EdTech Situation Room Episode 115

Welcome to episode 115 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 21, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics for the show included the recent outages of cloud services including Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory and LastPass Password Manager, and multiple signs of “The Technology Correction.” These included calls for regulating Facebook, surveys showing many young computer scientists do not want to work for Facebook, and Facebook’s apparent inability to regulate / fix itself. Processor upgrades to the Samsung Chromebook Plus, the enduring value of Google Pixelbooks, and Black Friday week deals on Pixelbooks were also discussed. On the security front, a new, stealthy Russian hacking tool, a phishing test tool, the first amendment and Facebook, and student protests over Facebook’s sponsored learning management system “Summit Learning” were also discussed. The use of streetlight concealed cameras by US security agencies and the viability of the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included T-Mobile’s One Plus Plan (great for international travel) and a technique for bypassing news website free article limits with browser incognito mode. 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. Office 365, Azure users are locked out after a global multi-factor authentication outage (TechCrunch, 19 Nov 2018)
  9. LastPass Knocked Offline, Freezing Out Password Users (Tom’s Guide, 20 Nov 2018)
  10. Microsoft and Google working on Chrome for Windows on ARM (The Verge; 21 November 2018)
  11. From Mark Zuckerberg to George Soros, here’s everything you need to know about Facebook’s latest crisis (The Verge; 19 November 2018)
  12. Facebook ads urge its staff to leak secrets (BBC News; 21 November 2018)
  13. ‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students. (New York Times; 15 November 2018)
  14. The Messy Fourth Estate (danah boyd, 20 June 2018)
  15. It’s time to start regulating Facebook (Washington Post OpEd by Nina Jankowicz, 15 Nov 2018)
  16. Facebook won’t fix itself (Vox OpEd by Emily Stewart, 15 Nov 2018)
  17. With A Core m3, The Samsung Chromebook Plus v2 Gets A Massive Upgrade (21 November 2018; Chrome Unboxed; 21 November 2018)
  18. The Google Pixelbook After A Year: 5 Reasons It’s Still Worth Your Money (Chrome Unboxed; 19 November 2018)
  19. $300 Off Any Pixelbook From Amazon!
  20. Technical error exposes Amazon users’ names, email addresses (CNet, 21 November 2018)
  21. Russian hacking tool gets extra stealthy to target US, European computers (CNet, 20 November 2018)
  22. Phishing Test Tool: https://www.knowbe4.com/
  23. Should the First Amendment apply to Facebook? It’s complicated. (Recode; 19 November 2018)
  24. Students protest Zuckerberg-backed digital learning program and ask him: ‘What gives you this right?’ (Washington Post, 17 Nov 2018)
  25. The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights (Quartz, 9 Nov 2018)
  26. Writing with iPad Pro: The first 48 hours away from Mac (9to5Mac, 9 Nov 2018)
  27. Almost 50% of the world is online. What about the other 50%? (The Guardian, 18 October 2018)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: T-Mobile’s One Plus Plan
  29. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Use Incognito Mode to Read Articles Exceeding Website Quotas

EdTech Situation Room Episode 114

Welcome to episode 114 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 14, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics for the show included college students at UC Berkeley developing browser extensions to identify political bot accounts on social media, prospects for liberal democracy portrayed in PBS Frontline’s recent series “The Facebook Dilemma,” and issues of both trust and due process involving Facebook, content takedowns and smart assistants like Alexa and Google Home. Microsoft’s problems with recent Windows10 updates and its new crowdsourced feedback process for updates, and new research on the value of doodling for learning and retention were also discussed with a shout out to Sylvia Duckworth’s (@sylviaduckworth) new book on sketchnoting. The “Shift Happens” video series 10 years later, problems with drone videos and wildlife harassment, Google’s pleas to content creators to help oppose new copyright legislation in Europe, and a Mozilla report identifying the “creepiest” tech gifts this holiday season from a privacy / surveillance standpoint rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included FFWorks / FFMpeg for video encoding, Thankful Bot from the Noun Project, a funny U.S. election meme on Twitter, and the virtual keyboard project CopyChar. 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.

