announcements for WindowsOS features which integrate with both Android phones as well as iPhones were discussed, as well as their efforts to bring machine learning benefits to all their applications. The use of AI technologies to potentially open up access to the Vatican’s Secret Library was highlighted, along with an older article (September 2017) from “The Conversation” about how software licensing restrictions affecting objects we purchase for our homes is bringing a property rights / intellectual property rights situation into our lives which is regressive and feudal in nature. Geeks of the week included open source software for DVD ripping (Handbrake) and YouTube video downloading (y2mate), as well as software for identifying and installing optimal Windows OS drivers on older computer systems (Snappy Driver Installer). Check out our shownotes for links to all referenced resources, and links to articles we didn’t have time to discuss in this week’s show on edtechSR.com/links. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us live weekly 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. Android P: An Exclusive First Look At Google’s Most Ambitious Update In Years (Verge, 8 May 2018)
  9. The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2018 (The Verge, 8 May 2018)
  10. Google Duplex Is Mesmerizing, Terrifying (Chrome Unboxed, 9 May 2018)
  11. Google Assistant making calls on your behalf (Nathan Sichilongo, 8 May 2018)
  12. Google Maps is getting augmented reality directions and recommendation features (Verge, 8 May 2018)
  13. For Facebook, Change Is Political. For Google, It’s Personal (Variety, 8 May 2018)
  14. 4 Big Takeaways From Google’s I/O Developer Conference Today (Fortune, 8 May 2018)
  15. Here’s everything Google unveiled at its biggest conference of the year (TechInsider, 9 May 2018)
  16. Facebook Has a ‘Sauron Alert’ to Protect Employees’ Privacy—But Not Yours (Gizmodo, 4 May 2018)
  17. Here’s how your iPhone, Android phone will work with Windows 10 PCs (CNET, 8 May 2018)
  18. Microsoft undercuts Apple and Google to offer Windows 10 app developers more money (The Verge, 8 May 2018)
  19. Microsoft continues its quest to bring machine learning to every application (Arts Technica, 7 May 2018)
  20. Microsoft Build: All the News You Need To Know (PC Magazine, 7 May 2018)
  21. Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives (The Atlantic, 30 April 2018)
  22. The ‘internet of things’ is sending us back to the Middle Ages (The Conversation, 5 September 2017)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Snappy Driver Installer
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Handbrake (for DVD ripping) and Y2Mate (YouTube video downloading)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 93

Welcome to episode 93 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 2, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the predictable demise of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference and its newly announced dating website, and the announced merger of TMobile and Sprint in the United States to turbocharge the build-out of 5G cellular networks. Additional topics included the demise of TodaysMeet because of the EU’s GDPR, Google’s proliferating task management apps, new features in Windows10’s latest update, Apple’s decision to kill AirPort wifi routers, and slower than expected iPhoneX sales by Apple. Final topics included the continuing march of CRISPR to revolutionize animal genetics and our food chain, along with a shocking use of confidential DNA information to arrest the suspected “Golden State Killer.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us live weekly 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. Official: Cambridge Analytica shutting down following Facebook data mining scandal (CNet, 2 May 2018)
  9. Facebook is using billions of Instagram images to train artificial intelligence algorithms (The Verge, 2 May 2018)
  10. Mark Zuckerberg pledges Facebook will put ‘people first,’ avoid past mistakes (USA Today, 1 May 2018)
  11. Facebook dating service will be test of user trust in platform (CNN Money, 2 May 2018)
  12. Remembering TodaysMeet (By @jamessocol, 28 April 2018)
  13. T-Mobile and Sprint announce $26B merger, plan powerful nationwide 5G network (9 to 5 Google, 29 April 2018)
  14. T-Mobile and Sprint: all the news about the merger (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  15. What a combined T-Mobile and Sprint would look like (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  16. TMobile and Sprint’s Pro-Merger and 5G website: https://allfor5g.com
  17. Hey Google, Why Do You Have Four Different Task Apps? (How To Geek, 26 April 2018)
  18. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  19. RocketBook: https://getrocketbook.com
  20. http://bulletjournal.com/ or look on Instagram for #BulletJournal
  21. Google starts throwing cash at Google Assistant startups (The Verge 2 May 2018)
  22. Best Mesh Router System: Eero vs. Orbi vs. Google WiFi  vs. Velop (Power Moves, 18 April 2018)
  23. This Geneticist Is Creating Gene-Edited Animals for Our Plates (@ozy, 29 April 2018)
  24. How a Genealogy Site Led to the Front Door of the Golden State Killer Suspect (NYTimes, 26 April 2018)
  25. BSOD https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Screen_of_Death
  26. How to get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  27. Windows 10 April 2018 Update: the 10 best new features (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  28. More evidence emerges that Apple is killing its iPhone X, analyst says (CNBC, 1 May 2018)
  29. Apple’s AirPort Dies as iTunes Reaches a Milestone (Fortune Magazine, 28 April 2018)
  30. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “Chromebook Inventory” AddOn for Google Sheets and etherpad.org
  31. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Adobe Spark Now Free for Schools (spark.adobe.com/edu)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 91

