EdTech Situation Room Episode 84

Welcome to episode 84 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 31, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the weaponization of information as propaganda via online advertising and what this portends for open / democratic societies, exhortations from leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos relating to education and artificial intelligence, and the financial impact of Facebook’s recently announced changes to its news feed algorithm. Additional topics included the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and what those privacy directives might mean for schools and educational technology use, Google’s embrace of Neverware, Apple rumors about new processors to power new Macs, dramatic reductions in iPhone 10 production numbers, and Google’s success (as well as struggle) vetting apps and removing those which violate its terms of service. Access all our shownotes (including links to articles we didn’t have time to discuss) on http://edtechSR.com/links and follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates. Thanks for tuning in, please shout out to us on Twitter and consider writing a favorable review of us on iTunes or elsewhere online. We love listener feedback!


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. People spent 50 million hours less per day on Facebook last quarter (ReCode 31 January 2018)
  9. Facebook usage falls in the US as it begins to tinker with the News Feed (The Verge, 31 January 2018)
  10. Facebook reduces time spent by 2 min/user/day to push well-being (TechCrunch, 31 January 2018)
  11. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky (@cshirky)
  12. VIDEO from 2009: Clay Shirky on New Book “Here Comes Everybody”
  13. 72 Years of Free Barbecue (video from 2010 by Wes about the XIT Rodeo in Dalhart, Texas)
  14. 6 quotes from Davos on the future of education (World Economic Forum, 26 Jan 2018)
  15. Tech is now a weapon for propaganda and the problem is way bigger than Russia (ReCode Decode Podcast, 31 January 2018)
  16. Information Anxiety by Richard Wurman
  17. Digital Deceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet (New America, 23 Jan 2018)
  18. Google CEO: AI is ‘more profound than electricity or fire’ (CNN, 24 January 2018)
  19. The General Data Protection Regulation Explained (EduCause Review, 28 Aug 2017)
  20. GDPR: English WikiPedia article
  21. Official GDPR Portal
  22. Is Seesaw GDPR compliant? (Seesaw Blog, 13 Dec 2017)
  23. Privacy Shield Framework
  24. Google took down over 700,000 bad Android apps in 2017 (The Verge, 30 January 2018)
  25. The sad state of Android: Google removed over 700,000 bad apps last year (BGR, 31 Jan 2018)
  26. BETT 2018: Google And Neverware Revive Old Computers (Chrome Unboxed, 23 January 2018)
  27. Chrome 64 Arrives With Site Muting, HDR Support, Spectre And Meltdown Protection (Chrome Unboxed, 26 January 2018)
  28. Acer Chrome OS Tablet Display Details Revealed (Chrome Unboxed, 31 January 2018)
  29. Apple could let you run iPad apps on your Mac (TechCrunch, 31 Jan 2018)
  30. Apple tipped to launch three new Macs, with its own processors (T3/MSN, 30 January 2018)
  31. Apple reportedly slashes iPhone X orders in half due to slow sales (BGR, 29 Jan 2018)
  32. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Google Flights… new interface and functions now in beta!
  33. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Stranger Things Seasons 1 and 2 (NetFlix) and Certify’em – Google Forms add-on to make certificates for students at school! (s/o to @pgeorge – more on this post by @meagan_e_kelly)