EdTech Situation Room Episode 98

Welcome to episode 98 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 13, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed “the day net neutrality died” (and what it means for schools now,) the coming tidal wave of giant media company mergers, and exciting developments in the world of ChromeOS. Jason unveiled his new Google PixelBook laptop, and 72 hours into ownership reports it’s the highest end laptop he’s ever owned. Additional topics included rumors of redesigned Surfacebooks by Microsoft, and Microsoft Office’s new “Fluent” design perhaps influenced by Google. On the Apple front, exciting announcements from WWDC18 including FaceTime for Groups and AppleTV Aerials recorded by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station were highlighted. Additionally, the potential impact of Apple making the “substrate” level of MacOS and iOS compatible was discussed, as highlighted in the WWDC 2018 keynote. Final articles discussed included one about Elon Musk and his noteable entrepreneurial work in so many areas, and charges that the FCC fabricated tales of DDOS attacks during its open commenting period on net neutrality. Geeks of the week included the ZigZag Podcast from Manoush Zomorodi, Saturday’s “Open Mic” show on Classroom 2.0 Live, upcoming “Make Media Camp” workshops, and Jive Voice, a VOiP Cloud-hosted Phone System. 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!


  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. The FCC’s net neutrality rules are officially repealed today. Here’s what that really means (Washington Post; 11 June 2018)
  9. Net neutrality rules are now repealed: What it means (CNN; 11 June 2018)
  10. Trump administration fails to block AT&T/Time Warner merger (ArsTechnica, 12 June 2018)
  11. Comcast offers $65 billion for Fox, says government won’t stop merger (ArsTechnica, 13 June 2018)
  12. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 will reportedly be ‘heavily redesigned’ for 2019 debut (THe Verge; 13 June 2018)
  13. Microsoft Office’s new Fluent Design overhaul makes it easier to use (The Verge; 13 June 2018)
  14. Microsoft gives Office a refreshed look and feel (TechCrunch; 13 June 2018)
  15. The buzz after Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote: Ho hum (Philip Elmer-DeWitt, 4 June 2018)
  16. Hands-on: 50+ new macOS Mojave changes and features [Video] (9 to 5 Mac; 12 June 2018)
  17. Apple to bring iOS apps to macOS (Tech Crunch; 4 June 2018)
  18. Apple is launching FaceTime group chats with up to 32 people (The Verge, 4 June 2018)
  19. WWDC 2018: Apple to add out-of-this-world Ariels from space (BestAppleTV, 4 June 2018)
  20. Musk promises manufacturing, self-driving, battery breakthroughs—and profits (ArsTechnica, 6 June 2018)
  21. Adobe Spark for Education
  22. New ChromeOS, Version 67: Chrome OS 67 Arrives With Material 2.0, Split Screen Support and Much More (Chrome Unboxed; 8 June 2018)
  23. Upcoming Chrome OS Files ‘refresh’ highlights Android, Linux files w/ redesigned navigation (9 to 5 Google; 13 June 2018)
  24. Google appears to be working on Windows 10 certification for the Pixelbook from Microsoft (9 to 5 Google; 13 June 2018)
  25. Chrome OS Dictation Goes Live In The Canary Channel (Chrome Unboxed; 11 June 2018)
  26. Team Drive Accessible in Chrome OS Files App (Chrome Unboxed; 5 June 2018)
  27. FCC accused of “spreading lies” about DDoS hitting comment system (ArsTechnica, 6 June 2018)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: ZigZag Podcast from Manoush Zomorodi
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “Classroom 2.0 Live – Open Mic on June 16, 2018 – Your Summer Bucket List”MakeMediaCamp.com (@makemediacamp), and Jive Voice (VOiP Cloud-hosted Phone System)

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!


  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)