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Tech Talk Roundtable 08-12 | A World Without Tech, Amen!

Description In the establishing shot of the movie Transcendence, people use keyboards as door stops and discarded computers litter the streets. Mankind is slowly recovering from tech-addiction, returning to a life of face-to-face communication and the petty inconveniences of a tech-free world. While that world may be a dream for some and a nightmare for others, we take a Waldorf Schools’ view of classrooms without tech. What are the essentials of teaching? What happens when tech isn’t there to support these essentials? Lessons Learned Chris – Mmhmm 2.0 like chunky monkey delicious! https://www.mmhmm.app/blog/introducing-mmhmm-2-0-chunky-make-video-work-for-you Mixed live with pre-recorded Duel video Presets to keep a “look” iOS app coming soon Dennis – Cool new feature coming to Teams – Reading Progress https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/education-blog/reading-progress-in-microsoft-teams-improve-student-reading/ba-p/2315377 Daniel – teleprompter – https://apps.apple.com/app/id1444106389 Fun Fact First Television Broadcast “The first American TV station began broadcasting on July 2, 1928. W3XK was the first commercially licensed television station in the US, owned by inventor Charles Francis Jenkins. The company broadcast just outside Washington, D.C., and continued to air “radio movies” to the general public five nights a week until 1932.” Notes & Links Thought Experiment – What if all your technology failed?   No Internet, devices bricked, no power.  What would happen to learning?  Could it happen?  What are the consequences? 1980’s PBS Series, “Connections” featured James Burke.  In Episode 1 – The Trigger Effect, he talked about the New York Blackout and looked at what could happen if all our technology systematically failed us and we were put back to the age of the plow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XetplHcM7aQ In the show he talks about all the technology we use, trust, depend on, every moment of every day with absolutely no idea how it actually works. And poses the question: How did we get here? Let’s look at the technology we depend on for Education – in fact, let’s drill down to the definition of “education” itself.  What have we built? How easily could it be completely unravelled?


10 Jun 2021

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Tech Talk Roundtable 08-11 | If Second Graders Can Make Video, So Can You!

Description During distance learning we all learned the importance of video for meaningful teaching and learning.  A good video can teach and even inspire.  A bad video . . .  well we’ve all seen our share of those too. Today on the podcast we welcome special guest Dan Speed, who is not only doing great things with video in his classroom, but his students are, as well. Lessons Learned Chris – The pleasures of kahoot A reminder to use reminders Sometimes an empty box can contain hours of enjoyment and learning (shout out: Dave Burgess) Dennis – Barcode to Sheet/goqr.me (pure text to QR Code) Daniel – Attention Residue – you continue to think and process a previous task once you’ve moved onto another. Fun Fact Cisco had already estimated that, by next year, a staggering 82% of all created content will be video. But the pandemic has accelerated an already ravenous appetite for video content. The average U.S. consumer now pays for four different streaming video subscriptions. Nearly one-quarter of U.S. consumers (23%) have added at least one new paid streaming video service since the pandemic began. https://www.forbes.com/sites/falonfatemi/2021/02/01/how-the-pandemic-has-changed-video-content-and-consumption/?sh=6a2f94d6ec00 Notes & Links Video is more than just sharing information, it can connect on an emotional level as well.  In school that’s important for moving that info into long term memory (retention). SPECIAL GUEST:  Dan Speed (2nd Grade Teacher here at Concordia)


19 May 2021

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Tech Talk Roundtable 08-10 | Is Email Making Us Dumber?

