The Applied Educational Technology (AET) blog is the system operator’s (sysops) first foray into the wilds which comprise the evolving academy of educational technology in the 21st century. The field contains many products, theories, models and tools designed to help researchers interpret, categorize and ┬ámanage digital learning systems. The Syscop is tasked with adding additional perspective and observations for the benefit of any and all researchers who may find and use this body of work in the future.