EdTechSR Ep 187 – Embrace CloudReady in Our Pandemic

Welcome to episode 187 (“Embrace CloudReady in Our Pandemic”) of the EdTech Situation Room from August 12, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Russia’s announcement to skip phases 2 and 3 in rushed vaccine trial, Chromebook and device shipment delays for schools and individuals, and the wonders of Neverware’s CloudReady software for running ChromeOS on older Intel-based computer hardware. Microsoft’s new Surface Duo laptop, changes to Google Play Music, and screentime for kids (and adults) during the pandemic were also discussed. Additional topics included the limits of home connectivity bandwidth, the importance of “filtering the exoflood” of polluted information around us, and recent government initiated interruptions in Internet connectivity and social media platform access in Belarus following a contested election. Tips for upgrading a 2020 iMac, a recent webinar on “Know Your Power: Know Your Rights” (shared by Peggy George,) and Charter Telecom’s push for residential Internet data caps with the FCC were also highlighted. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

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 – Media Literacy resources: medialiteracy.wesfryer.com
  8. Russia skips COVID-19 vaccine trial, says millions to be vaccinated this month (ArsTechnica, 11 Aug 2020)
  9. From the Editor’s Desk: Navigating the Chromebook crunch of 2020 (Android Central, 9 Aug 2020)
  10. Neverware CloudReady for Education (Run ChromiumOS on your older Intel-based computer hardware)
  11. HomeEdition (free) Neverware CloudReady
  12. Getting started with Minecraft: Education Edition on the Chromebook (Microsoft Minecraft Blog, 12 Aug 2020)
  13. Microsoft’s dual-screen Surface Duo arrives September 10 for $1,399 (TechCrunch, 12 Aug 2020)
  14. Google says it’s working hard to address YouTube Music complaints (ArsTechnica, 11 Aug 2020)
  15. I Was a Screen–Time Expert. Then the Coronavirus Happened. (New York Times, Anya Kamenetz @anya1anya, 27 July 2020)
  16. Book: The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life Kindle Edition by Anya Kamenetz
  17. What happens when you reach your limit online (The Verge, 28 July 2020)
  18. Filtering the Exoflood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy (Workshop resources from Wes Fryer)
  19. Belarus Is Trying to Block Parts of the Internet Amid Historic Protests (Vice, 10 Aug 2020)
  20. Internet disruption hits Belarus on election day (NetBlocks: Mapping Internet Freedom, 9 August 2020)
  21. How to upgrade iMac (2020) RAM and save up to $2000 in the process (9to5Mac, 9 Aug 2020)
  22. Link from @pgeorge: “Know Your Power: Know Your Rights” (presentation slides) by Robert Bare for Long Beach Public Media (Facebook video archive)
  23. Charter tries to convince FCC that broadband customers want data caps (ArsTechnica, 11 Aug 2020)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Make the 2013 Google Pixel New Again (via iFixIt)
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Loom Desktop App OverviewProfessor Fleming’s Course iMovie TrailerGoogle Docs Cheat Sheet by @ShakeUpLearningHarris County Library Ad

EdTechSR Ep 173 – Skip That Facebook Quiz

Welcome to episode 173 (“Skip That Facebook Quiz”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 15, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the ongoing impact of the neo-coronavirus pandemic on schools, Google Chrome Tab Groups, Google Drive Workspaces, and a free extension which can “Zoomify” Google Hangouts Meet videoconferences (in one way). Apple’s announcements of the more-affordable iPhone SE and a pretty amazing keyboard with integrated trackpad for the iPad Pro, why taking Facebook quizzes is a bad idea, dangerous VPN apps, and password manager comparisons were also discussed in the show. Geeks of the Week included software to turn your smartphone into a webcam, ways to control multiple computers with one keyboard and mouse, “DownDetector” to find out the extent of an Internet service outage, Google’s “Teach from Home” resource hub, the “Jumbo” privacy setting assistant app, and a list of recommended “live teaching tools” for remote learning. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! 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.