Description Did you get my email? Oh! That was in the email that Bob sent last week? Can you send me an email about that? Email, Email, Email What would we do without email? But is email making us dumber, less efficient and poorer collaborators? In today’s podcast, we will delve down the email rabbit hole and discuss what we have learned from this 30-year experiment. We’ll discuss its implications on our society, workplace, and on education. Lessons Learned Chris – “Hey Siri, remind me at 11AM to head to the recording room for our podcast” “Hey Siri” reminders kind of makes it seem like I actually have a memory, right Siri? Dennis – Microsoft Lens Daniel – Loom Screenrecorder app – www.Loom.com Fun Fact First Email Sent in 1971 on the ARPANET by Ray Tomlinson  – Regarded as “The Inventor of Email” https://www.theverge.com/2012/5/2/2991486/ray-tomlinson-email-inventor-interview-i-see-email-being-used “at the time there was no really good way to leave messages for people. The telephone worked up to a point, but someone had to be there to receive the call. And if it wasn’t the person you wanted to get, it was an administrative assistant or an answering service or something of that sort. That was the mechanism you had to go through to leave a message, so everyone latched onto the idea that you could leave messages on the computer.” Notes & Links A World Without Email – By Cal Newport (Author of Deep Work, Digital Minimalism) (Here is a summary of the book – https://www.getstoryshots.com/books/a-world-without-email-summary/) Almost 30 years of widespread use of this communication tool. Part 1 – The Case Against Email The speed of emails also prevents workers from disconnecting. People’s stress levels are higher as a result of more emails. Newport argues our evolutionary drive to be social leads to a feeling of unease when we neglect these interactions. When no structure is introduced, there will be a huge amount of messages across several tasks that you have to address. To keep on top of this, you have to be constantly monitoring these channels. The issue with this is your lack of focus is reducing your cognitive capacity and you are left miserable. Hyperactive Hive Mind – This social need to be responding to emails in a timely fashion and the inefficiencies it creates.  Unstructured conversations on messaging apps and meetings dropped into diaries on the fly congest our day. His objective, to give people the space to do their best work without distraction Part 2 – Principles For Moving Past Email We need a linear approach to work We all need to buy into this approach.  No Rogue Leaders Your first two hours of work are your best and should be sacred Deep Work time. People need to completely stop one task in order to fully transition their thought processes to the next one. In the book Scrum (a methodology used for building small teams to tackle projects) Small teams work best with projects (no more than 7) They all work on one task at a time and everyone knows what everyone else is doing based on a Kanban board of tasks.  They ask each other: What did you work on yesterday? What are you working on today? What challenges do you have? The job of an administrator is to ensure there is a proper workflow for their team to be successful You can track the amount of tasks completed in a week and the complexity of each task to ensure that teams are improving in their work.  This is a measure of past performance Tracking people’s happiness is a measure of future success.

30 Apr 2021

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Tech Talk Roundtable 08-09 | Drone On

Description Hey, if you’ve been with us since the beginning that means you have been listening to us drone on and on for eight whole years. We finally honor your stubbornness by addressing some fascinating applications of  … drones. This week, NASA scientists flew the first drone on Mars.  This amazing technology has changed the way we look at flight, gives us a different point of view on the world (and other worlds) around us, and will likely be the way we receive future Amazon deliveries – beside all that they are really cool! Today on the podcast we will welcome two of our own drone experts to tell us everything we need to know about drones.  They have experience flying drones, filming with drones, and they also teach a drone CCA here at Concordia. Oh did I mention they are also middle school students? Lessons Learned Chris – Porting information from one phone to another has gotten much easier, but there are still some kinks. Dennis – Need an alternative for Google Classroom? Teachers and Students can use Microsoft Teams for Free! https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/teams Daniel – Recording PE class for analysis of their spacing during invasion games.  Plan your flight using AirMap to ensure that you can fly on the day.  https://app.airmap.com/plan Fun Fact Getting Rid of the Hiccups https://www.chicagotribune.com/consumer-reviews/sns-bestreviews-health-get-rid-hiccups-20210312-gf3qml7ms5fpfplfx53toyjtta-story.html Although the article dismisses it, you can use fear – or at least the fear of public speaking to dismiss hiccups too. Notes & Links Special Guests: Marcus and Shreyas from Concordia’s Middle School tell everything we need to know about Drones.


