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September 18, 2018

MarketBeat Daily: Headlines and Analysts’ Updates for 9/17/2018

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September 17, 2018

TechTrends, Vol. 62, Issue 5 – New Issue Alert

No K-12 distance, online, and/or blended learning items in this issue, but several interesting topics all the same.

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We are pleased to deliver your requested table of contents alert for TechTrendsVolume 62 Number 5 is now available online.

Special Issue: Innovative research methodologies in Instructional Design Technology

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In this issue

Editor’s Notes

Editor’s Notes

Charles B. Hodges

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Column: Guest Editors’ Notes

The (Re)adaptability of Research Methodologies in the Instructional Design & Technology Field

Enilda Romero-Hall, E-Ling Hsiao & Fei Gao

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Column: Graduate Member Musings

The Graduate Student Assembly: Pathways to Leadership

Nate Turcotte, Sagun Giri, Lucas Vasconcelos, Kathy Essmiller & Tugce Aldemir

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Column: History Corner

The Use of Schema Theory in Learning, Design, and Technology

Kalianne L. Neumann & Theodore J. Kopcha

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Column: Rethinking Technology & Creativity in the 21st Century

It’s Not ‘Hippies Running Barefoot Through a Field of Daisies’ and Other Contemplations on Creativity with Dr. Jonathan Plucker

Carmen Richardson & Danah Henriksen

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Column: ICT International

A Report on the AECT Sponsored Symposium Entitled “the Human-Technology Frontier: Understanding the Learning of Now to Prepare for the Work of the Future” at the Texas Center for Educational Technology (TCET)

Lin Lin & J. Michael Spector

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Action Research Experiences for Scholarly Practitioners in an Online Education Doctorate Program: Design, Reality, and Lessons Learned

Ismahan Arslan-Ari, Fatih Ari, Michael M. Grant & William S. Morris

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Q Methodology and Q-Perspectives® Online: Innovative Research Methodology and Instructional Technology

Brandy Brown Walker, Yuhan Lin & Richard M. McCline

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Phenomenological Methodologies in the Field of Educational Communications and Technology

Keri D. Valentine, Theodore J. Kopcha & Mark D. Vagle

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Critical CinéEthnographic Methods: a New Dimension for Capturing the Experience of Learning in Twenty-First Century Qualitative Research

Jonathan Gratch & Scott Joseph Warren

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The Embedded Lesson Approach to Social Media Research: Researching Online Phenomena in an Authentic Offline Setting

Vanessa P. Dennen & Stacey A. Rutledge

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Public Internet Data Mining Methods in Instructional Design, Educational Technology, and Online Learning Research

Royce Kimmons & George Veletsianos

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Tweet, and We Shall Find: Using Digital Methods to Locate Participants in Educational Hashtags

Spencer P. Greenhalgh, K. Bret Staudt Willet, Joshua M. Rosenberg & Matthew J. Koehler

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A Methodological Case Study with Mobile Eye-Tracking of Child Interaction in a Science Museum

Yong Ju Jung, Heather Toomey Zimmerman & Koraly Pérez-Edgar

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Ecologically Valid Assessments of Attention and Learning Engagement in Media Multitaskers

Lin Lin & Thomas D. Parsons

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Meta-Analysis and Meta-Synthesis Methodologies: Rigorously Piecing Together Research

Heather Leary & Andrew Walker

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Jump into Leadership Using our Knowledge of Design!

Linda L. Campion

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Michael, Here’s The MACUL 2018 September Newsletter

Remember that MACUL regularly has a strong K-12 distance, online, and blended learning presence at their conferences, and within the organization as a whole.

