Podcast457: Inspiring Creativity and Curiosity with Media

This podcast features an almost-complete recording of Dr. Wesley Fryer’s keynote, “Inspiring Creativity and Curiosity with Media,” on November 18, 2017, in Cairo, Egypt at the second annual EduForum Conference. The keynote description was: “As automation and the disruptive march of technology continues into virtually every aspect of our lives, it is vital we cultivate both creativity and curiosity in our students. Many jobs and vocations of the future will require teamwork, collaboration, project management, and independent work skills historically lacking in traditional academic classes focusing on isolated, individual performance. In this engaging and challenging session, Dr. Wesley Fryer will present the case for why learners today need to be CREATORS as well as consumers of multimedia, and collaborate regularly in school to acquire the workforce skills of today and tomorrow. By highlighting practical examples as well as available apps and web tools, Dr. Fryer will provide attendees with specific strategies and lesson activities they can apply in their classrooms to more effectively utilize multimedia and encourage students to create multimedia which supports learning goals.” Please share feedback on the ideas in this podcast with a comment on this podcast on speedofcreativity.org, or by reaching out to Wes on Twitter @wfryer. Also be sure to subscribe to The EdTech Situation Room on http://edtechSR.com and follow on Twitter @edtechSR for updates.

Shownotes:

  1. Google Slides for “Inspiring Creativity and Curiosity with Media”
  2. Slides and resources for all of Wes Fryer’s 2017 EduForum Egypt Presentations and Workshops
  3. Follow Wes Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  4. The EdTech Situation Room Podcast (@edtechSR)

 

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Things I Learned Traveling to Egypt

The past few days I had an opportunity to travel to Cairo, Egypt, to present and participate in the 2017 EduForum Conference and also do a little sightseeing. Since sharing my second TEDx talk in November 2016, “Digital Citizenship in the Surveillance State,” I’ve continued to read and research about data privacy issues especially as they apply to smartphones, laptops, and international travel. As a result of that research as well as frequent conversations on “The EdTech Situation Room” with Jason Neiffer, I learned a number of things in the weeks leading up to this trip as well as on the trip about privacy and surveillance that I’d like to share. In addition, this was my first trip to leave all my Apple and iOS devices at home, instead traveling with our family 11″ Dell Chromebook ($200) and a Motorola 4E Plus (4th Gen) Android smartphone ($146). My primary reasons for making these hardware changes for this international trip were security and privacy concerns. If you have questions, feedback or suggestions on any of the lessons I outline in this post, please leave a comment below or reach out via Twitter to @wfryer. Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and none of the lessons learned or ideas shared in this post should be construed as legal advice.

Limit Personal Digital Data While Traveling

While it’s quite easy to make yourself paranoid these days reading about the rapidly advancing technological capabilities of governments, corporations and even individuals to surveil and monitor citizens as well as travelers, it’s also important not to discard cautionary tales and recommendations by security experts when it comes to data contained in our smartphones and other computing devices. While many people may think “I’m not a criminal or a terrorist, and I don’t have anything to hide,” the reality of data hacks and their increasing frequency means that if all your smartphone data is copied by customs officials in the United States or another country, there are no guarantees that information will remain secure and protected.

Everyone’s situation can be different with respect to data privacy, but here are two reasons I decided after much deliberation and study to limit the personal information I traveled with and which could be subject to electronic copying and archiving if customs officials in any of the countries I visited chose to conduct a forensic analysis on my smartphone or laptop.

  1. Once your personal data has been downloaded and copied, like all your contacts or every email message you’ve sent or received that’s still archived on a cloud account like Gmail, there is no way to “get that genie back into the bottle.” Like any kind of digital information, once a copy is “out in the wild” you’ve lost control of it and cannot guarantee whose hands it will or will not fall into.
  2. Our family (and many teachers at our school, incidentally) uses/use password manager software now to keep a digital list of important numbers. These include banking and financial information, which we don’t want others accessing.