Welcome to episode 91 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 4, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week special guests Alice Barr (@alicebarr) and Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50) along with host Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the accessibility Chrome extension Plazma, the “Teach Wonder” robotics and PD program from Wonder Workshop, and Ripple’s amazing fund of all DonorsChoose classroom projects recently. Additional topics included iOS 11.3’s battery problems, Apple’s new hire to improve Siri’s AI abilities, favorite uses of smart assistants (Madame A and the Google Home Mini), and new DNS projects speeding up Internet access and improving security. New developments in the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica story were also highlighted. Geeks of the week included BusyKid, ClaroRead Chrome Extension, and 12 Augmented Reality Tools for Schools. Follow us on Twitter on @edtechSR for updates!

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. Alice Barr (@alicebarr) – blog: alicebarr.com
  7. Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50) – blog: cheryloakes.com
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. In honor of Autism Month: Plazma (a sensory app on Chrome extension as well (oh now, people will try it and stop listening!), free, like a lava lamp)
  10. ACTEM has teamed up with Teach Wonder (Robotics and teacher professional development)
  11. How to Get $29 Million for Classroom Projects? Just Ask (NYTimes, 20 March 2018)
  12. Apple iOS 11.3 Release Has Five Nasty Surprises (Forbes, 3 April 2018)
  13. Apple hires Google’s former AI boss to help improve Siri (Verge, 3 April 2018)
  14. DNS Resolvers Performance Compared: CloudFlare x Google x Quad9 x OpenDNS (Linux.com, 3 April 2018)
  15. Cloudflare launches 1.1.1.1 DNS service that will speed up your internet (Verge, 1 April 2018)
  16. New “Quad9” DNS service blocks malicious domains for everyone (ArsTechnica, 16 Nov 2017)
  17. Facebook Says Cambridge Analytica Harvested Data of Up to 87 Million Users
  18. Facebook Collected Your Android Call History and SMS Data For Years (Hacker News, 25 March 2018)
  19. Here’s how to download all your data from Facebook. It might be a wake-up call. (Washington Post, 27 March 2018)
  20. How to download a copy of everything Google knows about you (CNBC, 30 March 2018)
  21. Dave Perloff – Perloff Family Foundation  (generous donor for #STEM and #MakerEd projects in Maine classrooms)
  22. Merge Cube Object Viewer
  23. Family Online Safety Institute (@FOSI)
  24. Apple will replace old iPhone batteries, regardless of diagnostic test results (Verge, 2 Jan 2018)
  25. Upload VR News (@uploadvr)
  26. Apple’s new augmented reality kit makes Minecraft look magical in AR (TNW, 27 June 2017)
  27. Google Expeditions AR Pioneer Program FAQs
  28. Wes’ Geek of the Week: BusyKid: Allowance Chores – Kids Chore Chart App via Tech News Weekly Episode 25 (@technews_weekly)
  29. Cheryl’s Geek of the Week:  ClaroRead Chrome Extension (extension in Chrome) Web based, PDF  FREE, with option to upgrade.
  30. Alice’s Geek of the Week: 12 Augmented reality Apps Schools can use today

