EdTech Situation Room Episode 57

Welcome to episode 57 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 12, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed takeaways and “tired edtech trends” from the 2017 ISTE Conference in San Antonio. They demonstrated the new “Seeing AI” app from Microsoft, which amazingly has been FIRST released for iOS / iPhone / iPad, and discussed several noteworthy and recent podcasts, videos and articles relating to artificial intelligence. Other addressed topics included Google’s new integrated Drive & Photos ‘Backup & Sync’ app, a recent study finding the mere presence of a cell phone reduces brain power, #FontGate in Pakistan, a tragic story of attempted YouTube stardom, and reviews of the new Microsoft laptop. Geeks of the week included “Gypsy Guide” for iOS driving tours, the web series “Do Not Track,” and the amazing slide collection (for PowerPoint and Google Slides) SlideModel.com. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date on upcoming shows! Next week we will have a special episode focusing specifically on Net Neutrality. If you are a US citizen, but sure to visit www.savetheinternet.com NOW to contact both the FCC and your elected officials in Washington to voice your support for Net Neutrality and opposition to proposed regulations which would fundamentally harm the Internet as we know and use it today. Make your voice be heard – speak out! Then join us next week as we break down the issues at stake surrounding net neutrality in greater detail.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Create Image Collages with Google Drawings (Wes Fryer, 13 June 2017)
  9. Tired Edtech Trends That Teachers Wish Would Retire: From the Floor of ISTE 2017 (EdSurge, 4 July 2017)
  10. Tour of Seesaw 5.0 (video)
  11. Circuit Sticker Sketchbook
  12. Podcast453: Reflections on ISTE 2017 and iPad Media Camp – Jackson, Wyoming
  13. Microsoft Releases Seeing AI on iOS (Microsoft)
  14. Technology and the Future: A Vision of Our Lives in 2050 (World Affairs, 29 March 2017)
  15. Movie: “Ghost in the Shell” (2017)
  16. AI is Eating Software … and Getting Smarter by the Second (SmartUp, 14 May 2017)
  17. In the AI Age, “Being Smart” Will Mean Something Completely Different (Harvard Business Review, 19 June 2017)
  18. Google looks to make Chrome OS much more touch-friendly than before (Android Authority, 8 July 2017)
  19. The Mere Presence of Your Smartphone Reduces Brain Power, Study Shows (UT-Austin, 26 June 2017)
  20. In attempt to achieve YouTube stardom, woman accidentally kills her boyfriend (ArsTechnica, 30 June 2017)
  21. Combined Google Drive & Photos ‘Backup & Sync’ app available for Mac, Windows (9to5Google, 12 July 2017)
  22. iPhone Can Scan QR Codes Directly in Camera App on iOS 11 (MacRumors, 6 June 2017)
  23. How a Microsoft font could lead to the removal of Pakistan’s Prime Minister #FontGate (Mashable, 12 July 2017)
  24. Surface Laptop Two Week Review: Microsoft’s Stunning First Notebook Great For Today’s Use Cases (Forbes, 7 July 2017)
  25. REVIEW: Microsoft’s newest laptop delivers a knockout punch to the MacBook — so long as you perform one simple step (Business Insider, 8 July 2017)
  26. Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse (ArsTechnica, 28 June 2017)
  27. Clockwise Podcast (@clockwisepod)
  28. BackBlaze: Recommended online backup platform
  29. Why you should ignore the Jayden K Smith Facebook hoax (BBC News, 10 July 2017)
  30. Facebook and Google join net neutrality ‘day of action’ (Engadget, 7 July 2017)
  31. Save the Internet: Speak Out for Net Neutrality
  32. BadgeList badges for iPad Media Camp
  33. Jason’s Geek of the Week: SlideModel.com for Google Slides
  34. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Gypsy Guide – Yellowstone & Grand Teton Tour App Combo ($9) and Do Not Track: a personalized web series about privacy and the web economy by @remixmanifesto (via @cogdog)