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.


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  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)