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. The College Kids Doing What Twitter Won’t (Wired, 1 Nov 2018)
  9. BotCheck.me
  10. The Facebook Dilemma Part 1 and Part 2 (PBS Frontline, 29 & 30 Oct 2018)
  11. Facebook Is the Least Trusted Major Tech Company When it Comes to Safeguarding Personal Data, Poll Finds (Fortune; 8 November 2018)
  12. Human rights groups want Facebook to offer ‘due process’ for takedowns (The Verge; 14 November 2018)
  13. Instagram starts rolling out dashboard that shows how much time you spend on it (Verge, 14 Nov 2018)
  14. Alexa, Should We Trust You? (The Atlantic, November 2018)
  15. Microsoft re-releases Windows 10 October 2018 Update today after pulling it offline (The Verge; 13 November 2018)
  16. Microsoft to focus on Windows 10 quality after a buggy year (The Verge; 13 November 2018)
  17. Drawing Is the Fastest, Most Effective Way to Learn, According to New Research (Inc Magazine, 31 Oct 2018)
  18. The Surprisingly Powerful Influence of Drawing on Memory (Sage Journals, 30 Aug 2018)
  19. “How to Sketchnote: A Step-by-Step Manual for Teachers and Students” by Sylvia Duckworth @sylviaduckworth
  20. Has ‘Shift’ Happened? Revisiting a Viral Video From 2008 (EdSurge, 6 Nov 2018)
  21. That Cute Baby-Bear Video Reveals a Problem With Drones (The Atlantic, 6 Nov 2018)
  22. A Final Update on Our Priorities for 2018 (YouTube Creator Blog, 22 Oct 2018)
  23. Google CEO’s China argument doesn’t hold water (Columbia Journalism Review, 9 Nov 2018)
  24. Mozilla Releases Creepy Gift Report (Mozilla Foundation)
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week:  FFWorks (backstory), “Thankful Bot” by @nounproject and the Twitter meme – “me voting in 2016 vs. me voting in 2018”
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: CopyChar.CC – Virtual Keyboard

EdTech Situation Room Episode 108

Welcome to episode 108 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 26, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included Microsoft’s MakeCode resources, the crooked path of a YouTube star to fan fame on new media platforms, and the emergence of “deep fake” videos. If we had a show title based on the show conversations, it would likely be Miguel’s comment, “The boy turned away from Linux, I thought he was doomed!” Miguel and Wes also discussed the importance of students learning how to effectively and responsibly create video today, the recent European Human Rights Court ruling finding the mass surveillance of Great Britain’s GHCQ intelligence organization illegal that was originally highlighted by Edward Snowden, and the prospect of worldwide surveillance through drone monitoring. The Australian government’s new anti-encryption legislation, an FBI alarm on student data privacy, the launch of FireFox’s “Privacy Monitor,” and the feared demise of Evernote as a notetaking cloud platform were also discussed. Miguel set a new global record for podcast “Geek of the Week” shares, including Paranoia Works for personal encryption of data, the book Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez, Glary Utilities for WindowsOS management, an Amazing 1Note Link from Microsoft, the TCEA TechNotes Blog, and Joplin Notes. Wes’ Geek of the Week was “Learning Creative Learning,” a Free online course by MIT Media Lab starting 9 Oct 2018. 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 (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. Note we will be starting earlier than usual occasionally to accommodate guest schedules in upcoming weeks, so please check Twitter for those updates.

