186 episodes

A weekly podcast and live webshow on Wednesday evenings, featuring analysis of current technology news through an educational lens. Hosted by educators Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) from Montana and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) from Oklahoma. Shared live on Blab.im and archived in both video and audio mp3 formats for your time-shifting, podcatching pleasure. Join our conversations using the Twitter hashtag #edtechSR.

EdTech Situation Room by @techsavvyteach & @wfryer @techsavvyteach & @wfryer

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A weekly podcast and live webshow on Wednesday evenings, featuring analysis of current technology news through an educational lens. Hosted by educators Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) from Montana and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) from Oklahoma. Shared live on Blab.im and archived in both video and audio mp3 formats for your time-shifting, podcatching pleasure. Join our conversations using the Twitter hashtag #edtechSR.

    EdTechSR Ep 186 - Don't TINKER with Students' Free Speech Rights

    EdTechSR Ep 186 - Don't TINKER with Students' Free Speech Rights

    Welcome to episode 186 ("Don't TINKER with Students' Free Speech Rights") of the EdTech Situation Room from August 5, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed teenage Twitter hackers and zoombombing, tips for remote workers, and illegal school restrictions on student social media use in Georgia amidst pandemic response controversy. Microsoft's possible purchase of TikTok, reason's to still purchase a MacOS Intel-based computer instead of waiting for Apple Silicon, a recent podcast highlighting the prominent role of conspiracy theories in shaping politics throughout history, and the ways people are fighting disinformation in our COVID-19 era were also discussed. Geeks of the week included the Oregon State Open Text Project on Romeo and Juliet, an instructional support module on 'live teaching tools' including Wooclap (which is free for K-12), the awesome scheduling platform Doodle, and the private beta for the videography platform mmHmm. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Speed You Need

    The Speed You Need

    Welcome to episode 185 ("The Speed You Need") of the EdTech Situation Room from July 29, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed home Internet speeds and connectivity best practices for remote learners and workers. Coronavirus planning and announcements for the fall 2020 academic term, Congressional testimony by CEOs from Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple, and the importance of "reverse image search" skills and media literacy in our propaganda-filled information environment were also highlighted and analyzed. Resurfacing disinformation videos ("Plandemic" from May 2020) on social media, censorship of disinformation by social media tech firms, a great BBC video uncovering the QAnon conspiracy cult, and Google's new "for context" links were discussed in the context of media literacy and the ongoing "tech correction." Topics rounding out the show included ongoing tech shortages during the COVID-19 global pandemic, Android "Phone Hub" features added to ChromeOS, and Collabra Office for ChromeOS. Geeks of the Week included a remarkable podcast Twitter post thumbnail video by Michelle Obama, Google's forthcoming free global conference "The Anywhere School 2020," the "Global EdTech Academy" YouTube playlist from CUE, and the powerful Amazon Fire Toolbox. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Remote Learning Looms Large

    Remote Learning Looms Large

    Welcome to episode 184 ("Remote Learning Looms Large") of the EdTech Situation Room from July 22, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed announcements by many school districts nationwide starting the 2020-21 academic year at home in "remote learning" mode. The "Vaccine Trust Problem," Twitter's crackdown on conspiracy / disinformation QAnon accounts, Eric Schmidt's advice about government regulation of social media companies, and news articles about Internet trolls stoking the fires of political polarization were also discussed. A looming ban of the TikTok app by U.S. government officials, the new GMail experience for GSuite users, and updates in ChromeOS version 84 were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included the "Mote" extension for voice comments in Google Docs via the Chrome browser, the new Google Certified Coach program, and the upcoming NCCE/TeacherCast “Beyond the Bootcamp” free webinar. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    EdTechSR Ep 183 - Back To School Planning During COVID-19

    EdTechSR Ep 183 - Back To School Planning During COVID-19

    Welcome to episode 183 ("Back To School Planning During COVID-19") of the EdTech Situation Room from July 8, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the upcoming Mountain Moot virtual conference, and the enormous challenges facing school administrators planning for safe K-12 learning in schools this fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Updates from ChromeOS world were shared by Jason, including a forthcoming "clipboard history manager," worthy "cheap Chromebooks," and Amazon issues with inaccurate Chromebook spec headlines. Updates from the ongoing Facebook advertiser boycott and protest movement and challenges around 5G infrastructure build-outs and standards specifications between China and the United States were also explored. Homework for our episode was to follow Peggy George on Twitter (@pgeorge) and subscribe to Peggy's super-helpful Nuzzel newsletter (nuzzel.com/pgeorge). Geeks of the Week included the Archive.org software library (including Oregon Trail), 1 Take Videos by Lodge McCammon (@pocketlodge) and a post by Wes about installing an "ethernet backhaul" cable at home to speed up WiFi performance. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Awash in Digital News

    Awash in Digital News

    Welcome to episode 182 ("Awash in Digital News") of the EdTech Situation Room from July 1, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed our need for media literacy and information filtering strategies, and our ongoing "technology correction" reflected in advertiser protest pressure on Facebook for content moderation. The exciting announcement by Microsoft to offer a public beta of Minecraft Education Edition on Chromebooks, significant announcements by Apple at WWDC 2020 last week, Google's privacy changes for new users, and potential dangers of CRISPR human genome editing were other topics addressed in the show. Wes' Geeks of the Week included a support article about providing handwritten feedback on Google Docs via an iPad and Google Classroom, Google Meet tips and tricks, and Kast (a software program for watching web videos together). Jason's Geek of the Week was a new "undelete" utility for Windows10 users. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    EdTechSR Ep 181 - Starlink Dreaming

    EdTechSR Ep 181 - Starlink Dreaming

    Welcome to episode 181 ("Starlink Dreaming") of the EdTech Situation Room from June 17, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed virtual and face-to-face summer camps for students and teachers during our present pandemic, ChromeOS news, the "technology correction" and social media developments involving political advertisements, and the dynamics of content moderation of political speech. The beta phase of Starlink provided satellite connectivity by SpaceX and COVID-19's impact on movie theaters and college admissions testing were also discussed. Geeks of the Week included an upcoming June 30th KQED free webinar, "Help Students Fight Misinformation One Click at a Time," and Paul Anderson's (of Bozeman Science) updated video, "How I Make Screencasts." Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.

    • 1 hr 7 min

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