EdTech Situation Room Episode 120

Welcome to episode 120 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 3, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed 2018 “Tech Report Cards” from the Verge on Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft. The proliferation of bots and fake content online, and the challenges this presents for online media metrics as well as media literacy, was highlighted. The release of thousands of works into the public domain in the United States, thanks to the non-renewal of the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, and an instance of ground-breaking brain surgery rounded out topics for the show. Geeks of the week included an article sharing tips for getting the most out of your Amazon Kindle eReader, and the open source software Burn for MacOS. 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. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.

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. The Verge 2018 Tech Report Cards: AppleGoogleFacebookAmazonMicrosoft
  9. iPhone XR Sales Crash Increases Apple’s Neverending Nightmare (Forbes, 17 Dec 2018)
  10. Apple says cheap battery replacements hurt iPhone sales (The Verge, 2 January 2019)
  11. Five Ways to Look at Apple’s Surprise Bad News (The Atlantic, 2 Jan 2019)
  12. iOS 2022 (Robert Scoble, 10 Nov 2018)
  13. Why parents and students are protesting an online learning program backed by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook (Washington Post, 20 Dec 2018)
  14. The year in tech: Facebook, Facebook, Facebook (Columbia Journalism Review, 27 Dec 2018)
  15. Amazon Is Paying People $20 an Hour to Deliver Packages Using Their Own Cars — and the Competition Is Cutthroat (Time, 17 Dec 2018)
  16. How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually. (NY Magazine, 26 Dec 2018)
  17. Mickey Mouse and Batman will soon be public domain—here’s what that means (ArsTechnica, 1 Jan 2019)
  18. Public Domain Day advent calendar #14: Tarzan and the Golden Lion by Edgar Rice Burroughs (John Mark Ockerbloom, 14 Dec 2018)
  19. How to Download the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain (Motherboard, 2 Jan 2018)
  20. Guitarist Has Brain Surgery, and Strums All the Way Through (NYTimes, 21 Dec 2018)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: New Kindle?  Use it to the max!
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Burn (open source DVD burning software for MacOS)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 115

Welcome to episode 115 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 21, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics for the show included the recent outages of cloud services including Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory and LastPass Password Manager, and multiple signs of “The Technology Correction.” These included calls for regulating Facebook, surveys showing many young computer scientists do not want to work for Facebook, and Facebook’s apparent inability to regulate / fix itself. Processor upgrades to the Samsung Chromebook Plus, the enduring value of Google Pixelbooks, and Black Friday week deals on Pixelbooks were also discussed. On the security front, a new, stealthy Russian hacking tool, a phishing test tool, the first amendment and Facebook, and student protests over Facebook’s sponsored learning management system “Summit Learning” were also discussed. The use of streetlight concealed cameras by US security agencies and the viability of the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included T-Mobile’s One Plus Plan (great for international travel) and a technique for bypassing news website free article limits with browser incognito mode. 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. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links

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. Office 365, Azure users are locked out after a global multi-factor authentication outage (TechCrunch, 19 Nov 2018)
  9. LastPass Knocked Offline, Freezing Out Password Users (Tom’s Guide, 20 Nov 2018)
  10. Microsoft and Google working on Chrome for Windows on ARM (The Verge; 21 November 2018)
  11. From Mark Zuckerberg to George Soros, here’s everything you need to know about Facebook’s latest crisis (The Verge; 19 November 2018)
  12. Facebook ads urge its staff to leak secrets (BBC News; 21 November 2018)
  13. ‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students. (New York Times; 15 November 2018)
  14. The Messy Fourth Estate (danah boyd, 20 June 2018)
  15. It’s time to start regulating Facebook (Washington Post OpEd by Nina Jankowicz, 15 Nov 2018)
  16. Facebook won’t fix itself (Vox OpEd by Emily Stewart, 15 Nov 2018)
  17. With A Core m3, The Samsung Chromebook Plus v2 Gets A Massive Upgrade (21 November 2018; Chrome Unboxed; 21 November 2018)
  18. The Google Pixelbook After A Year: 5 Reasons It’s Still Worth Your Money (Chrome Unboxed; 19 November 2018)
  19. $300 Off Any Pixelbook From Amazon!
  20. Technical error exposes Amazon users’ names, email addresses (CNet, 21 November 2018)
  21. Russian hacking tool gets extra stealthy to target US, European computers (CNet, 20 November 2018)
  22. Phishing Test Tool: https://www.knowbe4.com/
  23. Should the First Amendment apply to Facebook? It’s complicated. (Recode; 19 November 2018)
  24. Students protest Zuckerberg-backed digital learning program and ask him: ‘What gives you this right?’ (Washington Post, 17 Nov 2018)
  25. The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights (Quartz, 9 Nov 2018)
  26. Writing with iPad Pro: The first 48 hours away from Mac (9to5Mac, 9 Nov 2018)
  27. Almost 50% of the world is online. What about the other 50%? (The Guardian, 18 October 2018)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: T-Mobile’s One Plus Plan
  29. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Use Incognito Mode to Read Articles Exceeding Website Quotas