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. Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) – blog: www.mguhlin.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Microsoft MakeCode: Hands-On Computing
  9. MakeCode for MicroBit
  10. YouTube star Brandon Rogers tells the inside story of his rise to 4.5 million subscribers, from his big break to clueless execs and Facebook’s one hilarious request (Business Insider, 25 Sept 2018)
  11. Tracking Down Fake Videos (NPR, 25 Sept 2018)
  12. Rachel’s YouTube Channel and TEDx Talk: Tales from a Teen Minecraft YouTuber
  13. David Warlick (@dwarlick) Raw Materials for the Mind
  14. GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules (Guardian, 13 Sept 2018)
  15. UK mass surveillance ruled unlawful in landmark judgment (Big Brother Watch, 13 Sept 2018)
  16. Edward Snowden (@snowden) – Freedom Press
  17. Australian Government Ignores Experts in Advancing Its Anti-Encryption Bill (EFF, 24 Sept 2018)
  18. ISTE Standards for Students
  19. FBI Raises Alarm on Ed Tech and Student Data Privacy, Security (Education Week, 13 Sept 2018)
  20. Wes’ TEDx talk: Digital Citizenship in the Surveillance State (Dec 2016)
  21. Google Cloud’s new AI chief is on a task force for AI military uses and believes we could monitor ‘pretty much the whole world’ with drones (Business Insider, 12 Sept 2018)
  22. Mozilla launches Firefox Monitor, its ‘Have I Been Pwned’ clone (The Next Web, 25 Sept 2018)
  23. Apple’s Bud Tribble to Offer Support for ‘Comprehensive Federal Privacy Legislation’ at Senate Hearing on Wednesday (MacRumors, 25 Sept 2018)
  24. An Oral History of Apple’s Infinite Loop (Wired, 16 Sept 2018)
  25. Evernote isn’t looking too healthy these days (BoingBoing, 19 Sept 2018)
  26. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week: Paranoia WorksKill Decision by Daniel Suarez (@itsDanielSuarez), Glary Utilities, an Amazing 1Note Link from Microsoft: http://ly.tcea.org/mie2018TCEA TechNotes Blog, and Joplin Notes
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Learning Creative Learning – Free online course by MIT Media Lab starting 9 Oct 2018 (60 second promo video)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 101

Welcome to episode 101 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 25, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed automation and the technological trajectory of our society, potentially toward dystopia, informed by Douglass Rushkoff’s “Survival of the Richest” article shared in early July. This led to discussions about the weaponization of news via social media, as highlighted by danah boyd in a recent lecture in Detroit available on YouTube, recent revelations about voting machine vulnerabilities to hackers via remote access, and the cautionary tale provided by Ukraine in recent years on Russian hackers’ capabilities to bring a society’s institutions to a standstill via cyberwarfare. On the less depressing technology news front, Jason and Wes discussed the recent hoopla of Apple throttling MacBook Pro laptops revealed by a user on YouTube, and Apple’s release of an iOS version which provides better support for privacy and travelers passing through customs inspections where equipment may be used to copy iPhone data via USB tools. On the Google front, Jason discussed identified speed issues with web browsers and the YouTube website, the recent EU fine of Google for anti-trust legal violations, the opinion that Android has (positively) created more choice in the global smartphone market, and an update on Google’s Chromecast technology which celebrated its 5th birthday. Facebook’s legal challenges and potential fines in Great Britain over Brexit, rumors of a Microsoft-branded smartphone, updates to Microsoft Teams software, slow growth in the PC industry, and the continued revelation of more backdoors in Cisco routers (5 at this point) rounded out this episode’s topics. Geeks of the Week included Loom, a Chrome extension for screencasting, the Apple Magic Pad running on Chrome, Reddit (it’s not just for trolls), DocHub (for PDF annotation and digital signing) and the new documentary “This is AI” by IBM and Discovery. Please follow us on @edtechSR for updates and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can for our show!

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. Blackboard Announces Winners of 2018 Catalyst Awards (includes the Montana Digital Academy)
  9. Survival of the Richest (@rushkoff on Medium, 5 July 2018)
  10. VIDEO: Future of Information with danah boyd (21 July 2019 – Highlighted takeaways: Understanding the Weaponization of News Media with danah boyd (Wes’ takes)
  11. Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States (Motherboard; 17 July 2018)
  12. This Week In Tech 676: Falling Asleep As The Robots Wake Up
  13. How An Entire Nation Became Russia’s Test Lab for Cyberwar (Wired, 20 June 2018)
  14. Caliphate Podcast Series by the New York Times (speaks to the potential for radicalization of youth via Internet technologies)
  15. YouTuber Claims 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Upgraded Core i9 Chip is Severely Throttled Due to Thermal Issues (MacRumors; 17 July 2018)
  16. Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 with USB Restricted Mode (Wired, 9 July 2018)
  17. Free Online Literacy Activities for Chromebook Learners (Presentation slides by Wes from 21 July 2018)
  18. How to make YouTube five times faster if you don’t use Chrome (The Verge; 25 July 2018)
  19. Google fined a record $5 billion by the EU for Android antitrust violations (The Verge; 18 July 2018)
  20. Android has created more choice, not less (Google Blog; 18 July 2018)
  21. Google’s Chromecast is five years old today [Update: Chromecast history from Google] (Android Policy; 24 July 2018)
  22. Facebook Is Facing Its First Fine Over the Cambridge Analytica Privacy Scandal (Time; 11 July 2018)
  23. Microsoft Store employee claims a Microsoft-branded phone is launching soon (Windows Latest; 14 July 2018)
  24. Microsoft introduces a free version of Teams, going head-to-head with Slack (All About Microsoft; 12 July 2018)
  25. The PC Industry (Barely) Grew for the First Time in 6 Years (Thurrott.com; 15 July 2018)
  26. Backdoors Keep Appearing In Cisco’s Routers (Tom’s Hardware, 19 July 2018)
  27. DARPA pushes for AI that can explain its decisions (Engadget, 23 July 2018)
  28. Peggy’s Geek of the Week: Loom (Google Chrome extension for screencasting)
  29. Jasons Geeks of the Week: PSA: The Apple Magic Pad Works Well with Your Chromebook! and Reddit… not just for trolls 🙂
  30. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: DocHub (for browser-based PDF annotation / digital signing) and Documentary: This is AI (by IBM and The Discovery Channel)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 100