23 Apr 2021

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Tech Talk Roundtable 08-08 | Technology vs. Biology

Podcast Video: https://youtu.be/aVnCyeZhZBw Description We get up in the morning, check our weather app, check our Facebook, check Instagram, check the top news feeds pushed to us on our mobile device, and scroll through the dozens of notifications we received over night. The volume of information that our technology pushes to us is greater than ever before, yet our biology has limitations on what we are designed to pay attention to, or even process.  Apps and social media are fighting for our attention, yet we have maxed out or surpassed what we are biologically capable of focusing on… Wait, I lost my train of thought. What am I talking about again? Oh, right, data overload. Today we continue our discussion on distraction as we talk about the battle between the biology of attention and the demands of technology. Lessons Learned Chris – 5 Tips for Zoom Breakout Rooms – https://bit.ly/2P9gb1b Understand the basics Personalize the rooms Highlight kindness and courtesy Assign roles Allow feedback opportunities (and address feedback) Dennis – Wonder.me (What Zoom breakout rooms SHOULD be like.) Daniel – Be careful with sharing Zoom windows.  VTC Fun Fact If “Back to the Future” was made today and Marty McFly traveled back in time 30 years like he did in the original, the song he would likely be playing at the dance would likely be “Smells Like Teen Spirit” because it would be 1991.  (Yes, 1991 was 30 years ago.) In 1991 There was no www.anything.com We were renting VHS tapes from BlockBuster – remember searching through the empty cases on the shelf to see if they had any of the new release that you wanted to rent? Playing Legend of Zelda on Nintendo (NES) Notes & Links Link: https://www.hottopics.ht/21102/the-quest-for-educational-categorization/ Key Points from Article “multi-tasking also creates a dopamine feedback loop, effectively rewarding the brain for losing focus. In short, we can become addicted to multi-tasking and the false sense of accomplishment that it brings.” “We become better students through the quality of the information that we internalize, and not through its volume.” The conscious mind is capable of processing c.120 bits per second. A conversation requires c.60 bits per second. To listen deeply requires more. In other words, our brains are not designed to multi-task. “Attention is a limited capacity resource. And our brains have evolved to focus on a single thing at any given time.” Solution: Organize and Categorize, two things we are very good at doing. Give yourself specific times to do specific tasks, and don’t cheat yourself!

8 Mar 2021

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Tech Talk Roundtable 08-07 | The “Covid Effect”

Description It’s happened to all of us.  You’ve got a project you’re working on that needs to be done. A message from your friend pops up with a funny new Bernie Sanders meme, which inspires you with an idea for another meme. You start searching for memes.  Your search results include a new music video parody with Bernie in it. You click the link to watch the video.  Another suggested video shows up with a preview for that new movie you’ve been waiting to see . . . yada yada yada . . . It’s 11pm and your project still isn’t done. Okay, maybe that’s just me, but we all have issues with distraction.  And with the amount of time we spend on screens during remote learning and home quarantines those distractions have become an increasing problem – especially for our kids.   Join us today as we try to focus on distraction as we discuss “The Covid Effect”. Lessons Learned Dennis – Online learning requires low tech tools.  Have “Justin Case Bags” ready to go at a moment’s notice. Chris – I’d have a lesson learned, but I got so distracted with pop-up alerts on my screen that I never got my “lesson learned” done. Has that ever happened to you? Daniel – Manage your iMovie hard Disk space. Terminology: Library & Projects.  Have your teachers or students create new libraries each semester. Fun Fact 22 Palindrome Dates in 2021 From the Farmers Almanac (https://www.farmersalmanac.com/what-palindrome-28106) According to the Farmers’ Almanac, 2021 will have a total of 22 palindrome dates, which are dates that read the same forwards and backward in four, five, and six-digit formats. From January 20 – 29 we had 10 straight days of 5 digit palindromes. In December we’ll have another 9 straight days. Notes & Links NYTimes Article:  https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/16/health/covid-kids-tech-use.html Blog Post from Brad Jasper “How to Maintain Your Productivity During a Crisis” https://heyfocus.com/blog/maintain-productivity-in-a-crisis/ Identify what distractions you can control and what you can’t.  (Your Circle of Control) Monitor your media intake Use a web site blocker Establish a News-Free morning (That includes personal news on FB/Twitter/Insta) Take time for your own mental health (i.e. Tai chi) Students picked up a lot of bad habits during the pandemic.  How do we help them learn to manage distraction? Understand what distracts them. They often don’t even realize it. Use ScreenTime  – https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208982 Manage their distraction and Focus on schoolwork – block distracting apps, web sites, and notifications when you need to concentrate on work. Focus app for Mac – https://heyfocus.com/ The Pomodoro Technique – https://heyfocus.com/blog/master-the-pomodoro-timer/ Turn off notifications Make communication channels different from personal.  (i.e. Canvas & PowerSchool Learning vs. WhatsApp, WeChat) Separate personal from school – Create a second user or use a second computer that only has school related apps, minimal browser extensions.


