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


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  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)