EdTech Situation Room Episode 90

Welcome to episode 90 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 28, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week special guest Felix Jacomino (@FelixJacomino) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed a gripping tale of iPhone10 survival on the SheiKra Roller Coaster in Busch Gardens, Apple’s Education Event in Chicago on Tuesday, digital citizenship themes surrounding the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica hoopla as well as Florida school shootings, and the upcoming closure of WikiSpaces. Additional topics included some amazing, recent biotech headlines about protein engineering and the discovery of a new human organ, YouTube’s decision to use WikiPedia links to fight online conspiracy theories, and Google’s launch of a ChromeOS tablet. Geeks of the week included Sketchnoting apps ProCreate (iOS) and ArtFlow (Android) and Branded URL Shortening Service thetinyLINQ.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Refer to the podcast shownotes for links to all our referenced articles and resources. Next week tune in 2 hours early on Wednesday for a conversation with special guests Alice Barr (@alicebarr) and Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50).

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. Felix Jacomino (@FelixJacomino) – blog: felixjacomino.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. SheiKra Roller Coaster in Busch Gardens
  9. Ad-Blocker Ghostery Just Went Open Source—And Has a New Business Model (Wired, 18 March 2018)
  10. Social Media Privacy Settings and Election Hacking (DigCit.us video)
  11. Book recommendation: Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World (by @DevorahHeitner)
  12. WikiSpaces Shutting Down 31 July 2018
  13. CDs and vinyl are outselling digital music downloads (Engadget, 22 March 2018)
  14. Parkland student David Hogg has been dismantling lawmakers on social media (ABC News, 27 March 2018)
  15. Big data is watching you – and it wants your vote (Spectator, 24 March 2018)
  16. FTC confirms Facebook probe over Cambridge Analytica user data fiasco (AppleInsider, 26 March 2018)
  17. How Your Data on Facebook Is Collected and Used to Win Elections (MakeUseOf, 22 March 2018)
  18. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what’s coming for all of online publishing (@dsearls, 23 March 2018)
  19. As Apple Plans to Launch New Low-Cost iPad, Google Debuts First Chrome OS Tablet (MacRumors, 26 March 2018)
  20. YouTube Will Link Directly to Wikipedia to Fight Conspiracy Theories (Wired, 13 March 2018)
  21. Apple’s low-cost iPad ‘will likely’ support the Pencil, analyst says (Verge, 23 March 2018)
  22. “Live from Apple’s ‘Field Trip’ education event in Chicago” (AppleInsider, 27 March 2018)
  23. Newly-discovered human organ may help explain how cancer spreads (New Scientist, 27 March 2018)
  24. Protein Engineering May Be the Future of Science (Bloomberg, 27 March 2018)
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Sketchnote with ProCreate (iOS) and ArtFlow (Android)
  26. Felix’ Geek of the Week: tinyLINQ.com – Branded URL Shortening Service

EdTech Situation Room Episode 84

Welcome to episode 84 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 31, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the weaponization of information as propaganda via online advertising and what this portends for open / democratic societies, exhortations from leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos relating to education and artificial intelligence, and the financial impact of Facebook’s recently announced changes to its news feed algorithm. Additional topics included the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and what those privacy directives might mean for schools and educational technology use, Google’s embrace of Neverware, Apple rumors about new processors to power new Macs, dramatic reductions in iPhone 10 production numbers, and Google’s success (as well as struggle) vetting apps and removing those which violate its terms of service. Access all our shownotes (including links to articles we didn’t have time to discuss) on http://edtechSR.com/links and follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Thanks for tuning in, please shout out to us on Twitter and consider writing a favorable review of us on iTunes or elsewhere online. We love listener feedback!