Some people who have private or limited social media accounts on platforms like Facebook and Twitter may also want to limit government access to their accounts, since officials may not have the ability to view/browse all social media posts and interactions without physical access to a logged in device or the account’s login credentials. This wasn’t an issue for me at this point, since my profiles are public.

The other reason I decided to limit my personal data target size on this trip, however, was that I wanted to learn more about what is possible, reasonable, and prudent to consider doing when it comes to personal, digital data protection. Here are some of the best articles I read on these subjects getting ready for my trip, which I commend to you for further reading:

  1. Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border: Protecting the Data On Your Devices and In the Cloud (EFF)
  2. Protecting Your Data at a Border Crossing – Zdziarski’s Blog of Things
  3. How to Keep Your Smartphone Safe While Entering the United States (NY Mag)
  4. Federal agents can search your phone at the US border — here’s how to protect your personal information (Business Insider)
  5. Is it legal for officials to search your phone when you’re traveling? (LA Times)

Limiting your personal data exposure can become a major inconvenience, so I was glad to learn about several ways to limit this digital target size without completely erasing/wiping my smartphone or other devices. Here are some of the techniques I used on this trip to Egypt:

  1. Used “travel mode” in 1Password password manager software to designate a single, limited “vault” of passwords as accessible from my smartphone, and delete all the others so I literally did not travel with that information on my devices.
  2. Used a secondary Google account on my Chromebook as well as Android phone, which does not have very many contacts in it but has had some activity. As one of the previously linked articles above suggests, you want to keep a ‘low profile’ going through customs and not draw attention to yourself. If you’ve wiped your smartphone, for instance, this could be a red flag to officials that you have something to hide that they would be interested in. Since I had both my primary and secondary Google accounts on my phone, I was able to delete my primary accounts from both my Chromebook as well as my smartphone when I was still on the airplane before entering the airport terminal and going through passport control / customs. It turned out to NOT be an issue for me on this trip, but if I’d had to hand over my devices for inspection they wouldn’t have been erased/wiped, they would still have an actual Google account on them which I use and has data activity.
  3. Backed up / exported all the Google Contacts I had on a secondary account, as well as all my Apple / iOS iCloud contacts as a “vCard file” which I could readily import into Google Contacts for my main account. I learned in this process that Google Contacts features a generous undo/restore feature, so if you mistakenly delete or otherwise mess up your contacts, you can restore them to an hour before, or other time intervals. Google Contacts also has a great duplicate removal wizard, which is VERY handy.

2 Factor Authentication Options

It’s a very good idea, from a security perspective, to setup 2 factor authentication on as many of your web accounts as you can. If you opt to use Google’s authenticator app, however, it’s not a quick process to migrate over to another phone or setup those authentication options on another phone. If your financial situation can support it, for instance, I recommend purchasing a less expensive and globally compatible, unlocked Android phone instead of traveling with a locked iPhone. The Authy app is a great alternative to use instead of Google’s Authenicator app for either iOS or Android, since Authy can be installed on any device and then users can just login with account credentials to access all 2FA codes. That’s NOT how the Google Authenticator app works now, so I definitely recommend Authy.

A Chromebook is an Outstanding Travel Laptop

Consider purchasing and using an inexpensive Chromebook laptop for international travel instead of traveling with a more expensive and more data-filled device like an Apple or Windows laptop. The only thing I wanted to do on my trip with my Chromebook which I was unable to do was edit and publish a long, multi-track audio podcast. My Chromebook was great for this trip because:

  1. It minimized my data privacy footprint relative to my Apple laptop with everything in my iCloud account, especially since I deleted my primary Google account from it before clearing customs.
  2. I’ve been sharing all my conference presentation resources via Google Slides and Google Sites for several years now, so I was able to make tons of changes and additions to my EduForum slides and session resources during my airport layovers and international flights using the Chromebook.
  3. The long battery life of the Chromebook (about 8 hours of no-kidding full-on use) is just fantastic compared to my other Apple portables, and this was especially helpful in a country like Egypt which uses a different electrical plug because electrical converters weren’t readily available in all our conference rooms.
  4. The Chromebook was light and small, which made it a pleasure to travel with and carry.
  5. Relative to my Mac laptop, the Chromebook required fewer cords and peripherals that I needed in order to “be prepared.” I brought a HDMI to VGA video connector, a microUSB to USB cable, and a USB-A to USB-B cable. That’s a lot less than I usually carry to be ready for a different array of Apple laptop connection needs.

