EdTechSR Ep 258 Facebook Kills Podcasts

Welcome to episode 258 (“Facebook Kills Podcasts”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 4, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google news, Microsoft news, privacy issues, the end of Facebook / Meta’s podcasting platform, Wordle’s impact on New York Times subscription rates, TMobile’s tempting home connectivity offer, and more! Geeks of the Week included “How to view your internal Chrome OS engagement metrics,” a podcast audio recording of Wes’ recent ATLIS presentation, “Teaching About Conspiracy Theories And Media Literacy,” and Google’s Teachable Machine. 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!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
  2. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  4. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  5. Video version on YouTube
  6. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Google Docs’ updated tables are designed for project management (The Verge; 3 May 2022)
  10. YouTube fully rolls out Super Thanks, here’s how to enable it for your channel (9 to 5 Google; 26 April 2022)
  11. Google Docs is reorganizing and shrinking toolbar menus on the web (9 to 5 Google; 26 April 2022)
  12. Google previews I/O 2022 schedule, ‘What’s new’ keynotes, and sessions (9 to 5 Google; 28 April 2022)
  13. Google fires another AI researcher who reportedly challenged findings (updated) (Engadget, 2 May 2022)
  14. Windows 11 is getting a big security upgrade — may require OS reinstall (Tom’s Guide; 7 April 2022)
  15. Could Windows 12 become Microsoft’s first cloud-based operating system? (Tech Radar; 11 April 2022)
  16. T-Mobile 5G Home Internet promises $50/month lifetime rate, $20 off for phone subscribers, covering fees for switchers (9 to 5 Mac; 4 May 2022)
  17. Mental health apps have terrible privacy protections, report finds (The Verge; 2 May 2022)
  18. What Your Period Tracker App Knows About You (Consumer Reports, 28 Jan 2020)
  19. Data Broker Is Selling Location Data of People Who Visit Abortion Clinics (Motherboard, 3 May 2022)
  20. Why You Should Buy the Dumbest TV You Can Find (LifeHacker; 8 April 2022)
  21. Facebook is shutting down its podcast platform after less than a year (The Verge; 3 May 2022)
  22. Buying Wordle brought ‘tens of millions of new users’ to The New York Times (The Verge; 4 May 2022)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: How to view your internal Chrome OS engagement metrics (About Chromebooks)
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Podcast – Teaching About Conspiracy Theories And Media Literacy and Google’s Teachable Machine

EdTechSR Ep 256 Library Chromebook Connectivity

Welcome to episode 256 (“Library Chromebook Connectivity”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 13, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed libraries, Chromebooks and Internet hotspots, privacy and the information you’re likely agreeing to share with faceless data brokers when you file taxes electronically, and the digital faces of the ongoing Russian-instigated war in Ukraine. New features of Adobe CC Express on Chromebooks were also highlighted, along with the New York Times’ new guidelines for journalists on Twitter use. Geeks of the Week included “Canva Design Skills for Students” and a tutorial video on using Google Jamboard with Google Classroom. 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!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
  2. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  4. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  5. Video version on YouTube
  6. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. What US libraries let you borrow Chromebooks with internet hotspots? (9 to 5 Google; 4 April 2022)
  10. Who are the teens suddenly choosing Android over iPhone? (ZDNet; 7 April 2022)
  11. YouTube announces new “Subtitle Editor” role to collaborate on video captions (Chrome Unboxed; 12 April 2022)
  12. HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Enterprise shows up with a $2,165 price tag (About Chromebooks; 10 April 2022)
  13. T-Mobile resurrects Google Photos’ unlimited storage, with a catch (Engadget, 12 April 2022)
  14. DuckDuckGo’s privacy-centric browser arrives on Mac (The Verge; 12 April 2022)
  15. You agreed to what? Tax sites want your data for more than filing (The Washington Post; 12 April 2022)
  16. TurboTax and H&R Block have spent years making Tax Day miserable (MSNBC; 15 April 2021)
  17. How War in Ukraine Roiled Facebook and Instagram (NY Times, 31 March 2022)
  18. Photographer Maksim Levin’s work in Ukraine – in pictures (Guardian, 3 April 2022)
  19. New Adobe Creative Cloud Express Perk lets you create logos, flyers, and more on your Chromebook (Chrome Unboxed; 3 April 2022)
  20. The New York Times would really like its reporters to stop scrolling and get off Twitter (at least once in a while) (Nieman Labs, 7 April 2022)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Canva Design Skills for Students (Canva)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] tutorial: Using Jamboard with Google Classroom (14 min)

