EdTech Situation Room Episode 113

Welcome to episode 113 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 7, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Jason Kern (@jasonmkern) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics for the show included virtual reality in the classroom, the use of social media worldwide to radicalize politics, hardware updates from Apple’s special event last week, and our need for media literacy everywhere. Anya Kamenetz’ excellent response article, “What the Times got wrong about kids and phones” was also highlighted. Professional courtesy with cell phones at meetings and in the classroom, the NetFlix documentary “The Eighties,” and Flickr’s important announcement about free and pro accounts rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included free “Unity” software licenses for schools, Raspberry Pi projects, the browser extension “OneTab,” and the “Pulse” SMS app on Android. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.


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  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. ASU Online biology course is first to offer virtual-reality lab in Google partnership (ASU, 23 Aug 2018)
  10. Virtual Reality: A Safe Place to Learn (ATD, 5 Nov 2018)
  11. Can virtual reality revolutionize education? (CNN, 1 Nov 2018)
  12. Giving Classroom Experiences (Like VR) More … Dimension (Inside Higher Ed, 2 Nov 2018)
  13. Ready Player One (2018 – IMDB)
  14. Apple Abandons the Mass Market, as the iPhone Turns Luxury (Wired, 3 Nov 2018)
  15. The new MacBook Air answers fans’ hopes and gripes (FastCompany, 30 Oct 2018)
  16. What can you connect to the new iPad Pro with USB-C? (9 to 5 Mac, 7 Nov 2018)
  17. This Is How We Radicalized The World (BuzzFeedNews, 28 Oct 2018)
  18. We Should Teach Media Literacy in Elementary School (Scientific American, 7 Nov 2018)
  19. What the Times got wrong about kids and phones (Columbia Journalism Review, 5 Nov 2018)
  20. The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life by Anya Kamenetz (@anya1anya)
  21. A sharper focus for Flickr (Flickr blog, 1 Nov 2018)
  22. Flickr promises it won’t delete Creative Commons photos when it limits free storage (The Verge, 7 Nov 2018)
  23. Professional Courtesy Video (Edutopia video, Apr 24, 2017)
  24. Documentary “The Eighties” on Netflix
  25. Jason Kern’s Geeks of the Week: Free Unity Licenses for Schools and Raspberry Pi Projects
  26. Jason Neiffer’s Geek of the Week: Pulse SMS App on Android
  27. Wes Fryer’s Geek of the Week: OneTab Browser Extension (Example)