ProHDR is Great App for Android and iPhone

Pro HDR X has been my favorite iPhone photography app for a long time, so when I started using an Android phone I was excited to learn the same company makes Pro HDR Camera for droid users. Many of the most compelling photos from Sunday’s sightseeing adventures in Cairo were taken with this app. I highly recommend it, whether you’re an iOS or Android phone user.

Check Credit Card Expiration Dates

One of my oversights for this trip was not checking the expiration date of my credit card. I hadn’t used one that I brought in a long time, and I didn’t even think to look… So add this to your departure checkist.

What Personal Information Do You Want Private?

As suggested in some of the articles I linked previously suggest, it’s a good idea to think about your personal information and what you definitely want to keep private BEFORE you go on an international trip and face customs officials who may ask to scan and even copy your smartphone’s contents. Some information you might want to keep private could include:

  • Contacts
  • Past personal emails
  • Past personal calendar
  • Financial/banking and personal family data

If U.S. customs procedures remain as they are today, most of us may not have to worry about or experience this scenario of having the entire contents of your smartphone downloaded and copied into a government database. As those articles highlight, however, “the times they are a ‘changin” and the trend lines are for customs officials to examine, ask for, and even download/copy more digital information. It’s definitely valuable to consider these questions in advance of an international trip, so you can limit the information you bring with you and the potential information you could give up to officials if asked to surrender your digital devices.

Android Phone Video Editing Apps

I used two different video editing apps on my Android smartphone on this trip, and I was fairly pleased with their ease of use and exported video quality. I used Adobe Premier Clip to create the 5.5 minute highlight video embedded below of the pyramids and Egyptian Museum. It has features very similar to iMovie for iPhone, except it doesn’t support “movie trailers.”

I also used Quik (from GoPro) to create a highlights video from our Nile dinner cruise set to some copyright-friendly music readily available in the app for free. It’s perfect for creating short summary videos like this.

2 More Phone Tips

For the first time, since I’d read all these cautionary articles about cell phones and customs officials before this trip, I turned my smartphone and laptop off before I entered the customs line both entering Egypt and re-entering the United States. This was apparently unnecessary for Egypt, but likely prudent for the United States. I am apparently not on a watchlist of any kind (which isn’t a surprise) since I had an easy time in U.S. customs, but even if my phone wasn’t individually examined there are ways the U.S. government (as well as other entities) can scan your phone without someone physically touching it. Read Walter Kirn’s November 2015 article in The Atlantic, “If You’re Not Paranoid, You’re Crazy,” for more details on how these surveillance procedures were functioning two years ago. As time marches on, those methods and techniques are likely to become more powerful and widespread.

My second phone tip, particularly if you’re in the United States, is to use TMobile as your mobile cellular carrier. We switched over several years ago and have loved the monthly savings, generous data quotas, and connectivity speeds in most areas. T-Mobile is also fantastic for international travel. I had included (no extra charges) unlimited cellular data as well as text messaging when I was in Egypt. This was FANTASTIC, and not only allowed me to use my Google Maps app everywhere but also update Instagram and Facebook with photos throughout my trip.

