EdTech Situation Room Episode 146

Welcome to episode 146 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 4, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the release of Android 10, Carl Hooker’s (@mrhooker) recent Twitter conversation and blog post on why banning smartphones in the classroom is a bad idea, and lessons we should all learn about security following the hack of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account. Imposter sellers and FCC-illegal cell phone signal boosters on Amazon, Apple’s forthcoming September 10th event with rumors of a new iPhone, and the “deep fake” Zao iOS app craze in China were also highlighted. Microsoft’s October 2 Surface event and more warnings for Windows10 updates were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included the amazing app “Genius Scan” for both Android and iOS, Wes’ free Flipboard magazine “iReading,” and Wonder Links shared on Wes’ new curriculum and lesson website for school. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com and Restream.io . 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. Will my phone get Android 10? (Android Central; 3 September 2019)
  9. Android 10 features you’ll love: New privacy controls (Android Central; 3 September 2019)
  10. Android 10 Review: Works Nice, If You Can Get It (The Verge; 4 September 2019)
  11. Google can’t fix the Android update problem (The Verge; 4 September 2019)
  12. What Opportunities are Lost When You Ban Technology (Carl Hooker @mrhooker, 1 Sept 2019)
  13. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked (The Verge; 4 September 2019)
  14. Three Takeaways From the Hack of Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Account (One Zero; 30 August 2019)
  15. Even Amazon’s Own Products Are Getting Hijacked By Imposter Sellers (The Verge; 29 August 2019)
  16. Unlicensed signal boosters get a boost from Amazon (Wired, 30 Aug 2019)
  17. Apple’s next iPhone event will take place on September 10th (The Verge; 29 August 2019)
  18. Apple’s Tile-like tracking device likely to have removable battery, AR features, work with ‘Items’ tab in Find My app (9 to 5 Mac; 30 August 2019)
  19. Apple offers customers even more options for safe, reliable repairs (Apple; 29 August 2019)
  20. Microsoft announces Surface event on October 2nd in New York City (The Verge; 27 August 2019)
  21. Warning Issued For Millions Of Microsoft Windows 10 Users (Forbes, 1 Sept 2019)
  22. ‘Deepfake’ app causes fraud and privacy fears in China (BBC News, 4 Sept 2019)
  23. Viral Chinese app Zao puts your face in place of Leonardo DiCaprio’s in ‘deepfake’ videos (Washington Post, 3 Sept 2019)
  24. Facebook wouldn’t delete an altered video of Nancy Pelosi. What about one of Mark Zuckerberg? (Washington Post, 12 June 2019)
  25. Genius Scan for Android and iOS
  26. iReading on Flipboard (articles curated by Wes) and Wonder Links (by @wfryer & @sfryer)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 112

Welcome to episode 112 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 24, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Jennifer Carey (@thejencarey) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included data privacy, the “hackability” of the human mind, the recent FBI warning on student data privacy, and Tim Cook’s recent criticism of Silicon Valley over privacy. Additional topics included a U.S. cyberoperation against Russia aimed at protecting U.S. elections, the book “Algorithms of Oppression” by Safiya Umoja Noble, and fake news surrounding the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Geeks of the week included CoSpaces Edu, “PD in the Privy” by Cyndi Kuhn, Digital Citizenship presentations for students by Wes, and tips from the Family Online Safety Institute for cleaning up your digital footprint. Check out our shownotes on edtechSR.com/links. 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. Note we will not have a show next week on Halloween, but will be back on November 7th with special guest, Jason Kern!

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. Jennifer Carey (@thejencarey) – blog: indianajen.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. When Tech Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself (Wired, 4 Oct 2018)
  9. VIDEO version: How Humans Get Hacked: Yuval Noah Harari & Tristan Harris Talk with WIRED (@harari_yuval & @tristanharris)
  10. FBI Warning on Educational Technology and Student Data Security (FBI 13 Sept 2018)
  11. Google is Teaching Children how to Behave Online. Is it the best Role Model? (New York Times, 23 Oct 2018)
  12. Tim Cook Blasts Silicon Valley over Privacy (Washington Post, 24 Oct 2018)
  13. U.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections (NYimes, 23 Oct 2018)
  14. Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble (@safiyanoble)
  15. Fake news, phony facts: Some of the things the media got wrong on Khashoggi (Arab News, 15 Oct 2018)
  16. Why Apple Watch link to Jamal Khashoggi ‘killing’ is unlikely (BBC, 14 Oct 2018)
  17. “Don’t Mourn Kashoggi” Inside the Feverish Cesspool of the Pro-Saudi Right (Vanity Fair Oc 2018)
  18. Jen’s Geek of the Week: CoSpaces Edu
  19. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “PD in the Privy” by @cyndidannerkuhn, Presentations on Digital Citizenship for Studentsand Clean Up Your Digital Footprint by @FOSI

