204 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.

    Forecasts for 2021

    Forecasts for 2021

    Welcome to episode 204 ("Forecasts for 2021") of the EdTech Situation Room from January 12, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) shared some predictions for educational technology in 2021, as well as a few technology news headlines from the past two weeks. 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.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Adios 2020

    Adios 2020

    Welcome to episode 203 ("Adios 2020") of the EdTech Situation Room from December 30, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the amazing Apple M1 chips, neuromorphic computing, "the case for edtech minimalism," and some of the amazing milestone in space exploration during 2020. "Public domain riches from 1925," the vast scope of Amazon's role in our economy and society, the possible end of privacy as we know it, and security concerns for Google Chrome extensions and the Google Play Store were also discussed. The continuing challenges of conspiracy theories in the age of COVID, changes to the landscape of drones for 2021, and Amazon's acquisition of Wondery to compete with Spotify for podcasting dominance were topics rounding out this week's show. Wes' Geek of the Week was his newly created website, "Fryer & Ward Family Recipes" (food.wesfryer.com) and Jason's was The Internet Archive (archive.org). 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.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Google Down

    Google Down

    Welcome to episode 202 ("Google Down") of the EdTech Situation Room from December 16, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google news including Wednesday's temporary service outage, acquisition of Neverware, the death of Cloud Print, and the controversial firing of AI researcher and ethicist watchdog Timnit Gebru. Updates to Firefox and Microsoft Office for native MacOS M1 processor support, and developer-mandated revelations about the jaw-dropping ways Facebook's iOS app tracks user behavior and collects private data. Facebook's new PR ad campaign "advocating for small businesses" (ok, whatever...), YouTube's streaming music dominance over all other players, the huge popularity of gaming videos on streaming networks, and disinformation commentary from Roger McNamee as well as Facebook's oversight board's initially selected cases were topics rounding out this week's show. Geeks of the Week included T-Mobile's first 5G hotspot and dataplan, DownDetector.com, and Troy Hunt's spectacularly helpful "Compromised Password Checker." 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.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Facebook's Reckoning Approaches

    Facebook's Reckoning Approaches

    Welcome to episode 201 ("Facebook's Reckoning Approaches") of the EdTech Situation Room from December 9, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new lawsuits brought against Facebook by the FTC and 48 state attorneys general. Apple's new privacy disclosure requirements for developers, the last update for Adobe Flash, and a critical expose of the website PornHub were also highlighted. A recent nation-state hack of the top tier cybersecurity company FireEye, the sufficiency of Windows Defender for security protection of WindowsOS systems, Google and password manager audit tools, and the Apple / Cloudflare initiative to secure DNS via new protocols were discussed. Ways to protect privacy with a smart speaker in your house, the vulnerability of both passwords and SMS-based two factor authentication, and the website HaveIBeenPwned.com were topics rounding out this week's show. Geeks of the Week included the recent #digiURI Media Club meetup discussing the TED Radio Hour Episode, "IRL Online," Kevin MacLeod's websites for free music downloads, and the GoSund Smart Plugs. 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.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    A Bicentennial Conversation

    A Bicentennial Conversation

    Welcome to episode 200 ("A Bicentennial Conversation") of the EdTech Situation Room from December 2, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), special guest Eric Langhorst (@ELanghorst) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed technology news influenced by the upcoming U.S. Presidential transition, the imminent death of Google Cloud Print, and forthcoming services and products from Apple including Apple Fitness and a possible 16 inch MacBook Pro. Amazon's expanding efforts to completely erode all remaining consumer privacy, Amazon's new effort to open up your network to security vulnerabilities via its 'creepy' new service called "sidewalk," and the ongoing, common poor password practices of MANY people today were also discussion topics. Microsoft365's new workplace surveillance tools for administrators, the vital role of WordPress in powering most 2020 U.S. election campaign websites, and five reasons you should DELETE Telegram from your smartphone were articles rounding out this 200th episode. Geeks of the Week included products from Anker, China's new lunar robotic mission, and a holiday light drone show. 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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Fake Selfies Everywhere

    Fake Selfies Everywhere

    Welcome to episode 199 ("Fake Selfies Everywhere") of the EdTech Situation Room from November 25, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Black Friday technological temptations, China's robotic rocket launch this week to bring back moon rocks to earth, and a remarkable New York Times multimedia article on fake photo generation websites and services for hire. Google Meet's new support for up to 100 breakout rooms in a single call, promising updates for native webpage (non-app) Chromebook annotation, and the best Chromebooks of 2020 were also discussed. Chromebook manufacturers following Apple's lead and ditching Intel, surprisingly positive youth perceptions of YouTube videos as educational / instructive, and home networking troubleshooting tips were highlighted. Geeks of the Week included a new and fairly simple method to "clean up" shared YouTube video links for students, and a technique to "play thousands of retro arcade games on an Amazon Fire Stick." 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.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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