This podcast is a recorded Google Hangout On Air from December 31, 2015, of a panel discussion with Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst), Nikki D Robertson (@nikkidrobertson), and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer). The title of this roundtable discussion was “The 2015 EdTech Year in Review,” and focused on some of the most important developments and news items regarding educational technology in 2015. Our topics included the Hour of Code, BreakoutEDU and Gameification, Student Privacy and the EFF Complaint about Google, Google Cardboard / Virtual Reality, “go-to” apps teachers can use to go deeper, and best new technology hardware from 2015. Check out our podcast shownotes for all referenced resources and links, including our Google Doc planning document which includes even more we didn’t have time to talk about in the show. Happy New Year everyone!


  1. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  2. Eric Langhorst (@elanghorst)
  3. Nikki D Robertson (@nikkidrobertson and @JCHS_Library)
  4. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  5. Google Doc of our Show Notes (includes more article references and links than those we had time to discuss in the Google Hangout and are linked here)
  6. Hour of Code
  7. Giving Women the Access Code (about Harvey Mudd College’s approach to bringing more women into computer science)
  8. Scratch Software (MIT)
  9. Computational Thinking by Karen Brennan for ScratchEd
  10. BreakoutEDU (@breakoutEDU)
  11. “Gamification Considered Harmful?” (Research from 2014 by @elisamekler)
  12. “Explore Like a Pirate” by Michael Matera (@mrmatera)
  13. EdCampVoxer (@EdCampVoxer)
  14. Gameification is SO Much More Than Badges (video interview with Michael Matera from ISTE 2015)
  15. Google Certified Innovator Program
  16. When Personalized Learning Gets Too Personal: Google Complaint Exposes Student Privacy Concerns
  17. Google Deceptively Tracks Students’ Internet Browsing, EFF Says in FTC Complaint
  18. Unmasking the Digital Truth Project
  19. Recommended iOS Password Manager Apps
  20. Raised by Siri: A course in Digital Parenting by Carl Hooker (audio podcast from Miami Device in November 2015)
  21. FREE iTunesU Course by @mrhooker: Digital Parenting 101
  22. Google Now
  23. Flipboard
  24. PocketCasts (mobile podcatcher for podcasts)
  25. YouTube Red (can download videos for offline viewing/listening)
  26. Nuzzel: News From Friends And Influencers (FREE for iOS)
  27. Discovering New Ideas (breakout session resources from Wes)
  28. Book: “The Orbital Perspective” by astronaut Ron Garan (@Astro_Ron)
  29. Book: “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by astronaut Chris Hatfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield)
  30. Eric’s recommended Google Cardboard smartphone holder: Virtual Reality Goggles Goggle Tech C1-Glass 3D Glasses for 3D Images & Videos on Android & iOS Smartphones
  31. Wes’ Google Cardboard Workshop Curriculum
  32. Viewmaster Google Cardboard
  33. “Clouds Over Sidra” by @vrse
  34. Bubbli for 3D Photospheres on iOS
  35. Google Streetview for iOS (supports creation of Google Cardboard photospheres)
  36. SnagIt: Image and Screencapture software
  37. Voice Record Pro for iPad (free)
  38. AudioBoom for iOS (free)
  39. MakerBot 3D Printers
  40. Swivl Robot for video recording
  41. Book recc from Wes: Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies That Turn Writers Workshop Into a Maker Space by Angela Stockman (@AngelaStockman)
  42. Book recc from Nikki: All The Light We Cannot See (WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE)
  43. Book recc from Nikki: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Trilogy
  44. Book recc from Eric: “The Ordinary Spaceman: From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut” by Clayton Anderson (@astro_clay)
  45. Book recc from Jason: “Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (@freakonomics)
  46. Watch the video version of this archived Google Hangout On Air on YouTube

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