EdTech Situation Room Episode 60

Welcome to episode 60 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 9, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the celebrated death of a podcasting patent, revised password recommendations for users, hacked school Twitter accounts, new STEM-focused badges for Girl Scouts, and summer experiments with BadgeList.com. Additional topics included the recent Google broohaha over a sexist employee-authored memo, a new study further debunking the “digital native” myth, digital identity with Yoti, a predicted cyborg evolution for humanity, Jason’s new Windows 10S experiment, and a creepy prototype of a self-driving truck. Geeks of the week included The Hackable Podcast by McAfee (from Jason) and “Send by FireFox” (from Wes). Wes also shared a flashback memory from 2010 involving the “FireSheep” extension for FireFox. 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.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. “Podcasting patent” is totally dead, appeals court rules (ArsTechnica, 7 Aug 2017)
  9. Girl Scouts add new STEM badges in robotics, coding, and racecar design (The Verge, 25 July 2017)
  10. Olin College (“A New Kind of Engineering College”)
  11. Create, Make and Learn Institute
  12. Harvey Mudd College
  13. Hacking of school district’s Twitter account is cautionary tale (TC Palm, 4 Aug 2017)
  14. The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d! (Wall Street Journal, 7 August 2017)
  15. Windows 10 S Now Installable on “existing Windows 10 education devices” How to download and install Windows 10 S (Beta News, 1 August 2017)
  16. Test Windows 10 S on existing Windows 10 education devices (Windows IT Center, 4 August 2017)
  17. The “Cobra Effect” that is disabling paste on password fields (May 2014, @troyhunt)
  18. This self-driving truck has no room for a human driver — literally (@andyjayhawk @verge, 5 July 2017)
  19. The digital native is a myth (Nature, 25 July 2017)
  20. Humans ‘will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years (Telegraph, 7 Aug 2017)
  21. Yoti Is Your Digital Identity (Great backstory on The Committed Podcast Ep 180)
  22. Google Controversy: Damore Went From Intern to Pariah in Google Tenure Ended by Memo (Bloomberg, 8 Aug 2017)
  23. So, about this Googler’s manifesto. (5 Aug 2017, @yonatanzunger)
  24. Security Now Podcast
  25. Pokemon Go oh no no no, we’re not reading your email, says gamemaker (7/2016, The Register)
  26. Catfishing (WikiPedia)
  27. Firesheep should get your ATTENTION: Open Public Wifi Dangers are REAL (Nov 2010, Wes Fryer)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Hackable Podcast by McAfee
  29. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Send by FireFox – Private, Encrypted File Sharing (backstory)