29 Jan 2021

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Tech Talk Roundtable 08-06 | Christmas Tech-Tacular 2020

Description Twas the podcast before Christmas… and all through the school, Not a waveform was stirring, this holiday Yule. The headphones were hung by the micks with great care; In hopes that some podcasters soon would be there; The listeners were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of webapps danced in their heads; And Mama with her iPad, and I with my apps, Had just settled in for a long winter’s nap. When out of Alexa there arose such a clatter, I dropped my device to see what was the matter. Away to the laptop I flew like a flash, And searched for Concordia’s Edtech Podcast. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But episode six of this, our eighth year, I played it in hopes of something spectacular. I knew I’d succeeded: The Christmas Techtacular! Lessons Learned Dennis – Give orphan Google Documents a home for Christmas.  If you created a document in a shared folder and the folder was deleted, the file is not gone. It just exists in “unorganized space” on your Google Drive.  It is an orphan file.  You can search for it if you know the name, but what if you don’t?  Type this in the search on Google Drive is:unorganized owner:me to reveal all your orphan documents.  Then move them back to your Google Drive or to one of your folders on Google Drive. Chris – A special gift to our listeners called “WHAT’S THAT APP?  (A “Who’s on First” tribute with actual app names.) Daniel – Email a dumpster fire – https://hey.science/dumpster-fire/  – Send an email to dumpsterfire@hey.com with whatever you want to torch. Use plain text or an image attachment. PG-13 rules apply.  Watch on the live feed as your message is created, conveyed, and then dropped into the rolling flames.  Experience catharsis. Darcy –  Just Keep Trying! Fun Fact 6 Companies use up 43% of total internet bandwidth Alphabet(Google): YouTube, Android Market, Google Search, Google Docs, Google Drive, DoubleClick, Gmail, and Crashlytics Netflix: Netflix Video Facebook: Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Video, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Oculus Rift Microsoft: Xbox Live, Windows Update, Skype, Outlook 365, Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive, Windows Store, LinkedIn Apple: iTunes, iCloud, Apple Software Update, FaceTime, Apple Music, Apple.com, iCloud Photo Stream, Mac App Store Amazon: Amazon Prime, Twitch, Amazon.com, Alexa, Amazon Glacier, Amazon Music https://www.sandvine.com/blog/netflix-vs.-google-vs.-amazon-vs.-facebook-vs.-microsoft-vs.-apple-traffic-share-of-internet-brands-global-internet-phenomena-spotlight Notes & Links Digital Christmas Gifts Save the Christmas wrap and avoid the hassle of  airline travel and covid tests this year.  Today, for our Christmas Tech-Tacular we “unwrap” our favorite DIGITAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS.  So fire up that YouTube Yule Log, and settle down for a long winter’s download. Free! PhotoPea.com  – Don’t want to pay for Adobe PhotoShop?  You’ll find most of the common PhotoShop features you’ll need for creative imaging editing right here, with a surprisingly similar interface.  And it all works right in your browser. Spotify – Up 1400% increase in listeners during covid.  Search for various playlists.  Need a school-friendly themed playlist for an event? Advertisements on the free version. Codespark – Academy is Free for educators. Aligned to Math and Science standards.  Great for pre-readers and up! Mmhmm – Make Zoom take off with this Zoom enhancer. Include videos and slide decks, and get yourself out of the picture, or you can just shrink yourself. PearDeck https://www.peardeck.com/googleslides Not Free, but not expensive Jackie Lawson Advent Calendar ($4.99 US App Store) Bloxels Home Account (Two ways to get it) Using at school? Have your teacher release your account and send you an invite. Get it yourself at https://playbloxels.com/?jumpTo=buy Notion – $48/year – is an online workspace with powerful tools for notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.  Google Doc You’ll need some help from Santa (or your rich uncle) JBL Charge 4 – $130 – Take it anywhere and also charge your devices If you need something non-Digital Andy Losik’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide – https://andylosik.blogspot.com/2020/11/mr-losiks-2020-holiday-gift-guide.html Little Passports – https://www.littlepassports.com/ – subscription boxes for young children.  Every month the child will receive a box full of activities.  (Geography, Travel & STEM activities) Our Musical Christmas Gift to you from Darcy Hendricks Additional Music Credits This show’s segment bumpers were used via Creative Commons License.  If you need music for your students we recommend this site for class projects and media creation. We Wish you a Merry Christmas by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4612-we-wish-you-a-merry-christmas License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Up on a Housetop by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4571-up-on-a-housetop License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/


