EdTechSR Ep 282 OpenAI Kenyan Laborers?

Welcome to episode 282 (“OpenAI Kenyan Laborers?”) of the EdTech Situation Room from January 25, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer@mastodon.cloud) discussed AI, Apple news, Google news, Twitter news, media literacy, security, connectivity, miscellaneous tech topics, and “Geeks of the Week.” Specific topics included: OpenAI and Microsoft have announced a multi-billion-dollar partnership extension. The Alperovitch Institute published an article discussing a five-day experience with ChatGPT. Microsoft’s new AI can simulate anyone’s voice with just 3 seconds of audio. The Observer published an article about the AI ethics war and how it will make the content moderation debate look like a picnic. Apple recently released a new full-size HomePod with new features, and has reportedly delayed AR glasses and is putting all hopes on mixed reality headsets. AT&T will pay out a $60 million settlement to thousands of customers, and there is hope that Google won’t kill off “Assistant Memory.” The DOJ is suing Google for ad dominance and wants to break the company up. The Supreme Court is poised to reconsider key tenets of online speech. There has also been an upturn in affordable Chromebooks and Google Docs has become a better listener with more accurate voice typing tools. On a separate note, white nationalist Nick Fuentes is back on Twitter. (end of summary) The previous show summary was generated by ChatGPT by OpenAI. 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!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
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  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter and on Mastodon!
  4. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
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  6. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  7. Jason Neiffer (Mastodon: @neif@mastodon.cloud – Twitter: @techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: @wfryer@mastodon.cloud – Twitter: @wfryer ) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. OpenAI and Microsoft announce extended, multi-billion-dollar partnership (ArsTechnica, 23 Jan 2023)
  10. Five Days in Class with ChatGPT (Alperovitch Institute, Thomas Rid, 22 Jan 2023)
  11. Microsoft’s new AI can simulate anyone’s voice with 3 seconds of audio (Ars Technica; 9 January 2023)
  12. The AI Ethics War Will Make the Content Moderation Debate Look Like a Picnic (Observer; 20 January 2023)
  13. Apple’s full-size HomePod is back with new features (ArsTechnica, 18 Jan 2023)
  14. Apple Reportedly Delays AR Glasses and Puts All Hopes on Mixed Reality Headsets (GizModo, 18 Jan 2023)
  15. Why It’s Okay to Buy A Mac With Only 8 GB RAM (How-to Geek; 17 January 2023)
  16. The new Mac mini is proof that Google needs to rethink Chromeboxes (Android Central; 19 January 2023)
  17. AT&T to pay out $60M settlement to thousands of customers (WBTV Charlotte, 20 Jan 2023)
  18. I really hope Google doesn’t kill off “Assistant Memory” before it sees the light of day (Chrome Unboxed; 31 December 2022)
  19. CES 2023 highlights an upturn in affordable Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 10 January 2023)
  20. Google Docs becomes a better listener with more accurate voice typing tools in its latest update (Chrome Unboxed; 10 January 2023)
  21. The DOJ sues Google for ad dominance, wants to break company up (ArsTechnica, 24 Jan 2023)
  22. White Nationalist and Nazi Nick Fuentes Is Back on Twitter (New Republic, 24 Jan 2023)
  23. Supreme Court Poised to Reconsider Key Tenets of Online Speech (NYTimes, 19 Jan 2023) #GiftLink
  24. OpenAI Used Kenyan Workers on Less Than $2 Per Hour to Make ChatGPT Less Toxic (Time, 18 Jan 2023)
  25. You Toot Too, Right? – Twitter API fallout, Section 230, TikTok ban, tech layoffs, AmazonSmile RIP (TwIT Podcast, 23 Jan 2023)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Dan Willingham’s New Book: Outsmart Your Brain: Why Learning is Hard and How You Can Make It Easy
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: AirTable of Pending Journalists for Verification on PressCheck and TextSplit for iOS
Photo by Glenn Horgan on Unsplash

