EdTech Situation Room Episode 167

Welcome to episode 167 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 4, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment, so special guest Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) joined Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) to discuss the past week’s technology headlines through an educational lens. Topics addressed included the impacts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on upcoming conferences and events, special upgrades and extended product trials offered by technology companies to schools to help meet possible online teaching demands brought on by the Coronavirus, as well as ongoing efforts to battle disinformation and information manipulation using social media platforms in the U.S. 2020 election season. Geeks of the week included Wakelet, a recent tweet by Evan Kirstel (@evankirstel) inspiring thoughts about the future of transportation, and an excellent Coronavirus GeoMap from Johns Hopkins using ArcGIS. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.


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  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Coronavirus: Fake news is spreading fast (BBC News, 28 Feb 2020)
  9. Coronavirus: Amazon removes overpriced goods and fake cures (BBC News, 28 Feb 2020)
  10. Google and Microsoft are giving away enterprise conferencing tools due to coronavirus (The Verge, 3 March 2020)
  11. Cisco Offering Free 90-day Webex Licenses Due to Coronavirus (BleepingComputer, 3 Mar 2020)
  12. Twitter’s Head Of Site Integrity, On Fighting Election Disinformation (NPR Technology, 2 March 2020)
  13. Twitter Vows That As Disinformation Tactics Change, Its Policies Will Keep Pace (NPR Technology, 4 March 2020)
  14. Google cancels I/O developer conference amid coronavirus concerns (ArsTechnica, 3 March 2020)
  15. How Prepared is Your School for a Long-term Pandemic? (HookedOnInnovation, 4 March 2020)
  16. SXSW petition to cancel up to over 40,000 people (Change.org, 1 Mar 2020)
  17. This tweet by Eric Patnoudes broached a touchy subject about presenter costs at ISTE
  18. Carl’s Geeks of the Week:
    1. I’m finally onboard the Wakelet train…but isn’t this just a mash up of Del.ic.ious, Diigo, and Pinterest?
    2. This tweet got me thinking about the future of transportation
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Interested in visually tracking the outbreak of the #coronavirus worldwide via a dynamic #GeoMap? Use this free @johnshopkins @ArcGISOnline online map