EdTechSR Ep 204 – Forecasts for 2021

Welcome to episode 204 (“Forecasts for 2021”) of the EdTech Situation Room from January 12, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) shared some predictions for educational technology in 2021, as well as a few technology news headlines from the past two weeks. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can 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) – Family Food BlogPlaying with Media Video Library
  8. Ex-Apple engineer: Apple’s ‘Privacy Nutrition Labels’ have a fatal flaw (Fast Company; 11 January 2021)
  9. Uganda Blocks Facebook Ahead of Contentious Election (NY Times, 13 Jan 2021)
  10. Uganda elections 2021: Facebook shuts government-linked accounts (BBC News, 11 Jan 2021)
  11. If You Were on Parler, You Saw the Mob Coming (NYTimes Opinion Podcast by Kara Swisher, 7 Jan 2021)
  12. Op-Ed: For right-wing extremists, this was a victory (DFR Lab, Emerson T Brooking, 7 Jan 2021)
  13. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Jason: www.castironcollector.com and Cast Iron Enamel Descoware
  14. Wes’ Geek of the Week:  [PODCAST] Larry Brilliant and Peter Hotez: Vaccinating Our Way Out of the Pandemic (World Affairs Podcast, 12 Dec 2020)

Jason’s Predictions for 2021:

  1. Distance learning will continue to grow as a viable option for students that want or need that model after the pandemic.
  2. Intel will continue to lose market share to ARM-based processors and AMD processors.  A whole new generation of devices will appear, prioritizing long battery life and speedy, responsive interfaces.
  3. The Technology Correction will continue, but, without the guidance of regulation.  Trump’s ban on most social media platforms will push some conversations ahead.
  4. The pandemic will diminish its impact, but, video conferencing and doing some personal and professional connections will continue with technology.
  5. Using the Internet for information will become more complicated, as more and more alternative platforms develop.  The information landscape requires persistent information education in schools.

Wes’ Predictions for 2021

  1. US / China Relations and Technology: Deployment of 5G networks and infrastructure will exacerbate technology interoperability issues and force nations to choose Chinese or US/European network infrastructure solutions. Response of Biden administration to Chinese security threats will reveal the validity / sincerity of security threats
  2. The Tech Correction: A constituency and agenda will coalesce further around regulation and limitations of social media companies, increasing liability and extending mandated collaboration standards and requirements for content moderation / censorship (like the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism – GIFCT)
  3. Media Literacy: Disinformation and Conspiracy Theories will continue to be weaponized to subvert democratic governments, teachers will be asked to address these issues through civics education. COVID Vaccination efforts worldwide will be significantly impeded by anti-vax misinformation
  4. Security: Hacks, identify theft, ransomware and password breaches will continue to increase in frequency and magnitude: Password security, MFA and password managers will continue to grow in importance

EdTech Situation Room Episode 12

Welcome to episode 12 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 1, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed spatial computing, an amazing discovery in Kazakhstan from 2015 by a Google Earth user, and the way app designers often intentionally create digital addictions using “intermittent variable rewards” like slot machines in casinos. They also offered predications for Apple announcements at the upcoming WWDC and the first use of a military-grade drone in the continental United States for an agricultural bio-technology mapping project. Geeks of the Week included the retirement (death?) of some much-beloved Google Chrome extensions as well as Adobe’s 2.0 version of the Adobe Voice app: Adobe Spark. Special kudos to our top fan and webcast attendee Peggy George in Phoenix, Arizona! Check out our podcast shownotes and our links page on https://edtechsr.com/links for all referenced resources and websites from our show. Tune in next week on Wednesday night at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific for another exciting, enthralling, amazing and inspiring episode of YOUR new digital addiction: The EdTech Situation Room!


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  7. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  8. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  9. Spatial Computing: why Tim Cook better worry (Scobleizer, 30 May 2016)
  10. Mentioned by Jason: https://getsync.com/
  11. Mentioned by Wes: http://librarybox.us/ and https://piratebox.cc
  12. NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks (NYTimes, 30 Oct 2015)
  13. Ex-Googler slams designers for making apps addictive like ‘slot machines’ (Business Insider, 25 May 2016)
  14. How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (Tristan Harris, 19 May 2016)
  15. Google’s AI art project tickles the ivories in its debut (CNet, 1 June 2016) Listen here.
  16. STUMP JASON AND WES: What will apple announce on June 13??!, WWDC 2016 will kick off on June 13th at 10AM PT (The Verge, 1 June 2016)
  17. Jason’s Predictions at Apple Announcements:  Siri enhancements? Touch on the laptop?  New version of OSX?    
  18. Wes’ Predictions at Apple Announcements: Video on the Apple Watch? Siri home digital personal assistant device?
  19. North Dakota UAS test believed to be world’s first (AgWeek.com, 31 May 2016)
  20. Eye in the Sky (RadioLab, 18 June 2015)
  21. CyberSecurity Workshops in Oklahoma City at Rose State College (May 2016)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: ScreenChomp, Snagit for Chrome, and Knowmia Retire (Jonathan Wylie Blog, 12 May 2016)
  23. Alternative for Video: Screencastity
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Adobe Spark
  25. Using Adobe Spark to Add Text to Images (@mpetty39 , 28 May 2016)

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