EdTech Situation Room Episode 142

Welcome to episode 142 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 24, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed why data privacy is complicated, the FTC’s $5 billion fine of Facebook, the limitations of SMS for 2 factor authentication (2FA) / multi-factor authentication (MFA), and exciting recent Apollo 11 50 year anniversary moon landing media coverage. Updates to Google’s smartwatch software (WearOS) as well as ChromeOS, Apple’s expected announcement of its new $3000 MacBook portable, the return of MDM-powered parental control apps like MyPact to the iOS App Store, and Apple’s pleas to avoid 25% tariffs on Chinese manufactured electronic components were also highlighted. The increasingly fractured landscape of podcasting (sadly coming to a walled garden paid app near you,) the prospect of “Peak Podcast” time, and Jason’s recent experiences with the wild world of urban electric scooters (where “the repo man” now thrives) were discussed with a remarkable tone of clarity laced with humor. Geeks of the Week included the DarkNet Diaries podcast (@darknetdiaries) and the “Timeline” tool from the Knight Foundation. 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.

Shownotes:

  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. Why You Can’t Just Ask Social Media To Forget You (Mind Matters, 1 July 2019)
  9. F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion (New York Times; 12 July 2019)
  10. Judge allows suit against AT&T after $24 million cryptocurrency theft (ArsTechnica, 23 July 2019)
  11. MOON LANDING: Apollo 11 Had a Hidden Hero: Software (Wall Street Journal; 14 July 2019)
  12. Wear OS in 2019: Here’s where it is, and where it needs to be [Video] (9 to 5 Google; 23 July 2019)
  13. This Latest Addition Makes Virtual Desks In Chrome OS 76 My Favorite New Feature (Chrome Unboxed, 21 July 2019)
  14. LTE Chromebooks Could Soon Be Far More Common (Chrome Unboxed, 24 July 2019)
  15. 16-inch MacBook Pro rumored to launch in October with ~$3000 starting price (9 to 5 Mac; 23 July 2019)
  16. OurPact returns to App Store, reviving debates about Apple’s impartiality (ArsTechnica, 12 July 2019)
  17. Apple asks Trump administration to exclude Mac Pro parts from tariffs (ArsTechnica, 23 July 2019)
  18. How podcasts grew into a multimillion-dollar industry (The Verge; 19 July 2019)
  19. Have We Hit Peak Podcast? (New York Times; 18 July 2019)
  20. Apple Plans to Bankroll Original Podcasts to Fend Off Rivals (Bloomberg; 16 July 2019)
  21. They Said You Could Leave Electric Scooters Anywhere — Then The Repo Men Struck Back (The Verge; 24 July 2019)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: DarkNet Diaries podcast (@darknetdiaries)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Timeline by Knight Lab (@knightfdn) (Example: Fryer Family Media Timeline)
Fryer Family Media Timeline

EdTech Situation Room Episode 88

Welcome to episode 88 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 13, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week special guest Jennifer Carey (@TheJenCarey) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the admirable way Florida teens have used social media to advocate for political change following the Parkland school shooting, how we can help curb trolling and harassment on Twitter by reporting it when we see it, and how YouTube seems coded to be a radicalizing influence through its recommendation engine. Social media analysis continued with discussion about a recent Wired article highlighting how Russia’s “abuse” of Facebook during the 2016 elections essentially constituted an adept use of the platform as it’s been designed to serve advertisers through micro-targeting, and the ways “the smartphone has become the new bogeyman” for many parents decrying the ills of social media much like parents blaming television watching in the 1980s. The need for expanded digital citizenship conversations at school to include “digital hygiene” including a focus on password managers and two-step verification was discussed, as well as the solution to a recent mystery involving laughing Amazon Alexa smart assistants. A discussion about Apple’s emphasis on privacy but lagging innovation with artificial intelligence and Siri rounded out the discussion, including rumors of a new (and less expensive) MacBook Air laptop coming in the second quarter. Geeks of the week included a discounted laser cutter from Glowforge, Gaggle’s Safety Management service, Slack for team messaging, the new Google Sites, and amazing augmented reality examples from the New York Times featuring Olympic athletes. Check out our full list of links on edtechsr.com/links, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for show updates @edtechSR. Next week special guest Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) will join Wes at our regular show time (9 pm central on Wednesday) as Jason Neiffer continues to hunker down and finish his dissertation this month. Please share feedback by reaching out on Twitter or leaving a comment on our website at edtechsr.com.