Welcome to episode 100 of the EdTech Situation Room from July 11, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed recent announcements from the 2018 ISTE Conference in Chicago, Microsoft’s new Surface Go budget laptop, and the opening of Pandora’s Box for 3D printed guns. Security articles discussed included the worst cybersecurity breaches of 2018 (so far), the importance of never using a USB from an unknown source (including North Korea summit officials), and the potential danger of discarding a used USB flash drive. Google Chrome articles included the launch of the CTL rugged Chromebook, and Neverware’s “Bring Your Old Device” tour, which included an ISTE vendor hall appearance at the Google booth. On the Amazon front, Jason reminded us to look forward to Amazon Prime Day on July 16th, and to consider why Amazon continues to sell lots of tablets in an otherwise lackluster market. Twitter’s recent efforts to delete fake accounts in advance of 2018 midterm elections in the United States was also highlighted. Geeks of the week included a recent episode of the Wired Educator podcast, Wes’ shared podcast subscriptions from PocketCasts, The Scratch Team’s “Getting Unstuck” campaign for 25 days of creative coding, and the recommendation to restart your router to defeat variants of the “VPNfilter” malware outbreak and also optimize your bandwidth performance. Please follow us on Twitter at @edtechSR for updates and for live join links during our Wednesday night shows. Please reach out to us on Twitter if you enjoy the show and let us know you’re listening!

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. All the Upgrades and Updates From Apple, Google and More at ISTE 2018 (EdSurge; 29 June 2018)
  9. Surface Go Is Microsoft’s Big Bet on a Tiny-Computer Future (Wired, 9 July 2018)
  10. A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns (Wired, 10 July 2018)
  11. The Worst Cybersecurity Breaches of 2018 So Far (Wired, 9 July 2018)
  12. What was on a USB fan given at the Trump-Kim summit? Security experts say nothing —  but don’t plug it in. (Washington Post; 3 July 2018)
  13. Ready to ditch your old flash drive? Don’t just erase and recycle (USA Today; 5 July 2018)
  14. CTL Launches The Ultra-Rugged Chromebook NL7X (Chrome Unboxed; 22 June 2018)
  15. Neverware Embarks On “Bring Your Old Device” Tour (Chrome Unboxed; 19 June 2018)
  16. Amazon Prime Day is July 16th! (Android & Me, 3 July 2018)
  17. Why Amazon keeps making tablets when the market has been struggling (Washington Post; 5 July 2018)
  18. Twitter is sweeping out fake accounts like never before, putting user growth at risk (Washington Post, 6 July 2018)
  19. Wired Educator Podcast 105: Wes Molyneux on How to Rock 1:1 Deployment and Professional Development (@WiredEducator)
  20. Wes’ Podcast Subscriptions via PocketCasts
  21. Getting Unstuck: 25 Days of Scratch Challenges
  22. Remember to periodically reboot your home router!