EdTech Situation Room Episode 114

Welcome to episode 114 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 14, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics for the show included college students at UC Berkeley developing browser extensions to identify political bot accounts on social media, prospects for liberal democracy portrayed in PBS Frontline’s recent series “The Facebook Dilemma,” and issues of both trust and due process involving Facebook, content takedowns and smart assistants like Alexa and Google Home. Microsoft’s problems with recent Windows10 updates and its new crowdsourced feedback process for updates, and new research on the value of doodling for learning and retention were also discussed with a shout out to Sylvia Duckworth’s (@sylviaduckworth) new book on sketchnoting. The “Shift Happens” video series 10 years later, problems with drone videos and wildlife harassment, Google’s pleas to content creators to help oppose new copyright legislation in Europe, and a Mozilla report identifying the “creepiest” tech gifts this holiday season from a privacy / surveillance standpoint rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included FFWorks / FFMpeg for video encoding, Thankful Bot from the Noun Project, a funny U.S. election meme on Twitter, and the virtual keyboard project CopyChar. 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.

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. The College Kids Doing What Twitter Won’t (Wired, 1 Nov 2018)
  9. BotCheck.me
  10. The Facebook Dilemma Part 1 and Part 2 (PBS Frontline, 29 & 30 Oct 2018)
  11. Facebook Is the Least Trusted Major Tech Company When it Comes to Safeguarding Personal Data, Poll Finds (Fortune; 8 November 2018)
  12. Human rights groups want Facebook to offer ‘due process’ for takedowns (The Verge; 14 November 2018)
  13. Instagram starts rolling out dashboard that shows how much time you spend on it (Verge, 14 Nov 2018)
  14. Alexa, Should We Trust You? (The Atlantic, November 2018)
  15. Microsoft re-releases Windows 10 October 2018 Update today after pulling it offline (The Verge; 13 November 2018)
  16. Microsoft to focus on Windows 10 quality after a buggy year (The Verge; 13 November 2018)
  17. Drawing Is the Fastest, Most Effective Way to Learn, According to New Research (Inc Magazine, 31 Oct 2018)
  18. The Surprisingly Powerful Influence of Drawing on Memory (Sage Journals, 30 Aug 2018)
  19. “How to Sketchnote: A Step-by-Step Manual for Teachers and Students” by Sylvia Duckworth @sylviaduckworth
  20. Has ‘Shift’ Happened? Revisiting a Viral Video From 2008 (EdSurge, 6 Nov 2018)
  21. That Cute Baby-Bear Video Reveals a Problem With Drones (The Atlantic, 6 Nov 2018)
  22. A Final Update on Our Priorities for 2018 (YouTube Creator Blog, 22 Oct 2018)
  23. Google CEO’s China argument doesn’t hold water (Columbia Journalism Review, 9 Nov 2018)
  24. Mozilla Releases Creepy Gift Report (Mozilla Foundation)
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week:  FFWorks (backstory), “Thankful Bot” by @nounproject and the Twitter meme – “me voting in 2016 vs. me voting in 2018”
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: CopyChar.CC – Virtual Keyboard

