EdTech Situation Room Episode 25

Welcome to episode 25 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 12, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment, so Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) joined Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) for a lively conversation about the positive power of Internet technologies to connect us to information as well as each other. Discussion also focused on Google’s new Duo videoconferencing and collaboration platform/app, the implications of AI (artificial intelligence) for our lives and our classrooms, and a recent anti-tech rant by educational policy wonk Diane Ravitch. Wes shared a shout-out to the new “Voices of DARPA” podcast, and Miguel reflected on how the outbreak of “predatory academic journals” reminds of the mid-2000’s as blogs exploded and many pundits heralded the end of information trust and credible sources. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week included the OneNote app and OneNote for Teachers, The Microsoft Selfie app (no that’s not a joke, it’s a real app) and Google Duo. Wes’ Geeks of the Week included the free “Simple Footnotes WordPress Plugin” and the amazing “Interactive Current Earth Wind Map” shared last week during landfall of Hurricane Matthew by @thekidshouldsee. Check out past episode shownotes on https://edtechsr.com/links and be sure to follow @edtechSR for updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/edtechsr as well as on Facebook. If you listen to the show, please submit our listener survey using the shortened link http://wfryer.me/edtechsr which forwards to a Google Form. Thanks to our live viewers who joined us for this show! Next week we’re likely to feature some special guests from Maine, and will be moving the show to start two hours earlier at 8 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central / 6 pm Mountain / 5 pm Pacific. Please join us live if you can, give us a shout out if you listen or watch later!


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  6. Special guest Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin)
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  8. How Google’s Bicycle-Riding Internet Tutors Are Getting Rural Indian Women Online (Wall Street Journal, 3 Oct 2016)
  9. Duo is replacing Hangouts in Google’s batch of preinstalled apps (PC World, Oct 7, 2016)
  10. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen explains how AI will change the world (Vox, 5 Oct 2016)
  11. Barack Obama Talks AI, Robo Cars, and the Future of the World (Wired, Oct 2016)
  12. “Democracy”: The Problem with Technology, part 1 (Diane Ravitch, 12 Oct 2016)
  13. “Voices from DARPA” Podcast, Episode 1: Molecule Man (27 Sep 2016 – YouTubeSoundCloud)
  14. What Are Predatory Open Access Journals And Why Should We Worry? (Huffington Post Canada, 4 Oct 2016)
  15. YouTube Creator Studio Boot Camp (Oct 4-25)
  16. CARRDSS System Joyce Valenza, 2008 – Tech Tools 4 Writing (thanks Marta Tome)
  17. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week: OneNote app and OneNote for TeachersMicrosoft Selfie appGoogle Duo
  18. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Simple Footnotes WordPress Plugin (used in #dw4jc “hashtags” chapter) and Interactive Current Earth Wind Map (via “The Kid Should See This”)