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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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Verizon Steps Will Change Wireless Market and Predictions for the 2008

Nobody was expecting Verizon's decision. It would allow customers to use any compatible device or software on its networks. The question is when American users will be able to start using Verizon networks? The announcement says it will be by the end of next year, users of such wireless products will be able to connect to its network using any device that meets the 'minimal technical standard', and they're compatible with its technology.

Analysts think this may be either a response to Google’s Android mobile operating system or an attempt to satisfy the FCC press for the upcoming 700 Mhz spectrum auctions(They want to be open). What will it be those devices then? This means pretty much any CDMA device or application, even those ones that are not officially offered by Verizon. It's not like you're going to walk into a Verizon store and see a bazaar of new products but it's a good sign that the glacier of mobile control is starting to melt!

What it really smacks Google plans is the vision of Pieter Knook, senior vice president of Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business saying " Microsoft is very excited to see Verizon Wireless make such a bold move to satisfy the demands of wireless consumers". Android must be paying attention, even iPhone designers because it looks like Verizon announcement is an early Christmas present for Microsoft. Timing will be super interesting to follow. Verizon's network should be opening up about the same time Android platform handsets become available, in late 2008. What are then , your predictions for the 2008? Is Scoble wrong?

Microsoft and Google are playing hard in order to catch users and customers. I didn't know for example until yesterday about Windows Live Translator, neither the last Google updates on Google Mobile Maps. Once again, what are your predictions about Mobile Media for the 2008?

And before I go, I want to congratulate Hackosphere for being back, surely many of us are anxious to know what you have to say. Welcome back!

Ecuador Social Citizen Journalism

A report from Nielsen Online shows the following results for social networking sites and blogs among which Facebook, LinkedIn and Club Penguin are with the most significant growing. Between 2006 and 2007, Facebook jumped from 8,682 to 19,519 users; LinkedIn went from 1,705 to 4,919 both with an average of 157% of increase.

Why Am I pointing this out? Because the number of online users who are looking to engage in social networks are on the move. Despite the numbers of blogger that are using Blogger as hosting for their free blogs, the company with the best results has been Wordpress.com, they were from 2,10 to 411,440 which represents the 444% of incorparated new users.

In this frame Ecuador after a few hours will start testing the output of its new Citizen Journalism oriented newspaper: Ultimas Noticias. This new project, according to Christian Espinosa, one of the most read online jornalists, is owned by the El Comercio Group. Let's keep track of this launching by 9:00 PM (Eastern Time), follow the links trend using the Microsoft Link Command, +linkdomain:http://www.ultimasnoticias.ec/.

Even tough, citizen journalism is not a new concept, it is for Ecuador. A good example is being set by Global Voices Online. They're at the same time looking for a correspondent in this country. Cobertura Digital brings the note, as well.

Have you all a great weekend and I hope you read this post with the great Firefox, latest version.

Looking forward to know what it will be the trend results for the next year!

Steve Jobs: He Couldn't Finish College!

This is the speech Steve Jobs had to present in the Standford Graduation Ceremony '07. Pay attention to the histories he's being sharing with MB's rockies. The video is a bit old but I've just discovered and I think it deserves to be watched once again.





Unfortunatelly, this is a priveledge, Megan Meier won't have thanks to the issues with cyberbulling at some schools in North America.

Holly Jobe: The Changing Expectations of Learning

I've been inspired by the visit of fellow educators in this page. One of them is Scott Guthrie who's working in Oregon, at the Beaverton School District, he's involved in the Technological Classes at Westview High School. Thanks for you're note Scott. The other visitor is a California AP U.S. History teacher, Mark Cruthers. He runs a website called Homeschool-teachers.com and is certified to teach online!