Shownotes:

  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. Jennifer Carey (@TheJenCarey) – blog
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. ATLIS 2018 Conference
  9. What Parkland Tells us About Teens and Social Media (JSTOR Daily, 6 March 2018)
  10. YouTube, the Great Radicalizer (NY Times, Zeynep Tufekci, 10 March 2018)
  11. Digital Citizenship Conversations (Digital Citizenship videos and discussion questions by Casady School)
  12. Bad Actors Are Using Social Media Exactly As Designed (Wired, 11 March 2018)
  13. Has dopamine got us hooked on tech? (Guardian, 4 March 2018)
  14. Wait Until 8th Grade (to give your kid a smartphone)
  15. Schools Teach ‘Cyber Hygiene’ to Combat Phishing, Identity Theft (Education Week, 6 March 2018)
  16. Amazon Knows Why Alexa Was Laughing at Its Customers (NY Times, 8 March 2018)
  17. Joanna Stern video “Facebook Really Is Spying on You, Just Not Through Your Mic” (Wall Street Journal, 7 Mar 2018)
  18. A cheaper MacBook Air makes perfect business sense for Apple (CNBC, 5 March 2018)
  19. Jen’s Geeks of the Week: Slack, New Google Sites, Augmented Reality (How We Achieved an Olympic Feat of Immersive Journalism, NYTimes 8 Feb 2018)
  20. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Pre-Order Pricey Glowforge 3D Laser Printer and Gaggle Safety Management

EdTech Situation Room Episode 75

Welcome to episode 75 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 29, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed rumors on other edtech podcasts that they are “a bit nerdy,” recent Apple security issues with the default root user account, and YouTube with respect to protecting kids and restricting content. Additional topics included the state of email in 2017 and useful apps / email workflow strategies, the amazingly fast new FireFox browser from Mozilla, exciting new announcements for more Android apps on Chromebooks, and the continued march of automation via AI, especially involving trucking. Geeks of the week included the upcoming December 15-31 “Ditch that Textook Digital Summit” (from Wes) and Google Voice (from Jason.) Refer to our podcast shownotes for all referenced news articles and links. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay updated, and join us LIVE for a future show at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain most weeks on Wednesday night. Check all our shownotes on http://edtechSR.com/links

Shownotes:

  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. Wes and Jason called “a bit nerdy:” EdTech Take Out, Episode 35
  9. Anyone Can Hack Macos High Sierra Just By Typing “Root” (Wired; 28 November 2017)
  10. Apple releases update to fix critical macOS High Sierra security issue (The Verge, 29 November 2017)
  11. YouTube is not for kids (TechCrunch; 29 November 2017)
  12. YouTube advertisers quit over predatory child videos (USA Today; 24 November 2017)
  13. Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids (TechCrunch, 27 Nov 2017)
  14. YouTube Kids app (for iOS and Android)
  15. Block YouTube Ads in your Browser: UBlock Origin for Chrome and for FireFox
  16. YouTube Red
  17. Turn on YouTube Restricted Mode for Kids
  18. Email sucks, right?  Email Is Broken. Can Anyone Fix It? (Wired; 27 November 2017)
  19. Hop for Email: https://gethop.com
  20. Google/Apache Wave
  21. David Allen’s Getting Things Done
  22. InBox Zero [VIDEO] (Merlin Mann at Google Talks in 2007)
  23. Introducing the New Firefox: Firefox Quantum (Mozilla, 14 Nov 2017)
  24. Ciao, Chrome: Firefox Quantum Is The Browser Built For 2017 (Wired; 25 November 2017)
  25. Firefox Quantum Isn’t Just “Copying” Chrome: It’s Much More Powerful (How-to Geek; 25 November 2017)
  26. https://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php
  27. Chrome is the most popular web browser of all (ZDNet, Jan 2017)
  28. Nearly 60 Chromebooks now have Android apps enabled with more on the way (9 to 5 Google; 15 November 2017)
  29. Microsoft Office Lands on Chromebooks Everywhere (Chrome Unboxed; 22 November 2017)
  30. Will Tesla’s Automated Truck Kill Trucking Jobs? (Wired, 17 Nov 2017)
  31. VIDEO: How job surveillance is transforming trucking in America (Vox, 20 Nov 2017)
  32. Automation could kill 73 million U.S. jobs by 2030 (USA Today; 28 November 2017)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 32