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EdTech Situation Room Episode 110

Welcome to episode 110 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 10, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Jun Kim (@mpstechnology) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included the alleged hack of computer hardware by Chinese authorities affecting major tech companies including Apple and Amazon, which is very controversial and has been firmly denied by technology companies as well as government agencies. The dangers of connecting to open WiFi in public spaces, ways to avoid phishing scams in email, and the benefits of using password managers as well as a VPN or cell phone access point / phone tethering were also discussed. Robocalls on the rise, Google’s changes to third party data access for Gmail, the prospect of Google enforcing restrictive limitations on data sharing around the world because of country-specific laws, and Google’s Certification program for IT professionals were also discussed by Jun and Wes.  Briefly highlighted articles at the end of the show included the Google Pixel 3 and it’s touted capability to screen phone calls using an AI voice agent and Facebook’s challenges in moderating content worldwide. Geeks of the week included the COSN toolkit on protecting student data and FlowCrypt for sending encrypted email within Gmail. 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 (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. Note we will be starting earlier than usual occasionally to accommodate guest schedules in upcoming weeks, so please check Twitter for those updates.

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. Jun Kim (@mpstechnology) – Moore Public Schools, Oklahoma
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. China Used a Tiny Chip in a Hack That Infiltrated U.S. Companies (Bloomberg, 4 Oct 2018)
  9. Risky Business Feature: Named source in “The Big Hack” has doubts about the story (Risky Biz Podcast, 9 Oct 2018)
  10. A U.S. telecommunications company finds fresh evidence of China hacking of tech hardware (Bloomberg, 9 Oct 2018)
  11. Sniffers and Snoopers and Hackers, Oh My! Protecting Yourself from the Risks of Public Wi-Fi (Ferpa Sherpa – Susan Bearden (@s_bearden), 20 Sept 2018)
  12. Firesheep should get your ATTENTION: Open Public Wifi Dangers are REAL (Wes Fryer, November 2010)
  13. How to Protect Yourself From a Phishing Attack by Hackers (Atlantic, 12 Sept 2018)
  14. LastPass Password Manager
  15. How robo-callers outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list (Washington Post, 11 Jan 2018)
  16. “All my friends are robocalls” episode of “Today Explained” podcast (on Twitter)
  17. Don’t force Google to Export Other Countries’ Laws (NYTimes, 10 Sept 2018)
  18. Google is shutting down Google+ after it exposed user data and neglected to tell anyone (8 Oct 2018)
  19. Google limits third-party access to Gmail and other account data (Engadget, 8 Oct 2018)
  20. Have I Been Pwned (good website to check your email addresses for security breaches)
  21. The Google IT Support Professional Certificate
  22. GSFE Admins – Google+ Community (@gsfeadmins)
  23. Beware of Phishing Cell Phone Calls: Don’t Share Personal Info with Strangers (Wes Fryer, 3 Oct 2018)
  24. Hiya: Caller ID, Call Blocker & Protection for a Better Phone Experience (via @pgeorge)
  25. TWIT Specials 326 Made by Google (4 Oct 2018)
  26. Google Assistant will screen spam calls on the Pixel 3 (Verge, 9 Oct 2018)
  27. Common Sense Media Privacy Evaluation Initiative (@cs_privacy)
  28. Ex-Facebook moderator sues Facebook over exposure to disturbing images (ARStechnia, 26 Sept 2018)
  29. Soldiers in Facebook’s War on Fake News Are Feeling Overrun (NYTimes, 9 Oct 2018)
  30. A dog lost part of her skull to cancer. So researchers printed her a 3D one (CNN, 25 Sept 2018)
  31. Jun’s Geek of the Week: COSN toolkit on protecting student data
  32. Wes’ Geek of the Week: FlowCrypt (encrypted email within Gmail)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 103