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.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Apple and Google are building a coronavirus tracking system into iOS and Android (The Verge; 10 April 2020)
  9. As School Moves Online, Many Students Stay Logged Out (New York Times; 6 April 2020)
  10. Apps Replacing Teachers??!:  Amid coronavirus, students flock to Kahoot! and Duolingo. Is it the end of language teachers? (USA Today, 7 April 2020)
  11. Google is replacing some Android apps in Chrome OS with web apps (The Verge; 13 April 2020)
  12. Google Chrome’s new Tab Groups is its best feature in years: How to use it (Laptop Magazine; 13 April 2020)
  13. Google Meet Is Missing One Big Feature From Zoom, But This Extension Fixes It (Chrome Unboxed; 13 April 2020) (Extension here.)
  14. Google Drive ‘Priority’ page and ‘Workspaces’ rolling out to all G Suite editions (9to5Google, 7 Aug 2019)
  15. As hospitals enforce strict rules, parents are using FaceTime to see their newborns (CNN, 7 April 2020) 
  16. The Virus Changed the Way We Internet (New York Times, 7 April 2020)
  17. Dell’s New XPS 13 Is Everything A Windows Laptop Should Be (The Verge; 15 April 2020)
  18. Apple announces the new $399 iPhone SE for 2020 (The Verge; 15 April 2020)
  19. New Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Now Available to Order, Deliveries Begin Next Week (MacRumors, 15 April 2020)
  20. How to make TV shows on iPhones? Just ask Conan and Al Roker (USA Today; 4 April 2020)
  21. Why taking Facebook quizzes is a really bad idea (CBC; 28 January 2020)
  22. VPN app threatens 100 million: Delete it right now (Tom’s Guide; 10 April 2020)
  23. 1Password vs LastPass: What’s the best password manager? (Android Authority, 13 April 2020)
  24. Consider Bitwarden? (open source password manager)
  25. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: How to Turn Your Smartphone Into a Webcam (Gizmodo, 13 April 2020) and How to Control Multiple Computers with One Keyboard and Mouse (PC Magazine; 13 April 2020)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: DownDetector, World Affairs Podcast: Using a Pandemic to Consolidate Power, Teach From Home by Google, Jumbo: Privacy + Security iOS and Android, and Live Teaching Tools

EdTech Situation Room Episode 167

Welcome to episode 167 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 4, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment, so special guest Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) joined Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) to discuss the past week’s technology headlines through an educational lens. Topics addressed included the impacts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on upcoming conferences and events, special upgrades and extended product trials offered by technology companies to schools to help meet possible online teaching demands brought on by the Coronavirus, as well as ongoing efforts to battle disinformation and information manipulation using social media platforms in the U.S. 2020 election season. Geeks of the week included Wakelet, a recent tweet by Evan Kirstel (@evankirstel) inspiring thoughts about the future of transportation, and an excellent Coronavirus GeoMap from Johns Hopkins using ArcGIS. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

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. Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) – blog: hookedoninnovation.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Coronavirus: Fake news is spreading fast (BBC News, 28 Feb 2020)
  9. Coronavirus: Amazon removes overpriced goods and fake cures (BBC News, 28 Feb 2020)
  10. Google and Microsoft are giving away enterprise conferencing tools due to coronavirus (The Verge, 3 March 2020)
  11. Cisco Offering Free 90-day Webex Licenses Due to Coronavirus (BleepingComputer, 3 Mar 2020)
  12. Twitter’s Head Of Site Integrity, On Fighting Election Disinformation (NPR Technology, 2 March 2020)
  13. Twitter Vows That As Disinformation Tactics Change, Its Policies Will Keep Pace (NPR Technology, 4 March 2020)
  14. Google cancels I/O developer conference amid coronavirus concerns (ArsTechnica, 3 March 2020)
  15. How Prepared is Your School for a Long-term Pandemic? (HookedOnInnovation, 4 March 2020)
  16. SXSW petition to cancel up to over 40,000 people (Change.org, 1 Mar 2020)
  17. This tweet by Eric Patnoudes broached a touchy subject about presenter costs at ISTE
  18. Carl’s Geeks of the Week:
    1. I’m finally onboard the Wakelet train…but isn’t this just a mash up of Del.ic.ious, Diigo, and Pinterest?
    2. This tweet got me thinking about the future of transportation
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Interested in visually tracking the outbreak of the #coronavirus worldwide via a dynamic #GeoMap? Use this free @johnshopkins @ArcGISOnline online map

