EdTech Situation Room Episode 85

Welcome to episode 85 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 7, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Chrome blocking autoplay videos, Smartwatch privacy issues, amazing LIDAR discoveries in Guatemalan jungles, work by the Center for Humane Technology, and changing norms with Smartphone memory capacity. Additional topics included Apple’s HomePod release and Apple’s AI lag behind Google and Amazon, new smart glasses from Intel, Best Buy discontinuing CD sales, expected impacts of 5G cellular wireless, and recommendations for home mesh routers. Geeks of the week included the Common Voice Project by Mozilla (from Wes) and “Android Lite” apps for situations with poor connectivity (Jason). Note we will NOT have a show next week on February 14th / Valentine’s Day, but will return on our regular schedule February 21st, Check out all our shownotes (including articles we did not have time to discuss this week) on http://edtechSR.com – Stay safe and stay savvy, friends!


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  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Google Chrome now lets you permanently mute annoying websites (Verge, 25 Jan 2018)
  9. Facebook should shut down Messenger Kids, child advocates say (30 January 2018)
  10. Laser Scans Reveal Maya “Megalopolis” Below Guatemalan Jungle (National Geographic, 2 February 2018)
  11. Center for Humane Technology (@HumaneTech_)
  12. Apple Homepod Review: Locked In (The Verge, 7 February 2018)
  13. 64GB phones aren’t big enough for me anymore (The Verge, 29 January 2018)
  14. Shout out to TIDE Podcast 95 (@TIDEpodcast) and the Amazfit Bip smartwatch ($60)
  15. LG Urbane Urbane Smartwatch
  16. Pentagon reviews policy after fitness app reveals military locations (Engadget, 29 January 2018)
  17. Pebble is dead and hardware buttons are going with it (The Verge, 27 January 2018)
  18. ProHDR App for Android and Pro HDR X App for iOS
  19. Intel Made Smart Glasses That Look Normal (The Verge, 5 February 2018)
  20. Google Glass (English WikiPedia)
  21. Best Buy will stop selling CDs — good riddance (The Next Web, 5 February 2018)
  22. How 5G could change everything from music to medicine (CNN, 5 February 2018)
  23. The Best Wi-Fi Mesh-Networking Kits for Most People (Wirecutter by NYT, 22 Jan 2018)
  24. Windows 10 S becoming a mode, not a version, as Microsoft shakes up its pricing (Arts Technica, 5 February 2018)
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Common Voice Project by Mozilla
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Bad Network? These Lite Android Apps Will Still Work (Make Use Of, 5 February 2018)