EdTech Situation Room Episode 107

Welcome to episode 107 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 12, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the days announcements from Cupertino at the special Apple Event including Apple Watch 4 and 3 new iPhone models. The forthcoming iOS 12 and the benefits of the new Apple watch providing ECG / EKG data which is FDA approved was highlighted. Under the heading of “Social Media Correction,” Jason and Wes discussed an fascinating and in-depth article from the New Yorker focusing on the challenges faced by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in moderate content for 2.2 billion people worldwide, and specifically the impact that is having on democratic processes and institutions. The banning of Alex Jones by both Apple and Facebook, and the devastating impacts of false rumors spread via social media in Myanmar, India and Brazil were also discussed. The public availability of mind-blowingly high resolution maps of Antarctica, The FCC’s “pause” of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, the ongoing exploration of our “Red Planet” by robots amidst the challenge of a summer planet-wide dust storm, and Twitter’s release of audio-only broadcasting options rounded out the articles in this week’s shortened show. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.

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. Apple announces 3 new iPhones, a new watch, not much else (CNN, 12 September 2018)
  9. Why an Apple Watch with EKG matters (Verge 12 Sept 2018)
  10. iOS 12 is coming on September 17th, but here’s how to install it today (The Verge; 12 September 2018)
  11. Apple research continues on combining iPhone, iPad with MacBook-style accessory (AppleInsider, 11 Sept 2018)
  12. Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? (New Yorker, 17 Sept 2018)
  13. After Multiple Provocations, Twitter Has Banned Alex Jones And Infowars (BuzzFeed; 6 September 2018)
  14. Facebook followed Apple’s lead on Alex Jones purge, Zuckerberg (AppleInsider, 10 Sept 2018)
  15. Vicious Rumors Spread Like Wildfire On WhatsApp — And Destroyed A Village (BuzzFeedNews, 9 Sept 2018)
  16. These fact-checkers were attacked online after partnering with Facebook (Poynter, 10 Sept 2018)
  17. Google Wants to Kill the URL (Wired 4 Sept 2018)
  18. Reddit has banned the QAnon conspiracy subreddit r/GreatAwakening (The Verge; 12 September 2018)
  19. New Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’ (NYTimes, 7 Sept 2018)
  20. FCC pauses review of Sprint and T-Mobile merger (AppleInsider, 11 Sept 2018)
  21. NASA’s Opportunity Rover on Mars Still Silent 2 Months into Epic Dust Storm (Space.com, 17 Aug 2018)
  22. Twitter and Periscope now offer audio-only live broadcasts (Engadget, 7 Sept 2018)
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong (@sarahjeong) – free eBook and Algorithms of Oppression – How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Noble @safiyanoble
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Take Better Naps By Drinking Coffee First (Lifehacker)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 106

Welcome to episode 106 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 5, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) reflected on the 20th anniversary of Google and the 10th anniversary of the Chrome web browser, and the long way we’ve come in the ensuing years. Other topics included “the technology correction” with an excellent article arguing for the breakup of Facebook based on current U.S. anti-trust law, proposed revisions to anti-trust law which could be applied to large technology companies including Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple, and this week’s Congressional testimony by technology leaders in Washington D.C. The ethical dimensions of corporate developed and sold spyware, the question of liability for developers when their spyware is used by governments against human rights advocates and political opponents, and the ongoing advocacy by Western governments for security “back doors” in technology platforms were also discussed. The threat posed by new European copyright laws to the open Internet, Apple’s upcoming event on September 12th and leaks suggesting new iPhone models and a 4th generation Apple watch, and the success of the Google Pixelbook in sparking the availability of higher end Chromebooks rounded out the show’s articles. Geeks of the Week included the GeoMap website and application Relive, and CloudReady by Neverware for breathing new Chrome life into older computers. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.