EdTech Situation Room Episode 143

Welcome to episode 143 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 31, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s proposed “SMART Act” (the Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act), the state of adblocking online in mid-2019, and amazing developments in the world of eSports with a recent Fortnight payout of over $30 million for a single tournament. Apple’s quarterly announcements including its continued transition to services for revenue, the implications of those trends for Apple portable hardware in schools, and ChromeOS updates including facial recognition “face unlock” as well as continued changes to default Flash support were also highlighted. Additional headlines analyzed during the show included FaceApp’s terms of service and privacy implications for users, the FTC’s class action lawsuit settlement against Equifax, Google’s banning of certain DIY advertisements for iFixIt, continued calls for smartphone backdoor encryption by the US Department of Justice, and an incredible “classified artificial brain” project underway by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in the United States. Geeks of the Week included the “Unreal Mobile” smartphone service, the new website “”Hack the Moon,” and the podcast “Your Undivided Attention.” With the impending demise of “Google Hangouts on Air” for YouTube Live, this was our first show to use StreamYard.com as well as Restream.io to both live stream and archive our show simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live. 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. Josh Hawley’s bill to limit your Twitter time to 30 minutes a day, explained (Recode, 31 July 2019)
  9. A lawmaker wants to end ‘social media addiction’ by killing features that enable mindless scrolling (Washington Post, 30 July 2019)
  10. How Phones Made the World Your Office, Like It or Not (New York Times, 31 July 2019)
  11. Fortnite World Cup has handed out $30 million in prizes, and cemented its spot in the culture (TechCrunch, 28 July 2019)
  12. Kyle Bugha Giersdorf 16 wins Fortnite World Cup singles and $3 million (ESPN, 28 July 2019)
  13. Esports celebs, influencers could push prize pools to new heights (ESPN, 28 July 2019)
  14. Adblocking: How About Nah? (EFF, 25 July 2019)
  15. The iPhone now makes up less than half of Apple’s business (The Verge, 30 July 2019)
  16. Apple Card: company reveals credit card launching next month (The Guardian, 30 July 2019)
  17. Google Chrome 76 arrives, makes it harder to use Flash and easier to dodge paywalls (The Verge, 30 July 2019)
  18. Face Unlock Coming Soon To Chrome OS And May Debut With ‘atlas’ Alongside Pixel 4 (ChromeUnboxed, 31 July 2019)
  19. FaceApp: Deleting it doesn’t mean you get your data back (CNN Business, 26 July 2019)
  20. FTC says ‘you will be disappointed’ if you choose $125 for Equifax payout (Verge, 31 July 2019)
  21. Equifax Breach Official Claim Filing Website (FTC)
  22. An Open Letter to the FTC on Google’s Banning of Repair Business Ads (iFixit; 16 July 2019)
  23. Tech firms “can and must” put backdoors in encryption, AG Barr says (ArsTechnica, 23 July 2019)
  24. IT’S SENTIENT: Meet the classified artificial brain being developed by US intelligence programs (Verge, 31 July 2019)
  25. Japan once again shoots a bullet at an asteroid… and the video is amazing (SyFyWire, 29 July 2019)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Unreal Mobile
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Hack The Moon (@wehackthemoon) – VIDEO: “Deciphering The Vast Scale of the Universe” and Your Undivided Attention Podcast (@HumaneTech_)
  28. Our livestreaming tools: StreamYard.com and Restream.io