Welcome to episode 103 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 15, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed universities deploying smart assistants in student dorms to answer questions, the privacy concerns of smart assistants in educational contexts, and the shortcomings of the latest MacBook Pro laptops relative to Windows-based competitors. Rumors of dual-booting Chromebooks (also booting to Windows), whether or not social media platforms are “publishers,” and strategies to stop or avoid “stalking ads” on social media were also addressed. Social media / fake news controversies over the temporary (7 day) banning of Alex Jones / InfoWars on Twitter, hacker threats to home routers (VPNfilter) and IoT devices, the advent of Fortnite on ALL Android devices (but not via the Google Play Store), and Google’s location tracking of users who turn off location services rounded out the news articles addressed in this show. Geeks of the Week included the Timer Tab app (ad-free), an incredible photo of our sun during a “Coronal Mass Ejection” with the earth shown to scale, and the recent PBS documentary, “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville.” 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.

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. A University Is Putting 2,300 Echo Dots in Student Living Spaces and What Could Go Wrong? (Gizmodo, 15 Aug 2018)
  9. Resources on Privacy Issues for Smart Assistants in the Classroom: Common Sense Media Privacy (@cs_privacy) Bill Fitzgerald (@funnymonkey) and Susan Bearden (@s_bearden)
  10. 2018 MacBook Pro Owners Experiencing Crackling Audio (PC Magazine; 10 August 2018)
  11. HP, Dell, Microsoft Stay A Step Ahead Of The MacBook Pro: Three Metrics (Forbes, 12 Aug 2018)
  12. Chromebooks May Include Dual Boot Feature to Load Windows 10 (PC Magazine; 13 August 2018)
  13. Platforms Are Not Publishers (Jeff Jarvis, The Atlantic; 10 August 2018)
  14. Twitter suspends Alex Jones for urging people to keep “battle rifles” ready (ARStechnica, 15 Aug 2018)
  15. Are Targeted Ads Stalking You? Here’s How to Make Them Stop. (NYTimes, 15 Aug 2018)
  16. Free FoxIt Reader software (for PDFs)
  17. Inside Twitter’s Struggle Over What Gets Banned (New York Times; 10 August 2018)
  18. Hackers could hijack devices using a laptop’s USB-C charger (TechRadar; 9 August 2018)
  19. Russian Military Spy Software is on Hundreds of Thousands of Home Routers (DefenseOne, 13 Aug 2018)
  20. Hackers account for 90% of login attempts at online retailers (Quartz, 18 July 2018)
  21. Your smart air conditioner could help bring down the power grid (CNET, 14 Aug 2018)
  22. How to Install Fortnite on Android (PC Magazine; 14 August 2018)
  23. Google tracks your movements, like it or not (AP, 13 Aug 2018)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Timer Tab
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville (PBS) and This Photo Of A Solar Coronal Mass Ejection Is Beyond Comprehension (Digg, 13 Aug 2018)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 102

Welcome to episode 102 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 8, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed an update to this summer’s MacBook Pro Throttling Controversy, the upcoming death of Flash functionality in 2020, and the importance of being wary when you see pop-up ads to “update flash” and other software on your computer. The recent decisions by Apple, YouTube/Google and Facebook to ban / take down websites and media channels of Alex Jones / InfoWars was also addressed, along with Facebook’s takedown of suspected Russian network pages. Jason shared a shout-out to the helpful updating software “Ninite” for Windows, and Wes shared a shout out to his school’s “Digital Citizenship Conversations” website as well. The perils of digital voting was discussed, along with the ongoing controversy over 3D printable guns. Amy Webb’s recent prediction that “smartphones will be gone in 10 years” and other trends identified through her “Future Today Institute.” The recent news that voice-based phone calls are finally in decline in Britain, Logitech’s purchase of Blue Microphones, a cautionary tale for users of free VPN services whose data is sold to advertisers, and an eye opening Guardian article about Russian hacking forums were also highlighted in the show. Google’s required use of physical identity keys for two step verification and the perils of using SMS as well as app-based verification methods for two step authentication was explored as well. Geeks of the week included Promevo (by Jason) and Explorables (by Wes). Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows, and share feedback with us about the show on Twitter or via a comment on our website.

