EdTechSR Ep 326: Live from Japan!

Welcome to episode 326 (“Live From Japan!”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 8, 2024, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week, Dr. Jason Neiffer (aicentrist.com) joined live from Kyoto, Japan, and Dr. Wesley Fryer (wesfryer.com) joined from Charlotte, North Carolina. They discussed a variety of topics including Jason’s travel experiences in Japan, the latest Apple product updates, and the significance of privacy and security in technology. Key discussions included: Jason’s culinary adventures in Japan and observations on the strong dollar’s impact on travel costs. The latest updates to Apple’s iPads, with a focus on their implications for education and the mixed reactions from the tech community. The importance of multi-factor authentication highlighted by a major healthcare cyber attack due to its absence. The role of debate in developing critical thinking skills in an AI-dominated world. Media literacy and the new challenges posed by sophisticated propaganda and misinformation campaigns. “Geeks of the Week” included Google’s free webinar series “Generative AI for Teachers” (from Wes), and Amazon Prime’s series “Fallout” based on the popular video game (from Jason). Our show was live-streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com. Please follow our @EdtechSR page on Facebook, @edtechsr@mastodon.education on Mastodon for updates, and join LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can. All shownotes are available on edtechSR.com/links. AI Disclosure: An initial draft of this episode summary was generated using youtubetranscript.com and a custom GPT on ChatGPT, as well as options for our show title! Stay savvy and safe!


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  7. Jason Neiffer (Mastodon: mastodon.cloud/@neif) – aicentrist.com – blog: blog.ncce.org
  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: mastodon.cloud/@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Google’s New AI Predicts Molecular Behavior, Which Could Supercharge Drug Discovery (CNet, 8 May 2024)
  10. Our Students’ Future in an AI-World is Debatable (Higher Education Digest; 3 May 2024)
  11. Related: The American Lyceum
  12. AIs can now pull quotes from articles without hallucination (Stefan Bauschard; 8 May 2024)
  13. This Week in Tech 977 Gahoo Yoogle (with Amy Webb and Kevin Rose)
  14. Mitt Romney Reveals Twisted Reason Why Congress Moved to Ban TikTok (New Republic, 6 May 2024)
  15. OMG NEW APPLE STUFF!  Everything announced at Apple’s Let Loose iPad event (Engadget; 8 May 2024)
  16. Apple’s Crushing iPad Ad Trashed By Hugh Grant, Justine Bateman & Almost Everyone Else (Deadline, 8 May 2024)
  17. Is Apple BEHIND on AI???  Fitting Facts To The Narrative At The Washington Post (John Gruber, Daring Fireball; 6 May 2024)
  18. The New Propaganda War (The Atlantic, June 2024)
  19. How your behavior became the world’s biggest resource (Technically Optimistic Podcast, 24 April 2024)
  20. Change Healthcare cyberattack was due to a lack of multifactor authentication, UnitedHealth CEO says (AP News, 1 May 2024)
  21. UnitedHealth says Change hackers stole health data on ‘substantial proportion of people in America’ (TechCrunch, 22 Apr 2024)
  22. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: ChatGPT… for travel advice! and Fallout on Amazon Prime
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Democracy and Human Rights Need Your Voice! (2.5 min) and all recorded “Webinars with Wes” are FREE! And free Grow with Google course “AI for Educators”
AI Jason in Japan” (CC BY 2.0) by Wesley Fryer

EdTech Situation Room Episode 111

Welcome to episode 111 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 17, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Beth Holland (@brholland) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens, as well as a variety of educational issues relating to digital citizenship and digital equity. Co-host Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was on special assignment. Topics highlighted in this week’s show included algorithmic literacy, privacy, digital equity, digital citizenship, media literacy, digital literacy, Internet safety, digital citizenship week, and more. Other topics included the National Educational Technology Plan, the ongoing code wars between nation states, and the power of social networks / human connections in unlocking opportunity and innovation. The digital divide in rural America, the perils of IoT cameras in our homes, the Media Education Lab’s Mind over Media Project, Imagineering in Storytelling, and geomaps of Lewis and Clark’s journey of discovery rounded out the week’s topics. Check out our shownotes on edtechSR.com/links. 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. Note we will be starting earlier than usual occasionally to accommodate guest schedules in upcoming weeks, so please check Twitter for those updates.


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  6. Beth Holland (@brholland) – blog: brholland.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. The Social Institute@thesocialinst
  9. Duck Duck Go (search engine without tracking social profiles)
  10. FireFox Focus (privacy-focused web browser)
  11. Friends Don’t Let Friends Use the Edge Web Browser (or Bing for Search) (Wes Fryer, 13 Oct 2018)
  12. Mind of Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda (by Renee Hobbs @reneehobbs and the Media Education Lab)
  13. Summer Institute in Digital Literacy by the Media Education Lab
  14. Free Speech in the Age of Algorithmic Megaphones (Wired, 12 Oct 2018)
  15. Family Online Safety Institute
  16. Winning And Losing The Code War – Interview with John P. Carlin (NPR 1A, 16 Oct 2018)
  17. Searching for Alternative Facts: Analyzing Scriptural Inference in Conservative News Practices (Data & Society, 2018)
  18. National Educational Technology Plan
  19. Higher Education Supplement to the National Education Technology Plan
  20. From Digital Divide to Innovation Divide (EdTech Researcher, 22 Sept 2018)
  21. About a quarter of rural Americans say access to high-speed internet is a major problem (Pew Research Center, 10 Sept 2018)
  22. Digital Equity Toolkit from CoSN
  23. Stanford History Education Group, Evaluating Information Executive Summary
  24. Facebook’s Portal Camera And The Growing Privacy Concerns Of Bringing Cameras Into Our Homes (Forbes, 8 Oct 2018)
  25. MLTalks: Experiential Storytelling with Walt Disney Imagineering (4 Oct 2018)
  26. The Lewis and Clark Trail from Space: NPS Story Map Journal (National Park Service)
  27. Beth’s Geeks of the Week: iCivics and Mind Over Media Project and Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ Networks by Julia Freeland Fisher (@juliaffreeland)
  28. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Uni – Magic AI Friend: Relax in a magical world (iOS) and “Dawn of the Code War – America’s Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat” by John P. Carlin & Garrett M. Graff ( – More #book2read reccs
  29.  Peggy George’s Geek of the Week Tiffany Whitehead (@librarian_tiff), “Fighting Fake News: Media Literacy for Students”