EdTech Situation Room Episode 142

Welcome to episode 142 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 24, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed why data privacy is complicated, the FTC’s $5 billion fine of Facebook, the limitations of SMS for 2 factor authentication (2FA) / multi-factor authentication (MFA), and exciting recent Apollo 11 50 year anniversary moon landing media coverage. Updates to Google’s smartwatch software (WearOS) as well as ChromeOS, Apple’s expected announcement of its new $3000 MacBook portable, the return of MDM-powered parental control apps like MyPact to the iOS App Store, and Apple’s pleas to avoid 25% tariffs on Chinese manufactured electronic components were also highlighted. The increasingly fractured landscape of podcasting (sadly coming to a walled garden paid app near you,) the prospect of “Peak Podcast” time, and Jason’s recent experiences with the wild world of urban electric scooters (where “the repo man” now thrives) were discussed with a remarkable tone of clarity laced with humor. Geeks of the Week included the DarkNet Diaries podcast (@darknetdiaries) and the “Timeline” tool from the Knight Foundation. 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. Why You Can’t Just Ask Social Media To Forget You (Mind Matters, 1 July 2019)
  9. F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion (New York Times; 12 July 2019)
  10. Judge allows suit against AT&T after $24 million cryptocurrency theft (ArsTechnica, 23 July 2019)
  11. MOON LANDING: Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software (Wall Street Journal; 14 July 2019)
  12. Wear OS in 2019: Here’s where it is, and where it needs to be [Video] (9 to 5 Google; 23 July 2019)
  13. This Latest Addition Makes Virtual Desks In Chrome OS 76 My Favorite New Feature (Chrome Unboxed, 21 July 2019)
  14. LTE Chromebooks Could Soon Be Far More Common (Chrome Unboxed, 24 July 2019)
  15. 16-inch MacBook Pro rumored to launch in October with ~$3000 starting price (9 to 5 Mac; 23 July 2019)
  16. OurPact returns to App Store, reviving debates about Apple’s impartiality (ArsTechnica, 12 July 2019)
  17. Apple asks Trump administration to exclude Mac Pro parts from tariffs (ArsTechnica, 23 July 2019)
  18. How podcasts grew into a multimillion-dollar industry (The Verge; 19 July 2019)
  19. Have We Hit Peak Podcast? (New York Times; 18 July 2019)
  20. Apple Plans to Bankroll Original Podcasts to Fend Off Rivals (Bloomberg; 16 July 2019)
  21. They Said You Could Leave Electric Scooters Anywhere — Then The Repo Men Struck Back (The Verge; 24 July 2019)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: DarkNet Diaries podcast (@darknetdiaries)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Timeline by Knight Lab (@knightfdn) (Example: Fryer Family Media Timeline)
Fryer Family Media Timeline

