EdTechSR Ep 272 Metaverse Confusion Likely

Welcome to episode 272 (“Metaverse Confusion Likely”) of the EdTech Situation Room from October 12, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the 2022 “Hype Cycle” for educational technology in the United States, the merger of ISTE and ASCD, Tim Cook’s view of the metaverse, the new $1500 VR headset from Meta / Facebook, and Microsoft prescience in creating its tablet computer series. Web apps as a leading attack vector for security attacks, election worker cyber-attacks, and another Alex Jones civil trial judgement were also discussed topics. Geeks of the Week included software enabling MacOS updates for older hardware systems, FEMA’s “Build a Kit” website for emergency preparedness, a $22 portable Chinese-manufactured HAM radio, and a power meter tester for USB-C devices. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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. Stay savvy and safe!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
  2. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  4. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  5. Video version on YouTube
  6. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Microsoft was right all along (The Verge; 14 September 2022)
  10. Hype Cycle for K-12 Education, 2022 (Gartner; 19 July 2022)
  11. Education Professional Development Superpower? ISTE and ASCD Set to Merge (Education Week, 29 Sept 2022)
  12. Tim Cook in new interview: ‘I’m really not sure the average person can tell you what the metaverse is’ (9 to 5 Mac; 30 September 2022)
  13. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg debuts Meta Quest Pro VR headset that will cost $1,500 (MSNBC, 11 Oct 2022)
  14. Meta hasn’t “really learned the right lesson,” whistleblower Frances Haugen says (Vox; 6 September 2022)
  15. Why web apps are one of this year’s leading attack vectors (Venture Beat; 7 October 2022)
  16. Election officials worry about potential poll worker interference this November (NPR, 9 Oct 2022)
  17. Malicious Emails Surged for Election Workers in 2 Battleground States Ahead of Primaries (NextGov, 12 Oct 2022)
  18. Alex Jones ordered to pay $965 million for Sandy Hook lies (AP, 12 Oct 2022)
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: OpenCore Legacy Patcher (h/t Jason!) – FEMA Ready.org “Build a Kit”BAOFENG UV-5R
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Plugable USB C Power Meter Tester for Monitoring USB-C Connections – Digital Multimeter for USB-C Cables, Laptops, Phones and Chargers

EdTech Situation Room Episode 86

Welcome to episode 86 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 21, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s HomePod and the generally negative reviews it hass received in the technology press, Chrome news including PWAs (progressive web apps), and social media’s dark side revealed through the Parkland, Florida, school shooting incident. Additional topics included the need for ethics in artificial intelligence (AI), a recent historical look at AI’s ascendency at Google, and Facebook’s role in the Russia probe / election hack over time. Geeks of the week included Reply, by Google and Textra SMS (from Jason) and Twitter Moments (from Wes). Subscribe to @edtechSR on Twitter 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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Life on an iPad (The Overspill, 19 February 2018)
  9. Apple files for updated Apple TV trademark potentially hinting at more advanced gaming capabilities (9 to 5 Mac, 21 February 2018)
  10. Opinion: Almost no one should get a HomePod over a Google Home Max (9 to 5 Google, 19 February 2018)
  11. Thumbs Down on Apple HomePod from TwIT Podcast (11 Feb 2018)
  12. The aftermath of the Parkland mass shooting exemplifies the ugly side of social media (Recode, 20 February 2018)
  13. Apple just won regulatory approval for two mystery iPads in Eastern Europe (The Verge, 21 February 2018)
  14. On Russia, Facebook Sends a Message It Wishes It Hadn’t (NYTimes, 19 Feb 2018)
  15. Inside The Two Years That Shook Facebook—And The World (Wired, 12 Feb 2018)
  16. Facebook to use postcards in anti-election meddling effort (CNN, 20 February 2018)
  17. Twitter is trying to crack down on spam bots (CNN, 21 February 2018)
  18. UK PM seeks ‘safe and ethical’ artificial intelligence (BBC News; 24 January 2018)
  19. The Great A.I. Awakening (The New York Times Magazine, 14 Dec 2016)
  20. Google Looks To Be Heavily Investing In PWAs For Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed, 21 February 2018)
  21. Core M7 ASUS C302 W/16GB RAM Arrives On The Scene (Chrome Unboxed, 21 February 2018)
  22. Hardware: Intel ships update for newest Spectre-affected chips (TechCrunch; 21 February 2018)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Reply, by Google and Textra SMS
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Twitter Moments (ExampleHowTo)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 77

