EdTech Situation Room Episode 55

Welcome to episode 55 of the EdTech Situation Room from June 7, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. This week while Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment in Sweden, special guest Dr. Scott McLeod (@mcleod) joined Wes Fryer (@wfryer) to discuss cyberattacks in Qatar and the Middle East, new iPad features announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in California, and the possible legal limits on public figures to block followers on social media platforms like Twitter. They also discussed a new book by CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna, insights into the rise of our artificial intelligence golden age from Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt, and students admitted to Harvard denied admission over inappropriate Internet memes shared over social media. Geeks of the Week included Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017 presentation (355 slides!) by Scott and Story Map (including a Story Map of 2017 Terrorist attacks) by Wes. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date on upcoming shows!


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  6. Dr. Scott McLeod (@mcleod) – blog: dangerouslyirrelevant.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. [VIDEO] Everything Apple Announced at WWDC 2017 in 7 Minutes (MacRumors, 5 June 2017)
  9. Apple Beefs Up iMac and MacBook Lines, Teases the iMac Pro (TidBits, 6 June 2017)
  10. Three potential motives behind the tension between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours via @AnupKaphle (Middle East Eye, 6 June 2017)
  11. Twitter users blocked by Trump seek reprieve, citing First Amendment (New York Times, 6 June 2017)
  12. Trump’s not the only one blocking constituents on Twitter (ProPublica, 7 June 2017)
  13. Restrictions eased for federal agencies that use Twitter, blogs, wikis (NYTimes, April 2010)
  14. [VIDEO] Google’s Great AI Awakening: We didn’t even know we hired the best AI Scientists in Google (Interview with Eric Schmidt, RSA Conference, May 2, 2017, 40 min)
  15. One of Crispr’s Creators Faces Her Fears (Bloomberg, 1 June 2017)
  16. Harvard rescinds offers to incoming freshmen over hateful memes (CNN, 5 June 2017)
  17. Amazon refunding $70M of kids’ unauthorized in-app purchases (ArsTechnica, 31 May 2017)
  18. The disappearing computer (Recode, 25 May 2017)
  19. The Internet of Things connectivity binge: What are the implications? (Pew Research Center, 6 June 2017)
  20. Court: Dead daughter’s parents have no right to access her Facebook account (ArsTechnica, 31 May 2017)
  21. Trump Lies. China Thrives. (NYTimes, Tom Friedman, 7 June 2017)
  22. Scott’s Geek of the Week: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2017 presentation (355 slides!) (KPCB, 31 May 2017)
  23. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Story Maps (Example: 2017 Terrorist Attacks)