EdTech Situation Room Episode 141

Welcome to episode 141 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 17, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the forthcoming commercial release of Boston Robotics’ “Spot” robot, Jony Ive’s announced departure from Apple, updates to the Apple portable laptops, and Amazon’s policy to basically keep user audio recordings from Alexa forever. Privacy concerns over the new FaceApp smartphone app, kids bullied into spending money in Fortnite, a Citizen’s Guide to Fake News, and the power of social media influencers were also explored. Additional topics included the possible return of Google Glass to help autistic children, YouTube educational playlists without recommended videos, and ‘the toxic potential of YouTube’s feedback loop.’ 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. Book: “Old Boston – As Wild As They Come” by Kent Brooks (@kentbrooks)
  9. Boston Dynamics’ robots are preparing to leave the lab — is the world ready? (The Verge, 17 July 2019)
  10. Jony Ive Is Leaving Apple (Wired; 27June 2019)
  11. Apple Macbook Air (2019) Review: The New Normal (The Verge; 17 July 2019)
  12. Amazon confirms it keeps your Alexa recordings basically forever (ArsTechnica; 3 July 2019)
  13. Can you trust FaceApp with your face? (BBC News; 17 July 2019)
  14. Fortnite is free, but kids are getting bullied into spending money (Polygon; 7 June 2019)
  15. A Citizen’s Guide to Fake News (Center for Information Technology & Society, University of California Santa Barbara)
  16. Don’t Scoff at Influencers. They’re Taking Over the World. (New York Times; 16 July 2019)
  17. Google Glass May Have an Afterlife as a Device to Teach Autistic Children (New York Times; 17 July 2019)
  18. YouTube is launching educational playlists that won’t show recommended videos (Verge, 11 July 2019)
  19. The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop (Wired, 13 July 2019)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Reply All Podcast
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Video Annotation Tools VideoAnt and Vialogues
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EdTech Situation Room Episode 140

Welcome to episode 140 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 26, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed options for live webinars like ours when YouTube’s “Hangouts on Air” goes away later this year, exciting updates to ChromeOS, Google’s addition of media literacy lessons to its free digital citizenship curriculum, and the theoretical cost of an advertisement-free Internet. Additional topics included privacy protecting web browser options, Bill Gates regrets concerning Microsoft’s mobile phone operating system, journalism lobbyists pandering Congress for protective legislation from Google and Facebook, and the perils of public referendums on complicated economic and political issues. Geeks of the week included the “Bunk 1” app which utilizes impressive (and somewhat creepy) facial recognition for summer camp students, and the benefits of following app / service hashtags on Twitter. 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. Hangouts on Air livestreaming on YouTube ‘going away’ later this year (9 to 5 Google; 20 June 2019)
  9. OBS: Open Broadcaster Software
  10. Wirecast Encoding Software
  11. For LiveStreaming Zoom requires $15/month Pro account AND $40/month webinar add-on
  12. Facebook Live streaming via Open Broadcaster Software
  13. Chrome OS 75 Stable version arrives: Here’s what you need to know (About Chromebooks; 26 June 2019)
  14. Chrome OS 75 mounts third-party Android cloud storage to the native Files app on Chromebooks (About Chromebooks; 22 June 2019)
  15. Google Drive Offline Access Expands to All File Types (PC Magazine; 25 June 2019)
  16. No new Google-branded tablets; Pixel Slate is now a collector’s item (About Chromebooks; 20 June 2019)
  17. New (Old) Kid On The Block: Promethean Launches First Chromebox Ahead Of ISTE (ChromeUnboxed; 21 June 2019)
  18. Google’s new media literacy program teaches kids how to spot disinformation and fake news (TechCrunch, 24 June 2019)
  19. Apple Watch shipments grew 22% in 2018, thanks to popularity of the Series 4 (9 to 5 Mac; 25 June 2019)
  20. The cost of an ad-free internet: $35 more per month (Vox; 24 June 2019)
  21. It’s Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser (Wired, 16 June 2019)
  22. Microsoft missed out on $400B by letting Android take on Apple – Bill Gates (9 to 5 Google; 24 June 2019)
  23. Newspapers’ Embarrassing Lobbying Campaign (Politico, 10 June 2019)
  24. Richard Dawkins: Ignoramuses should have no say on our EU membership—and that includes me (Prospect Magazine, June 2016)
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Bunk1 app (@/bunk1camps)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Follow App/Service Hashtags on Twitter

