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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

Teacher + Scholar

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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URGENT: Blogger Accounts Might Be Hacked!

Tonight, I went to visit UBH a Spanish Bloggers Network and what I've learned over there let myself paranoid. How can this happen a normal bloggers and plain citizens as our beloved Memori@(What you'll see is not her blog anymore) But the thing is her blog is not the only one been stolen and destroyed, the reported list of blogs so far is in UBH. Please, spread the word!

Someone who calls himself Jaime Ruiz who's publishing supposedly Pais Bizarro (bizarre country) is the person who admittedly commits this kind harsh activities.

Support Spanish bloggers and write about this issue in your blogs. Imagine being in their shoes after one, two or three years of blogging.

Blogger owe us some explanation. Many questions up front. You tell.

Update:
Thanks to all fellow bloggers who paid attention to our urgent call. Go Spanish Bloggers Union!

Update:
Many other fellow blogger had to suffer this kind of situation but Digital Inspiration points out what to do under those circumstances.

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I Can't Custom my Domain with Blogger

Now I am trying hard. But until now it has being a pain in my *** to configure and start running my custom domain that I just bought from Google Apps. I am slow, I think. Even after reading many times the experiences of other bloggers and following instaBLOKE I still can't see the results. I need some help. Any volunteers?

Not everything is being bad, though. Yesterday I was talking with Professor James A. Sinclair because a autoCAD Course Training. He holds a PhD. but not is only his credentials what makes this gentleman a very distinguished person, is the tremendous potential he encourages in every one of his students. I really love his classes and if you are interested about more you should visit his own company.

Paul Stamatiou was giving out a few invites to try the beta version of Virb, the up and coming social network that I am also interested in. There you can share photos, music, videos, host your own blog, make friends, create groups and establish your very own personality. If you are interested and want to help this guys in the process of testing, leave a comment and I gladly send you an invite. Thanks Stammy!

Be happy and have a wonderful weekend.

The Math's Physicology

The following is an extract of an article written by  Sean Cavanagh  in Education Week. It has to be with the anxiety all students are confronted while they try to learn Mathematics. The results of such research  were  presented in the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science  by Mark H. Ashcraft, a professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Nevada. Here the the most important topics of interest not only for teachers but parents as well:
A number of researchers, including Mr. Ashcraft, say there is evidence that anxiety disrupts student performance in math by wreaking havoc with “working memory.” Such capacity is a type of short-term memory individuals use to retain a limited amount of information while working on a task—and block out distractions and irrelevant information. Anxiety can sap students’ working memory during tests, but in other problem-solving situations, too.

Once students realize they do not grasp a math concept, the internal pressure grows.

“Math entails certain conceptual barriers that lead people to read the same passage over and over again and not understand it,” Mr. Siegler, another participant declared.

Individuals with high levels of math anxiety tend to rush through problems, making them prone to errors, the UNLV researcher has concluded. Those math-anxious students also have far more difficulty on problems that require processes such as “carrying” numbers than on questions where such steps are not necessary.

One strategy simply involves practice with math problems, which can make it easier to retrieve answers from memory. Another is to train students to become more accustomed to working under pressure by having them take timed practice tests, for example. Although there has been little definitive research on what makes math anxiety worse, some scholars have suggested that math teachers or parents can ratchet up the anxiety of students by placing unrealistically high demands on them, or by showing annoyance when concepts aren’t quickly mastered, while providing little academic support.

Relevant Linking Are Not the Same as Link Baiting

Sure. You'd be noticed more than once our spell check problems but when it comes from a college academic level then you should start to think what's going on around here.

So, what about relevant linking. Eric Enge from Search Engine Watch has a very compelling post about why is so important not only point to relevant links in order to compete on search terms that you want to rank for, but focus on getting solid, high quality links to your site(how hard is that!). If you still want to keep the game of link baiting, please make sure that your link baiting scheme will bring you good relevant links. As Eric posted "think of it as building a serious business by offering something of value that tons of people are going to want to link to". Amen.

Yahoo has been buzzed lately because of its pipes. I know you are aware of it. However, Hackosphere being busy as he is now had come with a very useful tweak for our Blogger templates fans, it is the Feed Corrector: Yahoo Pipes based. Still in progress, though.

