EdTechSR Ep 250 Behold ChromeOS Flex

Welcome to episode 250 (“Behold ChromeOS Flex”) of the EdTech Situation Room from March 2, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s ChromeOS Flex, rumors of the upcoming Apple Event March 8th, security / cybersecurity warnings, and software alternatives to Evernote. Additional topics included the Ukraine – Russia War, and linguistic analysis about the identity / identities of those behind QAnon. Geeks of the Week included a recent podcast about science fiction shaping popular culture, “March Mammal Madness,” and open registration for NCCE’s spring virtual conference. Check out our shownotes for links to all the articles we discussed, and subscribe to our Substack to receive all the links we discussed and also didn’t have time to talk about in this week’s show in your email inbox! Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can 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. Stay savvy and safe!


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  9. Chrome OS Flex is an ideal off-ramp for millions of PCs that can’t run Windows 11 (Ars Technica, 16 February 2022)
  10. I Ran Chrome OS Flex on the MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) (Mac o’Clock; 27 February 2022)
  11. Chrome OS Flex on Mac Review + Setup (Mac Research)
  12. You Can Use Same Management License (via @PrimaryNetMan)
  13. Apple Event: March 8th
  14. Here’s everything Apple could announce at its March 8 ‘Peek performance’ special event (9to5Mac, 2 March 2022)
  15. Why a Mac Mini Pro would be such a game-changer (Digital Trends; 22 February 2022)
  16. These are the 20 most common passwords leaked on the dark web — make sure none of them are yours (CNBC; 27 February 2022)
  17. CISA Issues “Shields Up” Warning About Russian Cyber Attacks (Forbes; 25 February 2022)
  18. 7 of the Best Evernote Alternatives (and Why You Should Finally Switch) (Lifehacker; 25 February 2022)
  19. Why a Russian Invasion of Ukraine Would Be a Big Test for Google Maps (Time Magazine; 15 February 2022)
  20. Ukraine’s Volunteer ‘IT Army’ Is Hacking in Uncharted Territory (Wired, 27 Feb 2022) – “Google Form Sign-Up”
  21. RT America ceases productions and lays off most of its staff (CNN Business, 3 March 2022)
  22. We Have Never Been Here Before (NYT OpEd by Tom Friedman, 25 Feb 2022)
  23. Daniel Funke, USA Today, Out of Context Twitter Thread
  24. Differences in Media Coverage (Russia vs The World)
  25. Who Is Behind QAnon? Linguistic Detectives Find Fingerprints (NYTimes, 19 Feb 2022)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: @HumaneTech_⁩ [PODCAST] episode “How Science Fiction Can Shape Our Reality” interview with Kim Stanley RobinsonMarch Mammal Madness
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: NCCE Registration Open NOW!