Facebook-Cambridge Analytica, Tech’s April Fools’ Jokes, Space Junk And CUE18 Exhibitors

On Episode 395 of The Waves of Tech, we are diving into a number of technology topics from the week.  The Facebook data mishandling is still at the top of the discussion list as we share our thoughts on the matter, how that fits into their business model, and why things will not change.  A number of technology companies played pranks on April Fools’ Day, creating some fun and entertaining concepts on social media that had customers laughing. A UK-led experiment is tackling the problem of the millions of items of space junk floating in orbit causing several safety and hazard situations.  And finally, we feature four exhibitor interviews from the CUE18 conference including discussions on adapting devices into powerful learning tools, flexible seating, creating engaging presentations, and classroom management software.  The Waves of Tech is powered by thewavesoftech.com – Modern Issues. Modern Discussions.  Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…The Waves of Tech.

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

The major topic of discussion across all tech podcasts, blogs, and websites has been the data issues with Facebook and 3rd party affiliate Cambridge Analytica.  Let’s be honest for a minute – can we even say we are surprised? Facebook is in the business of collecting data and selling that data for profit. Lest we forget that we are actually the product when the application we are using is free of charge.

  • Data collection is standard operation for all social media companies in 2018
  • Beyond social media, Google is collecting enormous quantities of our data
  • Two reasons this story is making headlines – politics and social media platform
  • Terms of Service we agree to allow for this type of data collection

April Fools’ Day Jokes by Tech Companies

Technology companies always have a great time on April Fools’ Day.  They take to social media to play some hoax and jokes on their customers and even poke fun at their competition.  As April 1st quickly approached, tech companies were already ahead of the prank game.

  • Roku, with their Happy Streaming socks, poked fun of Netflix’s similar concept
  • EHarmony created a “Furever Love” canine companion service to match dogs
  • Amazon promised not only to ship your favorite book…but also the author
  • Google stated Chromebook could now be charged by the sun

The Problem with Space Junk

Have you ever asked yourself what happens to the residual rocket bodies, defunct spacecraft, and satellite remnants that end up in space?  Well it all stays there, floating around and creating a major safety hazard to space visitors and other working spacecraft and satellites. A new UK-led experiment is seeking to fix the problem of techno garbage.

  • Prototype machines are being constructed to collect and retrieve space junk
  • The concepts range from low-cost, low-tech to high-cost, highly designed
  • Recently, a paint chip cracked a window of the International Space Station
  • There is an estimated 500 million pieces of space junk floating in orbit

Maria Barrera – Nearpod’s Director of Business Development

Nearpod strives “to empower educators to create learning experiences that engage and inspire millions of students around the world.”  A group of passionate educators and entrepreneurs are providing educators with creative lessons within minutes and creating interactivity in the classroom.  Here are a few highlights of the conversation:

  • using virtual reality and augmented reality in the classroom
  • transforming student devices into powerful learning tools
  • professional development options for educators and teachers
  • Nearpod certified teachers to empower other educators
  • the power of a device through the eyes of education

Jeff Schultz – ELB’s Sales & Marketing Manager

Back in December, we spoke with Christina Tehrani from ELB at California STEAM.  We caught up with the ELB team again to chat about the changing classroom environment and what products they have to offer around that mindset.  Some talking points include:

  • separating themselves from other companies in the technology space
  • flexible seating, module classrooms, flexible furniture, interactive games
  • how we as a society and individuals have adapted to using devices
  • combining resources of technology, furniture, and education

Risa Fadenrecht – Pear Deck’s Teacher Trainer & Advocate

If you are looking for a great feature to add to the classroom, check out Pear Deck.  Pear Deck, at its core, is an add-on to Google Slides that allow educators to effortlessly building engaging presentations and create conversations in the classroom.  You can tell the platform was founded by educators! Here’s a sneak peek into our conversation:

  • heavily focused on student assessment and formative assessment
  • active learning is proven to be more effective in the classroom
  • quickly provides insights into student learning in real-time format to teachers
  • connecting with learners of any age and ability through active learning

Alex Kuhn – Netop’s Territory Account Manager

Netop is a classroom management software solution for the educational space.  The software discussed in Vision – view students’ screens, control the classroom, keep students safe by block websites, demo screens to entire classroom, and more.  Here are a few items that we explore in our conversation:

  • providing the educator with ultimate control and collaboration
  • using notifications effectively during instruction and assignments
  • powerful features and painless to use software that empowers the teacher
  • implementation across 100 countries, from 30 students to 70,000 students

Resources

CEOs Take Jabs at Each Other

April Fools’ Day Tech Jokes

Space Junk

Nearpod Website

ELB Website

Pear Deck Website

Netop Website

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