EdTechSR Ep 258 Facebook Kills Podcasts

Welcome to episode 258 (“Facebook Kills Podcasts”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 4, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google news, Microsoft news, privacy issues, the end of Facebook / Meta’s podcasting platform, Wordle’s impact on New York Times subscription rates, TMobile’s tempting home connectivity offer, and more! Geeks of the Week included “How to view your internal Chrome OS engagement metrics,” a podcast audio recording of Wes’ recent ATLIS presentation, “Teaching About Conspiracy Theories And Media Literacy,” and Google’s Teachable Machine. Check out our shownotes for links to all the articles we discussed, and subscribe to our Substack to receive all the links we discussed and also didn’t have time to talk about in this week’s show in your email inbox! Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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. Stay savvy and safe!


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  9. Google Docs’ updated tables are designed for project management (The Verge; 3 May 2022)
  10. YouTube fully rolls out Super Thanks, here’s how to enable it for your channel (9 to 5 Google; 26 April 2022)
  11. Google Docs is reorganizing and shrinking toolbar menus on the web (9 to 5 Google; 26 April 2022)
  12. Google previews I/O 2022 schedule, ‘What’s new’ keynotes, and sessions (9 to 5 Google; 28 April 2022)
  13. Google fires another AI researcher who reportedly challenged findings (updated) (Engadget, 2 May 2022)
  14. Windows 11 is getting a big security upgrade — may require OS reinstall (Tom’s Guide; 7 April 2022)
  15. Could Windows 12 become Microsoft’s first cloud-based operating system? (Tech Radar; 11 April 2022)
  16. T-Mobile 5G Home Internet promises $50/month lifetime rate, $20 off for phone subscribers, covering fees for switchers (9 to 5 Mac; 4 May 2022)
  17. Mental health apps have terrible privacy protections, report finds (The Verge; 2 May 2022)
  18. What Your Period Tracker App Knows About You (Consumer Reports, 28 Jan 2020)
  19. Data Broker Is Selling Location Data of People Who Visit Abortion Clinics (Motherboard, 3 May 2022)
  20. Why You Should Buy the Dumbest TV You Can Find (LifeHacker; 8 April 2022)
  21. Facebook is shutting down its podcast platform after less than a year (The Verge; 3 May 2022)
  22. Buying Wordle brought ‘tens of millions of new users’ to The New York Times (The Verge; 4 May 2022)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: How to view your internal Chrome OS engagement metrics (About Chromebooks)
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Podcast – Teaching About Conspiracy Theories And Media Literacy and Google’s Teachable Machine