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. People spent 50 million hours less per day on Facebook last quarter (ReCode 31 January 2018)
  9. Facebook usage falls in the US as it begins to tinker with the News Feed (The Verge, 31 January 2018)
  10. Facebook reduces time spent by 2 min/user/day to push well-being (TechCrunch, 31 January 2018)
  11. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky (@cshirky)
  12. VIDEO from 2009: Clay Shirky on New Book “Here Comes Everybody”
  13. 72 Years of Free Barbecue (video from 2010 by Wes about the XIT Rodeo in Dalhart, Texas)
  14. 6 quotes from Davos on the future of education (World Economic Forum, 26 Jan 2018)
  15. Tech is now a weapon for propaganda and the problem is way bigger than Russia (ReCode Decode Podcast, 31 January 2018)
  16. Information Anxiety by Richard Wurman
  17. Digital Deceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet (New America, 23 Jan 2018)
  18. Google CEO: AI is ‘more profound than electricity or fire’ (CNN, 24 January 2018)
  19. The General Data Protection Regulation Explained (EduCause Review, 28 Aug 2017)
  20. GDPR: English WikiPedia article
  21. Official GDPR Portal
  22. Is Seesaw GDPR compliant? (Seesaw Blog, 13 Dec 2017)
  23. Privacy Shield Framework
  24. Google took down over 700,000 bad Android apps in 2017 (The Verge, 30 January 2018)
  25. The sad state of Android: Google removed over 700,000 bad apps last year (BGR, 31 Jan 2018)
  26. BETT 2018: Google And Neverware Revive Old Computers (Chrome Unboxed, 23 January 2018)
  27. Chrome 64 Arrives With Site Muting, HDR Support, Spectre And Meltdown Protection (Chrome Unboxed, 26 January 2018)
  28. Acer Chrome OS Tablet Display Details Revealed (Chrome Unboxed, 31 January 2018)
  29. Apple could let you run iPad apps on your Mac (TechCrunch, 31 Jan 2018)
  30. Apple tipped to launch three new Macs, with its own processors (T3/MSN, 30 January 2018)
  31. Apple reportedly slashes iPhone X orders in half due to slow sales (BGR, 29 Jan 2018)
  32. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Flights… new interface and functions now in beta!
  33. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Stranger Things Seasons 1 and 2 (NetFlix) and Certify’em – Google Forms add-on to make certificates for students at school! (s/o to @pgeorge – more on this post by @meagan_e_kelly)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 83

Welcome to episode 83 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 24, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the Montana governor’s announcement to require net neutrality respect from ISPs with state contracts, the Hawaii governor’s Twitter password gaffe during the recent false ICBM alert incident, and a series of new Google announcements relating to an IT certification program and cybersecurity spinoff company. Additional topics included new affordable laptops from Lenovo, Acer, and Microsoft targeting the education market, wifi issues with Chromecast and Google Home devices, and some Apple updates on battery throttling, HomePod, and the Siri Assistant who can new read daily news briefings like Google Home and Alexa. The show rounded out with a discussion of new YouTube changes to channel monetization eligibility, the issues raised around “YouTube pranking culture” by the Logan Paul Japan suicide video, and a shout out to Ben Wilkoff’s new “Educator and Student Youtube 1000 List.” Please follow us on Twitter for updates and links to our live shows on Wednesday night on YouTube. Check out the full list of links, including some we did not cover in this episode, on http://edtechSR.com/links.