15 Dec 2020

Rank #7

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Tech Talk Roundtable 08-05 | Imagineering the School Experience

Description “To all that come to this happy place, welcome. (This school) is your land. Here you relive the fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. (Our School) is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created (this reality)… with hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.” That’s a paraphrase of Walt Disney’s welcome message at the opening of Disneyland in 1955. Do you think it could be a motto for your school? Do you think it should be? Today on the podcast we’ll think about how imagineers used technology to drive the theme park experience and wonder how we might apply some of those design principles to the ways we integrate technology at our schools. After all, shouldn’t  schools be among the happiest places on earth? Lessons Learned Dennis –  iPhone screen shot – capture a full page in Safari. Chris – Wondering how to tell facts from fiction, simple truth from spin, online? The wonderful team from SHEG (Stanford History Education Group) just released a four-minute video showing us how to search laterally, a powerful corrective to online manipulation. Check it out, and explore the many other videos in SHEG’s Civic Online Reasoning  series! <https://cor.stanford.edu/videos/lateral-reading-video> Daniel – Plex Media Server – Your own personal Netflix/Prime Video server.   I set one up this week.  Install the software on  your old mac mini or a Network Attached Server.  Software is free….mium.   Home videos, old movies. I can share my library with anyone around the world. Fun Fact Robotic Clones of Real Persons, Touch Sensitive Plants, Life Saving Wristbands, 3D-Rendered Eyeballs and more.  These are just some of the inventions created by . . . wait for it . . . Disney.  That’s right. Part of keeping up to date and creating a unique entertainment experience means you have to dream up new technology. Tech to scan a human face and create a replica animatronic character. A censor that pipes a low voltage current through plants so a computer (and park security) can know when and where someone is touching it.  Useful to know when someone is climbing the trees or hedges to enter your property. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/tomorrowland/walt-disney-science-inventions/ Notes & Links Disney Plus Documentary –  “The Imagineering Story”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Imagineering_Story “Imagineering is Disney’s right brain, the place where technology and creativity combine for a singular, higher purpose – to tell stories.” “That famous Arthur C. Clarke quote about any sufficiently advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic, that’s a mantra we live by.” https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/future-of-marketing/digital-transformation/a-world-of-pure-imagineering/ In school it should never be tech for tech’s sake, the technology should drive the learning experience, without being the learning experience.


30 Nov 2020

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Tech Talk Roundtable 08-04 | Zoom Burnout is Real