EdTechSR Ep 281 Stories of Piracy

Welcome to episode 281 (“Stories of Piracy”) of the EdTech Situation Room from January 18, 2023, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer@mastodon.cloud) discussed ChatGPT / Artificial Intelligence / AI, new Apple product news, “tech correction” / social media / Twitter news, and some copyright / licensing / “right to repair” news. A “lessons learned from CyberWar in Ukraine” article was also highlighted. Geeks of the Week included an ABC feature video about students at Wes’ school creating a prosthetic leg for a golden retriever dog, and used USB-C chargers compatible with Mac laptops on eBay. Jason and Wes also shared some stories about music and DVD piracy from the past, giving this episode its title. 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!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
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  4. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
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  6. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  7. Jason Neiffer (Mastodon: @neif@mastodon.cloud – Twitter: @techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: @wfryer@mastodon.cloud – Twitter: @wfryer ) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. ChatGPT Thread from Tiffany Peltier
  10. Torry Trust ChatGPT Slide Deck
  11. Stop feeding the hype and start resisting (Iris Van Rooij, 14 Jan 2023)
  12. Every new Apple product coming in 2023 (Macworld; 18 January 2023)
  13. Seattle public schools sue social media companies for allegedly harming students’ mental health (CNN Business; 9 January 2023)
  14. Twitter continues to disrespect developers with weak explanation on third-party clients not working (9 to 5 Mac; 17 January 2023)
  15. Is Twitter dying? And what would that mean for journalism? (Columbia Journalism Review, Mathew Ingram, 12 Jan 2023)
  16. Parler owner laid off 75% of staff and has only 20 employees left, report says (ArsTechnica, 11 Jan 2023)
  17. Belarus Legalizes Pirating Media From ‘Unfriendly’ Countries (PC Magazine; 10 January 2023)
  18. John Deere relents, says farmers can fix their own tractors after all (ArsTechnica, 9 Jan 2023)
  19. Defending Ukraine: Early Lessons from the Cyber War (Brad Smith, Microsoft, 22 June 2022)
  20. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Dog who lost leg to cancer gets a prosthetic leg thanks to clever high schoolers (WCNC Charlotte, 18 Jan 2023)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: MacBook USB-C Chargers… used?
FBI Anti-Piracy Warning!” (CC BY 2.0) by bizmac

EdTechSR Ep 278 2022 Year in Review

Welcome to episode 278 (“2022 Year in Review”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 29, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. For the first time, the following summary of our show was algorithmically generated with ChatGPT. In this video, the hosts of the EdTech Situation Room, Wes Fryer and Jason Neiffer, discussed the state of education technology in 2022, in their final episode of the year. They discussed the weather conditions in their respective locations, with Dr. Neiffer mentioning the super storm that went through his area, and the negative 27 degrees Fahrenheit temperature he experienced. They also mentioned the wind chill in other parts of the state, which was as low as negative 67 degrees Fahrenheit. They then proceeded to review some of the major headlines in education technology for the year 2022 and discussed where they thought these topics would head in 2023. The hosts also welcomed a new live viewer, Lisa Durff, and mentioned that more information could be found on their website, edtechsr.com. They mentioned that the first headline they would discuss was the continued adoption of online and distance learning due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed the challenges faced by educators and students in this new environment and the need for more support and resources to help with the transition. They also mentioned the potential for more blended learning models in the future, combining in-person and online instruction. The second headline they discussed was the increasing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in education. They talked about the potential benefits of these technologies, such as personalization and automation of certain tasks, but also raised concerns about privacy and ethics. The third headline they discussed was the growing emphasis on media literacy and digital citizenship in education. They talked about the importance of preparing students to navigate the digital world and the challenges of misinformation and disinformation. Throughout the discussion, the hosts provided their own perspectives and insights on these topics, drawing on their own experiences as educators and experts in the field of education technology. They also invited viewer participation and engagement through the live chat feature. (End of ChatGPT summary.) Geeks of the Week included a Winter Storm Elliott visualization (from Wes) and Jason’s preferred RSS Reader, inoreader.com. 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 and Mastodon (@edtechsr@mastodon.education) 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!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
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  4. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
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  6. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  7. Jason Neiffer (Mastodon: @neif@mastodon.cloud – Twitter: @techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: @wfryer@mastodon.cloud – Twitter: @wfryer ) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Winter Storm Elliott visualization
  10. Jason’s Geek of the Week: RSS is back for me??!  www.inoreader.com/
Fireworks” (CC BY 2.0) by Imran Shahabuddin