EdTech Situation Room Episode 98

Welcome to episode 98 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 13, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed “the day net neutrality died” (and what it means for schools now,) the coming tidal wave of giant media company mergers, and exciting developments in the world of ChromeOS. Jason unveiled his new Google PixelBook laptop, and 72 hours into ownership reports it’s the highest end laptop he’s ever owned. Additional topics included rumors of redesigned Surfacebooks by Microsoft, and Microsoft Office’s new “Fluent” design perhaps influenced by Google. On the Apple front, exciting announcements from WWDC18 including FaceTime for Groups and AppleTV Aerials recorded by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station were highlighted. Additionally, the potential impact of Apple making the “substrate” level of MacOS and iOS compatible was discussed, as highlighted in the WWDC 2018 keynote. Final articles discussed included one about Elon Musk and his noteable entrepreneurial work in so many areas, and charges that the FCC fabricated tales of DDOS attacks during its open commenting period on net neutrality. Geeks of the week included the ZigZag Podcast from Manoush Zomorodi, Saturday’s “Open Mic” show on Classroom 2.0 Live, upcoming “Make Media Camp” workshops, and Jive Voice, a VOiP Cloud-hosted Phone System. Check out all our links on https://edtechsr.com/links for these and all other referenced resources from the show. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates and remember to subscribe with PocketCasts, Stitcher, on YouTube, or wherever you prefer to aggregate your favorite podcasts!

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. The FCC’s net neutrality rules are officially repealed today. Here’s what that really means (Washington Post; 11 June 2018)
  9. Net neutrality rules are now repealed: What it means (CNN; 11 June 2018)
  10. Trump administration fails to block AT&T/Time Warner merger (ArsTechnica, 12 June 2018)
  11. Comcast offers $65 billion for Fox, says government won’t stop merger (ArsTechnica, 13 June 2018)
  12. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 will reportedly be ‘heavily redesigned’ for 2019 debut (THe Verge; 13 June 2018)
  13. Microsoft Office’s new Fluent Design overhaul makes it easier to use (The Verge; 13 June 2018)
  14. Microsoft gives Office a refreshed look and feel (TechCrunch; 13 June 2018)
  15. The buzz after Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote: Ho hum (Philip Elmer-DeWitt, 4 June 2018)
  16. Hands-on: 50+ new macOS Mojave changes and features [Video] (9 to 5 Mac; 12 June 2018)
  17. Apple to bring iOS apps to macOS (Tech Crunch; 4 June 2018)
  18. Apple is launching FaceTime group chats with up to 32 people (The Verge, 4 June 2018)
  19. WWDC 2018: Apple to add out-of-this-world Ariels from space (BestAppleTV, 4 June 2018)
  20. Musk promises manufacturing, self-driving, battery breakthroughs—and profits (ArsTechnica, 6 June 2018)
  21. Adobe Spark for Education
  22. New ChromeOS, Version 67: Chrome OS 67 Arrives With Material 2.0, Split Screen Support and Much More (Chrome Unboxed; 8 June 2018)
  23. Upcoming Chrome OS Files ‘refresh’ highlights Android, Linux files w/ redesigned navigation (9 to 5 Google; 13 June 2018)
  24. Google appears to be working on Windows 10 certification for the Pixelbook from Microsoft (9 to 5 Google; 13 June 2018)
  25. Chrome OS Dictation Goes Live In The Canary Channel (Chrome Unboxed; 11 June 2018)
  26. Team Drive Accessible in Chrome OS Files App (Chrome Unboxed; 5 June 2018)
  27. FCC accused of “spreading lies” about DDoS hitting comment system (ArsTechnica, 6 June 2018)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: ZigZag Podcast from Manoush Zomorodi
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “Classroom 2.0 Live – Open Mic on June 16, 2018 – Your Summer Bucket List”MakeMediaCamp.com (@makemediacamp), and Jive Voice (VOiP Cloud-hosted Phone System)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 95