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 Turns 20: How An Internet Search Engine Reshaped The World (The Verge; 5 September 2018)
  9. Google’s Chrome browser is now 10 years old (Verge, 2 Sept 2018)
  10. After 10 Years, Google Chrome Gets an Update: 8 Things to Try (PC Magazine; 4 September 2018)
  11. It’s Time to Breakup Facebook (The Verge, 4 Sept 2018)
  12. “The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age” by Tim Wu (@superwuster – coming in November 2018)
  13. Lawmakers Hint at Regulating Social Media During Hearing With Facebook and Twitter Execs (Time; 5 September 2018)
  14. Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook (Pew Research Center, 5 September 2018)
  15. Hacking a Prince, an Emir and a Journalist to Impress a Client (NY Times, 31 Aug 2018)
  16. US, UK, and other governments asks tech companies to build backdoors into encrypted devices (The Verge, 3 Sept 2018)
  17. Your internet is under threat. Here’s why you should care about European Copyright Reform (WikiMedia Foundation, 4 Sept 2018)
  18. This is ‘iPhone XS’ — design, larger version, and gold colors confirmed (9to5Mac, 30 Aug 2018)
  19. Apple Watch Series 4 revealed — massive display, dense watch face, more (9to5Mac, 30 Aug 2018)
  20. Swappa (buy and sell used smartphones)
  21. New High Quality Chromebooks Prove The Pixelbook Did Its Job (Chrome Unboxed, 31 August 2018)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Relive (example from Marco Torres)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: CloudReady

 by Marcin Wichary, on Flickr
“Google” (CC BY 2.0) by Marcin Wichary

EdTech Situation Room Episode 105

Welcome to episode 105 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 29, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the challenges of filtering / censoring Internet content at school and now (in the U.K.) at a national level through ISPs. The privacy perils and potential subpoena conflicts relating to cell phone location tracking, the ethical challenges of “native advertising” in podcasts, rumors of Apple removing 3D touch in forthcoming iPhones, and the security danger of sideloading Fortnight software on Android devices were also discussed. Final topics included the monstrous challenges facing Facebook in moderating user generated content on its platform worldwide for 2 billion people and the way Facebook is adopting a trustworthy scale for users in its fight against fake news. Geeks of the week included the Stikbot Studio app for iOS, Google Assistant’s “Tell me something good” new feature, YouTube’s new built-in screen monitoring / management tools, and the keyboard shortcut Control/Command K in Google Docs to add links. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.

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. The U.K. Is About To Regulate Online Porn, and Free Speech Advocates Are Terrified (Time; 20 August 2018)
  9. Gaggle Safety Management
  10. Digital Citizenship Resources for Parents (including filtering tools / strategies) on DigCit.us
  11. To Catch A Robber, The FBI Attempted An Unprecedented Grab For Google Location Data (Forbes, 15 Aug 2018)
  12. How to start a community network – NYC Mesh
  13. End of a Legacy: Chromebook Pixel Updates Ceased (ChromeUnboxed; 28 August 2018)
  14. Ads for Podcasts Test the Line Between Story and Sponsor (NYTimes, 26 July 2018)
  15. “Today, Explained” – An Edgy New Vox Podcast to Compete with “The Daily” (New Yorker, 15 March 2018)
  16. Apple could remove 3D Touch from new iPhones, analyst says (The Verge, 27 August 2018)
  17. Apple to launch three new iPhones, Watch with larger screen, updated iPad Pros, says Bloomberg (The Verge, 27 August 2018)
  18. Android vulnerability leads to Google/Epic Games spat (ArsTechnica, 27 August 2018)
  19. The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People (Motherboard; 23 August 2018)
  20. Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1 (Washington Post, 21 Aug 2018)
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: StikBot Studio app for iOS and New Google Assistant feature: Hey Google, tell me something good and New YouTube Screentime Management Tools
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Control/Command K for Hyperlinks in Google Docs

EdTech Situation Room Episode 104

Welcome to episode 104 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 22, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the impact of social media platforms on journalism and the ascendency of China seeking to influence global Internet standards. Rumors of Apple updates to the Mac Mini, a browser extension to identify fake news, the amplified burnout of Elon Musk on Twitter, the “right to disconnect,” and a tense meeting at Google discussing China plans while an employee live-tweeted the event were also highlighted and analyzed. Geeks of the Week included the Amazon Firestick (great for hotel travel), the SurfSafe browser extension, ways you should “Treat your passwords like your underwear,” and a free podcasting course sponsored by the Knight Foundation. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.

