We are very excited to have Matt Markstone, an Instructional Technology Coordinator and history teacher, join the podcast as the three of us dive into a great conversation about educational technology (EdTech) – what it’s like to be in the trenches of the industry and what it takes for educators and students to succeed. Technology has the ability to dramatically alter the manner in which we teach, learn, and grow. Educators are finding new methods to innovate lesson plans, incorporate educational standards with technology, and create a vibrant learning environment. Students are using technology and learning to improve their social, writing, critical thinking, and communications skills. Hear first hand from Matt Markstone about the amazing events happening in EdTech.
Amazon Key was announced by the online retail giant, which allows customers to authorize access to their homes for the delivery of packages. Letting Amazon into your home could either be safe or completely insane. New advancements in the smartwatch industry are offering those with visually impairments an opportunity to own and operate a Braille integrated device. As customer service continues to take a downward spiral in some tech fields, we are sharing recent service disaster and where it’s going from here. To wrap up, the Sprint and T-Mobile merger talks have been tabled for now with very little promise in the future.
We have you covered from Wi-Fi attacks to Initial Coin Offerings, from rewards programs to walking while texting. The Krack Attack last week, which focused on hacking a level of Wi-Fi encryption, should not affect many of us but it is good to be educated and understand what happened and how to protect ourselves. The latest trend in startup investment is Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). ICOs are designed around the creation and purchasing of a new cryptocurrency as an investment technique that is proving to be embraced and controversial. Loyalty and rewards programs are beginning to boom again thanks to changes in customer behaviors and companies realizing the power of app-based rewards programs. And finally, walking while texting in a crosswalk will leave your pocketbook a bit little in Honolulu to the tune of a $35 citation.
We are exploring the reality of social media backlash as a restaurant in Tucson is forced to permanently close its doors after sharing politically charged statements on Facebook. With an ever growing subscriber base, Netflix is set to spend $6 billion in 2018 for original programming, creating an increase in pricing and a hand full of questions from us. Samsung is the latest electronics firm to invest heavily in online TV, putting them in the conversation as telecom firms continues to tighten up relationships with on-demand service providers. And finally, another telecommunication merger is on the horizon and could spell a small shakeup in the industry.
We kick off the show discussing a new book – The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Find out what makes these companies click and why they have become so profitable and ubiquitous. Microsoft announced that Windows 10 Mobile will no longer be a focus of the company, providing only bug fixes and security updates. Continuing with the farewell tone, we are saying goodbye to AOL Instant Messenger, the once famed and popular chat function in the late 1990s and early 2000s. And finally, YouTube has banned gun modification videos from their listings in response to the Las Vegas mass shooting and human tragedy.
What the tech is happening right now? We start the podcast with the tragedy of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, exploring how social media helps us stay informed of local issues and how fundraising after tragedy is not always legitimate. Be aware that hundreds of social media scams pop up during tragedy as others look to profit off loss, heartbreak, and death. Also, during the planning of International Podcast Day, we run into some technical issues with our Google account and YouTube channel, including a copyright infringement, inability to edit video, restricted Hangouts On Air testing, and limited access to human contact. In other news, with school in full swing, we share some of the great discounts one could receive if using their .edu email address – from Squarespace to Microsoft, from Adobe to The Washington Post.