Welcome to episode 95 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 16, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the recent vote in the U.S. Senate to preserve net neutrality, Android-related updates from Google promoting more frequent security patches by smartphone manufacturers / OEMs, and the forthcoming Oneplus 6 Smartphone. The U.S. President’s reversal of a trade ban on ZTE smartphones in the United States, updates to Gmail, Google Drive, and Google News, and imminently expected announcements about new Chromebooks rounded out the Android and Google-focused news articles in the show. Computer security firm Kaspersky’s decision to relocate from Russia to Switzerland amidst continued concerns over its integrity, NASA’s plan to send a drone helicopter to Mars, and the recent Toronto Declaration calling on algorithms to respect human rights were also discussed headlines. Under the title of “Technology Correction,” the release of over 3500 advertisements funded by Russians to influence the 2016 US Presidential election were discussed, along with articles highlighting how over fifty percent of those ads focused on race and many ads targeted U.S. teens. Cambridge Analytica, which has been in the news constantly in the Facebook / Russian election influence story, declared bankruptcy but has apparently reformed as the company Emerdata. Wes shared his pessimism that these kinds of election psyops are going to continue unabated in the upcoming mid-term and regular term elections in the United States. Microsoft’s work on a $400 tablet to compete with the iPad rounded out the discussed tech news. Geeks of the week included “The Most Useful Podcast in the World” by Popular Mechanics (from Jason), and two from Wes: a YouTube video of Sylvia Martinez INTED2018 Keynote Speech, “The Maker Movement” and the July 15-20, 2018 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy. Check out our shownotes for links to all these articles and referenced resources, and please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Stay safe and stay savvy!

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. Senate votes to restore net neutrality: Here’s how every senator voted (CNET, 16 May 2018)
  9. AT&T will ask Supreme Court to cripple the FTC’s authority over broadband (ArsTechnica, 7 May 2018)
  10. Upcoming Chromebooks: New Devices Aplenty (Chrome Unboxed; 13 May 2018)
  11. Oneplus 6 Announced With A Glass Back And A Notched 6.3-inch Display (The Verge, 16 May 2018)
  12. Trump helps sanctioned Chinese phone maker after China delivers a big loan to a Trump project (Vox, 15 May 2018)
  13. Project Treble is turning out to be more important than we thought (Android Central, 13 May 2018)
  14. Google is starting to require that OEMs roll out regular security patches (XDA Developers, 10 May 2018)
  15. Enable hosted S/MIME for enhanced message security (Google Support)
  16. Google Drive Getting a Redesign, Looks More Like The New Gmail (Chrome Unboxed, 14 May 2018)
  17. Google News to be revamped, incorporate YouTube videos and magazines  (ArsTechnica, 4 May 2018)
  18. The Internet is going the wrong way (Dave Weiner @davewiner, 10 May 2018)
  19. NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars to get a bird’s-eye view of the planet (Verge, 11 May 2018)
  20. Common Sense Supports BOT Act to Identify Bot Accounts on Social Media (@CommonSenseED)
  21. New Toronto Declaration calls on algorithms to respect human rights (Verge, 16 May 2018)
  22. Kaspersky Lab relocating infrastructure to Switzerland amid Russian spying allegations (Washington Times, 15 May 2018)
  23. Russian trolls targeted teens on Facebook with memes (CNet, 11 May 2018)
  24. House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-linked Facebook Ads (Wired, 10 May 2018)
  25. More Than Half of Russian Facebook Ads Focused on Race (NY Magazine, 12 May 2018)
  26. Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata (2 May 2018)
  27. Microsoft reportedly working on $400 Surface tablets to compete with the iPad (The Verge, 16 May 2018)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Most Useful Podcast in the World by Popular Mechanics
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Sylvia Martinez – The Maker Movement – INTED2018 Keynote Speech (@smartinez) and Summer Institute in Digital Literacy: July 15-20, 2018 (@reneehobbs)

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EdTech Situation Room Episode 94