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. Update: Apple Addresses MacBook Pro Throttling Controversy After Working With YouTuber Dave Lee (MacRumors; 24 July 2018)
  9. Senator Asks US Government to Remove Flash From Federal Sites, Computers (Bleeping Computer, 25 July 2018)
  10. Ninite: Install and Update All Your Programs at Once
  11. Op-ed – Alex Jones is a crackpot—but banning him from Facebook might be a bad idea (ArsTechnica, 6 Aug 2018)
  12. Facebook confirms discovery of new ‘inauthentic’ social media campaign ahead of US midterm elections (The Verge; 31 July 2018)
  13. Facebook takes down suspected Russian network of pages (CNN; 31 July 2018)
  14. Digital Citizenship Conversations website from Casady School
  15. Experts criticize West Virginia’s plan for smartphone voting (ArsTechnica, 8 Aug 2018)
  16. 3D-printed (and CNC-milled) guns: Nine questions you were too afraid to ask (5 Aug 2018)
  17. Smartphones will be gone in 10 years (Amy Webb in Business Insider, 30 Oct 2017)
  18. 235 Emerging Tech Trends For 2018 (Amy Webb, 25 March 2018)
  19. Amy Webb: Futurist and Author
  20. Future Today Institute
  21. Voice calls drop despite smartphone fever (BBC News; 1 August 2018)
  22. Logitech Buys Blue Microphones (PC Magazine; 31 July 2018)
  23. Be Careful With Free VPNs: Your Data Might Be Going to Advertisers (PC magazine; 31 July 2018)
  24. My terrifying deep dive into one of the largest dark web hacking forums (Guardian, 24 July 2018)
  25. Google – Security Keys Neutralized Employee Phishing (Brian Krebs, 23 July 2018)
  26. Google made the Titan Key to toughen up your online security (CNet; 25 July 2018)
  27. Reddit Breach Highlights Limits of SMS-Based Authentication (Brian Krebs, 1 Aug 2018)
  28. Have I Been Hacked / Pwned (use your email address to check if it was part of historic information hacks)
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Promevo – G Suite and Chromebook Reseller
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “Explorables: snippets of complexity” by @DirkBrockmann

EdTech Situation Room Episode 92

Welcome to episode 92 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 25, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new national standards for online courses in the USA, a strange case of liability for an ewaste recycler, exciting updates for Gmail from Google, and several other tidbits of Google news. These included the movie editor in Google Photos, controversy at Google over proposed AI contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense, and a strange Gmail spam issue which modified email headers so new messages showed up as “sent mail.” Forthcoming updates to the YouTube Kids app featuring human-moderated channels and a new Google Tasks update rounded out the Google focused news updates. On the Apple front, Tim Cook’s announcement that MacOS and iOS will NOT be merging was mentioned, along with sizable reported profits from the iOS port of the game Fortnite. A few thoughts about SmugMug’s recent purchase of Flickr from Verizon were shared. Security hacks including hotel door locks and home wifi routers by Russian agents were also discussed. It was great to have Jason back after a multi-week hiatus as he completed his dissertation, which he’s scheduled to defend in early May. Follow the show on Twitter @edtechSR for updates and please try and join us live on Wednesday evenings if you can on YouTube Live. Thanks for watching / listening!

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. K-12 National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Teaching and Program to be Revised by QM and VLLA
  9. Electronics-recycling innovator faces prison for trying to extend computers’ lives (Los Angeles Times, 25 April 2018)
  10. 5 New Gmail Features to Check Out Now (PC Magazine, 25 April 2018)
  11. Gmail’s biggest redesign is now live (The Verge, 25 April 2018)
  12. How to enable the new Gmail right now (The Verge, 25 April 2018)
  13. Google Photos is rolling out a friendlier and more powerful movie editor (Android Police, 20 April 2018)
  14. Google is Pursuing the Pentagon’s Giant Cloud Contract Quietly, Fearing An Employee Revolt (NextGov, 13 April 2018)
  15. Gmail accounts appear to send out spam, and their owners are baffled (Mashable, 22 April 2018)
  16. YouTube Kids adding human curated channel collections, more parental restrictions (9 to 5 Google, 25 April 2018)
  17. Google debuts a standalone to-do app, Google Tasks (TechCrunch; 25 April 2018)
  18. Making Media Mondays at Casady School
  19. Tim Cook says Apple won’t merge Mac and iPad (AppleInsider, 19 April 2018)
  20. iOS release of ‘Fortnite’ rakes in over $25M in first 30 days (AppleInsider, 18 April 2018)
  21. Flickr acquired by professional photo hosting service SmugMug (The Verge, 20 April 2018)
  22. Flickr has been sold after 13 years at Yahoo. Can Flickr be relevant again? (Recode, 20 April 2018)
  23. PSA: There’s a new fake Flash Player installer for Macs, and it’s nastier than usual (9 to 5 Mac; 25 April 2018)
  24. Hotel door locks worldwide were vulnerable to hack (BBC News; 25 April 2018)
  25. Has a Russian intelligence agent hacked your wifi? (The Guardian, 17 April 2018)
  26. US, UK warn of Russian hackers targeting millions of routers (CNet, 16 April 2018)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Spotify Free
  28. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Wordable and Mentimeter (h/t @kjarrett)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 80

