EdTech Situation Room Episode 127

Welcome to episode 127 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 6, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s new Chromebook App Hub website, OpenAI’s decision to NOT share a new AI text generator, and Microsoft’s forthcoming “Windows Lite” operating system. Dipayan Ghosh & Ben Scott’s advocacy to promote intelligent regulation of Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies enabling “precision propaganda” was also highlighted, along with ways outrage over common threats can hijack parents’ common sense. Facebook’s declining US user base, Facebook’s announcement to emphasize point-to-point “ephemeral” messaging, and SpaceX’s recent success launching its Dragon crew module were also discussed. The future of “the technology correction” and our prospects for changing the “Surveillance Capitalism” model of many Silicon Valley companies, implications of the Huawei CFO extradition controversy, and the importance of media literacy in our age of fake news were additional topics. Updates to the PocketCasts app for Android, the addictive math-focused multiplayer app Prodigy, the gloomy prospects for BotNet death in the near future, the importance of unlimited data plans in the forthcoming 5G data environment, and the importance of carefully using “freemium” software platforms at school rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included an 18,000 mAh battery powered Android phone from Energizer, a fantastic video from Linda Yollis (@lindayollis) on improving student blogging quality, and Wes’ planned ATLIS 2019 bootcamp workshop “Filtering the ExoFlood”. 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.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Find ideas and activities on the new Chromebook App Hub (Google Blog; 4 March 2019)
  9. OpenAI Won’t Release AI Text Generator, Branding it Too Dangerous (Digit)
  10. Microsoft is creating Windows Lite for dual-screen and Chromebook-like devices (The Verge; 4 March 2019)
  11. This Week in Tech (TWiT) Podcast
  12. How to make technology a force for good (CNN, 26 Sept 2018)
  13. Fake news is part of a bigger problem: automated propaganda (Columbia Journalism Review, 22 Feb 2019)
  14. “Digital Deceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet” (New America, 23 Jan 2018)
  15. Wes’ GigaOM Vets Twitter List
  16. How outrage over relatively uncommon threats can hijack parents’ common sense (Washington Post, 5 March 2019)
  17. Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will shift to emphasize encrypted ephemeral messages (The Verge; 6 March 2019)
  18. Facebook’s US user base declined by 15 million since 2017, according to survey (The Verge; March 6, 2019)
  19. Why You Should NOT Quit Facebook or Twitter (Wesley Fryer, 15 January 2019)
  20. Book: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff (@shoshanazuboff)
  21. SpaceX launches Crew Dragon on its way to the space station (ArsTechnica, 1 March 2019)
  22. Tim Cook touts Apple’s commitment to education in meeting with President Trump & others (9 to 5 Mac; 6 March 2019)
  23. iPhone sales are falling, and Apple’s app fees might be next (AP; 6 March 2019)
  24. Pocket Casts 7 for Android exits beta w/ Material Theme, improved queuing (9 to 5 Google; 5 March 2019)
  25. What You Need to Know About the Huawei Court Case in Canada (NY Times, 6 March 2019)
  26. Huawei CFO suing Canada over December arrest (Reuters⁩, 3 March 2019)
  27. What is a botnet? And why they aren’t going away anytime soon (CSO Online, 27 Feb 2019)
  28. Mirai (malware) (English WikiPedia)
  29. The Ethically Questionable Math Game Taking Over U.S. Schools (Jeff Wise on Medium, 27 Feb 2019)
  30. Movie: Ready Player One (2018)
  31. 5G will be crazy fast, but it’ll be worthless without unlimited data (Mashable; 28 February 2019)
  32. How I Fell Out of Love with the Internet – And how you will too (Avery Erwin, 14 Feb 2019)
  33. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “Tips to Ensure Quality Blogging” by @lindayollis and “Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy” (ATLIS 3 hour Bootcamp, 14 April 2019, Dallas, Texas)
  34. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Energizer 18,000 mAh smartphone

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!


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  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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