EdTechSR Ep 171 – This Week in Pandemics

Welcome to episode 171 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 1, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) continued to discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on teachers, students, and parents, but also highlighted some recent technology headlines involving security, media literacy, and other issues. Those included the completion of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger, PBS Learning Media Resources for Home Learning integrating with Google Classroom, the recent FBI warning to teachers and school administrators to avoid “Zoom-jacking,” and some helpful articles / tips about videoconferencing from home, including updating your home WiFi access points. (Wes recommends Google Nest!) Access archived MP3 audio and smaller 360P video archives of this and past shows on edtechSR.com. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. Thanks to everyone who joined us live and shared comments in our live chat! Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) if you can 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.

Shownotes

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgClass websiteRemote Learning Support Resources
  8. Microsoft Edge is becoming the browser you didn’t know you needed (ArsTechnica, 1 April 2020) – note the ‘password monitor’ feature
  9. Hackers Trick Thousands Into Downloading Dangerous ‘Google Chrome Update’ (Forbes, 26 March 2020)
  10. T-Mobile completes merger with Sprint, John Legere steps down as CEO (The Verge; 1 April 2020)
  11. PBS LearningMedia Resources (integrates with Google Classroom)
  12. FBI issues warning about ‘hijacking’ of online classes by intruders after schools report serious disruptions (Washington Post; 31 March 2020)
  13. Trolls exploit Zoom privacy settings as app gains popularity (The Guardian; 27 March 2020)
  14. Google Mesh Home WiFi Makes our Internet Access MUCH faster (Wes Fryer, 31 March 2019)
  15. Sharing Audio From Videos During a Videoconference (Wes Fryer, 31 March 2020)
  16. How to Look Your Best on a Webcam (NYTimes, 25 March 2020)
  17. Exclusive: Zoom CEO Eric Yuan Is Giving K-12 Schools His Videoconferencing Tools For Free (Forbes, 13 March 2020)
  18. COVID Deniers: How shadowy social media groups are spreading myths and conspiracy about coronavirus (The Telegraph, 26 March 2020)
  19. COVID-19 & what platforms are doing to limit the spread of misinformation: Facebook (Mozilla Blog, 25 March 2020)
  20. Start-Ups Are Pummeled in the ‘Great Unwinding’ (The New York Times; 1 April 2020)
  21. Montana Masks’ pop up all over the world, move from 3D printers to injection molds (Billings Gazette; 31 March 2020)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week 1: Pomodoro Technique
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week 2: Online voice recorders: recordit.co and online-voice-recorder.com
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week 3: NCCE Upcoming Webinar / Live Events
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week 1: PDFCandy (@pdfcandy) via @cyndidannerkuhn
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week 2: Connect WalMart Grocery App to Google Home
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week 3: Webinar archive: Protecting Yourself and Your Family Online (by Wes)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 107

Welcome to episode 107 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 12, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the days announcements from Cupertino at the special Apple Event including Apple Watch 4 and 3 new iPhone models. The forthcoming iOS 12 and the benefits of the new Apple watch providing ECG / EKG data which is FDA approved was highlighted. Under the heading of “Social Media Correction,” Jason and Wes discussed an fascinating and in-depth article from the New Yorker focusing on the challenges faced by Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook in moderate content for 2.2 billion people worldwide, and specifically the impact that is having on democratic processes and institutions. The banning of Alex Jones by both Apple and Facebook, and the devastating impacts of false rumors spread via social media in Myanmar, India and Brazil were also discussed. The public availability of mind-blowingly high resolution maps of Antarctica, The FCC’s “pause” of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, the ongoing exploration of our “Red Planet” by robots amidst the challenge of a summer planet-wide dust storm, and Twitter’s release of audio-only broadcasting options rounded out the articles in this week’s shortened show. Check out edtechSR.com/links for all shownotes, including those listed below. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Apple announces 3 new iPhones, a new watch, not much else (CNN, 12 September 2018)
  9. Why an Apple Watch with EKG matters (Verge 12 Sept 2018)
  10. iOS 12 is coming on September 17th, but here’s how to install it today (The Verge; 12 September 2018)
  11. Apple research continues on combining iPhone, iPad with MacBook-style accessory (AppleInsider, 11 Sept 2018)
  12. Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? (New Yorker, 17 Sept 2018)
  13. After Multiple Provocations, Twitter Has Banned Alex Jones And Infowars (BuzzFeed; 6 September 2018)
  14. Facebook followed Apple’s lead on Alex Jones purge, Zuckerberg (AppleInsider, 10 Sept 2018)
  15. Vicious Rumors Spread Like Wildfire On WhatsApp — And Destroyed A Village (BuzzFeedNews, 9 Sept 2018)
  16. These fact-checkers were attacked online after partnering with Facebook (Poynter, 10 Sept 2018)
  17. Google Wants to Kill the URL (Wired 4 Sept 2018)
  18. Reddit has banned the QAnon conspiracy subreddit r/GreatAwakening (The Verge; 12 September 2018)
  19. New Antarctica Map Is Like ‘Putting on Glasses for the First Time and Seeing 20/20’ (NYTimes, 7 Sept 2018)
  20. FCC pauses review of Sprint and T-Mobile merger (AppleInsider, 11 Sept 2018)
  21. NASA’s Opportunity Rover on Mars Still Silent 2 Months into Epic Dust Storm (Space.com, 17 Aug 2018)
  22. Twitter and Periscope now offer audio-only live broadcasts (Engadget, 7 Sept 2018)
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: The Internet of Garbage by Sarah Jeong (@sarahjeong) – free eBook and Algorithms of Oppression – How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Noble @safiyanoble
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Take Better Naps By Drinking Coffee First (Lifehacker)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 93