EdTechSR Ep 271 Ad-Free Education YouTube

Welcome to episode 271 (“Ad-Free Education YouTube”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 21, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google news, YouTube news, Mark Zuckerberg and Meta’s financial troubles, Ian Bogost’s case in The Atlantic that “People Aren’t Supposed to Talk This Much,” and a Pentagon’s announced review of “clandestine psychological operations.” Additional topics included Zoom’s new calendar and email tools, iPhone 14 reviews, Canva’s new “visual worksuite,” and bans of AI-generated image content. Geeks of the Week included Visible, Govee smart lights and a reboot of Storychasers. 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 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. Stay savvy and safe!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
  2. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  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. Rumor: Google may be working on a ‘small-screen’ Pixel, but you probably shouldn’t get your hopes up (9 to 5 Google; 14 September 2022)
  10. Bye, bye Pixelbook. We will always love you (Chrome Unboxed; 12 September 2022)
  11. Framework’s new Chromebook is upgradable and customizable (The Verge; 21 September 2022)
  12. YouTube launches an ad-free video player for education (The Verge; 9 September 2022)
  13. YouTube creates ad-free player for students, brings courses and quizzes to educational videos (Chrome Unboxed; 13 September 2022)
  14. H5P (Rich HTML5 Content and Applications)
  15. Sherlocking (English WikiPedia)
  16. Mark Zuckerberg Is in Big, Big Trouble (Futurism, 20 Sept 2022)
  17. People Aren’t Meant to Talk This Much – aka “Fix Facebook By Making It More Like Google+ (Atlantic, Ian Bogost, 22 Oct 2021)
  18. Pentagon opens sweeping review of clandestine psychological operations (Washington Post, 19 Sept 2022) #GiftLink
  19. Zoom is reportedly working on calendar and email tools to take on Office and Google (The Verge; 14 September 2022)
  20. iPhone 14 and 14 Pro review: A picture is worth a thousand dollars (ArsTechnica, 21 Sept 2022)
  21. Canva joins the big boys with an entirely new collaborative “Visual Worksuite” of tools (Chrome Unboxed; 15 September 2022)
  22. Getty Images bans AI-generated content over fears of legal challenges (The Verge; 21 September 2022)
  23. XSplit VCam (Jason’s favorite software-based webcam)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Visible
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Govee Smart LED Strip Lights WiFi, 50ftStorychasers reboot

EdTechSR Ep 269 iPhone14 Satellite SOS

Welcome to episode 269 (“iPhone14 Satellite SOS”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 7, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed news articles focusing on the September 2022 Apple Event, Google Chromebook news, privacy / surveillance issues, VR headsets for the US Army, media literacy, and cryptography. 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 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. Stay savvy and safe!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
  2. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  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. The things that matter from Apple’s fall 2022 event (Wirecutter, 7 Sep 2022)
  10. The iPhone 14 can connect to satellites for emergency SOS features (Engadget, 7 Sept 2022)
  11. She Had an AirTag in Her Lost Luggage. It Led Police to a Baggage Handler’s Home (NYTimes, 19 Aug 2022, Gift Link)
  12. Apple Macbook Air M1 Vs Macbook Air M2: Which Should You Buy? (Reviewed; 2 September 2022)
  13. New ‘Low Power Mode’ coming to Apple Watch Series 4 and later with watchOS 9 (9 to 5 Mac; 7 September 2022)
  14. Can you really survive college with just a Chromebook? (Android Central; 27 July 2022)
  15. Turns out, the 12th-gen Intel Core i3 is an absolute performance monster in Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 6 September 2022)
  16. Tech tool offers police ‘mass surveillance on a budget’ (AP, 2 Sept 2022)
  17. Irish regulators fine Instagram a record $402 million for violating EU teen privacy rules (USA Today; 5 September 2022)
  18. You’re being tracked through your email. Here’s how to stop it. (Vox; 3 September 2022)
  19. The US Army could soon be equipped with Microsoft Hololens (TechRadar Pro, 5 Sept 2022)
  20. Illinois high school students to receive media literacy instruction this year (CBS News, 22 Aug 2022)
  21. The Marine Corps wants to develop media literacy training. It won’t be easy (Military Times, 1 Aug 2022)
  22. Troubled Crypto Broker Voyager Digital to Auction Off Assets Next Week (DeCrypt, 7 Sept 2022)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Mark Cuban Cost Plus Pharmacy
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: WiseStamp Email Signature ManagementMy Creative Type Quiz (via Adobe) – KiwiFarms PSA thread

