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The Academic, Version 2.0: The Scholar in the Era of Social Media (#AERA14)

The Academic, Version 2.0: The Scholar in the Era of Social Media (#AERA14) Sun, April 6, 12:25 to 1:55pm, Convention Center, 100 Level, 108B Scholars have been late adopters of social media compared to professionals in other fields; however, our critical role in connecting with youth and across disciplines makes mastering social media an essential […]

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Approaching AERA

It’s that time of year again.  AERA is in our sights.  Last year we had 15,000 attendees in San Francisco so it’s like a small city.  I mentioned some of these points before, but they are worth repeating for those of us who are new to attending conferences in terms of how to plan. Be […]

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Rush to Relevance: Conducting Research to Improve Policy and Practice

“We need research to be more relevant” is a common clarion call in education. Most recently, John Easton, Director of IES, released a video for AERA in which he talks about different initiatives to improve relevancy. During one of my first Ph.D. courses, Bill asked us about the three major responsibilities of academics: research, teaching, […]

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Reflections on a Year: My Year as President of AERA Part IV

Kris Renn, my program chair, and I put together presidential and invited sessions based on a variety of factors, but a key point had to do with ensuring there was a diversity of opinion. Secretary of Education Duncan garnered the most controversy. Several individuals said I should not have invited him to speak or I […]

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Reflections on a Year: My year as President of AERA Part II

As so often happens, one of the more time-consuming and contentious issues during the year was something I had no knowledge about until a week or two after I became president. The merger of AERJ from two sections to one was a hot-button issue for some members of the association. One of the problems about […]

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Reflections on a Year: My Year as President of AERA Part I

I thought it might be useful to reflect on what I learned during the year of my presidency at AERA for a few blogs. Not surprisingly, I suppose, either for those who know research associations or me, the year was a learning experience. I also was not surprised by some of the more contentious situations […]

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Thursday is TechDay: Hipsters are Alive and Well at AERA 2013

According to knowyourmeme.com: Hip is an American slang term vaguely meaning fashionably current. But since the term doesn’t refer to one specific quality (similar to ‘cool’), what is actually considered hip is ever-changing and therefore impossible to define. Thanks to Malcolm Gladwell’s book, the term “hipster” had gone the tragic route of other generational pejoratives such […]

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Important Questions and Considerations for Researchers and Educators Following AERA 2013

In keeping with my past two reflections of AERA 2013, I conclude my recap with important considerations and questions I hope do not go ignored for future conferences and also for our own work as educators, researchers, and scholars.  

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Some of My Top Moments from AERA 2013 (Part II)

From the beginning, I was really thankful for the opportunity to represent my institution.   And then this happened:   And we can’t forget this:     “Tweet-ups” were wonderful:   Meeting with mentors was certainly illuminating:   Live tweeting was one of the biggest highlights, especially during the phenomenal presidential session given by my […]

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New Media Literacies and Poverty

Several weeks ago I had the honor of hosting a presidential session at AERA. Henry Jenkins, James Paul Gee, and S. Craig Watkins joined me to discuss how the conference theme—education and poverty— intersected with new media literacies. The session was designed around the premise that social media, the Internet, and online games have the […]

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