EdTech Situation Room Episode 135

Welcome to episode 135 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 22, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the threat posed by cyberattacks in the airline industry, a recent ransomware attack on Oklahoma City Public Schools (@okcps), and revelations of Google storing passwords as plaintext for over a decade. Wes discussed some of his takeaways from a recent Oklahoma education cybersecurity workshop, the importance of cybersecurity jobs, continued troubles with Microsoft Windows10 updates, and the security value of adding a recovery phone number to your Google account. The announced ban of Chinese telecommunications technologies from the US Government this week affecting Huawei (among other companies), the US Supreme Court ruling against Apple involving their App Store monopoly lawsuit, ChromeOS news from Adobe, and some eye opening statistics about eSports and the earnings of young gamers rounded out the show topics. Geeks of the Week included SuperHosts from AirBnB, TextExpander for Chrome, and a great video from Derek Muller (@veritasium) explaining big changes to the YouTube algorithm affecting creators, viewers, and the overall quality of YouTube video content. 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 CEO of Delta Air Lines Was Asked What He Worries About Most. His Answer Will Truly Frighten Customers (Inc., 19 May 2019)
  9. After seven days, OKCPS says network “fully operational” after attack (Free Press OKC, 21 May 2019)
  10. Google stored some passwords in plain text for fourteen years (The Verge, 21 May 2019)
  11. Why some of the world’s top cybersecurity hackers are being paid millions to use their powers for good (CNBC, 18 May 2019)
  12. Tweets, reflections and resources from the Oklahoma Council of Educational Technology Leaders (OCETL) CTO Forum on 26 April 2019 in Moore, Oklahoma (shared by Wes)
  13. Google stats show how much a recovery number prevents phishing (Engadget, 18 May 2019)
  14. Google stats show how much a recovery number prevents phishing (Engadget, 18 May 2019)
  15. China’s Huawei, 70 affiliates placed on U.S. trade blacklist (Reuters, 15 May 2019)
  16. Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist (Reuters, 19 May 2019)
  17. Huawei already seeing a reprieve on US trade ban, report says (CNet, 21 May 2019)
  18. Why Trump’s Huawei ban could cripple the company (Mashable, 20 May 2019)
  19. Supreme Court says Apple will have to face App Store monopoly lawsuit (Verge, 13 May 2019)
  20. Adobe Premiere Rush Lands On Android Today, Chromebooks Support Coming Soon (Chrome Unboxed; 21 May 2019)
  21. Why Prices Of Google’s Cheap Chromebooks Will Rise In The Long Term (Forbes; 19 May 2019)
  22. Some publishers pay streamers as much as $50k an hour to play new games (Gamasutra, 20 May 2019)
  23. Pro Fortnite player sues gaming organization over ‘oppressive’ contract (CNet, 20 May 2019)
  24. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Use “SuperHosts” with AirBNB and TextExpander for Chrome
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] My Video Went Viral. Here’s Why by @veritasium
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EdTech Situation Room Episode 134

Welcome to episode 134 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 15, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed a touching video about Google Lens and literacy from Google I/O and the winners of the NPR student podcasting challenge. Jason provided a review of his new Google Pixel 3A smartphone, and the surprise announced end of “branded accounts” within GSuite for Education was highlighted. Other discussed topics included Facebook’s fight to protect EU elections, post-Christchurch shooting efforts to curtail terrorist content online, and San Francisco ordinances shining light on facial recognition technology use by local police forces. The FCC’s proposed rule change for carriers to block cellular network robocalls, a new website hack compromising eCommerce web forms, and the security threat of IoT devices were subjects rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included the app and website Hopper for travel deal shopping, the “Better Angels” organization seeking to politically depolarize the United States, and ISTE’s new certification program for educators. 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. [VIDEO] Google Lens: Urmila’s Story (from Google I/O 2019 keynote)
  9. Here Are The Winners Of The NPR Student Podcast Challenge (NPR; 1 May 2019)
  10. Periods! Why These 8th-Graders Aren’t Afraid To Talk About Them (NPR; 15 May 2019)
  11. Brief Review: Jason Gets a Pixel 3A
  12. Why are Brand Accounts being removed from G Suite for Education (GSuite Admin Community post)
  13. Inside Facebook’s war room: the battle to protect EU elections (Guardian, 5 May 2019)
  14. Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and other tech companies join governments in pledging to fight terrorist content in wake of Christchurch shooting, but U.S. refuses to join (Business Insider, 15 May 2019)
  15. San Francisco becomes bans facial recognition software by police (Business Insider, 15 May 2019)
  16. Ajit Pai proposes new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls (Verge, 15 May 2019)
  17. Hackers are collecting payment details, user passwords from 4,600 sites (ZDnet, 12 May 2019)
  18. IoT devices pose a much bigger cyberthreat than you and I realize (Mashable; 12 May 2019)
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Hopper App
  20. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Better Angels Depolarize America (@BetterAngelsUSA) and ISTE Certification

