EdTech Situation Room Episode 37

Welcome to episode 37 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 18, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed LinkedIn privacy policy changes, the major updates to Evernote and the Evernote mobile app, the excellent job prospects for physicists in coding, and the negative role of advertising in the online news landscape. Additional topics included the use of more tricky phishing schemes by hackers, the continuing development of personal assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home, President Obama’s recent interview with the New York Times discussing his recent favorite books to read, and the ability of AI to predict the mortality of heart disease patients with startling accuracy. Geeks of the week included Bitdefender, the Ancestry Education grant, and SimpleNote. Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  7. Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst)
  8. Wes Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. LinkedIn wants more ad dollars, so it’s offering up more user data to advertisers (Recode, 18 January 2016)
  10. Evernote’s New App Is More Than an Update—It’s a Reboot (Wired, 17 January 2017)
  12. AI can predict when patients will die from heart failure ‘with 80% accuracy’ (International Business Times, 17 January 2017)
  13. Mossberg: Lousy ads are ruining the online experience (The Verge, 18 January 2017)
  14. Gmail hack: Even tech-savvy users fooled by sophisticated phishing technique (iNews, 17 Jan 2017)
  15. Prevent & report phishing attacks (Google Official Support page)
  16. Avoid and report Google scams (Google Official Support page)
  17. I Now Call Alexa to the Stand: What Criminal Law Can Learn from Civil Law When It Comes to E-Discovery (Jim Gill for @exterro, 13 Jan 2017)
  18. Alexa Is Conquering the World. Now Amazon’s Real Challenge Begins (Wired, 18 Jan 2017)
  19. Transcript: President Obama on What Books Mean to Him (New York Times, 16 January 2017)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: SimpleNote
  21. Eric’s Geek of the Week: Ancestry Education Grant (one year of free access for your students)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Bitdefender Family Pack ($70 for 1 year, $50 off) and Trafficlight Google Chrome Extension (free)