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. Book: “The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero” by Timothy Egan
  9. When China Rules the Web (Foreign Affairs, Sept/Oct 2018)
  10. Platforms Are Not Publishers (Jeff Jarvis in The Atlantic, 10 Aug 2018)
  11. 4 Reasons to Wait for the 2018 Mac Mini & 4 Reasons Not To (Gotta Be Mobile; 22 Aug 2018)
  12. Spot a Bot: Identifying Automation and Disinformation on Social Media (Data for Democracy on Medium, 5 June 2018)
  13. This Browser Extension Is Like an AntiVirus for Fake Photos (Wired, 20 Aug 2018)
  14. In the Tesla drama, Saudi Arabia reminds Silicon Valley of its weight (Recode, 13 Aug 2018)
  15. “A huge outlier”: Musk’s Tesla buyout tweet could get him in legal trouble (ARStechnica, 15 Aug 2018)
  16. The right to disconnect: The new laws banning after-hours work emails (New Atlas, 13 Aug 2018)
  17. A tense internal meeting between Google CEO Sundar Pichai and employees went sideways as execs addressed rumors about the company’s China plans (Business Insider, 16 Aug 2018)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Bring a Fire Stick when you travel!
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: SurfSafe (free browser extension) and How to Launch and grow a Hit Podcast (free course from The Knight Foundation)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 102

Welcome to episode 102 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 8, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed an update to this summer’s MacBook Pro Throttling Controversy, the upcoming death of Flash functionality in 2020, and the importance of being wary when you see pop-up ads to “update flash” and other software on your computer. The recent decisions by Apple, YouTube/Google and Facebook to ban / take down websites and media channels of Alex Jones / InfoWars was also addressed, along with Facebook’s takedown of suspected Russian network pages. Jason shared a shout-out to the helpful updating software “Ninite” for Windows, and Wes shared a shout out to his school’s “Digital Citizenship Conversations” website as well. The perils of digital voting was discussed, along with the ongoing controversy over 3D printable guns. Amy Webb’s recent prediction that “smartphones will be gone in 10 years” and other trends identified through her “Future Today Institute.” The recent news that voice-based phone calls are finally in decline in Britain, Logitech’s purchase of Blue Microphones, a cautionary tale for users of free VPN services whose data is sold to advertisers, and an eye opening Guardian article about Russian hacking forums were also highlighted in the show. Google’s required use of physical identity keys for two step verification and the perils of using SMS as well as app-based verification methods for two step authentication was explored as well. Geeks of the week included Promevo (by Jason) and Explorables (by Wes). Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows, and share feedback with us about the show on Twitter or via a comment on our website.

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. Update: Apple Addresses MacBook Pro Throttling Controversy After Working With YouTuber Dave Lee (MacRumors; 24 July 2018)
  9. Senator Asks US Government to Remove Flash From Federal Sites, Computers (Bleeping Computer, 25 July 2018)
  10. Ninite: Install and Update All Your Programs at Once
  11. Op-ed – Alex Jones is a crackpot—but banning him from Facebook might be a bad idea (ArsTechnica, 6 Aug 2018)
  12. Facebook confirms discovery of new ‘inauthentic’ social media campaign ahead of US midterm elections (The Verge; 31 July 2018)
  13. Facebook takes down suspected Russian network of pages (CNN; 31 July 2018)
  14. Digital Citizenship Conversations website from Casady School
  15. Experts criticize West Virginia’s plan for smartphone voting (ArsTechnica, 8 Aug 2018)
  16. 3D-printed (and CNC-milled) guns: Nine questions you were too afraid to ask (5 Aug 2018)
  17. Smartphones will be gone in 10 years (Amy Webb in Business Insider, 30 Oct 2017)
  18. 235 Emerging Tech Trends For 2018 (Amy Webb, 25 March 2018)
  19. Amy Webb: Futurist and Author
  20. Future Today Institute
  21. Voice calls drop despite smartphone fever (BBC News; 1 August 2018)
  22. Logitech Buys Blue Microphones (PC Magazine; 31 July 2018)
  23. Be Careful With Free VPNs: Your Data Might Be Going to Advertisers (PC magazine; 31 July 2018)
  24. My terrifying deep dive into one of the largest dark web hacking forums (Guardian, 24 July 2018)
  25. Google – Security Keys Neutralized Employee Phishing (Brian Krebs, 23 July 2018)
  26. Google made the Titan Key to toughen up your online security (CNet; 25 July 2018)
  27. Reddit Breach Highlights Limits of SMS-Based Authentication (Brian Krebs, 1 Aug 2018)
  28. Have I Been Hacked / Pwned (use your email address to check if it was part of historic information hacks)
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Promevo – G Suite and Chromebook Reseller
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “Explorables: snippets of complexity” by @DirkBrockmann