2018 September Newsletter
Dear Michael,
We’re looking forward to our 18th Annual AT&T/MACUL Student Technology Showcase at the Capitol on December 5. If you have an innovative student tech team you’d like to bring, apply today at
Registration, hotel booking and exhibitor information is now open and available at Register and book your hotel room early for #macul19.
And we look forward to seeing everyone registered for next week’sGoogleFEST!
MACUL Events
Student Technology Showcase at the Capitol
December 5, 2018
Michigan State Capitol building
Share on social media with #maculsts #att
Bring a team of up to four students to demonstrate how they are applying technology in their learning.
We’d like an opportunity for more schools to participate, so again we are accepting one team per school and two teams per district.
Students are expected to prepare professional presentations that will be on display for legislators, business leaders and other citizens to see first-hand.
The deadline to apply is October 26, 2018.
September 17-18, 2018
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Share on social media with #migooglefest
This is a two-day Google focused learning event for educators, taking place in Grand Rapids, MI. Attendees will get first-hand knowledge from Google Experts, multiple Google Certified Instructors, and Google using teachers. There will also be from 3-11 SCECHs offered.
Onsite registration will be available starting at 7:30am on Day 1 and 7:00am on Day 2.
2019 MACUL Conference
March 20-22, 2019
Cobo Center
Share on social media with #macul19
MACUL is excited to announce our event registration and hotel reservations are open. Take advantage of the early bird rate and book your hotel room early!
Workshops (Wednesday, March 20)
Attend a workshop for a in-depth, interactive, focused session that helps to extend your knowledge and strengthen your tech skills on topics including Computer Science, Google Classroom, Makerspace, Microsoft 365 Admin Training and more!
MACUL is exicted to partner with CSforALL to bring this unique Computer Science event to Michigan.
This October 6-8, 2018, the national computer science (CS) education community will convene in Detroit, Michigan at Wayne State University to celebrate progress on the CSforALL movement and announce new commitments to reach the goal of access to rigorous, inclusive, and sustainable computer science education for all US students.
We hope you’ll join us!
Membership – New System Launch
MACUL has a new event registration and membership platform called Configio.
The new platform will allow us to enhance our event and member experience. As we are transitioning, we need your help. We’re asking you to create a new account in the system. (Your old email through the previous membership platform will not work in this system until you have created a new account with it. )
By creating your account now, it will jump start your participation with MACUL events and resources. Please create your account by December 31, 2018.
MACUL Community
Our online community space is the digital home for MACUL resources, member highlights, trending topics, SIG information and much more. Visit today.
Are you doing great things in your classroom? Do you have a story that you would want other educators to know? Share your story with us! You could be our next member spotlight!
The Center for Applied Specialized Technology (CAST) defines Universal Design for learning (UDL) as “a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn” (CAST, 2018, para 1).
Support MACUL by Shopping at AmazonSmile
When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to MACUL.
Click here to start shopping.
Educator Central
Contest & Competitions
Grants for Tools to Implement Innovative STEM Projects
The application period for Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program is now open. The program will award classroom grants of $2,000 to $5,000 to as many as 1,000 schools and parent–teacher organizations.
Opportunities for Recognition
Grants for Professional Practices to Improve Student Learning
The NEA Foundation’s Learning & Leadership Grants support the professional development of current members of the National Education Association (NEA) by providing grants to Individuals to participate in high-quality professional development, such as institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research, as well as to Groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.
Professional Development
2nd MI OER Summit
The Michigan Community College Association and Michigan Colleges Online is hosting the 2nd MI OER Summit on September 21, 2018 at St. Clair County Community College.
For more information and to register online go to:
Computer Science Learning Experiences
Students can combine the magic of making with the power of programming across a variety of different products using Microsoft MakeCode, a free, open-sourced platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming.
Partner Information
ISTE No Fear Coding Lab
When it comes to CS, you have nothing to fear!
You’ve seen the way computer science accelerates innovative teaching and learning. You believe that empowering students to excel as critical thinkers and problem solvers through CS will create active, collaborative and lifelong learners. You know that for CS to have its full impact on a students’ education, it must also take a more central role in educator practice.
And for these reasons — you’re ready to build and accelerate your CS skills and knowledge at the first-ever ISTE No Fear Coding Lab in Detroit, Michigan, October 6-8, 2018. Participants at this intimate and one-of-a-kind learning experience will learn how to integrate CS and computational thinking across curriculum and walk away with resources and best practices from the field all while building a strong and supportive network of like-minded peers.
Register today! Space is limited:
Michigan Virtual
It’s compliance season! Explore our 50 FREE online compliance courses
We offer nearly 50 free online courses that meet compliance requirements for Michigan educators. Choose from courses on Seclusion and Restraint, Bloodborne Pathogens, CPR & First Aid Training, Sexual Harassment Prevention and more!
REMC Association of Michigan
The REMC Virtual Courses are free and open to Michigan school personnel. You can take courses “just to learn” or you can complete all assignments. SCECH credits are available for successful course completion.
Registration is now open for the October sessions.
REMC SAVE is new and improved!
Launching this past June, will help to create a more user-friendly experience and provide easier access to resources for all visitors.
We’re excited about the updated navigation process, as well as these exciting new features:
  • Help Center-The one-stop-shop for all things REMC SAVE. This is the place to go for help on all REMC SAVE resources!
  • Improved catalog better serves the schools we support
  • Improved search function – Makes items easier to find and help to eliminate frustrations.
  • Chat function – A new live-chat function will be available during high-traffic times to help answer any questions you may have.
  • And stay tuned for updates to SPOT…
We invite you to take the new website for a spin, and let us know what you think!
Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning | 520 S. Creyts RoadLansing, MI 48917