All these hard workers professionals deserse some lines in this page because teachers and parents are changing their expectations about learning. The program director of the Classrooms for the Future project in Pennsylvania has been interviewed by D. Warlick and among his podcasts, he presents Holly Jobe as one of the Pennsylvania educator leader, where he asks Holly to reflect on the last twenty-something years of the movement to bring technology into our classrooms. And after the podcast has been listened, W. Fryer has elaborated:

Our focus as educators and learners should be helping students become LITERATE and actual practitioners, not simply pretenders, of the content area expertise we require them to study. Learning tasks should help students authentically demonstrate their own knowledge and skills as mathematicians, scientists, writers, readers, oral communicators, and historians. Rather than completing study guides and seatwork which bores everyone, students should be challenged to work in teams (as part of project-based learning tasks) and create authentic, creative knowledge products which reflect their understandings of content and ideas in novel ways.

It says all!

Phylosophy and the Winner of the Donor's Choose Bloggers Challenge

I spent this Saturday afternoon trying to catch up with my subscriptions and everything else online. Two websites both written by teachers in different states in the US, shows how seriously they are taking their jobs. We are talking about Annikeris, headed by a Social Studies professor in a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Mr. Michael Ojeda. In the other hand we have Ms. Sandra Effinger, a Oklahoma English teacher, who in time has wrote a very interesting philosophical disclosure: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

The document was found thanks to OntheRadio and we will reproduce it without written permission:

"Douglas Adams: Forty-two.

Mohammed Aldouri (Iraqi ambassador): The chicken did not cross the road. This is a complete fabrication. We don't even have a chicken.

Aristotle
: To actualize its potential.

Buddha: If you ask this question, you deny your own chicken-nature.

George W. Bush: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or it is against us. There is no middle ground here.

Bill Clinton
: I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What do you mean by chicken? Could you define chicken, please?

Howard Cosell: It may very well have been one of the most astonishing events to grace the annals of history. An historic, unprecedented avian biped with the temerity to attempt such an herculean achievement formerly relegated to homo sapien pedestrians is truly a remarkable occurrence.

Salvador Dali: The Fish.

Darwin: Chickens, over great periods of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically dispositioned to cross roads.

Jacques Derrida: Any number of contending discourses may be discovered within the act of the chicken crossing the road, and each interpretation is equally valid as the authorial intent can never be discerned,because structuralism is DEAD, DAMMIT, DEAD!

Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved beneath the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.

Emerson: The chicken didn't cross the road; it transcended it.

Emily Dickinson
: Because it could not stop for death.

Epicurus: For fun.

Louis Farrakhan: The road, you will see, represents the black man. The chicken "crossed" the black man in order to trample him and keep him down.

Freud: The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.

Bill Gates: I have just released the new Chicken Office 2000, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook.

Goethe: The eternal hen-principle made it do it.

Grandpa
: In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken had crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

Heisenberg: We are not sure which side of the road the chicken was on, but it was moving very fast.

Hemingway: To die. In the rain.

Hippocrates: Because of an excess of light pink gooey stuff in its pancreas.

David Hume: Out of custom and habit.

Saddam Hussein: This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite justified in dropping 50 tons of nerve gas on it.

Carl Jung: The confluence of events in the cultural gestalt necessitated that individual chickens cross roads at this historical juncture, and therefore synchronicitously brought such occurrences into being.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.

Captain Kirk: To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.

Timothy Leary: Because that's the only kind of trip the Establishment would let it take.

John Lennon: Imagine all the chickens crossing roads in peace.

Machiavelli: So that its subjects will view it with admiration, as a chicken which has the daring and courage to boldly cross the road, but also with fear, for whom among them has the strength to contend with such a paragon of avian virtue? In such a manner is the princely chicken's dominion maintained.

Karl Marx: It was a historical inevitability.

Moses: And God came down from the Heavens, and He said unto the Chicken, "Thou shalt cross the road." And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.

Agent Mulder: You saw it cross the road with your own eyes. How many more chickens have to cross the road before you believe it?

Ralph Nader: The chicken's habitat on the original side of the road had been polluted by unchecked industrialist greed. The chicken did not reach the unspoiled habitat on the other side of the road because it was crushed by the wheels of a gas-guzzling SUV.