EdTech Situation Room Episode 96

Welcome to episode 96 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 30, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) welcomed special guest Dave Quinn (@EduQuinn) to discuss Amazon Alexa’s latest (and improbable) privacy snafu, Facebook marketing videos to restore public trust, Redit’s ascendency over Facebook to become the number three most popular website in the United States, and the much anticipated release of the Acer Chromebook Spin 13. Additional topics included Europe’s GDPR (General Data Privacy Regulation), Apple’s new patent on an “ultra-flexible ‘living hinge’ laptop design,” the newly refreshed Google News app and it’s “full coverage” feature, and the value of Google’s Custom Search Engines. In the course of conversations Dave also mentioned the excellent work Mike Caulfield (@holden) has done on information literacy and web literacy focusing on “4 Moves,” and a shoutout to Nevada STEM educator Brian Crosby (@bcrosby) for his awesome balloon project “High Hopes” (@HighHopesSTEM). Geeks of the week included the Netflix original movie “Into the Inferno” by Werner Herzog, the 1st Inspired Learning Convention, Hummingbird Robotics Kits, and the value of pre-purchasing GoGo InFlight WiFi credits. Check out all our links on https://edtechsr.com/links for these and all other referenced resources from the show. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates and remember to subscribe with PocketCasts, Stitcher, on YouTube, or wherever you prefer to aggregate your favorite podcasts!

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. Dave Quinn (@EduQuinn) – The Inspired Learning Project
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  9. Shout out to Beth Holland (@brholland) who connected Jason and Wes to Dave!
  10. Alexa listened to a couple’s conversation and sent it to the husband’s employee without permission (BoingBoing; 24 May 2018)
  11. After pushing back, Amazon hands over Echo data in Arkansas murder case (TechCrunch, 7 March 2017)
  12. Book: Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff (@rushkoff)
  13. Reddit passes Facebook as #3 website in the United States
  14. Facebook and Google hit with $8.8 billion in lawsuits on day one of GDPR (The Verge; 25 May 2018)
  15. Confirmed: ‘Scarlet’ Is The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 (Chrome Unboxed; 27 May 2018)
  16. GDPR Explained In 5 Minutes: Everything You Need to Know (Core DNA; 21 May 2018)
  17. The FBI would like you to reboot your WiFi router (WaPo; 30 May 2018)
  18. Google Custom Search Engines: https://cse.google.com
  19. Review: the Google News app is a news junkie’s dream come true (Mashable, 26 May 2018)
  20. Apple continues work on ultra-flexible ‘living hinge’ design for MacBooks (9 to 5 Mac, 27 May 2018)
  21. Facebook Opens Up About False News (Wired, 23 May 2018) Outstanding 12 minute film by Facebook about Facebook addressing #FakeNews following the 2016 Election hacks)
  22. Facebook Starts Labeling Political Ads in the U.S. (Wired, 24 May 2018)
  23. Facebook, Uber & Wells Fargo Apology Ads (Fast Company, 17 May 2018)
  24. The backlash that never happened: New data shows people actually increased their Facebook usage after the Cambridge Analytica scandal (Business Insider, 20 May 2018)
  25. All Sides: Balanced News
  26. AboutChromebooks.com by @kevinctofel
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Into the Inferno on Netflix (Werner Herzog)
  28. Dave’s Geek of the Week: Hummingbird Robotics Kits1st Inspired Learning Convention
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week / Travel Tip: Pre-Purchase GoGo Inflight Wifi for Incredible Savings