Technology and Educational Equity, Students’ Digital Learning, Congressional Briefing, More – September 2018 Speak Up

From the Speak Up briefing last week.


Speak Up News, September 14, 2018

We had a wonderful Congressional Briefing yesterday attended by more than 100 people and viewed online across the country. Yesterday, we also released both our new briefing paper (the first in a series!) and our updated “10 Things Everyone Should Know about Students’ Digital Learning” infographic. And, we are gearing up for what we hope will be the best Speak Up season yet!

Quick links to everything in this edition of the newsletter:

The Educational Equity Imperative: Leveraging Technology to Empower Learning for All This briefing paper examines the role of technology use in school as an enabler of equitable learning environments.
Ten Things Everyone Should Know about K-12 Students’ Digital Learning, 2018 Every year, this is one of our most popular Speak Up infographics!
Congressional Briefing Watch a recording of our briefing and find all the materials shared yesterday.
Speak Up 101 Webinar: Are you new to Speak Up or do you need a refresher? Plan to attend one of our introduction webinars.
Register for Speak Up 2018-19: Speak Up opens on October 15th. Be sure your school or district is registered and start planning now!

Thank you for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on FacebookTwitter, and our Blog.

-The Project Tomorrow team

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The Educational Equity Imperative: Leveraging Technology to Empower Learning for All

Last year, 60 percent of school principals said their schools had implemented a one-computer-to-one-student program, an increase of 9 percentage points in one year. The principals and students experiencing those programs are seeing notable, preferred differences in technology use, and teachers who are regular users of digital tools see differences in important student outcomes.

These findings and more are detailed in our new briefing paper, The Educational Equity Imperative: Leveraging Technology to Empower Learning for All.

“One of the biggest strengths of the Speak Up survey is not only its ability to capture the perspective from multiple roles (parent, teacher, student, administrator) but to have done so over multiple years. The long-view of the Speak Up data indicates that while certain issues will come and go as it relates to education technology, connectivity and learning, the overarching recurring theme is nearly universal support for ensuring all students and schools have equitable access to affordable broadband. And despite the progress we’ve made, the fact remains there is more to do, and the Speak Up survey remains a critical partner in highlighting this reality and shining a bright light on all that connectivity can mean to schools and students.” Joan Wade, Executive Director, Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA)
Read what AASA, NASSP and SETDA also had to say about Speak Up and the new paper in the press release.


Ten Things Everyone Should Know about K-12 Students’ Digital Learning, 2018

Every year, this is one of our most popular Speak Up infographics! Get your copy today!

Some findings include:
#1 mobile device that high school students use in class for schoolwork – their own smartphone (58%).
77% of high school students say they prefer to read a printed book or article.
42% of students say they know how to detect bias or opinion in what they read online, and only 38% say they know how to evaluate its accuracy.
51% of students say they use technology more for learning outside of school than in school.

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Expert panel of students and educators from Pennsylvania and Virginia, with Dr. Julie Evans.

Speak Up Congressional Briefing

Thank you to our amazing panel of students and educators!

Yesterday, more than 100 people attended our annual Congressional Briefing in Washington, DC. As always, our panel of students and educators were the highlight, offering their expert opinions and engaging experiences using technology for learning and teaching.