EdTech Situation Room Episode 133

Welcome to episode 133 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 8, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed lots of news from this week’s Google I/O Conference. Topics included Google’s renewed focus on user privacy, shift in focus from search and answers to productivity, improved digital well-being tools, the mid-range price Pixel 3A smartphone, and the amazing “Google Lens” text to speech as well as translation capabilities. On the Microsoft front, the return of “PowerToys” to Windows10 and forthcoming support for Linux were discussed. Additional topics included NASA’s robotic detection of an earthquake on Mars, the election of a well known comedian (with no prior political experience) to the presidency in Ukraine thanks in part to social media, and the productivity drag of business communication apps like Slack. The failure of Energizer’s 18K mAh smartphone was also highlighted. Geeks of the week included a two part episode on the Chinese Surveillance State from the New York Times “The Daily” podcast, freely licensed photos from Wes and many other photographers on UnSplash, and the personal finance automation service, “Trim.” 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. Google I/O 2019 event in 13 minutes (Verge, 7 May 2019)
  9. “Changing from a company that helps you find answers, to a company that helps you get things done” – Sundar Pachai (2:17 of opening keynote)
  10. Google’s Sundar Pichai: Privacy Should Not Be a Luxury Good (New York Times; 7 May 2019)
  11. Google expands digital well-being tools to include a new ‘Focus mode,’ adds improved parental controls to Android (TechCrunch, 7 May 2019)
  12. Google announces Pixel 3a and 3a XL w/ familiar design, lower price, Snapdragon 670, more (9 to 5 Google; 7 May 2019)
  13. Comment: Google Pixel 3a at (effectively) $300 is just a stupid good value (9 to 5 Google; 8 May 2019)
  14. Google Lens adding new tools to highlight menus, split checks, translate, more (9 to 5 Google; 7 May 2019)
  15. Google Confirms It Will Automatically Delete Your Data — What You Need To Know (Forbes; 5 May 2019)
  16. Google Maps and search are getting an Incognito mode (The Verge; 7 May 2019)
  17. Google is pushing back against ad tracking in Chrome (The Verge; 7 May 2019)
  18. Google Maps AR walking directions launches today on Google Pixel smartphones (9 to 5 Google; 7 May 2019)
  19. Microsoft brings PowerToys back to let anyone improve Windows 10 for power users (The Verge; 8 May 2019)
  20. Microsoft will ship a full Linux kernel in Windows 10 (The Verge; 6 May 2019)
  21. Microsoft Office 365 Accounts Under Attack — What You Need To Know (Forbes; 2 May 2019)
  22. NASA’s InSight Detects First Likely ‘Quake’ on Mars (NASA, 23 April 2019)
  23. Ukraine election result: Volodymyr Zelensky, comedian, is new president (Vox, 21 April 2019)
  24. The productivity pit: how Slack is ruining work (Vox / Recode, 1 May 2019)
  25. Energizer’s 18,000 mAh phone-battery monster is an Indiegogo flop (The Verge; 30 April 2019)
  26. 2 Part Episode on The Daily Podcast by The New York Times: The Chinese Surveillance State Part 1 and Part 2
  27. @wfryer on Unsplash and InfoPics
  28. Trim Financial Assistant (@ask_trim)