EdTechSR Ep 266 AI for Excel

Welcome to episode 266 (“AI for Excel”) of the EdTech Situation Room from August 10, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed features in ChromeOS 104 and 105, an AI bot for Excel formulas, and an increased price for Twitter Blue. Google’s warrantless video permissions for police, survey results about political violence in the U.S., and GenZ search preferences for TikTok over YouTube were also highlighted topics. Additionally, subscription based cars, and latest Meta’s chatbot fail were explored Geeks of the Weeks included Kible and Ad Observatory. Check out our shownotes for links to all the articles we discussed, and subscribe to our Substack to receive all the links we discussed and also didn’t have time to talk about in this week’s show in your email inbox! 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 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. Stay savvy and safe!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
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  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  4. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
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  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. ChromeOS 104 rolling out and introducing new features (Chrome Unboxed; 5 August 2022)
  10. Chrome OS 105 partial split windows and multitasking button details (About Chromebooks; 11 July 2022)
  11. Game-changer for Excel: Free AI bot creates any Excel formula you need (Boy Genius Report; 31 July 2022)  https://excelformulabot.com/
  12. ​​Twitter raises its Blue subscription price (MS PowerUser; 29 July 2022)
  13. Google, like Amazon, will let police see your video without a warrant (Verge, 27 July 2022)
  14. He surveyed 8,600 Americans about political violence. The results are beyond scary (LA Times, 21 July 2022)
  15. Nearly half of Gen Z is using TikTok and Instagram for search instead of Google, according to Google’s own data (Insider; 13 July 2022)
  16. The future of cars is a subscription nightmare (The Verge; 13 July 2022)
  17. Meta’s New AI Chatbot Loves Anti-Racism and Mean Girls (Gizmoto; 6 August 2022)
  18. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Kible
  19. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Ad Observatory (details)

EdTechSR Ep 265 Starlink Mobile Connectivity

Welcome to episode 265 (“Starlink Mobile Connectivity”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 20, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the FCC’s authorization of Starlink’s system to be used in moving vehicles, along with other connectivity related articles. Hoopla around the TikTok “blackout challenge,” calls for TikTok to preserve war crimes videos in Ukraine, advertisements on Netflix, and declining Netflix subscriptions were also highlighted articles and topics. Geeks of the Week included the upcoming Adobe Digital Summit and “the (Mis)Information Game, a social-media simulation.” Check out our shownotes for links to all the articles we discussed, and subscribe to our Substack to receive all the links we discussed and also didn’t have time to talk about in this week’s show in your email inbox! 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 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. Stay savvy and safe!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
  2. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  4. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
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  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. The FCC authorizes SpaceX’s Starlink system to be used on vehicles in motion (The Verge; 30 June 2022)
  10. T-Mobile 5G home internet reaches 5 million new addresses in the middle of the country (The Verge; 30 June 2022)
  11. The TikTok ‘blackout challenge’ has now allegedly killed seven kids (The Verge; 7 July 2022)
  12. TikTok resists calls to preserve Ukraine content for war crime investigations (Ars Technica, 15 Jul 2022)
  13. TikTok can’t stop users from doxxing the Supreme Court (ArsTechnica, 29 Jun 2022)
  14. Netflix’s ad-supported tier won’t have everything at launch (The Verge; 19 July 2022)
  15. Netflix subscriber count in the US and Canada dropped by 1.3 million over the last three months (The Verge; 19 July 2022)
  16. Here’s what Netflix execs think about the Netflix problem (Vox; 20 July 2022)
  17. Discovering Useful Ideas (a workshop by Wes)
  18. Wes’ Twitter Lists
  19. Jason’s Twitter Lists
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Adobe Digital Summit
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week: the (Mis)Information Game, a social-media simulation  (via @/UlliEcker)