What’s App is Amazing

Since phone calls were not free with T-Mobile, I opted to use the free app What’s App for both voice calls and videoconferences. This worked great to talk with family back in the United States as well as an Egyptian family friend with whom I needed to coordinate meeting times. As luck would have it, when we visited the Pyramids at Giza it was about 4 pm in Egypt, which made it about 8 am the previous day in the midwest of the USA. I successfully videoconferenced back home with my wife and youngest daughter FROM THE OVERLOOK by the pyramids, and it was SO cool to be able to share that moment with them LIVE. What’s App also offers end-to-end message encryption, which is a big deal and VERY positive. Without 4G/LTE cellular data connectivity I don’t think it would have been possible at all. What’s App was an invaluable tool for me on this trip and I’m definitely going to use it again when I travel of the country.

Google Assistant is a Fantastic Travel Companion

We’re living in an “AI First” rather than a “mobile first” world, according to Google. I loved having both capabilities this week in Egypt, and used the Google Assistant on multiple occasions to convert currency amounts and answer other questions.

Other Lessons Learned

Some other things I learned, or had reinforced, during my Egypt adventure were:

  1. The priceless value of family connections and family networking (My parents connected me to an old family friend who was a fantastic host and tour guide for our adventures Sunday)
  2. Few Egyptian educators are currently on Twitter (hopefully I encouraged a few more to join during my EduForum presentations and other hallway conversations)
  3. Passion for student voice is transnational and can be communicated, despite language and cultural barriers

I’d also like to reflect on some similarities as well as differences which this trip caused me to think about regarding politics in Egypt and the United States, but I don’t have time to share those thoughts now. These touch on the subjects of populism, democracy and the role of the military in preserving the republic. There are distressing parallels to the 2011 Egyptian “troubles” (Arab Spring) and our US Presidential election issues / current politics. More on these themes later!

Overall, I had a fast and fantastic experience in Egypt! I hope some of these lessons learned are valuable and helpful to you as you plan for your own travel adventures.

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Why I’m Switching from iPhone to Android (Part 1)

This morning when I told my 14 year old I’d ordered a new phone for myself and it isn’t an iPhone, she said, “Now people are going to think you’re weird!” My response was, “Good, bring it on. I am weird!” As a long-time iPhone user and devotee, I realize this decision to give a near-baseline Android phone an extended try may come as a surprise to many. In this post, I’ll briefly outline the reasons for my decision. Technology companies WANT us all as consumers to believe we absolutely HAVE TO HAVE the latest and greatest smartphone to use, enjoy, and show off to others as a symbol of our affluence and life priorities. I’m ready to get off that train, and I hope the reasons for my decision that I’ll explain below will help you think about perhaps doing the same thing at some point.

The Cost of New Smartphones is Absurd

It is absolutely ridiculous that the new iPhone X base model costs $1000. As an Apple devotee and Apple technology evangelist since 1995, I’m willing to call this out. This feels a bit like “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”  Few if any Apple fanbois want to say this or will say it, but we all should be willing to speak the truth in and to our consumer culture. The normalization of smartphones which cost as much or MORE than a VERY capable new laptop computer has been wonderful for Apple’s quarterly profits, but it hasn’t helped strapped family budgets. It’s also a reflection of what smartphones are and have always been: Small, mobile computers which also happen to make phone calls. Moore’s Law has been in effect for laptops and desktops for years, and consumers have been the beneficiaries of those economic and computational dynamics. I’m ready to financially enjoy the benefits of Moore’s Law in our family when it comes to smartphones, and that road is paved best by Google and its Android operating system. It is certainly not paved by Apple today.

As a parent in a family of five, I’m keenly aware of not only our monthly cellular phone costs (part of the reason we switched from AT&T to T-Mobile three years ago) but also our periodic handset upgrade costs. I’ve deliberated this for many months, and I’m ready to step off the Apple smartphone upgrade train. If this $146 “plus size” Android phone can meet my mobile computing and connectivity needs, I’m all for it. I’m ready to give it a try.

Multi-day Smartphone Battery Life is a Game Changer

Last night when I was reading a review of the Moto E4 Plus, the following statement literally jumped off the screen and hit me between the eyes:

With the E4 Plus, I have consistently been able to achieve battery life that would allow me 10 hours of screen-on time over twice the amount of time off the charger (around 36 hours). That’s insane.