Welcome to episode 80 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 3, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed trends to watch at the upcoming 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (#CES2018), Apple Battery Gate, and hoopla over newly discovered processor flaws posing security risks. Additional topics included recent revelations over how antivirus software (specifically Kaspersky) can be readily manipulated to become spy software, and an article about the effect of social media in reducing adolescent partying. Geeks of the week included an article describing how to host podcast audio on Google Drive, and the best recommended home cable modem from Wirecutter. Check out these links in our shownotes, and even more we did not have time to discuss this week on edtechsr.com/links. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter for updates on upcoming shows.

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 Big Tech Trends to Follow at CES 2018 (NY Times, 3 Jan 2018)
  9. CES 2018: What To Expect From The Year’s Biggest Tech Show (The Verge, 3 January 2018)
  10. For CES 2018, security of connected devices still a core fear (CNet; 3 January 2018)
  11. 12 questions that CES 2018 needs to answer (CNet; 3 January 2018)
  12. Apple will replace old iPhone batteries, regardless of diagnostic test results (The Verge; 3 January 2018)
  13. Apple’s response to its iPhone slowdown controversy is good — and a lesson to be more proactive about communicating (Recode; 28 December 2017)
  14. How to check how many battery cycles is your Apple iPhone battery on (Phone Arena)
  15. Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign (The Register, 2 Jan 2018)
  16. Google’s Project Zero team discovered critical CPU flaw last year (TechCrunch; 3 January 2018)
  17. A Critical Intel Flaw Breaks Basic Security For Most Computers (Wired; 3 January 2018)
  18. New details emerge on severe processor flaw affecting Windows, macOS, and Linux (The Verge; 3 January 2018)
  19. Microsoft issues emergency Windows update for processor security bugs (The Verge; 3 January 2018)
  20. How Antivirus Software Can Be Turned Into a Tool for Spying (NY Times, 1 Jan 2018)
  21. Why Teens Aren’t Partying Anymore (Wired; 27 December 2017)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Host your Podcasts on Google Drive for Free from Digital Inspiration
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Best Cable Modem According to Wirecutter

EdTech Situation Room Episode 70

Welcome to episode 70 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 18, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s new “Advanced Protection” security mode, hacker threats in several US states to parents of students, Microsoft Windows 10 “Creator Updates,” and reports that our solar system has a mysterious “Super Earth” 9th planet well beyond the orbit of Neptune. Additional topics included several updates to Google Earth and Google Maps mashups, recent Amazon advertising mistakes, the importance of media literacy education, and the emerging narrative of how Russian operatives appear to have subverted democracy in the U.S. 2016 Presidential election using Facebook targeted ads. “Speed round” article topics included a new Russian cryptocurrency, Netflix’ push for original movie and show content, Equifax hack blame falling on “one IT guy,” RSA encryption hacks, the cost of product placement advertisements, Eli Pariser’s “Filter Bubble,” and the secrets of Yahoo search. Geeks of the week included a $10 “FIDO U2F Security Key” and the weather website and app “Dark Sky.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!