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. Montana governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality in the state (The Verge; 22 January 2018)
  9. Hawaii governor forgot Twitter password during false missile alert crisis (The Verge; 23 January 2018)
  10. Google Launches New IT Course, Offers Access to Jobs and Scholarships (Fortune, 16 Jan 2018)
  11. Google finds STEM skills aren’t the most important skills (Michigan Future, 5 Jan 2018)
  12. Alphabet’s Latest Moonshot Graduate Is Tackling Cybersecurity (Fortune, 24 Jan 2018)
  13. Graduation Day: Introducing Chronicle – Cybersecurity needs a moonshot (@AstroTeller, 24 Jan 2018)
  14. What is Google’s Fuchsia OS, anyway? (9 to 5 Google, 23 January 2018)
  15. Google teases I/O 2018 with a pineapple cake and a series of riddles (Verge, 24 Jan 2018)
  16. Over 90 percent of Gmail users still don’t use two-factor authentication (Verge, 23 Jan 2018)
  17. Lenovo Expands Educational Chromebook Lineup (Chrome Unboxed; 22 January 2018)
  18. Acer Announces A New Chromebox and 2 New Chromebooks (23 January 2018)
  19. Microsoft challenges Chromebooks with $189 Windows 10 laptops for schools (The Verge; 22 January 2018)
  20. [Update] Google’s Chromecast and Home devices can cause temporary Wi-Fi outages, here’s why (9 to 5 Google, 15 January 2018)
  21. Have you experienced Google Home- or Chromecast-related Wi-Fi outages? [Poll] (9 to 5 Google, 16 January 2018)
  22. Apple confirms iOS 11.3 will let you turn off controversial throttling of older iPhones (The Verge 24 January 2018)
  23. Apple’s Siri-equipped HomePod comes to your home on February 9 (ArsTechnica, 23 Jan 2018)
  24. Apple CEO Tim Cook Explains Why You’ll Want the HomePod (Fortune, 24 Jan 2018)
  25. iPhone users can now ask Siri to read daily news podcasts (Verge, 23 Jan 2018)
  26. Apple is adding a new Privacy icon to iOS and macOS to prevent iCloud password phishing (Verge, 24 Jan 2018)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The New York Times Podcast Club
  28. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “The Secret of Tuxedo Park” (@AmExperiencePBS documentary) and Flixable (Flixable Helps You Find the Perfect Thing to Watch on Netflix – Lifehacker, 23 Jan 2018)

ICBM by nerd_gold, on Flickr
ICBM” (CC BY 2.0) by nerd_gold

EdTech Situation Room Episode 82

Welcome to episode 82 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 17, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed upcoming changes to the Facebook news feed, the performance impact of software patches for Meltdown and Spectre, our human tendency to anthropomorphize technologies, and new highlights from CES 2018. Geeks of the week included Google’s Art App (Jason), the Microsoft Launcher for Android and the YouTube Safety Center (Wes). Check out all our links and shownotes, including many articles we didn’t have time to address in this week’s show, on http://edtechSR.com/links – Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/edtechSR to stay up to date on upcoming shows. Please consider leaving us a review on iTunes and anywhere else you find us! Remember you can listen to our latest episode on Google Home by simply saying, “Hey Google, play the latest episode of The EdTech Situation Room podcast!”

