EdTech Situation Room Episode 61

Welcome to episode 61 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 16, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new updates for Google Sheets and Slides for education (G Suite) users, and a helpful (but NSFW) article highlighting the “why” of Internet troll culture as well as many Internet culture personalities and events which could be considered essential for adults wanting to understand teens and their digital context today. On the surveillance front, Jason and Wes talked about the recent FBI warning to parents regarding “smart toys,” and the troubling demand by the US Department of Justice to ISPs for names and data on 1.3 million Internet users who visited a Trump resistance website prior to the inauguration in January. A recent Google survey on ransomware, the recent HBO hack, the mind-bogglingly HUGE hack of Sweden’s national database back in 2015, and a July article from the Atlantic exploring whether companies should be allowed to offensively hack rounded out security articles for the episode. Jason also shared some articles with updates on the forthcoming ChromeOS and Android merger. Geeks of the week included two weather mobile apps (Storm and DarkSky), Tony Vincent’s “Classy Graphics with Google Drawings Fall 2017” online class, and an article explaining how you can “Use your Phone as a ChromeCast Hotspot in Hotels.”  Check out the podcast shownotes for links to a post about that incident and all the referenced articles / resources from the show. Follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay up to date about upcoming shows. Please try to join us LIVE online if you can, normally on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Google Docs, Sheets and Slides get new features for enterprise and education users (9 to 5 Google, 16 August 2017)
  9. Troll Culture Insight: Film Crit Hulk Smash: P.C. Culture Vs. The Big Joke (Film Crit Hulk, 23 Feb 2017) via TWiT Ep 627
  10. Tor Browser – Tor Project
  11. FBI issues warning to parents about toys spying on their kids (The Next Web, 18 July 2017)
  12. Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site (The Hill, 14 Aug 2017)
  13. Ransomware ‘here to stay’, warns Google study (BBC; 27 July 2017)
  14. HBO hack: Studio won’t bow down to ransom demand or engage with hackers (FirstPost, 16 Aug 2017)
  15. Sweden Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly All Citizens (HackerNews, 24 July 2017)
  16. Android Apps And Chrome OS: What This Means for Tablets (Chrome UnBoxed, 11 August 2017)
  17. When Companies Get Hacked, Should They Be Allowed to Hack Back? (The Atlantic, 14 July 2017)
  18. Tech Talk: Chrome OS & Android Merger Is Still Not Necessary (Android Headlines, 14 August 2017)
  19. Geek o’ the Week – Wes: WU Storm iOS app and Tony Vincent’s “Classic Graphics with Google Drawings” (register by Aug 23 to save $15)
  20. Geek o’ the Week – Jason: Favorite weather app: DarkSkies and Use Phone as a ChromeCast Hotspot in Hotels
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