I have an iPhone 6S, and even though I’ve worked to limit my apps which use GPS and other battery draining features, I’m rarely ever able to make it through a day at work without charging my phone. Yesterday in fact, my phone died about 3:30 pm, and I found myself working late in my office after 5 pm wondering why my wife or daughter hadn’t texted or called me to come pick them up. Then I remembered my phone was dead. Yikes.

Today we had a network interruption at about the same time of day, and I found myself alone in our school DMARC on my iPhone with our ISP and firewall technical support personnel with less than 5% of my battery remaining. Thankfully one of our IT staff came to my rescue after I texted him asking for a phone charger and cable. This situation is absolutely NOT acceptable, from a safety as well as productivity standpoint. Yes, I could start carrying a phone charging battery with me at all times, but I really don’t want to do that. I keep one in my backpack, but I don’t want to keep one in my pocket. The 5000mAh battery in the Moto E4 Plus is going to be a definite game changer for me in terms of daily phone battery life, and this new reality can’t arrive in my pocket fast enough.

Google’s AI Technology and Smart Assistant is Better Than Siri

One of the things I’ve been thinking about the most in past months, when it comes to smartphones, is the race for companies to develop AI powered smart assistants. (Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant, etc.) These cloud-based anthropomorphic  platforms are already changing the ways many people interact with their devices, with other people, with information, and cloud-based services. I think Google is poised to take and maintain a big lead in AI technologies, because of their access to huge troves of data which is needed for machine learning and AI.

To hear me elaborate further on these ideas, check out the audio podcast of my breakout session from G Camp OKC this past Saturday, “Teaching and Learning in an AI First World.” The shownotes for that podcast have several helpful articles on this topic, including “Google and Amazon are spearheading a quiet gadget revolution, and it’s going to put pressure on Apple most of all” from Business Insider on October 29, 2017.

Most of my Important Apps are Device Agnostic

Back in August 2014, I purchased a small Nexus 7 tablet running Android to give the operating system a serious try for the first time. I used the web, Twitter, Facebook, Flipboard, Book Creator, and even edited a video using WeVideo. I found it wasn’t nearly as smooth and easy to use for media creation as an iPad, but it was moving in the right direction. Since that time, that tablet has mostly gathered dust at our house and only occasionally is brought out as a novelty.

Android as well as Android apps have continued to mature since 2014, and I’m eager to give a full Android phone daily experience and workflow a try. These are the main apps I use every day or almost every day on my iPhone, and almost all of them are available for Android:

  1. Flipboard
  2. PocketCasts (podcatcher)
  3. Echofon (Twitter client with Buffer support)
  4. Instagram
  5. Nuzzel
  6. YouVersion Bible
  7. Pray As You Go
  8. Facebook
  9. Circle
  10. Pro HDR
  11. Asana
  12. NPR One
  13. Audible
  14. Pandora
  15. YouTube
  16. Flixter
  17. Feedly
  18. Kindle
  19. YouTube
  20. Web browser (Safari, Chrome)

The main iPhone apps I use regularly which do NOT appear to be available for Android are Adobe Spark Post and Fantastical, my favorite iOS calendar app. I generally use Adobe Spark Post to make several infopics per week, so that is potentially the biggest Android app shortcoming I can foresee. Hopefully Adobe Spark Post can run reasonably well in the Chrome web browser of Android, or I’ll be able to find an equally awesome replacement app for infopic creation.

I think my investment in Apple’s iTunes Match and Apple Music playlists may be one of the more challenging aspects of my Android conversion experience. Time will tell. Google Play Music or Spotify may have import options which will make this an easier transition than it might be. If you have insights or advice for me on this front please let me know with a comment below or tweet to @wfryer.