Description Can you hear me now? I think you froze. I can’t hear you. Unmute yourself. Whose dog is barking? Please mute yourself. Hey, do you realize we can see what you’re doing?!? Does this sound familiar? If it doesn’t then you’ve probably been living under a rock for most of the year.  The rest of us understand the feeling all too well. Today on the podcast we’ll offer some tips, advice, and maybe a story or two as we brainstorm ways to avoid both Zoom Burnout, and the very real problem of prolonged covid stress. Lessons Learned Today’s Lessons Learned is Dedicated to Dennis’s father, Richard Grice (1937-2020) Using tech to create memorable learning experiences is nothing new.  Good teachers have always used the tools they have available to go beyond the textbook. Notes & Links BOOK: Burnout – Secrets to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, and Amelia Nagoski Topic Statement: Dealing with your stress is a separate process from dealing with the things that cause your stress.  To deal with your stress you must complete the stress cycle Example: On top of our demanding jobs and stress from needing to educate and perform the same teacher duties (planning, curriculum, assessment, meetings, dealing with parents or difficult students) we now have a situation where we are at home with our family on lockdown, doing double duty (work & supporting our kids learning) and using technology (Zoom) to educate. Human Giver Syndrome – You put other people’s needs before yours.  Teachers are the worst!   Almost 30% of the teachers in the US are burnt out. Stressors are what activate the stress response in your body. Stress is the neurological and physiological shift that happens in your body when you encounter one of these threats. Point:  Removing these stressors will not relieve the stress on it’s own; you must have ways to deal with the stress to complete the cycle.  You must tell your body that you are ok; you must physically do something that says “the stress is gone, you have survived!” Flight/Fight/Freeze Response Fight – Words/Feelings: Anger  (You perceive that you can fight and overcome the threat) Flight – Words/Feelings: Run, Avoid (You perceive that you will not be able to overcome and the best thing is run away) Freeze – Words/Feelings:  Shut down. Numb. Immobilized. Disconnected. Petrified.   (Overwhelming that neither Fight or Flight is the best option) The very word sympathetic means “with emotion,” while parasympathetic—the system that controls freeze—means “beyond emotion.” You may feel disengaged from the world, sluggish, like you don’t care or nothing matters. You feel…outside. Signs you need to deal with the stress: You notice yourself repeating the same action over and over. Overwhelming burst of pain that you can no longer contain it;  that you lash out. (Our families take the brunt) You hide or avoid your stressor until you think it’s ok to come out. (Call in sick to avoid or wait till the last moment to address something) Body out of whack – Feel sick all the time, chronic pain.  (My back tightens) “The strategies that deal with stressors have almost no relationship to the strategies that deal with the physiological reactions our bodies have to the stressors.”pg. 34 Wellness is not a state of being, but a state of action – move fluidly through the cycles of being human. Ways to deal with your stress: Affection—a six-second kiss, a twenty-second hug,, helpless laughter—are social strategies that complete the cycle, Creative self-expression— writing, drawing, singing, whatever gives you a safe place to move through the emotional cycle of stress. The Monitor Tracks your ‘effort to progress ratio’ and has a strong opinion about what the ratio should be. Little effort = lots of progress – Happy Monitor Significant effort = little progress – Ragey Monitor Significant effort/commitment = No Progress – Helplessness and Resignation Ways to deal with stressors: Planful Reappraisal – Go to plan B, C, D, etc Positive Reappraisal – Remind yourself that what you are doing is “worth it!” Redefine Winning – Move the goal posts or change the monitor’s expectations. Change mindset expectations – Zoom is difficult way of teaching (mindset). You can’t rely on the same ‘teacher feel’ of guaging the room or ability to walk around to get student feedback. Redefine winning – Goal is to make someone smile or ask a good question on Zoom.  Do an exit survey to track some specific behavior Redefine failing – Dirk Gently: “I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere that I need to be.”  (Zoom – that failed so bad that I learned this about my lesson) When attainable switches to unattainable:  Benefits of ContinuingBenefits of StoppingCosts of ContinuingCosts of StoppingShort-termLong-term Ending Notes: Don’t ‘Search For’ Meaning…..You ‘Make’ Meaning Ambition – pursuit of achievement Service to the divine – ‘Glorifying God’ Loving others with authenticity and kindness


17 Nov 2020

Rank #9

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Tech Talk Roundtable 08-03 | Unpacking “The Social Dilemma”