EdTech Situation Room Episode 95

Welcome to episode 95 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 16, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the recent vote in the U.S. Senate to preserve net neutrality, Android-related updates from Google promoting more frequent security patches by smartphone manufacturers / OEMs, and the forthcoming Oneplus 6 Smartphone. The U.S. President’s reversal of a trade ban on ZTE smartphones in the United States, updates to Gmail, Google Drive, and Google News, and imminently expected announcements about new Chromebooks rounded out the Android and Google-focused news articles in the show. Computer security firm Kaspersky’s decision to relocate from Russia to Switzerland amidst continued concerns over its integrity, NASA’s plan to send a drone helicopter to Mars, and the recent Toronto Declaration calling on algorithms to respect human rights were also discussed headlines. Under the title of “Technology Correction,” the release of over 3500 advertisements funded by Russians to influence the 2016 US Presidential election were discussed, along with articles highlighting how over fifty percent of those ads focused on race and many ads targeted U.S. teens. Cambridge Analytica, which has been in the news constantly in the Facebook / Russian election influence story, declared bankruptcy but has apparently reformed as the company Emerdata. Wes shared his pessimism that these kinds of election psyops are going to continue unabated in the upcoming mid-term and regular term elections in the United States. Microsoft’s work on a $400 tablet to compete with the iPad rounded out the discussed tech news. Geeks of the week included “The Most Useful Podcast in the World” by Popular Mechanics (from Jason), and two from Wes: a YouTube video of Sylvia Martinez INTED2018 Keynote Speech, “The Maker Movement” and the July 15-20, 2018 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy. Check out our shownotes for links to all these articles and referenced resources, and please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Stay safe and stay savvy!

Shownotes:

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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Senate votes to restore net neutrality: Here’s how every senator voted (CNET, 16 May 2018)
  9. AT&T will ask Supreme Court to cripple the FTC’s authority over broadband (ArsTechnica, 7 May 2018)
  10. Upcoming Chromebooks: New Devices Aplenty (Chrome Unboxed; 13 May 2018)
  11. Oneplus 6 Announced With A Glass Back And A Notched 6.3-inch Display (The Verge, 16 May 2018)
  12. Trump helps sanctioned Chinese phone maker after China delivers a big loan to a Trump project (Vox, 15 May 2018)
  13. Project Treble is turning out to be more important than we thought (Android Central, 13 May 2018)
  14. Google is starting to require that OEMs roll out regular security patches (XDA Developers, 10 May 2018)
  15. Enable hosted S/MIME for enhanced message security (Google Support)
  16. Google Drive Getting a Redesign, Looks More Like The New Gmail (Chrome Unboxed, 14 May 2018)
  17. Google News to be revamped, incorporate YouTube videos and magazines  (ArsTechnica, 4 May 2018)
  18. The Internet is going the wrong way (Dave Weiner @davewiner, 10 May 2018)
  19. NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars to get a bird’s-eye view of the planet (Verge, 11 May 2018)
  20. Common Sense Supports BOT Act to Identify Bot Accounts on Social Media (@CommonSenseED)
  21. New Toronto Declaration calls on algorithms to respect human rights (Verge, 16 May 2018)
  22. Kaspersky Lab relocating infrastructure to Switzerland amid Russian spying allegations (Washington Times, 15 May 2018)
  23. Russian trolls targeted teens on Facebook with memes (CNet, 11 May 2018)
  24. House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-linked Facebook Ads (Wired, 10 May 2018)
  25. More Than Half of Russian Facebook Ads Focused on Race (NY Magazine, 12 May 2018)
  26. Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata (2 May 2018)
  27. Microsoft reportedly working on $400 Surface tablets to compete with the iPad (The Verge, 16 May 2018)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Most Useful Podcast in the World by Popular Mechanics
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Sylvia Martinez – The Maker Movement – INTED2018 Keynote Speech (@smartinez) and Summer Institute in Digital Literacy: July 15-20, 2018 (@reneehobbs)

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