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. One Website’s Facebook Apocalypse Is Another’s Opportunity to Shine (Wall Street Journal, 12 Jan 2018)
  9. Facebook’s Adam Mosseri On Why You’ll See Less Video, More From Friends (Wired, 13 Jan 2018)
  10. Facebook is done with quality journalism. Deal with it. (The Monday Note, 15 Jan 2018)
  11. Google Chrome extensions with 500,000 downloads found to be malicious (ArsTechnica, 16 Jan 2018)
  12. Here’s how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance (PC World, 13 January 2018)
  13. Meltdown, Spectre, and CloudReady (Neverware blog, 9 January 2018)
  14. Have you experienced Google Home- or Chromecast-related Wi-Fi outages? [Poll] (9 to 5 Google, 16 January 2018)
  15. [Update] Google’s Chromecast and Home devices can cause temporary Wi-Fi outages, here’s why (9 to 5 Google, 15 January 2018)
  16. Could You Kill a Robot? Can Robots Teach Us What It Means To Be Human? (NPR Hidden Brain, 10 July 2017)
  17. Another country has banned boiling live lobsters. Some scientists wonder why. (Washington Post, 13 Jan 2018)
  18. I used the Google Pixelbook as my only laptop at CES – and it completely converted me (Android Police, 16 January 2018)
  19. Razer & Project Linda: A Glimpse of What Chrome OS and Android Could Be (Chrome Unboxed, 16 January 2018)
  20. Extensity Extension for Chrome
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Arts & Culture for iOS and for Android
  22. Google’s art app is now top of iOS and Android download charts thanks to its viral selfies (Verge, 17 January 2018)
  23. People love Google’s new feature that matches your selfie to a famous painting (Verge, 14 January 2018)
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: YouTube Safety Center and Microsoft Launcher for Android (h/t @tommy_snider)

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.

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. 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)

 

EdTech Situation Room Episode 70

Welcome to episode 70 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 18, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s new “Advanced Protection” security mode, hacker threats in several US states to parents of students, Microsoft Windows 10 “Creator Updates,” and reports that our solar system has a mysterious “Super Earth” 9th planet well beyond the orbit of Neptune. Additional topics included several updates to Google Earth and Google Maps mashups, recent Amazon advertising mistakes, the importance of media literacy education, and the emerging narrative of how Russian operatives appear to have subverted democracy in the U.S. 2016 Presidential election using Facebook targeted ads. “Speed round” article topics included a new Russian cryptocurrency, Netflix’ push for original movie and show content, Equifax hack blame falling on “one IT guy,” RSA encryption hacks, the cost of product placement advertisements, Eli Pariser’s “Filter Bubble,” and the secrets of Yahoo search. Geeks of the week included a $10 “FIDO U2F Security Key” and the weather website and app “Dark Sky.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!

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. Google’s ‘Advanced Protection’ Locks Down Accounts Like Never Before (Wired, 17 Oct 2017)
  9. Google Safety Center
  10. Google Advanced Protection Program
  11. Dark Overlord hacks schools across U.S., texts threats against kids to parents (CSO, 9 Oct 2017)
  12. Desktop Outlook will get a redesign with the biggest changes happening on Macs (ArsTechnica, 16 Oct 2017)
  13. Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update is now available (The Verge, 17 Oct 17)
  14. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: the 10 best new features (The Verge, 17 Oct 17)
  15. NASA press release says our solar system has a 9th planet (Futurism, 13 Oct 2017)
  16. The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner (NASA JPL, 4 Oct 2017)
  17. NASA’s new ion thruster breaks records, could take humans to Mars (Futurism, 13 Oct 2017)
  18. Space out with planets in Google Maps (Google, 16 Oct 2017)
  19. Nukemap: An Interactive Simulator by @wellerstein
  20. MISSILEMAP by @wellerstein
  21. Google Tour Builder for any Subject by Eric Curts (@ericcurts)
  22. Amazon is telling customers that people bought gifts for their non-existent baby (The Verge, 09/19/2017)
  23. Is Amazon recommending bomb ingredients? (BBC News, 19 Sep 2017)
  24. What Facebook Did to American Democracy (The Atlantic, 12 Oct 2017)
  25. Media Literacy Resources by NewseumEd
  26. Teaching Media Literacy by Rene Hobbs (Media Education Lab)
  27. NPR Show “On The Media”
  28. Authoritarian Cryptocurrencies Are Coming (Bloomberg, 17 Oct 2017)
  29. Putin green lights launch of the CryptoRuble (Russia Today, 17 Oct 2017)
  30. Netflix plans to spend $8 billion to make its library 50 percent original by 2018 (The Verge, 16 October 2017)
  31. Former Equifax CEO Blames One IT Guy for Massive Hack (NBC News, 5 Oct 2017)
  32. Falling through the KRACKs (@matthew_d_green , 16 Oct 2017)
  33. KRACK mass Wi-Fi attack: Who is to blame? (ZDNet, 17 Oct 2017)
  34. As devastating as KRACK – New vulnerability undermines RSA encryption keys (ZDNet, 17 Oct 2017)
  35. Here’s how much social media stars get paid to post ads (ReCode, 14 September 2017)
  36. “The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think” by Eli Pariser (2011)
  37. TEDTalk: Beware Online Filter Bubbles by Eli Pariser (2011)
  38. Verizon Open Sources Yahoo! Search: Verizon Reveals The Secrets Of Yahoo Search (Wired, 26 September 2017)
  39. G Camp OKC – Saturday November 4, 2017 (@gcampOKC)
  40. Geek of the Week (Jason) Best cross platform weather app: https://darksky.net
  41. Geek of the Week (Wes) $10 “FIDO U2F Security Key” (compatible with Google 2 Step Verification)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 56