EdTechSR Ep 256 Library Chromebook Connectivity

Welcome to episode 256 (“Library Chromebook Connectivity”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 13, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed libraries, Chromebooks and Internet hotspots, privacy and the information you’re likely agreeing to share with faceless data brokers when you file taxes electronically, and the digital faces of the ongoing Russian-instigated war in Ukraine. New features of Adobe CC Express on Chromebooks were also highlighted, along with the New York Times’ new guidelines for journalists on Twitter use. Geeks of the Week included “Canva Design Skills for Students” and a tutorial video on using Google Jamboard with Google Classroom. Check out our shownotes for links to all the articles we discussed, and subscribe to our Substack to receive all the links we discussed and also didn’t have time to talk about in this week’s show in your email inbox! 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 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. Stay savvy and safe!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
  2. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  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. What US libraries let you borrow Chromebooks with internet hotspots? (9 to 5 Google; 4 April 2022)
  10. Who are the teens suddenly choosing Android over iPhone? (ZDNet; 7 April 2022)
  11. YouTube announces new “Subtitle Editor” role to collaborate on video captions (Chrome Unboxed; 12 April 2022)
  12. HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Enterprise shows up with a $2,165 price tag (About Chromebooks; 10 April 2022)
  13. T-Mobile resurrects Google Photos’ unlimited storage, with a catch (Engadget, 12 April 2022)
  14. DuckDuckGo’s privacy-centric browser arrives on Mac (The Verge; 12 April 2022)
  15. You agreed to what? Tax sites want your data for more than filing (The Washington Post; 12 April 2022)
  16. TurboTax and H&R Block have spent years making Tax Day miserable (MSNBC; 15 April 2021)
  17. How War in Ukraine Roiled Facebook and Instagram (NY Times, 31 March 2022)
  18. Photographer Maksim Levin’s work in Ukraine – in pictures (Guardian, 3 April 2022)
  19. New Adobe Creative Cloud Express Perk lets you create logos, flyers, and more on your Chromebook (Chrome Unboxed; 3 April 2022)
  20. The New York Times would really like its reporters to stop scrolling and get off Twitter (at least once in a while) (Nieman Labs, 7 April 2022)
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Canva Design Skills for Students (Canva)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] tutorial: Using Jamboard with Google Classroom (14 min)

EdTechSR Ep 255 Facebook Hates TikTok

Welcome to episode 255 (“Facebook Hates TikTok”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 6, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Twitter news, BigTech / the “Technology Correction,” Microsoft news, Google news, some “tales from family IT support,” and what we might learn from Flat Earther conspiracy theorists. Geeks of the Week included web-based alternatives to popular software applications and a tutorial video on creating print-on-demand paperback books from BookCreator.com eBooks. Check out our shownotes for links to all the articles we discussed, and subscribe to our Substack to receive all the links we discussed and also didn’t have time to talk about in this week’s show in your email inbox! 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 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. Stay savvy and safe!

