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July 24, 2017

EDTECH537 – Examining Generational Differences

This week you read:

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants – Part II: Do they really think differently? On the Horizon, 9(6). Retrieved from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf

McKenzie, J. (2007). Digital nativism: Digital delusions and digital deprivation. From Now On, 17(2). Retrieved from http://fno.org/nov07/nativism.html

Reeves, T.C. (2008). Do generational differences matter in instructional design? Online discussion presentation to Instructional Technology Forum from January 22-25, 2008 at http://paeaonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/10c-Gen-Diff-Matter.pdf

The main take aways from these readings included:

  • while the theory of generational differences exists and is a valid theory, there is no research at present that indicates instructional designers should modify instruction or instructional strategies to accommodate today’s generation of students
  • there is no reliable and valid research to support the belief that technology has somehow changed today’s generation of students
  • further to the fact that Prensky’s notion of digital natives isn’t based on research, McKenzie does a convincing job of illustrating how Prensky even misused the anecdotal “evidence” that he presents to support is beliefs
  • the only thing that can be said about today’s student, based upon reliable and valid research, is that they are more narcissistic than any previous generation

However, even faced with these realities in almost every semester where I use these three readings there are multiple students – often the majority of students – who still believe that the students they teach are fundamentally influenced by digital technology and it has changed the way that they learn in the classroom.

As educational technologists, what did you take away from these generational differences readings? How would you handle a colleague who bought into the notion of digital natives?

As I described in the Week 5 overview for EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom, please post your response to this prompt ON YOUR OWN blog. In addition to your response, you are asked to leave comments on at least three other students’ blogs. As always, you are asked to respond to those who leave a comment on your blog.

EDTECH537 – Week 5

Today begins week five of my EDTECH537 – Blogging in the Classroom (see EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom). The students this week have a couple of blog entries that they have to complete by the end of the week (i.e., midnight on Sunday).

  • post a blog entry on their blog in response to a prompt I post later today (due 26 July)
  • leave a comment on this blog in response to a prompt I post tomorrow (due 28 July)
  • post a blog entry on the course blog based on a prompt that I have posted (due 30 July)

The readings for this week included

  • Shoffner, M. (2007). Preservice English teachers and technology: A consideration of weblogs for the English classroom. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 7(4), 245-255.
  • Stiler, G. M., & Philleo, T. (2003). Blogging and blogspots: An alternative format for encouraging reflective practice among preservice teachers. Education, 123(4), 789-797.

Today at 10:00am, I will be posting the prompt that I want students to respond to on their blogs. Tomorrow I will be posting the prompt that I expect students to leave a comment on my blog. Finally, I have created an EDTECH537: Blogging in the Classroom class blog, where I have posted a prompt that I want all of the students to join and post their response to that prompt as an entry on that class blog. The main purpose for this week’s activities is to give the students a sense of what it would be like to do blogging with their students where students have their own blogs, where students leave comments on a teacher’s blog, and where students contribute to a class blog.

21-23 July 2017: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Zacks Investment Research Upgrades K12 Inc (LRN) to Strong-Buy

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As-it-happens update ⋅ July 21, 2017
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K12 Inc. (LRN) Forms $18.25 Double Top, Rail-Splitter Capital Management Has Decreased …

K12 Inc. (LRN) formed double top with $18.98 target or 4.00% above today’s $18.25 share price. K12 Inc. (LRN) has $727.15 million valuation.
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As-it-happens update ⋅ July 21, 2017
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K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) Upgraded to Buy by Zacks Investment Research

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As-it-happens update ⋅ July 22, 2017
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K12 Inc (LRN) Moves Lower on Volume Spike for July 21

K12 Inc (LRN) traded on unusually high volume on Jul. 21, as the stock lost 1.21% to close at $17.99. On the day, K12 Inc saw 235,420 shares trade …
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Analyzing K12 (LRN) & Nord Anglia Education (NORD)

K12 (NYSE: LRN) and Nord Anglia Education (NYSE:NORD) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the superior business? We will …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ July 22, 2017
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K12 Inc (LRN) Downgraded to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

K12 Inc logo Zacks Investment Research cut shares of K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Thursday.
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As-it-happens update ⋅ July 22, 2017
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Janus Capital Management LLC Buys Shares of 44378 K12 Inc (LRN)

K12 logo Janus Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ July 22, 2017
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K12 Inc (LRN) Stake Cut by Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC

K12 logo Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC reduced its position in shares of K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) by 11.5% during the first quarter, according to its …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ July 23, 2017
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Tale of the Tape: K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) Moves -1.37%

K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) closed at $17.99 after seeing 237436 shares trade hands during the most recent session. This represents a change of -2.07% …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ July 23, 2017
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Zacks Investment Research Downgrades K12 Inc (LRN) to Hold

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As-it-happens update ⋅ July 23, 2017
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NN Investment Partners Holdings NV Raises Position in K12 Inc (LRN)

K12 logo NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. raised its stake in shares of K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) by 8.2% during the second quarter, according to its …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ July 23, 2017
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K12 Inc (LRN) Cut to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report published on Thursday morning.
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MarketBeat Daily: Headlines and Analysts’ Updates for 7/21/2017

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July 23, 2017

A Blended Learning (R)Evolution

From the neo-liberals…

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