Welcome to episode 94 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 9, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week newly minted Ph.D. Dr. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed lots of news from the Google IO developer’s conference, as well as news from the Microsoft Build Conference. The continued march of artificial intelligence is evident in the forthcoming release of Google Duplex, which was demonstrated at Google IO and allows your Google Assistant to make phone calls to real people and book appointments for things like haircuts and restaurant reservations. Google’s new Android P operating system will focus on wellness and greater awareness of screentime to promote healthy living. They also discussed Facebook’s “Sauron Alert” feature for employees, now called “Security Watchdog,” which is not available publicly but warns when someone is using content or personal information in unauthorized ways on the platform. Microsoft’s announcements for WindowsOS features which integrate with both Android phones as well as iPhones were discussed, as well as their efforts to bring machine learning benefits to all their applications. The use of AI technologies to potentially open up access to the Vatican’s Secret Library was highlighted, along with an older article (September 2017) from “The Conversation” about how software licensing restrictions affecting objects we purchase for our homes is bringing a property rights / intellectual property rights situation into our lives which is regressive and feudal in nature. Geeks of the week included open source software for DVD ripping (Handbrake) and YouTube video downloading (y2mate), as well as software for identifying and installing optimal Windows OS drivers on older computer systems (Snappy Driver Installer). Check out our shownotes for links to all referenced resources, and links to articles we didn’t have time to discuss in this week’s show on edtechSR.com/links. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us live weekly on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.

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. Android P: An Exclusive First Look At Google’s Most Ambitious Update In Years (Verge, 8 May 2018)
  9. The 10 biggest announcements from Google I/O 2018 (The Verge, 8 May 2018)
  10. Google Duplex Is Mesmerizing, Terrifying (Chrome Unboxed, 9 May 2018)
  11. Google Assistant making calls on your behalf (Nathan Sichilongo, 8 May 2018)
  12. Google Maps is getting augmented reality directions and recommendation features (Verge, 8 May 2018)
  13. For Facebook, Change Is Political. For Google, It’s Personal (Variety, 8 May 2018)
  14. 4 Big Takeaways From Google’s I/O Developer Conference Today (Fortune, 8 May 2018)
  15. Here’s everything Google unveiled at its biggest conference of the year (TechInsider, 9 May 2018)
  16. Facebook Has a ‘Sauron Alert’ to Protect Employees’ Privacy—But Not Yours (Gizmodo, 4 May 2018)
  17. Here’s how your iPhone, Android phone will work with Windows 10 PCs (CNET, 8 May 2018)
  18. Microsoft undercuts Apple and Google to offer Windows 10 app developers more money (The Verge, 8 May 2018)
  19. Microsoft continues its quest to bring machine learning to every application (Arts Technica, 7 May 2018)
  20. Microsoft Build: All the News You Need To Know (PC Magazine, 7 May 2018)
  21. Artificial Intelligence Is Cracking Open the Vatican’s Secret Archives (The Atlantic, 30 April 2018)
  22. The ‘internet of things’ is sending us back to the Middle Ages (The Conversation, 5 September 2017)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Snappy Driver Installer
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Handbrake (for DVD ripping) and Y2Mate (YouTube video downloading)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 87

Welcome to episode 87 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 28, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed news from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, net neutrality debate in the U.S. Congress, the forthcoming freemium option in Microsoft Teams, and new Chromebooks from Lenovo. Additional topics included Facebook’s facial recognition features, outlier conspiracy theories focusing on the recent Florida school shooting fueled by social media, and YouTube’s reinvigorated policing of videos required to adhere to community guidelines. Challenges for Android OS security, a possible replacement of Android OS by Google (with Flutter), and the prevalence of “credential stuffing” with online accounts rounded out the show’s main topics. Geeks of the week included a new Google MOOC focusing on AI and machine learning, compatibility of Mac Magic trackpads with Chromebooks, and the free Google Docs Add-On “OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates on our show. Thanks for viewing / listening!

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. How To Turn Off Facebook’s Face Recognition Features (Wired, 28 Feb 18)
  9. Catfishing (English WikiPedia)
  10. We studied thousands of anonymous posts about the Parkland attack — and found a conspiracy in the making (WaPo, 28 February 2018)
  11. YouTube says new moderators might have mistakenly purged right-wing channels (Verge, 28 Feb 2018)
  12. Embedding a tweet could be copyright infringement, says new court ruling (Verge, 16 Feb 2018)
  13. How to get around the Google Arts & Culture app’s block on Texas and Illinois (Houston Chronicle, 17 January 2018)
  14. The best and worst of Mobile World Congress 2018 (The Verge, 28 Feb 18)
  15. These will be the first cities getting 5G from Sprint and T-Mobile (Techcrunch, 27 Feb 2018)
  16. The Senate’s big fight over net neutrality officially starts today (The Verge, 27 February 2018)
  17. Microsoft’s Slack competitor might get a free version soon (The Verge, 27 February 2018)
  18. Lenovo’s rugged Chromebooks for schools make note-taking a breeze (The Verge, 26 February 2018)
  19. Lenovo’s New Chromebooks Are Official And Priced To Sell (Chrome Unboxed, 26 Feb 2018)
  20. Only two Android brands score reasonably well in analysis of security updates (9 to 5 Google, 28 February 2018)
  21. Is Google quietly laying the groundwork for Android’s demise? (Boy Genius Report, 28 Feb 2018)
  22. Cybersecurity Enforcers Wake Up to Unauthorized Computer Access Via Credential Stuffing (Big Law Business, 20 Feb 2018)
  23. 1Password now lets you see if your password has been leaked (Engadget, 23 Feb 2018) – based on haveibeenpwned.com
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Learn with Google AI: Making ML education available to everyone
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric (via @ericcurts)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 83

