EdTech Situation Room Episode 34

Welcome to the 2016 EdTech Year in Review, the final episode of the EdTech Situation Room for the year! Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed many of the most notable topics and technology news stories from year as they relate to schools, education and teaching. These included fake news during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, artificial intelligence and Google’s new “AI First” strategies, cybersecurity, screentime, 3D printing, and the struggles of Apple with the new MacBook Pro. Geeks of the Week included inexpensive world phones / global GSM phones (Jason), the Photo Scan app from Google (Eric), and the book “Raising the Floor” by Andy Stern (Wes). Check out our shownotes on https://edtechsr.com/links for all referenced articles and resources from the show. Please fill out our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr to let us know where you’re tuning in from and what you’ve liked from our shows. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date on upcoming shows in 2017!


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  7. Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst)
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. The Classroom Where Fake News Fails (NPR, 22 December 2016)
  10. Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds (NPR, 22 November 2016)
  11. Battling Fake News in the Classroom (Edutopia, 21 December 2016)
  12. At Sundar Pichai’s Google, AI Is Everything—And Everywhere (Fast Company, 15 November 2016)
  13. Inside Sundar Pichai’s Plan To Put AI Everywhere (Forbes, 18 May 2016)
  14. VIDEO: Sundar Pichai’s Talk about AI and Google Assistant at Google’s Pixel Phone Launch Event (12 min)
  15. Podesta’s email hack hinged on a very unfortunate typo (The Verge; 13 December 2016)
  17. Your Passwords Are Terrible, and It’s Time to Do Something About It (How To Geek)
  18. What You Must Learn From the Big Security Events of 2016 (Make Use Of, 30 December 2016)
  19. 6 Qualities to Look for When Buying a 3D Printer for Your Classroom (Make, 16 November 2016)
  20. 3D Printing in the History Classroom (Eric Langhorst, 27 September 2016)
  21. How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (Tristan Harris, 19 May 2016)
  22. How much time do parents spend on screens? As much as their teens (CNN, 6 Dec 2016)
  23. Teens spend a ‘mind-boggling’ 9 hours a day using media, report says (CNN, 3 Nov 2015) “54% of teens in houses making < $35,000 a yr have laptop in home vs 92% of teens in households making > $100,000”
  24. 2016 was a hard year to be an Apple fan (Engadget, 29 December 2016)
  25. Is Apple Rotting? (ComputerWorld; 28 March 2016)
  26. Why Apple’s future failure is certain (BetaNews; 20 January 2016)
  27. Opinion: Apple has another problem: The iPad is dying (Market Watch; 31 January 2016)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Travel with Cheap SIM Cards to Europe! Bring a “world phone” or a “global GSM phone.”  Or, if you are on Sprint or AT&T, see if you can get your phone “unlocked” from your carrier.  We used this one and this one. Find a cell phone store near where you are staying. Buy a pre-paid SIM.  Ask for help using it.
  29. Eric’s Geek of the Week: Photo Scan App from Google (Great 5 minute vlog from Nat and Lo describing how the Photo Scan works)
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: book Raising the Floor: How a Universal Basic Income Can Renew Our Economy and Rebuild the American Dream” by Andy Stern (@andystern_dc)