International Travel and Mobile Carrier Flexibility

One of the reasons I started considering buying a cheaper Android phone most recently is an upcoming trip I’m taking to Egypt to speak at the 2nd EduForum in Cairo. We’ve talked on The EdTech Situation Room, the weekly technology news analysis show I co-host, a fair bit about the risks of traveling with a smartphone logged into your social media accounts and loaded with contacts as well as email. Here are a few articles which have headlines that will give you the flavor of these concerns:

  1. I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again—neither should you
  2. Federal agents can search your phone at the US border — here’s how to protect your personal information
  3. Want to protect your data at the border? Delete it
  4. How to Keep Your Smartphone Safe While Entering the United States
  5. Is it legal for officials to search your phone when you’re traveling?

The March 2017 New York Times article, “Crossing the Border? Here’s How to
Safeguard Your Data From Searches,” specifically recommends the Moto G4 Android phone as a travel smartphone compatible with multiple cellular carrier technologies. The author noted:

It’s a wise idea to invest in a so-called travel device, a cheap smartphone or computer that you use only abroad: You don’t want your nice equipment to get lost or stolen while traveling, anyway, let alone searched by border agents. So leave your fancy equipment — along with your photo album, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter apps — at home.

I’m likely going to erase my Android phone before arriving at the airport to depart or return home from Egypt. This level of concern for having my smartphone data copied by customs officials might seem paranoid, but we all need to remember that ANY digital data can be hacked and repurposed. I don’t have anything to hide in my smartphone data, but I also value privacy and don’t want my entire digital life in the hands of foreign or domestic customs agents.

More Knowledge About Android Capabilities

I remember back in 2009 when I experimented with inexpensive netbooks and hackintoshes, facing questions from friends among the Apple faithful about why I would foray into such blasphemous computing territory. When I worked for AT&T from 2006 to 2008, I used Windows PCs in my office and had access to a personal Windows laptop. While I didn’t enjoy using Windows like I did and do enjoy MacOS, I certainly benefited in all those cases by learning more about usage and benefits/drawbacks of a different operating system. Similarly, I see the opportunity to “use Android full time” on my smartphone as an experiment which will, at worst, leave me better educated and informed to compare different smartphone capabilities.

We all are subject to baby duck syndrome. The first computing system we learn to utilize is not always the best, however, and “best” is a contextual term that can vary widely in meaning. I was a Palm Pilot and Palm Treo user before the iPhone was invented, and have been an iPhone user since witnessing Steve Jobs’ live on-stage demo of the original iPhone in 2007. I’m keeping my Macbook laptop and iPad, and will keep creating Sunday sketchnotes and narrated sketchnotes with my iPad, Apple Pencil and Procreate. I’ll just be doing my smartphone work on an Android device… until further notice.

Our Phones Reflect Financial and Life Priorities

We all have different priorities in life, and those priorities are often reflected on our calendars and in our bank registers. I love “powerful technologies that just work,” and this is one of the reasons I’ve been an outspoken evangelist for Apple computing products for years. Google products definitely fall into this computing category as well, however, and for this reason I’ve been enamored with Chromebooks since I first started one up in 8 seconds in 2011.

While I’m a fan of powerful tech tools made by Apple and Google, I’m decidedly NOT a fan of consumerism or unchecked consumer culture. I enjoy going to the mall sometimes with family members, but part of me laments the fact that going shopping and spending money has become a favorite hobby and pastime of many in our present age. Capitalism has brought many benefits of affluence in the United States to large numbers of people, but it also encourages folks to misplace their priorities and value things more than people or ideas.

As a fan of Conscious Capitalism, I think it’s wise and healthy for us to introspectively consider the choices we make with our personal resources. In this spirit, I’m glad to hang my hat with those who believe it’s better to save or spend money elsewhere rather than on the latest and greatest bleeding edge smartphone. This is especially true when that latest smartphone retails at $1000 for the baseline model.

Bigger Smartphone Screen is Appealing

My eyes are getting worse with age. I’m up for an annual eye exam this month, and it’s going to be the year I get bifocals. A larger smartphone screen is appealing to me, so I’m excited to be able to try a 5.5″ model without spending an arm and a leg to do it. It’s both an age and a pocketbook thing.

