EdTech Situation Room Episode 116

Welcome to episode 116 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 29, 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 continued growth of mobile broadband connectivity worldwide, the expanded availability of Google Fi, and varying opinions about Google’s new Pixel Slate tablet. The milestone last week of Microsoft surpassing Apple as the world’s most valuable company, Microsoft’s HoloLens AR goggle contract with the U.S. Army, and the scientist who defied the international community by using CRISPR to genetically engineer a human baby were also discussed. OpEds about the unpredictability of Internet effects as shown by the popularity of chess as an online spectator sport, and the rise of “surveillance capitalism” via targeted advertising were also highlighted. The successful landing of the Insight space probe on Mars this week and Europe’s threat to shut down Google News by charging for linking to 3rd party news websites were topics rounding out the show. 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.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Mobile broadband is faster than Wi-Fi in 33 countries (The Verge; 27 November 2018)
  9. What Internet Use Will Look Like in 2022 (PC Magazine; 27 November 2018)
  10. Project Fi is now Google Fi, and it will work with iPhones and most Android devices (The Verge; 28 November 2018)
  11. Details from Google on Google Fi (Google Blog; 28 November 2018)
  12. Pixel Slate and Pixel Slate Keyboard review: Portability and productivity at a premium price (About Chromebooks, 27 November 2018)
  13. Google Pixel Slate review: Pro tablet, mediocre laptop (Android Central; 27 November 2018)
  14. Google keeps failing to understand tablets (The Verge, 29 November 2018)
  15. Microsoft becomes world’s most valuable company after passing Apple for first time since 2010 (The Telegraph, 28 Nov 2018)
  16. US Army soldiers will soon wear Microsoft’s HoloLens AR goggles in combat (MIT Technology Review, 29 Nov 2018)
  17. Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies (MIT Technology Review, 25 Nov 2018)
  18. The Chinese CRISPR baby debacle takes another dark turn (Wired, 28 Nov 2018)
  19. CRISPR Co-Inventor ‘Disgusted’ (Bloomberg, 28 Nov 2018)
  20. Chess Is the Killer App (Bloomberg, 13 Nov 2018)
  21. Targeted Advertising Is Ruining the Internet and Breaking the World (Motherboard, 16 Nov 2018)
  22. NASA’s Mars InSight probe touches down on red planet (The Guardian, 26 Nov 2018)
  23. We are the first humans to see a Mars sunset. But Twitter doesn’t have it right. (Cincinnati.com – USA Today, 29 Nov 2018)
  24. Google News may shut over EU plans to charge tax for links (The Guardian, 18 November 2018)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 20

Welcome to episode 20 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 24, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the ascendency of smartphones as the primary media consumptive screen in U.S. households, NASA’s recent announcement to make all its research openly accessible, Google’s decision to discontinue Chrome apps for Mac and Windows, and Verizon’s continuing metamorphosis from a “baby bell” telco to a global corporate player in digital media. The November 2015 article in the Atlantic by Walter Kirn, “If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy” was also a catalyst for reflections in the show, as well as NASA’s press release about it’s newly installed docking portal in the International Space Station for commercial space vehicles from SpaceX, Boeing, and other companies. Check out all our podcast shownotes on https://edtechsr.com/links and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/edtechSR. Please submit our short (6 question) listener survey using this link: http://wfryer.me/edtechsr


  1. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  2. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  3. Video version on YouTube ( also as Part 1 and Part 2)
  4. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  5. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  6. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  7. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  8. Privacy (or its disappearance) If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy (The Atlantic by @walterkirn, November 2015)
  9. Flashback post: Deleting Foursquare and Personal Privacy Boundaries (December 2013 by Wes)
  10. Signs of the Times: Your phone is becoming your favorite screen, even when you’re at home (Recode; 24 August 2016)
  11. Open Content: NASA Just Made All Its Research Free Online (Popular Mechanics, 21 Aug 2016)
  12. Web Churn: Verizon’s Metamorphosis: Can You See Me As A Tech Giant Now? (NPR, 9 August 2016)
  13. Space, STEM & Just Cool Stuff [VIDEO] The space station gets a new parking spot (4 min, The Verge, 20 Aug 2016)
  14. Disappearing Technology: Google is phasing out Chrome apps for Mac and Windows (Engadget, 19 August 2016)
  15. Chrome & Google: Attention, College Students: Chromebooks Are About to Get Awesome (Wired, 12 August 2016)
  16. Chrome & Google: The Google Play store, coming to a Chromebook near you (Google Chrome Blog, 19 May 2016)
  17. Chrome & Google: Android N Released! (Official Android Blog; 22 August 2016)
  18. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Anker Bluetooth Folio Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 ($36)
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The $100 Chromebook? Turn a Cheap, Dated Laptop into a Speedy ChromiumOS Device with CloudReady! (NCCE Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog; 19 April 2016)