Welcome to episode 32 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 7, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit http://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show (as well as some we didn’t have time to discuss.) This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the launch of the new Google WiFi home router, screen time surveys for adults and kids, Gmail account hacks to well known politician accounts (Colin Powell and John Podesta) via clever phishing attacks, and recent Apple headlines about MacBook Pro issues. A considerable part of the show focused on Carole Cadwalladr’s recent article for The Guardian, “Google, democracy and the truth about internet search,” and the resulting response by Google to alter auto-complete search results. Thanks to Peggy George (@pgeorge) for sharing the excellent TEDtalk video, “Machine intelligence makes human morals more important” by Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep). Jason shared a collection of “travel nerd” websites for his geek of the week, and Wes shared https://safeshare.tv. Next week we’ll have a special “Technology Shopping Cart” episode, and then be off the week of December 21st for the holiday break. We’ll be back with an end-of-year “2016 Technology Year in Review Show” either the last week of December or the first week of January. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming show times. Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey!

Shownotes:

  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)
  7. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. Google Wifi launches today for $129 (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2016)
  9. How much time do parents spend on screens? As much as their teens (CNN, 6 Dec 2016)
  10. Distracted is the New Drunk (WNYC’s Note to Self)
  11. T-Mobile excited about life under Trump, reversal of net neutrality rules (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2016)
  12. “Program Or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age” by Douglas Rushkoff (@rushkoff)
  13. Google, democracy and the truth about internet search (The Guardian @carolecadwalla, 4 Dec 2016)
  14. Google’s auto-search results have become slightly less offensive (ArsTechnica, 6 Dec 2016)
  15. 2003 TCEA TechEdge Article: “Digital Literacy NOW!” (by Wesley Fryer)
  16. This is the most dangerous time for our planet (The Guardian, Stephen Hawking, 1 Dec 2016)
  17. Robots to steal 15million of your jobs, says bank chief: Doom-laden Carney warns middle classes will be ‘hollowed out’ by new technology (Daily Mail, 5 Dec 2016)
  18. Zeynep Tufekci: Machine intelligence makes human morals more important @zeynep (TEDtalk Video, June 2016)
  19. This Tool Can Help You Disappear from the Internet (Fortune, 26 Nov 2016)
  20. Gooligan Checker
  21. 1 million Google accounts compromised by Android malware called Gooligan (ArsTechnica, 30 Nov 2016)
  22. How Hackers Broke Into John Podesta and Colin Powell’s Gmail Accounts (Motherboard, 20 Oct 2016)
  23. Apple’s pricey MacBooks have me taking a second look at Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 (CNET 6 December 2016)
  24. New MacBook Pros plagued by complaints about battery life and graphics glitches (MacWorld 7 December 2016)
  25. Geeks of the Week by Jason: Be a Travel Nerd!
    1. http://www.airlinemeals.net/
    2. https://www.seatguru.com/
    3. http://thepointsguy.com/
    4. http://crankyflier.com/
    5. http://airlinegeeks.com/
    6. http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/
  26. Geek of the Week by Wes: https://safeshare.tv/ (removes related videos from YouTube video shares, works with SeeSaw)