EdTech Situation Room Episode 136

Welcome to episode 136 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 29, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed school cybersecurity, a shocking iPhone security vulnerability for WhatsApp, NASA’s free media library, and copyright issues in Houston ISD as well as for YouTube Creators. Distorted political videos about Nancy Pelosi, Google’s disappointing move to disable ‘modern browser ad blocking extensions,’ and the new iPod Touch from Apple were also discussed. The availability of “Adobe Premiere Rush” for Android, Chromebook support expiration dates, and projected price increases for cheap Chromebooks were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included a Google Home podcast mystery, the killer robot documentary, “Slaughterbots,” and the “Against the Rules” podcast, from Michael Lewis. 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. School fights fear as part of defense against network intrusions (Oklahoma City Free Press, 29 May 2019)
  9. WhatsApp Rushes to Fix Security Flaw Exposed in Hacking of Lawyer’s Phone (NYTimes, 13 May 2019)
  10. Auction for a laptop full of malware closes at $1.2 million (Engadget, 27 May 2019)
  11. NASA Makes Their Entire Media Library Publicly Accessible And Copyright Free (DIY Photography, 20 April 2019)
  12. Federal jury: HISD staff repeatedly violated copyright laws, owe company $9.2M (Houston Chronicle, 24 May 2019)
  13. Houston Got Sued And Now You’re Freaking… (Heather Lister, 28 May 2019)
  14. Youtubers And Record Labels Are Fighting, And Record Labels Keep Winning (The Verge; 24 May 2019)
  15. Distorted Nancy Pelosi videos show platforms aren’t ready to fight dirty campaign tricks (The Verge; 24 May 2019)
  16. Google to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users (9 5o 5 Google; 29 May 2019)
  17. New iPod touch delivers even greater performance (Apple.com; 28 May 2019)
  18. Apple releases new iPod touch featuring A10 Fusion chip, 256 GB storage option (9to5 Mac, 28 May 2019)
  19. Buying A New Chromebook? Don’t Forget To Check The Expiration Date (Chrome Unboxed, 28 May 2019)
  20. Adobe Premiere Rush Lands On Android Today, Chromebooks Support Coming Soon (Chrome Unboxed; 21 May 2019)
  21. Why Prices Of Google’s Cheap Chromebooks Will Rise In The Long Term (Forbes; 19 May 2019)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: “Against the Rules” podcast, from Michael Lewis
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: VIDEO: Slaughterbots (8 min, Nov 2017) via “Controlling Killer Robots” (Episode 30 of “What’s New Podcast” @podcastwhatsnew @dancohen interviewing @DeniseGarcia100)

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.

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. 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 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 70

Welcome to episode 70 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 18, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s new “Advanced Protection” security mode, hacker threats in several US states to parents of students, Microsoft Windows 10 “Creator Updates,” and reports that our solar system has a mysterious “Super Earth” 9th planet well beyond the orbit of Neptune. Additional topics included several updates to Google Earth and Google Maps mashups, recent Amazon advertising mistakes, the importance of media literacy education, and the emerging narrative of how Russian operatives appear to have subverted democracy in the U.S. 2016 Presidential election using Facebook targeted ads. “Speed round” article topics included a new Russian cryptocurrency, Netflix’ push for original movie and show content, Equifax hack blame falling on “one IT guy,” RSA encryption hacks, the cost of product placement advertisements, Eli Pariser’s “Filter Bubble,” and the secrets of Yahoo search. Geeks of the week included a $10 “FIDO U2F Security Key” and the weather website and app “Dark Sky.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. 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. Google’s ‘Advanced Protection’ Locks Down Accounts Like Never Before (Wired, 17 Oct 2017)
  9. Google Safety Center
  10. Google Advanced Protection Program
  11. Dark Overlord hacks schools across U.S., texts threats against kids to parents (CSO, 9 Oct 2017)
  12. Desktop Outlook will get a redesign with the biggest changes happening on Macs (ArsTechnica, 16 Oct 2017)
  13. Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update is now available (The Verge, 17 Oct 17)
  14. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: the 10 best new features (The Verge, 17 Oct 17)
  15. NASA press release says our solar system has a 9th planet (Futurism, 13 Oct 2017)
  16. The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner (NASA JPL, 4 Oct 2017)
  17. NASA’s new ion thruster breaks records, could take humans to Mars (Futurism, 13 Oct 2017)
  18. Space out with planets in Google Maps (Google, 16 Oct 2017)
  19. Nukemap: An Interactive Simulator by @wellerstein
  20. MISSILEMAP by @wellerstein
  21. Google Tour Builder for any Subject by Eric Curts (@ericcurts)
  22. Amazon is telling customers that people bought gifts for their non-existent baby (The Verge, 09/19/2017)
  23. Is Amazon recommending bomb ingredients? (BBC News, 19 Sep 2017)
  24. What Facebook Did to American Democracy (The Atlantic, 12 Oct 2017)
  25. Media Literacy Resources by NewseumEd
  26. Teaching Media Literacy by Rene Hobbs (Media Education Lab)
  27. NPR Show “On The Media”
  28. Authoritarian Cryptocurrencies Are Coming (Bloomberg, 17 Oct 2017)
  29. Putin green lights launch of the CryptoRuble (Russia Today, 17 Oct 2017)
  30. Netflix plans to spend $8 billion to make its library 50 percent original by 2018 (The Verge, 16 October 2017)
  31. Former Equifax CEO Blames One IT Guy for Massive Hack (NBC News, 5 Oct 2017)
  32. Falling through the KRACKs (@matthew_d_green , 16 Oct 2017)
  33. KRACK mass Wi-Fi attack: Who is to blame? (ZDNet, 17 Oct 2017)
  34. As devastating as KRACK – New vulnerability undermines RSA encryption keys (ZDNet, 17 Oct 2017)
  35. Here’s how much social media stars get paid to post ads (ReCode, 14 September 2017)
  36. “The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think” by Eli Pariser (2011)
  37. TEDTalk: Beware Online Filter Bubbles by Eli Pariser (2011)
  38. Verizon Open Sources Yahoo! Search: Verizon Reveals The Secrets Of Yahoo Search (Wired, 26 September 2017)
  39. G Camp OKC – Saturday November 4, 2017 (@gcampOKC)
  40. Geek of the Week (Jason) Best cross platform weather app: https://darksky.net
  41. Geek of the Week (Wes) $10 “FIDO U2F Security Key” (compatible with Google 2 Step Verification)

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 http://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

Shownotes:

  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)