Welcome to episode 77 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 13, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s recent announcement to discontinue web store apps, the importance of the open web, and the upcoming net neutrality vote by the FCC. Additional topics included the prevalence of email tracking and whether or not this surveillance is something to be concerned about, the upcoming shutdown of Storify, Google Assistant coming to older Android devices, and a recent PBS Frontline Special (“Putin’s Revenge”) as well as Guardian article about the weaponization of the web by Russia. Geeks of the week included a recent article about going anonymous online with the Tor browser (Jason) and the expensive, hybrid human/digital assistant “Fin” (Wes). Please check out all our shownotes (including articles we did not have time to address in this week’s show) on http://edtechSR.com/links and follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/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. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Google Kills Apps In Web Store For Mac and Windows: Some Thoughts (Chrome Unboxed; 13 December 2017)
  9. Chrome OS Fighting To Keep Control Of US Education Market (Android Headlines; 7 December 2017)
  10. How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over the Web (Wired, 11 December 2017)
  11. Storify is shutting down and will delete all posts next May (The Verge; 12 December 2017)
  12. Concerns grow among YouTubers, Twitch personalities as net neutrality vote looms (Polygon, 13 December 2017)
  13. Let’s calm down. No matter what happens with net neutrality, an open internet isn’t going anywhere. (Recode, 13 December 2017)
  14. The FCC is voting to repeal net neutrality on Thursday. Here’s how to watch live. (Recode; 13 December 2017)
  15. Google Assistant finally rolling out to Android tablets, expands phone support to 5.0 Lollipop (9-5 Google, 13 December 2017)
  16. Fake news and botnets: how Russia weaponised the web (Guardian, 2 December 2017)
  17. Putin’s Revenge on PBS Frontline (@frontlinepbs)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Grand Tor: How To Go Anonymous Online (Wired; 9 December 2017)
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Fin (@finexploration) via Drop.io WikiPedia article & @lessin

EdTech Situation Room Episode 30

Welcome to episode 30 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 22, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show (as well as some we didn’t have time to discuss.) This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the challenges of “fake news” continuing to be shared in the aftermath of the U.S. election, and the responsibilities we have to vet and verify articles before passing them on to others. The future of net neutrality in the Trump administration, the rumored end to development of Apple’s AirPort routers, and the impact of both robotics and artificial intelligence on global labor markets were also addressed. As always, Jason and Wes focused on the impact and relevance of these stories for teachers. Please 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. You can also reach out to Jason and Wes on Twitter to share feedback, questions, or just let them know you’re tuning into the show! If you’re in the United States on holiday this week, have a restful and joy-filled Thanksgiving break!

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)
  7. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. Zuckerberg Says He’ll Take Steps to Solve Facebook Fake News (Bloomberg Technology, 19 Nov 2016)
  9. Most students can’t tell the difference between sponsored content and real news (22 November 2016)
  10. Your Filter Bubble is Destroying Democracy (Wired, 22 November 2016)
  11. Facebook’s fake news problem is way bigger than fake news (Vox 18 November 2016)
  12. Please Stop Sharing Links to These Sites (Patheos, 18 September 2016)
  13. False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources (Melissa Zimdars)
  14. Bernie Sanders Could Replace President Trump With Little-Known Loophole (The Huffington Post, 15 November 2016)
  15. Education, Not Income, Predicted Who Would Vote For Trump (538, 22 Nov 2016)
  16. Trump’s FCC transition team may spell the end of net neutrality (Recode, 21 November 2016)
  17. Apple axes Wi-Fi router division, apparently signaling the end of AirPort (AppleInsider, 21 Nov 2016)
  18. With Apple abandoning AirPort, here are the best alternative Wi-Fi routers for Mac users (AppleInsider, 21 Nov 2016)
  19. Why Some Apple Fans Are Considering a Hackintosh (Motherboard, 7 Nov 2016)
  20. Twitter’s long-overdue anti-harassment tools might finally make a difference (Vox, 18 November 2016)
  21. Apple exploring the possibility of moving iPhone manufacturing to United States (AppleInsider, 17 Nov 2016)
  22. [VIDEO] & transcript: Robots and the Future of Jobs: The Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence (Council on Foreign Relations, 14 Nov 2016)
  23. The Fourth Industrial Revolution: What It Means and How to Respond (Foreign Relations, Dec 2015)
  24. Wes’ TEDx presentation audio: “Digital Citizenship in the Surveillance State”
  25. Geek of the Week by Jason: Amazon Prime Phones
  26. Geek of the Week by Wes: Google Quick, Draw!
  27. Advocacy Advice (from Wes)