EdTech Situation Room Episode 119

Welcome to episode 119 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 26, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed copyright and intellectual property issues on the Teachers Pay Teachers (@tptdotcom) website, YouTube creator backlash amidst other “trust issues” with Google, and the challenges of radicalization and “outlier content” on YouTube based on its attention-maximizing algorithms. Continuing warnings from U.S. security officials to avoid Huawei smartphones and telecommunications gear because of the Chinese government’s hacking threat, the four variations of recommended 2 step verification for account security, and the promise of podcasting for the “slow democracy movement” were also highlighted and explored. Amazing recent space photos of the planet Jupiter, China’s ongoing space exploration milestones on the moon, disclosure challenges for Instagram creators for paid advertising, and the power of Fortnite as a social media hangout were other topics addressed in the show. The advent of autonomous / AI powered databases by Oracle and the upcoming release of HTML 5 compliant Scratch 3.0 software rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included a wonderful (and inexpensive) sketch journal from Michael’s (via Jason) and the printed photo book service of Motif for Apple Photos users (via Wes). 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. On ‘Teachers Pay Teachers,’ Some Sellers Are Profiting From Stolen Work (Education Week, 19 Dec 2018)
  9. TurnItIn.com (@turnitin)
  10. How Content ID Works (YouTube)
  11. Copyright Chapter from “Playing with Media: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing” (Wesley Fryer, 2011)
  12. Copyright for Educators (Wesley Fryer, 2009)
  13. The Verge 2018 tech report card: Google (The Verge, 26 December 2018
  14. YouTube faces backlash on Twitter over lifted, uncredited holiday video (The Verge; 26 December 2018)
  15. YouTube Rewind 2018 is officially the most disliked video on YouTube (The Verge, 13 December 2018)
  16. Made by Google profit estimated at $3B for 2018 as Pixel, Home hardware gains ‘traction’ (9 to 5 Google, 24 December 2018)
  17. How YouTube Pulled These Men Down a Vortex of Far-Right Hate (Daily Beast, 17 Dec 2018)
  18. Caliphate Podcast (highly recommended)
  19. Pegasus Spyware (English WikiPedia)
  20. How China can spy on your electronics—even in the U.S. (CBS News – 60 Minutes, 23 Dec 2018)
  21. Huawei and the Creation of China’s Orwellian Surveillance State (The Epoch Times, 24 Dec 2018)
  22. Don’t use Huawei phones, say heads of FBI, CIA, and NSA (Verge, 14 Feb 2018)
  23. Two-factor authentication can save you from hackers (TechCrunch, 25 Dec 2018)
  24. Podcasting and the Slow Democracy Movement (Larry Lessig, 8 Oct 2018)
  25. Space Photos of the Week: Juno Spies Jupiter’s Mesmerizing Clouds (Wired 22 Dec 2018)
  26. With First-Ever Landing on Moon’s Farside, China Enters “Luna Incognita” (PBS, 23 Dec 2018)
  27. Inside The Pricey War To Influence Your Instagram Feed (Wired; 18 November 2018)
  28. Rising Instagram Stars Are Posting Fake Sponsored Content (The Atlantic, 18 December 2018)
  29. Fortnite was 2018’s most important social network (The Verge, 21 December 2018)
  30. 2018: The Year The Database Went Autonomous (Forbes, 19 Dec 2018)
  31. Scratch 3.0 FAQ
  32. Moving your Scratch backpack to 3.0 (Scratch Team, 29 Nov 2018)
  33. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Artist’s Loft Notebook @ Michael’s
  34. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Printed Photo Books with Apple Photos by Motif (@MotifPhotos)