Learning More About Chromecast

I love the function and reliability of AirPlay for teaching, presenting and working with other learners in the classroom. Google’s Chromecast technology is not yet as ready for enterprise use as AirPlay, but it’s hopefully going to get there. By having an Android phone, I’m sure I’ll be doing more testing and experimenting with Chromecast capabilities and technologies. As a school technology director, eventually I want our Chromebook using students to be able to mirror their devices on classroom screens. This needs to be done in a way that does not compromise network security segmentation, or overwhelm limited wifi capacity. I often need a catalyst to learn more about a new subject, and an Android phone will serve in that role for me in many ways on different topics, including wireless streaming.

Jason Says Android is Cool

For over a year now on Wednesday nights each week, I’ve been spending an hour talking about technology news with my Montana friend, Jason Neiffer. (@techsavvyteach) I respect Jason’s opinions, and he says getting to know Android is a worthwhile and cool experience. What other reasons do I need for this switch?!

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Podcast456: Teaching and Learning in an AI First World

This podcast features a recording of Dr. Wesley Fryer’s breakout session at G Camp OKC on November 4, 2017, titled “Teaching and Learning in an AI First World.” Referenced slides are available on http://wfryer.me/aifirst and include all referenced videos, including those mentioned but not shown during the presentation. Please refer to the podcast shownotes for a complete list of referenced articles and videos from the presentation. If you have feedback, please contact Wes via Twitter @wfryer or leave a comment below.

Shownotes:

  1. Google Slides for “Teaching and Learning in an AI First World”
  2. G Camp OKC Session Resources (@GcampOKC)
  3. Follow Wes Fryer on Twitter: @wfryer
  4. The EdTech Situation Room Podcast (@edtechSR)
  5. [VIDEO] Mobile first to AI first – Google I O’17 (1:44)
  6. Artificial Intelligence (English WikiPedia)
  7. Alan Turning (English WikiPedia)
  8. EdTech Situation Room Promo Trailer
  9. Neuralink
  10. “Artificial general intelligence (AGI) will be the most significant technology ever created by humans” (via Open AI)
  11. Seeing AI by Microsoft
  12. [VIDEO] Seeing AI app from Microsoft
  13. Google Home
  14. Features of Google Home
  15. Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck (May 14, 2015)
  16. Robots could replace 1.7 million American truckers in the next decade (25 Sept 2016)
  17. This self-driving truck has no room for a human driver — literally (July 5, 2017)
  18. Tesla Autopilot
  19. [VIDEO] (Tesla) Autopilot Full Self-Driving Hardware (Neighborhood Short)
  20. Deep Blue (chess computer) from English WikiPedia
  21. Go (Game) from English WikiPedia
  22. AlphaGo from English WikiPedia
  23. [VIDEO] No match for mere mortals: Google’s AlphaGo wins Go series (56 sec)
  24. Google’s AlphaGo AI wins three-match series against the world’s best Go player (May 24, 2017)
  25. The AI That Has Nothing to Learn From Humans (October 20, 2017)
  26. [VIDEO] AlphaGo Zero: Starting from scratch
  27. [VIDEO] Google demos real time language translation with new Pixel 2
  28. [VIDEO] Digital Citizenship in the Surveillance State (Nov 2016)
  29. Google and Amazon are spearheading a quiet gadget revolution, and it’s going to put pressure on Apple most of all (Oct 29, 2017)
  30. Preferable replacement for Madeline Hunter lesson plan model: Design, Create and Share
  31. Scratch by the MIT Lifelong Kindergarten Group
  32. Scratch Day
  33. PBS Scratch Jr
  34. The Three Acts Of A Mathematical Story by Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer)
  35. Math class needs a makeover (May 2010 TEDx Talk) by Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer)
  36. Dan Meyer’s Three-Act Math Tasks
  37. Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play by Mitch Resnick (@mres)
  38. Learning Creative Learning MOOC
  39. VIDEO: The 4 P’s of Creative Learning

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