EdTech Situation Room Episode 89

Welcome to episode 89 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 22, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week special guest Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the transition of iPadPalooza into LearningFest, Virtual Reality at SxSW 2018 and in the classroom, and the upcoming Apple Education Event in Chicago on March 27th. Additional topics included Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, and the response of Mark Zuckerberg to allegations his social media platform has become “a weapon” posing an existential threat to democracies worldwide. Geeks of the week included the forthcoming movie, “Ready Player One,” and a new Cadillac ad, “Future Cars.” Check our shownotes for links to these and additional referenced articles and websites.


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  6. Carl Hooker (@mrhooker) – blog: hookedoninnovation.com
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. The Learning Festival (@TheLearnFest)
  9. VR headsets have become the new arthouse—the best of SXSW’s fantastic VR festival (ArsTechnica, 18 March 2018)
  10. TiltBrush Art VR by Google
  11. Clouds of Sidra – Documentary in VR
  12. Merge VR Goggles $20 at Best Buy
  13. Vive VR Platform
  14. Ring Cam for Home Security
  15. Apple is fighting to regain its position in America’s classrooms (Washington Post, 20 March 2018)
  16. Students and teachers are the focus of Apple’s surprise March 27 event (ArsTechnica, 16 March 2018)
  17. Pearson Set to Sell K-12 Curriculum Business, But Not Assessment (EdWeek Market Brief, 26 Feb 2018)
  18. Alphabet bumped to third as Amazon becomes second most valuable company in the world (9to5Google, 20 March 2018)
  19. Facebook isn’t a ‘community’. It’s a weapon (CNET, 21 March 2018)
  20. How To Change Your Facebook Settings To Opt Out of Platform API Sharing (EFF, 19 March 2018)
  21. A Hurricane Flattens Facebook (Wired, 20 March 2018)
  22. [VIDEO] Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: ‘We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles’ (Guardian, 17 March 2018)
  23. We Allowed This to Happen. We’re Sorry. We Need Your Help. (NewCo Shift, 20 March 2018)
  24. Mark Zuckerberg’s Reckoning: ‘This Is a Major Trust Issue’ (NY Times, 21 March 2018)
  25. Mark Zuckerberg’s Post on Cambridge Analytica (Facebook, 21 March 2018)
  26. Carl’s Geek of the Week: Ready Player One Movie
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Cadillac Ad [VIDEO] Future Cars