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’s ‘Advanced Protection’ Locks Down Accounts Like Never Before (Wired, 17 Oct 2017)
  9. Google Safety Center
  10. Google Advanced Protection Program
  11. Dark Overlord hacks schools across U.S., texts threats against kids to parents (CSO, 9 Oct 2017)
  12. Desktop Outlook will get a redesign with the biggest changes happening on Macs (ArsTechnica, 16 Oct 2017)
  13. Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update is now available (The Verge, 17 Oct 17)
  14. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: the 10 best new features (The Verge, 17 Oct 17)
  15. NASA press release says our solar system has a 9th planet (Futurism, 13 Oct 2017)
  16. The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner (NASA JPL, 4 Oct 2017)
  17. NASA’s new ion thruster breaks records, could take humans to Mars (Futurism, 13 Oct 2017)
  18. Space out with planets in Google Maps (Google, 16 Oct 2017)
  19. Nukemap: An Interactive Simulator by @wellerstein
  20. MISSILEMAP by @wellerstein
  21. Google Tour Builder for any Subject by Eric Curts (@ericcurts)
  22. Amazon is telling customers that people bought gifts for their non-existent baby (The Verge, 09/19/2017)
  23. Is Amazon recommending bomb ingredients? (BBC News, 19 Sep 2017)
  24. What Facebook Did to American Democracy (The Atlantic, 12 Oct 2017)
  25. Media Literacy Resources by NewseumEd
  26. Teaching Media Literacy by Rene Hobbs (Media Education Lab)
  27. NPR Show “On The Media”
  28. Authoritarian Cryptocurrencies Are Coming (Bloomberg, 17 Oct 2017)
  29. Putin green lights launch of the CryptoRuble (Russia Today, 17 Oct 2017)
  30. Netflix plans to spend $8 billion to make its library 50 percent original by 2018 (The Verge, 16 October 2017)
  31. Former Equifax CEO Blames One IT Guy for Massive Hack (NBC News, 5 Oct 2017)
  32. Falling through the KRACKs (@matthew_d_green , 16 Oct 2017)
  33. KRACK mass Wi-Fi attack: Who is to blame? (ZDNet, 17 Oct 2017)
  34. As devastating as KRACK – New vulnerability undermines RSA encryption keys (ZDNet, 17 Oct 2017)
  35. Here’s how much social media stars get paid to post ads (ReCode, 14 September 2017)
  36. “The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think” by Eli Pariser (2011)
  37. TEDTalk: Beware Online Filter Bubbles by Eli Pariser (2011)
  38. Verizon Open Sources Yahoo! Search: Verizon Reveals The Secrets Of Yahoo Search (Wired, 26 September 2017)
  39. G Camp OKC – Saturday November 4, 2017 (@gcampOKC)
  40. Geek of the Week (Jason) Best cross platform weather app: https://darksky.net
  41. Geek of the Week (Wes) $10 “FIDO U2F Security Key” (compatible with Google 2 Step Verification)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 66

Welcome to episode 66 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 19, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Facebook’s struggles to define standards for censoring advertisers, Facebook “Pixel” tracking, expanded T-Mobile data caps, recommended action steps for Equifax hack victims, and the CCleaner anti-malware software hack. Additional topics included tips G Suite admins can take to prevent phishing attacks, a great free Chrome extension which can help that effort (Password Alert), iOS 11 updates, tvOS updates, and Google’s forthcoming event featuring an expected Pixel 2 smartphone announcement. A speed round of CRISPR and genomics headlines rounded out the show, with geeks of the week including a new 2D to 3D facial modeling program and useful wireless device mirroring solutions: The Via Connect Pro and Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2. Check out the shownotes for links to all these articles, which are also listed on edtechsr.com/links. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR and tune in (usually) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm central, 8 pm mountain, or 2 am GMT. Until next time, stay safe and stay savvy!

