EdTechSR Ep 276 Tech Gift Ideas

Welcome to episode 276 (“Tech Gift Ideas”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 15, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) shared gift ideas / stocking stuffers for the tech geeks in your life! Recent articles about artificial intelligence / AI’s potent creation and creative capabilities, social media articles about new government TikTok bans, and whether “we need another Twitter” were highlighted. Google, ChromeOS, YouTube, and Google Sheets updates were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included a “Student Media Hall of Fame” and the updated version of XSplitVcam software, which now supports “lower third” messages. 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 9 pm Eastern / 8 pm Central / 7 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links. Stay savvy and safe!


  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
  2. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter and on Mastodon!
  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. ZMI USB Battery Pack
  10. Anker 622 Magnetic Battery (MagGo)
  11. Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)
  12. BAOFENG UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio ($20)
  13. Wyze Color Bulb (2 for $18)
  14. Wyze Robot Vacuum (sold out – $294)
  15. Gourmet Bear Mix ($18)
  16. DoNotPay is launching an AI chatbot that can negotiate your bills (The Verge; 13 December 2022)
  17. AI is finally good at stuff, and that’s a problem (Vox; 7 December 2022)
  18. Wes’ “Creativity and AI” Wakelet
  19. Canva magic write: https://www.canva.com/magic-write/
  20. Maryland is the latest state to ban TikTok in government agencies (NPR; 7 December 2022)
  21. Gov. Greg Abbott bans TikTok on state phones and computers, citing cybersecurity risks (Texas Tribune; 7 December 2022)
  22. Indiana Sues TikTok for Security and Child Safety Violations (New York Times; 7 December 2022)
  23. Marco Rubio pushes TikTok ban in Congress (The Verge; 13 December 2022)
  24. We don’t need another Twitter (The Verge; 7 December 2022)
  25. Google delays start of Manifest V2 Chrome extension deprecation (9 to 5 Google; 12 December 2022)
  26. Google Chrome adding Memory and Energy Saver modes on Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks (9 to 5 Google; 8 December 2022)
  27. YouTube will now show how long it takes for a video to process after uploading (9 to 5 Google; 13 December 2022)
  28. Google Sheets get a new project tracking Smart Canvas feature (Chrome Unboxed; 11 December 2022)
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: www.xsplit.com/ — now with lower third support!
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Wes’ Student Media Hall of Fame (on Wakelet)
What’s in My Bag 2020-08-09” (CC BY 2.0) by Kainoki Kaede

EdTech Situation Room Episode 118

Welcome to episode 118 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 12, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) co-hosted a special episode titled, the 2018 Technology Shopping Cart! They shared and discussed a variety of different technology and geek oriented gift ideas. Gift categories included smartphone stuff, The Internet of Things (IoT), books, robots, STEM/STEAM lab, miscellaneous gadgets, home networking equipment, photography and videography, software, nerd paper gear, baggage, stocking stuffers, and other ideas. 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.


  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. Referenced gift ideas and links for this special Technology Shopping Cart episode are linked on this separate Google Doc
  9. Used iPhone from Swappa
  10. Smartphone Ring Grip
  11. Google Hub Home
  12. Echo Dot (3rd Generation)
  13. Echo (2nd Generation)
  14. Wemo Smart Plug
  15. iClever Outdoor Smart Plug
  16. Tiles
  17. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by @GregoryMcKeown
  18. Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
  19. The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith
  20. Teach Like a Pirate
  21. Why Don’t Students Like School?
  22. Getting Things Done
  23. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman
  24. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology by Neil Postman
  25. The End of Education: Redefining the Value of School by Neil Postman
  26. Teaching As a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman
  27. Building a Bridge to the 18th Century: How the Past Can Improve Our Future by Neil Postman
  28. Sew Electric
  29. Wes’ Amazon Reading Wishlist
  30. Edison Robot
  31. Thymio Robot (@TechyKids by @sharonmarzouk)
  32. Dash (@WonderWorkshop)
  33. Ozobot
  34. Lego Robots
  35. Roomba!
  36. MicroBit
  37. Makey Makey
  38. Drawdio
  39. Google Wifi
  40. eero Home WiFi System
  41. Circle by Disney
  42. Scapple
  43. Screenflow
  44. Epidemic Sound (subscription for a YouTuber in your life)
  45. SnagIt by TechSmith
  46. Field Notes, or the Budget-Minded Alternative, Field Books
  47. Moleskine Notebooks
  48. Zebra F-701 Pen
  49. Fisher Space Pen
  50. 5.11 Tactical Gear
  51. Timbuk2
  52. Monoprice 8323 Headphones (or with Bluetooth)
  53. Monoprice Melody Large Bluetooth Speaker
  54. Monoprice Harmony Bluetooth Speaker
  55. MicroSD Cards (128gb; 256gb)
  56. Monoprice Shoe String Apple MFi Certified Lightning to USB Charge & Sync Cable
  57. Anker Power Bank
  58. Anker Powerline Cables for USB-C, Apple Lightning, MicroUSB
  59. Tactical Flashlights: J5 Tactical LED Mini
  60. Learning in Hand Premium Tshirt (@tonyvincent)
  61. Gear Used and Recommended by Tony Vincent
  62. Brother QL-800 Label Printer
  63. Tesla Apparel
  64. Space X Apparel and Branded Items
  65. Embark Dog DNA Test Kit
  66. Sell your used technology on Swappa
  67. Wes’ Video Library
  68. Wes Fryer’s Photo Products Store on Society6
  69. Wes’ books