Welcome to episode 56 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 19, 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) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) were back after several weeks apart, which included some international travel for Jason to Sweden. This week discussion topics included the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on “a right to social media access” as part of 1st Amendment rights, and recent announcements from Apple at WWDC including new iPads, the iMac Pro and HomePod speakers. The proposed purchase of Whole Foods by Amazon, the degree to which we can societally prepare for job displacement from automation, and efforts by Amazon and Google to address offensive content as well as terrorist-related media using human moderators were also discussed. An amazing (but apparently true) event in Ethiopia was also discussed, in which the nation shut down the entire Internet for several days to prevent cheating on high school student end-of-year exams. Several surveillance and security related news articles were also addressed. Geeks of the Week included the Podcast App, 60db (by Jason) and two from Wes: SiteSucker for macOS and the Eclipse Megamovie Project. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date on upcoming shows! Next week we’ll attempt a live show from ISTE in San Antonio on Monday evening, June 26th.

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. Survey finds 1/3 of people interested in Apple’s HomePod, still more likely to buy Amazon Echo (AppleInsider, 13 June 2017)
  9. The Supreme Court Just Protected Your Right To Facebook (Wired; 19 June 2017)
  10. [VIDEO] How many jobs will robots actually take? (2 min, 30 sec – @axios, 5 June 2017)
  11. Amazon buys Whole Foods for $13.7 billion (ArsTechnica, 16 June 2017)
  12. John McCain at Senate hearing: We’re living an ‘Orwellian existence’ (CNBC @jacobpramuk, 7 June 2017)
  13. Activists and Journalists in Mexico Complain of Government Spying (New York Times, 19 June 2017)
  14. Why I won’t recommend Signal anymore (@VenemaSander, Nov 2016) 
  15. Weapons of Mass Surveillance (BBC World Service, 17 June 2017)
  16. Revealed: Facebook’s internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence (Guardian, 21 May 2017)
  17. Facebook sics AI on terrorist posts, but humans still do the dirty work (ArsTechnica, 16 June 2017) 18 June 2017)
  18. Four steps we’re taking today to fight online terror (@Google, 18 June 2017)
  19. Microsoft releases additional updates 4 older platforms to protect against potential nation-state activity (Microsoft TechNet, 13 June 2017)
  20. Defence Secretary unable to deny Trident nuclear submarines run on same outdated software hackers exploited to cripple NHS systems [Windows XP] (@montaukian @Independent, 14 May 2017)
  21. Ethiopia turns off internet nationwide as students sit exams (@guardian, 31 May 2017)
  22. President Trump wants a ‘sweeping transformation’ of government tech, he says at a White House meeting with execs (Re/code, 19 June 2017)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Podcast App, 60db, https://60db.co/  
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: SiteSucker for macOS (make static HTML versions of WordPress & other websites!) via @cogdog and Eclipse Megamovie Project (more info from Newsweek)