EdTech Situation Room Episode 117

Welcome to episode 117 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 5, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics for the show included Microsoft’s embrace of Chromium for their Windows10 web browser, the death of the Edge Browser, best choices on Mac laptops for schools after October’s special Apple event, and the perils of YouTube networks for content creators. The recent unfortunate content filtering / inappropriate content access situation on a Chromebook in Ridgewood Schools, New Jersey, reasons most doctors seem to hate their computer systems at work, Rudy Giuliani’s recent demonstration of Twitter ignorance, and a recent, amazing robot video from Boston Dynamics rounded out the show. We did have some technical glitches for about two minutes in the middle of this show, but that portion has been edited out of the downloadable audio and video versions posted here. Geeks of the week included TechSoup for nonprofits and an excellent podcast series on “The Daily” by the New York Times, “What The West Got Wrong About China.” 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. Next week’s show will our holiday “Technology Shopping Cart” episode, check our shownotes for a link to our publicly editable Google Doc so you can share your own holiday tech tips for Santa!


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  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Microsoft is building a Chromium-powered web browser that will replace Edge on Windows 10 (Windows Central, 3 Dec 2018)
  9. Google Chrome Is Poised to Swallow the Whole Internet (Popular Mechanics, 4 Dec 2018)
  10. The State of the Mac in 2018 (9 to 5 Mac, 2 Dec 2018)
  11. [VIDEO] Ultimate MacBook Showdown: MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air vs MacBook (Snazzy Labs, 24 Nov 2018, 18 min)
  12. Outcry For Alleged Sexual-Murder Video On Ridgewood School Laptop (Patch, 23 Nov 2018)
  13. Reading, Writhing And ‘Rithmetic: Ridgewood Mom Says Kids See Porn, Violence On School Laptops (Fort Lee Daily Voice, 20 Nov 2018)
  14. Security in place on school Chromebooks after mom says son saw ‘murder video’ (App.com, 23 Nov 2018)
  15. From the 4 Dec 2018 Ridgewood Schools District newsletterPresentation slides by IT Manager Serhiy Morhun
  16. Why Doctors Hate Their Computers (New Yorker, 12 Nov 2018)
  17. Rudy Giuliani Says Twitter Sabotaged His Tweet. Actually, He Did It Himself.
  18. Boston Dynamics’ Atlas Can Now Chase You Up the Stairs (Popular Mechanics, 11 Oct 2018)
  19. Trump administration releases Postal Service review after Amazon attacks (The Verge, 4 November 2018)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: TechSoup for Non-Profits
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week: What the West Got Wrong About China, Part 1 and Part 2 (The Daily by @mikiebarb)