Nietzsche: Because if you gaze too long across the Road, the Road gazes also across you.

Richard M. Nixon: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did NOT cross the road.

Plato: For the greater good.

Pyrrho the Skeptic: What road?

Ronald Reagan: I forget.

Colonel Sanders: I missed one?

Jean-Paul Sartre
: In order to act in good faith and be true to itself, the chicken found it necessary to cross the road.

Jerry Seinfeld: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn't anyone ever think to ask, "What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place, anyway? Where do they get these chickens?"

Dr. Seuss: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed, I've not been told!

B.F. Skinner: Because the external influences which had pervaded its sensorium from birth had caused it to develop in such a fashion that it would tend to cross roads, even while believing these actions to be of its own free will.

The Sphinx: You tell me.

Oliver Stone: The question is not, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" Rather, it is, "Who was crossing the road at the same time, whom we overlooked in our haste to observe the chicken crossing?"

Mr. T: If you saw me coming you'd cross the road too!

Thoreau: To live deliberately and suck all the marrow out of life.

Torquemada: Give me ten minutes with the chicken and I'll find out.

Mark Twain: The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

Voltaire: I may not agree with what the chicken did, but I will defend to the death its right to do it.

Wittgenstein: The possibility of "crossing" was encoded into the objects "chicken" and "road", and circumstances came into being which caused the actualization of this potential occurrence.

Molly Yard: It was a hen!

Zeno of Elea: To prove it could never reach the other side."

This transcription becomes handy to share Steli Efti's celebration. He has patronized a Oakland's student lunch with Jerry Yang, read more details here. Congrats Steli.

Have you ever realized why you and your company need to be in Facebook and MySpace? Read Charlene Li answers! Friend us in our networks: MySpace and Facebook.

So, Why according to your deep professional knowledge, the chicken crossed the road? Hmmm...





Academic Social Networks: Academics Are Wary People

When a person acts and reacts differently that the rest of his conrades then is pretty easily labeled as 'crazy'. Academics are in a very short number and it's hard to find one with whom you might want to share knowledge and experiences. When you see in the top left corner a "Friend Me' widget it means you can get in touch with us even without you being an academic, a journalism or a blogger. This is a open social network if you want to call it like that.

This is what Oh No a WoC PhD has to say about those rare circles. She's a black person and we are hispanics, you know what I mean:
I learned this week while doing the academic rounds, that I have finally learned to be quiet far too late in life, that I unlearned bravado just when I needed it most, and that if I do not put the books and the writing down regularly from now and repractice academese . . . Oh and of course, I also learned that no amount of sinking myself into my work makes me any less ready to bond with disenfranchised students and support them in an effort to get the revolutionary act of being respected as scholars of color accomplished.

Students are in charge of their own learning. Period!

I just got the report for the first marking period and after checking out percentages of my son I came to the conclusion that being a 10 years old kid, he's in charge of what he wants to learn. I know, many of you might be saying: yeah alright! Of course as David Warlick points out, our kids now are using the internet in a very different way that we were familiar 5-10 years ago:

Today, however, our children seem to be spending more time interacting in their social networks, and, in my opinion, discovering and even inventing new ways to learn through those interactions. But we don’t understand this.

However, the older generation still thinks of resourceful and ruthless process of learning. What about those kids without the computers, do they have to fall behind in knowledge just because the lack of skill and resources when other people don't even know what to do with their computers? We do have to rely on internet and our kids socialnetworking skills but please do not forget about those families without internet access or even those poor kids worldwide.

The following is an old video but D. Warlick wants to refresh our memory with a Vision of Students Today.



Thanks Mr. Warlick.

Mark Cuban Blogworld Keynote

I have to quote something I've found quite interesting from the closing keynote of Mark Cuban in the BlogWorldExpo:

Blogging isn't just about people getting things off their chest, it's a way for ideas and the truth to come out

Then the rest of the questions he answered from the audience transcript by Lynne d Johnson. The following are the three questions I we should all pay attention and tha's why I feel obliged to transcript:

Q: Future of blogging -- what can change it? What can take over?