EdTechSR Ep 255 Facebook Hates TikTok

Welcome to episode 255 (“Facebook Hates TikTok”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 6, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Twitter news, BigTech / the “Technology Correction,” Microsoft news, Google news, some “tales from family IT support,” and what we might learn from Flat Earther conspiracy theorists. Geeks of the Week included web-based alternatives to popular software applications and a tutorial video on creating print-on-demand paperback books from BookCreator.com eBooks. 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!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
  2. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  4. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  5. Video version on YouTube
  6. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Twitter is adding an edit button (The Verge; 5 April 2022)
  10. Elon Musk giving ‘serious thought’ to build a new social media platform (Reuters, 26 March 2022)
  11. Trump’s Truth Social app branded a disaster (BBC News, 3 April 2022)
  12. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to break up Big Everything (Recode; 5 April 2022)
  13. Get your facts straight with new Google Search fact-checking features (Chrome Unboxed; 31 March 2022)
  14. How Activists Use Social Media for Good — and You Can Too (cNet; 5 April 2022)
  15. Your Digital Footprint: It’s Bigger Than You Realize (cNet; 4 April 2022)
  16. Opinion: Enough failures. We need a federal privacy law. (Washington Post, 30 March 2022)
  17. Facebook paid GOP firm to malign TikTok (Washington Post, 30 March)
  18. Windows 11’s refreshed File Explorer gets tabs, favorites, and a new homepage (The Verge; 5 April 2022)
  19. Windows 11’s new meeting features improve eye contact, framing, and background blur (The Verge; 5 April 2022)
  20. You can finally set Chrome as your default browser on Windows 11 with one click again (Chrome Unboxed; 1 April 2022)
  21. Google Docs will start nudging some users to write less dumbly (The Verge; 1 April 2022)
  22. Google Docs to get Grammarly-like features in selected Workspace and EDU tiers (Chrome Unboxed; 1 April 2022)
  23. Google Docs gets expanded Markdown autocorrect support (Chrome Unboxed; 30 March 2022)
  24. Chrome’s Side Panel receiving private notes, Reader Mode to be renamed “Read Anything” (Chrome Unboxed; 5 April 2022)
  25. Google Meet will open the flood gates later this year with new YouTube live streaming feature (Chrome Unboxed; 31 March 2022)
  26. New Google ‘highly cited’ label focuses on tackling misinformation, highlighting original reporting (Mashable, 31 March 2022)
  27. Changes to how file downloads are handled in Firefox version 98 (Mozilla Support Blog)
  28. What we can learn from people who take the Flat Earth theory seriously (Grid News, 4 April 2022)
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: 30+ Web-Based Alternatives to Traditional Desktop Apps for Chromebooks and PCs (HowToGeek)
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Preparing Book Creator eBooks to Print on Lulu.com (19 min)

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 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).

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. 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)

Shownotes:

  1. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  2. Subscribe to @edtechSR on Blab.im
  3. Video the video archive of Episode 3 on Blab.im
  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)
  13. Follow Miguel Guhlin on Twitter: @mguhlin
  14. Follow Jason Neiffer on Twitter: @techsavvyteach
  15. Follow Wesley Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  16. Subscribe to the EdTech Situation Room using your favorite podcatcher (we love PocketCasts)
  17. Audio Bumper for the audio podcast of this show: “News Theme” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0