Description Every breath you take, every post you make, every page you swipe, anything you type, they’ll be watching you.  Woa! That’s really creepy! They’ll be watching ME?  Who’s watching me?  Social media of course!  And what are they doing with all that information they collect on you? That’s the “Social Dilemma”.  Today we’ll be talking about the new documentary showing on Netflix that’s the center of a lot of  talk among tech people, schools, parents or anyone who uses social media tools, aka EVERYBODY!  Should we be afraid?  Should we delete our Facebook and Google accounts? Join us as we dig into those and other questions, and together unpack “The Social Dilemma” Lessons Learned Dennis –  Learned from Rushton Hurley at ACAMIS Conference.  Which would you rather do – “change” or “improve”?  People often say they dislike change, but rarely  say they don’t want to improve.  Look at what you are doing today and see what you can do to make it just a little bit better. Chris – Search engine use globally reveals that over 92% of all web traffic flows through Google <https://gs.statcounter.com/search-engine-market-share>. In the US that number is over 88%. Imagine the data being parsed there! The closest runner up is Bing, coming in at 2.83% usage globally. If you want a search engine that reduces parsing your data then try duckduckgo <https://duckduckgo.com/>, or use the duckduckgo extension in chrome that combines the search engine, tracker blocker, and encryption enforcer into one Chrome Extension Daniel – Nothing better than wired connection.  Moved into my new home and set up the LAN network.  Old and trusted Apple airports.  Keep the same SSID (Service Set Identifier) Name and Password. Fun Fact World Wide Social Media Facebook has 2.7 billion monthly active users as of July 2020.  Which country has the most Facebook Users? India 290 million (21.4% of their total population) US 190 million (57%) Indonesia 140 million (52%) Brazil 130 million (62%) Mexico 89 million (70%) Philippines 76million (71%) https://www.statista.com/statistics/268136/top-15-countries-based-on-number-of-facebook-users/ Which country spends the most time on Social Media? The Philippines https://digitalmarketinginstitute.com/blog/social-media-what-countries-use-it-most-and-what-are-they-using Notes & Links There’s been lots of talk about the “documentary” The Social Dilemma on NetFlix.  The talk centers around the seemingly nefarious nature of Social Media Tools – specifically Facebook and Google – and how they are manipulating us and intentionally trying to change our behavior for the benefit of their advertisers or for political purposes. Our Take on this film… Daniel – The tension and anxiety that it produced at the beginning was a bit much.  We know that these companies are making lots of money by offering us a ‘free’ service. Flip side of the coin – Good intentions/Systems take on a life of their own. “Eroding the social fabric of society” Have we all fallen under a spell? Tristan Harris – Design Ethicist – Ethical Design Companies notifications are changing our behaviour Jaron Lanier – Author Center for Humane Technology – Aza Raskin “If you’re not paying for the product, then you are the product. Competing for your attention:  “How much of your life can you give to us?” Jaron Lanier – It’s the gradual, slight, imperceptible change in your own behavior and perception that is the product.  (Changing what you do and think) Discussion – TV for many decades did this with cable television….what is different? Notifications All data (clicks, searches, likes) is stored which creates models of a user Online connection has become primary. Persuasive Technology – Designed to change your behaviour in a specific way. Unconscious habit. Tagging people in photos, Emojis, autofill “Not for our good.  They want us to be zombies so we watch more ads. Moved from a tools-based technology environment to an addiction and manipulation based environment. Uses your psychology against you. Digital Pacifier – No longer are we alone with our thoughts. Conclusion -Blah Blah Blah Chris – Feeding us a steady diet of self-reinforcing, often non-factual news, is the single greatest contributor to the growth of the extreme right and the extreme left. The former VP of Facebook’s monetization team now has a single greatest short-term fear for the US: civil war! Don’t believe me? Checked out Wired article: https://www.wired.com/story/left-right-speak-different-languages-literally/ Dennis – my notes while I watched… The produced segments seem a bit contrived – scare tactics. Daniel – Was nice to see that Welsley Crusher was at the helm of our attention. Not selling your data. You are not the product. The product is how they can change your behavior. Goals of Social Media Engagement  Growth Advertising “Yeah, right” moment – Scene in the kitchen when the phone nefariously calls the kid who’s trying to go without for a week. “Two businesses call their customers “Users”  – software and drug dealers.” How do you navigate truth? What is truth? Democracy threatened. Harvard Business school democracy without religion fails: https://youtu.be/YjntXYDPw44 Best part happens during the end credits. This is where the experts explain what  we SHOULD be doing.


27 Oct 2020

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