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.


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  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 90

Welcome to episode 90 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 28, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week special guest Felix Jacomino (@FelixJacomino) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed a gripping tale of iPhone10 survival on the SheiKra Roller Coaster in Busch Gardens, Apple’s Education Event in Chicago on Tuesday, digital citizenship themes surrounding the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica hoopla as well as Florida school shootings, and the upcoming closure of WikiSpaces. Additional topics included some amazing, recent biotech headlines about protein engineering and the discovery of a new human organ, YouTube’s decision to use WikiPedia links to fight online conspiracy theories, and Google’s launch of a ChromeOS tablet. Geeks of the week included Sketchnoting apps ProCreate (iOS) and ArtFlow (Android) and Branded URL Shortening Service thetinyLINQ.com. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Refer to the podcast shownotes for links to all our referenced articles and resources. Next week tune in 2 hours early on Wednesday for a conversation with special guests Alice Barr (@alicebarr) and Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50).


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  6. Felix Jacomino (@FelixJacomino) – blog: felixjacomino.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. SheiKra Roller Coaster in Busch Gardens
  9. Ad-Blocker Ghostery Just Went Open Source—And Has a New Business Model (Wired, 18 March 2018)
  10. Social Media Privacy Settings and Election Hacking (DigCit.us video)
  11. Book recommendation: Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World (by @DevorahHeitner)
  12. WikiSpaces Shutting Down 31 July 2018
  13. CDs and vinyl are outselling digital music downloads (Engadget, 22 March 2018)
  14. Parkland student David Hogg has been dismantling lawmakers on social media (ABC News, 27 March 2018)
  15. Big data is watching you – and it wants your vote (Spectator, 24 March 2018)
  16. FTC confirms Facebook probe over Cambridge Analytica user data fiasco (AppleInsider, 26 March 2018)
  17. How Your Data on Facebook Is Collected and Used to Win Elections (MakeUseOf, 22 March 2018)
  18. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what’s coming for all of online publishing (@dsearls, 23 March 2018)
  19. As Apple Plans to Launch New Low-Cost iPad, Google Debuts First Chrome OS Tablet (MacRumors, 26 March 2018)
  20. YouTube Will Link Directly to Wikipedia to Fight Conspiracy Theories (Wired, 13 March 2018)
  21. Apple’s low-cost iPad ‘will likely’ support the Pencil, analyst says (Verge, 23 March 2018)
  22. “Live from Apple’s ‘Field Trip’ education event in Chicago” (AppleInsider, 27 March 2018)
  23. Newly-discovered human organ may help explain how cancer spreads (New Scientist, 27 March 2018)
  24. Protein Engineering May Be the Future of Science (Bloomberg, 27 March 2018)
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Sketchnote with ProCreate (iOS) and ArtFlow (Android)
  26. Felix’ Geek of the Week: tinyLINQ.com – Branded URL Shortening Service

EdTech Situation Room Episode 3

We were joined for episode 3 of our Blab.im powered weekly podcast by educational technology guru and noted futurist Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) of San Antonio, Texas! Hosts Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) met in “The EdTech Situation Room” on February 10, 2016, and discussed current news and trends in educational technology with Miguel. In this week’s show we discussed our responses to the economic and digital hegemony of Google and Apple (actually we didn’t use those words, but we did talk about that issue). We talked about Google’s online store for ‘books that can’t be printed,’ the importance of OER (Open Educational Resources) for schools, and the role of the printed textbook in an increasingly digital information landscape. Wes ranted a bit about the ascendant power of artificial intelligence, and Miguel revealed his true (and startling) personal views on DRM (digital rights management) as they relate to educational curricula. Jason challenged us to think about the permanency and durability of digital information in formats which, given time, are sure to be eclipsed by newer mediums. As always we wrapped up the show with some practical “Geek of the Week” links and tips. We’ll take a week off and be back for episode 4 on February 24, 2016, when Jason will be broadcasting live from the NCCE Conference in Seattle, Washington. Check edtechSR.com/links for complete shownotes and referenced links. Please subscribe to us on Twitter (@edtechSR), on Blab.im/edtechSR and to our audio podcast channel. Our appeal of the mysterious suspension of our YouTube channel is still pending, but a YouTube playlist of our three episodes-to-date is available for your viewing pleasure. Please share The EdTech Situation Room with all your educator peeps! Please tweet us and share your feedback about and input for the lineup and format of our show. Tune in LIVE to our next show on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific. (We will NOT have a show on February 17, 2015)


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  4. Alphabet just passed Apple as the world’s most valuable company (Verge, 2-1-2016)
  5. Google opens an online store for ‘books that can’t be printed’ (The Verge, 2-9-2916)
  6. Microsoft’s SwiftKey Purchase Is About Artificial Intelligence, Not Software Keyboards (ReCode 2-2-2016)
  7. Thinking About Physical Media in This Digital Age (Thurrott.com, 2-6-2016)
  8. Living DRM Free (@mguhlin, October 2014)
  9. Pirate Your Own Books (The Guardian, February 2012)
  10. Wes’ Geek of the Week Web Picks: Blur Faces in the YouTube Editor via @bhwilkoff and
    WiFi Pineapple (watch out for scriptkiddies on your school network)
  11. Jason’s Geek of the Week Web Picks: Horizontal Transfer Podcast and Woot.com
  12. Miguel’s Geek of the Week Web Picks: Office Lens app for iOS / Android and Centrallo note-taking tool (extended review)
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