A: The history of all of this is the Website. A lot of people were setting up sites in the 90s. People were putting up sites and speaking their mind. There were forums in Compuserve and Prodigy. Then it was an application that changed it all Don't think the game is gonna change all that much. I'm not a huge fan of UGC and YouTube. Whenever it is easier to create everybody does. The longer and longer the tail becomes. MSM is also adopting easy tools ... other things will come up. It's gonna be hard to have more than just the ultra long tail. Viewers or readership impact. Look at the music industry. It's so easy to create a song right now, everybody does. It's harder to stand out. It will come down to content is king, with marketing being a major part of it.

Q: What do you think about UGC now? Do you still think YouTube is not a real business?
A: If the media writes about it, then more media writes about it. YouTube is subsidizing any video you want to put on the Internet for free. Because they hide behind the Digital Millennium Copyright Act -- Google can't get in trouble if someone puts up South Park. South Park has to find it and request it be taken down. They don't know what's there. They are hiding behind the DMCA. they can't put ads around what they don't know is there. Let Google pay. They can't sell ads around non-licensed content. If it were any other company in the world, they'd be gone. But they can subsidize a lot of things.

Q: If facebook were for sale would you buy it?
A: Yeah I'd buy it but I can't afford it. The two companies I would buy are Verizon and facebook.

However, Mark Cuban answered many other questions that you can read them all at FastCompany blog, this is something you can't ignore it:

When starting should you worry about ads?
Have you ever considered turning off comments because of haters?
How do you marry your business with blogging?
Did it work asking people to vote for you on your blog?
What about facebook's new advertising?
Do you write your own blog?
Do you find Bill O'Reilly's attacks on you to be a net plus or a net minus?
Is facebook overvalued?

Do not get angry your majesty ...

What a funny weekend! The king shouting to a President, pointing him out and jumping on the table so that after a key deadly forced him to apologize and stop talking to Little Shoes!, Oh my.. I am already mixing TV programs, it used to happen to me but yesterday a WWE (before WWF) fight between presidents would have been colossal, imagine:

On one hand, SuperZP together with His Majesty the King, on the other side Alo President next to one who jumped on the wagon, Ortega (not to be confused with Palito Ortega, the creator of the romantic music). Spain vs. Latin America (part I), who would win? Nobody, certainly we all lose.

I want to imagine the king on top of the table, as when he's doing balance out sailing in his fine boat by the brave waters of the Mediterranean, the president Z accompanying him, losing mood. Chavez reminding (as a paratrooper before jumping on them) that he was elected at the ballot box, not as the king who was elected by a finger of a dictator, albeit of the election of his friend Fidel, not a word was said… and as a partner, Ortega , a politician who resurrected joins the club " We are cool but we are a little crazy."

Why did this happen?. Yes, I am sympathetic with Chavez, but I recognize that this is happening fewer and fewer, before I felt like he had "guts" but now I think he just owns a lot of oil and that his followers are only those who hate Bush Jr., Bush Sr. and even the Bush's dog.

It will ever be a Left Party where any who is not crazy! I am not saying they do not have a little of fearlessness and transgression, but begin to play among claims, the perpetuity of the seat and the disqualification does not seem to be the right path. I may be wrong.

Why don't you shut up?

No. don't get angry your majesty… I don't want me to happen the same as the "Thursday"

[Translation] Original post by an argentinian, living in Madrid: BLOGus.

What I've Found Buzzed in Tech this Week

Most important of everything is the Big Giant is after Flickr, to in terms of ownership but on its footprints. They already released Windows Live Photo Gallery which I personally like it but today after reading TechCrunch it seems Ballmer needs a piece of that cake, even after saying they (Microsoft) had dominated the net.

