Huh? Do you notice something missing here? What about the category of race? It's gone from the list, and in its place is a conflation of race and ethnicity. So both Asian American and Indian are listed as ethnicities, even though Indians are from South Asia. Hispanic is listed as an ethnicity, even though the term "Hispanic" means Spanish-speaking, and comprises people from many different nations (i.e., different ethnicities). And is African American a race, or an ethnicity, or both? And if you're white but no longer identify with a past European ethnicity, well, sorry, you didn't make the list at all.
What's going on here? By ignoring the category of race, are these authors saying that it does not exist? Or are they somehow afraid to use the word?
This is not the first time I've witnessed this kind of confusion and avoidance by whites. I've heard the term "ethnicity" used when the speaker meant "race" lots of times (just as I've witnessed whites of varying ages afraid to use the word "black," thinking that it's a racial slur). For some reason the word ethnicity has a softer connotation for some. Do these folks subliminally think that pointing out race in any way makes one racist? Do they think that the only way to ensure racial equity, or to avoid being called "the R word" is to be colorblind?
Granted, the authors are not race scholars, but they are scholars and their text will be used in many teacher prep courses. By failing to see race as a category different from ethnicity they reinforce to their readers that it's not okay to notice race. If we can't notice race, we can't notice racism, especially on the structural or institutional levels. If we can't notice racism, we can't do anything about it.
*Newby, T.J., Stepich, D.A., Lehman, J.D., & Russell, J.D. (2011). Educational
technology for teaching and learning (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ:Prentice-Hall