EdTech Situation Room Episode 119

Welcome to episode 119 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 26, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed copyright and intellectual property issues on the Teachers Pay Teachers (@tptdotcom) website, YouTube creator backlash amidst other “trust issues” with Google, and the challenges of radicalization and “outlier content” on YouTube based on its attention-maximizing algorithms. Continuing warnings from U.S. security officials to avoid Huawei smartphones and telecommunications gear because of the Chinese government’s hacking threat, the four variations of recommended 2 step verification for account security, and the promise of podcasting for the “slow democracy movement” were also highlighted and explored. Amazing recent space photos of the planet Jupiter, China’s ongoing space exploration milestones on the moon, disclosure challenges for Instagram creators for paid advertising, and the power of Fortnite as a social media hangout were other topics addressed in the show. The advent of autonomous / AI powered databases by Oracle and the upcoming release of HTML 5 compliant Scratch 3.0 software rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included a wonderful (and inexpensive) sketch journal from Michael’s (via Jason) and the printed photo book service of Motif for Apple Photos users (via Wes). 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. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.


  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. On ‘Teachers Pay Teachers,’ Some Sellers Are Profiting From Stolen Work (Education Week, 19 Dec 2018)
  9. TurnItIn.com (@turnitin)
  10. How Content ID Works (YouTube)
  11. Copyright Chapter from “Playing with Media: Simple Ideas for Powerful Sharing” (Wesley Fryer, 2011)
  12. Copyright for Educators (Wesley Fryer, 2009)
  13. The Verge 2018 tech report card: Google (The Verge, 26 December 2018
  14. YouTube faces backlash on Twitter over lifted, uncredited holiday video (The Verge; 26 December 2018)
  15. YouTube Rewind 2018 is officially the most disliked video on YouTube (The Verge, 13 December 2018)
  16. Made by Google profit estimated at $3B for 2018 as Pixel, Home hardware gains ‘traction’ (9 to 5 Google, 24 December 2018)
  17. How YouTube Pulled These Men Down a Vortex of Far-Right Hate (Daily Beast, 17 Dec 2018)
  18. Caliphate Podcast (highly recommended)
  19. Pegasus Spyware (English WikiPedia)
  20. How China can spy on your electronics—even in the U.S. (CBS News – 60 Minutes, 23 Dec 2018)
  21. Huawei and the Creation of China’s Orwellian Surveillance State (The Epoch Times, 24 Dec 2018)
  22. Don’t use Huawei phones, say heads of FBI, CIA, and NSA (Verge, 14 Feb 2018)
  23. Two-factor authentication can save you from hackers (TechCrunch, 25 Dec 2018)
  24. Podcasting and the Slow Democracy Movement (Larry Lessig, 8 Oct 2018)
  25. Space Photos of the Week: Juno Spies Jupiter’s Mesmerizing Clouds (Wired 22 Dec 2018)
  26. With First-Ever Landing on Moon’s Farside, China Enters “Luna Incognita” (PBS, 23 Dec 2018)
  27. Inside The Pricey War To Influence Your Instagram Feed (Wired; 18 November 2018)
  28. Rising Instagram Stars Are Posting Fake Sponsored Content (The Atlantic, 18 December 2018)
  29. Fortnite was 2018’s most important social network (The Verge, 21 December 2018)
  30. 2018: The Year The Database Went Autonomous (Forbes, 19 Dec 2018)
  31. Scratch 3.0 FAQ
  32. Moving your Scratch backpack to 3.0 (Scratch Team, 29 Nov 2018)
  33. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Artist’s Loft Notebook @ Michael’s
  34. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Printed Photo Books with Apple Photos by Motif (@MotifPhotos)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 54

Welcome to episode 54 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 31, 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, returning special guest Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) joined Wes Fryer (@wfryer) to discuss cybersecurity and recommended anti-malware computing solutions. They also talked about efforts to salvage Twitter and Internet discourse by web 2.0 pioneer Evan Williams (@ev), the perils of moderating live video moderation, and recent commercial space milestones by SpaceX as well as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s company, Vulcan Aerospace. For Geeks of the Week, Miguel shared Multcloud.com and CloudHQ.net as solutions for creating backup copies of cloud-based storage files, and Wes extolled TabPilot as a Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform. Next week we’ll be back to our regular live show time (Wednesday at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific) and will welcome special guest, Dr. Scott McLeod (@mcleod). Please follow @edtechSR on Twitter to stay updated. As always thanks for tuning in and please share your feedback!


  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
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  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Miguel Guhlin (@mguhlin) – blog: Around the Corner blog and TCEA’s TechNotes blogFree Resources and MORE
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Read MGuhlin on Medium | Read wfryer on Medium
  9. Did Kaspersky step in dog-doo? US Intelligence targets Kaspersky Labs (CSO from ISO Labs, 13 May 2017)
  10. Private Internet Access VPN | OperaVPN for Mobile Devices
  11. Opera browser has built-in VPN
  12. Miguel’s Windows Tips & Tricks
  13. BitDefender Free (antivirus)
  14. Spybot Search and Destroy
  15. MalwareBytes Anti-Ransomware | Download
  16. CCleaner (great for cleaning your registry)
  17. White hat or black hat? Firefox hacking tool Firesheep raises ethical concerns
  18. SSL Everywhere (VentureBeat, October 2010)
  19. EFF Publishes “Pwning Tomorrow,” a Speculative Fiction Anthology (EFF, Dec 2015)
  20. Defective by Design: Digital Rights Management (DRM) – look at the repeat offenders
  21. Medical Devices Hit By Ransomware For The First Time In US Hospitals (Forbes, 16 May 2017)
  22. Apple’s new iCloud security requirements: How it affects you and the software you use (22 May 2017, MacWorld)
  23. Set up 2-Step Verification for your domain – G Suite (Google Tutorial)
  24. Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC) Cyber Stars Summer Camp (Rose State College, Midwest City/Oklahoma City, OK)
  25. A US federal appeals judge said drones are no different than radio-controlled planes (Quartz, 19 May 2017)
  26. Learn to Code with a Drone (by Tinker)
  27. This Dystopia is Completely Ridiculous (7 May 2017, TechCrunch)
  28. ‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It (NY Times, 20 May 2017)
  29. Facebook Will Add 3,000 More People to Watch Murders and Suicides (Gizmodo, 3 May 2017)
  30. U.S. Consumers Time-Spent on Mobile Crosses 5 Hours a Day (FlurryMobile, 2 March 2017) – “Communitainment, or communication for the sole purpose of entertainment”
  31. DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane (DARPA, 24 May 2017)
  32. SpaceX successfully launches its heaviest geostationary orbital payload yet (TechCrunch, 15 May 2017)
  33. Elon Musk: SpaceX Is Almost Ready to Update the World on Its Plan to Get Humans to Mars (Futurism, 24 May 2017)
  34. Elon Musk: The future we’re building — and boring (TED Conference, April 2017)
  35. Paul Allen showed off his new rocket-launching plane today, and it’s BIG (ArsTechnica, 31 May 2017)
  36. Apple’s Siri home speaker now in manufacturing, may not ship until later in 2017 (AppleInsider, 31 May 2017)
  37. Creating Worlds of Tomorrow: Microsoft Innovations & Minecraft: Education Edition
  38. Miguel’s Geeks of the Week: Shuffling cloud storage content from one site to another with Multcloud.com and CloudHQ.net
  39. Wes’ Geek of the week: TabPilot (MDM)

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