I have a Sony Ericsson w810i and I really had fun so far, however after the fever of the iPhone I am still holding for any of those two babes: the w960i, the SO905iCS or the Voyager. The second one released only for Nipponese and the other two still awaiting to be put in the market. I don't think none of these cell phones might be comparable with the 'Invent of the Year' as Times Magazine nominated the iPhone but marketers of Verizon had said the LG Voyager comes to fight Apple consumers.

We don't concentrate paying much attention to what's going on in the mobile business but certainly this week jkOntheRun got a great round up: Nokia is working on tactile feedback for touchscreens that promises to shake the tech world up. The Open Handset Alliance is all over the place with Google getting everyone excited about the new handset platform Android and, Apple tablet rumors emerge once again!

Finally, three application you might want to try. After checking out our Ma.gnolia subscriptions what we've caught is Mobile 9 offering free downloads such as wallpapers, ringtone and screensavers for you cell phone. The second one is the Buzziest Pics in the net and, Bookr, a good way to create a photobook using your Flickr uploaded images.

Teaching how to read and write in different modes

Pushing Writing Literacy from W. Richardson says all:

I always ask how many of the teachers in the room are teaching their students to read and write in different modes, in hypertext, with art and photos, in audio and video, using all of them combined. I’m surprised if I get more than a hand or two going up.

Exposure: Hispanic Students Don't Have the Same Oportunities as White Ones

The problems comes reflected of what's going on in society. Minorities for example can be heard throughout Radio or TV because big companies own such channels of distribution and then only people with those very same interest can use the waves to transmit messages to the consumers. Univision es a very large hispanic network but is the only one and it doesn't cover more than the 37 millions of hispanics in the US. How an black or Hispanic person can own a radio or channel of TV if they don't have the money to compete with big networks as MSNBC or any of the only six proprietors of the american opinion?

That's what happening in schools. A recent analysis of 93,845 public school enrollment data by the Pew Hispanic Center revealed some interesting findings. The Center examined ethnic make up in public schools between 1993-94 and 2005-06 and discovered that while non Hispanic white students were less isolated from minority students black and Hispanic students became a little more isolated from non Hispanic white students.

I would like to hear for example how many students from hispanic roots and studying in public school are trained in how to run a blog as an academic tool and what willbe the benefits of having a blogroll in one side of such a page. I would also like to get information of what will the impact on academic development if those same students learn how to optimize the observation and analysis of educational videos produced in YouTube but through the Firefox extention called, Better YouTube.

I have to say that in some cases from my very own experiences the parents had deep responsability on this matter. If kids spent more time with parents, if they were able to help them with homework, if they spend quality time with their family; hispanic students will outerperform those insolated ones in a very short time. Let us know your opinions.

Yahoo has awakened this week

I don't know if this has to be with my roots but since I started doing my activities online, the very first website I met was Yahoo (credit to MSN for its Messenger) and even when right now I've switched my main e-mail account to Gmail I have to admit I still love and admire Yahoo. Because I have an account as ISP with Verizon, I've got a pro account to my Flickr and all pictures stored in the old Yahoo were transferred without any problem.

We all know Yahoo has being mutating (I don't want to say , changing) and all credit goes to the new CEO. Yahoo is playing hard to compete with giant Google in searching, open API and SEO services. You don't need to forget about the Pipes services where everyone now can optimize his RSS subscriptions and get all updates in one single place.

Yahoo also has contenders for Tech buzz but certainly they are still in the game. And yesterday more than one of the most visible bloggers were talking about the new Kickstart, no matter whether this is the old College try, I've having my profile over there and I've just added the University where I got my degree back in my home country.

Did I mention FireEagle? Please, do your own searching... Not to mention what's going on in the neighborhood.(Last release).

