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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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If you are a regular to Blog Education & Tech, you shall remember that I am a blogger and I'd written a post about education almost everyday since 2003. Education & Tech provides you with education news, expert tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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Education & Tech: 2016 Year in Review

This year here at Education & Tech we relied on guest writers for the most part. As an editor, I focused primordially on the round ups promoting and presenting relevant links to important topics generally based on education.

I also have to mention that Education & Tech has been referenced on paper research and books as I am going to mention: Handbook of Research on Innovative Technology Integration in Higher Education by Fredrick Muyia Nafukho & Beverly J. Irvy. Journalist blogosphere in Ecuador. The deliberated opinion ¿Who are they and what do they write?[es] by Ma. Isabel Punin & Benazir Gutiérrez. And as source of relevant research by the Visionary Leaders Institute whose president is Mr. Ako Kambon.

Beyond that and given our low editorial production this year, I can tell we are satisfied with the range and reach of this blog. I promise the next year it's going to be better and more productive. In the meantime, I'd like to share with you the 10 most read blog post during 2016:

1. How to Stay Motivated Throughout Academic Life. This was a guest post by Ishika Agarwal and among other things, he wrote that pushing yourself too much can be stressful and it can certainly lead to demotivation. It is what usually happens with students who desperately want to achieve everything without strategizing their goals.

2. 10 Gadgets To Help College Students Get Through The Year. A guest post by our long time contributor Jennifer Thayer.

3. Applying the Concept of 'Supply & Demand' to the Teacher Shortage in America. This was an essay we worked way ahead of president-elect Donal Trump. By then, we already envisioned the necessity of hold accountable all our representatives and constituents, including the nominated Secretary of Education,Betsy DeVos.

4. Expressions You Will Regret Saying to Your Students. Relationships matters. It's time to choose very carefully our words when in front of a full room of students.

5. Why Educators Should Talk More About Their Work and Accomplishments. An Elevator Pitch, the one most businessman recite at every new encounter, should be a common practice among educators as well.

6. Social Justice Seen Through the Educators Eyes. Social activists in need of representation should read this post. You'll read about 'educolor' and the necessity to "uplift of people of color in education."

7. Four Most Valuable Tips for New College Students. Another guest post by Jessica Alabama. Higher education does play a huge role to offer in the success or betterment of those pursuing college education.

8. Technology's Impact on Studying Abroad. Students go into study abroad programs with a goal to expand intellectually through cultural immersion, and technology is helping them break barriers.

9. Nuances of Written English Not Taught in School. Guest post by Lucy Adams. Being a non-native speaker among natives is sometimes challenging. The fewer mistakes you make, the more credible you look in the eyes of English pen wizards, writes Adams.

10. Is The SAT Fair Or Unfair?. I am pretty sure you are familiar with other acronyms like TOEFL, GRE and GMAT. All of them part of a very lucrative business rather than intellectual capacities assessments metric. And the sad part is that there is no a definitive answer.

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Education & Tech: News for Educators

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

American teachers unable to buy their own house!

An article in the PBS NewsHour has sparked controversy on the Internet whether teachers really are paid enough (or even well paid) as to afford their own houses. Community argue teachers are living well because they only work for 9 months during the year, opposite to what everyone else is working in the U.S. Some others differ:

Most teachers earn much less than $57K, says Rodrigo Fernandez, a Chilean in Austin, Texas. They have to work more than 40 hours a week, spend their own money in educational materials, and have children of their own, and they have the responsibility of preparing most of your children for the future.

However, teachers are not so much different than some other Americans. In order to get your own house, the stream of two incomes is necessary in any middle class family. That is precisely what Fawn Neun, a Chief Editor and Hair Puller at Vagabondage Press, in Florida, wrote in Facebok. "I know a lot of people that would love to have a $56k a year salary who have similar qualifications and professional standing as most public school teachers. Housing frequently requires two incomes for everyone in the middle class now."

Mel Gee is another of the participants in the discussion. This person relies on statistics to back up the argument that teachers are well off as of now. US Median Income across all professions is $51,939. So many Americans can't afford to buy a house. At least teachers have a retirement fund, affordable healthcare, and union protection. Gee asserts she's a "pro-teacher" so she's not against them having these things. She just thinks we all should.

And of course we have interpretations pointing to the political parties. Keith Sottung from Holland, Pennsylvania, declares: "The GOP has made it very clear teachers are an expense obstacle towards a profitable business. Do get me started on how they feel about unionized teachers."

The study by the National Housing Conference, Paycheck to Paycheck - A Snapshot of House Affordability for School Workers to which the PBS NewsHour refers to is here.

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Education & Tech: News for Educators

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Education & Tech: News for Educators

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Education & Tech: News for Educators

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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