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. Watch as streaming TV services are increasingly winning the top Emmys (Recode, 18 September 2017)
  9. Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’ (ProPublica, 14 Sep 2017)
  10. Getting Started with the Facebook Pixel (Facebook Developer Info)
  11. T-Mobile increases unlimited data cap from 32GB to 50GB (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  12. Tester Demands Answers From Verizon After Montanans Receive Termination Letters (Website of Senator Tester)
  13. Bamboozled: Why the Equifax hack is a really, really big deal (NJ.com, 14 Sep 2017)
  14. Credit Freeze Information by State by TransUnion
  15. Use www.annualcreditreport.com (free) not www.creditreport.com (commercial site)
  16. Avast reckons CCleaner malware infected 2.27M users (TechCrunch, 18 Sep 2017)
  17. Alternatives to CCleaner
  18. 7 ways admins can help secure accounts against phishing in G Suite (Google, 8 Sep 2017)
  19. Hackable Podcast Episode 3: Locked Out ( on Ransomware, by McAfee, 29 Aug 2017)
  20. Paper ballots are back in vogue thanks to Russian hacking fears (USA Today, 19 September 2017)
  21. How To Update Your iPhone To iOS 11 (Wired, 19 September 2017)
  22. PSA: Your Older 32-Bit Apps Won’t Launch After Installing iOS 11 Tomorrow (MacRumors, 18 Sep 2017)
  23. iOS 11 Review: 10 Things to Try (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  24. Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote with new iOS 11 features (9to5 Mac, 09/19/2017)
  25. tvOS 11: tvOS 11 update for Apple TV is now available, here’s everything new (9to5Mac, 09/19/2017)
  26. iPhone 8 Vs iPhone 7: What’s The Difference? (Forbes, 18 Sep 2017)
  27. Review: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (Wired; 19 September 2017)
  28. Google sets Pixel 2 launch event for October 4th (Verge, 14 Sep 2017)
  29. Google Pixel 2 Event Could Bring More Surprises Than The iPhone X (Valuewalk, 18 Sep 2017)
  30. Google Pixel 2 Official Teaser Video: “Funny you should ask”
  31. Google Pixelbook leak reveals a high-end Chromebook with stylus support (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  32. CRISPR reveals genetic master switches behind butterfly wing patterns (Nature, 18 Sep 2017)
  33. Geneticists Have Used CRISPR Gene Editing to Create Crops That Grow More Food (Futurism, 14 Sep 2017)
  34. Doubts raised over validity of CRISPR-edited human embryo study (Chemical and Engineering News, 18 Sep 2017)
  35. [VIDEO] Are GMOs Good or Bad? Genetic Engineering & Our Food (9 min – by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell)
  36. Watch as streaming TV services are increasingly winning the top Emmys (Recode, 18 September 2017)
  37. Geek of the Week from Jason: 3d from 2d Using AI, from The University of Nottingham and Kingston University: Verge, 09/19/2017; Jason’s Test
  38. Geeks of the Week from Wes: Via Connect Pro ($800) and Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2 ($44), Password Alert extension for Google Chrome (free)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 61

Welcome to episode 61 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 16, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new updates for Google Sheets and Slides for education (G Suite) users, and a helpful (but NSFW) article highlighting the “why” of Internet troll culture as well as many Internet culture personalities and events which could be considered essential for adults wanting to understand teens and their digital context today. On the surveillance front, Jason and Wes talked about the recent FBI warning to parents regarding “smart toys,” and the troubling demand by the US Department of Justice to ISPs for names and data on 1.3 million Internet users who visited a Trump resistance website prior to the inauguration in January. A recent Google survey on ransomware, the recent HBO hack, the mind-bogglingly HUGE hack of Sweden’s national database back in 2015, and a July article from the Atlantic exploring whether companies should be allowed to offensively hack rounded out security articles for the episode. Jason also shared some articles with updates on the forthcoming ChromeOS and Android merger. Geeks of the week included two weather mobile apps (Storm and DarkSky), Tony Vincent’s “Classy Graphics with Google Drawings Fall 2017” online class, and an article explaining how you can “Use your Phone as a ChromeCast Hotspot in Hotels.”  Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.

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 Docs, Sheets and Slides get new features for enterprise and education users (9 to 5 Google, 16 August 2017)
  9. Troll Culture Insight: Film Crit Hulk Smash: P.C. Culture Vs. The Big Joke (Film Crit Hulk, 23 Feb 2017) via TWiT Ep 627
  10. Tor Browser – Tor Project
  11. FBI issues warning to parents about toys spying on their kids (The Next Web, 18 July 2017)
  12. Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site (The Hill, 14 Aug 2017)
  13. Ransomware ‘here to stay’, warns Google study (BBC; 27 July 2017)
  14. HBO hack: Studio won’t bow down to ransom demand or engage with hackers (FirstPost, 16 Aug 2017)
  15. Sweden Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly All Citizens (HackerNews, 24 July 2017)
  16. Android Apps And Chrome OS: What This Means for Tablets (Chrome UnBoxed, 11 August 2017)
  17. When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back? (The Atlantic, 14 July 2017)
  18. Tech Talk: Chrome OS & Android Merger Is Still Not Necessary (Android Headlines, 14 August 2017)
  19. Geek o’ the Week – Wes: WU Storm iOS app and Tony Vincent’s “Classic Graphics with Google Drawings” (register by Aug 23 to save $15)
  20. Geek o’ the Week – Jason: Favorite weather app: DarkSkies and Use Phone as a ChromeCast Hotspot in Hotels
  21. Listen to the EdTech Situation Room on voicEd Canada! (@voicedcanada)
  22. Promo trailer for @edtechSR by Wes