Twitter News Network

We just went back to saving daylight time and I had to wake a bit earlier today and what I've found is this post from Guy Kawaski where himself show us how to post news though Twitter. The network is called Twitter News Network and the how-to is explained literally as follows:
1. Follow the Twitter Truemors account by clicking here.
2. Tell the world by sending your tweet to “@truemors”. For example, “@truemors Steve Jobs wore a white turtleneck”. (Inside joke—this really is news.)
3. Go here to see it (it appears after a few minutes.)

With the popularity of Twitter this is a promising project that many will be interested if Marina Martin is correct! But in the meantime please go and give it a try. You can also follow up TonNet in Twitter.

What You Might Be Missing in Tech

I did. That's why after spending some time reading my suscriptions and filtering all the bunch of information today I would love to tell you many things are going on. Last night for example I was talking with Applelens' webmaster and what I've realized was he didn't know about the Open Social event by Google today which by the way still is in hold at this time (13:25 PM). I did receive a heads up this morning about this topic by one of our ecuadoran friends , Inforc Ecuador. Before I even had a clue of what was going on around technolgy field and being this blog about those business I consider a responsability to share with my readers our most relevant findings.

I really admire the confort to make and publish video from Scoble who has the privilege of record his videos while driving. Amen! He's being at the top of the media bloggers who's being investigating about the evolution of RSS agregators. What for example what's happening with Bloglines now.




Did you ever thought about buying a new laptop or replacing that old one you are using right now? Just keep reading and get online or nerby Walmart. Anyway in order to save money you will have to sacrifice some useful features as those presented by Amit Agarwal.

Now, I don't want you get tired of reading the same thing in different blogs but at least allow to point out three more aspects of our hot findings today. Yahoo has released a very interesting update for Yahoo Messenger, now you will be able to see YouTube videos embed in the Messenger. Kool. I also get in touch with the new iPhone Paul Stamatiou just got and I am still thinking and waiting for the w960i but I am not sure anymore if the holding will pay dividends now that the gPhone is in its way!

Hold on, please see what's happening with Technorati, isn't that kool? Second by second it shows the changes in the blogosphere. Here the technology topic.

Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsability

One thing almost all parents lack, is the great oportunity parents have to visit their son's schools and what a better opportunity to go and have meeting and chats with the teachers during the American Educacion Week scheduled to beging on November, 12th.

You should pay attention to this report: Childrens, Family, and Media: A Benchmark where the awarded Michael Cohen Group(Research & Consulting) arrive to interesting conclusions related to the Digital Divide in American Schools. A round of questions were answered during a chat-interview conducted by Janelle Callahan, associate of the EPE Research Center. What would it be you best answer for the following question:

Far too often teachers and school leaders assume that students have access to computers and the internet at home. Typically, homework and projects now require easy access to computers and the internet (even in the primary grades). Without it, low income students are "left behind." Not only do they earn poorer grades, they become "marginalized" early on...because they recognize that they are different. Can you suggest some realistic solutions, given the reality that income still dictates whether or not resources are available in homes and communities. -Annette Clayton, Lead School Social Worker, Newport News Public Schools

Everyone outside US thinks we here don't have poverty or social issues, that everything seen and taught in the American society should be imitated. Far from the real thing! The Cohen Group points: "this study serves as a benchmark, allowing us to measure change over time for years to come. Identifying change in dynamics such as media ownership, media use, and preferred content provides an invaluable tool for researchers, policy makers,educators, and others."

The results as they say, confirm mine/ours collective sense that media is increasingly integral to family and personal life. These are the five outstanding research conclusions:

1) A wide range of media and media technologies are owned and utilized by families
and young children.
2) Families and individuals at every economic level participate in media and
technology ownership and use.
3) There are differences in the incidence of ownership by income level for some
media, particularly in more expensive and emerging media technologies that are
less commonly found at lower income levels. Other technologies enjoy near
universal penetration.
4) Ownership and involvement in media and technology is about both affordability
and perceived value(s); not everyone necessarily wants all media.
5) The use of media—or the functions that media technologies serve—is similar
across the income spectrum. Once owned, there is little variation in how these
technologies are used.
 
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