Alumni Notes

Published November 5, 2012

Shalynn Weeden (2011) and Bethany Cooke (2011), two recent graduates of the Educational Media and Technology (EDMT) program, have had their capstone project approved for publication in the Journal for Research on Technology in Education (JRTE). They combined forces to interview almost 200 students under the age of 13 about their use of the social networking site Facebook among others. While analyzing their results, they were astounded to note that students as young as nine years of age were misrepresenting their age to gain access. The insights about the use of social networking and child-safe social networks strongly suggests that schools need to be addressing online safety issues and policies at much earlier grades than previously thought. The article is scheduled to be published in the spring of 2013.

Vanessa Lancaster (2012) and Tiffany Hartman (2012), recent graduates of the Educational Psychology (EDPS) masters program, are both presenting their thesis research at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Conference in Evanston, Illinois, November 7 thru 12, 2012. Vanessa will be presenting on "Academically Gifted Adolescents Transferring to an Independent Gifted School: Effects on Academic Identity" while Tiffany will present on "An Analysis of University Student Academic Self-Entitlement: Levels of Entitlement, Academic Year, and Gender."

Anthony Buza (2009) and Bethany Beaudrie (2011), two Educational Media and Technology (EDMT) alums, presented at the miGoogle Educators Conference on Friday, October 19, 2012 in Southfield, Michigan. Anthony facilitated a session titled, "Collecting Data with Google Forms" and Bethany facilitated two sessions: "Running Records + Google Docs = A Beautiful Thing!" and "No Gmail? No Problem!" The conference focused on ways to leverage Google products to support teaching and learning as well as the management and technical deployment of Google Apps for Education.