EdTechSR Ep 191 - COVID-19 and Our New Educational 'Normal'


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Welcome to episode 191 ("COVID-19 and Our New Educational 'Normal'") of the EdTech Situation Room from September 23, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the likelihood of long term COVID-19 impacts on education and our society, new Apple Watch and iPad announcements from the September 15th Apple Event, and Chromebook news from HP and the Dev channel. On the subject of U.S. - China relations, the proposed restructuring of TikTok and the possibility that differences over 5G infrastructure rollouts portends a tectonic shift in international relations was discussed. Continuing observations and analysis of the looming "tech correction," articles on Twitter and Facebook actions to censor disinformation and bad actors on their platforms, Facebook's thread to leave the EU over proposed data regulations in Ireland, and a fantastic TED Radio Hour podcast episode highlighting issues of privacy, surveillance capitalism, subversion of democratic processes, and "the tech correction" was also discussed. On the security front, the first hospital death in Germany attributed to a ransomware attack, and the incredible impact of the Mozi botnet on global IoT traffic were highlighted. The tremendous impact of WikiPedia articles on local tourism in some countries, the exciting detection of "phosphene" in the atmosphere of Venus suggesting organic life, and the ongoing destructive effects of disinformation and socially shared conspiracy theories in countering the spread of COVID-19 were explored. Geeks of the Week included Little Alchemy 2, “The Age of AI” by YouTube Originals (hosted by Robert Downey Jr.), a 4 Part Lesson Series on “Conspiracy Theories” by Wes, and the excellent media literacy website spotthetroll.org. Tips for how to use a second monitor with your laptop and the NECC 2021 virtual conference Call for Proposals were also shared. 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.

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