Welcome to episode 93 of the EdTech Situation Room from May 2, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the predictable demise of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference and its newly announced dating website, and the announced merger of TMobile and Sprint in the United States to turbocharge the build-out of 5G cellular networks. Additional topics included the demise of TodaysMeet because of the EU’s GDPR, Google’s proliferating task management apps, new features in Windows10’s latest update, Apple’s decision to kill AirPort wifi routers, and slower than expected iPhoneX sales by Apple. Final topics included the continuing march of CRISPR to revolutionize animal genetics and our food chain, along with a shocking use of confidential DNA information to arrest the suspected “Golden State Killer.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us live weekly on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Official: Cambridge Analytica shutting down following Facebook data mining scandal (CNet, 2 May 2018)
  9. Facebook is using billions of Instagram images to train artificial intelligence algorithms (The Verge, 2 May 2018)
  10. Mark Zuckerberg pledges Facebook will put ‘people first,’ avoid past mistakes (USA Today, 1 May 2018)
  11. Facebook dating service will be test of user trust in platform (CNN Money, 2 May 2018)
  12. Remembering TodaysMeet (By @jamessocol, 28 April 2018)
  13. T-Mobile and Sprint announce $26B merger, plan powerful nationwide 5G network (9 to 5 Google, 29 April 2018)
  14. T-Mobile and Sprint: all the news about the merger (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  15. What a combined T-Mobile and Sprint would look like (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  16. TMobile and Sprint’s Pro-Merger and 5G website: https://allfor5g.com
  17. Hey Google, Why Do You Have Four Different Task Apps? (How To Geek, 26 April 2018)
  18. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  19. RocketBook: https://getrocketbook.com
  20. http://bulletjournal.com/ or look on Instagram for #BulletJournal
  21. Google starts throwing cash at Google Assistant startups (The Verge 2 May 2018)
  22. Best Mesh Router System: Eero vs. Orbi vs. Google WiFi  vs. Velop (Power Moves, 18 April 2018)
  23. This Geneticist Is Creating Gene-Edited Animals for Our Plates (@ozy, 29 April 2018)
  24. How a Genealogy Site Led to the Front Door of the Golden State Killer Suspect (NYTimes, 26 April 2018)
  25. BSOD https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Screen_of_Death
  26. How to get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  27. Windows 10 April 2018 Update: the 10 best new features (The Verge, 30 April 2018)
  28. More evidence emerges that Apple is killing its iPhone X, analyst says (CNBC, 1 May 2018)
  29. Apple’s AirPort Dies as iTunes Reaches a Milestone (Fortune Magazine, 28 April 2018)
  30. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “Chromebook Inventory” AddOn for Google Sheets and etherpad.org
  31. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Adobe Spark Now Free for Schools (spark.adobe.com/edu)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 48

Welcome to episode 48 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 19, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the implications of Apple’s announcement to make all iLife apps free for both MacOS and iOS, Microsoft’s new licensing strategy for Windows 10 and the “Creator’s Update,” and the potential for Google’s AutoDraw website to be used for sketchnoting inside and outside the classroom. Additional topics included a recent study suggesting kids who use touchscreen devices sleep less at night, a New York Times article on a paper suggesting social media is NOT contributing significantly to political polarization, and the X-Prize victory by an underdog family team who created a “tri-corder” to accurately diagnose thirteen different medical conditions. Jason and Wes also discussed two cell phone company related articles, including Verizon’s announcement to purchase tons of new fiber and bring 1 Gbps connectivity to homes via 5G wireless technology, and T-Mobile’s recent spectrum purchases boosting their LTE network coverage. Geeks of the week included a new Chromebook for Jason (HP Chromebook 13 G1) and upcoming creativity strand presentations for the K-12 Online Conference by Wes. Despite some Fryer home connectivity challenges tonight we made it through the show! Thanks to Peggy, Ben and Simon who joined us live from Arizona, Colorado and Australia! Next week Wes will be “out on assignment” but Jason will carry on with some special guests. Please follow @edtechSR on Twitter to stay up to date about our upcoming show schedule. Thanks for listening (and possibly watching) the EdTech Situation Room!

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. iWork and iLife apps are now free for old and new Mac and iOS users (18 April 2017, ArsTechica)
  9. All the Coolest New Features in the Windows 10 Creators Update (11 April 2017, Lifehacker)
  10. Microsoft Releases the Windows 10 “Creator’s Update:” Here’s What’s In Store (Jason’s Blog Article at the NCCE Tech-Savvy Teacher Blog)
  11. Fast Drawing for Everyone (11 April 2017, Google Blog)
  12. Using Google AutoDraw for Sketchnotes, Infographics, Drawings, and More (13 April 2017, by @ericcurts)
  13. Majority of consumers fear engaging with AI (18 April 2017, Information Management)
  14. Social Media Is Not Contributing Significantly to Political Polarization, Paper Says (New York Times, 13 April 2017)
  15. Kids Who Use Touchscreen Devices Sleep Less at Night (Gizmodo, 13 April 2017); the actual study appears here behind a paywall
  16. Underdog team wins millions in competition to make real-life tricorder (14 April 2017, ArsTechnica)
  17. Verizon buying 37 million miles of fiber to boost its wireless network (18 April 2017, ArsTechnica)
  18. T-Mobile dominates spectrum auction, will boost LTE network across US (13 April 2017, ArsTechnica)
  19. Why the politics of the future is technology and technology is the future of politics (22 March 2017, Nikola Danaylov @singularityblog)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week:  HP Chromebook 13 G1
  21. Wes’ Geek of the Week #1: K12Online Creativity Strand Presentations from Educators in Australia, Austria, China, Laos, Norway, & the USA: April 24 and 29
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week #2: Picture Book – Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey (Video: The epic journey of a refugee cat to find its family)