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July 28, 2015

EDTECH537 – Potential Hazards Of Blogging

Earlier this summer, as you were preparing your blogging disclosure, we discussed some of the cautions about blogging. You read through such entries as:

Now that you have been blogging for a few weeks, have you encountered any situations that have made you feel uncomfortable in your blogging? Are there any potential issues that you could foresee occurring in the future (particularly when school is back in session and you have students, colleagues and an administrator to consider)? How have you or will you deal with these delicate situations?

As I described in the Week 5 overview, please post your response as a comment to this blog entry. For those reading this who are not a part of my EDTECH537 course, feel free to leave examples you have experienced.

July 27, 2015

Innovative Education Goes Beyond Technology

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AERA Highlights – July 2015

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AERA Holds Capitol Hill Briefing on LGBTQ Issues in Education
Nearly 100 congressional staff, federal agency employees, and members of the research community attended AERA’s congressional briefing on its recently released report LGBTQ Issues in Education, on July 9.
AERA Conference Examines Early Childhood Research
On July 15–17, AERA held a research-intensive conference on “Advancing Knowledge and Building Capacity for Early Childhood Research: Creating Synergies Among Segregated Scholarly Communities.
AERA and ASHE Issue Joint Resolution on Tenure and Academic Freedom in Wisconsin
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AERA Releases Statement on the Charleston Shootings and Racism in America

Adopted in a Unanimous Resolution by the Council of the American Educational Research Association on June 26, 2015
2015 Annual Meeting Papers Now Available in Open-Access Online Repository
More than 2,910 full-text papers from research presentations given at the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting have been added to AERA’s open-access Online Paper Repository.
AERA Journals Top International Education and Education Research Rankings
Two AERA journals are ranked in the top ten of the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), released in June 2015. AERA’s journals are included in the “Education and Educational Research” category, which includes 224 peer-reviewed scholarly journals.

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Ruth Neild Named to Lead Institute of Education Sciences
Ruth Curran Neild, who had been the commissioner of the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, assumed the responsibility of directing the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
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24 July 2015: Google Alert – LRN

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EDTECH537 – Examining Generational Differences

Earlier this summer semester, 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

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, 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.

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