Yesterday, our fellow blogger Ilker Yoldas was calling all bloggers to participate about her blog usability concerns and got plenty of answers. She had pay attention to her visitors and now you will see a different thinker blog, included a huge RSS icon that I wasn't authorized to steal it because she said openly and frankly: No, you can't steal anything. They are mine!. May be you might want to try it at your own risk!

Update:
In an interesting interview S. Rubel said: Don't be concerned with the rankings, stay focused on publishing relevant content.

Kevin Marks Leaving Technorati

Technorati has being very popular among blogger until no much time ago but lately most people are switching to Google Blog Search, the reasons? I guess, I know. Scoble also knows it.

Kevin just left Technorati to go Google Blog Search!

Beautifulbeta had been released a tweak for inserting Drop caps at the beginning of each of your posts. Sumesh presents a updated version. Enjoy and say to Digital Dreams hi from Education & Technology.

Spread Some Love Today

I want to thank all my friends to be there when I need to. Valentines is not only about romantic love but any kindness you can give in. Give me an smile today! Thanks.

"Sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips". - Cited by Ipanema

"What do you want seductive muse?". - by Elizabeth

"Like a sexy black dress with just the right fit,
Your love makes me feel beautiful like I am 'Miss IT'". - by Cynthia Moore

"Love is like a tree, if you nurture it it will grow huge and strong". - by Everything 2

Valentine's Day: 7 Continents in 7 Minutes. - by Progresive Conservatism

Near Tokyo, take a Chocolate bath for Valentine's Day. - by Gizmodo

"Islam requires all Muslims to love one another all over the whole year, and reducing the whole year to a single day is totally rejected". - by Leilouta

Valentines Day In North America. - by House of Boyd

"Entre dos amores". - by Chica Regia

Get Visitors Without Search Engines

"Blogging is a lifestyle statement now. People may blog about their habits, day-to-day life, matters of international importance etc. For most of the bloggers, blogging is a pastime. But, there are professional bloggers, men who put all their time and effort into blogging, men who earn a pretty penny from blogging."

"It is vitally important to have multiple streams [of traffic] so your blog can survive when Google betrays you. Try for example: Social Bookmarking/Networking, Type-In, Comments/Forums, Link Baiting and Viral Marketing."

"For a successful blog you’ll have to go beyond just reading and writing to collaborating and sharing. Create and provide audience. Have the power in your thoughts to make your visitors think."

You still can add up some info about this issue , if not, at least pay a visit to this three blogs I've selected : Digital Dreams, Nusuni Blog and Blogging to Fame


Update:
Blogging is about participating in a community of like-minded individuals.

Update 2:
Boost your PR w/ Blog Directories.
Jumpo on the Web 2.0 wagon, link related content!

To Be Latino, Or Not To Be Latino...That Is The Question
















More in its Homepage (video) and more stuff in MySpace. Pass it on!

LinkEd: How to Get School Web Portals

First of all, it seems Blogger reconsidered his decision about Deniz Akay and iMessenger is back. Yes, he's back. Welcome again Proteso.

You've heard about MySpace, don't' you? Well, educators can use also a very professional way of networking it is called LinkEd. Don't you see something familiar in it? Yes, it's a mix of LinkedIn and Teach For America. Go and see for yourselves.

School 2.0 is here. Better understood as a set of good applications such as Moodle, Egg and Drupal needs someone with programming knowledge in order to move forward Beacon. Any takers?

We Media Miami organized in behalf of GVO just ended and two blogs were doing their work. Caribbean Free Radio and Kiskey Acity. Want to get in touch with The Bear (El oso), take a moment and check these pictures. Another important meeting was held in Puerto Rico. Teachers of puertorican school had their 1st. Congress of Educational Blogs. Cheers for you all!

Have you forgotten the 2000 Bloggers project? If not so, please follow the Z-List and encourage other bloggers to do so. I will recommend Digital IT Blog. Please, be aware that we bloggers always make mistakes. Avoid them!

Obama: This is not a time for on-the-job training.

These are two of the most important expressions the Democratic candidate had yesterday in Iowa:

"I think that early on it may spark some curiosity or a sense of novelty, but I think very quickly people will be judging me on the merits. Do I have a message that resonates with people's concerns about health care and education, jobs and terrorism?" he said. "And if they do, then I think race won't be a major factor."

"I'm going to have to be run through the paces, people are going to have to lift up the hood, kick the tires and be clear that I have a grasp of the issues that are of utmost importance in people's lives."

Update:
Weblogg-ed refers to Politics 2.0. But who built this?
 
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