If you missed the briefing, or are looking for any of the materials shared, you can find everything – including a link to WATCH a recording of the briefing – on the event’s landing page on our website.

Check out the tweets from yesterday’s briefing with the #SpeakUpBriefing hashtag, and don’t miss our favorite tweet of the day from @Martin4thGrade!


Speak Up 101 Webinars

Are you new to Speak Up? In need of a refresher? Want to know what’s new this year?

Attend one of our Speak Up 101 webinars for district and school contacts on October 15th! We’ll share all the basics about the research project and how to use it successfully in your school(s). We’ll also review what’s new this year. We’ll walk you through the web platform and take your questions so you’ll be ready to get started!

We currently have two webinars scheduled – both on October 15th (at noonET/9amPT and at 3pmET/noonPT).


Speak Up 2018-19 Registration

Now open!

It’s time to register your school or district to participate in Speak Up 2018-19. There’s lots of benefits to registering your school or district with a primary contact, learn all about it and our special new offerings for registered contacts here.

Already a contact? Welcome back, we look forward to working with you again this year. As a reminder, all existing contacts are required to update their organization profile each year. The process is quick and easy, just click here to log in to your profile to update your information and click submit!

Speak Up will be open October 15, 2018-January 31, 2019.

To learn more about registration, click on the button below or email us at


Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Speak Up team at or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 17.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Agile Education Marketing, Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, iboss, National Geographic Society, Rosetta Stone Education, Scholastic Education, AASA | The School Superintendent’s Association, Association of Education Service Agencies, CETPA, CoSN | Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Future Ready, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, ISTE | International Society for Technology in Education, MassCUE, National Catholic Education Association, National School Boards Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), SETDA | State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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Colloque REFAD 2019 – Appel De Propositions De Communications

Also see details on this distance education conference focused on Francophone learners. Remember that in recent years REFAD has had more of a K-12 focus.

Voir également les détails sur cette conférence d’éducation à distance axée sur les apprenants francophones. Rappelez-vous que, ces dernières années, REFAD a eu davantage d’intérêt pour la M-12.

Colloque REFAD 2019 – Appel de propositions de communications – 

Pratiques inspirantes ou innovantes en formation à distance 
23 et 24 mai 2019
Hôtel Bonaventure / 900 de La Gauchetière Ouest
Montréal (Québec)

Date limite : 23 novembre 2018 

Pour de l’information supplémentaire sur l’événement ou pour s’inscrire en tant que participant(e) :

Le Réseau d’enseignement francophone à distance du Canada (REFAD organise son colloque annuel les 23 et 24 mai 2019 à Montréal Cet événement a pour but de permettre aux intervenant(e)s de venir présenter leurs meilleures pratiques et de permettre également échanges, partenariats et réseautages.  Le REFAD est donc présentement à la recherche de présentateur(trice)s.

* Ce que nous entendons par inspirantes : des pratiques qui ont fait leurs preuves, qui sont des modèles dans le milieu et qui gardent l’étudiant au centre de l’apprentissage. Des pratiques que tout le monde, ou presque, vous envie.
* Ce que nous entendons par innovantes : des pratiques axées sur le futur de la formation à distance, et sur l’amélioration constante du rapport qu’a l’apprenant avec ce qu’est étudier au 21e siècle dans un milieu en très rapide évolution. Des pratiques qui font de vous des pionniers de l’éducation.

Le formulaire d’appel de propositions à télécharger et retourner au REFAD est disponible via Ce formulaire doit inclure :
– Le titre et la description de votre communication
– L’identification du ou des animateur(trices) incluant l’établissement ou organisme d’appartenance
– Les technologies d’apprentissage qui seront utilisées et de quelle façon ces technologies permettront une interactivité maximale avec les participant(e)s sur place et en ligne. La priorité sera donnée aux présentations qui sortiront des sentiers battus tout en respectant le thème du colloque.

Le tout doit être d’une durée de quarante-cinq minutes, incluant la période de questions. Un gabarit de présentation à respecter sera ensuite expédié aux intervenant(e)s choisi(e)s pour la préparation de leur communication.

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