Welcome to episode 83 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 24, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the Montana governor’s announcement to require net neutrality respect from ISPs with state contracts, the Hawaii governor’s Twitter password gaffe during the recent false ICBM alert incident, and a series of new Google announcements relating to an IT certification program and cybersecurity spinoff company. Additional topics included new affordable laptops from Lenovo, Acer, and Microsoft targeting the education market, wifi issues with Chromecast and Google Home devices, and some Apple updates on battery throttling, HomePod, and the Siri Assistant who can new read daily news briefings like Google Home and Alexa. The show rounded out with a discussion of new YouTube changes to channel monetization eligibility, the issues raised around “YouTube pranking culture” by the Logan Paul Japan suicide video, and a shout out to Ben Wilkoff’s new “Educator and Student Youtube 1000 List.” Please follow us on Twitter for updates and links to our live shows on Wednesday night on YouTube. Check out the full list of links, including some we did not cover in this episode, 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. Montana governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality in the state (The Verge; 22 January 2018)
  9. Hawaii governor forgot Twitter password during false missile alert crisis (The Verge; 23 January 2018)
  10. Google Launches New IT Course, Offers Access to Jobs and Scholarships (Fortune, 16 Jan 2018)
  11. Google finds STEM skills aren’t the most important skills (Michigan Future, 5 Jan 2018)
  12. Alphabet’s Latest Moonshot Graduate Is Tackling Cybersecurity (Fortune, 24 Jan 2018)
  13. Graduation Day: Introducing Chronicle – Cybersecurity needs a moonshot (@AstroTeller, 24 Jan 2018)
  14. What is Google’s Fuchsia OS, anyway? (9 to 5 Google, 23 January 2018)
  15. Google teases I/O 2018 with a pineapple cake and a series of riddles (Verge, 24 Jan 2018)
  16. Over 90 percent of Gmail users still don’t use two-factor authentication (Verge, 23 Jan 2018)
  17. Lenovo Expands Educational Chromebook Lineup (Chrome Unboxed; 22 January 2018)
  18. Acer Announces A New Chromebox and 2 New Chromebooks (23 January 2018)
  19. Microsoft challenges Chromebooks with $189 Windows 10 laptops for schools (The Verge; 22 January 2018)
  20. [Update] Google’s Chromecast and Home devices can cause temporary Wi-Fi outages, here’s why (9 to 5 Google, 15 January 2018)
  21. Have you experienced Google Home- or Chromecast-related Wi-Fi outages? [Poll] (9 to 5 Google, 16 January 2018)
  22. Apple confirms iOS 11.3 will let you turn off controversial throttling of older iPhones (The Verge 24 January 2018)
  23. Apple’s Siri-equipped HomePod comes to your home on February 9 (ArsTechnica, 23 Jan 2018)
  24. Apple CEO Tim Cook Explains Why You’ll Want the HomePod (Fortune, 24 Jan 2018)
  25. iPhone users can now ask Siri to read daily news podcasts (Verge, 23 Jan 2018)
  26. Apple is adding a new Privacy icon to iOS and macOS to prevent iCloud password phishing (Verge, 24 Jan 2018)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The New York Times Podcast Club
  28. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “The Secret of Tuxedo Park” (@AmExperiencePBS documentary) and Flixable (Flixable Helps You Find the Perfect Thing to Watch on Netflix – Lifehacker, 23 Jan 2018)

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