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July 29, 2019

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,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf

McKenzie, J. (2007). Digital nativism: Digital delusions and digital deprivation. From Now On, 17(2). Retrieved from

Reeves, T.C. (2008). Do generational differences matter in instructional design? Online discussion presentation to Instructional Technology Forum from January 22-25, 2008 at

Historically, I would list the main take aways from these readings – as there were a couple of summers in a row where it seemed that the majority of, or at least a significant number of, students just missed them.  However, this year I wanted to do something a bit different.

As you reflect on these three readings, I’d like you to review this blog entry:

A convenient untruth by Steve Wheeler

While Wheeler talks about learning styles, you could replace that with generational differences and the entry would still be accurate.

After having read through the readings for this week, reflect upon what Wheeler has to say about convenient untruths.  How does this reflection inform your thinking around the issue of generational differences?

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 TWO (2) other students’ blogs. As always, you are asked to respond to those who leave a comment on your blog.


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