Shownotes

  1. Subscribe to our EdTechSR Substack Newsletter!
  2. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  3. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  4. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
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  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. Twitter is adding an edit button (The Verge; 5 April 2022)
  10. Elon Musk giving ‘serious thought’ to build a new social media platform (Reuters, 26 March 2022)
  11. Trump’s Truth Social app branded a disaster (BBC News, 3 April 2022)
  12. Elizabeth Warren’s plan to break up Big Everything (Recode; 5 April 2022)
  13. Get your facts straight with new Google Search fact-checking features (Chrome Unboxed; 31 March 2022)
  14. How Activists Use Social Media for Good — and You Can Too (cNet; 5 April 2022)
  15. Your Digital Footprint: It’s Bigger Than You Realize (cNet; 4 April 2022)
  16. Opinion: Enough failures. We need a federal privacy law. (Washington Post, 30 March 2022)
  17. Facebook paid GOP firm to malign TikTok (Washington Post, 30 March)
  18. Windows 11’s refreshed File Explorer gets tabs, favorites, and a new homepage (The Verge; 5 April 2022)
  19. Windows 11’s new meeting features improve eye contact, framing, and background blur (The Verge; 5 April 2022)
  20. You can finally set Chrome as your default browser on Windows 11 with one click again (Chrome Unboxed; 1 April 2022)
  21. Google Docs will start nudging some users to write less dumbly (The Verge; 1 April 2022)
  22. Google Docs to get Grammarly-like features in selected Workspace and EDU tiers (Chrome Unboxed; 1 April 2022)
  23. Google Docs gets expanded Markdown autocorrect support (Chrome Unboxed; 30 March 2022)
  24. Chrome’s Side Panel receiving private notes, Reader Mode to be renamed “Read Anything” (Chrome Unboxed; 5 April 2022)
  25. Google Meet will open the flood gates later this year with new YouTube live streaming feature (Chrome Unboxed; 31 March 2022)
  26. New Google ‘highly cited’ label focuses on tackling misinformation, highlighting original reporting (Mashable, 31 March 2022)
  27. Changes to how file downloads are handled in Firefox version 98 (Mozilla Support Blog)
  28. What we can learn from people who take the Flat Earth theory seriously (Grid News, 4 April 2022)
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: 30+ Web-Based Alternatives to Traditional Desktop Apps for Chromebooks and PCs (HowToGeek)
  30. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Preparing Book Creator eBooks to Print on Lulu.com (19 min)

EdTechSR Ep 250 Behold ChromeOS Flex

Welcome to episode 250 (“Behold ChromeOS Flex”) of the EdTech Situation Room from March 2, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s ChromeOS Flex, rumors of the upcoming Apple Event March 8th, security / cybersecurity warnings, and software alternatives to Evernote. Additional topics included the Ukraine – Russia War, and linguistic analysis about the identity / identities of those behind QAnon. Geeks of the Week included a recent podcast about science fiction shaping popular culture, “March Mammal Madness,” and open registration for NCCE’s spring virtual conference. Check out our shownotes for links to all the articles we discussed, and subscribe to our Substack to receive all the links we discussed and also didn’t have time to talk about in this week’s show in your email inbox! 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 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. Stay savvy and safe!

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  9. Chrome OS Flex is an ideal off-ramp for millions of PCs that can’t run Windows 11 (Ars Technica, 16 February 2022)
  10. I Ran Chrome OS Flex on the MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) (Mac o’Clock; 27 February 2022)
  11. Chrome OS Flex on Mac Review + Setup (Mac Research)
  12. You Can Use Same Management License (via @PrimaryNetMan)
  13. Apple Event: March 8th
  14. Here’s everything Apple could announce at its March 8 ‘Peek performance’ special event (9to5Mac, 2 March 2022)
  15. Why a Mac Mini Pro would be such a game-changer (Digital Trends; 22 February 2022)
  16. These are the 20 most common passwords leaked on the dark web — make sure none of them are yours (CNBC; 27 February 2022)
  17. CISA Issues “Shields Up” Warning About Russian Cyber Attacks (Forbes; 25 February 2022)
  18. 7 of the Best Evernote Alternatives (and Why You Should Finally Switch) (Lifehacker; 25 February 2022)
  19. Why a Russian Invasion of Ukraine Would Be a Big Test for Google Maps (Time Magazine; 15 February 2022)
  20. Ukraine’s Volunteer ‘IT Army’ Is Hacking in Uncharted Territory (Wired, 27 Feb 2022) – “Google Form Sign-Up”
  21. RT America ceases productions and lays off most of its staff (CNN Business, 3 March 2022)
  22. We Have Never Been Here Before (NYT OpEd by Tom Friedman, 25 Feb 2022)
  23. Daniel Funke, USA Today, Out of Context Twitter Thread
  24. Differences in Media Coverage (Russia vs The World)
  25. Who Is Behind QAnon? Linguistic Detectives Find Fingerprints (NYTimes, 19 Feb 2022)
  26. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: @HumaneTech_⁩ [PODCAST] episode “How Science Fiction Can Shape Our Reality” interview with Kim Stanley RobinsonMarch Mammal Madness
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: NCCE Registration Open NOW!