EdTechSR Ep 240 Holiday Geek Gifts

Welcome to episode 240 (“Holiday Geek Gifts”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 1, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) shared “geek gift” ideas in advance of the 2021 holiday season. From charging devices to tracking tiles, from home office upgrades to security tools, we’ve got your holiday shopping needs for the geeks in your life covered! Check out our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced products and gift ideas. 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, and have a VERY happy holiday season!


  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. Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst) – sites.google.com/view/ericlanghorst
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Blue Microphones Compass Premium Tube-Style Microphone Broadcast Boom Arm with Blue Yeti Mic ($199)
  10. Phive LED Task Lamp, 20 Watt Super Bright Desk Lamp with Clamp ($70)
  11. ComfiLife Anti Fatigue Floor Mat ($40)
  12. Amazon Basics Single Computer Monitor Stand – Height Adjustable Desk Arm Mount ($30) *this model currently unavailable but is linked to similar items, also consider a dual monitor stand
  13. Noun Project Subscription (educators $20 for one year)
  14. Book – How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity’s Greatest Adventure by John Rocco ($16 hardcover)
  15. BONUS – Short video resources from author John Rocco – great for classroom use
  16. Lego Spike Prime Set ($340)
  17. Anker Accessories – https://amzn.to/31lS8m5
  18. Charging Solutions: Wall ChargerApple CablesAndroid CablesLow-End Battery Pack
  19. Speaker Products: Soundcore BOOM Outdoor Speaker and Soundcore 3 Portable Speaker
  20. High End Apple Audio: AirPods MaxAirPods Pro
  21. Stocking Tracker Options: Apple AirTagTile Trackers
  22. iRig Mic 2 ($130)
  23. NEEWER Adjustable Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm ($10)
  24. YubiKey 5Ci FIPS ($90)
  25. USB Data Blocker (4 pack, $11)
  26. 6’ Amazon Basics Double Braided Nylon Lightning to USB Cable ($16.50)
  27. ThermoPro TP03 Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer ($15)
  28. ESR Pencil Holder Compatible for Stylus ($10)
  29. NYT Wirecutter Gift Guides
  30. Eric’s Geek of the Week: Clip to Comic App – create cartoon like versions of your photos, good for sharing class photos if you don’t have permission to post student faces
  31. Jason’s Geek of the Week: camelcamelcamel.com
  32. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Teaching About “Froot Loop Conspiracy Theories” and Web Literacy

EdTech Situation Room Episode 33

It’s the holiday season, and for episode 33 we’ve brought you a special “Technology Shopping Cart” panel discussion helping you find the perfect gifts for the tech nerds in your life! Welcome to the EdTech Situation Room from December 14, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week we had four panelists including Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Martin Horejsi, Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) share book recommendations and techie gift ideas under $10, in the $10 – $20 range, and the over $100 category. Everyone also shared a movie or video series recommendation to check out over the holidays. You’ll definitely want to visit our shownotes this week for a complete list of referenced links. If you purchase something, read something, or watch something as a result of our show please let us know! We’ll be back for one more episode in 2017 with our “EdTech Year in Review” show, but that date will be announced pending Jason’s European vacation travel plans. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates about that show’s date and time, which will most likely break with our “normal” Wednesday night routine. Please also fill out our listener survey at http://wfryer.me/edtechsr to let us know where you’re tuning in from and what you’ve liked from our shows. Have a safe, restful, and joyful holiday everyone! (And go download Miguel’s FREE security ebook right away, you’ll feel much safer after you read it and change your personal security habits as a result!)


  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. Shout out to @CommittedShow “Episode 149: Holiday Gift Guide 2016” (we copied & modified their show format!)
  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  8. Book: Europe through the Back Door, by Rick Steves
  9. Under $25: Don’t know what to buy your nerd?  Amazon giftcard, yo! or Belkin 3-Outlet SurgePlus  or Mini Travel Swivel
  10. Great Audio Products for Non-Audiophiles Monoprice DJ Headphones and Monoprice Ear Buds
  11. $25-100:Kindle Paperwhite and Amazon Refurbished Store for Amazon items
  12. More than $100: and Amazon Echo or Google Home
  13. Martin Horejsi (NCCE Board bio – University of Montana contact info)
  14. Book: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly (June, 2016)
  15. < $20: Bondic Plus Plastic Welder
  16. $20-100: UE ROLL 2 Reef
  17. > $100: Mercedes Maybach S600
  18. Movie: Watch all 5 Jason Bourne in order finishing with You Know His Name
  19. Contact info for Martin: Click Here and choose one.
  20. Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlinBlog: mguhlin.org  | TCEA Director of PD: www.tcea.org/blog
  21. Free ebook, Protect Your Digital Privacy and free digital audio books or A Spy’s Guide to Thinking (Data ->Analysis->Decision->Action – “The world is overflowing with data, secret and otherwise. It has to be shrunk. That happens in the analysis process.” Fascinating writing style/ or How to Write Short
  22. Under $20: Lightning to USB cable ($5.99) or Messenger Bag ($14.99)
  23. From $20-$100: Chipolo Plus (approx $30 per unit) – Never lose stuff again! Or Kindle Fire 7” ($39.99 per unit, holiday) or Blue Mikey microphone ($99) for iPad/iPhone with Lightning connector or Portable Shower Bluetooth Rugged Speaker ($29.99)
  24. Over $100: MS Surface Pro 4 tablet
  25. TCEA’s Tech to Ask Santa For: December, 2016 and More gadgets
  26. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  27. Book: “Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door” by Brian Krebs (@briankrebs) – ($10.49 on Audible)
  28. Under $20: iPow iPad Tripod Mount Adapter Universal Tablet Clamp ($9)
  29. From $20 – $100: Brother QL-700 High-speed, Professional Label Printer ($65 – hat tip to @tonyvincent) and SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick (h/t to Martin)
  30. Over $100: 12” 1.2 GHz MacBook ($1600)
  31. Citizenfour Documentary (@citizenfour)

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