EdTech Situation Room Episode 107

Welcome to episode 107 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 12, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the days announcements from Cupertino at the special Apple Event including Apple Watch 4 and 3 new iPhone models. The forthcoming iOS 12 and the benefits of the new Apple watch providing ECG / EKG data which is FDA approved was highlighted. Under the heading of “Social Media Correction,” Jason and Wes discussed an fascinating and in-depth article from the New Yorker focusing on the challenges faced by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in moderate content for 2.2 billion people worldwide, and specifically the impact that is having on democratic processes and institutions. The banning of Alex Jones by both Apple and Facebook, and the devastating impacts of false rumors spread via social media in Myanmar, India and Brazil were also discussed. The public availability of mind-blowingly high resolution maps of Antarctica, The FCC’s “pause” of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, the ongoing exploration of our “Red Planet” by robots amidst the challenge of a summer planet-wide dust storm, and Twitter’s release of audio-only broadcasting options rounded out the articles in this week’s shortened show. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.


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  8. Apple announces 3 new iPhones, a new watch, not much else (CNN, 12 September 2018)
  9. Why an Apple Watch with EKG matters (Verge 12 Sept 2018)
  10. iOS 12 is coming on September 17th, but here’s how to install it today (The Verge; 12 September 2018)
  11. Apple research continues on combining iPhone, iPad with MacBook-style accessory (AppleInsider, 11 Sept 2018)
  12. Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? (New Yorker, 17 Sept 2018)
  13. After Multiple Provocations, Twitter Has Banned Alex Jones And Infowars (BuzzFeed; 6 September 2018)
  14. Facebook followed Apple’s lead on Alex Jones purge, Zuckerberg (AppleInsider, 10 Sept 2018)
  15. Vicious Rumors Spread Like Wildfire On WhatsApp — And Destroyed A Village (BuzzFeedNews, 9 Sept 2018)
  16. These fact-checkers were attacked online after partnering with Facebook (Poynter, 10 Sept 2018)
  17. Google Wants to Kill the URL (Wired 4 Sept 2018)
  18. Reddit has banned the QAnon conspiracy subreddit r/GreatAwakening (The Verge; 12 September 2018)
  19. New Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’ (NYTimes, 7 Sept 2018)
  20. FCC pauses review of Sprint and T-Mobile merger (AppleInsider, 11 Sept 2018)
  21. NASA’s Opportunity Rover on Mars Still Silent 2 Months into Epic Dust Storm (Space.com, 17 Aug 2018)
  22. Twitter and Periscope now offer audio-only live broadcasts (Engadget, 7 Sept 2018)
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong (@sarahjeong) – free eBook and Algorithms of Oppression – How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Noble @safiyanoble
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Take Better Naps By Drinking Coffee First (Lifehacker)